Ethiopia’s Abiy vows to lead army from frontline

The Ethiopian conflict has killed thousands of people and displaced millions.The Ethiopian conflict has killed thousands of people and displaced millions.

ADDIS ABABA (SomaliAffairs)  Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has vowed that he will be leading the army from the frontline starting Wednesday in what he terms as ‘a sacrifice’ against the Tigray forces expansion towards the capital, Addis Ababa.

“It’s time to lead the country through sacrifice. I will join the front to lead the defense forces tomorrow,” Abiy announced.

He asked Ethiopians to join and meet him at the front saying “Those of you who aspire to be remembered in history , rise up for your country. Meet me at the front.”

A year-long armed fighting between the  Ethiopian military backed by Eritrean forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has led to a humanitarian crisis, with hundreds of thousands facing famine-like conditions in the north of Ethiopia. Thousands of people have been killed and millions forced from their homes.

This week, Germany and France have become the latest countries to advise their citizens to leave Ethiopia, amid an escalation in the country’s civil war.

The US and UK have issued advisories, and the United Nations said it has begun what it describes as a temporary relocation of some staff.