Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Ethiopia: Atoning for Violence

 Foreign Affairs published on 15 November 2023 an article titled "Can Justice Bring Peace to Ethiopia: How to Heal Divisions After Decades of War" by Patrick Vinck, Tadesse Simie Metekia, Geoff Dancy, Kathryn Sikkink, and Phuong N. Pham.  

The authors conducted a nationwide survey of more than 6,600 randomly selected Ethiopian adults in June and July 2023.  They found that more than 90 percent of Ethiopians said it would be unacceptable to move forward without truth seeking, trials, or reparations.  They differed sharply, however, on what timeframe to focus on and who should lead the effort.  There were marked regional differences in Ethiopians' preferences for types of trials.