Tigray’s Struggle for Peace and Justice in a Troubled Landscape

In a region perennially plagued by instability and conflict, the recent exchange between Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and President Getachew Reda of the Tigray Interim Regional Administration has brought to the fore a myriad of intricate geopolitical dynamics, historical alliances, and pressing humanitarian concerns. RSF has accused the Sudanese Armed Forces of employing foreign mercenaries, claiming that some have been supplied by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). This prompts a closer examination of the evidence and motivations behind such claims.

President Getachew Reda of the Tigray Interim Regional Administration responded swiftly and in a categorical no to these accusations, asserting the TPLF’s status as a political entity without any armed wing. Further, President Reda’s pointed reminder of Sudan’s historical role as a refuge for tens of thousands of displaced Tigrayans during times of the genocidal war serves as both a testament to the enduring bonds between the two regions and a plea for restraint amidst accusations.

The involvement of external actors such as the UAE, with allegations of support to both the Ethiopian government during the genocidal war on Tigray and the Rapid Support Forces, adds layers of nuance to the discussion, highlighting the intricate web of international interests at play in the region. The entanglement of these external players in internal affairs further complicates efforts to achieve lasting peace and underscores the need for a coordinated, multilateral approach to conflict resolution.

Amidst these geopolitical maneuvers, recent developments within Tigray offer a glimmer of hope for resolution and reconciliation. Lt. General Tadesse Werede’s announcement of an agreement between the Tigray Interim Administration, the Federal Government, and Ethiopian National Defense Forces represents a significant step towards addressing displacement and restoring stability in Ethiopia. The agreement, reached after painstaking negotiations, outlines a comprehensive framework for resolving impasses in southern and western Tigray zones, allowing the return of displaced Tigrayans to their rightful land.

However, the road to peace remains fraught with challenges, particularly concerning the safety and well-being of displaced Tigrayans, especially those residing in Sudan. The allegations by the RSF that the TPLF is involved puts Tigrayan lives at stake. Furthermore, the UAE’s purported collaboration with Ethiopian authorities and RSF, raises serious humanitarian concerns and underscores the urgent need for international intervention to protect the rights and dignity of all affected individuals. Further, both the allegations of RSF and the purported involvement of UAE put the ongoing discussions within Ethiopia that offer hope to thousands of refugees at tight rope.

The imperative of dialogue, transparency, and cooperation becomes increasingly clear. Regional stability hangs in the balance, and the fate of millions of lives rests on the ability of stakeholders to navigate with wisdom, empathy, and a steadfast commitment to peace. In a region scarred by conflict and displacement, the pursuit of lasting peace must be guided by a collective determination to address the root causes of conflict, promote reconciliation, and uphold the fundamental rights of all communities affected by violence and displacement.

Batseba Seifu
Batseba Seifu
Batseba holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University and a BA in Law and Justice with short term trainings in International Humanitarian Law; Displacement, Conflict, and Protection; and Operational Research for Humanitarians. She has more than a decade of experience in public service from leading the Black Students Union at North Seattle College to designing and implementing e-learning programs for Peace and Security in Africa to her role as a Country Manager at an Irish social enterprise. Focused on the plight of Tigray, she's dedicated to advocacy, research, and policy influence, bridging the gap between awareness and action.