Amhara Region Asks Federal Govt for 100 Million Birr for Treating Soldiers Wounded in War on Tigray (Leaked Document)

(Source: Tghat) – Since the start of the war, the world has witnessed horrendous atrocities on the people of Tigray. Even though the severity of the war on the people of Tigray is no longer a secret, the true extent of the damage is still not known. In the last six months, there have been […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 148 – 17 May 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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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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Hunger Threatens Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

(Source: VOA News) – Six months into the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the specter of widespread hunger and starvation looms, as continued military operations and violence stall aid delivery and threaten the approaching planting season, according to the United Nations and several other observers. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs […]

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Monday’s critical hearing will shape American policy towards the Horn – Sanctions against Eritrea need to be on the table

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut) –  Speaking to the US Senate On Monday the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a closed meeting to hear a report-back from President Biden’s Horn of Africa Special Envoy, Jeffrey Feltman and other top officials. The session is entitled: “Challenges and Opportunities for the United States in […]

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Ethnic polarisation in Ethiopia raises serious concerns

(Source: Th Arab Weekly) –  Newly appointed US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman returned from his first trip to the region on Thursday, where he visited Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia WASHINGTON – The United States is deeply concerned about increasing political and ethnic polarisation throughout Ethiopia, the US State Department […]

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Social media restricted in Ethiopia, NetBlocks says

(Source: Reuters) –  Social media platforms Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram have been restricted in Ethiopia, internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said on Monday. “Network data show Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram restricted in #Ethiopia,” NetBlocks said in a tweet. The London-based watchdog’s director Alp Toker told Reuters that Netblocks observed the restrictions at six locations across Ethiopia. […]

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Atrocities still occurring in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, says priest

(Source: CRUX, Catholic News Service (CNS), By Fredrick Nzwili, Nairobi, Kenya) – A priest from the Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray says killings, abductions and rape are still occurring in the region where a military offensive launched in November. The targets for killings are men and boys, who are being […]

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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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US condemns ‘atrocities’ in Tigray and calls for those responsible to be ‘held to account’ after CNN investigation

(Source: CNN, By Nima Elbagir and Nicky Robertson, Washington DC, Updated 2146 GMT (0546 HKT) May 15, 2021) –   The US has condemned Eritrea and Ethiopia for coordinating their troops to close off a key aid route to Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region, following an exclusive CNN investigation published earlier this week that found that […]

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Ethiopian Attorney General’s sham Axum massacre and rape ‘findings’: A futile cover-up and obstruction of justice

(Source: Aigaforum.com, By Fitih Ashenafi) – The 10 May Ethiopia’s Attorney General’s announcement of ‘the killing of 93 people mostly fighters’ in the Axum massacre and ‘116 reported rape cases’ has only exposed the regime’s deceit and resolve to obstruct justice – further proof that the Tigray atrocities, sexual violence, wealth destruction and starvation must […]

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US is ‘gravely concerned’ by continuing atrocities and denial of humanitarian access in Ethiopia’s Tigray region 

US Department of State Press Statement Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State May 15, 2021 The United States is gravely concerned by the increasing number of confirmed cases of military forces blocking humanitarian access to parts of the Tigray region. This unacceptable behavior places the 5.2 million people in the region in immediate need of […]

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Ethiopia again delays national election amid deadly tensions

(Source: AP, Nairobi, Kenya) – Ethiopia has again delayed its national election after some opposition parties said they wouldn’t take part and as conflict in the country’s Tigray region means no vote is being held there, further complicating Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts to centralize power. The head of the national elections board, Birtukan Mideksa, […]

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Massacres, rapes and starvation: Breaking through the blackout to expose Tigray’s ‘crimes against humanity’

(Source: The Telegraph, By Will Brown, Africa Correspondent 15 May 2021 • 8:00a) –     Six months into northern Ethiopia’s shadow war, its atrocities are becoming harder to hide When the first American bombs crashed into Baghdad in January 1991, the nature of war fundamentally changed.  Images of the First Gulf War were bounced […]

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Ethiopia revokes press credentials of New York Times reporter

(Source: Reuters) – Ethiopia has revoked the press credentials of a foreign journalist working for the New York Times, according to the newspaper and an Ethiopian official. The Times said in an article on Thursday that Simon Marks, an Irish national who reports for it and other publications, had his credentials revoked by the Ethiopian […]

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78 priests massacred by troops headed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate

(Sourec: Remix, By Daniel Deme) – The Nobel Prize committee refuses to revoke Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Peace Prize despite accusations that he is responsible for ethnic cleansing in the Tigray region It has been reported that at least 78 clergymen, priests and monks have been murdered in Ethiopia’s Tigray region over the past […]

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Oromo-Tigray Alliance: A Necessary Historical Precondition for Fashioning a New Ethiopian Nation-State

(Source: The Institute of Development and Education for Africa (IDEA), By Ghelawdewos Araia, PhD, April 14, 2021) –  This article intends to discuss and thoroughly examine the strategic alliance of the Ethiopian federalist forces against the destructive alliance of the Prosperity Party (PP)-led Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF (henceforth PP-ENDF), the Eritrean mercenary troops, and […]

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‘Bodies are being eaten by hyenas; girls of eight raped’

(Source: The Guardian, By Tracy McVeigh) – A nun working in war-torn Tigray has shared her harrowing testimony of the atrocities taking place   The Ethiopian nun, who has to remain anonymous for her own security, is working in Mekelle, Tigray’s capital, and surrounding areas, helping some of the tens of thousands of people displaced […]

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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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EU says humanitarian aid in Tigray used “as a weapon of war”; warns those responsible “will be held to account”

(Source: European External Action Sercice) – Brussels, 14/05/2021 – 15:31, UNIQUE ID: 210514_4   Joint Statements The United Nations have confirmed that military forces are impeding humanitarian access to parts of Tigray. The EU has repeatedly called for full humanitarian access to all areas, as well as for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops. While […]

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GSTS: Abiy Ahmed Ali is a force of instability and disintegration

Official Correspondence GSTS–O.C–2021–043 The Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS) Open Letter Prime Minister Boris Johnson The President of G–7 Leaders’ Summit The G–7 Leaders Carbis Bay, Cornwall Abiy Ahmed Ali is a Force of Instability and Disintegration Excellencies, We, the Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS)i, note that many countries, […]

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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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Top House Foreign Affairs member calls for sanctions in Tigray after CNN report shows military forces blocking aid

(Source: CNN, By Veronica Stracqualursi and Nima Elbagir, Updated 3:51 PM EDT, Thu May 13, 2021) –   The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on the Biden administration to enact sanctions in response to the ongoing human rights abuses in the Tigray region of Ethiopia after a CNN investigation found that […]

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Rape is being used as weapon of war in Ethiopia, say witnesses

(Source: The Guardian, By Tracy McVeigh) – Ethiopian nun speaks of widespread horror she and colleagues are seeing on a daily basis inside the heavily isolated region of Tigray   Thousands of women and girls are being targeted by the deliberate tactic of using rape as a weapon in the civil war that has erupted […]

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UN confirms military forces blocking aid in Ethiopia’s Tigray region following CNN investigation

(Source: CNN, By Eliza Mackintosh and Richard Roth, Updated 1042 GMT (1842 HKT) May 13, 2021) – The United Nations has confirmed that military forces are impeding humanitarian access to parts of Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region, after an exclusive CNN investigation revealed that Eritrean troops were coordinating with Ethiopian forces to cut off critical aid […]

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Ethiopia: the need for an independent international investigation of the Axum massacre

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AFR 25/4114/2021 13 May 2021 ETHIOPIA: THE NEED FOR AN INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF THE AXUM MASSACRE On 10 May 2021, the Attorney General’s Office (AG) of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia issued a press statement about its criminal investigation of the massacre in Axum, in the Tigray Region, […]

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Ethiopia’s Axum findings ignore massacre of civilians

(Source: Human Rights Watch) – Government’s Investigation Underscores Need for Independent, International Inquiry Laetitia Bader Director, Horn of Africa   This week Ethiopia’s attorney general’s office released its findings into allegations of atrocities committed by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces in Tigray’s historic city of Axum in late November 2020. The press release stated that most […]

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Spying and stability: Djibouti thrives in ‘return to cold war’

(Source: FT, Andres Schipani in Ras Bir, Djibouti) – The tiny African country’s highly strategic location has made it a centre of global intrigue At the top of a lighthouse in a deserted headland, Ali Hassan Ali points across the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, to war-ravaged Yemen. Then, behind him, to war-torn Ethiopia. Then, to his […]

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Congress pushes Biden administration to enact sanctions over Tigray conflict

(Source: The National) – Congressional leaders have called for sanctions to be put in place to pressure Ethiopian and Eritrean forces to withdraw from Tigray The US Congress is pressuring the Biden administration to place sanctions on human rights abusers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, pointing to the continued failure of Ethiopian and Eritrean forces to […]

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Growing evidence of ‘harrowing accounts’ of sexual violence used as tool of war in Tigray

(Source: The Irish Times, By Marie O’Halloran ) –  Minister says imperative Eritrean forces leave region in north Ethiopia There is growing evidence of sexual violence being used as a tool of war in the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. The war in the north […]

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CNN report shows Eritrean troops blocking critical aid in Tigray

(Source: CNN, Nima Elbagir reports) Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a month after the country’s Nobel Peace Prize winning leader pledged to the international community that they would leave.    

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 146 – 12 May 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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Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are blocking critical aid in Tigray

(Source: CNN, By Nima Elbagir, Barbara Arvanitidis and Eliza Mackintosh, Video by Alex Platt and Mark Baron, Updated 0403 GMT (1203 HKT) May 12, 2021) –   Axum, Ethiopia — Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a […]

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Ethiopia’s debt: an economic and political liability

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Federico Rogai) –   The efforts to restructure repayments come amid increasing challenges. Since mass protests began in 2015, a lot of analysis has focused on Ethiopia’s security challenges, with sustained unrest followed by momentous change and now a relapse into civil war in Tigray. But the economic headwinds are equally […]

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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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US says: Ethiopia must set right environment for election

(Source: VOA, By Nike Ching, WASHINGTON) – The United States said it “strongly supports democratization in Ethiopia” as it nears a national election June 5, while noting a “free, fair, and credible election” can happen only with a conducive electoral environment.   The statement comes amid a humanitarian crisis and conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. U.S. Secretary of State […]

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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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