From the monthly archives: February 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the single biggest threat to world peace in decades. This is not because war in Europe is in itself more important than anywhere else in the world, but because Russia, Ukraine and NATO countries have a greater capacity to inflict violence at a large scale, and because war […]

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The city is peaceful with the exception of fear from the violence of the state and its collaborators—the immediate fear being air raids and enemy infiltration for sabotage focused to terrorize the population.

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Sitting in the coffee shops, you may find elderly men and women, decently dressed, standing on your side not looking into your eyes but mumbling a few words asking for support. You usually don’t hear the exact words, as they don’t know how to beg. They never before asked for alms in their entire life. Probably, many of them were being supported by their kids working elsewhere in Ethiopia or in the diaspora. Today, they no longer have any means for contacting their family and cannot get any money transferred.

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Beautiful Mekelle is limping under siege. It is already more than six months since it fell under a complete siege. No telecommunication and internet services, no banking and related services and businesses, no electricity, no commercial flights in and out, no land communication outside Tigrai as it is 360 degrees encircled by hostile forces.

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