U.S. Africa envoy: Ethiopia crisis could make Syria look like ‘child’s play’

(Source: Foreign Policy) – Jeffrey Feltman, the new American envoy to the Horn of Africa, faces a cascade of overlapping challenges in the region. By Robbie Gramer The Biden administration this month brought Jeffrey Feltman, a seasoned former senior U.S. and United Nations diplomat, out of semi-retirement to assume the newly created role of special […]

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Ethiopian war: UNHCR concerned by deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Tigray, northern Ethiopia

(Source: SABC News) – The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s northern region is deteriorating. That’s the warning from the United Nations Refugee Agency – UNHCR. The UN’s humanitarian agency says over 1 million people are currently in need of urgent assistance in the Tigray Region. The international community, led by the United States, has increased pressure […]

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UK can lead international response to addressing horrors in Tigray using its combined development and diplomatic prowess within the FCDO

International Development Committee Select Committee Announcement No.65 UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 00:01 FRIDAY 30 APRIL2021 Report publication: The humanitarian situation in Tigray The International Development Committee (IDC) has today said that the UK’s response to the deeply concerning humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region will be an early test of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and […]

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‘No more sacred places’: Heritage sites under siege in Tigray conflict

(Source: AFP, By Robbie COREY-BOULET, Fri, April 30, 2021, 6:45 AM) – Damaged shrine: The mausoleum at the al-Nejashi Mosque, one of the oldest in Africa     Hajj Siraj Mohammed has spent five decades managing the famed al-Nejashi Mosque in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region, welcoming worshippers even during periods of conflict and famine.   […]

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Eritrean Troops burn down and destroy animal food, houses and infrastructures in Debre Genet Village of Naeder Adet, central Tigray (videos and photos)

(Source: Tghat) – The videos and photos below are taken by professor Kindeya Gebrehiwot, former president of Mekelle University and current freedom fighter. The videos and photos show the burning of farmers’ agricultural inputs and tools essential for living. The place is in Wereda Naider Adet, village of Debre-genet in central Tigray. The date of […]

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A Tigray Civil Society, Seb Hidri, warns OHCHR Head, Michelle Bachelet, against involving EHRC and its head in Tigray HR investigations.

(Source: Tghat) – A letter to Your Excellency Ms Michelle Bachelet, United Nation Higher commissioner for Human Rights: Alarmed by your announcement for agreeing to a call by Ethiopian Human Rights Commission for a joint investigation, and reading the commission’s “preliminary report” dated 24th of March, presented as a deposit for “a possible place” in […]

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Ethiopia: People in Tigray are traumatized

(Source: Independent Catholic News) Maria Lozano and Fionn Shiner Apr 27th, 2021 Food distribution camp near Alitena, Tigray ©ACN/Magdalena Wolnik Hundreds lie dead in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region according to a secret inside account, which described priests beaten up, churches ransacked, and “rampant” hunger and fear gripping the populace who have no medicine left. Speaking […]

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Unpaid and out of job, the plights of private school teachers in Mekelle

(Source: Addis Standard) –  By Etenesh Abera @EteneshAb Addis Abeba, April 28, 2021 – The coming May 4th marks the 6th month after the war between the federal government and the ruling party of the region TPLF broke out. International humanitarian organizations and the Interim administration of Tigray region estimated that more 4.5 million people […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray war is fuelling Amhara expansionism

(Source: Foreign Policy) – Abiy Ahmed depends on the support of ethnic Amhara leaders and militias whose goal is to reconquer what they consider lost territories—from Tigray to Sudan. By Kjetil Tronvoll, an anthropologist and professor at Bjorknes University College in Oslo.   April 28, 2021, 4:28 AM The war in Tigray, the northernmost region […]

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100 Ethiopian peacekeepers in Abyei seek asylum in Sudan

(Source: Sudan Tribune) – April 28, 2021 (KHARTOUM) – Some 100 Ethiopian peacekeepers from the restive Tigray region deployed in the Abyei area have refused to return to Ethiopia, citing fears for their life. “The members of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) have arrived in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur […]

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What President Isaias’s history tells us about his stand on Eritrean independence and the truth

(Source: Martinplaut.com, By Martin Plaut) – Professor Gaim Kibreab has just brought out an important book: “From Ally to Enemy – the Soviet Union and the Horn of Africa; a failed intervention.” Published by Red Sea Press it is worth reading to understand just how President Isaias has operated over many years. There is a […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 137 – 28 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 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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‘Clean out our insides’: Ethiopia detains thousands of Tigrayans without charge and continues ethnic profiling amid war

(Source: AP, By CARA ANNA, Andrew Drake in London contributed) –   NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia has swept up thousands of ethnic Tigrayans into detention centers across the country on accusations that they are traitors, often holding them for months and without charges, the AP has found. The detentions, mainly but not exclusively of […]

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Armed forces from Tigray launch attack inside Amhara region

(Source: Addis Standard) –  By Addis Standard staff  Addis Abeba, April 28, 2021 – Local authorities in Amhara Regional State, Wag Hemra zone, said an early morning military attack on April 25 in Abergele Woreda of the zone casued civilian casualties and property damage in the town of Niraq. The Zonal communication office blamed the […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 136 – 28 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 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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Tigray Interim Agriculture & Development bureau head warns against looming starvation in the years to come

 (Source: Addis Standard) – By Medihane Ekubamichael @Medihane Addis Abeba, April 27, 2021 – Addressing humanitarian needs in Tigray has been a top agenda for many followers of the crisis. International as well as local humanitarian aid providers raised  their concerns soon after the onset of the armed conflict in Tigray region. The humanitarian crisis, […]

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What Ethiopia needs is a UN probe into genocide in Tigray

(Source: The Citizen, By Zitto Kabwe) – I was astonished to read an editorial in The Citizen of Sunday, April 18, 2021 supporting the call by the Ethiopian ambassador to Tanzania for international intervention to back his government in rebuilding the Tigray region. The ambassador, Yonas Sanbe, was earlier quoted in a story in The […]

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Eritrean troops block, loot food aid in Tigray: shows Ethiopian Gov’t documents

(Source: Mail online, By AFP) – Eritrean soldiers are blocking and looting food aid in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region, according to government documents obtained by AFP, stoking fears of starvation deaths as fighting nears the six-month mark. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray in November to detain and disarm leaders of the […]

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‘A Tigrayan womb should never give birth’: Rape in Tigray

(Source: Aljazeera, By Lucy Kassa) – Displaced people from Ethiopia’s western Tigray region report cases of rape, looting and extrajudicial killings allegedly perpetrated by Amhara forces. Warning: The story below contains descriptions of extreme sexual violence Akberet* knew she was no longer safe. Keep reading What role can schools play to end violence and sexual harassment? […]

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Ethiopia’s bungled 2018 deal with Oromo rebels is the cause of current turmoil

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Marew Abebe Salemot) –    Oromo nationalist rebels never agreed to disarm and now hardline elements are on the attack. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s 2018 decision to grant amnesty to exiled rebel fighters (most of them in Eritrea) under the pretense that they would lay down their arms may be coming […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 135 – 27 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 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. 134 – 26 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 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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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

(Source: US Department of State) – Office of the Spokesperson April 26, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:‎ Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today to reiterate the United States’ grave concern about the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crisis in the country, including the growing risk of famine in […]

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US presses Ethiopia to end Tigray conflict over ‘humanitarian disaster’

(Source: VOA, By Nike Ching) – The United States is pressing Ethiopia to end the conflict in its Tigray region that has been raging for almost six months. U.S. officials are also calling for allied Eritrean troops to withdraw from the region.   The United States will continue to pause non-humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia to […]

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It May be ‘Many Months’ Before Full Scale of Tigray Rapes Known, UN Official Says

(Source: VOA, By Margaret Besheer) – Editor’s note: This story contains graphic descriptions of rape A senior United Nations official says that it may be many months before the full scale and magnitude of atrocities being committed against women and girls in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is known, as more reports of sexual violence emerge from […]

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Turmoil in Tigray: Understanding the war in Ethiopia – OpEd

(Source: EurAsiaReview, By Yanis Iqbal) – Central and eastern Tigray, as well as parts of the north-west, are facing “crisis” or “emergency” hunger levels, according to the United Nations (UN)’s Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), meaning that households are suffering from acute malnutrition. Between 50 and 100 people are dying every day from causes […]

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“Dying by blood or by hunger”: The war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, explained

(Source: VOX,  By Jen Kirby) – A humanitarian and political crisis, with no clear resolution. The bodies of the two brothers were left for more than a day. Their families knew they were there, but the soldiers wouldn’t let them collect the bodies. The soldiers left behind witnesses, though: two boys, barely teens, tied to […]

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The Amharic language once symbolised the unity of Ethiopia, but today it stands on shaky ground

(Source: Ahram Online, Haitham Nouri) –   Ethiopia’s political elite used Amharic for over a century as a means to unify the country and ensure the Amhara ethnic group controlled the empire. Today, however, Amharic is more of a tool for schism and division of the federal state. Since 2019 Nobel Prize winner Abiy Ahmed, […]

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Death toll from clashes in Ethiopia’s Amhara may be 200: Official

(Source: Aljazeera) – Country’s chief ombudsman says up to 200 killed in this month’s violence, up from the 50 previously reported. The death toll in clashes this month between Ethiopia’s two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara, in the northern Amhara region may be as high as 200, a senior official said on Sunday, […]

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London demonstration against Tigray genocide

(By Mekete Tigray UK and TYN, Video by Digital Weyne, 25 April 2021) – Tigrayans in the UK and friends of Tigray demonstrated in London against the genocide currently taking place in Tigray that is perpetrated by the Ethiopian Army, Eritrean Troops and Amhara Militia. Eritrean opposition parties joined the protest to show their solidarity […]

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UN breaks silence on Ethiopia crisis, urges investigation into reported Tigray atrocities

(Source: CNN, By Richard Roth, Bethlehem Feleke and Laura Smith-Spark, Updated 0948 GMT (1748 HKT) April 23, 2021) – ‘Shocking instances of human rights abuses’: UNICEF official on crimes in Ethiopia 03:51 (CNN) – The United Nations Security Council has voiced “deep concern” over a humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region for the first […]

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What to Know About the Conflict in Ethiopia

(Source: Council on Foreign Relations) –  Explainer Video by producers Thamine Nayeem and Claire Felter Three years ago, Abiy Ahmed came to power with promises of peace. Now, jarring reports of killings and sexual violence have come out of Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region. Here’s what to know about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

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