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We’re Goitom Gebreleul (Ethiopian political analyst), and Teklay Haileselassie (editor, columnist, panel host at Tghat Media, @Teklai_Michael on Twitter). Ask us about the war in Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia.
The war started on Nov. 4, 2020 after increasing tensions between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopian federal government led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. Under a law enforcement operation to capture a TPLF clique, Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF), and Amhara Regional State militia entered Tigray, which was put under telecommunications blackout.
Contrary to the Ethiopian federal government’s publicly stated goals of targeting Tigrayan regional leadership, Tigrayan civilians have been subject to mass killings, internal displacement, and rampant sexual assault by ENDF, EDF, and Amhara militia. Hundreds of thousands of Tigrayans now face famine conditions (see WPF report “Starving Tigray”), exacerbated by inaccessibility.
Now, TDF (Tigrayan Defense Force) has reclaimed control of much of Tigray,see here video of thousands of Ethiopian POWs escorted through Mekelle, Tigray.
The Ethiopian federal government has since called for a unilateral ceasefire (note the recent Tigrayan counteroffensive Operation Alula Aba Nega, engineered by Gen. Tsadkan Gebretensae). TPLF has released conditions of negotiated ceasefire. However, the war is not yet over.
We look forward to answering your questions, and encourage reading through the sources linked in this post.
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Very NSFW reports and images from across Tigray, courtesy of Tghat Media: – Togoga,Tigray airstrike on civilian marketplace (64 dead, 180 injured) – Mai Kinetal,Tigray Damage Report – Massacre photos from Ethiopian soldier’s cell phone – Debre Abay massacre victims – Beriha Gebray: Eritrean Soldier Shot Her and Destroyed Her Eyes – Mechanic Berhe Reda Shot, Eyes destroyed by Eritrean Soldier – Kibrom Hadush, survivor of Debano, Tigray massacre – Arsema, survivor of Medebay Zana, Tigray massacre (grandparents killed)