What are the war aims of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia in Tigray?

(Source: Eritreahub.org, by Martin Plaut, 23 January 2021) – The Tigray war has turned into an all-out conflict, pitting Tigrayan forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation front (TPLF) against Ethiopian federal troops, the Eritrean army, Amhara militia and – as revealed this week – Somali soldiers. Despite what would seem to be overwhelming odds […]

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War in Tigray destroys human lives and important world heritage

(Source: Mondiaal Nieuws, MICHIEL LOVENIERS, Author: Martin Plaut, 23 JANUARY 2021) – Bombs recently opened a hole in one of the oldest mosques in the world. It is located in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where a terrible war has been going on for more than two months. There are testimonies about possible war crimes, but also about […]

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Ethiopia’s government appears to be wielding hunger as a weapon

(Source: Economist, 22 January 2021) – A rebel region is being starved into submission Ethiopia suffered famines in the past. Many foreigners know this; in 1985 about one-third of the world’s population watched a pop concert to raise money for starving Ethiopians. What is less well understood is that poor harvests lead to famine only […]

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Civilian Atrocities, Sexual Violence and a Looming Famine in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, as the World Watches!

(By GSTS Press Release, 21 January 2021) – Urgent call for unfettered access to humanitarian corridor and cessation of the war  “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but those who watch them without doing anything” – Albert Einstein At the heart of the war on Tigray (one of 9 Federal […]

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American witness on Eritrean troops killing and raping in Aksum: “Eritrean soldiers had been told to kill all Tigrayan males over the age of four.”

(Source: EEPA, 21 January 2021) – 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 […]

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Ethiopia-Tigray Cricis: HORN Situation Report

(Source: EEPA) – Killings, destructions, looting hospitals and empty towns, an exclusive look inside Tigray with English subtitles produced by VRT Belgian Public Broadcast Service – subtitle in English. Ethiopia Situation (Tigray) – Regional Refugee Preparedness and Response Plan December 2020 Situation-Report-EEPA-Horn-No.-31-20-December 2020 Situation-Report-EEPA-Horn-No.-32-21-December 2020 Situation-Report-EEPA-Horn-No.-33-22-December 2020 Situation-Report-EEPA-Horn-No.-34-23-December 2020 Situation-Report-EEPA-Horn-No.-35-24-December 2020 Situation-Report-EEPA-Horn-No.-36-25-December 2020 Situation-Report-EEPA-Horn-No.-37-26-December 2020 […]

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Ethiopians dying, hungry and fearful in war-hit Tigray: agencies

(Source: Reuters, By Reuters Staff, 20 January 2021) – NAIROBI (Reuters) – Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain “terrified”, according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region. Just when people were harvesting crops in early November, the federal […]

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US Secretary of State nominee states Ethiopia’s Tigray war as “aggression” and “the atrocities directed at the people of Tigray and Eritrean refugees” in Ethiopia

(By Mekete Tigray UK, 20 January 2021) – Washington DC – US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken said, on his Senate confirmation hearing, the war raging in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as an “aggression” and “we have seen deeply deeply concerning actions taken including a number of atrocities directed at the people of Tigray and […]

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Churches and mosques in Tigray ‘vandalised and looted’ in Ethiopian purge

(Source: Telegraph, By Dalya Alberge, 17 January 2021) – Some manuscripts dating to the 13th century may have been stolen and burned in ‘cultural cleansing’ Churches and mosques in Ethiopia are being attacked and their sacred treasures looted in a catastrophic conflict in the northern Tigray region that is causing destruction, loss of life and […]

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Is Ethiopia coming together or falling apart?

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Ahmed Hassen, 19 January 2021) – Abiy and his Amhara supporters are in the ascendancy—but Ethiopia’s future is by no means assured. Nominally in an effort to restore law and order, the federal government led by Ethiopia’s peace prize-winning premier is engaged in a brutal conflict with the defiant erstwhile leaders of […]

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Grim picture emerges from glimpses of Ethiopia’s Tigray war

(Source: AFP 19 January 2021) – A letter from a Catholic church official in the town of Adigrat, dated January 5 and seen by AFP, says residents have run out of food, water and medicine and are living without electricity and other basic services. “It is a daily reality to hear people dying from the […]

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‘Extreme urgent need’: Starvation haunts Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: AP, 18 january 2021) – NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access describe weakened children dying from […]

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European Union directly accuses Eritrean troops being involved in fighting in Tigray war

(Source: European Union, 17 January 2021) – We need humanitarian access to Tigray as urgent first step towards peace in Ethiopia “There are regional spill-over effects of the conflict, with for instance Eritrean troops being involved in the military operations in Tigray and with Ethiopian troops being withdrawn from Somalia. The situation on the ground […]

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Tigray Situation from Unedited Minutes of The Tigray Emergency Coordination Centre

(Source: Tghat.com, 16 january 2021) – Editor’s note and introduction: This is a publication from unedited minutes from Tigray Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) that Tghat obtained. ECC consists of UN organizations and different Humanitarian Organizations with a presence in Tigray including MSF, Red Cross, CRS, Norwegian Church Aid, among others. The minutes are from an […]

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Massacre ‘of 750’ reported in Aksum church complex, Tigray, Ethiopia

(Source: Church Times, by Rebecca Paveley, 15 January 2021) – REPORTS of a massacre of 750 people in the cathedral complex that reputedly houses the Ark of the Covenant have emerged from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Accounts have come from those who fled the town of Aksum and walked more than 200km to the […]

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The death of Asmelash Weldeselassie and the lie how he was killed ‘shame Ethiopia forever’

(Source: Eritreanhub.org, 15 january 2021) – In a war the death of one person sometimes comes to symbolise an incident. The death of Asmelash Weldeselassie seems to be one such event.   This is what the Ethiopian media had to say about his death. “The Ethiopian Defense Force on Wednesday confirmed that former Minister for […]

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In Memoriam: Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopian Peacemaker and Patriot

(Source: World Peace Foundation, By Alex DeWaal, 14 January 2021) –  Seyoum Mesfin, who was killed in Tigray this week at the age of 71, was Ethiopia’s longest-serving foreign minister. His untimely death robs Ethiopia of a man who exemplified the country’s tradition of enlightened and progressive patriotism. Under other circumstances we would expect a […]

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Ethiopian and Eritrean forces bombed Debre Damo Monastery in Eastern Tigray

(by Mekete Tigray UK, 14 January 2021) – The historical Debre Damo Monastery is reportedly bombed by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces with heavy artilleries. Dozens of civilians’ causalities, mainly men monks killed or wounded. This is yet another attack on the historical and religious heritages in Tigray perperated by Eritrean and Ethiopian Forces after they […]

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Do not be a blind or disabled, Abiy will kill in the name of Law and Order!

(By T Kebede, 14 January 2021) – It is a war situation and most people are compelled to express their dismay in whatever means. Events move fast and time is not on our side to perfect and polish our thoughts, if we do we lose the moment. Likewise most of us, certainly I am not, a […]

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Human Rights Watch Report on Ethiopia Events of 2020

(Source: Human rights Watch, 13 january 2021) – The security and human rights situation in Ethiopia deteriorated as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed struggled to maintain order amid growing unrest and political tensions. The rights landscape was defined by ongoing abuses by government security forces, attacks on civilians by armed groups, deadly violence along communal and […]

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Human Rights Watch on Eritrea Events of 2020

(Source: Human Rights Watch, 13 January 2021) – Two years on from the peace deal with Ethiopia, Eritrea’s leadership has increased its regional and international diplomatic engagement, but without improving the plight of Eritreans through critical human rights reforms. Eritrea’s government remains one of the world’s most repressive, subjecting its population to widespread forced labor […]

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Abiy Ahmed’s authoritarian rule and treachery is destroying Ethiopia

(By Mekete Tigray UK, Editorial, 11 january 2020) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is not only has failed to live up to his early promises and Medemer philosophy, he has unleashed a wave of repression, killings of ethnic groups and locking up his political opponents and those he once freed. He is advancing a dangerous […]

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Ethiopia and the perils of war

(Source: Canadian Dimension, by Pierre Beaudet, 08January 2021) – In conversation with Eritrean human rights activist Paulos Tesfagiorgis Paulos Tesfagiorgis was the head of the Eritrean Relief Association (ERA) and one of the senior cadres of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) from the 1970s until the liberation of the country in 1991. While EPLF […]

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Eritrea’s shadow war in Ethiopia laid bare amid accusations of Eritrean war crimes in Tigray

(Source: Telegraph, By Zecharias Zelalem and Will Brown, 08 January 2021) –  Ethiopia and Eritrea have consistently denied reports that Eritrean troops had crossed the border. The extent of Eritrea’s involvement in Ethiopia’s brutal civil war has been laid bare after an Ethiopian general was caught on camera admitting soldiers from the secretive gulag-state had […]

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The Middle East Cold War Behind the Ethiopian Crisis

(Source: ISPI, by Federico Donelli, 07 January 2021) – The operation conducted by the Ethiopian Federal Army in the northern Tigray region threatens to trigger a further wave of instability in one of the most vulnerable areas of the world. Ethiopia is the keystone of a very fragile arc of instability that has Afghanistan on […]

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Abiy Ahmed and the Consolidation of Ethiopia’s Dictatorship

(Source: Nationalinterest.org, by Michael Rubin,08 January 2021) – As Ethiopia heads toward the delayed elections tentatively now rescheduled for June 5, 2021, Ahmed’s fight not only undercuts his chief rival, who happens to be Tigrayan but enables him to use emergency powers to further erode democracy. frica has, for decades, been a democracy success story […]

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How PM Abiy Ahmed Ali Duped the World

(Source: Eritrea Hub, 07 January 2021) – SECURITY AND JUSTICE FOR TIGREANS IN ETHIOPIA (SJTE) ድሕንነትን ፍትሕን ንትግራዎት ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ 907 T Street NW, Suite-Basement, Washington DC 20001 How PM Abiy Ahmed Ali Duped the World including the Nobel Prize Organization: Deconstructing Abiy Ahmed’s Alternative Facts duping the world final on letterhead Security and Justice […]

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“We don’t want it”: North Command chief on Eritrean army in Tigray; says army didn’t let alien forces in. Full speech

(Source: Addis Standard, Addis Ababa, BY MEDIHANE EKUBAMICHAEL @MEDIHANE , 06 January 2021) – In a speech that lasted for more than 20 minutes and delivered as part of response to questions raised by the residents of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray regional state, Major General Belay Seyoum Commander of the Northern Command, said the army […]

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