The embattled Tigray region’s capital is suffering food and fuel shortages as the Ethiopian government blockades continue.
Once a bustling city with a viable commercial economy, now there is barely any fuel for transport and shortages of food and other goods in the market have driven prices up beyond the reach of most residents.
Only a few cars are able to move on the streets of downtown Mekele.
These streets were once jammed with convoys of humanitarian aid workers, trucks, public busses and pedestrians going about their daily business.
Now it’s practically a ghost town.
Ethiopia is landlocked and depends on neighboring countries for their fuel, exports and imports.
But the embattled Tigray region is not only landlocked, it has been under a blockade.
Roadblocks prevent most trade from entering into Tigray.