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Media Roll-Up: May 17-23

U.S. Administration

U.S. Weighs Financial Sanctions Against Ethiopia Over Tigray War

Samuel Gebre and Simon Marks, May 22nd, 2021, Bloomberg

The Biden administration has prepared economic sanctions against Ethiopia that could halt financing from the U.S. and loans by international financial institutions, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Biden Administration Plans Visa Restrictions on Ethiopian Officials Over Tigray

Robbie Gramer, May 21st, Foreign Policy

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is planning to target Ethiopian and Eritrean officials with visa restrictions in an opening diplomatic salvo against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government over atrocities committed in the country’s Tigray conflict, U.S. officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter tell Foreign Policy.

US Senate passes unanimous resolution calling for withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Ethiopia

Nima Elbagir & Eliza Mackintosh, May 21st, 2021, CNN

(CNN)The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, after a CNN investigation revealed that the soldiers were cutting off critical aid routes.



Ethiopia Expels New York Times Reporter

Declan Walsh, May 20th, 2021, The New York Times

The government gave no explanation for the expulsion of the reporter, Simon Marks, who had extensively reported about the war and human rights abuses in the Tigray region.

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Crimes Against Humanity

Ethiopia convicts soldiers of crimes against civilians in Tigray

Al Jazeera, May 21st, 2021

Ethiopia’s military prosecutors have convicted three soldiers of rape and pressed charges against 28 others suspected of killing civilians in the ongoing conflict in the northern Tigray region, the attorney general’s office announced.

Ethiopia says Eritrean troops killed civilians in Tigray

Robbie Corey-Boulet, May 21st, 2021, Yahoo News

Ethiopia on Friday for the first time accused troops from neighbouring Eritrea of killing 110 civilians in a massacre in the war-hit Tigray region.

Four Ethiopian soldiers convicted of crimes against civilians in Tigray

Ayenat Mersie, May 21st, 2021, Reuters

Three Ethiopian soldiers have been convicted of rape and one of killing a civilian in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the government said on Friday, the first public statement that soldiers had been found guilty of crimes against civilians in the conflict.


Addis Standard, May 20th, 2021

Addis Abeba, May 2021 – The U.S. Government issued a statement calling on all armed actors in Ethiopia to safeguard the lives and activities of humanitarian workers throughout Ethiopia after a staff member of a USAID partner was killed on April 28 in Kola Temben, Tigray reportedly by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers.



‘No food for days’: Starvation stalks Tigray as war drags on

Lucy Kassa, May 18th, 2021, Al Jazeera

In nearly two months, Kiflom Tekleweyni has eaten very little. The 23-year-old, who was born with an undiagnosed mental illness, and his mother fled their hometown of Dansha in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region in mid-March.

Ethiopia Key Message Update: Many in Tigray face food security emergency as national needs reach five-year high, April 2021

Relief Web, May 21st, 2021

Key Messages

Across much of Ethiopia, 2021 assistance needs are at their highest levels since 2016, driven by a confluence of factors.

Ethiopia Food Security Alert: May 17, 2021

Relief Web, May 17th, 2021

Across much of Ethiopia, 2021 assistance needs are at their highest levels since 2016 (Figure 1), driven by a confluence of factors.


Crisis in Tigray

People face ‘horrific’ situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray: WHO chief

Al Jazeera, May 17th, 2021

Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region is facing a horrifying situation with people dying of hunger, health services destroyed and rape “rampant”, according to the World Health Organization chief, who is from the region.

Ethiopia - Tigray Region Humanitarian Update Situation Report, 20 May 2021

Relief Web, May 20th, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS: Humanitarian agencies are facing increased obstacles to access populations in need.

UNFPA Ethiopia Response to the Tigray Crisis - Situation report (15-30 April 2021)

Relief Web, May 17th, 2021

Background: On November 4, 2020 simmering tensions between the federal government and the leadership of the northern Tigray region escalated into a military confrontation.



Propaganda Machine: Voice of America is Accused of Ignoring Government Atrocities in Ethiopia

Nick Turse, The Intercept, May 21st, 2021

Jason Patinkin spent the better part of a decade as a freelance reporter, covering conflicts, extremism, and counterinsurgency in East Africa for major news outlets including the Washington Post, Reuters, and the Associated Press. He won commendations for relentless reporting under a repressive regime in South Sudan and broke stories about war crimes that provoked global outrage.

Genocide in Ethiopia? Why answering the question will be a challenge

The Conversation, May 19th, 2021

The head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, Abune Mathias, recently condemned the ongoing armed conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the suffering it’s causing the civilian population. In a video message he was seen saying “genocide is being committed now”.

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