A REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: Ethiopia’s crackdown on ethnic Tigrayans snares thousands

(Source: Rueters) – Across Ethiopia, Tigrayans are being fired and jailed since fighting erupted in their home region. The tensions are complicating efforts to end one of the world’s bitterest civil conflicts and threatening the unity of the country. By GIULIA PARAVICINI, DAWIT ENDESHAW and KATHARINE HOURELD Filed May 7, 2021, 11 a.m. GMT Police […]

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Eritrea’s letter to UN is ‘open admission of aggression’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray war

(Source: The Africa Report) –  In an attempt to shift blame, the Eritrean government has openly implicated itself as being in violation of international laws. On 16 April, Sophia Tesfamariam, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN, sent a letter to the Security Council (UNSC). She explained Eritrea’s involvement in Ethiopia’s war in […]

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Where is South Sudan’s share in the Nile’s waters?

(Source: Sudan Post) –  “The Ethiopian government should be open to negotiation and international arbitration in order to find a common ground and achieve win-win outcome and iron out the ongoing tensions with Egypt and Sudan.” Water is life and it is one of the precious and life-saving commodities in the world. Every living human […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 143 – 07 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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US envoy heads to Ethiopia as Tigray crisis marks six months: Is Jeffrey Feltman carrying sanctions on his diplomatic trip to Ethiopian and Eritrea?

(Source: The National) – Before his trip, Jeffrey Feltman said that a bigger crisis in Tigray could make the Syrian war ‘look like child’s play’. “The US has been mulling imposing sanctions on Ethiopia and Eritrea if a ceasefire is not enacted in Tigray and Asmara’s forces do not withdraw.” Washington sent on Tuesday its […]

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Ethiopian telecoms sell-off flops in wake of economic and security concerns

(Source: FT, By David Pilling in London and Andres Schipani in Djibouti) –  Investors worried about opacity, restrictions and political instability Ethiopia’s sale of two telecoms licences, billed by the government as the “deal of the century”, has flopped, dealing a blow to the push to market capitalism championed by Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister. […]

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G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting: Communiqué

(Source. Gov.uk: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, London, 5 May 2021) –  Contents I. Preamble II. Foreign and security policy III. Open societies IV. Sustainable recovery V. Conclusion Print this page   I. Preamble 1. We, the Foreign and Development Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7), and the High Representative of the European Union, […]

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Rights Commission rings alarm at large number arbitrary detention of prisoners across Oromia; reveals cases of police extortion

(Source: Addis Standard, Addis Abeba) –  Download the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) full report here.  The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) expressed serious concern over the treatment of detainees in detention centres across Oromia region. During the period from November 20, 2020 to January 12, 2021, the Commission deployed monitoring teams at 21 selected […]

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UN releases US$65 million for humanitarian response in Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis worsens

(Source: OCHA, New York, 6 May 2021) –  The United Nations has released US$65 million for the humanitarian response in Ethiopia. More than 16 million people need humanitarian assistance throughout Ethiopia, including an estimated 4.5 million in the Tigray region. UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said: “Ethiopian lives and livelihoods are being destroyed by drought, […]

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Tigray war and logistical issues plague Ethiopia’s elections

(Source: African News) – Ethiopia’s elections are just a month away and posters of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party are already up. But there are obstacles to credible polls, with the war in the northern Tigray region and ethnic violence there are major logistical hurdles. Ahmed came to power three years ago and promised […]

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Republic of Korea contributes US$400,00 for WFP emergency response in Tigray

(Source: WFP Press Release, Addis Ababa) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$400,000 contribution from the Government of the Republic of Korea to our operations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to help provide food and nutrition support for thousands of people displaced by conflict. The Republic of Korea’s donation will contribute to […]

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Sudan does not want to be at mercy of Ethiopia: Hamdok

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – Sudan is seeking a legally binding agreement over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) because the downstream country does not want to be at the mercy of Ethiopia, said Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Speaking to CNN in a videoconference interview on Wednesday, Hamdok said […]

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Ethiopia replaces head of interim gov’t in war-wracked Tigray

Mulu Nega, who was appointed in November as fighting raged in northern region, is replaced by Abraham Belay, federal government says. Ethiopia’s federal government has replaced the head of the interim administration of Tigray, a region racked by more than six months of catastrophic conflict. Mulu Nega had held the position since November, shortly after […]

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Tigray crisis: Many people in rural areas are cut off from aid

(Source: Medecins Sans Frontieres, Geneva, 04 May 2021) – When a small Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile team reached the Ethiopian village of Adiftaw for the first time in mid-March, they found the health post had been looted and partially destroyed. Medical files, broken equipment, and torn medicine packaging were strewn across the […]

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G7, EU call presence of foreign forces in Tigray “deeply disturbing and destabilizing”; MSF warns of “alarming malnutrition”

  (Source: Addis Standard, Addis Ababa) “there was malnutrition rate of 26.6% and more than 6% of children had severe acute malnutrition.” MSF. Photo: MSF The Foreign and Development Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) and the High Representative of the European Union called “the presence of foreign forces in Tigray is deeply disturbing […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 142 – 06 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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‘Escaping Eritrea’ Filmmaker Evan Williams Describes ‘Phenomenal Sacrifice’ of Eritreans Sneaking Footage Out of Country

(Source: PBS Front Line, By Priyanka Boghani) –   May 4, 2021 The United Nations estimates that Eritrea is among the top three countries, alongside Syria and South Sudan, with the greatest proportion of their citizens who have become refugees — with 12,500 refugees per 100,000 people. According to the U.N.’s last available estimates, released […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 141 – 05 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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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 140 – 04 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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Ethiopia: Tigray Region Humanitarian Update

Highlights (2 days ago) Humanitarian partners continue the scale-up effort to reach all people in need in Tigray; but the response is not commensurate to the needs. Nearly six months into the conflict, most rural areas remain cut from communications and electricity, impacting access to health services and water supply among others. Three Food operators […]

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‘Alarming’ malnutrition in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray: Doctors Without Borders

(Source: Al Arabiya, By AFP, Addis Ababa) – Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday described “alarming” malnutrition in parts of Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region and said the situation was likely to worsen with the coming rainy season. The medical charity, known by its French initials MSF, said residents were struggling to access food distribution points and […]

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Ethiopian PM accuses Egypt, Sudan of backing unrest in western region

(Source: Al Monitor, By Khalid Hassan, Cairo) –  The Ethiopian Prime Minister called out his neighbors for fueling the recent round of violence in Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz region where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is located. Violence has been ongoing in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is located, […]

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Troubles pile up ahead of Ethiopia’s first polls under Abiy

(Source: Mail Online, By Afp) – Ethiopia is set to hold elections in a month, but with war in the north, ethnic violence elsewhere and major logistical hurdles, the path to credible polls is littered with obstacles. When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power three years ago, he promised to break from Ethiopia’s authoritarian […]

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Ethiopia ‘at a crossroads’ amid spiraling ethnic conflict

(Source: AP, By RODNEY MUHUMUZA) –   GONDAR, Ethiopia (AP) — Aba Yosief Desta preferred not to discuss the ethnicities of victims in the widening conflicts threatening Ethiopia’s unity. A wooden cross in hand, the Orthodox monk in yellow robes insisted that victims of massacres “have the same face.” Speaking to The Associated Press from […]

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Tigray war rips thousands of children from parents: Says Save the Children

(Source: Mail Online, By AFP) – Ethiopia’s Tigray war has separated thousands of children from their parents, and many now face “dire” and dangerous conditions in displacement camps, the charity Save the Children said Tuesday. “Many of these children were separated from their parents while fleeing for their lives during the conflict. Others have lost […]

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ዋርሳይ ወደይ!

(ብተመስገን ከበደ: ሚያዝያ 25,  2013) – ዋርሳይ ወደይ! ዋርሳይ ዋርሳይ አንታ ጨካን ወደይ ዋርሳይ ዋርሳይ አንቲ ጨካን ጏይለይ ትሻዓተ ወርሒ ተሸኪመ ኣብ ኸብደይ ንዓመታት ሓዚለ ኣብዝባነይ ኽሳዕ ሑቐይ ዝግመይ ኸምዕድል ኾኑ ናተይነገር ወላዲት ኹሉ ትፆር ንስብ ዘይንገር ሽይጣን ይኹን ዕሾኽ ደንዴር ፀሓ ኣቢልካ ዘኡውርወር:: እርጋን ምሳርከቨ እግሪ ምስረቭረቨ ሸግር ምስተደራረቨ: ክኸድ ገዛ ደቀይ እፎይ ኢለ […]

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Irob ethnic group fears extinction as Tigray war enters 6th month

(Source: Aljazeera) – The Irob, who mostly live in Ethiopia’s northeastern corner bordering Eritrea, face an existential crisis in addition to humanitarian suffering caused by ongoing conflict, activists say. Teklay Hailay* has been so worried since November 4 that he has had trouble sleeping. That is when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared in a […]

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OLF Chairman’s residence attacked at night; Party PR says chairman whereabouts unknown and Rights Commission unaware of the attack

(Source: Addis Standard) –  By Siyanne Mekonnen @Siyaanne Addis Abeba, May 4, 2021 – Reports of an attack on the residence of the chairman of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Dawud Ibsa have been coming out since last night. Addis Standard received footage of the incident where huge bangs on the gate could be heard. This […]

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Ethiopia: Tepid international response to Tigray conflict fuels horrific violations over past six months

(Source: Amnesty) –  African and other world leaders must urgently speak out and do more to stem the ferocious tide of human rights and international humanitarian law violations in the armed conflict that has now raged for six months in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Amnesty International said today. Since the fighting broke out on 4 November […]

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The Debate: Which way for Ethiopia? Abiy cracks down on regional revolts ahead of elections

(Source: France24, 03 May 2021) – Can the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia keep it together? Change has become increasingly bloody it seems since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi, a Tigrean whose home region is now in open revolt against the central government. There, conventional fighting is morphing into guerrilla warfare with reprisals […]

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Rape and ethnic cleansing in Tigray

(Source: Counter Punch, by John Clamp) – Victims have told investigators that when Ethiopian federal regular soldiers and militia inflict infertility on Tigrayan women with burning metal rods, after gang-raping them, they tell the women that this is to stop them having ‘Woyene’ children (the Amharans’ derogatory term for ‘Tigrayans’). Unleashing this kind of sentiment […]

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Travel of Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa to Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan

(Source: US Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, MAY 3, 2021) –  U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan from May 4 to May 13, 2021.  Special Envoy Feltman will hold meetings with officials from the respective governments as well as the United […]

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Ethiopia: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell on the cancellation of the Election Observation Mission

(Source: EU, Brussels, 03/05/2021 – 23:04, UNIQUE ID: 210503_18) –    Statements by the HR/VP Despite all efforts by the European Union, it was not possible to reach an agreement with Ethiopian authorities on key parameters for the deployment of an EU Electoral Observation Mission in view of the parliamentary elections on 5 June 2021. As conditions are not fulfilled, the deployment […]

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