Tag Archives: Ethiopia

Tigray in Ethiopia was an environmental success story – but the war is undoing decades of regreening

Henrike Schulte to Bühne, Zoological Society of London; Doug Weir, King’s College London; Jan Nyssen, Ghent University, and Teklehaymanot G. Weldemichel, Norwegian University of Science and Technology An ongoing war between the Ethiopian government and its allies against Tigray, one of its northern states, has led to one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises. We have used satellite data to …

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War in Ethiopia: addressing mental health needs to be made a priority

Ethiopian refugees fleeing the Tigray region. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images Abel Fekadu Dadi, Menzies School of Health Research and Tesfaye B. Mersha, PhD, University of Cincinnati The effects of war on the mental wellbeing of people is given much less attention than the physical harms of conflict. We have been researching and working on the mental health …

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Agreements that favour Egypt’s rights to Nile waters are an anachronism

The Nile River during sunset in Luxor, Egypt. EPA-EFE/Khaled Elfiqi Salam Abdulqadir Abdulrahman, University of Human Development, Iraq Egypt has historically adopted an aggressive approach to the flow of the River Nile. Cairo considers the Nile a national security matter and statements continue to include threats of military action against Ethiopia should it interfere with the flow as set out …

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Scientists sound the alarm over drought in East Africa: what must happen next

Dead animal carcasses lie outside of the village of Dambas in Kenya during a drought in 2006. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Chris Funk, University of California Santa Barbara Every few years, it is devastating to watch the same tragedy: a weather cycle that brings debilitating drought and hunger to East Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in …

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China is financing infrastructure projects around the world – many could harm nature and Indigenous communities

Chinese engineers pose after welding the first seamless rails for the China-Laos railway in Vientiane, Laos, June 18, 2020. Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua via Getty Images Blake Alexander Simmons, Boston University; Kevin P. Gallagher, Boston University, and Rebecca Ray, Boston University China is shaping the future of economic development through its Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious multi-billion-dollar international push to better …

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Following the Tigray conflict, the rocky road to peace in Ethiopia

A Tigrayan refugee places a cross made from twigs on the banks of a river marking the border between Ethiopia and Sudan where bodies frequently wash up. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images Mukesh Kapila, University of Manchester All wars end. So will the Tigray conflict. But when and how will peace come, and will it be sustained? What …

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How COVID-19 measures have affected food safety in East Africa

Traders leave their cabbages after the County Governor ordered the closure of the main open air market to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kisumu, Kenya. CASMIR ODUOR/AFP via Getty Images Florence Mutua, International Livestock Research Institute ; Delia Grace, International Livestock Research Institute , and Erastus Kang’ethe, University of Nairobi Foodborne diseases are thought to impose a …

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How African Union members came to share power despite themselves

The establishment of the African Union shows how social context is important in international organisations. Getty Images John J. Hogan, University of Groningen The African Union (AU) held its first summit in 2002, establishing itself as a new international organisation. It also launched a new vision for African security cooperation. Nearly two decades later, it is worth reflecting on the …

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