Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency with government calling for citizens to get ready to defend the country’s capital.
On Tuesday, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) put out a statement that they have captured and taken over Dessie and Kombolcha. These are towns in the Amhara region. Dessie and Amhara are 400km (about 250 miles) from Addis Ababa, the capital. The TPFL also made it clear that they intend to go ahead and take over the capital.
It has been a year since the Government of Ethiopia and the TPFL forces have been in serious fighting.
According to a U.N report, there is evidence that both the Ethiopian Government and TPFL forces have committed serious human rights violations.
According to what the U.N human rights chief said on Wednesday, Ethiopia’s year long war has been marked by “extreme brutality”.
Federal Character will keep you updated on the state of emergency as it unfolds.