The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed a landmark peace agreement.
Since a 1998-2000 border conflict, war has never been declared over until now. The declaration came at a meeting in Eritrea's capital, Asmara. Trade and diplomatic ties are also to be re-established as part of the agreement.
Ephraim Tsegay, Tearfund’s Country Representative for Ethiopia, describes the news as unexpected but wonderful:
‘A wall has started to break down, but it needs time, prayer, and wisdom to heal wounds. Both Eritrea and Ethiopia are wounded nations. So let us pray for hope, and sustained peace.
‘Before the war broke out, Tearfund used to work in Eritrea supporting child development programmes. I hope there will now be the opportunity for us to consider working there again.’
‘I also hope and pray I will soon be able to visit Asmara. I have family members there that I have not seen for over 24 years.’
• Praise God that this peace agreement has been reached. Praise him for being the ‘Lord of peace’ (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
• Pray that this peace will last and that both nations can continue to flourish.
• Pray for those people Tearfund works with in Ethiopia and that our team will be strengthened, envisioned and encouraged.
Read more about our work in Ethiopia.