An appeal for peace by Horn of Africa citizens.
11 November 2020We, the undersigned citizens of countries of the Horn of Africa, condemn in the strongest possible terms the outbreak and escalation of open warfare in Ethiopia. We are saddened by the attendant losses of life, property, infrastructure and opportunities. We deplore in equally strong terms further stoking of the conflict.
Wars neither have predetermined end dates nor are they guaranteed to stay within fixed territorial boundaries. Unless immediately halted, the ongoing Ethiopian civil war has all the trappings of a drawn-out conflict with adverse effects on the rest of the Horn of Africa region and the African continent at large. This conflict will not have winners; the only winners in war are those who are wise and courageous enough to avoid it.
At a time when we, as citizens of the region, were looking forward to the expansion and consolidation of the changes that Prime Minister Abiy’s rise to power ushered, this conflict dashes our hopes for the region and puts in direct, grave danger the lives and livelihoods of many Ethiopians. Given the significance of Ethiopia in the region and continent, and the strong ties that bind the countries of the region to each other, Ethiopia’s peace and stability becomes of paramount concern to the countries and citizens of the region. For this reason:
- We call on all the concerned Ethiopian actors to immediately cease fire and deescalate the situation.
- We call on the Eritrean government to desist from any rhetoric or actions that may contribute to further inflame the conflict.
- We call on Ethiopia’s other neighbors (Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia/Somaliland and Djibouti) to exert their utmost diplomatic, political, and other resources to help the warring Ethiopian sides defuse the conflict and help attend to the consequent humanitarian needs.
- We appeal to IGAD, the AU and the UN to impress upon the two parties the need for a peaceful resolution and to use their good offices to help them achieve it.
- We appeal to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, H.E. Thabo Mbeki, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, E. Olusegun Obasanjo, H.E. Lakhdar Brahimi, H.E. Graça Machel and other notable African leaders and elders to leverage their considerable leadership toward the resolution of the ongoing tragic conflict.
- We appeal to all Ethiopians, citizens of the Horn of Africa and all Africans and peace-loving people of the world to say “no to war” in unison and work for peace in the volatile region.
- We call on all conventional and social media outlets, activists from Ethiopia and the region, and analysts to be mindful of incendiary tone and substance in their programming, to refrain from further inflaming the situation, and to actively promote the peaceful resolution of this conflict and its root causes.
- Abraham T. Zere, Journalist, USA
- Alemayehu Weldemariam, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
- Almaz Zerai, Network of Eritrean Women, Germany
- Araya Debessay, University of Delaware, USA
- Asia Abdulkadir, Independent Consultant, Kenya
- Asmahan Ali Nouman, Network of Eritrean Women, UK
- Assefaw Tekeste, Touro University, California, USA
- Awet T. Weldemichael, Queen’s University, Canada
- Ayantu Tibeso, University of California Los Angeles, USA
- Bettina Ng’weno, University of California, Davis, USA
- Colin Lasu, Central State University, USA
- Fatuma N Bedhaso, Oromo Human Rights Advocate, USA
- Jama Musse Jama, Hargeysa Cultural Center, Somaliland
- James Murua, Journalist, Kenya
- Jok Madut Jok, Syracuse University, USA
- Helen Kidan, Network of Eritrean Women, UK
- Husam Osman Mahjoub, Sudan Bukra TV Channel, USA
- Khedijah Ali Mohammed Nur, Network of Eritrean Women, UK
- Magdi el-Gizouli, University of Zurich, Switzerland
- Mastewal Taddese Terefe, Lawyer, USA
- Mebrak Tareke, TiMS Creative, USA/Mexico
- Meron Estefanos, Eritrean Initiative on Refugee Rights, Sweden
- Mohamed Kheir Omer, Writer, Norway
- Nadifa Mohamed, Writer, UK
- Nanjala Nyabola, Writer, Kenya
- Nasra Kassem, Network of Eritrean Women, UK
- Niat Hailemariam, Network of Eritrean Women, UK
- Paulos Tesfagioergis, Constitutional Lawyer, Canada
- Phoebe Musandu, USA
- Rashid Abdi, Horn of Africa Analyst, Kenya
- Sabine Mohamed, University of Heidelberg & Max Planck Institute, Germany
- Safia Aidid, University of Toronto, Canada
- Safia Abukar Farole, Portland State University, USA
- Saleh “Gadi” Johar, Publisher, Awate.com, USA
- Saleh Younis, Editor, Eritrea Digest, USA
- Sarah Ogbay, Network of Eritrean Women, UK
- Sulaiman Addonia, Writer, Belgium
- Tereza Kidane, Network of Eritrean Women, USA
- Tirsit Yetbarek Seme, Hargeysa Cultural Center, Somaliland
- Yohannes T. Berhe, Editor, Snitna, UK
- Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Author, Kenya
- Vanessa Tsehaye, One Day Seyoum, UK
- Zahra Suleiman, Network of Eritrean Women, UK
- Zecharias Zelalem, Journalist, Canada
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