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Identity and Violence: Abiy Ahmed’s Amhara genocide denial

Updated: May 4, 2023

By Nicoletta Fagiolo and Aster Carpanelli





Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University Amartya Sen in Identity and Violence argues that “the imposition of an allegedly unique identity is often a crucial component of the “martial art” of fomenting sectarian confrontation.” The singular affiliation view suppresses the different categories and groups to which people belong, and thus becomes a key factor in fomenting violence.


In the case of contemporary Ethiopia sectarian violence is a direct consequence of colonialism, the ethnic-based structure of its Constitution and decades of failure to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice .







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