The Times view on why Abiy Ahmed must end the civil conflict in Ethiopia: War and Peace

‘War is the epitome of hell,” Ethiopia’s prime minister, , told the audience at last year’s ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr Abiy should know, having seen his own unit wiped out by artillery fire during Ethiopia’s two decade long conflict with Eritrea. It was for his work ending that conflict and making peace with Eritrea that Mr Abiy, at 44 Africa’s youngest leader, was honoured in Oslo last December. Yet now he is back at war again, this time with his own people, in a civil conflict threatening to spiral into regional war, raising the spectre of all-out ethnic cleansing and imperilling the stability of one of the continent’s brightest ink spots of prosperity.

Almost as soon as he came to power

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