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Media Roll-up: June 20th-27th


He Promised Peace. Then He Tore His Country Apart.; Guest Essay

Tsedale Lemma, June 22nd, 2021, International New York Times

Ahead of Ethiopia’s general election on Monday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been laying out his grand ambitions for the country. He wants it to be “comfortable for all Ethiopians,” he recently told a TV interviewer, “where every Ethiopian moves around relaxed, works and prospers.” The country, he said, should be one whose “sovereignty is respected and feared, and whose territorial integrity is preserved.”


Gender-Based Violence

Tigray – a challenge to the UN day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

World Peace Foundation, June 18th, 2021

Sexual violence is the brutal hallmark of the conflict that broke out in Tigray, Ethiopia last November.


War in Tigray

New video of Ethiopia massacre shows soldiers passing phone around to document their executions of unarmed men

Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Nima Elbagir and Barbara Arvanitidis, June 26th, 2021, CNN

A few scattered human bones lay on the rocky ground, along with a broken skull and several half-burned identification cards.

UPDATE 1-U.N. rights chief deplores abuse reports in Ethiopia's Tigray

Emma Farge, June 21st, 2021, Reuters

GENEVA, June 21 (Reuters) - The U.N. rights chief said on Monday she was "deeply disturbed" by reports of continued violations including executions in Ethiopia's Tigray region, and added that a long-awaited joint investigation should be ready by August.



Three MSF workers ‘brutally murdered’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Al Jazeera, June 25th, 2021

Medical charity expresses shock and sadness over killing of three of its staff in embattled northern Ethiopian region.

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UPDATE 1-Three MSF employees killed in Ethiopia's Tigray, aid agency says (Reuters)

3 Aid Workers for Doctors Without Borders Are Killed in Tigray (The New York Times)


Air Strike

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Heavy casualties reported after air strike

BBC News, June 24th, 2021

Dozens of people have reportedly been killed or injured after Ethiopia's air force bombed a market in the northern region of Tigray.

'Like a hell': Ethiopia airstrike survivors recall massacre

ABC News, June 27th, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Maerg was serving customers at his cafe in Ethiopia’s Tigray village of Togoga when the military airstrike occurred, filling the room with dust and bringing down debris that struck him on the head.

UPDATE 1-WHO's Tedros says victims of Ethiopia air strike denied access to care

Reuters, June 25th, 2021

GENEVA, June 25 (Reuters) - WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused authorities in Ethiopia on Friday of blocking ambulances from reaching scores of victims of an air strike this week, a rare case of speaking out in his official capacity about the conflict in his homeland.

Ethiopia says it targeted combatants, not civilians in Tigray

Al Jazeera, June 24th, 2021

Military spokesman denies it was behind attack on busy market in Tigray, but admits attacking rebels in restive region.

UPDATE 4-Death toll from Tigray air strike at over 50, health official says

Reuters, June 24th, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, June 24 (Reuters) - The number of civilians killed in an air strike in Ethiopia's Tigray region has risen to 51 with 33 people still unaccounted for, a health official involved in the response said, disputing the army's account that the victims were combatants.

Condemnation builds over deadly government airstrike in Tigray

Bethlehem Feleke and Eliza Mackintosh, June 24th, 2021, CNN

International condemnation is growing over an airstrike that killed dozens of people in Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region earlier this week, as Africa's second-most populous nationtallied ballots to decide its next leader.

U.S. condemns 'reprehensible' Tigray market attack

Reuters, June 23rd, 2021

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - The United States is gravely concerned by reports of civilian deaths in a market attack in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and urged Ethiopian authorities to ensure full medical access for all the victims, the State Department said on Wednesday.



Ethiopia is facing a human-made famine

Jen Kirby, June 25th, 2021, VOX

Ethiopia’s Tigray region is facing a deepening hunger emergency, with about 350,000 people threatened by famine. It is the most severe starvation crisis in the world right now, and it is almost entirely manmade.

Up to 900,000 in Ethiopia's Tigray face famine, US says

Associated Press, June 26th, 2021, CP24

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The United States estimates that up to 900,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray region now face famine conditions amid a deadly conflict, even as the prime minister says there is “no hunger” there.



Vote count under way in Ethiopia after contentious election

Al Jazeera, June 22nd, 2021

Authorities unable to hold elections in four of Ethiopia’s 10 regions, says election board.

World News: Ethiopians Go to Polls as Violence Escalates

Gabriele Steinhauser, June 22nd, 2021, The Wall Street Journal

Ethiopia's election was meant to be the crowning moment for Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a popular recognition of his efforts to break open one of Africa's most entrenched one-party states and liberalize its tightly controlled economy.

Ethiopians vote in elections seen as test for PM Abiy Ahmed

Al Jazeera, June 21st, 2021

Vote held against the backdrop of internal strife, with PM Abiy Ahmed expected to cement his hold on power.

Voting underway in Ethiopia amid conflict and a raging humanitarian crisis

Nimi Princewill, June 21st, 2021, CNN

Ethiopians headed to the polls Monday amid widespread nationwide unrest, famine, and a raging humanitarian crisis in the country's Tigray region.

Abiy set to sweep Ethiopian election, but conflicts likely to rage on across country

Geoffrey York, June 21st, 2021, The Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is almost certain to win Ethiopia's much-delayed election on Monday, but the wartime vote is unlikely to restore the global support and domestic stability that he craves.

CORRECTED-Ethiopians to vote in what government bills as first free election

Dawit Endeshaw and Ayenat Mersie, June 20th, 2021, Reuters

ADDIS ABABA, June 21 (Reuters) - Ethiopians vote on Monday in national and regional elections that the prime minister has billed as proof of his commitment to democracy after decades of repressive rule in Africa's second-most populous nation.

4 Things to Know about Tigray's Humanitarian Crisis as Ethiopia Counts Votes

Khanyi Miaba, June 25th, 2021, The Global Citizen

While Ethiopia’s national elections took place on June 21 2021, the conflict in the country’s Tigray region only worsened.

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