Who is fighting for Tigray?

During his first state visit to Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, Abiy Ahmed said: “Ethiopia without Tigray is as meaningless as a car without an engine.” On many occasions, Abiy Ahmed didn’t hide his admiration for the people of Tigray and their role in building the Ethiopia he inherited.

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The Tigray Predicament: From Ballots to Bullets, and Hunger
A burned-down grinding mill in Hadish Adi, Tahtay Mai Chew. Photo by Professor Kindeya Gebrehiwot.

The Tigray Predicament: From Ballots to Bullets, and Hunger

Ceasefire must be pursued to save lives from engineered famine, but it is not an ultimate solution as the mistrust between parties to the conflict is so severe. A final solution must be to arrange mechanism to allow the Tigrayan people to decide on their destiny.

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UNSC Statement on Tigray Alone Won’t save Lives; Action Needed

Tigrayans and those who care about the people of Tigray are calling for urgent action to put an end to human rights violations. Above all, the UNSC members must demand Abiy Ahmed to take concrete measures to stop the war before it is too late. He should not be allowed to hide behind “sovereignty and territorial integrity” and continue, unchecked, to violate the human rights of Tigrayans. If he as a head of government cannot protect civilians, someone else should.

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Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki – the Thorn in the Horn

But there is no unanimity about what should be done. So, the US and EU must take the lead by joining hands to put a Draconian and punitive measures against the governments in Addis Ababa and Asmara thereby press for the complete withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray. This should be an urgent task. Why? Because in the presence of Eritrean troops aid cannot reach for over 4.5 million people who need urgent humanitarian assistance. In the presence of Eritrean troops an independent investigation into the alleged crimes would be very difficult. In the presence of Eritrean troops the atrocities will continue and peace cannot be restored in Tigray, among others.

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