Tigray crisis: ‘They know how to fight and they can do it ’til ...


Tigray crisis: ‘They know how to fight and they can do it ’til the end’

The conflict between Ethiopia and TPLF is escalating and could have huge consequences for the Horn of Africa

Andres Schipani and David Pilling

Nigsti Tadese knew another war was coming when she heard the whooshing of a jet fighter from the Ethiopian air force flying over Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, a region in the north of the country bordering Eritrea.

“We lost our fellows in the last war with Eritrea,” said Nigsti, a grocery store owner, referring to the gruesome Ethiopian-Eritrean conflict of 1998-2000, in which about 70,000 people died and almost no land changed hands.

Tigray is at war again, this time with the federal government in Addis Ababa, and observers fear it could escalate, with huge consequences for the Horn of Africa. “In a war there will not be a winner,” said Nigsti, after Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister, this month sent troops and jets to attack the region, which is led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)...

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