The United States has thrown its diplomatic weight behind a last-ditch effort to end the Ethiopian Civil War as Tigrayan rebel forces slowly advance on the capitol of Africa’s second most populous nation.
U.S. Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman was in Ethiopia last week along with former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo, the African Union’s representative, in a last-ditch effort to broker a peace deal.
The U.S. has begun withdrawing some government personnel from Ethiopia as a civil war there threatens the nation’s capitol.
Sour relations between the Tigray regional government and the Ethiopian central government became worse when the last year the regional government held elections in violation of the Ethiopian central government who had placed a hiatus on elections in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
International observers have accused both sides of committing genocide during the conflict. International mediators have failed to bring and end to the conflict.
The conflict has also endangered historical sites and religious site important for the world’s 40 million Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. In particular Ethiopian-Americans worry that the capture of the Lalibela area and fighting elsewhere will imperil scores of holy sites.