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Media Roll-Up: May 10-16

Elections

The New York Times, May 15th, 2021, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia has again delayed its national election after some opposition parties said they wouldn’t take part and as conflict in the country’s Tigray region means no vote is being held there, further complicating Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts to centralize power.


Al Jazeera, May 15th, 2021

Ethiopia has delayed its national election again after some opposition parties said they would not take part and as a conflict in the country’s Tigray region means no vote is being held there, further complicating Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts to centralise power.


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UPDATE 1-Ethiopia postpones June 5 parliamentary elections (Reuters)

 

Journalism

National Post, May 14th, 2021, Reuters

NAIROBI — Ethiopia has revoked the press credentials of a foreign journalist working for the New York Times, according to the newspaper and an Ethiopian official.


Abdi Latif Dahir & Declan Walsh, May 14th, 2021, The New York Times

Authorities have detained journalists without charges and revoked the accreditation of a reporter for The New York Times.

 

US Statements

Daphne Psaledakis & Simon Lewis, May 14th, 2021, Reuters

The United States is deeply concerned about increasing political and ethnic polarization throughout Ethiopia, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, adding that Washington will work with allies to secure a ceasefire in the Tigray region, provide assistance and hold human rights abusers accountable.


Nima Elbagir & Nicky Robertson, May 15th, 2021, CNN

Washington, DC (CNN)The US has condemned Eritrea and Ethiopia for coordinating their troops to close off a key aid route to Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, following an exclusive CNN investigation published earlier this week that found that Eritrean soldiers were blocking critical humanitarian aid to starving and wounded civilians.


Veronica Stracqualursi & Nima Elbagir, May 13th, 2021, CNN

(CNN) The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on the Biden administration to enact sanctions in response to the ongoing human rights abuses in the Tigray region of Ethiopia after a CNN investigation found that Eritrean soldiers were blocking critical humanitarian aid to starving and wounded civilians.

 

Famine & Aid

Nima Elbagir, Barbara Arvanitidis & Eliza Mackintosh, May 13th, 2021, CNN

Axum, Ethiopia — Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a month after the country's Nobel Peace Prize winning leader pledged to the international community that they would leave.


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UN confirms military forces blocking aid in Ethiopia's Tigray region following CNN investigation (CNN)


VOA News, May 14th, 2021

Six months into the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the specter of widespread hunger and starvation looms, as continued military operations and violence stall aid delivery and threaten the approaching planting season, according to the United Nations and several other observers.

 

Religion

Geoffrey York & Zecharias Zelalem, May 10th, 2021, The Globe and Mail

In a conflict in northern Ethiopia that’s claimed hundreds of lives, religious leaders are warning about another tragedy unfolding: The obliteration of centuries-old churches, mosques and manuscripts by bullets and shelling


Geoffrey York, May 10th, 2021, The Globe and Mail

After surviving 1,500 years of human history in a remote monastery, the Garima Gospels are now facing their most severe threat.


Cara Anna, May 10th, 2021, Associated Press (Globe & Mail)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States ambassador to Ethiopia on Monday hosted the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after he warned of “genocide” in the Tigray region in his first public comments on the war.

 

Refugees

Reuters, May 10th, 2021

KHARTOUM, May 10 (Reuters) - Thirty-five Ethiopian peacekeeping soldiers were flown from Darfur in western Sudan to a refugee camp near the border with their country after they sought asylum in Sudan, a source at the Sudanese refugees commission and state media said.

 

Crimes Against Humanity

Tracy McVeigh, May 14th, 2021, The Guardian

A nun working in war-torn Tigray has shared her harrowing testimony of the atrocities taking place.


Will Brown, May 15th, 2021, The Telegraph

When the first American bombs crashed into Baghdad in January 1991, the nature of war fundamentally changed.



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