Rational Politics: Rational War??
Furtuna Hailemariam is a Tigrayan from Ethiopia, and she comes to share her story with Nigel.
Viewer discretion advised, due to the graphic nature of surviving a civil war.
Produced and edited by T.G. Lewis of the Captn's Lounge Studio for the CiT NETWORK.
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As of the knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there have been multiple conflicts and tensions in Ethiopia. However, it's important to note that the situation may have evolved since then. Here are some key points about the conflicts in Ethiopia up until that time:
Tigray Conflict: The most prominent ongoing conflict is the Tigray conflict, which began in November 2020. The conflict emerged between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the ruling party in the Tigray region. Tensions escalated when the federal government accused the TPLF of attacking a military base and launched a military offensive in response. The conflict has resulted in a humanitarian crisis, with reports of civilian casualties, displacement, and allegations of human rights abuses.
Ethnic and Political Tensions: Ethiopia is a diverse country with various ethnic groups, and tensions based on ethnicity and politics have existed for many years. These tensions have been exacerbated by the country's transition from an authoritarian regime to a more democratic system. There have been sporadic incidents of interethnic violence, particularly in areas where there are competing claims over land and resources.
Oromia and Somali Conflict: Another conflict in Ethiopia is the ongoing tensions between the Oromia and Somali regions. This conflict is primarily driven by competition over resources, such as water and pastureland, along the border areas of these regions. The conflict has resulted in displacement and casualties on both sides.
Border Disputes: Ethiopia has experienced border disputes with neighboring countries, including Eritrea and Sudan. These disputes have resulted in intermittent clashes and tensions along the border regions.
It's crucial to recognize that the situation in Ethiopia is complex and evolving. I recommend consulting up-to-date and reliable news sources to obtain the most recent information regarding the conflicts in Ethiopia.
Conflicts in Africa
Africa has experienced several conflicts, some of which might still be ongoing or have evolved since then. It's important to note that the situation in each country is complex and constantly changing. Here are some of the notable conflicts in Africa up to September 2021:
- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - It has been facing internal conflicts involving various armed groups, including the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), M23 rebels, and Mai-Mai militias. These groups have been responsible for widespread violence, displacement of civilians, and human rights abuses.
Somalia - The country has been dealing with a long-running civil war involving the Somali government forces, African Union peacekeepers, and various Islamist extremist groups, primarily al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab has been carrying out attacks within Somalia and has also targeted neighboring countries like Kenya.
South Sudan - The world's youngest nation, South Sudan, has been struggling with conflict since gaining independence in 2011. The conflict primarily involves the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) factions, leading to widespread violence and humanitarian crises.
Nigeria - Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group based in northeastern Nigeria, has been responsible for a prolonged insurgency with attacks on civilians, kidnappings, and suicide bombings. The conflict has spilled over into neighboring countries like Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.
Mali - The country has faced an insurgency involving Islamist extremist groups like Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), leading to instability in the Sahel region. French forces and a UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) have been deployed to assist the Malian government.
Central African Republic (CAR) - The country has been dealing with sectarian violence and armed groups' activities, leading to instability and humanitarian crises.
Libya - After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, Libya descended into chaos, with various armed groups vying for control of the country. The conflict has involved multiple factions, regional actors, and foreign powers.
Ethiopia - In November 2020, Ethiopia faced a significant conflict in the Tigray region between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The conflict has resulted in widespread human rights abuses and displacement.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and the situation in some of these countries may have changed or new conflicts may have arisen since my last update. It's essential to refer to more recent and reliable sources for the current state of affairs in Africa.