Tag Archives: Ethnic Violence

Unknown Number of Ethiopians ‘Massacred’ in Terror Act: Officials

Scores of ethnic Amhara citizens reportedly been rounded up and massacred by OLA
Scores of reportedly ethnic Amhara citizens have been rounded up and killed in cold blood by a suspected criminal group in the Oromia region of Wollega.

BY ELIAS MESERET | AP

Ethiopian officials said Monday an unspecified number of civilians including children have been “massacred” in what they described as a terror attack on Sunday evening in the Oromia region. Continue reading Unknown Number of Ethiopians ‘Massacred’ in Terror Act: Officials

Death Toll in Ethiopia Violence Over Singer’s Killing Hits 239

At least 239 people have been killed in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia following the assassination of Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. (Photo: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

BY AL JAZEERA

The death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to police. Continue reading Death Toll in Ethiopia Violence Over Singer’s Killing Hits 239

Ethiopia: 22 Killed in Amhara Region Attacks

Clashes between Amhara regional special forces and a minority Qimant ethnic group have resulted in the death of at least 22 people.

BY GIULIA PARAVICINI | REUTERS

Clashes between regional special forces and a minority ethnic group have killed at least 20 people in the past five days in Ethiopia’s northern state of Amhara, a local political official said on Thursday. Continue reading Ethiopia: 22 Killed in Amhara Region Attacks

Orthodox Ethiopians Complain of Persecution

Sporadic ethnic tensions are sending the country into a spiral of violence that is leaving churches and worshippers subject to property damage and murder.

“Rising tensions between the orthodox leadership and Abiy’s administration risk introducing a new element of instability in a country grappling with ethnic violence ahead of elections next year.”

BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET | AFP

Orthodox Christian leaders in Ethiopia on Friday denounced what they described as a surge in violence that has seen dozens of churches burned to the ground. Continue reading Orthodox Ethiopians Complain of Persecution

In Ethiopia, Disinformation Spreads Via Facebook Live as Political Tensions Rise

Online conspiracy theories, political rants and rumors shape current discourse.

BY ENDALK CHALA | GLOBAL VOICES

On July 18, two Ethiopian protest groups clashed in front of the Ethiopian embassy in Washington, DC, as Ethiopia’s tense national politics spread to its diasporas. Protesters demonstrated their opposition to the current government, waving flags missing the characteristic yellow pentagram, a symbol of Ethiopia’s collective national identity. Continue reading In Ethiopia, Disinformation Spreads Via Facebook Live as Political Tensions Rise

Ethnic Politics: The Peril of Ethiopia?

“Ethnic politics is Ethiopia’s Primary National Security Threat” – Gov’t

Fears of Ethiopia suffering Africa’s next interethnic conflict are growing. (Photo: Mulugeta Ayene/Associated Press)

BY BROOK ABDU | THE ETHIOPIAN REPORTER

The euphoria that engulfed the country one year ago when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assumed the hot seat at Arat kilo seems to be receding slowly. Another round of protests is visiting the country and they are erupting here and there. In fact, protests are even happening in places that have been relatively peaceful during the three years of protests which resulted in the ongoing reform led by the PM and his team. Continue reading Ethnic Politics: The Peril of Ethiopia?

Ethiopia’s Transition to Democracy Has Hit a Rough Patch

PM Abiy’s democratic reforms have been threatened by long-standing grievances over land, identity and regional boundaries that resulted in rising insecurity and the displacement of over two million people.

BY FELIX HORNE | LOS ANGELES TIMES

The ascent of Dr. Abiy Ahmed to the post of prime minister in Ethiopia a year ago was a rare positive story in a year filled with grim news globally. Within months of taking office, his administration released tens of thousands of political prisoners, made peace with neighboring Eritrea, took positive first steps to ensure free and independent elections, and welcomed previously banned groups back into Ethiopia. It was an astonishing turnaround in a short period. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Transition to Democracy Has Hit a Rough Patch

Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia

Ethiopia’s political system today has strong parallels with that of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. PM Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.

FROM FOREIGN POLICY

Within a few shorts months, Ethiopia has witnessed a dramatic transformation. The new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, signed a peace agreement with Eritrea after years of simmering tensions. He has also granted pardons and amnesties to thousands of individuals and organizations once branded terrorists; all opposition groups based in Ethiopia or elsewhere have been invited to join in a peaceful transformation; media organizations are able to report more freely; legal reform councils and working groups have been established to review laws that were instrumental in the suppression of civil and political rights; and half of the prime minister’s cabinet is made up of women. Continue reading Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia