Tigray

   

The entire world knew about the devastating famine in Ethiopia. But it knew little about its major cause. This was the war being waged by the military dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam against his own people. His junta, known as the Dergue, killed thousands, mainly in the northern province of Tigray. The people rose up in defiance led by the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front, or TPLF. Long after the famine had been forgotten I travelled with TPLF fighters. Our objective was to report on the bombing of Hausien, a market town attacked by Migs and helicopter gunships. Africa Watch, in its book "Evil Days", estimated that as many as 2,000 people may have died in one day.