Factional feud over Wollo: The Manipulative Allure of the mob

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| It’s a scenario that is tragically becoming increasingly frequent and less of a head-turner in Ethiopia. People living in a shared community of residents hailing from different ethnic groups saw a dispute escalate to gun battles, leading to the deaths of anywhere between a dozen and thirty people in Ethiopia’s Wollo region over the weekend. Located in the Amhara state’s North Shewa Zone, the clashes took place in zonal areas belonging to communities of both Amhara and Oromo farmers. Exactly what instigated the latest bout of communal violence isn’t clear, but residents of the area are known for being armed and unhesitant about resorting to the use of firearms to protect their livelihoods. The widespread availability of weapons obviously exacerbated things and the Amhara regional government was forced to request a prompt deployment of federal army troops. The army put an end to the weekend of mayhem and a degree of normalcy has finally returned to the area.… Read More Factional feud over Wollo: The Manipulative Allure of the mob

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Here is what Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said and what he didn’t say

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| After a day of journalistic mishaps and mistranslations in both local and international press, we have some clarity on what exactly Ethiopian leaders said and did not say during Wednesday’s surprise announcement.… Read More Here is what Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said and what he didn’t say

Meles Zenawi and the culturally intuitive devastation of Badme

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Five years on from a day most Ethiopians alive today will remember as if it was yesterday. The passing away of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, after a battle with an undisclosed illness. The former TPLF rebel spokesman and chief negotiator who later spent twenty one years ruling the country from 1991 until his death in 2012, hadn’t been seen in public for months preceding the announcement of his death. … Read More Meles Zenawi and the culturally intuitive devastation of Badme

Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki on OMN: Much ado about nothing

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| “Why did you bring these monkeys to the throne, this throne was supposed to be for lions!”

This was former guerrilla commander and current President of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki in his most recent interview, a two parter in English on Ethiopia’s dissident Oromo Media Network (OMN)… Read More Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki on OMN: Much ado about nothing