Bait and switch diplomacy: Abiy and Isaias’s two-act drama

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Tewodros Tsegaye) Abiy and Isaias are producing a deceptive drama to keep Eritrean troops in Tigray.  The parliamentary session held on 23 March taught us, rather sadly, that Ethiopia no longer has sovereignty and that any foreign power claiming national security concerns can breach our borders to do as it pleases. […]

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The war in Tigray is taking a frightful human toll

(Source: The Economist, Addis Ababa, Apr 15th 2021) –  “Like flour scattered in the wind” is how Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, describes the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (tplf), the ethnically based party that called the shots in Ethiopia for almost three decades. By this he means it is crushed, never to revive. There is no denying […]

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A Tigray interim admin official paints a grim picture of Tigray through the lens of agriculture

(Source: Tghat) –  Dr Abadi Girmay in an interview with Fana TV Head of Tigray’s Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tigray interim administration, Dr. Abadi Girmay, paints a grim picture of Tigray. In an interview with Fana, a government TV, Dr. Girmay said that as if what has happened to Tigray and […]

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Eritrea admits presence in Ethiopia’s Tigray, tells UN it is withdrawing

(Source: VOA, By Reuters, April 16, 2021 05:07 PM)  NEW YORK – Eritrea told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that it had agreed to start withdrawing its troops from Ethiopia’s Tigray region, acknowledging publicly for the first time the country’s involvement in the conflict. The admission in a letter to the 15-member council, posted […]

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Sexual violence being used as weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray, U.N. says

(Source: Reuters, April 16, 202 18:44 AM BST) –  Girls as young as 8 are being targeted with sexual violence by parties in the conflict, said the U.N.’s aid chief By Michelle Nichols Sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray, the U.N. aid chief told the Security Council on […]

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Massacres of 1,900 people in Tigray Confirmed by Eye-Witness Report which implicates Eritrean Military

(Source: Human Rights Concern Eritrea, 16 April 2021) –  A recent authoritative research study by Ghent University in Belgium has revealed the extent of the massacres of civilians in Tigray since the conflict began in November 2020. The report identifies 151 massacres, in which over 1,900 were killed in cold blood. The researchers state from eye-witness testimony that Eritrean soldiers were involved […]

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No sign of promised Eritrean exit from Tigray, says UN

(Source: The National) –  Aid chief Mark Lowcock says the crisis is worsening and atrocities continue. Top UN humanitarian Mark Lowcock described a deepening crisis in northern Ethiopia on Thursday and said that Eritrea was not answering global calls to withdraw its troops from the turbulent Tigray region. Addressing closed-door UN Security Council talks, Mr […]

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GSTS Letter to President of the World Bank Group and Chairwoman of the Executive Board International Monetary Fund

(By Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS)) – We, the Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS), have been encouraged by the commitment of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Paris Club creditors’ support to developing countries. Ethiopia is among these countries that have benefited from this package. GSTS also notes with […]

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Top Ethiopia health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray

(Source: AlJazeera By Reuters) –  Eleven women tell Reuters they had been raped by soldiers as a top Ethiopian official has made a sexual slavery accusation. Hundreds of women have reported that they were subjected to horrific sexual violence by Ethiopian and allied Eritrean soldiers after fighting broke out in November [File: Nariman el-Mofty/AP Photo] […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 128 – 16 April 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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Amnesty: Eritrean troops still killing in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Mail Online, By Associated Press, NAIROBI, Kenya) – Eritrean soldiers remain in Ethiopia´s embattled Tigray region and are killing civilians weeks after Ethiopia said the soldiers would leave, according to Amnesty International. The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Thursday on the situation in Tigray, where thousands of people have been killed […]

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Report received by the UN “just this morning” reveals 150 people died of hunger in Tigray; Eritrean forces, Amhara region authorities restricting humanitarian access

(Source: Addis Standard, Addis Ababa) –  Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has today delivered a grim assessment on the humanitarian crisis in Tigray to members of the UN Security Council at a closed door meeting requested by the US under Any other Business (AOB). In his remarks seen by […]

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Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release April 15, 2021 Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Today the United States raised again in the Security Council its grave concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 127 – 15 April 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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Tigray women suffer rape and ‘cruelty beyond comprehension’, says UN

(Source: The National, By James Reinl) –  Covid-19 has worsened levels of sexual attacks on women and girls across the world’s hotspots Women and girls in northern Ethiopia’s turbulent Tigray region face worsening sexual attacks and “cruelty beyond comprehension”, a UN official said on Wednesday in talks on gender-based crimes in warzones. Pramila Patten, the UN […]

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Special Report: Health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray; women blame soldiers

(Source: Reuters, By Katharine Houreld, Adigrat) – The young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded. ADIGRAT, Ethiopia (Reuters) – It was the beginning of an 11-day ordeal in February, during which she […]

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Government must take action to highlight plight of Tigray Region of Ethiopia – John Brady TD

(Source: Shinn Fein, by John Brady TD) –  Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Defence John Brady TD has called on the Irish government to take strong and vocal action to mobilise both the EU and the UN, in order to address the emerging threat of famine and bring to an end the violence in […]

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Eritrean troops open fire on civilians in Adwa, Tigray: 3 killed and 19 injured

(Source: Amnesty) –  Amnesty International can confirm that Eritrean troops killed three people and injured at least 19 in an unprovoked attack on civilians in the centre of Adwa town on 12 April. Witnesses told Amnesty International that Eritrean troops were passing through the town located in the Tigray region, when they suddenly opened fire […]

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Sudan calls for closed-door meeting over Ethiopian dam

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has called his Egyptian and Ethiopian counterparts for a closed-door meeting over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), after the failure of the Kinshasa discussions, a week ago. In a meeting held from 3 to 6 April in the capital […]

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Another war in the Horn? Rising tension at the Ethiopia-Sudan border

(Source: Democracy in Africa, By Lovise Aalen) –   Could the Horn of Africa be set for another war? The prospects for a fresh conflict are certainly increasing. Both Ethiopia and Sudan are in extremely vulnerable positions since the change of power in the two countries in 2018 and 2019. Ethiopia is also at war […]

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The World Bank should not fund Ethiopia’s war in Tigray

(Source: FT, By Alex de Waal) –  The writer is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a professor at Tufts University. This month, Ethiopia, a low-income country facing economic difficulties, is making its case for a financial bailout at the spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF. It is also conducting a […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 126 – 14 April 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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Where are the Tigrayan members of Ethiopian National Defence Force?

(Source: Tghat, By Medhanie Gaim) – After Abiy Ahmed declared war on Tigray, life has not been the same for Tigrayans. There were reports of harassment, discrimination, and abuse of Tigrayans by government officials.  Tigrayan top military officers and members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) were not even spared. All ethnic Tigrayans who […]

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Two million displaced in Ethiopia: Three questions on Tigray

(Source: The Christian Science Monitor, By Ryan Lenora Brown, 12 April 2021) –  The military offensive in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has dragged on for nearly six agonizing months, forcing more than 2 million people out of their homes. Despite government attempts to keep journalists out, and information in, reports have emerged of mass atrocities by both […]

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UN OCHA Tigray Humanitarian Update: Only a fraction of the needy receiving aid

(Source: UN OCHA) – Highlights (19 hours ago) The access situation in Tigray is fluid and constantly changing. Despite recent improvements in access, active conflict in various areas this week restricted humanitarian response. In addition to insecurity, humanitarian partners continue to flag challenges with capacity and resources to be able to scale up to the […]

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Brutal conflict in Tigray threatens breakup of Ethiopia

Ethiopia (Source:WSWS.org Jean Shaoul) –  Bloody conflict in Tigray, one of Ethiopia’s semi-autonomous, ethnically defined provinces in the north of the country, is fuelling support for secession from Ethiopia’s federal state. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched what he called a “law-and-order” operation against the regional government of Tigray, run by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front […]

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Harrowing Personal Qoutes and Testimonies on the war on Tigray

(By Makonnen Tesfaye, 11 April 2021) – With more access to foreign reporters,  it is extremely gruesome to hear the unfolding horrors of the war, in particular the magnitude and extent of the weaponisation of sexual violence and rape is horrifying. Surviving this experience for Tigrayans is bound  to be daunting, perhaps worse than the […]

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The purging of Tigray: civilians flee as Amhara Forces and Eritrean Army ethnic cleansing intensifies

(Source: Eritrean Hub, By Martin Plaut) – This map from the UN says it all: the flight of ordinary men and women as they are driven from their homes by Amhara militia in the West and Eritrean forces in the North. In the West, people are fleeing as Amhara Faro militia and special forces “ethnically […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 125 – 13 April 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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Justice will not be served by a joint Ethiopian-UN inquiry into Tigray atrocities

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Getachew Gebrekiros Temare) –   UN human rights investigators should not work with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, a state-funded institution that lacks political independence. On 3 November, a military conflict erupted between the Ethiopian federal government and the regional government of Tigray. On 28 November, almost three weeks after the […]

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ሳልሳይ ስብራት

(Source: Tghat, Daughter of a revolutionary) – ሓደ ሰብ ኣብ ሂወቱ ክንደይ ጊዜ ይስበር? ሓደ ጊዜ? ክልተ? ሰለስተ? መልሱ ንኣኻትኩም ክገድፎ። ኣደይ ኣንፃር ደርጊ፡ ሓዳራ ገዲፋ ንሜዳ እትትወፅእ ኣነ ኣብ ከብዳ ምንባረይ ኣይትፈልጥን ነይራ። ኣብ እዋን ልምምድ ዘጋጥማ ንዝነበረ ስምዒታት ሕማም ኣብ ጥቓኣ ዝነበራ መሓዙታ መድሓኒት እዩ ኢለን ዝኣመናሉ ኵሉ ይውህብኣ ነይረን። ድሕሪ ዝተወሰነ ጊዜ […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 124 – 12 April 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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