Tracking the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine rollouts

(Source: The New Humanitarian, Geneva) – Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout. The coronavirus pandemic continues to test humanitarian responses, while the world faces questions about how to ensure equal access to vaccines. Many countries are rolling out coronavirus vaccination plans, but it’s unclear when – and in some cases, how – these vaccines […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 139 – 03 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’s reality of a war deeper than Tigray

(Source: African Liberty, By René Lefort) – Last year, Tigray’s leaders underestimated their weaknesses. The region’s security forces were swept away in the conventional conflict and largely unprepared to shift to guerrilla warfare after Mekelle was captured on 28 November. Even the grassroots party-state apparatus has vanished. In a 27 March phone discussion with Alex […]

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Sudan implies it could take control of Ethiopia dam

(Source: The New Arab) Khartoum has suggested that it could withdraw from a 1902 agreement transferring territory where the Great Renaissance Dam was built from Sudan to Ethiopia.   Sudan has implied it could in the future take control of a controversial Nile dam built by Ethiopia as the two countries continue to trade threats […]

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The truth behind the Red Terror campaign in Ethiopia

(Source: Grunge, By Luke T. Harrington) – In 1974, one of the longest-running empires in the world finally came to an end. The Ethiopian Empire had existed from 980 BCE and officially traced its lineage back to the biblical King Solomon. Those who took control called themselves the Derg (Ethiopian for “council”), and represented a […]

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Tigray: TPLF says Eritreans are calling for a demilitarised border zone along the Ethiopian frontier

(Source: Eritrea Hub and TPLF) – Admonishes “certain Eritreans” who kept silent until Tigray gets completely destroyed and “when the people of Tigray started to rise up, are knocking the doors of governments and international organizations and have started asking for the establishment of ‘buffered demilitarized zone’.”   Claims that those to whom these Eritreans […]

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Ethiopia: violence, instability, and the need for law and order

(Source: Dissident Voice, by Graham Peebles) – An unresolved war in the north of the country; ethnic based violence some are describing as genocide in the West; random explosions of aggression in various regions: Ethiopia is trembling. With around 117 million people, Ethiopia has the second largest population in Africa, made up of 80 or […]

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Ending Tigray conflict will test UK’s claim to be ‘force for good’

(Source: The Guardian, by Kaamil Ahmed) – Key parliamentary committee says government has duty to end violence and rights abuses in Ethiopia The British government’s claims that its new development strategy would make it a “force for good” will be tested by whether it helps to end the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, […]

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Six months into Ethiopia’s ‘dirty’ Tigray conflict, there’s still no end in sight

(Source: SBS News) – Six months into the fighting and amid continued reports of poverty, massacres and sexual assault, here’s a look at the conflict in northern Ethiopia.   In this article… How did we get here? How bad is the fighting? Who is involved? How is the world responding? What is the humanitarian situation? […]

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Ethiopia’s war in Tigray is ‘but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to conflicts ravaging the country’

(Source: The Africa Report) – A protester wearing a protective mask stands in front of a banner during the demonstration. Vuk Valcic / SOPA Images/ The much-hyped democratic transition is not only dead, but buried deep. It would need a miracle to exhume it in the near future. This article was first published in Ethiopia […]

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Ethiopia designates TPLF, OLF-Shene as terror groups

(Source: Aljazeera) – The Ethiopian government launched a huge security operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front last year. A sign in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia that depicts members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front wanted by the Ethiopian police [File: Eduardo Soteras/AFP] 1 May 2021 Ethiopia has added two armed groups to its “terror list”, […]

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Isaias and his foreign cohorts’ involvement in the war of aggression against Tigray!

(By Belay Ambelay, 01 May 2021) – The world has travelled far since World War II. Until the dictators and warmongers of different races, colours and hue publicly felt that the world needs to know how powerful and invincible they are by proclaiming gleefully the atrocities they committed. They hoped the world would be terrified […]

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Opposition parties ask UN to ensure Eritrean forces leave Tigray

(Source: The East African, By TESFA-ALEM TEKLE) –  They say that allowing Eritrean troops to stay longer in Tigray is synonymous to permitting them to continue committing war crimes in the region. IN SUMMARY The political parties parties say the war has already claimed “hundreds of thousands of lives”, left millions of civilians displaced and over six […]

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Ethiopia: ‘Unpredictable security’ in Tigray, hindering aid delivery

(Source: UN News) –   29 April 2021 Humanitarian Aid A “complex and unpredictable security situation” in Tigray continues to impede the delivery of life-saving assistance to Ethiopia’s northern region, the Deputy UN Spokesperson told journalists on Thursday.    Nearly six months since the conflict between Ethiopian Government security forces and regional forces of the Tigray […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: Six months on and no end in sight

(Source: Mail Online, By AFP) – It has been six months since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray for a military campaign he vowed would be swift and targeted. But violence rumbles on, and reports continue to emerge of massacres, rape and widespread hunger. – How did we get here? – Abiy, […]

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Bluff and subterfuge: Eritrea’s letter to the UN

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

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Ethiopia: Fears upcoming election could fuel ethnic conflict

(Source: Channel 4, By Jamal Osman Africa Correspondent) –   The Ethiopian government’s six-month-long military offensive against the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front continues to intensify. In the UK, a parliamentary committee on Friday said our failure to act in the crisis would be “devastating” to the claim Britain can lead the world by combining […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 138 – 29 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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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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