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Media Roll-up: August 10th- 21st

Famine & Humanitarian Aid

UPDATE 2-U.S. aid chief says emergency food in Ethiopia's Tigray to run out this week

Maggie Fick, August 20th, 2021, Reuters

NAIROBI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - For the first time in nine months of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, aid workers will run out of food this week to deliver to millions of people who are going hungry, the head of the U.S. government's humanitarian agency said, blaming the government for restricting access.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: US accuses Abiy's government of blocking aid

BBC News, August 20th, 2021

The US international development agency has blamed the Ethiopian government for a shortage of humanitarian aid in the country's conflict-torn Tigray region.


Addis Standard, August 19th,2021

Addis Abeba, August 19/2021 – The latest UN report on the humanitarian crisis in Tigray said that “a fraction of the required humanitarian cargo to meet the mounting needs,” was reaching Tigray where the situation “remains unpredictable and volatile, while movement of Tigray Forces in Amhara and Afar continues.”


Detentions and Discrimination

Ethiopia: Ethnic Tigrayans Forcibly Disappeared

Human Rights Watch, August 18th, 2021

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian authorities since late June 2021 have arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, and committed other abuses against ethnic Tigrayans in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The authorities should immediately account for Tigrayans’ forcibly disappeared, release those being held without credible evidence of a crime, and end all discriminatory treatment.

Ethiopia's War in Tigray Sees Ethnic Minority Group Targeted Across the Country; Arbitrary detentions of ethnic Tigrayans have increased, rights groups say, since Ahmed government suffered a defeat in conflict with separatists

Nicholas Bariyo, August 11th, 2021, The Wall Street Journal

Ethiopian authorities have launched reprisals against ethnic Tigrayans across the country, arresting hundreds and accusing members of the minority group of supporting rebels who have been locked in a bloody war with the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.


International Intervention

Erdogan backs peaceful resolution to Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict

Al Jazeera, August 18th, 2021

Turkish leader also tells Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that Ankara is willing to mediate in Sudan border dispute.

US envoy heads to Ethiopia to urge end to fighting

Al Jazeera, August 13th, 2021

Jeffrey Feltman’s trip comes as humanitarian organisations warn of a continued crisis as battles rage in Tigray.

Why Did Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Rebuff Samantha Power?

Robbie Gramer, August 11th, 2021, Foreign Policy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last week rebuffed a request to meet face to face with a top Biden administration official to address the country’s civil war and worsening humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region, dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to tamp down a conflict that threatens to fuel famine and destabilize the wider Horn of Africa.


Gender Based Violence

Sexual violence against women and girls in Ethiopia's Tigray region amount to war crimes, Amnesty says

Nima Elbagir, Lauren Kent, August 12th, 2021, CNN

Troops and militias aligned with the Ethiopian government have subjected hundreds of women and girls to sexual violence in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

Amnesty reports rapes 'with impunity' in Tigray region

Cara Anna, August 11th, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dozens of women have described shocking sexual assaults by Ethiopian soldiers and allied forces in the country’s Tigray conflict, says an Amnesty International report published Wednesday, and its researcher calls it striking how the perpetrators appeared to act without fear of punishment from their commanders.

Amnesty: Rape survivors describe slavery, mutilations in Tigray

Al Jazeera, August 11th, 2021

‘Severity and scale’ of sexual crimes Ethiopian and Eritrean troops committed amount to war crimes, rights body says.



Ethiopia armed group says it has alliance with Tigray forces

Al Jazeera, August 11th, 2021

The alliance brings together the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Oromo Liberation Army.

Ethiopia's Tigray forces seek new military alliance

Reuters, August 11th, 2021

NAIROBI, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray region said on Wednesday they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia's most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the central government in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia urges citizens to join armed forces as conflict spreads

Ayenat Mersie, August 10th, 2021, Reuters

NAIROBI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's government on Tuesday urged citizens to join the fight against resurgent Tigrayan forces now pushing beyond their own region in a nine-month-old war that has sparked a major refugee crisis.

Despite Cease-Fire in Tigray, No End in Sight for Conflict

Hilary Matfess, August 15th, 2021, LawFare

On June 28, the Ethiopian government declared a unilateral cease-fire in the war in Tigray. There was optimism that the cease-fire would help draw down the conflict, which erupted in November 2020.

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