Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday urged citizens to “move forward in unity” as the conflict in the north continues, saying the country was being “tested on many fronts” but had been strengthened.
His government has had US aid withheld, plus envoys from the UN and African Union have pleaded for humanitarian access to the almost eight million people facing near-famine conditions.
It has been a year since the conflict started in the north.
Rebels allied to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) are advancing towards the capital, Addis Ababa.
The army has asked former military soldiers to join it in the fight against the rebels.