Inside Story

What is reigniting a border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan?

Skirmishes have increased in the past two months over the fertile al-Fashaga region.

Ethiopia and Sudan are warning each other against worsening an historic border dispute.

They have fought over the fertile al-Fashaga region for a century. Although Ethiopians have long settled there, Sudan says it is part of its territory.

Skirmishes have increased in the past two months.

What is behind the flare-up? And could the neighbours’ disputes on other regional issues be heightening the tension?

Inside Story asked for an Ethiopian government representative to appear on the programme but no one was available.

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Muaz Tongo – head of Sudan’s National Boundary Commission.

Samuel Getachew – journalist, The Reporter.

Alex De Waal – executive director, World Peace Foundation.