CONFLICT IN ETHIOPIA THREATENS REGIONAL STABILITY

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Tigray President Debretsion Gebremichael has confirmed his forces’ bombing of the Eritrean city of Asmara, as the conflict in the northern region of Ethiopia continues to escalate. While he did not say how many missiles were fired, he did say his troops were fighting both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces on “several fronts” along the Ethiopian…

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CONFLICT ESCALATES IN ETHIOPIA’S RESTIVE TIGRAY REGION

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On Wednesday 4 November, Ethiopia’s federal government cut off communications in the heavily armed northern Tigray region and ordered troops to respond to an alleged deadly attack on a military base there. Clashes have escalated and there have been casualties reported on both sides. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has since issued several statements seeking…

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ETHIOPIA’S ESCALATING REGIONAL POLITICAL CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The feud between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the ruling party in the strategically important Tigray region is escalating, raising fears of military confrontation and the break-up of Africa’s second-most-populous nation. The tensions revolve around the regional government’s decision to press ahead with organising its own election for the Tigray parliament…

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8 JULY ’20 | PRAY FOR ETHIOPIA

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Dear prayer partners, On Monday 29 June, on the southern outskirts of Addis Ababa, Hachalu Hundessa, a famous Ethiopian musician, and an Oromo rights activist was gunned down. His body was rushed to the nearby Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His death sent shockwaves across the country, specifically in…

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RESOLUTION OF RENAISSANCE DAM DISPUTE VITAL FOR REGIONAL SECURITY

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On 26 June, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his position as Chairperson of the African Union (AU), convened a special video-teleconference meeting to discuss developments pertaining to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Thereafter, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed on forming an African Union-sponsored committee of legal and technical experts from the three countries…

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18 MARCH ’20 | PRAY FOR EAST AFRICA

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Dear prayer partners, On Thursday 12 March, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation warned that more swarms of hundreds of billions of locusts were beginning to form in the Horn of Africa. Desert locusts have been swarming through parts of East Africa and South Asia since January in the worst infestation for a quarter…

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HEADLINE MAKERS: ETHIOPIAN PM ABIY AHMED – NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER

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By Donnelly McCleland Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who assumed the office in April 2018 (after three years of often deadly protests forced his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn to resign), has earned international praise for an ambitious reform agenda that has included freeing thousands of political prisoners, reining in the country’s security services, lifting a state…

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ETHIOPIAN INFIGHTING THREATENS PRIME MINISTER’S REFORM PROCESS

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By Donnelly McCleland Ethiopia marked a national day of mourning on Monday [24 June] after four government officials [and a retired general], including the governor of the Amhara region and the chief of the army, were assassinated over the weekend in dual attacks in Addis Ababa and Amhara’s capital city, Bahir Dar. State forces shot…

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THREE COUNTRIES MOVING TOWARDS PEACE IN 2018

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By Cherolyn Amery, Alex Pollock and Donnelly McCleland   News outlets around the world bombard their audience with stories of war, disaster and famine. Seldom do stories of peace and hope make the headlines, and if they do, they usually disappear quickly, or commentators and analysts quickly provide an alternative outlook, focusing on what could…

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