U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer is traveling to Nairobi and Addis Ababa from August 28 to September 8, where he will meet with Kenyan and Ethiopian officials, the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and other international partners.
He will discuss the ongoing crisis in Sudan and regional and international efforts to end the violence, establish democratic governance, and support justice and accountability.
In Ethiopia, he will also discuss the continued implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement as well as urge the protection of civilians and a negotiated resolution to ongoing conflicts in the Amhara and Oromia regions.
Hammer has been serving as the United States Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa since 2022. He has also served as the United States ambassador to Chile from 2014 to 2016 and the United States ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2018 to 2022.
Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (SEHOA) Mike Hammer last visited Ethiopia in September last year with the aim of encouraging efforts to boost African Union-led peace talks in ending hostilities in the country.
The senior US Diplomat also faces a serious challenge on the issue of Sudan as fresh violent clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the country have resulted in a mass exodus resulting in the displacement of over 3.3 million people, including internally displaced people (IDPs), asylum seekers, and refugees.
Sudan has been in the grip of violence and displacement since the onset of the Darfur crisis in 2003. Internally displaced people (IDPs) surpassed 3.7 million by the end of 2022 with the majority residing in camps in Darfur. Chad, South Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia host 800,000 Sudanese who are living as refugees in these countries.