Updated: March 2, 2021
Ethiopia has apologized for publishing a map of Africa that completely erased Somalia.
Both countries have fought border wars in the past, but since coming to power last year, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has attempted to de-escalate tensions between the two neighbors.
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Ethiopia’s foreign ministry posted a map of Africa on its website that incorporated the coastal nation within its borders before releasing a statement following outrage.
“We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this incident might have caused,” the ministry said in a statement.
On social media, Somalis retaliated and posted images in which Ethiopia was part of Somalia.
While Somalia was not shown on the map published by Ethiopia, the self-declared territory of Somaliland—which is not internationally recognized—did appear.
The map had other geographic errors, too. For instance, it did not show South Sudan and showed the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo as one country.
The Ethiopian foreign ministry’s statement said it was unaware how the “unacceptable” map had “crept in on the website,” which is currently offline, but its tech team was investigating.