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(CNN) The United Nations has rebuffed Ethiopia's decision to expel seven senior UN officials as the country's war-torn northern Tigray region descends into famine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. "If the current trajectory continues, I fear for the future of many Ethiopian lives, and indeed for the stability of the country and the region. The UN denounced Ethiopia's decision to eject its officials from the country on Friday, and vowed to continue its humanitarian work. If the Ethiopian order goes ahead, it would mark one of the most significant expulsions of senior UN humanitarian officials from any country. Earlier this month, UNOCHA said there was a "de facto humanitarian aid blockade" into Tigray, where at least 400,000 people are facing famine conditions, according to the agency's latest figures.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Guterres, UNOCHA, Martin Griffiths, Abiy, Griffiths, William Davison, Ethiopia's, Jens Laerke, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Psaki, We're, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, David Beasley Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN, UN Security, Security, UN's, Fund, UNICEF, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Reuters, International Crisis, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, White, Ethiopian Human Rights, UN Human Rights, Food Programme, WFP Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekele, Geneva, Tigrayan, Wukro, UN, Axum, Eritrea
In 2018, Kidanemariam was serving as Ethiopia's consul general in Los Angeles and said he helped organize Abiy's visit. He expected Abiy, who preached a political philosophy of inclusion, to chide the crowd, but he said nothing. Later, over lunch, when Kidanemariam asked why, he said Abiy told him: "There was nothing to correct." Abiy receives the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December 2019. "I am of the strongest opinion that the Nobel Prize Committee is responsible for what is happening in Ethiopia, at least partially.
Persons: , Abiy Ahmed, Africa's, Kidanemariam, Abiy, he'd, heckles, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Hailemariam, backsliding, Ahmed Soliman, William Davidson, Rashid Abdi, Abdi, Isaias Afwerki, Mehari, Isaias, Goitom Gebreluel Organizations: CNN, University of Southern, Ethiopian, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abiy's, Addis Standard, Addis, Prosperity Party, Chatham House, International Crisis, United, West, European University Institute Locations: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Washington , DC, Oslo, Norway, Abiy, West, Ethiopia, Oromia, of Africa, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan, Wukro, Kenya, Horn of Africa, Amhara, Taddele Maru, South
Tsegy Kiday, a 34-year-old displaced single mother, is seen with her five children in Nebelet, Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 11, 2021. UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that one-in-two pregnant and breastfeeding women screened in Tigray were acutely malnourished. FAMINE CONDITIONSAid agencies say they are about to run out of the formula used to treat 4,000 severely malnourished children every month. In Adigrat General Hospital further north, Reuters saw medical records confirming the death of three more malnourished children. Doctors in both hospitals said they saw between four to 10 severely malnourished children monthly before the conflict erupted in November.
Persons: Tsegy, Giulia Paravicini, Marixie Mercado, Brkti Gebrehiwot, Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot, Gebrezgiher, Kisanet Hogus, Stephanie Nebehay, Katharine Houreld, Emelia Organizations: REUTERS, UNICEF, United Nations, Reuters, Wukro General, General, Thomson Locations: Nebelet, Tigray, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Geneva, Spokespeople, Wukro
The Tigray conflict has its roots in tensions that go back generations in Ethiopia. Because of a previous conflict with neighboring Eritrea, there are also a large number of federal troops in Tigray. For months at the start of the conflict, Abiy denied that civilians were being harmed or that soldiers from Eritrea had joined the fight. Separate investigations by CNN and Amnesty International in February uncovered evidence of massacres carried out by Eritrean forces in the Tigrayan towns of Dengelat and Axum late last year. All actors in the conflict have been accused of carrying out atrocities, but Eritrean forces have been linked to some of the most gruesome.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Tigrayans, Mahibere Dego, Tigrayan, Redwan Hussein, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Biden, Price Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, Eritrean, World Peace Foundation, UN, Food, Wednesday, US State Department, State Department Locations: Africa, Tigray, Ethiopia, Abiy, Africa's, Gedaref, Sudan, Eritrea, Regional, Mekelle, Amhara, Addis Ababa, Wukro, Mekele, Dengelat, Axum, Tigrayan, Mahibere, Jimma
“Women say they have been raped by armed actors, they also told stories of gang rape, rape in front of family members and men being forced to rape their own family members under the threat of violence,” Wafaa Said, deputy U.N. aid coordinator in Ethiopia, said in a briefing to U.N. member states in New York. She said at least 516 rape cases had been reported by five medical facilities in Mekelle, Adigrat, Wukro, Shire and Axum. The violence in Tigray has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in the mountainous region of about 5 million. This week, Abiy acknowledged for the first time that atrocities such as rape had been committed and said any soldiers committing crimes would be punished. Dozens of witnesses in Tigray have told Reuters that Eritrean soldiers routinely killed civilians, gang-raped and tortured women and looted households and crops.
Persons: ” Wafaa Said, Abiy Ahmed, Redwan Hussein, Billene Seyoum, Mulu Nega, Osman Saleh Mohammed, Yemane Gebremeskel, ” Said, , Antony Blinken, Abiy Organizations: YORK, United Nations, Ethiopian, Eritrea’s, U.S, Reuters, Eritrean Locations: Ethiopia’s Tigray, Ethiopia, New York, Mekelle, Wukro, Shire, Axum, , Tigray, Eritrea, Billene
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly high-level debate, which is being held mostly virtually due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in New York, U.S., September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar“Women say they have been raped by armed actors, they also told stories of gang rape, rape in front of family members and men being forced to rape their own family members under the threat of violence,” Wafaa Said, deputy U.N. aid coordinator in Ethiopia, said in a briefing to U.N. member states in New York. The Ethiopian government takes the allegations of sexual violence “very seriously” and has deployed a fact-finding mission, Ethiopia’s U.N. ambassador, Taye Atskeselassie Amde, told Reuters. The violence in Tigray has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in the mountainous region of about 5 million. The United Nations has raised concerns about atrocities, while U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has described acts carried out as ethnic cleansing.
Persons: Mike Segar, ” Wafaa Said, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s U.N, Taye Atskeselassie Amde, , Osman Saleh Mohammed, Yemane Gebremeskel, ” Said, Antony Blinken, Abiy Organizations: YORK, United Nations, United, General Assembly, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Eritrean, U.S Locations: Ethiopia’s Tigray, United Nations, New York, U.S, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Wukro, Shire, Axum, , Tigray, Eritrea, “ Ethiopia
HAMDAYET, Sudan (Reuters) - The young coffee seller said she was split from family and friends by an Ethiopian soldier at the Tekeze river, taken down a path, and given a harrowing choice. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo“He said: ‘Choose, either I kill you or rape you’,” the 25-year-old told Reuters at the Hamdayet refugee camp in Sudan where she had fled from conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. “The soldier ... forced a gun on her and raped her,” Limeuh, who was volunteering with the Sudanese Red Crescent, said the woman told him. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the military did not immediately respond to questions from Reuters about the reports of rape. Media have been largely banned from Tigray, aid agencies have struggled for access, and communications were down for weeks.
Persons: Tewadrous Tefera Limeuh, , ” Limeuh, Abiy, , Geraldine Boezio, Abiy’s, Gizachew Muluneh, Tewadrous, Adigrat, Elshadai Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, Sudanese, Crescent, The United Nations Locations: HAMDAYET, Sudan, Soroka, Amhara, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Ethiopia’s Amhara, Mekelle, Eritrea, Rawyan, Wukro
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri“I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message, which the government dismissed as a deluded claim. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impeded a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountainous terrain and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion’s, , TPLF, Ethiopia’s, al Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Negeri, Negeri “ I’m, Reuters, Federal, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Negeri “, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERSThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Paris, France, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The United States expressed concern about continued fighting and called for a complete end to hostilities and for dialogue. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Antonio Guterres, General Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Washington, United Nations, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross, State Department Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, States, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President, attends the funeral ceremony of Ethiopia's Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 219. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, affected a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and deepened divisions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message. There was no comment from the Asmara government, though at the start of the war it denied involvement. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigray’s, Staff Seare Mekonnen, ” Abiy, , , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, , Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, American, Reuters, Crisis, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, Mekelle, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for their victory over a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Drones were used to watch the TPLF, but federal forces declined to use rockets in Tigray, Abiy said. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Crisis, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, Ethiopia, al Qaeda, Somalia, Mai
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