It's already been ravaged by war. Now Ethiopia's Tigray region is on the verge of famine - with at least two million people at risk of starvation and death. Elders and international aid agencies are comparing the crisis to the mid-1980s - when war and drought caused a famine that killed up to a million people in the East African country.
The government in Addis Ababa denies a famine is imminent and says it's working to provide aid. But in Tigray, at least twelve districts are already in the grip of a severe drought.
We heard from residents in Abergele, one of the worst affected areas, where people are struggling to survive.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has warned Ethiopia against taking steps to implement a controversial port deal it brokered with the breakaway region of Somaliland.
Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on January 1, Somaliland leased landlocked Ethiopia 20km (12 miles) of its coastland around the port of Berbera, on the Gulf of Aden, for 50 years for military and commercial purposes.
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, Mohamud said Ethiopian assets would have to cross into Somalia’s territory in order to reach the leased area and warned Addis Ababa against taking such a step.
“So far Ethiopians haven’t come into Somalia. If they will, then that will be a problem at a different level,” Mohamud said.
Source: Al Jazeera YouTube
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Ethiopia's history is constantly under attack these days to undermine its legitimacy as a nation and to sap public faith in its values and culture. But the emperors of the past two centuries were patriots and have to be seen within the context of their times. Now Abiy Ahmed wants to become a new emperor as Amhara are ethnically cleansed. It's up to Fano to defend an innocent, persecuted people -- to defend Ethiopia itself in the process. And their movement is evolving into a social revolution.
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OPEN hearing of the Committee on Foreign Affairs to be held by the Subcomittee on Africa.