Two Key Challenges For Lasting Ethiopia, Tigray Peace

The northern Ethiopian region has been the centre of a battle for control between the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) - which led the country's previous government - and the current administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since November 2020.

The conflict has become what World Health Organisation Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - whose family originated from Tigray - recently described as a health crisis for more than 6 million people, and one 'the world is not paying attention' to. Between 385,000 and 600,000 have been killed since the conflict began with "war rape" being a daily threat for women and girls.

Despite tensions, hope remains for peace after a truce was brokered between the TPLF and the Ethiopian government by South Africa. So said Webster Zambara, senior project leader on the Peacebuilding Interventions Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and partners deliver fertilizer to the Tigray region of Ethiopia to aid food production (file photo).

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