On January 4, the Europe External Programme with Africa (EEPA) reported large numbers of women who had been sexually assaulted and raped. Weyni Abraha, a member of the Tigrayan women’s rights group Yikono, asserted that sexual violence is being weaponized as a biproduct of the Tigrayan war. She states, “this is being done purposely to break the morale of the people, threaten them, and make them give up the fight.”
Tigray, the northernmost region in Ethiopia, has seen thousands of its residents flee due to the escalating violence and limited access to basic needs, including electricity, water and medicine. At least 4.5 million residents are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.