How should peace and stability be restored in Ethiopia?

July 9, 2021 1225 views 13 comments 2 minutes reading time
How should peace and stability be restored in Ethiopia?

For the past 9 months, the Tigray region has been at war with the federal government of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian conflict has cast a shadow over Nobel Peace Prize winner, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government, and has the potential to destabilise the Horn of Africa.

What precipitated the conflict? Before Mr. Abiy’s ascent to the highest office in the land, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated Ethiopian politics for over three decades. Tensions flared when Mr. Abiy came to power and sought to curb the TPLF’s influence, and took a turn for the worse last November following a TPLF attack on a military base in Tigray. Since then, the conflict has seen a worsening humanitarian crisis in the Tigrayan region and the involvement of Eritrea on the side of the Ethiopian government.

What is next? The Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, recently fell to the TPLF. The federal government has withdrawn its troops from the region after calling for a unilateral ceasefire, which the TPLF will only formalise if certain conditions are met. These include the guaranteed security of the region, the distribution of aid, and holding Mr. Abiy to account for the destruction in the region. It remains to be seen whether the federal governments will accept these terms, which begs the question how should peace and security be restored in Ethiopia?

We spoke to the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe to hear what he had to say.

For another perspective, we spoke to Dr. Andrew Tchie, Senior Researcher in the Research Group for Peace, Conflict and Development

We also spoke to Mesfin Asfha Abadi who is the country director for Global Peace Chain, International Youth Society, Next Einstein Forum (NEF), and One Young World (OYW) ambassador for Eritrea

How should peace and stability be restored in Ethiopia? Do you think the federal government and the TPLF can come to an agreement that will end the conflict for good? Let us know your thoughts and comments below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

Image by Merhatsidk Mekonnen Abayneh via Flickr

Comments

EA
When leaders do the rightful needed by citizens

JK
In the house of God is a king but not a prisedent so they need a good King again

AK
People should not oppose an elected government. They should simply unite.

EB
Let the 'Elites' be wiser by NOT 'making theoretical calculation and jump to conclusions' about Ethiopia and the region !

EB
Kind advice: first take a deep look/listen/read about what the government (the prime stakeholder!), then let anyone try to forward a kind comment or advice OR be wisely SILENT!

EB
The situation in Ethiopia is not born of the past day, month, year,... or even decade. (It goes far before). It sadly took being an Ethiopian to really understand it and many others only wanted to make their rushed conclusions not wanting to worry much about this 'poor' country. Now that a bright horizon of hope has appeared to the country, it, itself, is doing what is best and what is due however long it should take! The fruit is like the finest wine, wouldbe naive to blindly rush) Make sure NO ONE knowingly or unknowingly be an obstacle! Would be an opportunity for anyone to contribute positively for sake of the truth for which the country is open; would be counterproductive and back-firing otherwise.

EJ
IF and only if the terrorist group drops arms and agrees to handover those accused of treason and genocide.

JA
The constitution of the land must be respected by both rivals. A neutral body like AU must call on the two sides and instruct them to cease fire while they put in place mechanisms to restore justice which is a precondition for peace.

TB
Only by destroying terrost group

MG
Never unless Abyi and his group are removed and established transitional government .

AO
By removing this party called prosperity

TPLF terrorists has to be brought to justice!

AU
Maybe the right question to be asking is, what are the warring factions fighting about. Land?