The postponement of Tigray peace talks is the latest blow in Ethiopia’s hidden war. Hopes for quick relief for millions of civilians threatened by malnutrition, disease, and direct attacks in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region were dashed as long-awaited peace talks were postponed without any new date set. The meeting between the warring sides in the two-year-old conflict in Tigray would have been the first since a ceasefire broke down. However, poor organization, logistical issues and a failure to consult key participants in advance appear to have derailed the initiative by the African Union Pray that the US envoy will attempt to kickstart negotiations and bring both sides to the table to stop battles that are still being fought in Tigray. Pray for peace to prevail in the region and for people to look to God for lasting solutions to the crisis(The Bible, Philippians 4:7).
The military junta continues to sanction armed conflict in regions that are strongholds for the anti-coup movement. In one recent attack, an airstrike targeted a music concert in the northern state of Kachin, killing at least 50 people. In other areas, villages that are known to support the anti-coup militia movements are frequently attacked making it impossible for them to maintain their farms. The inability to sow the next crops means that come harvest time there will be food shortages. Many villagers have been forced to hide in the forests. Pray for an end to this humanitarian disaster. Ask God to uproot the spirit of death, violence, and destruction (The Bible, Isaiah 45:7-9).