Ethiopia's Amhara Economy Takes Battering From Region's Conflict

The cost of the conflict between Ethiopian forces and the Amhara region's Fano militia is taking a toll on the region's economy.

On August 14, 2023, Voice of America reported that the Ethiopia's federal government forces and the Amhara regional militia Fano, which fought on the same side during the two-year war between the Ethiopian military and Tigray Peoples Liberation Front in the Tigray region, have been fighting each other for the past four months.

On August 4, 2023 a meeting of Ethiopia's Council of Ministers agreed on a state of emergency, Addis Standard reported.

The Amhara region's economy has thus far lost over U.S.$45 million, coupled with severe job cuts.

Rights group Amnesty International has urged the Ethiopian government to "immediately grant independent investigators and media access to the Amhara region as reports of gross human rights violations emerge" during the ongoing hostilities between government forces and the non-state Fano militia.

The African Union (AU) has formally expressed its deep concern regarding the persistent military conflict in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. In an official statement released on Wednesday August 16, 2023, AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat urgently called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.


Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara Region in Ethiopia (file photo).

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