US Citizen Trapped In Tigray, Arrested In Addis Ababa



American citizens trapped in Tigray, a region at war for two years, are having the worst possible time reaching the United States, claiming they are victims of ethnic profiling and subjected to arbitrary detention and interrogation by Ethiopian authorities.

The Ethiopian government’s demand that it be allowed to interrogate and detain all evacuated U.S. citizens on national security grounds led Washington to abandon plans to airlift its citizens to Tigray last year, according to emails from U.S. officials seen by AFP.

War broke out in November 2020 in this northern Ethiopian region, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the army to remove regional authorities who challenged his authority and whom he accused of attacking military bases.

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