Nobel Peace Prize Winning PM Associated With Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia’s Civil War

Abyi Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia declared war on the East African country’s Tigray region after the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) seized a federal military base in late 2020. The resulting humanitarian crisis has left thousands without food or aid.

By Ernst Calitz (Staff Writer)

A joint coalition of Ethiopian and Eritrean forces have invaded parts of Tigray in a desperate attempt to contain the so-called rebellion. These forces have instilled multiple blockades that hinder food and foreign aid from entering the region and helping the civilian population, according to UN reports.

At the beginning of the conflict, many refugees flooded into neighbouring Sudan through the region’s connecting panhandle to the east. This, however, became increasingly impossible as Ethiopian forces seized control of the easternmost part of Tigray. The East African Country’s Prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 after ending a decade’s long conflict with Eritrea – only to become embroiled in a civil war within the following year. Abiy Ahmed distinguished himself from prior Ethiopian leaders by promising and somewhat successfully achieving peace. However, in an attempt to create a unified Ethiopia – he seems to be falling into the trend of his warmongering predecessors.Mr Ahmed claims that the government’s response to deploy National security forces is more than justified. However, the people of Tigray accuse these forces of acting like juntas.

“The country today is extremely polarised. Social divisions are particularly deep and intense. It’s difficult to see how Ethiopians can persuade Tigrayans to continue to pledge allegiance to the Ethiopian state.” Awol Allo, a senior lecturer in Law at Keele University told Vox news while discussing possibilities of reuniting Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Government expelled multiple senior UN officials towards the end of November on allegations that they were meddling in the government’s affairs. As a result, the officials were given 72 hours to evacuate. Amongst those who were expelled were the heads of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the head of the United Nations Office, and the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Furthermore, the White House press secretary, Jen Paki, informed the press that the United States heavily condemns the expulsion of UN officials and will not hesitate to sanction all the parties complicit in blocking aid from entering the war-torn region.

Since the press statement from Jen Paki many countries have come forward fearing that the conflict in Ethiopia could further destabilize the already fragile diplomatic region, as Ethiopia functions as the diplomatic heavyweight.

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