Ethiopia’s rate of 2.4 million new internally displaced people in 2018 far exceeded Syria’s. Reformist Abiy’s aggressive reform agenda has won praise, but shaking up Ethiopia’s government risks exacerbating several long-simmering ethnic rivalries.
There hasn’t been a peaceful transition of power in DRC since the end of Belgian colonial rule – one of the most brutal – in 1960. Violent protests followed rigged elections in 2006 and 2011.
The author has been in the room during the big peace talks in the Horn of Africa, interviewing and befriending the region’s Big Men. The result is indigestible but brilliant.
More than 150 women and girls were raped, beaten, and brutalised over a 10-day period at the end of November.
The ruling EPRDF which has been in power for nearly 30 years is decaying. The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, the dominant wing of the ruling coalition has started to act as an opposition from within to PM Abiy’s reforms.