In 2018, Eritrea and Ethiopia ended two decades of a no-peace-no-war relationship after Ethiopia’s ruling coalition at that time, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), selected Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister amid widespread protests in the country. Abiy Ahmed was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for this development. There was widespread optimism that Eritrea and Ethiopia would embark on cooperation in a range of areas with the possibility of economic integration.
However, recent events suggest that the two nations are not progressing in that anticipated direction. There has been speculation for nearly a year, if not more, that Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean leadership are not on good terms. The Post-Pretoria agreement political alliance between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Abiy Ahmed’s government could be interpreted as confirmation that Abiy Ahmed’s administration is not fostering positive relations with Eritrean leadership. Furthermore, Abiy’s assertion regarding the necessity of access to the Red Sea has contributed to heightened tensions between the two countries.
An increasing number of Eritreans are being detained in Ethiopia after Abiy Ahmed’s government launched a war in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Human rights groups in Ethiopia have been confirming the arrests of Eritreans on various occasions. Five prominent Eritreans were reportedly abducted in Addis Ababa over the past few weeks.
Recently, the Federal Police confirmed the arrest of over 1000 individuals in the Ethiopian capital following a joint operation with the Addis Ababa Police about two weeks ago. However, there was no specific mention of whether Eritreans were among those arrested. Nonetheless, Ethiopian local news outlets have reported this week that Eritreans are indeed among the detainees.
Aklilu Sahle, an Eritrean Media Professional, shared his views on the issue of Eritrean arrests in Ethiopia in an interview with Anchor Media. Listen to the discussion below.
Video : embedded from Anchor media YouTube channel
Cover photo : screenshot from the video
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