Addressing Narratives Normalizing Weaponized Sexual Violence: The Case of Tigray
On November 4th, 2020, the Ethiopian government and its allies launched a full-blown offensive, which marked a key event in unleashing of genocide on Tigray. These allies include armies from the neighboring states of Eritrea, regional forces, and militias from across Ethiopia, primarily the neighboring Amhara region, and have been bolstered by weaponry obtained from […]Continue Reading →
De-escalating the War in Ethiopia: Start with the Rhetoric
There’s a chance to de-escalate the war in Ethiopia and begin negotiations towards peace. The opportunity is slender but worth taking. It starts with calming the rhetoric.
The alternative is that the public rhetoric escalates and the next phase of the war—in Western Tigray and Tselemti, areas claimed and currently occupied by Amhara regional state—becomes […]Continue Reading →
New Realities in Ethiopia
There’s a new reality in Ethiopia: the Tigray Defense Force has defeated the Ethiopian National Defense Force.
In a series of battles over the last two weeks, the TDF has broken the back of the ENDF and taken control of most of Tigray. The armed forces do not possess the leadership, capacity, resources, or time […]Continue Reading →
I Miss My Comrades – Especially at These Times
May 24, Eritrean Independence Day, and June 20 Martyrs Day
It was around 2 p.m., June 5, 1998, when I was rudely awakened to the impending war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. I was on my way to pick up my son from school. En route, a fighter jet whizzed overhead and, in seconds, dropped a […]Continue Reading →
New Blog Series: Rethinking Peace in Ethiopia
The explosions of violence across Ethiopia, intersecting with the deep violence woven into the political fabric of Eritrea, pose challenges to political leaders, thought leaders, and civil society.
The gross violations inflicted on the people of Tigray are – like all such cases of mass atrocity – partly sui generis, but also a manifestation of […]Continue Reading →
Switch Tigray’s Internet Back On
There is one simple action that would transform humanitarian access and help provide civilian protection in Tigray. Switch the internet back on.Continue Reading →
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