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What would a full-blown conflict mean for Ethiopia’s future?

Tigrayan forces and their allies say they are advancing towards the capital, Addis Ababa.

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, a website documenting the war in Tigray