Ethiopia: Obstacles on road to peace persist, but both parties still on course

By Fred Harter
Posted on Thursday, 5 January 2023 14:45

A police marching band plays at a street carnival organized by the Tigray Development Association in support of the recent peace deal agreed between the Ethiopian federal government and Tigray forces, in Mekele, the capital of the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo)

Ethiopia’s Tigray peace process is continuing to take shape after the federal government restored phone lines and mobile internet to much of the northern region last week.

Re-connecting Tigray was a key part of the ceasefire deal struck between the Tigray rebels and the federal government in November. The region has been mostly cut off from the outside world since war broke out more than two years ago, with road and air links severed.

Flights have also resumed to the regional capital Mekelle and to Shire, a major hub for aid in the northwest of the region. Several areas have been re-connected to the national power grid and bank services are slowly coming back online, although many people are still unable to withdraw cash and access their savings.