Nearly nine months after armed conflict broke out in Ethiopia between the country’s national government and the ruling party of the country’s northern Tigray region, the crisis in the country continues to grow.

The conflict came about as tensions lingered between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that dominated Ethiopian politics prior to Abiy coming to power in 2018 and continued to control Tigray. As Blavity previously reported, Abiy launched an invasion of Tigray to oust the TPLF last November, billing the move as “law enforcement operations” which were intended to prevent the TPLF from launching an armed rebellion against the country.

Now, the war is spreading to other parts of Ethiopia, creating a massive humanitarian crisis and risking to break apart Ethiopia while destabilizing other countries in the region as well. Here are six things to know about the evolving situation in Ethiopia.