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Media Roll-up: September 8th-September 19th

U.S. Sanctions

U.S. threatens sanctions against officials in Tigray conflict

POLITICO, September 17th, 2021

The White House on Friday threatened to impose sanctions against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in a conflict gripping the Tigray region, where 10 months of fighting have left hundreds of thousands of people facing famine.

U.S. Opens New Effort To Halt Fight In Ethiopia

Declan Walsh, September 17th, 2021, The New York Times

NAIROBI, Kenya -- President Biden signed an executive order on Friday threatening sweeping new sanctions that aim to stop the escalating war in northern Ethiopia and allow urgently needed humanitarian aid to flow into the region.

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Humanitarian Aid

Hundreds of aid trucks have failed to return from Tigray, UN says

Al Jazeera, September 17th, 2021

Since July, 445 trucks have entered Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray, but only 38 returned – hampering future aid deliveries.



WHO's Tedros seen running unopposed for top job despite Ethiopia snub - sources

Reuters, September 17th, 2021

GENEVA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's chief looks set to run unopposed for a second term at the helm as tries to guide the world through its biggest health crisis in a century, sources said.


Eritrean Refugees

Eritrean refugees attacked, killed by clashing forces in Tigray war: report

Geoffrey York, September 17th, 2021, The Globe and Mail

Two refugee camps in northern Ethiopia, sheltering 20,000 people who had escaped a dictatorship next door, were targeted for waves of killings, sexual assaults and other horrific abuses by two of the clashing forces in the war that erupted last year, a new report says.

Ethiopia: Eritrean Refugees Targeted in Tigray

Human Rights Watch, September 16th, 2021

(Nairobi) – Eritrean government forces and Tigrayan militias have committed killings, rape, and other grave abuses against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Human Rights Watch said today. All warring parties should cease attacks against refugees, stay out of refugee camps, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Attacks on Eritrean refugees in Tigray ‘clear war crimes’: HRW

Al Jazeera, September 16th, 2021

Eritrean soldiers and Ethiopian rebel fighters raped and killed refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, rights group says.


Human Rights Investigation

Probe in Ethiopia’s Tigray did not reach site of Axum attack: UN

Al Jazeera, September 13th, 2021

UN human rights investigators unable to deploy to site of alleged massacre of several hundred people in holy city.


Conflict & Crisis

At scene of Ethiopia's new killings, some fight, some flee

Associated Press, September 10th, 2021

CHENNA TEKLEHAYMANOT, Ethiopia (AP) — The smell of death lingered for days after the killings. The bodies, more than a dozen in the uniforms of fighters, others in civilian clothing, were still scattered on the muddy ground.

Men are marched out of prison camps. Then corpses float down the river

Nima Elbagir, Katie Polglase, Barbara Arvanitidis, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, September 10th, 2021

The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. As the river's path narrows, the drifting bodies become wedged on the silty clay bank and their forms appear more clearly; men, women, teenagers and even children.

Ethiopia says Tigray forces beaten in Afar; Tigrayans deny

Al Jazeera, September 9th, 2021

Rival sides offer conflicting accounts as 10-month conflict in northern Ethiopia drags on.

Ethiopia: Officials accuse Tigray forces of killing 120 civilians

Al Jazeera, September 8th, 2021

Local officials in Amhara region say victims were ‘innocent farmers’, express fear death toll might be higher.

Sudan summoned Ethiopia’s envoy after 29 bodies found in river

Al Jazeera, September 8th, 2021

The bodies were found between July 26 and August 8 on the Sudanese side of the Setit River, says Sudan.

CNN uncovers evidence of torture, detention and execution in Tigray (VIDEO)

CNN, September 9th, 2021

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