The Cardano community eagerly awaits the news about the “landing of the birds”, but can the escalation of the violent conflict in Ethiopia hinder these plans?
Cardano’s strategy in Africa may face a setback after the intensification of the civil war in Ethiopia. There is even great speculation that Charles Hoskinson’s enigmatic messages about the landing of birds refer to the closing of a contract with the Ethiopian government.
But, if “bird landing” refers to Ethiopia, is it now an inopportune moment for launch?
The Tigray conflict
The armed conflict between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) has been going on since November 2020.
The TPLF refuses to adhere to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s plans to merge the constituent political parties into his new Prosperity Party. They also accuse Ahmed of illegitimate government due to the constant postponement of the elections.
Ahmed says election delays were necessary to stem the spread of COVID. This generated reports that ENDF troops, who have joined forces with Eritrea, are unleashing a campaign of ethnic cleansing, rape and famine against the Tigrayan people.
Witnesses and survivors give derogatory accounts of their experiences. A man, a local priest, described what he saw when he came across an improvised cemetery.
“It was difficult to remove them. Most have been eaten by wild animals. Others were eaten in half by dogs. Their bodies were shattered; their faces were full of insects. We pour fuel on the bodies to clean the insects. “
Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel denies targeting civilians, referring to stories as inventions.
When will the birds land?
Although there has been no official word from Cardano, the announcement of an African contract is expected.
Hoskinson remains with his lips closed on the details. But, based on a video two-year-old, in which he spoke about the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ethiopian government, many believe that “bird landing” refers to this.
He went on to say that the deal would make Addis Ababa residents use a cryptocurrency to pay for public services and public transport.
However, as the conflict intensifies, concerns about the feasibility of this agreement grow. A user of Reddit, who claims to have Ethiopian descent, agreed by saying that the partnership with the Ethiopian government at this time would likely lead to the project’s failure.
“This is not the government, the time or the place Cardano wants to partner with. If you want to look at this only from a strategic perspective and remove the human factor; a partnership with Ethiopia is much more likely to lead to failure at this point and this can only negatively impact the project. “
That person also raised the question of what happens to people who don’t sign up and, according to allegations of state-sponsored atrocities, the potential to oppress dissidents using this system.
However, with so many variables to consider, not least the possibility that the birds landing may not refer to Ethiopia, it is too early to draw any conclusions at this stage.