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In Ethiopia, Ethnic Violence Endures Despite the Government's 'Humanitarian Truce'

MIN READApr 26, 2022 | 15:34 GMT

A photo taken on Jan. 10, 2022, shows an aerial view of Dessie, Ethiopia. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) occupied the city for over 30 days in October.

A photo taken on Jan. 10, 2022, shows an aerial view of Dessie, Ethiopia. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) occupied the city for over 30 days in October.

(J. Countess/Getty Images)

Recent peace initiatives have not quelled ethnic violence in Ethiopia, and a host of complications mean that the war is likely to continue with high humanitarian and economic costs. In late March, the Ethiopian government unilaterally declared it had reached a ''humanitarian truce'' with the rebel forces in Tigray, which some international aid groups had heralded as the beginning of the end to the 18-month war. But violence between ethnic militias throughout the country has nonetheless persisted. Last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also urged all Ethiopians to participate in the national dialogue, which he described as a ''golden opportunity'' that ''will allow us to address the political challenges we have been facing for centuries and lay the groundwork for our future.'' However, the government continues to exclude the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) -- its primary opponent in the ongoing civil conflict – and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA)...

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