Annus horribilis: Why 2020 was the Horn of Africa’s worst year

Afar Special Forces

Members of the Afar Special Forces prepare their weapons next to a damaged house in the outskirts of the village of Bisober, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, on December 9, 2020.

Photo credit: Eduardo Soteras | AFP

What you need to know:

  • By December, the region recorded 289,210 cases and 5,514 deaths.
  • In Somalia, the epicentre of terrorism and insecurity in the Horn of Africa, security incidents stood at 235 by the end of January 2020.
  • Tensions also escalated between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam  on the Blue Nile River.

An air of optimism greeted the year 2020, but it has turned out to be the Horn of Africa’s — and indeed the World’s —  worst Year— an annus horribilis. Many are happy that this “horrible year” has come to an end.


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