It is a little unfortunate that the circumstances under which many in the world would become acquainted with Tigray is that it is a troubled region in Ethiopia because its government is on a warpath with the Ethiopian government.
But it has to be said that Tigray is so much more than that. The beauty and mystique of the Tigrayan highlands deserve more than what some have called the region – a warzone. But if the Ethiopian does carry out his warning of marching into the regional capital Mekelle, the stories about Tigray will not be any better.
A 72-hour ultimatum given to the forces of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to surrender has so far gone unheeded. By the end of Wednesday, that period would have expired. Many analysts have predicted a civil war in Ethiopia which would have disastrous consequences beyond Tigray as Ethiopia overall, struggles to deal with ethnic tensions.
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If a war does ensue, these are some of the unique features of the Tigray region and its people that would be negatively impacted.