Tag Archives: Displacement

Ethiopia: A Threat to Peace, Security and Stability in the Horn Region

The situation in Ethiopia is a real threat to the peace, stability and security of the entire Horn of Africa region.

The center can no longer hold. The situation in Ethiopia behooves the U.S. led international community to heed the calls of the suffering Ethiopian people and stop supporting the ‘genocide by attrition’ that is taking place there.

BY SOPHIA TESFAMARIAM

At the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, gave lip service to “multilateralism” and international principles. Hailemariam Desalegn said: Continue reading Ethiopia: A Threat to Peace, Security and Stability in the Horn Region

U.S. Warns South Sudan Govt Against ‘Deliberate Starvation Tactics’

U.S. slams South Sudan government for deliberately hampering aid effort. (Photo: Siegfried Modola/Reuters)

BY MICHELLE NICHOLS | REUTERS

The United States warned South Sudan’s government on Thursday that preventing humanitarian aid workers from reaching parts of the war-torn state that are suffering famine could “amount to deliberate starvation tactics.”

A civil war erupted in 2013 when President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his deputy, Riek Machar, a Nuer, who has fled and is now in South Africa. The United Nations says at least one-quarter of South Sudanese have been displaced. Continue reading U.S. Warns South Sudan Govt Against ‘Deliberate Starvation Tactics’

Another Peace Deal Unravels in South Sudan

South Sudan’s civil conflict has raged on since December 2013, despite several ceasefire agreements. Is the latest peace accord the real deal? (Photo: by Jason Patinkin/IRIN)

By Jason Patinkin | for IRIN,

South Sudan’s latest peace deal is unravelling as fighting picks up and a new declaration by President Salva Kiir threatens the most delicately struck parts of the agreement.

Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and rebel leader Riek Machar, a Nuer, signed a peace deal last month meant to end 21 months of fighting when a power struggle between the two degenerated into violence marked by army massacres of Nuer in the capital, Juba. Continue reading Another Peace Deal Unravels in South Sudan

AU Renews Call for Sanctions, Salva Kiir Warns it Worsen Conflict

Calls for targeted sanctions, including an arms embargo, grow louder as South Sudan’s leaders missed several of the ceasfire deadlines despite repeated pledges to put down their weapons. In practice, both sides have demonstrated a clear commitment to a military solution instead of a negotiated settlement. But how effective are the sanctions to deter the conflict?

By Sudan Tribune,

THE African Union has supported calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan as fighting resumed between its warring parties, in violation of the cessations of hostilities agreement.

The AU commission, at the meeting held in Namibia, had briefed its Peace and Security Council on the developments and situation in South Sudan.

The Council expressed its concern over the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, including the escalation of hostilities and the grave humanitarian situation of civilians affected by the ongoing conflict.  Continue reading AU Renews Call for Sanctions, Salva Kiir Warns it Worsen Conflict

ARDUF Urges Ethiopia to Return Afar Territory or Risk Addis Ababa Djibouti Corridor

ARDUF asks the Ethiopian Federal authorities to dismantle all illegally constructed settlements in the Afar Region immediately and unconditionally if not risk peace and security of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti corridor.

By ARDUF,

THE Afar-Issa conflict is no longer an encounter about access to grazing lands and water resources between two related pastoral communities. It is no longer about the raiding and counter-raiding of animals (camels, cows and goats) as war booty. It is not even being inflamed between the two traditional pastoral groups in the Eastern part of Ethiopia known as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Corridor. However, it is raging far from home.

The intractable and unmanageable, years-old Afar-Issa conflict is being fought out in social media in a feverish war of words between two Diaspora, namely, the Afar and Issa Diaspora in Western countries (USA, Canada and Australia). The conflict is being fought out on Deutchwelle and VOA Amharic Services. Anyone who has been following recent developments with regard to this conflict would recognise this. Continue reading ARDUF Urges Ethiopia to Return Afar Territory or Risk Addis Ababa Djibouti Corridor

South Sudan: Rebels Accuse IGAD Mediators of Bias

South Sudan rebel negotiators accused IGAD (by extension ‘Ethiopia’) of double standards; succumbing to outside influence; switching agreed documents with doctored and smuggled in foreign protocols at the eleventh hour; disregard parties concern to sign blindfold on a blank protocol with out the whole text; preferring to protect ‘a dictator’ for fear of setting precedence given similarities in their own countries; etc… Technically, they just f***ed up the whole process for God’s sake

By Sudan Tribune,

SOUTH Sudan’s armed faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM in Opposition) led by the former vice-president Riek Machar has sharply criticised the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for what they said was its bias towards president Salva Kiir in the peace process which the regional bloc has been mediating for the past eight months.

IGAD heads of state and government on Monday in Addis Ababa signed a protocol on transitional government of national unity in which the regional leaders imposed that president Kiir remained the South Sudanese president and commander-in-chief of the army for the next two-and-a-half years until elections are conducted.  Continue reading South Sudan: Rebels Accuse IGAD Mediators of Bias