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Ethiopia's war with itself

Ethiopia’s deadly war in Tigray province is now threatening to engulf the entire country as rebels move toward the capital and a humanitarian crisis intensifies. Reporter Zecharias Zelalem explains how the conflict got to this point and where it could go from here.
Ethiopian military parade with national flags attached to their rifles at a rally organized by local authorities to show support for the Ethiopian National Defence Force, at Meskel Square in downtown Addis Ababa on Nov. 7. (The Associated Press)

The fighting that began in early November last year between Ethiopia's government and rebel forces in the country's Tigray region is intensifying. Tigray rebels and their allies are now advancing toward the capital, Addis Ababa. The move has prompted the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, to declare a nationwide state of emergency and urge citizens to take up arms.

Last week, a United Nations human rights report said violence is being committed by all sides in the conflict and may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes. And the UN has also warned that the Ethiopian government has imposed "a de facto humanitarian aid blockade" in Tigray, putting hundreds of thousands at risk of starvation.

Today on Front Burner, we're speaking to journalist Zecharias Zelalem about how Africa's second most populous country, under the leadership of a man who once earned a Nobel Peace Prize, is now in the throes of a war that is threatening to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa.

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