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The Afar are outraged because of what happened to their women — UN Deputy Secretary General

  ADDIS ABABA, FEBRUARY 13, 2022 — The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, after visiting Ethiopia gave her second press briefing in which she pointed out the hostilities affected women and girls the worst in an unimaginable ways. "Ethiopian women writ large were affected in a way that is unimaginable in your worst nightmares. You cannot imagine what has happened to the women in Ethiopia." said the UN Deputy Secretary General who visited last week Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Afar and drought stricken Somali region. She also pointed out that trust had been broken and that the fighting was not taking place between regional governments but instead between different groups. The Afar, she said, were outraged because of what happened to their women. The DSG said the Afar have an unspoken tradition where a woman must not be harmed even during war and that witnessing their women getting harmed or killed will be something difficult for them to get over. She s

UN's Deputy Secretary General visits Kombolcha and meets with women raped by Tigray forces

  ADDIS ABABA, FEBRUARY, 06, 2022 — Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed, along with her envoy, met with women who were raped by Tigray forces and also visited mass graves in the ransacked town of Kombolcha. After participating in the 35th African Union Assembly, the Deputy Secretary-General traveled 370 KMs North of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, to witness and talk with people who were victimized during the TPLF terrorist invasion in early November 2021.  She talked with women who were victims of rape and children who were left orphans as a result of the terrorists atrocities in the town. She also paid a visit to Kombolcha Polytechnic College which was looted and ransacked. It was also in the college that she witnessed the mass grave left by the Tigray based terror group when it had occupied the town. With regards to the damages caused in other places, she was briefed with photographs that demonstrate the extent of atrocities committed by the Tigr

EXCLUSIVE: PM Abiy At The AU: Agenda 2063, Environmentalism, Pan-Africanism, And UN Reform

The Ethiopian leader reaffirmed his commitment to the interconnected visions of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance after reminding everyone of the continent’s struggles during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. By Andrew Korybko —  American political analyst   Prime Minister Abiy welcomed everyone on Saturday to the 35th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Assembly. His remarks articulated an ambitious vision of comprehensively supporting African interests. The Ethiopian leader reaffirmed his commitment to the interconnected visions of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance after reminding everyone of the continent’s struggles during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. These crucially included vaccine inequality , arbitrary restrictions against certain countries, and disinformation. Everything that he shared in his speech revolves in one way or another around fulfilling the Agenda 2063 vision that was agreed to in 2013. For those who a

TPLF forces capture Kilbati Rasu Zone of Afar and advance to cut Ethio Djibouti road

ADDIS ABABA, FEBRUARY 05, 2022 — Afar Regional State released a statement this afternoon saying that the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) or the Junta is advancing to capture Serdo, a district across the Ethio-Djibouti main road, Ethiopia's economic lifeline, after it completely captured Kilbati Rasu Zone. In the statement, the Afar regional government confirmed that the TPLF forces have captured Aba'ala, Magale, Erebti, Konnaba and Barhale Woredas and that it is marching on wards to cut off Ethiopia's vital economic express way in the same manner as it attempted a successive offensive on Mille town on November last year. Although, the Afar forces are attempting to resist the advance of the terrorists, the Afar regional government said the Junta is heavily equipped compared to the local forces and it was able to take over Konnaba and Barhale leading to looting and mass killing of civilians. From the TPLF invaded zone of Afar region, more than 300,000 innocent ci

TPLF forces expand in the East while ENDF Field Marshal vows to defend the West

More than 290,000 civilians were displaced due to TPLF invasion of Afar region [Picture: Afar Mass Media Agency] ADDIS ABABA, FEBRUARY 04, 2022 — The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has launched yet another attack yesterday on Konnaba and Barhale Woredas of Afar Regional State, according to report from Afar Regional State Communications Office head, Ahmed Kaloyta, who spoke to DW Amharic . The damage caused is still unknown, said Mr. Kaloyta, due to the limited network availability.  He said the TPLF had captured three Woredas and it is launching new offensives into other parts of Afar region. But he said Afar forces are defending against the invasion preventing the group from taking control of other districts. However, there are reports of TPLF forces capturing Barhale and Konnaba Woredas which makes them the fourth and fifth districts of Afar region under the control of the terrorist forces. Furthermore, Mohammed Hassan, Afar Regional State Disaster Prevention and Prepar

Ethiopia rejected TPLF's claim that it is negotiating with the government

Dr. Legesse Tulu Minister of the Ministry Government Communication ADDIS ABABA, JANUARY, 2022, — Ethiopia's Minister of Government Communication, Dr. Legesse Tulu, rejected, during his interview with Al Ain Amharic , TPLF's claim that it is negotiating with the government. Dr. Legesse Tulu, however, said Ethiopia's door is always kept open for a peaceful alternative that guarantees the country's national interests and unity. TPLF chairman Debretsion Gebremichael had said his group has been negotiating with the Ethiopian government indirectly during his interview with the BBC. "TPLF will use any political weapon necessary to sow suspicion among Ethiopians when it sees signs of disagreement. It wants Ethiopians to believe that the government is lying and negotiating behind their backs", said the Minister of Government Communication. "The government has not started any sort of negotiations or communication with the TPLF", said Dr. Legesse Tulu. He also

France to help Ethiopia with rehablitation efforts

  ADDIS ABABA, FEBRUARY 01, 2022 — While France grapples with challenges in West Africa, it is attempting to maintain relations in the East as it promised to support Ethiopia's rehabilitation efforts and the soon to be all-inclusive national dialogue through its Horn of Africa Envoy, Frederic Clavier, who met Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen today. France suspended its military deal worth 100 million USD with Ethiopia in August, 2021, and despite Ethiopians demanding that their country is mostly safe, in November, 2021, France joined the United States in fearmongering the diplomatic community in Addis Ababa and repatriated its citizens from Ethiopia which many Ethiopians saw as a let down. The timing of the visit of the French Horn of Africa Envoy coincides with the upcoming African Union Assembly as well France's rising tensions with its former colony, Mali. Nevertheless, Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister said, during his meeting