Anger and collective trauma scar Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(Source: DW) –  The conflict in Tigray, the northern region of Ethiopia, has mostly been unfolding under a media blackout since early November 2020. Thousands of civilians have likely died as a result of the crisis. They were sobbing silently, waiting for their turn at the end of a dark corridor — a dozen petrified […]

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China, Ethiopia ink accord on establishing security safeguarding mechanism for major projects under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

(Source: China News) – The Momerandom of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Demelash Gebremichael, commissioner-general of the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, and Zhao Zhiyuan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. According to Gebremichael, the cooperation agreement will further strengthen the safety and security of major development projects in the East African […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 99 – 08 March 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 peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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Young men take up arms in Tigray, northern Ethiopia as atrocities fuel insurgency

(Source: The Guardian, by Jason Burke Africa correspondent, 08 Mar 2021 05.00 GMT) –  Anger over violence that UN says could amount to war crimes drives recruitment in Tigray Ethiopian troops and their allies in the restive northern province of Tigray face a growing insurgency fuelled by a series of massacres and other violence targeting […]

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The War on Tigray heightens schism in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

(Source: Tghat) – The Ethiopian Orthodox Church based in Addis Abeba and its followers have been behind the war on Tigray. On 17 November 2020, the patriarchate convened in response to Abiy Ahmed’s call for all sections f society to support his war on Tigray. The patriarchate expressed its support. Ever since then, the church […]

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Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town intervenes to prevent Rwanda-like genocide in Ethiopia

(Source: DAILY MAVERICK, By Peter Fabricius) – Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has mobilised the church and reached out to the South African government in an attempt to halt the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ethiopia. Listen to this article: First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. With both Pretoria and […]

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Starvation and Ethnic Cleansing Stalk Ethiopia

(Source: Quillette.com, by James Jeffrey, 07 March 2021) –    “Forgetful of the world, by whom they were forgotten,” wrote eminent 18th-century British historian Edward Gibbon of the “Aethiopians” as they “slept near a thousand years.” Ethiopia remains the only African country not colonised—its rugged mountainous terrain kept out intruders and helped to preserve one of […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: ‘We’re the government and we know what you’re doing’

(Source: BBC News) – The BBC’s Girmay Gebru, who was one of several media workers detained recently in Mekelle, capital of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region, describes what happened to him: I was arrested on the evening of my birthday. I thought the soldiers, armed with rifles, were looking for someone else when they surrounded the […]

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Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopia’s fait-accompli Policy over GERD process: Sisi

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – The visiting Egyptian President announced his agreement with Sudanese officials to reject the fait accompli policy that Ethiopia is trying to impose with regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) process. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Khartoum on Saturday, in his first visit to the neighbouring country […]

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An eyewitness account of what happened in Shire Inda Selassie

(Source: Tghat, 06 March 2021) – Editor’s note: This account comes from an eyewitness, a professional who witnessed the war in Shire, and who asked for anonymity for fear of reprisal. He had previously sent us photos and images which we published here. The situation in Tigray in the last four months resembles how Romeo […]

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Exclusive: How the UN drops Tigray resolution after second attempt failed

(Source: Addis Standard, Addis Abeba, 06 March 2021) – The UN Security Council (UNSC) has dropped issuing a resolution calling for cessation of hostilities and respect for international humanitarian laws in Ethiopia’s war- torn Tigray regional state after a second attempt has failed to produce consensus among members states. On March 04, the council held […]

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U.N. and U.S. demand Eritrean forces leave Ethiopia amid “mass killings, rapes and abductions” in Tigray

(Source: CBS, 05 March 2021) – United Nations — U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned Thursday that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray province, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance and demanding that forces from neighboring Eritrea accused of committing atrocities in Tigray leave Ethiopia.   As the Tigray […]

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Abiy Ahmed and his genocide policy in Tigray

(Source: Tghat, 06 March 2021) –   In the past four months, genocide through the ravages of war, in general, and war-induced famine, in particular, has been emerging as the primary weapon of choice of its three architects—Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea and the Amhara nationalists—to totally subjugate Tigray.  Their […]

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Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affair’s press statement on the latest situation in Tigray

Mar 5, 2021    Addis Ababa, March 5, 2021 (FBC) – Spokesperson Office of Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued a press statement on the latest developments in the Tigray regional state. The press statement reads as follows: With the successful conclusion of the law enforcement operation, the most important priority of the Ethiopian Government in […]

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World Bank Group Statement on Current Situation in Ethiopia

  (Source: World Bank, 05 March 2021) –     Ethiopia is currently facing challenging times and the World Bank Group is keenly following the latest developments in the country. The unrest in Ethiopia is unfortunate and of great concern. Such events undermine all the encouraging economic and social development outcomes the country has achieved […]

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Diplomats: UN fails to approve call to end Tigray violence

(Source: AP, By EDITH M. LEDERER, UNITED NATIONS) –   An attempt to get U.N. Security Council approval for a statement calling for an end to violence in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and to spotlight the millions in need of humanitarian assistance was dropped Friday night after objections from India, Russia and especially China, U.N. […]

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High stakes as regional leaders gather in South Sudan and Sudan

(Source: Eritrea Hub) – Ethiopian prime minister, Eritrean president arrives in Juba for one-day visit. The visit comes as Leaders will discuss with President Salva Kiir issues of regional importance, peace and security. Whereas, the Egyptian President Abdelfattah al Sisi arrives in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to discuss with his Sudanese counterpart Abdelfattah al Burhan […]

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ናፊቐኪ ዓደይ!

(ብሂወት ሃይለማርያም ሮቢንስ, 27 ለካቲት 2013 ዓ/ም, 06 March 2021) – ናፊቐኪ ዓደይ! ናፈቐኩም ኣያታተይ! ናብ ሓሙኽሽቲ ተቐይሩ ኩሉ ቱ ድልየተይ ትምኒተይ! ግን ተስፋ ኣይቆርጽን እናሃለውኒ ናእሽቱ ኣሕዋተይ! ዝትክእዎም ነቶም ኣያታተይ ናፍቐኪ ዓደይ! ናፊቐኩም ኣያታተይ። ብሓዊ ኣንዲዶም ናብ ሓሙኽሽቲ እኳ እንተ ቐየሩና! ከም ቅዱስ ጀወርግስ ኣብ ጎቦታት ትግራይ እንተ ኣብነኑና! እንደገና ንትስእ ንምለስ ብጻዕዳ ፈረስ […]

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Eritrean Embassy in the UK’s attempt to silence Assena Foundation collapses

London, 6 March 2021 PRESS RELEASE Eritrean Embassy in the UK’s attempt to silence Assena collapses The Eritrean government has repeatedly attempted to silence the international media reporting on the situation in the country. Visas are seldom issued to international journalists and their visits carefully controlled. These attempt at censorship have been supplemented by attacks […]

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Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada: Urgent Call to Demand the Immediate Withdrawal of Eritrean Forces from Tigray

March 03, 2021 The Right Honorable J’ustin Trudeau, MP Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister Ottawa, ON KIA OA2 RE: Urgent Call to Demand the Immediate Withdrawal of Eritrean Forces from Tigray Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Canada is known internationally to be a prominent leader for human rights, peace and democracy, and […]

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UN alleges war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray, urges Eritrea exit

(Source: Al Jazeera, 05 March 2021) – United Nations chief Antonio Guterres leads call for Eritrean troops to leave but Security Council fails to reach consensus. The United Nations on Thursday alleged possible crimes against humanity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region including by Eritrean troops, as it urged a withdrawal by the neighbouring country, which denies […]

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በጥላሽ ለቆሙት!

(ብተመስገን ከበደ: 27 ለካቲት 2013 ዓ/ም, 06 March 2021) – በጥላሽ ለቆሙት! ይቅርብኝ ኣልጠጣም ጉሮረዬ ይድረቅ የእባብ ምሽግ መስሎ እርሻውም ይስንጠቅ እህህ ልበል እንጅ ዴኛ በሌለበት ፈራጅ ህግ ባልቆመበት ሃግር ውንጀል እንደክብር ወሮ በላ እንዳሻው የሚሽክረከር ሥራ ቢሉ ስትኛ ኣዳሪ ትምህርት ቢሉ ደብተራ ኣዝማሪ:: ይህ እንዳልበቃ ዳግመኛ ምን ያክል ጉደኛ መከራየን ችዬ ኣርፌ እንዳልተኛ እየተዝመገመገ: […]

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Ethiopia: UN officials allege war crimes in Tigray

(Source: DW.com) – Senior figures have urged Eritrea to leave the region, saying mass atrocities were being committed and millions of people could go hungry without assistance. Senior UN leaders on Thursday called on Eritrea to take out its troops from the Tigray region in Ethiopia and also alleged that atrocities were being committed in […]

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BAYTO YIAKL: The UN Security Council meeting of Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

To: U.N. Security Council Permanent Members: Re: The U.N. Security Council meeting-Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region Bayto Yiakl USA, a grassroots organization representing Eritrean-Americans from over 40 cities in the United States, are advocating for democracy, human rights, and rule of law in our native country, Eritrea. As a grassroots mass movement, Bayto Yiakl […]

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Amidst ‘conflict, blanket denials and finger-pointing’, UN rights chief calls for probe in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: UN News) –   4 March 2021 | Human Rights Given the persistent reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the UN rights chief on Thursday stressed the urgent need for an objective, independent assessment of the facts on the ground. “Deeply distressing reports of sexual and […]

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ትግራይ ዓደይ ሓደራ ኣለኒ ከይጠልመኪ?

(ብሂወት ሃይለማርያም ሮቢንስ, 26 ለካቲት 2013 ዓ/ም, 05 March 2021) – ትግራይ ዓደይ ሓደራ ኣለኒ ከይጠልመኪ? ተስፋ ነይሩኒ ዓደይ ዓምቢብኪ ዓቢኺ ክሪኤኪ! ኣውሽጥኺ ኣትየ ዓይነይ መሌኤ እኻ ፈጺሚ ዘይጥምተኪ! ገና ክትዓብይለይ ብዙሕ እናሓሰብኩልኪ ! ብሕልመይ ኮነ ብውነይ ካብ ልበይ እኳ ዘይፈልየኪ! ዓደይ እፈልጥ እየ ብብዙሓት ጸላእቲ ከም ዝተኸበብኪ ! ግን ክሳብ ክንዱዚ ፈጺመ ሓሲበ ኣይፈልጥን […]

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Sudan establishes federal system of government

(Source: Sudan Tribune) – March 4, 2021 (KHARTOUM) – The Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, issued today a constitutional decree establishing a federal system of government in Sudan. The decision comes in line with the Constitutional Document that stipulated the establishment of the federal government in Sudan, and the Juba Peace […]

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Ethiopia: A Test Case for UN Security Council Action Under Resolution 2417

(By World Peace Foundation, 04 March 2021) –  Today (March 4, 2021) the UN Security Council is holding an ‘any other business’ meeting, instigated by Ireland, on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. Global Rights Compliance and the World Peace Foundation call on the UNSC to take swift, decisive and impactful action under UNSC Resolution 2417 […]

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UN aid chief calls for Eritrean forces to leave Tigray

(Source: AP, By EDITH M. LEDERER, 04 March 2021) –       UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned Thursday that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray province, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance and demanding that forces from neighboring Eritrea accused of committing […]

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UN: Ethiopian, Eritrean troops behind possible ‘war crimes’

(Source: Al Jazeera) –  UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said multiple parties to the conflict are possible perpetrators of sexual violence and killings. The UN rights chief says that her office has corroborated grave violations that could amount to “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, including by Eritrean troops. Michelle […]

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Human Rights Watch Report: Eritrean Forces massacred hundreds of civilians in Axum

(Source: Human Rights Watch, March 5, 2021 4:39PM EST | Report) – Ethiopia: Eritrean Forces Massacre Tigray Civilians – Full Report UN Should Urgently Investigate Atrocities by All Parties.   (Nairobi) – Eritrean armed forces massacred scores of civilians, including children as young as 13, in the historic town of Axum in Ethiopia’s Tigray region […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 98 – 05 March 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 peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and on […]

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EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray crisis is growing

(Source: AP, By CARA ANNA, AIROBI, Kenya) –     Civilians massacred. Journalists arrested. People starving to death. Ethiopia’s government is under growing pressure to allow the world to see firsthand what has occurred in its embattled Tigray region as its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister rejects “partisan interventions.” That pressure is expected to spike […]

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Opinion: A key U.S. ally in Africa is massacring civilians. Can Biden stop it?

(Source: Washington Post) –  People mourn the victims of a massacre allegedly perpetrated by Eritrean soldiers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region last Friday. (Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images) Opinion by Editorial Board March 3, 2021 at 6:27 p.m. GMT ETHIOPIA IS emerging as a major test of the Biden administration’s commitment to a foreign policy grounded in human […]

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