15 November 18

UN lifts Eritrea sanctions but difficult questions remain unanswered

After more than a decade of isolating itself from the international community, Eritrea finds itself tentatively stepping back into it. This week, the UN unanimously voted to lift sanctions against the Horn of Africa nation, which have been in place
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30 October 18

Is Abiy Ahmed to blame for the rise of ethnic violence in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has changed the political dynamics in the East African nation more than anyone could have predicted before he stepped into office in April. His predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation two months earlier, leaving Ethiopia
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23 October 18

Ethiopia’s exiled Olympic runner returns home – but what is he returning to?

As Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finishing of the Men’s Marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he didn’t just claim his silver medal in the running event – he also brought the world’s attention to events taking place in his home country,
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19 October 18

For the Horn of Africa, peace is the easy bit

For two decades, the Horn of Africa has been one of the most hostile corners of the world, its jagged topography reflected in the bitterness of its political relations. Yet the region has become a hive of diplomatic activity over
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05 October 18

The forgotten victims of South Sudan

It is surely one of humanity’s greatest shames that in times of war, it is women who are made to bear the deepest scars of conflict – and habitually denied avenues for redress in times of peace. Reports of rampant
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02 October 18

Why are Gulf nations battling it out for the Horn of Africa?

Things are changing rapidly in the Horn of Africa with the recent peace deal between bitter rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia making the biggest headlines in recent months. There’s no doubt it’s a major breakthrough for the region but the deal
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01 October 18

Eritrea is rebuilding its global reputation – but what does this mean for human rights at home?

Eritrea has been, rather unaffectionately, labelled as Africa’s North Korea by a large section of the Western media in recent years. The secretive state was the single largest source of refugees arriving in Europe between 2014 and 2016 – which
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30 September 18

African governments still aren’t doing enough to open internal trade

In March this year, more than 40 African leaders signed a free trade pact that aims to make it easier for countries across the continent to produce, sell and do business across borders. Intra-African trade is key to sustainable development
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21 September 18

China in Africa: Mutual partnerships or economic colonialism?

China’s aggressive investment in Africa over the past two decades has divided opinion, with many from the West calling out China’s economic interests as a new form of colonialism. What can’t be debated is the numbers: between 2003-2014, Chinese investment
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18 September 18

Ethnic violence is rising through Ethiopia, staining its ‘new era’ in blood

The impact of Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s short time in office has been celebrated as a new era for the politically troubled nation. He took office at a time when tensions between the country’s largest ethnic groups and the
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