The war in the Amhara region does not seem to be the focus of US especial envoy Mike Hammer’s visit to Ethiopia
It has been more than four months now since Abiy Ahmed’s administration deployed troops in the Amhara region of Ethiopia with the aim of disarming Fano members – a situation that is said to have caused extensive human rights abuse and loss of civilian lives in the region. The Amhara region has now become a devastating war zone affecting civilians.
Unlike the case in the Tigray region of Ethiopia about which the United States and its allies introduced a rage of sanction measures as leverage to influence policy change towards TPLF and to cover TPLF’s crime, the U.S. State Department has been silent about the ongoing rights violations in Amhara region nor has it boldly called for a peaceful resolution of the war. In fact, there is even a sentiment among some politicized Ethiopians that the war on the Amhara region of Ethiopia is the U.S. project about which the U.S. government has not yet remarked.
Mike Hammer is in the region but apparently, his priority, when it comes to his working visit to Ethiopia, does not seem to be the war in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.
It was in a media note issued on August 28, that the United States announced Mike Hammer’s visit to the Horn of Africa and planned a meeting with Ethiopian authorities.
In his even days working visits to the Horn, he will meet with African Union and IGAD authorities among others. The situation in Sudan and Ethiopia is why he is in the region now, based on State Department disclosure.
“Mike Hammer will travel to Nairobi and Addis Ababa from August 28 to September 8, where he will meet with Kenyan and Ethiopian officials, the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and other international partners,” said the statement from the U.S. State Department.
The business of his talks with Ethiopian Authorities is a discussion on “continued implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement as well as urge the protection of civilians and a negotiated resolution to ongoing conflicts in the Amhara and Oromia regions.”
The security situation in the Oromia region of Ethiopia has been there for several years now and it has been mainly affecting ethnic Amharas. Apart from recurring massacres ( including children and women) and kidnappings, Amhara region passengers to Addis Ababa were being detained at checkpoints in the Oromia region. But the United States has not been vocal about it. The focus of the United States government was on improving the political stature of TPLF – which was experiencing political and military bankruptcy.
Reports from local sources indicate that the fighting between Fano forces and the Ethiopian Defense Force is continuing. Government forces are shelling residential areas in major towns with artillery and the death toll is rising.
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