At the beginning of July The Dweller’s Guide To The Planet didn’t have anything very good to say about Ethiopia.

This is from the entry:

“The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has been in power since 1991 and holds every seat in Parliament. There were pretend elections in 2015, but it was hardly worth the bother. Ethiopia’s 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (a long and turgid document which roughly means ‘The government can detain whoever it likes and hold them for however long it wants and beat the crap out of them whenever it likes.’) has slightly put journalists and others off.”

But yesterday there was some good news. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister of just 5 months, Mr. Abiy Ahmed went to Eritrea to offer a peace deal to end the war between them. Perhaps most wars are idiotic but the war over The Badme Triangle, a stretch of utterly worthless scrubland along the border between the two impoverished countries, must have been about the most idiotic on the planet. Now it is over! This, along with Abiy’s brave programme of releasing political prisoners and talking with opposition groups is a very welcome move in the right direction.

No, we’re not thinking of moving to Ethiopia just yet, but it looks like its new regime is beginning the long journey to bring it back to the lands for the living.

If you want to follow events in Ethiopia then this is a good place to start



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