Friday, November 26, 2021

How conflict between Tigrayan and Ethiopian forces destabilizes the region

Nick Shifrin:

Government airlines strike civilian infrastructure in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle. And the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is very acute; 400,000 people faced hunger. Five million need help to survive.

But a senior US Agency for International Development official told PBS NewsHour that the Ethiopian government and its allies blocked all aid for two weeks, banning these trucks from entering Tigray.

And now the forces of Tigrayan are advancing south. Analysts warn that the fate of the country is at stake. The crisis began exactly one year ago, when the Tigrayan forces that ruled the country attacked the federal post. Federal forces and their allies from neighboring Eritrea and the Amhara region conducted a scorched earth campaign and occupied parts of Tigray.

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But at the end of June, Tigrayan’s forces drove out federal Ethiopian soldiers and continued to move from Tigray to neighboring Amhara and into the distance, and now towards the capital of Addis Ababa. They captured two key cities and united with a small militia from the Oromo ethnic group, to which Abiy also belongs.

Throughout this year, the UN has called unprecedented brutality.

Maarit Kohonen Sheriff, Director for Africa, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: There are reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by all parties to the conflict.

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