Bodies found in river between Ethiopia’s Tigray, Sudan

(Source: AP, By SAMY MAGDY and CARA ANNA, NAIROBI, Kenya) –    A Sudanese official says local authorities in Kassala province have found more than 40 bodies, apparently people fleeing the war in neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, floating in the river between the countries over the past week, some with gunshot wounds or their hands bound. […]

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Sudanese soldier killed in border clashes with Ethiopian militiamen

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Gedaref ) – A Sudanese soldier was killed in the latest clashes that took place on Saturday between Sudanese forces and Ethiopian militiamen in the border locality of Basanda. Military sources told the Sudan Tribune that the Sudanese soldiers and reserve forces of the 2nd Infantry Division confronted an Ethiopian militia during […]

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Resurgent Tigray and Horn of Africa Politics

(Source: International Crisis Group) – The President’s Take 7 July 2021 To accompany this month’s CrisisWatch, Interim President Richard Atwood looks at the dramatic turn of events in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the danger of new fighting and its implications for Horn of Africa geopolitics.   The war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region just took an […]

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Civilians fear abductions as Sudan-Ethiopia border row deadlocked

(Source: Aljazeera, By Al Jazeera Staff, Gallabat, Sudan) – Lack of clear demarcation in al-Fashaga has led to fighting between the two sides in recent months, as well as abduction and killing of civilians in border villages. For more than 15 years, Ahmed Dafie has been earning a living by selling wood he gets from the […]

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Sudan calls for international sanctions against Ethiopia

(Source: Daily News Egypt) –  Sudanese Foreign Minister accuses Ethiopia of filling dam without reaching agreement with downstream countries   Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi has demanded that the international community impose sanctions on Ethiopia for its intransigence regarding its controversial dam. This relates particularly to the negotiations over the filling and […]

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Egypt president in Djibouti to forge ties amid Nile dispute

(Source: AP, CAIRO) – The Egyptian president held talks on Thursday with his counterpart in Djibouti as part of Egyptian diplomatic attempts to build more African alliances amid an ongoing water dispute with Ethiopia. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s visit to the Horn of Africa nation is the first by an Egyptian president since Djibouti declared independence […]

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ICRC dramatically increases its budget in Ethiopia and Sudan as needs grow at an alarming rate

(Source: ICRC, Geneva/Addis-Ababa/Khartoum, News release 27 May 2021) –   The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking donors for an additional 28 million Swiss francs ($31.3 million) for its operations in Ethiopia and Sudan following violence that has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, increasing the need for food, […]

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More Ethiopia refugees arrive in Sudan from Benishangul-Gumuz region

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – A fresh wave of Ethiopian refugees has arrived in the eastern Sudan state of Gadaref following the surge of intercommunal fighting between the Gumuz and the Amhara ethnic groups. Sudanese officials in the Basinda area of Gadaref said dozens of Gumuz arrived in the area following bloody clashes in the […]

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US intervenes to break deadlock in GERD talks, avert military escalation

(Source: Asharq Al-Awsat, By Mohammed Abdo Hassanein, Cairo) –   Washington called on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to resume stalled talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) “urgently,” pledging to provide political and technical support to facilitate a successful outcome. US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman had carried out an […]

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U.S. concerned about increasing political and ethnic polarization throughout Ethiopia

Office of the Spokesperson May 14, 2021 Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman has just completed his first visit to the region as U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, traveling to Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia from May 4 to 13, 2021. The Horn of Africa is at an inflection […]

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Extreme weather leaves Ethiopian refugees vulnerable in eastern Sudan

(Source: UNHCR, By Catherine Wachiaya in Tunaydbah refugee settlement, Sudan) –   As the rains begin in Sudan, UNHCR and partners race to shield refugees from the risk of flooding. Anna* recalls how just a few days ago she would sigh with relief as she stepped out of the scorching heat into the welcoming shade […]

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Sudan declines UAE initiative on border dispute with Ethiopia

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – Sudan has officially informed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of its adherence to placing border markers with Ethiopia before entering into investment projects in the disputed Fashaqa area. The head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, returned to Khartoum after talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed […]

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The tripartite alliance that is destabilisng the Horn of Africa

(Source: Aljazeera, By Goitom Gebreluel, Managing Director of Hatèta Policy Research) – The common political vision of the leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia threatens to throw the region into turmoil. Three years ago, a wave of political change swept across the Horn of Africa. In Sudan and Ethiopia, popular protests led to a change […]

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Sudan transfers Ethiopian Tigrayan soldiers seeking asylum to refugee camp

(Source: Sudan Tribune, El Fasher) – The Commission for Refugees (COR) in North Darfur State transferred to refugee camps Ethiopian soldiers have defected seeking political asylum after working in the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID. The defectors who are from the Tigray region say fear for their life after the eruption of the war […]

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Where is South Sudan’s share in the Nile’s waters?

(Source: Sudan Post) –  “The Ethiopian government should be open to negotiation and international arbitration in order to find a common ground and achieve win-win outcome and iron out the ongoing tensions with Egypt and Sudan.” Water is life and it is one of the precious and life-saving commodities in the world. Every living human […]

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Sudan does not want to be at mercy of Ethiopia: Hamdok

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – Sudan is seeking a legally binding agreement over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) because the downstream country does not want to be at the mercy of Ethiopia, said Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Speaking to CNN in a videoconference interview on Wednesday, Hamdok said […]

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Ethiopian PM accuses Egypt, Sudan of backing unrest in western region

(Source: Al Monitor, By Khalid Hassan, Cairo) –  The Ethiopian Prime Minister called out his neighbors for fueling the recent round of violence in Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz region where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is located. Violence has been ongoing in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is located, […]

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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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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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Sudan threatens to sue Italian firm implementing Nile Dam, Ethiopian gov’t

(Source: The News) – Sudan has threatened to sue the Italian company implementing the Nile dam and the Ethiopian government if the second filling of the dam is conducted without a legal deal. Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasir Abbas issued the threat in a tweet. “In case the second filling is conducted without […]

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Gerd: Sudan talks tough with Ethiopia over River Nile dam

(Source: BBC News) – Sudan is caught in the middle of a decade-long row between Ethiopia and Egypt over the dam Ethiopia is building on the River Nile and in recent months it has undergone a major shift in attitude, as Zeinab Mohammed Salih reports from Khartoum. When discussing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd), […]

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Sudan accuses Ethiopia of threatening its national security

(Source: Middle East Monitor) –       Ethiopia is threatening Sudan’s national security with its intention to begin filling the Renaissance Dam’s reservoir in July, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, said in a statement yesterday. Al-Mahdi accused Addis Ababa of attacking the values of good neighbourliness and threatening the lives of 20 […]

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Sudan calls for closed-door meeting over Ethiopian dam

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has called his Egyptian and Ethiopian counterparts for a closed-door meeting over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), after the failure of the Kinshasa discussions, a week ago. In a meeting held from 3 to 6 April in the capital […]

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Another war in the Horn? Rising tension at the Ethiopia-Sudan border

(Source: Democracy in Africa, By Lovise Aalen) –   Could the Horn of Africa be set for another war? The prospects for a fresh conflict are certainly increasing. Both Ethiopia and Sudan are in extremely vulnerable positions since the change of power in the two countries in 2018 and 2019. Ethiopia is also at war […]

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Sudan says Ethiopia refused proposal to reach agreement on GERD within eight weeks during Kinshasa talks

(Source: Ahram Online) – Khartoum and Cairo did not refuse to include South Africa in the negotiations team as Addis Ababa declared, the Sudanese foreign ministry says The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Ethiopia refused a proposal to reach an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) within eight weeks during Kinshasa […]

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Sudan demands expulsion of Ethiopians from Abyei UN peacekeeping forces

(Source: Arab News, Dubai) – The Abyei region – on the border between South Sudan and the Sudan – was accorded “special administrative status” by the 2004 Protocol on the Resolution of the Abyei Conflict that ended the Second Sudanese Civil War. (File/AFP)   Sudan will be reviewing its relations and cooperation agreements with Ethiopia. […]

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Egypt-Sudan alliance shifting in row with Ethiopia over Nile dam

(Source: The arab weekly, Cairo) –   Khartoum may choose to edge closer to the Ethiopian position so as to mitigate the damage caused by the crisis.     Local and regional uncertainties prevail about the next steps that Egypt will take if negotiations fail with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam. Cairo had described these […]

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US Secretary of State Blinken urges de-escalation between Sudan and Ethiopia

(Source: Al Arabiya) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday pressed for an easing of tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia as fears grow of a spillover from the bloody Tigray conflict. In a telephone call with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, Blinken raised “the need to de-escalate tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia over […]

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Ethiopia Nile dam talks deadlocked as crisis of reservoir filling approaches

(Source: The National News, By Hamza Hendawi) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has warned that diplomacy may not be the final option to resolve the dispute Talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on a Nile dam being built by Addis Ababa showed no signs of progress since beginning at the weekend. Sudanese and […]

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In Sudan’s sweltering camps, refugees from Tigray dream of independence from Ethiopia

(Source: Washington Post), By Max Bearak, UM RAKUBA CAMP, Sudan) – The home-brew she served tasted sour and wrong, lacking the right ingredients from home. It provided her a meager livelihood in this refugee camp, but it was a reminder to her and her customers of a land they might never see again. “Tigray is […]

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Sudanese forces repel cross-border incursion by Ethiopian militiamen

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Gadaref) – Sudanese forces Wednesday repulsed Ethiopian militiamen trying to seize a border area inside Sudan. The Sudan Tribune learned that the Sudanese Reserve Forces clashed with armed Ethiopian militias backed by the Ethiopian army forces from the Amhara region in the Basinda area. The Ethiopian groups penetrated into Sudanese territory, 8 […]

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Eritrea Forces Deployed in Disputed Sudan-Ethiopia Area, UN Says

(Source: Bloomberg) Eritrean forces are present inside disputed territory that straddles the border between Ethiopia and Sudan, according to the United Nations. The deployment in the so-called al-Fashqa triangle comes amid escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan over control of the area of fertile farming land. “The conflict along the border between Sudan and Ethiopia […]

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Ethiopia’s dam over the Nile risks war with Egypt

(Source: Jewish News Syndicate, By Jacques NeriahMarch 22, 2021 / JNS)  Beginning the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in July without first securing an agreement with Egypt and Sudan would be tantamount to a declaration of war—something none of the parties want. For more than 10 years, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have […]

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A border war looms between Sudan and Ethiopia as Tigray conflict sends ripples through region

(Source: Washington Post, By Max Bearak) – AL-FASHAGA, Sudan — This fertile borderland between two rivers has long held the key ingredients for a war. For decades, a precarious status quo prevailed here between Sudan, which owns the land according to a century-old treaty, and Ethiopia, which has occupied it while its citizens tilled the […]

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Could Ethiopia and Sudan Engage in Conflict over a Border Dispute?

(Source: Inside Arabia, by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey) – While Ethiopia has been bogged down in the Tigray conflict, new tensions have emerged with Sudan over a disputed border territory. Can efforts to prevent a greater fallout in the Horn of Africa succeed? Sudan and Ethiopia face unprecedented tensions over a decades-long border dispute, and violent clashes […]

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Sudan warns citizens on repercussions of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

(Source: Egypt Independent and Al-Masry Al-Youm) – The Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation issued a warning to citizens to take all necessary precautions in anticipation of the potential impact caused by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) filling in July. In a statement, the Sudanese Undersecretary for the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Dhawalbeit Abdul-Rahman, […]

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