Noah Pitcher is a global politics correspondent for Today News Africa covering the U.S. government, United Nations, African Union, and other actors involved in international developments, political controversies, and humanitarian issues.
Abiy Ahmed was appointed Prime Minister of Ethiopia on April 2, 2018. In 2019, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation” and “his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”
Less than a year after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came under fire for military action being taken in the Tigray region. The United States, United Nations, and numerous humanitarian organizations have reported human rights abuses in the region that constitute war crimes under international law.
The conflict involving Ethiopian federal forces,TPLF regional forces, and the Eritrean military has spread and resulted in thousands of deaths, millions of displacements, and has put hundreds of thousands at risk of famine. Human rights organizations have reported abuses including indiscrimante attacks on civilians, sexual violence as a weapon of war, arbitrary arrests and detentions, recruitment of child soldiers, and ethnic-based killings.
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