The prompt for this blog post was to write about the international news article that I read for class on September 6th, 2018. The fact is, I read many international news articles on September 6th, 2018. This was the easiest reading assignment I have ever had, since I read international news articles daily. One news article I read that stood out to me was on Ethiopia reopening its embassy in Eritrea. Here is the link to the article on Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-eritrea/ethiopia-reopens-embassy-in-eritrea-in-further-warming-of-ties-idUSKCN1LM0S4. This, along with the July opening of the Eritrean Embassy in Ethiopia, is a positive sign that the political crises in the Horn of Africa may hopefully coming to an end.
This continues a trend of reform in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/09/12/new-leader-rises-ethiopia-its-diaspora-dares-dream-returning-home/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4866edaf14d7). Prime Minister Ahmed has made calls for a multiparty democracy in place of the corrupt state that currently runs Ethiopia. I hope that this trend continues. Eritrea and Ethiopia both have legitimately horrifying human rights records (https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2018), especially Eritrea, which is comparable to North Korea. Hopefully the sudden thaw of relations along the promising growth of freedom (or at least a decrease of tyranny) in Ethiopia will help spur the people of Eritrea to work for greater freedom. I believe this to be possible as many people on both sides of the border likely have connections from the other side, since Ethiopia and Eritrea were one country until 1991 (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/er.html). The historically strong ties between these nations allow for the opportunity for the opening of one nation to help the opening of the other. I hope that these reforms in Ethiopia go through and begin to bring democracy to the Horn of Africa.