Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 174 – 24 June 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 on […]

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In Ethiopian civil war, famine and sexual violence shatter Tigray region

(Source: ABC News, By Sohel Uddin,Haley Yamada and Ian Pannell, 23 June 2021) – Tigray, the northernmost regional state of the country is torn apart by civil war. ABC News’ Ian Pannell reports on how food is being used as a weapon of war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Voting was underway in Ethiopia […]

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Witnesses: Airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray kills more than 50

(Source: AP, Nairobi, Kenya) –  An airstrike hit a busy market in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray village of Togoga on Tuesday and killed at least 51 people, according to health workers who said soldiers blocked medical teams from traveling to the scene. An official with Tigray’s health bureau told The Associated Press that more than 100 […]

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“Hands Off Ethiopia”: A new phase in the Tigray disinformation campaign

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Meron Gebreananaye) –   The Ethiopian government and its supporters are engaged in a vicious propaganda campaign. One of the defining features of the war in Tigray has been the Ethiopian government’s success in seizing control of the narrative. The offensive against Tigray has from the outset been accompanied by a […]

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Ethiopia: Joint statement by the EU High Representative Borrell and Commissioner Lenarčič on the airstrike in the Tigray region

(Source: EU, Brussels, 23/06/2021 – 19:01, UNIQUE ID: 210623_24) –    Joint Statements The reports on the bombing of a market place in the village of Edaga Selus near Togoga in the Dogua Tembien District of the Tigray Region on 22 June are extremely worrying. This is yet another attack adding up to the horrific […]

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Ethiopia: IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis May – September 2021, Issued June 2021

(Source: OCHA Services ReliefWeb) – 5.5 MILLION PEOPLE IN TIGRAY AND NEIGHBOURING ZONES OF AFAR AND AMHARA FACE HIGH LEVELS OF ACUTE FOOD INSECURITY Overview An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis update conducted in Tigray and the neighbouring zones of Amhara and Afar concludes that over 350,000 people are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase […]

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Witnesses say airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray kills dozens

(Source: AP, NAIROBI, Kenya) – An airstrike hit a busy market in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray village of Togoga on Tuesday, according to health workers who said soldiers blocked medical teams from traveling to the scene. Dozens of people were killed, they and a former resident said, citing witnesses. Two doctors and a nurse in Tigray’s […]

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New UN Report Accuses Eritrea of Committing Heinous Crimes in Ethiopia

(Source: VOA, By Lisa Schlein, June 22, 2021 10:06 AM)   GENEVA – A report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council accuses the Eritrean government of involvement in Ethiopia’s conflict in the Tigray region and of committing serious human rights violations against Eritreans who have sought asylum in Tigray.   The special rapporteur on […]

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The Irish Times view of famine in Ethiopia: No natural disaster

(Source: The Irish Times) – Diplomats and agencies say 350,000 people in Tigray region are suffering from famine As famine once again stalks Ethiopia, aggravated, in good measure, by ethnic violence and a deepening economic crisis, voters are going to the polls. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed desperately seeks a popular mandate to bolster his position […]

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office: Ethiopian War Criminal, Human Rights Violator Illegally Obtained U.S. Citizenship; indicted by a federal grand jury

(Source: Latin Times, Mary Adeline Dela Cruz, Jun 22 2021, 11:07PM EDT) –    A Snellville man may be incarcerated for up to 20 years after he allegedly concealed his involvement in the Red Terror period in Ethiopia in the late 1970s during his application for U.S. citizenship,  the U.S. Attorney’s Office bared on Monday. The […]

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With Deliberate Famine Threatening Millions, Tigray Demands Greater Action from the US

(Source: Just Security, by Goitom Gebreluel and Mulu Beyene Kidanemariam, 21 June 2021) – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed began what he called a “law enforcement operation” against the Tigray Regional Government last November. Seven months later, it has turned into an internationalized civil war involving troops from neighboring Eritrea. The conflict has significantly destabilized […]

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EU teases Ethiopia aid plans amid budget support freeze

(Source: Devex, By Vince Chadwick) – The European Commission wants to prioritize funding for climate, education, and good governance in Ethiopia over the next seven years — though it says it is “unlikely” to consider budget support directly to the government until it sees improvements in the conflict-stricken Tigray region. A “Working document on programming for […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 173 – 23 June 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 Sanctions on Ethiopia: Good Policy or Violation of Ethiopia’s Sovereignty?

(Source: Global Policy Journal, By Teferi Mergo – 21 June 2021) –    CONFLICT AND SECURITY   Teferi Mergo explores claims of state sovereignty by a regime increasingly embattled at home and abroad. The recent announcement by the United States government that it is instituting a set of sanctions on Ethiopia due to the ongoing […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 172 – 22 June 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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Ethiopians go to the polls, but election may not resolve the country’s crisis

(Source: The East Africa, By William Davidson) – Ethiopia is scheduled to hold delayed federal and regional council elections on June 21. The vote is an opportunity for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to consolidate power for his ruling Prosperity Party, which, in part due to the absence of major opponents, looks set to form the […]

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የሚከተለው ጥሪ ኢሳት በሐምሌ 30/2008 ያስተላለፈው ነው። ወደ ፅሑፍ ቀይረን ኣቅርበነዋል። ቪድዮውም ከታች ኣያይዘነዋል። ከመላው የጎንደር አማራ ኢትዮጵያውያን የተላለፈ አስቸኳ ጥሪ ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ይድረስ ለኢትዮጵያ ሳትላይት ቴሌቪዥንና ሬድዮ ዋሽንግተን ዲሲ አሜሪካ፣አምስተርዳም ኔዘርላንድ፣ ለኦሮሚያ ሚድያ ኔትወርክ ዋሽንግተን ዲሲ አሜሪካ ጉዳዩ፦ በሰላም ሊመለስልን ያልቻለው ነፃነታችንን በተፈለገው የሐይል እርምጃ ለማስመለስ የቀረበ ጥሪ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ካለፉት 25 ዓመታት ስህተታቸውና […]

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Council appoints three new EU special representatives for the Sahel, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa

(Source: EU) – Council appoints three new EU special representatives for the Sahel, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa The Council today appointed three new EU special representatives (EUSRs) as follows: Emanuela Claudia Del Re has been appointed EUSR for the Sahel from 1 July 2021 until 30 August 2022. Ms. Del Re is […]

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed: ‘There is no hunger in Tigray’

(Source: BBC News) – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has denied that there is hunger in the country’s war-torn Tigray region. Speaking at a polling station on the day of the country’s general election, Mr Abiy admitted there was a problem but said the government could fix it. The fighting, which the UN says has […]

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U.N. rights chief deplores abuse reports in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Reuters, Geneva) –     The U.N. rights chief said on Monday she was “deeply disturbed” by reports of continued violations including executions in Ethiopia’s Tigray region,and added that a long-awaited joint investigation should be ready by August. Michelle Bachelet said abuses had been committed by all sides in the conflict in the northern […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 171 – 21 June 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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The images we feared we would see are here now: Tigray famine 2021

(Source: Martinplaut.com, By Martin Plaut) –  There has been no drought; no natural catastrophe. This tragedy is man-made – the result of a policy by Ethiopia and Eritrea to starve an entire population. This is attested to by the Finnish Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto.   These were taken in Tigray’s regional capital, Mekelle. The situation […]

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Tigray – a challenge to the UN day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

(Source: World Peace Foundation) –  International Day of Eliminating Sexual Violence in Conflict Conference #EndSexualViolenceinTigray 20 Jun 2021   Sexual violence is the brutal hallmark of the conflict that broke out in Tigray, Ethiopia last November. Women and girls have been subjected to rape, gang rape, abduction, and mutilation of their sexual organs. Horrific reports […]

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TIGRAY: Women from Africa and diaspora call for action to end campaign of sexual violence

(Source: CSW, 18 Jun 2021) – 56 women from Africa and the diaspora have marked the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict by signing an open letter in solidarity with women and girls in Ethiopia’s Tigray region who are currently being subjected to a campaign of sexual violence described as being […]

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From Nobel hero to driver of war, Ethiopia’s leader faces voters

(Source: New York Times) –  Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed plunged Ethiopia into a war in the Tigray region that spawned atrocities and famine. On Monday, his country goes to the polls. Ethiopia’s election campaign has highlighted divisions that have only grown since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office. Credit…Finbarr O’Reilly for The New York Times   […]

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Sudan calls for international sanctions against Ethiopia

(Source: Daily News Egypt) –  Sudanese Foreign Minister accuses Ethiopia of filling dam without reaching agreement with downstream countries   Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi has demanded that the international community impose sanctions on Ethiopia for its intransigence regarding its controversial dam. This relates particularly to the negotiations over the filling and […]

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Editorial: The Guardian view on famine in Ethiopia: food must not be a weapon

(Source: The Guardian, 20 June 2021 18.22 BST) –  People are starving in the Tigray region. The culprit is the devastating war.  In the early 1980s, as a terrible famine claimed between 400,000 and 1 million lives in Ethiopia, the international community responded to what was widely misunderstood and misreported as a natural disaster. Famines […]

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UN Security Council: Adopting Resolution 2417 (2018), Security Council Strongly Condemns Starving of Civilians, Unlawfully Denying Humanitarian Access as Warfare Tactics

UN SECURITY COUNCIL 8267TH MEETING (AM) The Security Council today adopted a resolution condemning the starving of civilians as a method of warfare — as well as the unlawful denial of humanitarian access to civilian populations — with members welcoming it as a landmark expression of unity on those critical issues. Unanimously adopting resolution 2417 (2018), […]

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From Apologies to Atrocities: How to make sense of leadership statements in Ethiopia

(Source: World Peace Foundation, By Jan Nyssen and several colleagues that co-authored but preferred to remain anonymous) –  In a speech to assembled Ethiopian ambassadors in January 2019, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed would make a prescient remark regarding Tigray. Alluding to the role of soldiers during the battle of Adua in 1896 and later, during […]

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African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) inquiry exposes Abiy Ahmed lies: “Ethiopian Government started the war on Tigray” not TPLF

(Source: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) inquiry) –  Commission has been following the developments in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concern. On 4 November 2020 the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia launched a military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), this was followed by attacks […]

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As Policymakers Raise Alarm about Tigray Crisis, More Action is Needed

(Source: Council on Foreign Relations, by Michelle Gavin) –  As the horrific suffering in Ethiopia’s Tigray region continues, the United States and other members of the international community are sounding ever more urgent alarms.  In the last two weeks, officials at the highest levels of government have taken pains to draw attention to Tigray. U.S. […]

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The spiraling situation in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Tsegaye Birhanu) –  The dust of the violence in Metekel has not yet settled and threatens to spread into neighboring zones, raising fears of escalating conflict. Ethiopia is now at a crossroads. The hazardous intersection of thrice-rescheduled elections, the issue of a second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), […]

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The Sham Ethiopian Election and the Crowning of a Tyrant

( By M.Tesfaye, 19 June 2021) –  “A coronation. Ethiopia’s flawed elections risk dividing the country further. Opposition leaders are in jail and in many areas people cannot vote. The overall result is not in doubt. For Abiy, who has said his mother prophesied that one day to be king, it is less an election than […]

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‘Don’t betray women of Tigray’: calls grow for international action against rape in war

(Source: The Guardian, Zeinab Mohammed Salih, Sat 19 Jun 2021 07.00 BST) –  Politicians among signatories of two open letters urging investigation into reports of sexual violence in Ethiopian conflict   The former prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and Zimbabwean author and 2020 Booker prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga are among the signatories of […]

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Protesters in Washington and across US bring attention to Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(Source: The National) –  Ethiopian delegation visiting the US capital met Biden officials on Thursday as UN announced cases of gender violence and rape Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the US State Department in Washington on Thursday to demand an end to the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where the UN has documented hundreds […]

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