USAGM Press Freedom Film Festival

Terror in Tigray; The Ethiopian Refugee Crisis

Expired May 14, 2022 3:45 AM
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VOA refugee correspondent Heather Murdock visited the Um Rakuba refugee camp in Sudan this year where tens of thousands of people who fled Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region sought refuge, amid multiple reports of human rights abuses, atrocities and serious food shortages. Murdock also visited the Tigray province itself where roads are often closed and communication with the rest of the country is extremely limited. Camp residents reported collecting dead bodies from the streets and seeing homes and businesses looted or destroyed.


The 25-minute documentary features animations by VOA’s Brian Williamson that illustrate the plight of separated families, young children escaping bombardments and pregnant women walking through forests dodging wild animals to reach safety in a refugee camp. Executives with Amnesty International, an international non-governmental organization focused on human rights, describe the events in Tigray as possible crimes against humanity, while multiple human rights organizations warn of a deepening humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    26 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Note
    Heather Murdock DIRECTOR, REPORTER AND NARRATOR EDITING Jacquelyn De Phillips SUPERVISING PRODUCER / VIDEO EDITOR Elizabeth Arrott SUPERVISING EDITOR Yan Boechat DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ANIMATION AND GRAPHICS Brian Williamson ANIMATION Chin Soo Park MOTION GRAPHICS Yass Monem DIGITAL VISUAL NEWS EDITOR PRODUCERS Gary Butterworth CONSULTING PRODUCER Luis Ramirez CONSULTING PRODUCER John Lippman EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SUDAN Yassir Haron FIELD PRODUCER Mohaned Bilal SECOND CAMERA ETHIOPIA Elias Hailemariam FIELD PRODUCER TRANSLATORS Yared Abraha Philimon Desta Haftom Kidu Romha Tesfaye Alayt Temesgen MUSIC Kbrom Zemu WROTE AND PERFORMED “SHINHA WULEY” ISAAC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED MUSIC Alexander Biruk ADDITIONAL MUSIC SPECIAL THANKS TO Brian Allen Deepak Dobhal Steven Ferri Amy Katz Yolanda Lopez Bill Rogers Salem Solomon Leslie Washington