The Washington Post: US warns Ethiopia of ‘dehumanizing rhetoric’ on Tigray

The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development expressed concern Wednesday about the “dehumanizing rhetoric” used by Ethiopia’s leaders amid the nine-month conflict in the Tigray region, whose forces last month were described as “weeds” and “cancer” by the country’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, Abiy Ahmed.

WP: Ethiopia now calls Axum massacre allegations ‘credible’

Ethiopia on Wednesday said it is investigating “credible allegations of atrocities and human rights abuses” in its embattled Tigray region, including in the city of Axum, where The Associated Press and Amnesty International have separately documented a massacre of several hundred people.

The statement by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office comes days after Ethiopia referred to the killings in Axum as an “alleged incident,” and the country’s ambassador to Belgium told a webinar that “we suspect it’s a very, very crazy idea.”

Opinion: A key U.S. ally in Africa is massacring civilians. Can Biden stop it?

ETHIOPIA IS emerging as a major test of the Biden administration’s commitment to a foreign policy grounded in human rights. Since the federal government dispatched troops to the rebellious region of Tigray in November, there have been scattered reports of atrocities as well as warnings by aid groups of a humanitarian crisis due to the interruption of food deliveries. Then last week came disturbing new reports of massacres by troops from neighboring Eritrea of hundreds of civilians and of ethnic cleansing by militias.

The Washington Post: Massacre by Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region may constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty says

Ethiopian and Eritrean forces committed war crimes during an offensive to take control of the town of Axum in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region late last year, with one massacre by Eritrean troops a potential crime against humanity, according to a report released by Amnesty International on Thursday.

The Washington Post: IN ETHIOPIA, FOOD IS A WEAPON OF WAR

The U.N. operation in Sudan ends up feeding Ethiopians who cannot obtain food in their home country. In 1984-85, about 300,000 refugees, most of them from Eritrea and Tigray, walked west to U.N. camps in Sudan to wait out the famine.

“I am not fed up with the war. I am on my own land. I am in my own village. The EPLF is protecting me,” said Hamed Fayid, 35, a father of four whose family has lived for four years on U.S.-donated food and who last year was given an ox by the Eritrean Relief Association.

“Participation in the struggle is not just carrying the gun,” said Hamed. “If there is an engagement, it is my duty to help with the wounded and carry water.”