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09/21/2021
 

Ethiopia’s War Draws in the Wider World

A war in Africa is having global consequences.

BY MIHAILO S. ZEKIC

Ethiopia’s war against the Tigray rebels is capturing the world’s attention. Ethiopia’s civil war started as a local issue. Now, however, it is drawing in foreign players from the rest of Africa and beyond.

Within the Horn of Africa, Eritrea and Djibouti are being brought into the conflict. Djibouti supports the Ethiopian government but so far isn’t (that we know of) sending troops across the border. But Eritrea has had soldiers in Ethiopia for some time.

Ethiopia and Eritrea had a war where about 100,000 people died; a ceasefire ended the conflict, but the two countries were still on cold terms. Yet in 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stunned the world by making peace with Eritrea. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize.

That a brutal dictator like Eritrean President Isaias would suddenly have a change of heart was remarkable. Eritrea’s involvement in the Ethiopian civil war may show what Abiy offered him behind the scenes.

 

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