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Media Roll-up: August 30th-September 7th

Famine

Cara Anna, September 7th, 2021, The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A least 150 people starved to death last month in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region amid a near-complete blockade of food aid by federal and allied authorities, the Tigray forces say, while close to half a million people face famine conditions.


Declan Walsh, September 2nd, 2021, The New York Times

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.


 

Politics

Eliza Mackintosh, September 7th, 2021, CNN

​​"Abiy, Abiy," the crowd chanted, waving Ethiopia's tricolor flag and cheering as the country's new prime minister, dressed in a white blazer with gold trim and smiling broadly, waved to a packed basketball arena at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, part of a whirlwind three-city tour of the United States to woo the diaspora.


The Conversation, September 2nd, 2021

All wars end. So will the Tigray conflict. But when and how will peace come, and will it be sustained? What can we learn from other experiences of war and peace?


Gwynne Dyer, September 7th, 2021, The London Free Press

“We have to deal with anyone who’s still shooting,” said Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces, said last month. “If it takes marching to Addis to silence the guns, we will.” In fact, Tigray’s army has already covered about a third of the distance to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, since it took back its own provincial capital, Mekelle, in late June.


 

Conflict & Arms

Reuters, September 6th, 2021

KHARTOUM, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Sudan's interior ministry said on Monday that more than 70 boxes of weapons seized by authorities had turned out to be part of a legal cargo imported by a licensed arms trader.


Nima Elbagir, Katie Polglase, Barbara Arvanitidis, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Laura Smith-Spark, September 5th, 2021, CNN

The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. As the river's path narrows, the drifting bodies become wedged on the silty clay bank and their forms appear more clearly; men, women, teenagers and even children.


September 3rd. 2021, Associated Press

DEBARK, Ethiopia (AP) — As they bring war to other parts of Ethiopia, resurgent Tigray fighters face growing allegations that they are retaliating for the abuses their people suffered back home.


Al Jazeera, September 2nd, 2021

War-hit region facing severe shortage of aid, cash and fuel due to ‘de facto humanitarian aid blockade’, UN says.


BBC News, September 5th, 2021

Thousands have been reported killed in clashes in northern Ethiopia, as fighting between the military and Tigray rebels continues.


 

Humanitarian Aid

Fredrick Nzwili, September 2nd, 2021, National Catholic Report

NAIROBI, KENYA — The Catholic church in Ethiopia says its operations in the northern state of Tigray have been severely affected, as the war between regional and federal forces disrupts money flow, banking services, fuel and telecommunication.


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