At the point when the BBC was as of late offered a meeting with youngsters supposedly found battling for the revolutionaries, we warily acknowledged.
“I was playing football with companions when I was strongly selected by Tigrayan contenders to join their positions,” one 17-year-old advised us, on the telephone from Afar, a state which borders Tigray.
The contention started in Tigray in northern Ethiopia in November, yet has since spread to the adjoining areas of Afar and Amhara, where the TPLF revolts as of late caught Lalibela, a town well known for its stone slashed chapels.
“I was taken forcibly to the conflict front,” said another youngster, who disclosed to us he was in Year 10 at school in Tigray. “My family couldn’t utter a word since they dreaded for their life.”
A 19-year-elderly person said: “We didn’t get any tactical preparing. They took us to Afar. They took steps to kill our family in the event that we didn’t join the battle.”
The young people revealed to us that around 50 juvenile young men and young ladies were gathered together close to Tigray’s capital Mekelle and compelled to battle, prior to being caught by Afar’s provincial powers, who are unified to the national government.