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UN Dispatch: The Civil War in Ethiopia, Sparked By a Conflict in the Tigray Region, is Getting Worse

In early November a civil war broke out in Ethiopia. The conflict pitted the federal government and its allies against the regional government of Tigray.Tigray is in northern Ethiopia and borders both Eritrea and Sudan. For decades a political party from Tigray, known as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or TPLF, was the dominant force in Ethiopian politics. The TPLF was essential the Ethiopian government from the early 1990s. That was until 2018, when the current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power.  He is not of the TPLF, and as prime minister has taken certain actions that the TPLF perceived as hostile to their interests.

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