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Media Roll-Up: May 10-16


Ethiopia again delays national election amid deadly tensions

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.

Ethiopia delays polls again amid security, logistical challenges

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)



Ethiopia revokes press credentials of New York Times reporter

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.

Journalists Under Threat in Covering the Tigray Region of Ethiopia

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

U.S. concerned about increasing political, ethnic polarization in Ethiopia

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.

US condemns 'atrocities' in Tigray and calls for those responsible to be 'held to account' after CNN investigation

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.

Top House Foreign Affairs member calls for sanctions in Tigray after CNN report shows military forces blocking aid

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

Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are blocking critical aid in Tigray

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)

Hunger Threatens Ethiopia's Tigray Region

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.



In Tigray's war, ancient Christian and Muslim houses of worship are increasingly under attack

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

Where are the Garima Gospels? In Ethiopia, scholars fear the worst for one of Christianity's oldest manuscripts

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.

US hosts Ethiopian Orthodox Church head after Tigray warning

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.



Ethiopian peacekeepers moved to Sudanese refugee camp after seeking asylum

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

‘Bodies are being eaten by hyenas; girls of eight raped’: inside the Tigray conflict

Tracy McVeigh, May 14th, 2021, The Guardian

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

Massacres, rapes and starvation: Breaking through the blackout to expose Tigray’s ‘crimes against humanity’

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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