Armed conflicts are happening in more places than you think, not just Ukraine.
Here are some of the biggest conflicts happening around the world right now.
- Ethiopia’s government has been at war with the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), which dominated politics for 30 years, since Nov. 2020.
- There are widespread reports of war crimes, such as rapes and massacres, committed on both sides.
- More than two million people have been forced from their homes and parts of Ethiopia are facing famine.
- Civilian deaths hit record levels in the first half of 2021 as the Taliban launched a lightning offensive to seize power after the US announced its withdrawal.
- After the Taliban took over in August 2021, foreign countries cut aid, sending the economy crashing and leading to a disastrous humanitarian crisis.
- 24.4 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance, millions of children are starving, and 97% of the population could fall into poverty by mid-2022.
- Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup in Feb. 2021, sparking mass demonstrations and a bloody crackdown on protesters.
- The junta has now moved to quash resistance groups that formed at the border.
- Fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Iranian aligned Houthi group has displaced 4.2 million people.
- Yemen is now facing one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time, with one civilian killed or injured every hour in 2022.
- The 11-year conflict in Syria has destroyed cities and created the world’s largest displacement crisis.
- Almost one in two young people (47%) said a close relative or friend had been killed in the conflict.
- Last year, millions of people were pushed deeper into poverty by the worst economic crisis since the conflict began.
- One of the world’s longest conflicts, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has lasted 54 years.
- In May 2021, fighting erupted when Hamas militants in Gaza fired rockets at Israel after several Israeli police raids on 21 the al-Asqa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, and Israel announced plans to evict several Palestinian families from their homes in a East Jerusalem neighborhood.
- Daily violence continues across the West Bank.