Ethiopia: Referendum as a lasting political solution in Oromia and beyond

(Source: Awash Post, By Soretti Kadir) – What will it take to address the mounting political, social, and economic questions that continue to hamper Ethiopia’s transition to democracy? In a 24 March speech in parliament, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed acknowledged that his security forces have been fighting rebels in parts of the Oromia state. […]

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Abiy Ahmed’s missteps may unravel the Horn of Africa

(Source: Awash Post, By TAHA ABDI) –  The reckless internationalization of a domestic political dispute in Ethiopia is causing a region-wide conflagration in the troubled Horn of Africa with enormous consequences for international peace and security.   After months of embarrassing equivocation and bold-faced denials, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last week gave in to western […]

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The politics and problems of Prosperity Party Gospel

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Mulubrhan Balehegn) –  The evangelical, anti-intellectual politics behind Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party is an under-examined force driving mass delusion, national decline, and war. In the last three decades, Ethiopia saw stability and steady economic growth. It also established itself as a linchpin of peace in the Horn of Africa and a […]

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Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!

(By Yared Huluf, 02 April 2021) –  No need to mention the name, those who were politically active could  figure it out that I. The time was in the 1952 and there in Asmara something of no significant incident happened. It is  remembered  a sort of a minor drama  that took place outside the government public office in Asmara. […]

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Four Campaigns for one goal: Rendering Tigray Unviable

(By Kalayu Abrha, First published on Aiga Forum, 30 March 2021) – People become more vulnerable to any next attack if they consider the series of attacks as isolated incidents triggered by passing emotions. The invasion of Tigray and the untold brutalities that followed have alarmed any sane minded human being, except those who are […]

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UNHRC must conduct independent, not a sham investigation of the genocidal war on Tigray

(By M. Tesfay, 26 March 2021) – Testimonies on the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) (i) “What is the fuss about Tigrayans women being raped when our soldiers are being killed in the War!” (Abiy Ahmed’s Remark on the Sexual Violence and Rape in Tigray; House of Representatives Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 23 March 2021) […]

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The Moral Dilemma of Ethiopian Religious Authorities

(By Fessahaye Mebrahtu[i], 25 March 2021) – When Ethiopian Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, his political speeches were pleasing to the public; giving hope that he would bring stability in the process of building democracy in Ethiopia. One of his laudable initiatives was establishing mediation and reconciliation committee, which included religious […]

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The Guardian view on the war in Ethiopia: Tigray’s civilians need protection Editorial

(Source: The Guardian) –  Four months of fighting have seen massacres, sexual violence and attacks on medical facilities and refugee camps. The culture of impunity must end. After months of denials, Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has finally admitted what everyone knew about the conflict in the Tigray region: Eritrean troops are present alongside the federal […]

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Ethiopia’s treacherous transition

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Goytom Teklu ) – Ethiopia’s deep-rooted divisions, and a Machiavellian alliance, have opened the gates of hell in Tigray. Since 3 November, Ethiopia’s federal military, allied with Eritrean and Amhara forces, has launched a devastating war on Tigray regional state. Thousands have been killed, millions displaced, cities demolished and looted, and […]

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UNDP Ethiopia’s Whitewash of the Genocidal War on Tigray

(By Mekonen Tesfaye, 16 March 2021) Testimonies of Crime Against Humanity and War Crimes in Tigray (i) “Denial of genocide strives to reshape history in order to demonize victims and rehabilitate the perpetrators. Denial of genocide is the final stage of genocide. It is what Elie Wiesel has called a “double killing.” Denial murders the […]

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Tigray: Atlas of the humanitarian situation

Date: 9 March 2021 Authors: Sofie Annys1, Tim Vanden Bempt2, Emnet Negash1,3, Lars De Sloover1, Jan Nyssen1 1Department of Geography, Ghent University, Belgium 2Concerned citizen (Leuven, Belgium) who follows the war in Tigray closely, documenting it on Twitter (@tvbempt)   3Institute for Climate and Society, Mekelle University, Tigray, Ethiopia Contact: tigraymaps@gmail.com Link to configurable Web […]

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Why the UN Security Council must stop the genocidal war on Tigray?

(By Makonnen Tesfaye, 8 March 2021) – Testimonies of War Crimes and Crime Against Humanity in Tigray (i) “A pogrom is happening in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is killing its own citizens wantonly. That is chilling, but true: by attempting to extirpate Ethiopia of Tigrayan ethnicity and heritage, Ethiopia’s military and government stands accused of purposeful ethnic […]

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Crimes against Tigrayan peacekeepers: Shame on Abiy Ahmed and the Country

(Source: Aigaforum.com, By Isaac M, Mekelle, 24 February 2021) – In the last few days disturbing faces of Tigrayan peacekeepers covered with blood at Juba airport of South Susan  has been circulating in social media outlets.  Sudan Tribune reported that: ‘15 Ethiopian peacekeepers who accomplished their duty with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan […]

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Belligerent Amhara Regional State and Trails of Blood, Rape and Ethnic Cleansing

(Source: Aigaforum.com, By Aynalem Sebhatu, 24 February 2021) – After the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2012, inter-regional federal states and intra-regional conflicts grew among different ethnic groups threatening to split the Ethiopian federation apart. The ethno-nationalist demands intensified after 2015, especially with the rise of Abiy Ahmed to power. Contrary to his […]

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Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed repeating the Hawzen Massacre on Tigrayans

(Source: Tghat, By Abraham A Belay, 25 February 2021 ) – The Hawzen massacre was an act of mass murder committed against the Tigrayan civilian population in Hawzen town by the Derg military forces during the summer of 1988, towards the end of the Ethiopian Civil War. The Derg used 6 fighter jets to bomb civilians on a market day […]

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Seb-Hidri Tigray Civil Society press release: on the on-going humanitarian crisis and genocide in Tigray

(Source: Aiga Forum) –  It is now 110 days since the war on Tigray started. Tigray’s special forces and Tigray’s militia on the one side; Ethiopian National Army, Eritrean National Army, Somalia National Army, Amhara special forces, Amhara militia, Amhara armed youth squad “Fano”, Ethio-Somali Regional Special forces, Afar Regional Special forces, other Ethiopian regional […]

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Oromo hunger strikers in mortal danger in Ethiopia

(Source: Awash Post, By Qabbanee Waqayo) –   Calls grow for immediate US intervention to spare Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, and other political prisoners on the 17th day of the strike. Prominent Ethiopian democracy advocates Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba, along with 22 other political prisoners, are in the third week of a hunger strike, […]

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Interview with Tigray Government spokes person, Getachew Reda

(Source: Tigray Media House (TMH), By Mekete Tigray UK, 17 February  2021) –  Tigray Media House (TMH) anchor journalist Stalin Gebresilasie interviewed the spokes person of Tigray government Mr. Getachew K. Reda on 06 February 2021. Mr. Getachew K. Reda interiew has been transcripted covering the main points as follow: The Current status of war […]

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UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, calls for “immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray and unfettered humanitarian access to Tigray”

(Source: fcdo.gov.uk, by Mekete Tigray UK)  – The United Kingdom has called for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the Tigray amid increasing atrocities, rape, destruction and looting of properties committed in Tigray. UK minister for Africa, James Duddridge said on Wednesday; his government was concerned about report from Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on the […]

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Unheard Voices and Under Siege: Young Girls and Women Victim of Rape in Tigray

(By Mulugeta Abai, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, 14 February 2021) – “In the Yugoslav and Rwanda statutes, rape is included as a crime against humanity. Those provisions derive from rape having been a crime against humanity from the late 1940s in legal documents drafted right after Nuremburg and the Tokyo trials. […]

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The Weaponisation of Hunger and Starvation in the War on Tigray and the Imperative of Opening Unfettered Humanitarian Corridors

(By Makonnen Tesfaye, 11 February 2021) Testimonies of War Crimes and Crime Against Humanity in Tigray Perpetrated by Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea (i) The unfolding catastrophes in the War on Tigray: 52,000 civilians killed over 90 days; 4.5 million Tigrayans in need of urgent emergency aid to avert famine of […]

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A “Feminist” Government: And It’s Repulsive Rape Cover-ups.

(Source: Saba of Axsum) –  In 2018, Ethiopia appointed it’s first & Africa’s only serving female head of state. It also got the first female Supreme Court president. A female politician was now a chairperson of National Election Board. It even created a brand new ministry, named it Ministry of Peace & handed the leadership […]

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The humanitarian disaster and the physical damage inflicted by the war in Tigray

(By Professor Jan Nyssen, Ghent University, Belgium) – Further, this circular address: Destructions and mass killings Putting salt on the wounds Internally displaced people Destruction of refugee camps Universities in Tigray Cultural heritage and the Aksum massacres Genocide Humanitarian aid Situation in Mekelle and other major towns Solidarity In the media Opinion pieces Destructions and […]

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“The sadism is very disturbing”: Two months on the run in Tigray

(Source: Ethiopian insight) After I left the capital, I witnessed wanton killing, looting, and destruction. I fled Mekelle just days before the Ethiopian and Eritrean defense forces were to take the capital. Many residents fled the city in fear of fighting and threats of indiscriminate shelling that had occurred as the occupying forces took hold […]

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A journey in search dung fuel where a cattle herd had never ventured to graze!

(By Yared Huluf, 09 February 2021) Ethiopia was a fast economy in Africa for eight – nine years from 2010-2018. That said, it does not mean Ethiopia did not have socio-economic and political problems. There were. There was youth unemployment, lack of accountability, misrule and human rights abuses of all sorts. Yet the problems manifested […]

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Ethiopia: A vulnerable state at risk of collapse

(Source: The Awash post)  Ethiopia is in political turmoil. A convergence of internal and external factors is destabilizing the country to a degree rarely seen in its modern history. These challenges are not met with commensurate political wisdom or the will to guide the country through these tumultuous times. In fact, the destabilizing emotions have […]

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Let’s be strong, we all Tigrayans suffer together; this too shall pass soon!

(By Professor Jan Nysse, Ghent University) – In Tigrinya language, this concept needs just two words: ኣጆና፡ ተጋሩ። [ajóna tigáru]  To be cited as: Nyssen, J., 2021. Let’s be strong, we all Tigrayans suffer together; this too shall pass soon! Draft paper, 5 February 2021. Introduction On 17 November 2020, we published an article “Ethiopia’s […]

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Statement on Tigray by the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide is Superficial, Too Little and Too Late

(by Makonnen Tesfaye, 7th February 2021) Testimonies on the Making of Genocide in Tigray (i) “By remaining actively silent for three months, that is beyond the usual empty platitude of “concern”, “alarm”,“worry”; and worse by not taking concrete actions, the UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council have become complicit in the War on Tigray, […]

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