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Horn of Africa on brink of war
Just as relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea are at a new low, the latter has ordered the UN to withdraw many of its peacekeepers within ten days. This comes as Ethiopia has remobilised its army, and has been preparing for a renewed effort to retake Eritrea. It doesn't take a expert to work out what's about to happen.
For the past five years, peace has been maintained only by the 3,300 peacekeepers policing a thin strip of land between the two. Now, Eritrea has ordered all Canadian, American, European, or Russian soldiers in the deployment to withdraw, depleting the force by 1,400 and leaving just 1,900 unsupported and under-equipped soldiers from developing countries.
The last war, between 1998 and 2000, cost Ethiopia the lives of 120,000 soldiers and Eritrea 20,000, led to 700,000 IDPs and refugees, and destroyed the economies of both countries. Just as importantly, fearful of its gigantic neighbour, Eritrea has remained the most militarised state in the world, spending its entire national budget (30% of GDP) on keeping 5% of the population, or 200,000 soldiers, under arms.
In the 1980s, Ethiopia was the darling of the international aid community. The name was almost synonymous with famine, disease, poverty: problems that the West thought could all be alleviated by charity and Bob Geldof. Then, the ruling tribal communist dictatorship failed to help the victims, and conducted genocide against the Tigray (i.e. the Eritreans), even as 8m Ethiopians were starving.
Now, it seems, Ethiopia and Eritrea have, again, refused to resolve their problems, and their autocratic governments, propped up by unconditional 'humanitarian relief', have decided to further their causes by fighting another tribal war. Preliminary estimates of casualties and refugees are in the order of hundreds of thousands. I guess that's what we mean by helping Africa to help itself.
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