News Highlights: Ethiopian/Eritrean army converges on Aksum, New peace talks date, EP refuses to sign off Frontex budget

In this week’s new highlights: Ethiopian/Eritrean army captures towns in Tigray, converge on Aksum; New date for AU-led peace talks; Eritrea wants military victory, not peace, in Tigray; Aid worker killed in ENDF/EDF bombing of Shire; Warnings of genocide in Tigray as analysts say western diplomacy failed; Ethiopian federal government to seize key infrastructure in Tigray; War delays Ethiopian debt relief;  Calls for immediate ceasefire in Tigray; Mass grave of Ethiopian migrants discovered in Malawi; Somali government warns not to pay Al Shabab extortion fees; Understanding US involvement in the fight against Al Shabab; Somalia faces the worst famine seen in 50 years; Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Blue Nile State leave hundreds dead; Sudan’s pro democracy opposition presents vision for transition of power; Bodies of 15 migrants recovered on Tunisian beach; EP refuses to sign off on Frontex budget;  Declaration of the EU regarding the war in Tigray;  Germany hosts meeting to stop Balkan route migration; and Turkey forced migrants to cross border naked, say Greek authorities.

Horn Highlights: Amnesty launches Ethiopia campaign amidst failing media attention, Horn drought has major impact on children

In this week’s Horn Highlights: Amnesty International sections launch campaign to raise awareness on Ethiopia; Increase in child marriage due to drought, states UNICEF; US welcomes Tigray withdrawal from Afar; 2 muslims killed in clash in Addis Ababa; Severe environmental impact on Tigray a setback for the region; Malnourishment high among children and pregnant women in Tigray; TPLF accuses OCHA of misrepresenting Western Tigray areas as Amhara region; Ethiopian government says that soldiers who requested asylum in Sudan are victims of propaganda; Health workers say that healthcare in Tigray is failing; Protests take place on anniversary of al-Bashir’s ousting in Sudan.

Horn Highlights: No signs yet of aid in Tigray, Food stocks in Tigray at all time low, Amnesty calls on Egypt to stop deporting Eritreans

In this week’s Horn Highlights: UNOCHA says food stocks in Tigray at all time low; Reports that no aid trucks have entered Tigray despite humanitarian ceasefire; BBC interview with women who report being raped in Amhara; National Dialogue dead on arrival, states Wight; Amhara regional president asks for Russian support to rebuild; UAE continues to send aid to Tigray; calls to protect Ethiopian patriarch; Eritrean troops remain in Tigray despite year-old announcement of withdrawal; Amnesty International calls on Egypt to stop deportations of Eritreans; and Egypt and Sudan deepen military Cooperation.