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A cheering crowd surrounds the toppled statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in Addis Ababa following the overthrow of the Ethiopian military regime in 1991. Jerome Delay/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopia’s civil war: Five reasons why history won’t repeat itself

Prevailing political attitudes, security actors, alliances and geopolitics differ starkly from the final days of the hated Ethiopian military regime.
Humanitarian agencies are often thrust into the heart of contentious crises without easy or quick solutions. The Houthis accused the WFP of giving out expired food assistance. The UN agency delivers monthly rations or money to 10.2 million people of Yemen's 26-million population. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Comply or leave: the dilemma facing humanitarian agencies

When humanitarian agencies are obliged to stop operations by political decision or because of huge physical insecurity, the poorest and most vulnerable succumb first through starvation and disease.
A worker carries a water container at a newly installed internally displaced person camp in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Africa can prevent Ethiopia from going down Rwanda’s path: here’s how

Africa needs to embrace a new approach that focuses on what countries in an embattled region – as a ‘community’ of regional states – can do to intervene.
Supporters of Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice opposition party rally at Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, on June 16, 2021. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Amid war and instability, why the Ethiopian election matters

A new government with popular legitimacy will have power to address lingering political, economic and security challenges.
Ethiopian refugees, who fled fighting in Tigray, receive snacks at a Sudanese border reception centre in November 2020. Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images

The legal implications of humanitarian aid blockades

If a country refuses, or blocks, humanitarian aid this act violates international law.

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