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Bobby Ghosh

Biden Must Prepare for the Worst in Ethiopia

If last-ditch peace talks don’t succeed, the US should brace for a humanitarian disaster.

No homes to run to.

No homes to run to.

Photographer: Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images


The African Union has begun a last-ditch effort to end the civil war in Ethiopia, arguably the world’s deadliest ongoing conflict. Representatives of the Ethiopian government and the dissident Tigray People’s Liberation Front are in Pretoria for negotiations mediated by a troika of African grandees: former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Representatives from the US and the United Nations are among the observers.