There was also Alem Bilatte, a former army officer who vowed to either train new recruits or fight on the front lines himself if necessary. As he registered in the nation’s capital, he admitted, “My blood is boiling.”
An Ethiopian flag draped Bekelech Ayalew, 47, a former infantry nurse ready to treat soldiers on the front lines. ‘It is a privilege for me to give my life for Ethiopia,’ she said.
Western Tigray, which ethnic Amharas have historically claimed as their own and occupied in the early stages of the conflict, has seen rebel advances as the recruitment drive has begun. According to an internal United Nations security document seen by the New York Times, heavy fighting, including artillery fire, has been reported in the Amhara, Oromia and Afar regions.
As the Fighting Intensifies, So do the War’s Dynamics.
It is possible that other splinter groups or regional governments will get involved in the conflict after the Oromo Liberation Army, which Ethiopia has designated as a terrorist organisation, announced an alliance with Tigrayan forces this month.
When asked if he was willing to negotiate with the terrorist group T.P.L.F., which he claimed tortured and killed his brother and kidnapped other members of his family, the president of the eastern Somali region, Mustafa Omer, said he was not.
If they win, Mr. Omer believes they will bring back the same political goals they had before they were defeated. “They’re a threat to our country,” a friend said.