As fighting rages in Ethiopia, aid groups advocate for access to refugees

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“Things are getting pretty tough,” she says.

Humanitarian groups are in talks with the government and leaders of the Tigray region to open a humanitarian corridor. But in the meantime, thousands of refugees have decided their safest action is to flee.

Mr. Abiy received the Nobel Peace Prize last year “for his efforts to bring peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”

But with the fighting in Ethiopia spreading and threatening to spark a wider conflict in the region, the Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday issued a rare – albeit unspoken – reprimand against one of its laureates.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee is closely following developments in Ethiopia and is deeply concerned,” he said in a statement.

Henrik Urdal, director of the Oslo Peace Research Institute, which analyzes the selections for the Nobel Peace Prize, said it was “very unusual” for the Nobel committee to issue such a statement.

“The committee hopes, of course, that the award recipients will feel responsible for honoring the award and show restraint,” he said.

Simon Marks reported from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Eric Nagourney from New York. Rick Gladstone contributed reporting from New York.

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