‘We Are Not Safe’: Ethiopians Flee Massacre that Killed Hundreds

The massacre in Oromia, the nation’s largest region, came as the country grappled with a grueling civil war and the worst drought in decades.

#ahmed-abiy, #amhara, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oromia-ethiopia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘We Buried Him and Kept Walking’: Children Die as Somalis Flee Hunger

The worst drought in four decades, and a sharp rise in food prices caused by the war in Ukraine, have left almost half of Somalia’s people facing acute food shortages.

#africa, #drought, #ethiopia, #food-insecurity, #kenya, #malnutrition, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #somalia

Fitting Into His Schedule, Then Into Her Royal Family

Jamal Akil Robinson offered just 30 minutes for his first get-together with Edna Tafari Makonnen, an Ethiopian princess. When the meeting ran to an hour, he saw it as a good sign.

#ethiopia, #weddings-and-engagements

War in Ukraine Compounds Hunger in East Africa

The conflict has driven up the cost of food in a region that depends heavily on crops from Russia and Ukraine and is facing what could be its worst drought in four decades.

#drought, #east-africa, #ethiopia, #food-aid, #food-insecurity, #kenya, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #somalia, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia

Ethiopia Declares ‘Humanitarian Truce’ in War-Ravaged Tigray Region

The conflict, now lasting 17 months, has left thousands dead, millions displaced and has hindered aid from reaching those going hungry in the country’s northern region.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #horn-of-africa, #mekelle-ethiopia, #politics-and-government, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Who Killed Three Aid Workers for Doctors Without Borders in Ethiopia?

Three employees of Doctors Without Borders set out to rescue the wounded in a war zone in northern Ethiopia. Their fate shows the treacherous path for many aid workers in conflict zones.

#action-against-hunger, #ahmed-abiy, #doctors-without-borders, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

U.S. Warns Americans Abroad Not to Count on a Rescue

In Ukraine and Ethiopia, Biden officials have made clear that the 2021 Kabul airlift was a “unique” operation that won’t be repeated.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ethiopia, #kabul-afghanistan, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

On Day Biden Calls Ethiopia’s Leader to Urge Peace, a Drone Strike Kills 17

The attack came days after over 50 people were killed in a strike on a refugee camp, highlighting the growing role of armed drones in a destructive war.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ethiopia, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Jawar Mohammed to Be Released From Prison by Ethiopian President

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the amnesty on Orthodox Christmas and offered to start a dialogue with some opponents after 14 months of war.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #mohammed-jawar, #political-prisoners, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Sara Menker and Gro Intelligence Are Tackling Global Hunger

The Ethiopian entrepreneur Sara Menker founded Gro Intelligence, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast global agricultural trends and battle food insecurity.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #agriculture-and-farming, #artificial-intelligence, #content-type-personal-profile, #entrepreneurship, #ethiopia, #executives-and-management-theory, #food, #food-insecurity, #gro-intelligence-inc, #inflation-economics, #menker-sara

Foreign Drones Tip the Balance in Ethiopia’s Civil War

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pulled off a stunning reversal in the year-old conflict with the help of armed drones supplied by the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran.

#ahmed-abiy, #arms-trade, #drones-pilotless-planes, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #ethiopia, #iran, #nagorno-karabakh, #quds-force, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Nobel Peace Prize That Paved the Way for War

This is the story behind how Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, won a Nobel Prize for making peace with his country’s longtime enemy — and then used the alliance to plan a war.

#afwerki-isaias, #ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #nobel-prizes, #oromia-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Tigray Rebels Executed Dozens of Civilians, Report Says

The report from Human Rights Watch adds to the mounting violations committed by the warring parties since the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region began over a year ago.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #ethiopia, #human-rights-watch, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group

Ethiopia Says It Recaptured 2 Strategic Towns From Tigray Rebels

The government said it took back the towns of Dessie and Kombolcha, the latest in a string of wins Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has claimed in recent days.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group

Ethiopian Leader Vows to Lead Troops as War Threatens to Widen

Two years after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s claim that he was going into battle reflected both resolve and vulnerability.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #gebrselassie-haile, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Intractable African Crises Flare as Biden’s Top Diplomat Visits Kenya

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken hoped to ease the turmoil engulfing Sudan and Ethiopia in his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. Both worsened on his first full day.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #blinken-antony-j, #ethiopia, #feltman-jeffrey-d, #kenya, #sudan, #united-states-international-relations

Mass Detentions of Civilians Fan ‘Climate of Fear’ in Ethiopia

An ethnically motivated detention campaign largely targeting Ethiopians of Tigrayan descent threatens to further unravel Africa’s second-most populous country a year into a civil war.

#ahmed-abiy, #detainees, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group

Blinken Heads to Africa as U.S. Tries to Avert Ethiopia Disaster

The conflict between rebels and the country’s government has already featured numerous alleged atrocities, and experts say it threatens the stability of all of East Africa.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #blinken-antony-j, #ethiopia, #feltman-jeffrey-d, #kenya, #state-department, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Ethiopian Civil War Sparks Rancorous Debate Over Immigration to Israel

Thousands of relatives of the remnants of Ethiopian Jewry are waiting to be airlifted to Israel. For now, the Israeli government sees no urgency.

#discrimination, #ethiopia, #immigration-and-emigration, #israel, #jews-and-judaism

Ethiopia’s War Is Tearing the Country Apart

The war is spiraling out of control, but peace is still possible.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #peace-process, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ethiopia Seizes 16 UN Workers Amid Efforts to Halt Tigray War

The detentions aggravated the already tense relations between the United Nations and the Ethiopian government over war and famine in the country’s northern Tigray region.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #famine, #guterres-antonio, #humanitarian-aid, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations

Eight Groups Join Tigray Rebels Vowing to Oust Ethiopia’s Leader

The government calls the new coalition, announced in Washington, a “publicity stunt,” as intermediaries try to negotiate a peaceful solution to a year of conflict.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #oromo-ethnic-group, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Crackdown Sweeps Ethiopia’s Capital as War Draws Near

Government forces were going to door to door in the Ethiopian capital, rounding up ethnic Tigrayans, members of the same ethnic group as the rebels closing in.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #feltman-jeffrey-d, #horn-of-africa, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Atrocities on All Sides in Ethiopia’s War, U.N. Says as Rebels Advance

The United Nations report, released during a state of emergency as rebel forces near the capital, was written under significant constraints imposed by the government.

#ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency as Rebels Advance Toward Capital

In a milestone in the yearlong conflict, the government called on civilians to pick up arms and prepare to defend Addis Ababa after Tigrayan forces captured two key towns about 160 miles away.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #africa, #ahmed-abiy, #defense-and-military-forces, #ethiopia, #famine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Haile Gerima Is Having a Hollywood Moment. It’s Left Him Conflicted.

The director, an eminence of American and African indie cinema, is being recognized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Netflix. But he has long rejected the industry.

#academy-museum-of-motion-pictures, #africa, #aina-shirikiana, #ashes-and-embers-movie, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #ethiopia, #gerima-haile, #movies, #netflix-inc, #sankofa-movie

Ethiopia Attacks Rebels in Tigray as Famine Threatens

Western officials confirmed Tigrayan reports of an assault on several fronts. Aid workers said it will intensify a dire humanitarian crisis.

#afwerki-isaias, #ahmed-abiy, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #ethiopia, #famine, #humanitarian-aid, #tigray-ethiopia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ethiopia Plans to Expel U.N. Officials Leading Aid Response in Tigray

The move came days after the U.N. aid chief accused Ethiopia of mounting an aid blockade that is pushing the region into famine.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #humanitarian-aid, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #united-nations

Biden Threatens New Ethiopia Sanctions as Tigray War Widens

In an executive order, President Biden targeted all sides of the widening conflict in Africa’s second most populous country, demanding an end to fighting and safe passage for aid.

#ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #obasanjo-olusegun, #politics-and-government, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How Will the Taliban Govern? A History of Rebel Rule Offers Clues.

Insurgents who seize power tend to be authoritarian but pragmatic, desperate for legitimacy and ruthless toward classes they see as hostile.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #cuba, #ethiopia, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mao-zedong, #nixon-richard-milhous, #politics-and-government, #rwanda, #taliban, #uganda

Ethiopian Rebels Looted American Aid Stores, U.S. Official Says

The top American aid official in Ethiopia accused forces from Tigray of taking food supplies as Ethiopia’s ruinous civil war spills into new areas and a famine threatens.

#ethiopia, #humanitarian-aid, #power-samantha, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘My Blood Is Boiling’: War Fever Surges in Ethiopia as Its Civil War Spreads

A government drive to enlist civilians in the war effort threatens to widen the conflict, forcing ethnic groups to take sides and potentially spilling into the broader region.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #ahmed-abiy, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group

WhatsApp and other social media platforms restricted in Zambia amidst ongoing elections

Several users from Zambia have taken to Twitter informing the general public that WhatsApp has been restricted in the country amidst ongoing general elections holding today.

The president and parliamentary elections culminate in a face-off between current President Edgar Lungu and opposition Hakainde Hichilema.

Internet monitoring organization Netblocks further corroborated these reports adding that multiple internet providers in Zambia had restricted access to the American social messaging platform. Some of these networks include Zambian government-owned Zamtel, Airtel Zambia, Liquid Telecom, and MTN.

Just this week, reports circulated that the Zambian government had threatened to shut down the internet if Zambians “failed to use the cyberspace during this year’s election correctly.” The reports say the government intended to go through with its plans from Thursday, the polling day, till Sunday, when vote counts are expected to have ended.

However, the Zambian government, via its Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga, came out to deny the reports, calling them ‘malicious.’ Nevertheless, he mentioned that the government would not tolerate abuse of the internet and if any mischief occurred, there would be no hesitation to take appropriate measures.

“The government, therefore, expects citizens to use the internet responsibly. But if some people choose to abuse the internet to mislead and misinform, the government will not hesitate to invoke relevant legal provisions to forestall any breakdown of law and order as the country passes through the election period,” Malupenga said.

Zambia isn’t the first African country to witness this during an election as social media restrictions and internet shutdowns are now a recurring theme for most African states.

Countries like Cameroon, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Guinea, Togo, Benin, Mali, Mauritania have faced social media restrictions and internet shutdowns during elections. A handful of others like Chad, Nigeria, and Ethiopia, on the other hand, have experienced similar restrictions for unrelating events.

Most governments argue that they carry out social media restrictions and internet shutdowns to maintain security during elections; however, it’s glaring to see the process as a means to curb the spread of vital information among voters and the media within and outside the country.

Today’s event shows that despite denying reports about an imminent internet shutdown, the Zambian government is heading in that direction by first cutting off WhatsApp. While writing on the WhatsApp restriction, Netblocks also reported that the Zambian government has proceeded to restrict other social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Twitter.

Still, internet users in Zambia are now using VPN services to bypass the restrictions on WhatsApp and these other social media platforms. Yet, it remains to be seen if the government will enforce a full internet shutdown.

#africa, #airtel, #cameroon, #elections, #ethiopia, #instagram, #liquid-telecom, #messenger, #netblocks, #nigeria, #social-media-platforms, #tanzania, #tc, #uganda, #vpn, #whatsapp, #zambia

How Local Guerrilla Fighters Routed Ethiopia’s Powerful Army

A scrappy force of local Tigrayan recruits scored a cascade of battlefield victories against the Ethiopian military, one of Africa’s strongest. Times journalists witnessed the decisive week in an eight-month civil war.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Captured Ethiopian Soldiers Marched Through Tigray to Prison

The scale of the loss suffered by one of Africa’s most powerful armies was on vivid display on Friday as thousands of government troops were paraded through Mekelle, the regional capital of Tigray.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #famine, #humanitarian-aid, #mekelle-ethiopia, #prisoners-of-war, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

‘I Didn’t Expect to Make It Back Alive’: An Interview With Tigray’s Leader

The leader of the restive Ethiopian region presented the rebels’ side of a conflict that plunged the country into chaos after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed began a military operation there in November.

#content-type-personal-profile, #debretsion-gebremichael, #defense-and-military-forces, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ethiopia Leader, Stung by World Condemnation, Denies Troops Were Defeated

A day after his troops withdrew from the Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed defended the military campaign but said it was no longer bearable.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Jubilant Tigray Capital Greets Insurgents After Ethiopian Retreat

The capture of the capital, Mekelle, by Tigrayan forces was a major blow to Ethiopia’s leader, eight months into a war that has resulted in widespread famine and one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

#ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #famine, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Ethiopian Forces Retreat in Tigray, and Rebels Enter the Capital

After months of civil war and government occupation, Tigrayan rebels have pushed a counterattack that quickly brought them to Mekelle’s doorstep. Times journalists are there.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #mekelle-ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Dozens Killed in Market Airstrike in Ethiopia, Witnesses Say

The attack hit a busy market in Tigray, where there has been fierce fighting as Ethiopian forces pursue the region’s former leaders.

#civilian-casualties, #ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front

From Nobel Hero to Driver of War, Ethiopia’s Leader Faces Voters

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed plunged Ethiopia into a war in the Tigray region that spawned atrocities and famine. On Monday, his country goes to the polls.

#afwerki-isaias, #ahmed-abiy, #coons-christopher-a, #ethiopia, #famine, #jeffrey-feltman, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, Is Tearing the Country Apart

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is preparing to govern an Ethiopia neither respected nor whole.

#ahmed-abiy, #elections, #ethiopia, #oromia-ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Don’t Turn Away From These Images and These Crimes

Ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia began with murder, rape and pillage, and now moves to mass starvation.

#ahmed-abiy, #defense-and-military-forces, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

The War in Tigray

Not long ago, Ethiopia’s leader was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Now, he’s leading a military campaign that has killed thousands and displaced millions. How did the country get here?

#audio-neutral-informative, #elections, #ethiopia, #famine, #horn-of-africa, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tigray-ethiopia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Famine in Ethiopia Becomes Worst Hunger Crisis in a Decade

United Nations agencies said the crisis in Ethiopia’s conflict-ravaged Tigray region had plunged it into famine. “This is going to get a lot worse,” a top aid official said.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #famine, #horn-of-africa, #humanitarian-aid, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #world-food-program

Famine Looms in Ethiopia’s War-Ravaged Tigray Region, U.N. Says

The top humanitarian official at the United Nations warned that parts of Tigray are one step from famine, as the government hinders relief shipments.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #famine, #humanitarian-aid, #power-samantha, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Changing Tack, U.S. Sanctions Ethiopia Over Abuses in Tigray War

The measures signal a tougher American approach to a war in which Ethiopian forces are accused of atrocities. Ethiopia accused the U.S. of “meddling.”

#ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #horn-of-africa, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ethiopia Expels New York Times Reporter

The government gave no explanation for the expulsion of the reporter, Simon Marks, who had extensively reported about the war and human rights abuses in the Tigray region.

#ethiopia, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #marks-simon-journalist, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #tigray-ethiopia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Ethiopia Fights in Tigray Region, a Crackdown on Journalists

Authorities have detained journalists without charges and revoked the accreditation of a reporter for The New York Times.

#ahmed-abiy, #defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #freedom-of-the-press, #politics-and-government, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A hastily formed crowdsourcing operation to contain the insects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia could help manage climate-related disasters everywhere.

#51degrees-mobi-ltd, #agriculture-and-farming, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #east-africa, #ethiopia, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #global-warming, #grasshoppers, #horn-of-africa, #kenya, #lewa-wildlife-conservancy, #mobile-applications, #somalia, #vulcan-inc, #your-feed-science