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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UN urges “zero tolerance” for sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(Source:  Sudantribune.com, Juba, 22 January 2021) – The United Nations has urged “zero tolerance” policy and called on all parties to prohibit the use of sexual violence and cease hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Pramila Pattern said […]

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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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Ethiopia is haunted by ghosts of its violent history. Can it be redeemed?

(Source: AwashPost.com, By Abdulfetah Khalil, 21 January 2021) – To move forward, Ethiopians must first reckon with the country’s turbulent past. That process should start with acknowledging and accepting the agony of 80 plus ethnic groups, who have endured silent genocides and all manners of abuses over the years. What on earth is happening in […]

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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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Ethiopian Human Right Commission official Report on part of Tigray

(Source: Ethiopian Human Right Commision, Addis Ababa, 19 january 2021) – Summary of the report: The EHRC found that in Humera 92 people died, including civilians. Residents of Humera report widespread looting of houses and businesses, by a youth  group calling itself “Fano”, some members of the Amhara Liyu Hayl (Amhara Special  Force) and Amhara […]

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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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Sudanese Ambassador in Ethiopia is reportedly to be withdrawn from Addis Ababa

(by Mekete Tigray UK, 14 january 2021) – The border tension between Sudan and Ethiopia is escalating further of diplomatic fall out. It is reported that Sudan may withdraws its Ambassador in Ethiopia. On another twist, the Ethiopian Ambassador in the UAE, Suleiman Dedefo has traded inflammatory twitter exchanges with the Egyptian Ambassador to Abu […]

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Ethiopian Brigadier-General justifies Tigrayans’ ethnic profiling in the military and taking measures on refugee camps in Sudan

(By Mekete Tigray UK, 14 January 2021) – This video recording, with subtitles, above explains what the Ethiopian military has done to ethnically cleansed Tigrayans from the military service. There has been rigorous and systematic “ethnic cleansing” of Tigrayans origin form the Ethiopian National Federal Forces (ENDF). Tigrayans have been purged – despite many Tigrayans […]

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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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Ethiopia’s worsening crisis threatens regional, Mideast security

(Source: Al-Monitor, by Jeffrey Feltman and Payton Knopf, 12 January 2021) – With the Horn of Africa increasingly becoming an integral part of the Middle East’s security landscape, the fallout from Ethiopia’s current crisis will have a significant impact on states of the region. The Gulf Arabs recognize a strategic reality that has eluded the […]

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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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Hawks and doves: The great divide over the war in Tigray

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, byFassil Hailu, 12 January 2021) –  Pro- or anti-war, we should all agree that independent access to the conflict zone is a must.   On 3 November, a full-scale war broke out in Ethiopia between the federal government led by Abiy Ahmed and the TPLF-run Tigray regional government. Addis Ababa declared victory […]

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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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