Tensions between Ethiopia’s central government and its Tigray region escalated after Tigray disputed a decision by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to delay elections. Tigray held its own elections. Ahmed then launched a military offensive on Tigray. Mass casualties, suffering and regional conflict are likely. Ethiopia, which has a legacy of civil war, needs to work towards a peaceful resolution. But what will that take?
In today’s episode of Pasha, Francesca Baldwin, a PhD research student, and Heike I Schmidt, an associate professor in modern African history, both at the University of Reading, discuss what has led to this situation and how it could possibly be solved.
Photo: Ethiopian refugees fleeing fighting in Tigray province queue to receive supplies at the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan’s eastern Gedaref province, on November 16, 2020. By Ebrahim/Getty Images Getty Images.