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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, has revealed that the Eritrean troops were responsible for the killing of his uncle in Tigray region of Ethiopia.

The WHO boss served as a  Minister of Health in Ethiopia but has been a vocal critic of the government’s role in the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of displaced people in Tigray.

Former President of Nigeria, Olesegun Obasanjo, brokered a peace deal for the forces in Tigray and Ethiopian government to cease hostilities. This was a big breakthrough. Ethiopia’s military fought alongside forces from Amhara and Eritrean forces against armed Tigray forces.

WHO boss, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, revealed about who killed his uncle during a press briefing in Geneva. He said that he nearly canceled the event after he received news of the killing of his uncle by the Eritrean forces in Tigray.

“I hope that this (peace) agreement will hold and this madness will stop but it’s a very difficult moment for me,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also added that more than 50 other people were killed in Tigray. Tedros revealed that he grew up with his young uncle. He avoided providing the location of his village because he would put them in danger of more attacks.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lost his cousin last year to the Tigray war. Eritrean forces have been looting towns, killing civilians and arresting the locals in Tigray.

The Ethiopian government opposed Tedros’s second term as head of World Health Organization and they have even accused him of diplomatic support of rebel forces and procuring arms for the Tigray forces.  He has denied all those accusations.  

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