Ethiopia: End arbitrary detentions of Tigrayans, activists and journalists in Addis Ababa and reveal whereabouts of unaccounted detainees

(Source: Amnesty) – Police in Addis Ababa have arbitrarily arrested and detained dozens of Tigrayans without due process, following the recapture of the Tigray region’s capital, Mekelle, by forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that also calls itself Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) on 28 June, Amnesty International said today. The arrests appear to […]

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Ethiopian bishops say it is not too late to stop the war in Tigray

(Source: Catholic News Service, Fredrick Nzwili) –    NAIROBI, Kenya — Expressing compassion and solidarity with the people affected by war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the Ethiopian bishops’ conference said it is not too late to end the violence that has left thousands of people dead and 2 million more displaced. “As pastors, we can […]

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Ethiopia conflict: Tigray forces claim march to Addis Ababa ‘now possible’

  (Nation, Eduardo Soteras | AFP, By Tesfa-Alem Tekle, Ethiopia Correspondent) –  What you need to know: In a statement on Saturday, the Prime Minister called upon the people of Tigray to stand with the Ethiopian government. The armed group fighting the Ethiopian army and its allied regional forces in Tigray claims it is now in a position to march […]

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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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My, my, cry Amhara cry Eritrea cry to wipe out Tigray! What good am I, If I can’t espy, with a naked eye?

(By Temesgn Kebede) – Fate sometimes had it once an Askari (አስከሪ) an Askari for life; once a domestic servant a domestic servant to a geriatric end with no respite to rest; once a person bent their dorsal to meet a master’s needs, they  keep bending till their  fibulas screech. How else can we explain these haggard men […]

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Banking Service as an additional weapon of war for starving Tigrayans

OPEN LETTER H.E. David Malpass President of the World Bank Group 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 USA H.E. Dr. Kristalina Georgieva Managing Director (MD) and Chairwoman of the Executive Board International Monetary Fund 700 19th Street, N.W, Washington, D.C. 20431 H.E. Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina President of the African Development Bank Group Avenue […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 191 – 23 July 2021

(Source: EEPA) –  Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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Abiy’s Prosperity yields few dividends for Ethiopia’s Afar

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, By DAWUD MOHAMMED, 21 July 2021) –  Superficial political changes have so far made little headway in addressing Afar region’s very real problems. Ahmed Seid was born and raised in Arado ke Lahiguh, a small village in Aysaita district in Afar region. He spent his childhood on the ancestral clan-owned lands where his father […]

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Ethiopia: A legal solution to Tigray’s military conflict

(Source: The Africa Report, 22 July 2021) –  Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia’s Tigray walk to Hamdeyat Transition Center after arriving on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) The armed conflict that broke out on 3 […]

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UN aid workers allege delays, harassment from Ethiopian officials before Tigray flight

(Source: Nation, By Tesfa-Alem Tekle, Ethiopia Correspondent, 22 July 2021) –  Aid workers say they were stopped by security officials at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Thursday afternoon, ahead of their flight to Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.  The workers allege they were also harassed and subjected to extra checks when they arrived to board […]

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When a Nobel Peace Prize winner wages war, who loses?

(Source: The Christian Science Monitor, By Ryan Lenora Brown, Staff writer, @ryanlenorabrown, JOHANNESBURG, 19 July 2021) –  When Mulugeta Gebregziabher heard in October 2019 that the Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to Abiy Ahmed, the new reformist prime minister of Ethiopia, his reaction was immediate dread. “I thought, this is going to give this guy […]

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The UN has a clear message: what is happening in Ethiopia is unacceptable

(Source: Government of the Netherlands) –  Mass murder, sexual violence and famine – the crossfire in the Ethiopian conflict area of Tigray has triggered a humanitarian crisis. On 13 July 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to put pressure on the warring parties. How could the situation in Ethiopia get so […]

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The Government of Tigray statement concerning Eritrean refugees in Tigray

Statement by the Government of the National State of Tigray concerning the Eritrean refugees in Tigray 21 July 2021 The people of Tigray and the Government of the National State of Tigray have been hosting thousands of Eritrean refugees throughout the years. The Government of the National State of Tigray is gravely concerned by the […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 190 – 21 July 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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July 2021 Employee of the Month: Abiy Ahmed

(Source: World Peace Foundation, by ALEX DEWAAL, 19 July 2021) –  The ‘Employee of the Month award’ is bestowed on the person who has done the most to harm the cause of world peace in the last month. Image: “A Conversation with Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia” by World Economic Forum is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Ethiopia’s Prime […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 189 – 20 July 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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The Tigray war and our collective moral failure

(Source: Addis Expressions, By Rihana Nesrudin, 13 July 2021) –  “A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power… which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion… condemns itself to death.” Chris Hedges One chilly summer evening, by what I can only recall to be a random […]

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Ethiopia: ICRC starts detention visits to members of the Ethiopian armed forces in the Tigray region.

(Source: ICRC, News release, Geneva, 18 July 2021) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has started visiting members of the Ethiopian armed forces in the Tigray region earlier this week. “Visiting people in places of detention is a core part of our mandate and an established role for the ICRC in the […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar region, Afar says

(Source: Reuters, By Dawit Endeshaw) –   ADDIS ABABA July 19 (Reuters) – Forces from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have mounted attacks in neighbouring Afar region, a spokesman for Afar said on Monday, marking an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area. Tigrayan fighters crossed into Afar on Saturday and Afar forces […]

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Tigrayan group in UK raises serious concerns about CDC investment in Ethiopia telecoms

(Source: Leigh Day, Press Office, Posted on 19 July 2021) – A group of Tigrayan academics has written to the UK Government’s CDC Group PLC (CDC) raising concerns that inadequate steps have been taken to ensure a £65 million telecoms investment is not used to fund serious human rights abuses in Ethiopia’s armed conflict in […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 188 – 19 July 2021

(Source: EEPA) Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and on […]

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PM Abiy Ahmed statement of genocidal programmes: “Tigray is the cancer of Ethiopia”

This is an English translation of a public statement released by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed official Twitter account on 18 July 2021. The enemy we are facing is an enemy which is the cancer of Ethiopia. The junta is probably the only group in history that used its political power to disintegrate its own country. […]

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The Government of National State of Tigray Press Release: On false allegations concerning child soldiers serving in the TDF

July 17, 2021 The Government of Tigray strongly repudiates the spurious allegation that child soldiers are serving and/or being trained in the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF). We assert in the strongest terms possible that the TDF is committed to international protocols prohibiting the recruitment of children for military training and children’s engagement in armed hostilities. […]

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Could the Tigray Defense Force Invade Eritrea?

(Source: The National, By Michael Rubin) –  Should the Tigray Defense Forces enter Eritrea or, more likely, organize and support Eritrean opposition forces, the Eritrean government may find that this conscript army will dissolve and defect. Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s attack on Ethiopia’s Tigray province last November was a monumental mistake. Abiy ordered Ethiopian […]

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The President of Amhara National Regional State secret message to Tamagn Beyene (አቶ አገኘው ተሻገር ለታማኝ በየነ የላኩት ሚስጥራዊ ንግግራቸውን ለህዝብ ተጋለ)

(Source: Dedebit Media) – Listen to the audio conversation below to find out what is going on in Amhara Region. Source: Adagnu Camera  

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Tigray Defense Force (TDF) released 1,000 captured Ethiopian soldiers

(Source: Reuters, Giulia Paravicini AND George Obulutsa) – Tigray Defense Force (TDF) in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have released around 1,000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the west of the region. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the […]

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