Eritrea’s letter to UN is ‘open admission of aggression’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray war

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

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US envoy heads to Ethiopia as Tigray crisis marks six months: Is Jeffrey Feltman carrying sanctions on his diplomatic trip to Ethiopian and Eritrea?

(Source: The National) – Before his trip, Jeffrey Feltman said that a bigger crisis in Tigray could make the Syrian war ‘look like child’s play’. “The US has been mulling imposing sanctions on Ethiopia and Eritrea if a ceasefire is not enacted in Tigray and Asmara’s forces do not withdraw.” Washington sent on Tuesday its […]

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G7, EU call presence of foreign forces in Tigray “deeply disturbing and destabilizing”; MSF warns of “alarming malnutrition”

  (Source: Addis Standard, Addis Ababa) “there was malnutrition rate of 26.6% and more than 6% of children had severe acute malnutrition.” MSF. Photo: MSF The Foreign and Development Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) and the High Representative of the European Union called “the presence of foreign forces in Tigray is deeply disturbing […]

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‘Escaping Eritrea’ Filmmaker Evan Williams Describes ‘Phenomenal Sacrifice’ of Eritreans Sneaking Footage Out of Country

(Source: PBS Front Line, By Priyanka Boghani) –   May 4, 2021 The United Nations estimates that Eritrea is among the top three countries, alongside Syria and South Sudan, with the greatest proportion of their citizens who have become refugees — with 12,500 refugees per 100,000 people. According to the U.N.’s last available estimates, released […]

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Irob ethnic group fears extinction as Tigray war enters 6th month

(Source: Aljazeera) – The Irob, who mostly live in Ethiopia’s northeastern corner bordering Eritrea, face an existential crisis in addition to humanitarian suffering caused by ongoing conflict, activists say. Teklay Hailay* has been so worried since November 4 that he has had trouble sleeping. That is when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared in a […]

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Ethiopia: Tepid international response to Tigray conflict fuels horrific violations over past six months

(Source: Amnesty) –  African and other world leaders must urgently speak out and do more to stem the ferocious tide of human rights and international humanitarian law violations in the armed conflict that has now raged for six months in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Amnesty International said today. Since the fighting broke out on 4 November […]

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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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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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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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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’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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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Seven years ago, the European Union was warned it’s Eritrea strategy would fail – it just has

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut) – The European Union has finally accepted that it’s attempt to improve relations with Eritrea by providing aid would fail. The document below, signed by Eritrean human rights groups in 2014, warned them this was inevitable. Back in 2014 we argued: “As we shall show, attempts at a ‘new […]

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EU pulls Eritrea funding, citing Tigray conflict, ‘lack of interest’

(Source: Devex, By Vince Chadwick) – The European Commission plans to “de-commit” more than €100 million ($120 million) away from Eritrea in the clearest sign yet that Brussels’ “dual-track” attempt to mix development assistance and political dialogue with the oppressive East African nation has reached the end of the line. Jutta Urpilainen, the European Union commissioner for international […]

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The International Community Struggles to Address the Ethiopian Conflict

(Source: RUSI, By Martin Plaut, 23 April 2021) – The withdrawal of Tigrayan forces into the countryside has parallels with the civil war of 1974–1991. Yet this time, other regional actors are involved. Download the Article (PDF) As the war in Tigray enters its sixth month, there are few signs of it ending. The military […]

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U.N. Security Council, for first time, declares concern about Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Reuters, By Michelle Nichols) –   The U.N. Security Council expressed concern on Thursday about the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, particularly abuse of women and girls, a week after the U.N. aid chief said sexual violence was being used as a weapon of war. It was the first public statement by the […]

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Red Cross condemns ‘horrific’ sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: AFP and Eyewitness101.com, By Anya Ayenion) –     The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over “horrific” accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war. Robert Mardini, director-general of the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross, said the organisation’s staff […]

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Seb-Hidri Civil Society Tigray Statement on The United Nation Security Council’s Paralysis and a Renewed Call to the Western Powers for AN Urgent Action to Stop an Ongoing Genocide on Tigray

With only a trickle of the truth surfaced so far, the ongoing war of Genocide on Tigray, by Ethiopia’s and Eritrea’s armies; plus, by Amhara militia, Amhara Fano, and Amhara special forces, conducted on the dark to the most part, is one of the vastly documented campaigns of Genocide in human history. It’s not scarcity […]

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