As the people of Ethiopia’s Tigray region continue to suffer at the heart of a violent conflict, with hundreds dead and thousands displaced, the situation threatens to escalate to a more serious refugee emergency and a region-wide crisis.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick, who holds the Africa brief at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has offered prayers for all affected by the conflict in the East African country:

“Advent is a time of hope, a precious need in our lives as individuals and as a society. The tragic events unfolding in Tigray and the Horn of Africa appear to defy all hope of a peaceful and swift solution. Our prayers and hearts go out to all victims of this conflict.

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