The two main rebel groups fighting Ethiopia’s government made significant advances toward the capital this month, just as the current conflict there marked its one-year anniversary.
Abiy this month also declared a state of emergency that gives the government broad powers to detain people suspected of supporting the rebels. Both sides appear to have dismissed the possibility of a peaceful solution and U.S. special envoy Jeffrey Feltman said last week that a cease-fire “doesn’t seem anywhere near.”
Still, Feltman and his African Union counterpart, Olesegun Obasanjo, made a last-ditch effort for a peaceful settlement in Addis Ababa this week.
Here is the latest on the Ethiopian conflict and what’s at stake.