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Seppe Deckers (KU Leuven) and Jan Nyssen (UGent) on food as a weapon in Ethiopia

‘The famine in Tigray is due to themselves, that’s the reasoning’ English translation of an article published in MO* (Belgium): https://www.mo.be/interview/die-hongersnood-heeft-tigray-zelf-gezocht-de-redenering Erik Raspoet . August 14, 2021 They share a past in Ethiopia’s Tigray region: the Leuven professor of soil science Seppe Deckers and his Ghent geography colleague Jan Nyssen. With great involvement they follow […]

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People’s Front of Tigray conquers ancient king town of Lalibela in neighboring Ethiopian province of Amhara

English translation of the VRT NWS (Belgium) article published on 5 August 2021: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2021/08/05/volksfront-van-tigray-verovert-de-oude-koningsstad-lalibela-in-d/ In Ethiopia, troops from Tigray are said to have captured the well-known city of Lalibela. That city with its underground rock churches is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the conquest would mainly show that the TPLF front has now moved […]

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A few months ago, the rebels in Tigray seemed defeated, now they are threatening to cut off supplies to Addis Ababa. How is this possible?

English translation of the article published in Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the leading newspaper in Switzerland: https://www.nzz.ch/international/krieg-in-tigray-die-rache-der-alten-guerilleros-ld.1636795 Reconstruction of a dramatic – but explainable – turn. Samuel Misteli, Nairobi 23.07.2021 At the end of May, the man some consider one of Africa’s best military strategists gave an interview. He was sitting in front of a stone […]

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‘Starving Tigray is Abiy’s new strategy’

English translation of the article published on Knack (Belgium): https://www.knack.be/nieuws/magazine/tigray-uithongeren-is-de-nieuwe-strategie-van-abiy/article-normal-1754189.html The Ethiopian army was driven out of Tigray. Or has it withdrawn for humanitarian reasons, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed claims? Eight months ago, a civil war broke out in the Ethiopian state of Tigray, accompanied by massacres, mass rapes, refugee flows and famine. The Ethiopian […]

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Sexual abuse and starvation are used as weapons in Ethiopia

English translation of an opinion piece by Swedish scholars published on Dagens ETC, May 28th 2021 A 15-year-old girl is raped in front of her brother in Shire in northern Ethiopia. Another girl resists and has her arm and leg shot off. Women are gang-raped for days by soldiers. Needles, stones and pieces of plastic are […]

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“We’re afraid they’ll come back and kill us all” – Yle’s photos show the cruelty of the Tigray war in Ethiopia

English Translation of a Photo report by YLE newspaper (Finland) sion) https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11991934 In Tigray, warfare by Ethiopians and Eritreans has raised fears of ethnic cleansing. Liselott Lindström 21.6. 15:11 TIGRAY. Abraha Gebreanenya sits squatting and covering his face with a white scarf. “How do you live with such grief? I can’t stand it, he says, and […]

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A case for war crimes has been filed with the Belgian Federal Prosecutor

Translation of one sub-section of an article published on Le Soir, the leading French language newspaper in Belgium: https://plus.lesoir.be/378115/article/2021-06-14/ethiopie-au-tigre-la-famine-annoncee-et-preparee-par-la-guerre-menace-350000. Full article in French attached. Complaint to the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office As information begins to circulate, questioning the behaviour of Ethiopian and Eritrean troops, justice is also taking action: in Brussels, on 2 June, the […]

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“Genocide in Tigray”

English translation of the article published on NEMA’s focus on africa program (Italian): http://nena-news.it/focus-on-africa-genocidio-nel-tigray/ The complaint was made by the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Matthias. Since last November, the northern region of Ethiopia has seen bloodshed due to the fierce conflict between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (Tplf) by […]

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Ethiopia: “The Tigrayans are brought to their knees and dispossessed of the means to get up”

English translation of an opinion piece by René Lefort published on Lemonde (French): https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2021/06/03/ethiopie-les-tigreens-sont-mis-a-genoux-et-depossedes-des-moyens-de-se-relever_6082718_3212.html Researcher René Lefort denounces the “scorched earth policy” that has been affecting the province since the federal government declared war on local authorities. Posted on June 03, 2021 Opinion. From the beginning of the war in Ethiopia, on November 4, 2020, […]

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Youth seeks revenge after testimonies of horrific rapes in Tigray

English Translation of a broadcast article on NOS (Dutch television) https://amp.nos.nl/artikel/2383081-jeugd-wil-wraak-na-getuigenissen-van-gruwelijke-verkrachtingen-in-tigray.html Published on: May 31, 2021 A toddler hangs from his mother’s skirt at Ayder hospital in Mekelle, the largest city in the northern Ethiopian state of Tigray. The little boy doesn’t want to lose sight of his mama. There’s panic in his eyes every […]