“We have lost everything”: War in Ethiopia's Tigray wrenches families apart

Ethiopian farmer Gebrahid Welderfael says he last saw his wife and 18-year-old daughter in the sewer in his village in the Tigray region where the family had taken shelter from explosions and gunfire.

When he returned with his younger children from a quick trip to their house to collect supplies, they were gone, lost in the chaos of a conflict where government and rebellious Tigray forces have been fighting since Nov 4.

Unable to find them, Welderfael walked with his younger daughter and two sons to the Um Rakuba camp across the border to Sudan, where more than 45,000 have fled the conflict.

In the scramble to escape what most refugees have described as a "surprise attack", families were separated, some left behind, and some lost.

"We have lost everything and its been very difficult to sleep here," Welderfael said. "We are still suffering and thinking about our family."

Fighting since Nov. 4 is believed to have killed thousands of people, as well as forcing refugees into Sudan, dragging in Eritrea, and worsening hunger and suffering among Tigray's more than 5 million people.

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