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Media Roll-up: October 5th-22nd

Airstrikes


Reuters, October 22nd, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government launched an air strike on Friday on the capital of the northern Tigray region, and residents in a city in the neighbouring Amhara region said people there were taking flight from intensifying fighting.


Al Jazeera, October 21st, 2021

Ethiopia has said it had launched another air raid on Mekelle, the capital of war-battered Tigray, the fourth such bombardment this week in a campaign it says is targeting rebel facilities.


Reuters, October 21st, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Ethiopia carried out an air strike on the city of Mekelle for the third day this week, a government spokesperson said, in a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces they have been fighting for nearly a year.


Bethlehem Feleke, Katie Polglase and Gianluca Mezzofiore, October 21st, 2021, CNN

The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was covered in smoke on Wednesday as the city was hit by another day of airstrikes, eyewitnesses and authorities told CNN.


Al Jazeera, October 20th, 2021

Air raids hit Tigray for the second time this week amid sharp escalation in near yearlong conflict.


Reuters, October 19th, 2021

GENEVA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Three children were killed and one person was wounded in an air strike on the capital of the Tigray region in Ethiopia on Monday, the United Nations cited local health workers as saying.


Al Jazeera, October 18th, 2021

Ethiopia’s government initially dismissed the reports, but the state media later confirmed the air raid.

Bethlehem Feleke, Barbara Arvanitidis and Gianluca Mezzofiore, October 18th, 2021, CNN

The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN.


 

Conflict

Reuters, October 18th, 2021

DESSIE, Ethiopia, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The pictures on her phone are all that Ethiopian mother Habtam Akele has left of her three-year-old daughter Saba. The girl died of malnutrition last month before the family was able to flee south, deeper into Ethiopia's Amhara region.


Maggie Fick, October 13th, 2021, Reuters

NAIROBI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - An air and ground offensive by Ethiopian troops and their allies against rebellious forces from the northern Tigray region is intensifying, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces said on Wednesday, claiming "staggering" casualties.


Geoffrey York, October 14th, 2021, The Globe and Mail

A new ground and air offensive by government troops in northern Ethiopia is worsening a humanitarian catastrophe that has pushed 900,000 people into famine and threatens the lives of millions more.


Al Jazeera, October 11th, 2021

Ethiopia’s national army launched a ground offensive against forces from the northern region of Tigray on Monday, the war-torn region’s governing Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said.


Al Jazeera, October 9th, 2021

Ethiopian troops and allied forces have intensified air and ground operations against Tigrayan forces in the northern region of Amhara, according to reports.


Cara Anna, October 16th, 2021, The Washington Post (Associated Press)

NAIROBI, Kenya — As food and the means to buy it dwindled in a city under siege, the young mother felt she could do no more. She killed herself, unable to feed her children.


 

International News

Al Jazeera, October 14th, 2021

Meeting Kenyatta will be Biden’s first in-person, one-on-one meeting with an African leader since becoming US president.


Emma Farge, October 14th, 2021, Reuters

GENEVA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Katherine Tai, U.S. global trade representative, said Washington would "soon" decide on Ethiopia's status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an agreement which gives it duty-free access to the United States.


Maggie Fick, October 13th, 2021, Reuters

NAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Two senior United Nations officials have been recalled from Ethiopia after audio recordings containing criticism of senior U.N. officials was released online, according to a letter and a U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) spokesperson.


Al Jazeera, October 7th, 2021

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has demanded evidence from Ethiopia after seven UN staff were expelled for allegations of misconduct.


Nima Elbagir, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Eliza Mackintosh, October 7th, 2021, CNN

The Biden administration has described a CNN report that Ethiopian Airlines shuttled weapons to Eritrea as "incredibly grave" and warned that it was prepared to impose sanctions on Ethiopia and any other parties who prolonged the conflict in Tigray.


 

Famine

Nicholas Bariyo, October 13th, 2021, The Wall Street Journal

Ethiopian government forces launched a renewed assault to recapture the rebellious northern region of Tigray, raising fears of a more devastating humanitarian crisis in a region the United Nations says is in the grip of famine after a nearly year long conflict.


Robert Rotberg, October 7th, 2021, The Globe and Mail

Robert Rotberg is the founding director of the Harvard Kennedy School's program on intrastate conflict, a former senior fellow at CIGI and president emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. His latest book is Things Come Together: Africans Achieving Greatness.


NPR, October 9th, 2021

The government of Ethiopia is launching a new offensive to retake the Tigray region from separatist forces. The United Nations says the relief aid crisis is worsening there.


 

Ethiopian Airlines

Nima Elbagir, October 8th, 2021

Ethiopia's government has used the country's flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a CNN investigation has found.


Al Jazeera, October 6th, 2021

A CNN investigation claims Ethiopian Airlines allegedly transported military weapons and supplies on its planes.


 

Ethiopian Politics

Al Jazeera, October 6th, 2021

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed the former head of war-hit Tigray’s interim administration as defence minister, one of several shake-ups in his new government’s 22-member cabinet.


 

Opinion

Maebel Gebremedhin, October 20th, 2021, The Cut

One of my earliest memories is of my grandfather’s attempt to rescue my family. We were living in a refugee camp in Sudan, where I was born, the first of four from parents who were nearly children themselves. My parents had met in another camp in 1984 after fleeing the Derg, a military junta that took power in Ethiopia ten years before. They were among the 300,000 mostly Tigrayan refugees who arrived in Sudan that year fleeing persecution and famine. My grandfather had also braved the gruesome war in Tigray and traveled over 500 miles to cross the Sudanese border with hopes of getting us out of the camp.


Khanyi Mlaba, October 12th, 2021, Global Citizen

Women and girls in Ethiopia’s Tigray have remained particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the ongoing war in the region. The conflict began in November 2020 and has left millions displaced and most of the region experiencing famine, alongside extreme human rights violations.


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