Escalation of Tigray crisisDate: 12 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
The crisis between the Ethiopian government forces and rebel forces of Tigray could escalate into a full blown war if not controlled.
The UN assumes that a civil war is in offering if the fighting in country’s northern region does not stop.
A UN report says that seven million people are in urgent need of food aid and no trucks have been able to reach capital of Tigray.
The conflict started in November last year when Ethiopian Prime Minister ordered a military action against rebel forces in the northern region of Tigray.
The reason for conflict were years of disagreements that started between the Abiy government and political leaders in Tigray, as a result of reforms.
The conflict started as a domestic problem but became an international crisis after it spread outside the country’s borders due to refugee crisis.
There were incidents of women and girl facing sexual and physical violence during the conflict. Rape was being used as tool of intimidation.
Ethiopia is federal republic with each of its 10 provinces having independence on ethnic lines. The constitution gives them powers to secede.
A similar incident happened in 1990s when Ethiopia’s province, Eritrea gained full independence using western support.
The Prime Minister does not want the incident to be repeated and has taken measures to democratize the country, which is not acceptable to political leaders of Tigray.