Mekelle city interim mayor resigns

(Source: Addisstandard, By Medihane Ekubamichael @Medihane, Addis Abeba 30 March 2021) – Ataklti Haileselassie, the Interim Mayor of Mekelle city, has resigned from his post, Ataklti has confirmed to Addis Standard, but said he would provide more details on the circumstances surrounding his resignation “tomorrow.” Atakliti was appointed by the federally arranged Tigray regional state interim administration […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 116 – 31 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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Ethiopian Foreign Ministry on Eritrea: “We are one people, we are one country.” Does this mean an end to Eritrean independence?

(Source: Eritrean Hub, Ethiopia Insider) – Statement of Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Dina Mufti, 30 March 2021 “By the way, each and every Eritrean, they won’t be asked, but if they were, they (would admit that they) don’t celebrate the day they separated from Ethiopia.   They don’t like it. The ones (Eritreans) abroad confess […]

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Funding needed as Food for the Hungry responds to evolving Tigray crisis

(Source: Food for the Hungry) – Current funding will help serve half a million people in need with food, water, clothing, and other basic supplies International humanitarian organization Food for the Hungry (FH) has secured funding from the US government and World Food Programme to support on-the-ground efforts during the internal conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia. […]

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Ethiopia must accommodate the legitimate demands of the federalist camp or perish

(Source: Global Policy, By Teferi Mergo – 30 March 2021) –   Teferi Mergo argues that faced with limited options the international community must support a political settlement between Ethiopia’s warring federalist and the unitary camps. The Ethiopian state is facing an existential threat, with devastating civil conflicts raging in many parts of the country. […]

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Abiy makes grudging admission on atrocities in Tigray

(Source: Africa Confidential) – As horrendous reports emerge abuses of civilians in the embattled region, Addis Ababa admits involvement of Eritrean troops International pressure seems to have prompted Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to declare on 26 March that Eritrean troops will withdraw from the Tigray region after reports of their involvement in serial atrocities against […]

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Eritrea: Ethiopia evinces readiness to use Eritrean ports

(Source: Ethiopian Herald, By Getahun Legesse, ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia is executing due activities to re-access Eritrean ports of Massawa and Assab whilst the Eritrean side is currently renovating the ports facilities to handle Ethiopia’s shipment and provide seamless service for the future traffic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said. MoFA Spokesperson Ambassador Dina Mufti […]

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Land dispute drives fresh exodus in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: The Standard, By Reuters) –  The dusty buses keep coming, dozens a day, mattresses, chairs and baskets piled on top. They stop at schools hurriedly turned into camps, disgorging families who describe fleeing from ethnic Amhara militia in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Four months after the Ethiopian government declared victory over the rebellious Tigray People’s […]

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‘Men are forced to rape own relatives’, military violence against civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray raises alarms

(Source: LA Times, By Rohan Parakkad) – The United Nations Organisation has addressed the alarming numbers of sexual violence and brutality cases rising from the Tigray province in Northern Ethiopia. The officials including U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock, rights chief Michelle Bachelet, and refugee chief Filippo Grandi, held a meeting, Monday.  In a joint statement, […]

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Ethiopian-Eritrean Students Association Leads Discussion on Tigray Conflict

(Source: The Connell Daily Sun, By Surita Basu) – The Ethiopian-Eritrean Students Association is bringing attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.   Last Wednesday, the Ethiopian-Eritrean Students Association hosted the event for the Cornell community in collaboration with Omna Tigray, a global organization center that advocates the human rights of […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 115 – 30 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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Mourning the disgrace of Ethiopia and Ethiopians

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Mistir Sew) – The uncritical support many Ethiopians display for the brutal war in Tigray will deepen the estrangement of Tigrayans from their country. Since November 2020, Ethiopian citizens of the regional state of Tigray have been targeted in an utterly reckless and unspeakably brutal war. The war against Tigray is […]

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Tigray’s cities fill with displaced people fleeing insecurity and in need of aid

(Sorce: MSF, Voices from the Field, 29 March 2021) – In recent weeks, tens of thousands of displaced people have arrived in cities in the conflict-hit region of Tigray, northern Ethiopia. They join others who arrived earlier and are staying in schools and empty buildings, in poor conditions and without basic services. Many have already […]

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‘You don’t belong’: land dispute drives new exodus in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Reuters, Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia) – The dusty buses keep coming, dozens a day, mattresses, chairs and baskets piled on top. They stop at schools hurriedly turned into camps, disgorging families who describe fleeing from ethnic Amhara militia in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Four months after the Ethiopian government declared victory over the rebellious Tigray People’s […]

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Manifesto of the Ethiopian Multinational Federalists Support Force

22 March 2021 PRELUDE  In the last three years, Ethiopia has moved from a hopeful moment of a democratic transition to the precipice of falling apart as a state.  The combined effect of the turmoil caused by a mismanaged and derailed political transition, the impact of protracted state-sponsored conflicts and the chaotic management of the […]

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In the pretext of widespead crimes: Ethiopian federal Police apprehends 359 people

(Source: VON) – In the pretext of widespread crimes, the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission on Saturday said it has apprehended 359 individuals for alleged involvement in organised and widespread crimes in Addis Ababa surrounding areas. In a statement it released on Saturday, the commission unveiled organized crimes involving killing of people, stealing of children and […]

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The civil war in Tigray is becoming more and more like the Rwandan genocide

(Source: Trouw, Erik van Zwam) –  English translation of the article published on Trouw (The Netherlands): A year after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he is also held responsible for heinous war crimes in the renegade Tigray region. ‘He could even be complicit in genocide.’ Some reports from Ethiopia’s […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 114 – 29 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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Can Eritrea’s Afwereki hold on to power after the Tigray war?

(Source: Al Jazeera, by Abraham T Zere, Exiled Eritrean journalist/writer based in the US) – The Eritrean president finds himself in an increasingly difficult situation. On March 22, 2021, the European Union sanctioned Eritrea’s National Security Agency with an asset freeze and travel ban, alleging that the agency was “responsible for serious human rights violations […]

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“Eritrean troops to be integrated into Ethiopian army and talks on Federation to commence soon” – report

(Source: Eritrea Hub) – The following report has been received from inside Eritrea. It is reproduced verbatim, with analysis below. “1. No plans to pull Eritrean troops from Ethiopia – the press release by the Ethiopian government is propaganda and far from the truth. Eritrean forces will not leave Tigray. 2. What has been agreed […]

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‘Don’t shoot,’ Ethiopian father begged Eritrean soldiers, daughter says

(Source: Reuters) –  Fourteen-year-old Mibrak Esayus recalls the day last November when she says Eritrean soldiers burst into her home in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and killed her mother and father. It was 10 days into Ethiopia’s military campaign against fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the region’s former ruling party, following their surprise […]

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Scale of Tigray horror adds to pressure on Ethiopian leader

(Source: The Guardian, By Emmanuel Akinwotu, Sun 28 Mar 2021) –  New claims emerge of sexual atrocities and massacres by troops Orthodox Christian refugees who fled the conflict in Tigray pray at a camp in Hamdeyat near the Sudan-Ethiopia border. Photograph: Nariman El-Mofty/AP Pressure is mounting on Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, as the scale of horrors […]

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The U.N. Human Rights Office must undertake an urgent, objective, and independent investigation for war crimes in Tigray

(Source: Eritrea Hub) –  We, ERIPS (Eritrean Research Institute for Policy and Strategy), are pleased to note that the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abyi Ahmed, has finally accepted the need for an investigation of the reported atrocity crimes committed throughout Tigray.  We are particularly pleased to note that the United Nations High Commission for Human […]

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Ethiopian PM’s week of dramatic disclosures evades root of Tigray crisis

(Source: France24, by Leela JACINTO) –   Days after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finally admitted Eritrean troops were in Tigray after months of denial, the Nobel Peace Prize winner on Friday said they would be withdrawing from Ethiopia. But the stunning announcements offered no word on military or political resolutions to a deep crisis […]

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Eritrean soldiers blamed for 500 rapes in Ethiopia

(Source: The Irish independent, by Michelle Nichols) –   More than 500 rape cases have been reported to five clinics in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United Nations said, warning that the actual numbers might be far higher. “Women say they have been raped by armed actors, they also told stories of gang rape, rape in […]

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Lobbying Firm Repping Ethiopian Regime a Major Biden Backer

(Source: Free Beacon) – Graham Piro and Jack Beyrer – March 26, 2021 3:25 PM A prominent Washington, D.C., lobbying firm and major Democratic donor is partnering with the Ethiopian regime, which has been accused of war crimes in the country’s Tigray region, prompting a protest from Tigrayan advocates outside the firm’s doors on Thursday. […]

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Situation Report – EEPA HORN No. 113 – 26 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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Ethiopia ‘will be digging up mass graves for a decade’: inside Tigray’s dirty war

(Source: Financial Times) – Involvement by Eritrean troops in ‘law and order’ operation tips country into fully fledged crisis The 78-year-old Orthodox priest stayed inside his house until the killers had gone. Then, leaning on his wooden cane and holding a crucifix, he rushed outside to cover the bodies of his four sons and his […]

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‘We’re here to make you HIV positive’: Hundreds of women rush to Tigray hospitals as soldiers use rape as weapon of war

(Source: Daily Telegraph) – Doctors say victims of conflict-related sexual violence are seeking emergency contraception and HIV prevention drugs in northern Ethiopia By Lucy Kassa and Anna Pujol-Mazzini27 March 2021 • 8:30am Hundreds of women are rushing to Tigray’s hospitals in northern Ethiopia for emergency contraception and HIV prevention drugs after being systematically raped, often gang-raped, by […]

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