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Media Monitoring: Dec 20th-Jan 9th


Does Ethiopia’s PM want a peaceful end to the Tigray war? (Video)

Al Jazeera, January 9th, 2022

Abiy Ahmed pardoned political prisoners and called for ‘national dialogue’, but air raids continue to kill civilians.

UPDATE 1-Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray party accuses Eritrea of attacking its forces

Reuters, January 9th, 2022

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The Tigray People's Liberation Front, the party that controls most of the northern Ethiopia region of Tigray, on Sunday accused Eritrea of attacking its troops.

Ethiopia gov’t says army will not go deeper into Tigray, for now

Al Jazeera, December 24th, 2021

Federal troops ordered to maintain the areas they have won back recently from Tigrayan forces, government says.

Ethiopian government rejects Tigrayan fighters' ceasefire call, dashing hopes of an end to the conflict

Niamh Kennedy, Zeena Saifi and Larry Madowo, December 21st, 2021, CNN

The Ethiopian government has dismissed calls for a ceasefire from Tigrayan fighters in the north of the country, saying the olive branches it previously offered them have been rejected many times.


Air Strikes

Aid groups halt work in northwest Tigray after deadly strike: UN

Al Jazeera, January 9th, 2022

Aid agencies have suspended their work in part of Ethiopia’s Tigray region after a deadly air attack on a camp for people displaced by the war, the United Nations’ emergency response agency has said.

Dozens killed in Ethiopian air strike on IDP camp in Tigray

Al Jazeera, January 8th, 2022

Aid workers and TPLF say 56 killed in air raid on camp for displaced people in Dedebit near border with Eritrea.

Tigray forces say Ethiopian airstrike kills 56 civilians

TIME, January 8th, 2022, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An airstrike in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region has killed at least 56 people at a camp for displaced people, a spokesman for the Tigray forces said Saturday, as the country's war continues despite the government's talk of reconciliation.

Two children among 3 Eritrean refugees killed in Tigray air raid

Al Jazeera, January 7th, 2022

United Nations says attack on Mai Aini refugee camp also wounded four other refugees.


Mass Detentions

Ethiopia frees opposition leaders from prison, announces political dialogue

Reuters, January 8th, 2022

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has freed several opposition leaders from prison, the state broadcaster reported on Friday, as the government said it would begin dialogue with political opponents after 14 months of war when thousands of people have been arrested.

Ethiopia Pledges to Free Political Prisoners and Calls for 'National Dialogue' on Conflict

Declan Walsh, January 8th, 2022, The New York Times

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


Humanitarian Aid

UN: Some Ethiopian aid will stop without cash, fuel and food

Edith M. Lederer, January 6th, 2022, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations warned Thursday that some U.N. agencies and aid groups will be forced to halt operations in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region if humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash are not delivered very soon.

REFILE-Doctors say lives are lost in hospitals in Ethiopia's Tigray due to dwindling supplies, blame blockade

Katharine Houreld and Giulia Paravicini, January 5th, 2022, Reuters

NAIROBI, Jan 5 (Reuters) - In the largest hospital in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a child wounded in an air strike bled to death after doctors ran out of gauze and intravenous fluids. A baby died because there were no fluids for dialysis.

U.N. says 22 million Ethiopians will need food aid in 2022

Associated Press, December 23rd, 2021

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An estimated 22 million Ethiopians will require humanitarian assistance in 2022, according to a United Nations report.



Ethiopia: Returned Tigrayans Detained, Abused

Human Rights Watch, January 5th, 2022

(Beirut) – Ethiopian authorities have arbitrarily detained, mistreated, and forcibly disappeared thousands of ethnic Tigrayans recently deported from Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia should stop holding Tigrayans in abhorrent conditions and deporting them to Ethiopia, and instead help the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide them with international protection.



COLUMN-As death toll rises in Ethiopia, Middle East powers fuel drone race

Peter Apps, January 5th, 2022, Reuters

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - In the week before Christmas, Ethiopia suffered its worst air strikes since October, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported. Dozens of people were killed and many more were wounded in a particularly bloody week of a largely hidden conflict that says much about the changing face of war.


‘Rebuilding Ethiopia’

Impoverished Ethiopia seeks extra $2.5 billion to rebuild from war

Reuters, December 30th, 2021

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia wants to pass a supplementary budget worth 122 billion birr ($2.5 billion) to help finance programmes to rebuild areas destroyed by war and provide humanitarian aid, the finance ministry said on Thursday.

Ethiopia passes law to start national dialogue commission

Associated Press, December 29th, 2021

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a bill to establish a commission for national dialogue, amid international pressure for negotiations to end the 13-month conflict in the Tigray region.



She was in Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet as war broke out. Now she wants to set the record straight.

Max Bearak, December 30th, 2021, The Washington Post

NAIROBI — Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took a sizable risk when he chose her as the youngest minister in his cabinet: Filsan Abdi was an outspoken activist from the country’s marginalized Somali community with no government experience. She was just 28.

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