Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed. Photograph: EP

The Guardian view on Ethiopia: sliding deeper into disaster

A year after fighting began, the war is intensifying. How many more civilians will pay?


That wars are easy to begin and hard to end is a commonplace, but one which ambitious leaders still forget. Within weeks of launching his assault on the region of Tigray last November – saying its authorities had attacked a military camp – the Ethiopian prime minister announced that the operation had been completed. In fact, one year on, the conflict continues to escalate. Thousands of Ethiopians have died and millions have been forced from their homes.

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