Ethiopia’s year-long conflict in the north is threatening to descend into a widening civil war.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced this week he will lead the battle against Tigrayan forces from the front lines, encouraging volunteers to also join the fight.
International and regional leaders are calling for a ceasefire to allow a political solution.
But even with thousands of people killed by the conflict, both sides are beating the drums of war.
What would an all-out conflict mean for the future of Africa’s second most populous country?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Zadig Abraha – Ethiopia’s minister for democratisation
Martin Plaut – fellow at University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Gebrekirstos Gebreselassie – researcher and manages tghat.com, a website documenting the war in Tigray