A REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: Ethiopia’s crackdown on ethnic Tigrayans snares thousands

(Source: Rueters) – Across Ethiopia, Tigrayans are being fired and jailed since fighting erupted in their home region. The tensions are complicating efforts to end one of the world’s bitterest civil conflicts and threatening the unity of the country. By GIULIA PARAVICINI, DAWIT ENDESHAW and KATHARINE HOURELD Filed May 7, 2021, 11 a.m. GMT Police […]

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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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UN releases US$65 million for humanitarian response in Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis worsens

(Source: OCHA, New York, 6 May 2021) –  The United Nations has released US$65 million for the humanitarian response in Ethiopia. More than 16 million people need humanitarian assistance throughout Ethiopia, including an estimated 4.5 million in the Tigray region. UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said: “Ethiopian lives and livelihoods are being destroyed by drought, […]

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Tigray war and logistical issues plague Ethiopia’s elections

(Source: African News) – Ethiopia’s elections are just a month away and posters of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party are already up. But there are obstacles to credible polls, with the war in the northern Tigray region and ethnic violence there are major logistical hurdles. Ahmed came to power three years ago and promised […]

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Republic of Korea contributes US$400,00 for WFP emergency response in Tigray

(Source: WFP Press Release, Addis Ababa) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$400,000 contribution from the Government of the Republic of Korea to our operations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to help provide food and nutrition support for thousands of people displaced by conflict. The Republic of Korea’s donation will contribute to […]

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Ethiopia replaces head of interim gov’t in war-wracked Tigray

Mulu Nega, who was appointed in November as fighting raged in northern region, is replaced by Abraham Belay, federal government says. Ethiopia’s federal government has replaced the head of the interim administration of Tigray, a region racked by more than six months of catastrophic conflict. Mulu Nega had held the position since November, shortly after […]

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Tigray crisis: Many people in rural areas are cut off from aid

(Source: Medecins Sans Frontieres, Geneva, 04 May 2021) – When a small Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile team reached the Ethiopian village of Adiftaw for the first time in mid-March, they found the health post had been looted and partially destroyed. Medical files, broken equipment, and torn medicine packaging were strewn across the […]

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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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Ethiopia: Tigray Region Humanitarian Update

Highlights (2 days ago) Humanitarian partners continue the scale-up effort to reach all people in need in Tigray; but the response is not commensurate to the needs. Nearly six months into the conflict, most rural areas remain cut from communications and electricity, impacting access to health services and water supply among others. Three Food operators […]

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‘Alarming’ malnutrition in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray: Doctors Without Borders

(Source: Al Arabiya, By AFP, Addis Ababa) – Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday described “alarming” malnutrition in parts of Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region and said the situation was likely to worsen with the coming rainy season. The medical charity, known by its French initials MSF, said residents were struggling to access food distribution points and […]

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Ethiopia ‘at a crossroads’ amid spiraling ethnic conflict

(Source: AP, By RODNEY MUHUMUZA) –   GONDAR, Ethiopia (AP) — Aba Yosief Desta preferred not to discuss the ethnicities of victims in the widening conflicts threatening Ethiopia’s unity. A wooden cross in hand, the Orthodox monk in yellow robes insisted that victims of massacres “have the same face.” Speaking to The Associated Press from […]

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Tigray war rips thousands of children from parents: Says Save the Children

(Source: Mail Online, By AFP) – Ethiopia’s Tigray war has separated thousands of children from their parents, and many now face “dire” and dangerous conditions in displacement camps, the charity Save the Children said Tuesday. “Many of these children were separated from their parents while fleeing for their lives during the conflict. Others have lost […]

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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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The Debate: Which way for Ethiopia? Abiy cracks down on regional revolts ahead of elections

(Source: France24, 03 May 2021) – Can the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia keep it together? Change has become increasingly bloody it seems since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi, a Tigrean whose home region is now in open revolt against the central government. There, conventional fighting is morphing into guerrilla warfare with reprisals […]

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Rape and ethnic cleansing in Tigray

(Source: Counter Punch, by John Clamp) – Victims have told investigators that when Ethiopian federal regular soldiers and militia inflict infertility on Tigrayan women with burning metal rods, after gang-raping them, they tell the women that this is to stop them having ‘Woyene’ children (the Amharans’ derogatory term for ‘Tigrayans’). Unleashing this kind of sentiment […]

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Travel of Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa to Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan

(Source: US Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, MAY 3, 2021) –  U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan from May 4 to May 13, 2021.  Special Envoy Feltman will hold meetings with officials from the respective governments as well as the United […]

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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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Ending Tigray conflict will test UK’s claim to be ‘force for good’

(Source: The Guardian, by Kaamil Ahmed) – Key parliamentary committee says government has duty to end violence and rights abuses in Ethiopia The British government’s claims that its new development strategy would make it a “force for good” will be tested by whether it helps to end the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, […]

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Six months into Ethiopia’s ‘dirty’ Tigray conflict, there’s still no end in sight

(Source: SBS News) – Six months into the fighting and amid continued reports of poverty, massacres and sexual assault, here’s a look at the conflict in northern Ethiopia.   In this article… How did we get here? How bad is the fighting? Who is involved? How is the world responding? What is the humanitarian situation? […]

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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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Ethiopia designates TPLF, OLF-Shene as terror groups

(Source: Aljazeera) – The Ethiopian government launched a huge security operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front last year. A sign in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia that depicts members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front wanted by the Ethiopian police [File: Eduardo Soteras/AFP] 1 May 2021 Ethiopia has added two armed groups to its “terror list”, […]

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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: ‘Unpredictable security’ in Tigray, hindering aid delivery

(Source: UN News) –   29 April 2021 Humanitarian Aid A “complex and unpredictable security situation” in Tigray continues to impede the delivery of life-saving assistance to Ethiopia’s northern region, the Deputy UN Spokesperson told journalists on Thursday.    Nearly six months since the conflict between Ethiopian Government security forces and regional forces of the Tigray […]

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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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Ethiopian war: UNHCR concerned by deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Tigray, northern Ethiopia

(Source: SABC News) – The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s northern region is deteriorating. That’s the warning from the United Nations Refugee Agency – UNHCR. The UN’s humanitarian agency says over 1 million people are currently in need of urgent assistance in the Tigray Region. The international community, led by the United States, has increased pressure […]

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UK can lead international response to addressing horrors in Tigray using its combined development and diplomatic prowess within the FCDO

International Development Committee Select Committee Announcement No.65 UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 00:01 FRIDAY 30 APRIL2021 Report publication: The humanitarian situation in Tigray The International Development Committee (IDC) has today said that the UK’s response to the deeply concerning humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region will be an early test of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and […]

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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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