Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: Truce agreed
- Redwan Hussien Rameto (L) from the Ethiopian government, and Getachew Reda (R), who represents Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), shook hands on the deal.
By Cecilia Macaulay & Anne Soy
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Ethiopian officials and representatives from the country’s northern Tigray region agreed to a truce yesterday, suspending a bloody civil war that included accusations of war crimes, genocide, and attacks against international aid workers. The deal came one day ahead of the two-year anniversary of the conflict.
Governed by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Tigray accounts for just 6% of Ethiopia’s population but has historically enjoyed outsized influence among the country’s many ethnic groups (see 101). The rise of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2018 led to a shift toward nationalized politics and away from regional blocs of power, triggering tensions with Tigrayan leaders that spiraled into open conflict in 2020.
Some estimates place the death toll from the conflict near 500,000, with more than 5 million residents displaced and hundreds of thousands of civilians succumbing to famine.
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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9, NIV).
Now let’s send the brokers to Ukraine and Russia.