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The main combatants in the two-year Ethiopia-Tigray war have announced a dramatic pause in hostilities. What started on November 3, 2020, as a swift armed mission by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to bring the rebellious state of Tigray to order soon degenerated into a humanitarian nightmare in which innocent civilians have been killed and many more rendered homeless or destitute.

By late 2022 as many as 500,000 people have died as a result of violence and famine related to the war. In 2021 Ethiopia reported 5.1 million internally displaced people in 12 months — according to a report, the highest number of people internally displaced in any country in any single year. Millions more have fled to Sudan as northern Ethiopia, especially Tigray, remains cut off from food, water and medical aid.

Over the course of the war, The Conversation has outlined five essential reads on the war and its devastating consequences, including one by Asafa Jalata, a professor of sociology and global and Africana studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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