UN confirms military forces blocking aid in Ethiopia’s Tigray region following CNN investigation

(Source: CNN, By Eliza Mackintosh and Richard Roth, Updated 1042 GMT (1842 HKT) May 13, 2021) – The United Nations has confirmed that military forces are impeding humanitarian access to parts of Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region, after an exclusive CNN investigation revealed that Eritrean troops were coordinating with Ethiopian forces to cut off critical aid […]

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Ethiopia: the need for an independent international investigation of the Axum massacre

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AFR 25/4114/2021 13 May 2021 ETHIOPIA: THE NEED FOR AN INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF THE AXUM MASSACRE On 10 May 2021, the Attorney General’s Office (AG) of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia issued a press statement about its criminal investigation of the massacre in Axum, in the Tigray Region, […]

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Ethiopia’s Axum findings ignore massacre of civilians

(Source: Human Rights Watch) – Government’s Investigation Underscores Need for Independent, International Inquiry Laetitia Bader Director, Horn of Africa   This week Ethiopia’s attorney general’s office released its findings into allegations of atrocities committed by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces in Tigray’s historic city of Axum in late November 2020. The press release stated that most […]

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Spying and stability: Djibouti thrives in ‘return to cold war’

(Source: FT, Andres Schipani in Ras Bir, Djibouti) – The tiny African country’s highly strategic location has made it a centre of global intrigue At the top of a lighthouse in a deserted headland, Ali Hassan Ali points across the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, to war-ravaged Yemen. Then, behind him, to war-torn Ethiopia. Then, to his […]

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Congress pushes Biden administration to enact sanctions over Tigray conflict

(Source: The National) – Congressional leaders have called for sanctions to be put in place to pressure Ethiopian and Eritrean forces to withdraw from Tigray The US Congress is pressuring the Biden administration to place sanctions on human rights abusers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, pointing to the continued failure of Ethiopian and Eritrean forces to […]

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Growing evidence of ‘harrowing accounts’ of sexual violence used as tool of war in Tigray

(Source: The Irish Times, By Marie O’Halloran ) –  Minister says imperative Eritrean forces leave region in north Ethiopia There is growing evidence of sexual violence being used as a tool of war in the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. The war in the north […]

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CNN report shows Eritrean troops blocking critical aid in Tigray

(Source: CNN, Nima Elbagir reports) Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a month after the country’s Nobel Peace Prize winning leader pledged to the international community that they would leave.    

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 146 – 12 May 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are blocking critical aid in Tigray

(Source: CNN, By Nima Elbagir, Barbara Arvanitidis and Eliza Mackintosh, Video by Alex Platt and Mark Baron, Updated 0403 GMT (1203 HKT) May 12, 2021) –   Axum, Ethiopia — Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a […]

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Ethiopia’s debt: an economic and political liability

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Federico Rogai) –   The efforts to restructure repayments come amid increasing challenges. Since mass protests began in 2015, a lot of analysis has focused on Ethiopia’s security challenges, with sustained unrest followed by momentous change and now a relapse into civil war in Tigray. But the economic headwinds are equally […]

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Sudan declines UAE initiative on border dispute with Ethiopia

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – Sudan has officially informed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of its adherence to placing border markers with Ethiopia before entering into investment projects in the disputed Fashaqa area. The head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, returned to Khartoum after talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed […]

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US says: Ethiopia must set right environment for election

(Source: VOA, By Nike Ching, WASHINGTON) – The United States said it “strongly supports democratization in Ethiopia” as it nears a national election June 5, while noting a “free, fair, and credible election” can happen only with a conducive electoral environment.   The statement comes amid a humanitarian crisis and conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. U.S. Secretary of State […]

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The tripartite alliance that is destabilisng the Horn of Africa

(Source: Aljazeera, By Goitom Gebreluel, Managing Director of Hatèta Policy Research) – The common political vision of the leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia threatens to throw the region into turmoil. Three years ago, a wave of political change swept across the Horn of Africa. In Sudan and Ethiopia, popular protests led to a change […]

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In Tigray’s war, ancient Christian and Muslim houses of worship are increasingly under attack

(Source: The Globe and Mail, By Geoffrey York, Africa Bureau Chief and Zecharias Zelalem) – In a conflict in northern Ethiopia that’s claimed hundreds of lives, religious leaders are warning about another tragedy unfolding: The obliteration of centuries-old churches, mosques and manuscripts by bullets and shelling Church leaders in Tigray are pleading for help. “Monasteries […]

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‘At least’ 78 priests ‘massacred’ in one zone of Tigray, leaked letter claims

(Source: AP, By Lucy Kassa) –  The document, obtained exclusively by the Telegraph, claims a number of mass killings have taken place over the last five months At least 78 priests were ‘massacred’ in one zone of Tigray, according to an official church letter leaked to the Telegraph. The letter, which was addressed to the […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 145 – 11 May 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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Tigrayan farmers being prevented from farming – says interim administration of Tigray

(Source: Eritrean Hub, main source of this via Twitter) – #TigrayGenocide "Tigrayan farmers face challenges, transportation of seed can’t go through Kobo to #Tigray. Some irresponsible law enforcement personnel has launched this campaign to starve tigray" says deputy head of Tigray interim admin Abebe T/Haimanotpic.twitter.com/5vSjdENDzZ — 📈Leul Alula (@Leul_alula) May 10, 2021 Abebe Teklehaimanot, Deputy […]

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Sudan transfers Ethiopian Tigrayan soldiers seeking asylum to refugee camp

(Source: Sudan Tribune, El Fasher) – The Commission for Refugees (COR) in North Darfur State transferred to refugee camps Ethiopian soldiers have defected seeking political asylum after working in the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID. The defectors who are from the Tigray region say fear for their life after the eruption of the war […]

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Ethiopia confirms rapes committed by soldiers in Tigray

(Source: Miami Herald) – The Ethiopian government confirmed on Monday that police officers and soldiers were involved in rapes committed in November in the conflict region of Tigray. An inquiry recorded 116 testimonies of rape that took place during the military offensive to capture of the town of Axum in November 2020, the general prosecutor […]

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US hosts Ethiopian Orthodox Church head after Tigray warning

(Source: AP, By CARA ANNA, NAIROBI, Kenya) –     The United States ambassador to Ethiopia on Monday hosted the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after he warned of “genocide” in the Tigray region in his first public comments on the war. In a Facebook post, the U.S. Embassy said Ambassador Geeta Pasi discussed […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 144 – 10 May 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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How Abune Mathias’s message about Tigray genocide was smuggled out of Ethiopia

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut) –  The video with Abune Mathias’s passionate appeal, which has been widely shared and viewed, was smuggled out of Ethiopia. It was taken to the outside world by Denis Wadely of Bridges of Hope. You can hear how this was done on a BBC radio recording here. Listen about […]

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church head says genocide is taking place in Tigray

(Source: Reuters) –    The head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church has said that atrocities amounting to genocide are being committed in Tigray, in his first comments on the conflict in the region that broke out in November and has killed thousands. Abune Mathias, who has been head of the church since 2013, did not say […]

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Art as weapon of Warfare: Unique Tigrean Music soft-warfare

(By Gebre Selema, First published on Aigaforum.com) –  Every society has its own unique features of representation. Tigreans use art for war, for celebrating wedding, for religious exaltation, for farming, for mourning, almost for everything for expressing bad and good. Tigrean women sing while they do milling using milling stones in their homes by hand. […]

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About 120 ethnic Tigrayan ex-peacekeepers from Ethiopia seek asylum in Sudan, UN says

(Source: VOA, By AFP, Khartoum, Sudan) –  Around 120 former peacekeepers from Ethiopia, where several regions including northern Tigray are hard-hit by inter-ethnic conflict, have sought asylum in Sudan, the United Nations said Sunday.  The personnel were set to be repatriated as part of the phased withdrawal of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, UNAMID, from western Sudan’s Darfur region after its mandate […]

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ቅልውላው ትግራይ፡ ፓትሪያርክ ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ ትግራይ ዝቕጽል ዘሎ ኲናትኮኒኖም

(ምንጪ:  ቢቢሲ  ትግርኛ  ዜና) –    ፓትሪያርክ ኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተክርስቲያን ኢትዮጵያ ብጹእ ወቅዱስ ኣቡነ ማቲያስ፡ ኣብ ትግራይ ዝቕጽል ዘሎ ኲናት ደው ንክብል ጸዊዖም። እቶም ፓትሪያርክ ብቋንቋ ኣምሓርኛ ብቪድዮ ኣብ ዘሕለፉዎ መልእኽቲ፡ ኣብዚ ሕጂ እዋን ኣብ ዝተፈላለዩ ከባቢታት እታ ሃገር ጸገማት እንተሃለው’ውን፡ “ብፍላይ ኣብ ትግራይ ዝካየድ ዘሎ ኣረመነኔት ጠጠው ንክብል ብዙሕ ግዘ ፈቲነ ኣይኮነለይን፤ ፍቓድ ኣይተዋህበንን” ኢሎም። […]

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Cries of the victims of mass rape go unheard in Ethiopia’s mountain war

(Source: The Guardian, By Simon Tisdall) –  Prime minister Abiy Ahmed opened the way for victimisation of women with disastrous decision to attack Tigray. The use of rape as a weapon of war is as old as warfare itself. In Bosnia in the 1990s, thousands of Muslim women were brutalised by Bosnian Serb forces, who […]

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Ethiopian patriarch pleads for international help to stop rape and genocide by government troops

(Source: The Guardian, By Observer staff) –  Orthodox priest releases video statement on suppression of Tigray district Ethiopian government forces and their allies are committing genocide in the country’s war-torn northern province of Tigray, the head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church has claimed in a videoed statement demanding urgent international intervention. The appeal by Abuna [Patriarch] Mathias […]

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Amhara, Tigray, and Egypt: the history of betrayal and the current baseless accusation

(By Kalayu Abrha, First published on Aigaforum.com) –  France 24 English saw its respectable studio messed up by a Key Ethiopian politician who preferred to defend the genocide in Tigray, by behaving so childishly. The gallant and genius Meaza Gidey has brilliantly reduced Neamin Zeleke into a naughty boy. That was enough for him to […]

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch condemns Tigray ‘genocide’

(Source: CNN, by Duarte Mendonca and Nima Elbagir, Updated 1:07 PM EDT, Sat May 08, 2021) –  The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has condemned his own country’s rulers in a video recorded by the director of a US-based charity, saying “they want to destroy the people of Tigray” with actions of “the […]

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The African Union and the Tigray War: A reprehensible failure to uphold Union principles and protect civilians.

(By Afrem M. from Mekelle, First published on Aigaforum.com) – The over six months-old Tigray armed conflict waged by the Ethiopian, Eritrean and Amhara merciless leaders and their hundreds of thousands of forces against the people of Tigray (and not against the TPLF) resulted in the death and rape of tens of thousands of unarmed […]

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America faces tough choices as Tigray war continues in Ethiopia

(Source: Providence, By Joshua Meservey) – The ongoing war in Ethiopia’s Tigray state represents one of the greatest disappointments in Africa in recent memory. The hope that the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, would lead his country into an era of democracy and unity is dimming amid the horror of the conflict. The United States […]

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Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch says war in Tigray “barbarism” and “attempt to erase Tigrayans”; says his repeated pleas “censored”

(Source: Addis Standard, Addis Abeba, 08 May 2021) –  In a video privately recorded by Dennis Wadley, international director of Bridges of Hope, His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC), sent out a message to millions of the Church’s followers both “inside and outside the country” that he has […]

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