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Media Roll-Up: April 5-11

Humanitarian Aid

DW, April 8th, 2021

The US said "large-scale assistance is urgently needed" in order to prevent the humanitarian situation in Tigray from worsening. The area has seen a violent conflict for several months.


Ben Parker, April 8th, 2021, The New Humanitarian

People in northern Ethiopia get less humanitarian relief compared to those facing the impact of conflicts in northern Nigeria, Afghanistan, or the Central African Republic, an independent poll released today by research group Humanitarian Outcomes found.


BBC News, April 5th, 2021

R&B singer The Weeknd has promised to donate $1m (£700,000) to Ethiopians caught up in the conflict in Tigray.

 

Ethiopian Politics

Andres Schipani, David Pilling, April 8th, 2021, Financial Times

PM’s supporters say he can win re-election and get country back on track. Others fear too much damage has been done.


Ahmed Maher, April 7th, 2021, The National News

The “turbulence and crisis” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region risks leaving a vacuum for extremist groups to spread unless the world works together to resolve it, the EU’s special envoy to the conflict said on Tuesday.

 

Famine

Alex de Waal, April 6th, 2021, World Politics Review

Millions of people in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region are facing starvation. Until now, it’s been a crisis without pictures. Those wrenching images of emaciated children and mothers with dull-eyed gazes, so sadly familiar from famine zones, have yet to emerge.


Patrick Smith, April 9th, 2021, The Africa Report

Without an end to the fighting in Tigray, its people will face starvation more devastating than the “biblical famine” that tore through the region in the 1980s, according to a heavily-detailed survey by researchers from the US-based World Peace Foundation.

 

Conflict

Cara Anna, April 7th, 2021, Associated Press

HAMDAYET, Sudan (AP) — The atrocities have been seared into the skin and the minds of Tigrayans, who take shelter by the thousands within sight of the homeland they fled in northern Ethiopia.


UN News, April 7th, 2021

The humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, remains “dire”, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.


PBS, April 7th, 2021

Allegations of ethnic cleansing that began last fall amid a military crackdown in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region now threaten to engulf the surrounding areas and permanently tarnish the reputation of the country’s nobel prize-winning prime minister. Thousands are dead, tens of thousands have been displaced, and the Ethiopian government is on the defensive. Coletta Wanjohi reports.


Borkena, April 10th, 2021

Writing on the Tigray war, the author says “There was no war in recorded human history that was prosecuted in a humane way. War is doom, better left un-started.”

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