Ethiopia: Past battling for a future


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People walk to the church near the village of Tekeldengy, Northwest of Gondar, Ethiopia, on November 8, 2020. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

The horn of Africa has seen an escalation. Ethiopia’s central government has moved to exert its authority in the north which is controlled by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front(TPLF). The minority which was the county’s ruling class for some 30 years has taken up arms against the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. In turn, Ahmed has changed the military chief and the governor of the region. And in a further escalation, the TPLF has launched attacks on neighbouring Eritrea which it blames of militarily supporting the Ethiopian government.
Find out what challenges the conflict poses for Ethiopia and the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The Diplomat’s Discourse team is joined by Dr Abdi Samatar, Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota and a specialist in the horn of Africa region.

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