Since the start of the armed conflict in Tigray in November 2020, staff and volunteers at Ghent University’s Department of Geography have researched and recorded details of civilian casualties. With financial and technical support from Every Casualty Counts, this information has now been compiled into an open online database: EthiopiaTigrayWar.com. In parallel, a new edition of the ‘Tigray: Atlas of the humanitarian situation‘ was published in October 2021.
The database of victims is updated monthly, but the team also emphasises that restrictions on access and communication across the region create major obstacles to gathering and verifying information. Consequently, the likely death toll is much higher than that indicated in the data published to date.
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