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Who will step in as Ethiopia’s crisis goes from bad to worse?


Who will step in as Ethiopia’s crisis goes from bad to worse?

The worsening humanitarian disaster in the country has become harder to ignore

Bobby Ghosh

As the world is transfixed by the tragedy playing out in Afghanistan, another humanitarian catastrophe is getting little scrutiny.

In Ethiopia, a conflict with roots in a dispute between the central government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and authorities of the northern Tigray region has spilled into neighboring provinces and metastasised into a full-blown civil war — one fuelled as much by ethnic enmities as by political grievances. It’s time for the West to pay attention and get tougher on the government in Addis Ababa.

International rights groups are seeing an all-too-familiar pattern repeat itself in Ethiopia. There’s the weaponisation of rape and hunger, the use of child soldiers, reports of ethnic cleansing and warnings of genocide. The death toll from the fighting is thought to be in the tens of thousands, and millions have been displaced...

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