“Aqil”: The escalation in the Tigray war requires sitting at the negotiating table
Basant Essam El Din: We need serious and effective coordination to stop the massacres of the Allied Democratic Forces
Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights released its monthly report “The Lens of Terrorist Operations in Africa” on the most prominent terrorist operations and counter-terrorism efforts in the African continent during the month of November 2020, tracking the path of terrorist groups, and coming up with recommendations and assessments of the current and future security situation in the African continent.
The report dealt with the details of the most prominent of those operations that occurred during the month of November, in each of the five regions of the continent, and that occurred in 16 African countries, with 45 bloody operations, which caused the death of at least 1071 people, and the Tigray war in Ethiopia had the lion's share. In terms of casualty numbers.
The report stated that the region most affected is East Africa, with 691 victims, or about 65% of the total percentage of victims of the month in the continent, as a result of at least 16 incidents announced in 5 countries. While Ethiopia came in the forefront of the deadliest countries for the second month in a row, and more than 634 people were killed. In the West African region, Nigeria came as the second-affected country on the continent, after the death of approximately 126 people due to the massacres of Boko Haram. It is unfortunate that we see Mozambique in third place, after 70 deaths. On the other hand, Mali came with the help of the French forces in the forefront of countries according to their efforts in fighting terrorism, as they succeeded in bringing down about 81 terrorist elements during this month.
The human rights expert, Ayman Aqeel, stated; President of the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, that the Tigray war in Ethiopia has caused a doubling of the number of victims than last month, according to preliminary results, as there were 600 deaths during the first weeks of the outbreak of the war, not to mention the displacement of hundreds of thousands. Aqeel stressed the need to open urgent investigations regarding those operations, and the human rights expert recommended the Ethiopian government and the leaders of the Tigray Liberation Front to sit at the negotiating table and stop the escalation.
As she indicated Basant Essam El Din; The researcher at the African Affairs and Sustainable Development Unit at the Maat Foundation pointed out the seriousness of the situation in the Central African region, especially with the escalation of the bloody attacks carried out by the “Democratic Allied Forces,” and the researcher recommended serious and effective coordination with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to stop the massacres of these militias.
It is worth noting that the continent of Africa comes within the interest of the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, as it is a member of the General Assembly in the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, and also has observer status in the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, as well as the North African region coordinator in the group of non-governmental organizations Major Africa of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
To view the report via the following link