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Massacre at The Maryam Dengelat Monastery | ስለ ጥንታዊው ደንገላት ቅድስት ማርያም ገዳም ጭፍጨፋ CNN

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 27, 2021

የኤርትራ ወታደሮች በትግራይ ማርያም ደንገላት ገዳም ከ፻/100 በላይ ንጹሐን ምዕመናንን እንደጨፈጨፉ በዝርዝር፣ በአስገራሚና በአሳዛኝ መልክ ዘግቧል። በእጅጉ ያሳዝናል! በጣም ደም ያፈላል!

👉 ቀድም ሲል ይህን ቪዲዮ አቅርቤው ነበር፦

❖❖❖በጥንታዊው ደንገላት ቅድስት ማርያም ገዳም የተገደሉት ፵፱/49 የዘመኑ ሰማዕታት ስም ዝርዝር❖❖❖

በወረዳ ሳዕሲዕ ❖ ጣብያ በለሶ ❖ በጥንታዊው ደንገላት ቅድስት ማርያም ገዳም❖

በ ሕዳር ፳፩/21 ፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.ም ፵፱/49 ቀሳውስት እና ምዕመናን በኢሳያስ አፈቆርኪ እና ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ ፋሺስታዊ ሠራዊቶች ጂኒው ብርሃኑ ጁላ እንዳቀደው ልክ በቅድስት ማርያም ዕለት ተገደሉ፤ ግን አልሞቱም፤ አራት መቶ ዘጠኝ ሚሊየን በጥይትና በሜንጫ የማይመቱ ኃያላን መናፍስት ሆነው በመመለስ ገዳዮቻቸውንና አጋሮቻቸውን የሲዖል በር እስከሚከፍትላቸው ዕለት ድረስ እንቅልፍ ይነሷቸዋል።

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❖❖❖Massacre in The Mountains They Thought They’d Be Safe at a Church. Then The Soldiers Arrived❖❖❖ 😥😥😥

On November 30, they were joined by scores of religious pilgrims for the Orthodox festival of Tsion Maryam, an annual feast to mark the day Ethiopians believe the Ark of the Covenant was brought to the country from Jerusalem. The holy day was a welcome respite from weeks of violence, but it would not last.

A group of Eritrean soldiers opened fire on Maryam Dengelat church while hundreds of congregants were celebrating mass, eyewitnesses say. People tried to flee on foot, scrambling up cliff paths to neighboring villages. The troops followed, spraying the mountainside with bullets.

A CNN investigation drawing on interviews with 12 eyewitnesses, more than 20 relatives of the survivors and photographic evidence sheds light on what happened next.

The soldiers went door to door, dragging people from their homes. Mothers were forced to tie up their sons. A pregnant woman was shot, her husband killed. Some of the survivors hid under the bodies of the dead.

The mayhem continued for three days, with soldiers slaughtering local residents, displaced people and pilgrims. Finally, on December 2, the soldiers allowed informal burials to take place, but threatened to kill anyone they saw mourning. Abraham volunteered.

Under their watchful eyes, he held back tears as he sorted through the bodies of children and teenagers, collecting identity cards from pockets and making meticulous notes about their clothing or hairstyle. Some were completely unrecognizable, having been shot in the face, Abraham said.

Then he covered their bodies with earth and thorny tree branches, praying that they wouldn’t be washed away, or carried off by prowling hyenas and circling vultures. Finally he placed their shoes on top of the burial mounds, so he could return with their parents to identify them.

One was Yohannes Yosef, who was just 15.

“Their hands were tied … young children … we saw them everywhere. There was an elderly man who had been killed on the road, an 80-something-year-old man. And the young kids they killed on the street in the open. I’ve never seen a massacre like this and I don’t want to [again],” Abraham said.

“We only survived by the grace of God.”

Abraham said he buried more than 50 people that day, but estimates more than 100 died in the assault.

They’re among thousands of civilians believed to have been killed since November, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for resolving a long-running conflict with neighboring Eritrea, launched a major military operation against the political party that governs the Tigray region. He accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which ruled Ethiopia for nearly three decades before Abiy took office in 2018, of attacking a government military base and trying to steal weapons. The TPLF denies the claim.

The conflict is the culmination of escalating tensions between the two sides, and the most dire of several recent ethno-nationalist clashes in Africa’s second-most populous country.

After seizing control of Tigray’s main cities in late November, Abiy declared victory and maintained that no civilians were harmed in the offensive. Abiy has also denied that soldiers from Eritrea crossed into Tigray to support Ethiopian forces.

But the fighting has raged on in rural and mountainous areas where the TPLF and its armed supporters are reportedly hiding out, resisting Abiy’s drive to consolidate power. The violence has spilled over into local communities, catching civilians in the crossfire and triggering what the United Nations refugee agency has called the worst flight of refugees from the region in two decades.

The UN special adviser on genocide prevention said in early February that the organization had received multiple reports of “extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, looting, mass executions and impeded humanitarian access.”

Many of those abuses have been blamed on Eritrean soldiers, whose presence on the ground suggests that Abiy’s much-lauded peace deal with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki set the stage for the two sides to wage war against the TPLF — their mutual enemy.

The US State Department, in a statement to CNN, called for Eritrean forces to be “withdrawn from Tigray immediately,” citing credible reports of their involvement in “deeply troubling conduct.” In response to CNN’s findings, the spokesperson said “reports of a massacre at Maryam Dengelat are gravely concerning and demand an independent investigation.”

Ethiopia responded to CNN’s request for comment with a statement that did not directly address the attack in Dengelat. The government said it would “continue bringing all perpetrators to justice following thorough investigations into alleged crimes in the region,” but gave no details about those investigations.

“They were taking them barefoot and killing them in front of their mothers”

CNN has reached out for comment to Eritrea, which has yet to respond. On Friday, the government vehemently denied its soldiers had committed atrocities during another massacre in Tigray reported by Amnesty International.

The TPLF said in a statement to CNN that its forces were nowhere near Dengelat at the time of the massacre. It rejected that the victims could have been mistaken for being TPLF and called for a UN investigation to hold all sides accountable for atrocities committed during the conflict.

Still, the situation inside the country remains opaque. Ethiopia’s government has severely restricted access to journalists and prevented most aid from reaching areas beyond the government’s control, making it challenging to verify accounts from survivors. And an intermittent communications blackout during the fighting has effectively blocked the war from the world’s eyes.

Now that curtain is being pulled back, as witnesses fleeing parts of Tigray reach internet access and phone lines are restored. They detail a disastrous conflict that has given rise to ethnic violence, including attacks on churches and mosques.

For months, rumors spread of a grisly assault on an Orthodox church in Dengelat. A list of the dead began circulating on social media in early December, shared among the Tigrayan diaspora. Then photos of the deceased, including young children, started cropping up online.

Through a network of activists and relatives, CNN tracked down eyewitnesses to the attack. In countless phone calls — many disconnected and dropped — Abraham and others provided the most detailed account of the deadly massacre to date.

Eyewitnesses said that the festival started much as it had any other year. Footage of the celebrations from 2019 shows priests dressed in white ceremonial robes and crowns, carrying crosses aloft, leading hundreds of people in prayer at Maryam Dengelat church. The faithful sang, danced and ululated in unison.

As prayers concluded in the early hours of November 30, Abraham looked out from the hilltop where the church is perched to see troops arriving by foot, followed by more soldiers in trucks. At first, they were peaceful, he said. They were invited to eat, and rested under the shade of a tree grove.

But, as congregants were celebrating mass around midday, shelling and gunfire erupted, sending people fleeing up mountain paths and into nearby homes.

Desta, who helped with preparations for the festival, said he was at the church when troops arrived at the village entrance, blocking off the road and firing shots. He heard people screaming and fled, running up Ziqallay mountainside. From the rocky plateau he surveyed the chaos playing out below.

We could see people running here and there … [the soldiers] were killing everyone who was coming from the church,” Desta said.

Eight eyewitnesses said they could tell the troops were Eritrean, based on their uniforms and dialect. Some speculated that soldiers were meting out revenge by targeting young men, assuming they were members of the TPLF forces or allied local militias. But Abraham and others maintained there were no militia in Dengelat or the church.

Marta, who was visiting Dengelat for the holiday, says she left the church with her husband Biniam after morning prayers. As the newlyweds walked back to their relative’s home, a stream of people began sprinting up the hill, shouting that soldiers were rounding people up in the village.

She recalled the horrifying moment soldiers arrived at their house, shooting into the compound and calling out: “Come out, come out you b*tches.” Marta said they went outside holding their identity cards aloft, saying “we’re civilians.” But the troops opened fire anyway, hitting Biniam, his sister and several others.

“I was holding Bini, he wasn’t dead … I thought he was going to survive, but he died [in my arms].

The couple had just been married in October. Marta found out after the massacre that she was pregnant.

After the soldiers left, Marta, who said she was shot in the hand, helped drag the seven bodies inside, so that the hyenas wouldn’t eat them. “We slept near the bodies … and we couldn’t bury them because they [the soldiers] were still there,” she said.

Marta and other eyewitnesses described soldiers going house to house through Dengelat, dragging people outside, binding their hands or asking others to do so, and then shooting them.

Rahwa, who was part of the Sunday school group from Edaga Hamus and left Dengelat earlier than others, managing to escape being killed, said mothers were forced to tie up their sons.

“They were ordering their mothers to tie their sons’ hands. They were taking them barefoot and killing them in front of their mothers,” Rahwa said eyewitnesses told her.

Samuel, another eyewitness, said that he had eaten and drank with the soldiers before they came to his house, which is just behind the church, and killed his relatives. He said he survived by hiding underneath one of their bodies for hours.

“They started pushing the people out of their houses and they were killing all children, women and old men. After they killed them outside their houses, they were looting and taking all the property,” Samuel said.

As the violence raged, hundreds of people remained in the church hall. In a lull in the gunfire, priests advised those who could to go home, ushering them outside. Several of the priests were killed as they left the church, Abraham said.

With nowhere to run to, Abraham sheltered inside Maryam Dengelat, lying on the floor as artillery pounded the tin roof. “We lost hope and we decided to stay and die at the church. We didn’t try to run,” he said.

Two days later, the troops called parishioners down from the church to deal with the dead. Abraham said he and five other men spent the day burying bodies, including those from Marta’s household and the Sunday school children. But the troops forbid them from burying bodies at the church, in line with Orthodox tradition, and forced them to make mass graves instead — a practice that has been described elsewhere in Tigray.

“… most of them were eaten by vultures before they got buried, it was horrible”

Tedros Abraham shared photos and videos of the grave sites, which CNN geolocated to Dengelat with the help of satellite image analysis from several experts. The analysis was unable to conclusively identify individual graves, which witnesses said were shallow, but one expert said there were signs that parts of the landscape had changed.

The initial bloodshed was followed by a period of two tense weeks, Abraham said. Soldiers stayed in the area in several encampments, stealing cars, burning crops and killing livestock before eventually moving on.

Tedros, who was born in Dengelat and traveled there after the soldiers had left, said that the village smelled of death and that vultures were circling over the mountains, a sign that there may be more bodies left uncounted there.

“Some of them were also killed in the far fields while they were trying to escape and most of them were eaten by vultures before they got buried, it was horrible. [The soldiers] tied them and killed them in front of their doors, and they shot them in the head just to save bullets,” he said.

Tedros visited the burial grounds described by eyewitnesses and said he saw cracks in the church walls where artillery hit. In interviews with villagers and family members, he compiled a death toll of more than 70 people.

The families hope that the names of their loved ones, which Tedros, Abraham and others risked their lives to record, will eventually be read out at a traditional funeral ceremony at the Maryam Dengelat church — rare closure in an ongoing conflict.

Three months after the massacre, the graves in Dengelat are a daily reminder of the bloodshed for the survivors who remain in the village. But it has not yet been safe enough to rebury the bodies of those who died, and that reality is weighing on them.

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Axum Ethiopia: 24 Hours of Mass Executions & Unspeakable Violence, As Told by Witnesses

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 27, 2021

Axum is a historical city – an ancient site of pilgrimage in the Ethiopian region of Tigray.

But a vicious conflict arrived in this community on the morning of 28 November, and it was signaled by the crack of gunfire from the surrounding hills.

These shots would mark the beginning of 24 hours of unspeakable violence and mass executions, according to Amnesty International.

The human rights group has compiled evidence and testimony from more than 40 witnesses and says the allegations contained within its report may constitute crimes against humanity.

💭 Selected comments from SKY:

What happened in Tigray is very sad! The world is watching as nothing happened so much for Human rights propaganda by the west!

Abiy and isayas are bloody handed they must see their crime on international crime court

It is not only by Eritrean soldiers the amhara and ethiopia soldiers were also involved in Tigray genocide 😥

Eritrea government kills its own ppl so no wonder about this I’m from Eritrea 🇪🇷 that’s why ppl leave their own country.

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እኔ አንድ የአዲስ አበባ ልጅ ዛሬ በአዲስ አበባ ሰዶምና ገሞራ ላይ እሳት ቢዘንብባት አያስገርመኝም። አስነዋሪና አስቀያሚ ነዋሪዎች የበዙባት ከተማ ሆናለች።ሳዝናል!

ሙስሊሙ የሶማሌ ጋዜጠኛ ጃማል ኦስማን በነዋሪዎቿ ግድየለሽነትና ድንቁርና በጣም ሳይገረም የሚቀር አይመስለኝም፤ “ለክርስቲያን ኢትዮጵያ ቅድስት በሆነችው ከተማ በአክሱም ይህ ሁል ግፍ ሲደርስ የአዲስ አበባ ጋዜጦችና ሜዲያዎች ጸጥ ብለዋል፤ እንዴት?” ብሎ እራሱን የጠየቀ ይመስላል።

እስኪ የሚከተለው ሁኔታ ይታየን፤ ዛሬ አንድ አዲስ የሳውዲ መንግስት በሪያድ ስልጣኑን ይይዝና ጠቅላይ ሚንስትሩ ወዲያው ወደ ኢራን ቴህራን አምርቶ ከኢራን ሙላዎች ጋር የሰላም ስምምነት ይፈራረማል፤ ከዚያም በዚህ የተደነቀው የኖርዌዩ የኖቤል ሰላም ሸላሚ ኮሚቴ የ2021ን የሰላም ሽልማት ለአዲሱ የሳውዲ ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ለመስጠት ይወስናል። አሁን ጠቅላይ ሚንስትሩ ወደ ቴህራን፣ ኢስፋሃን እና ቆም እየሄደ ሲንሸራሸር፣ ሙላዎቹም ወደ መካና መዲና ይሽከረከራሉ። ሁለቱ ሃገራት ተገቢውን ዝግጅት ካደረጉ በኋላ በሁለት ዓመት ውስጥ የሳውዲው ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር በምዕራብ ሳውዲ አረቢያ ላይ ጦርነት ያውጅና የኢራንና የኤሚራቶችን ሰራዊት ወደ ሳውዲ አስገብቶ በመካ ላይ ጭፍጨፋ ያካሂዳሉ። የዓለም አቀፉ የሙስሊም ማህበረሰብ ምን ዓይነት ምላሽ ያሳይ ይሆን?

🔥 በነገራችን ላይ እ.አ.አ በ1979 ዓ.ም ላይ ኢራናውያኑ፡ ለእስልምና ልክ እንደ አክሱም ጽዮን ቅዱስ የሆነውን ታላቁን የመካን መስጊድ አጥቅተውት ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ተቆጣጥረውት ነበር

Jamal Osman is a reporter for Channel 4 News.

Jamal Osman is a multi-award winning journalist and filmmaker specialising sub-Saharan Africa. He has been working with ITN/Channel 4 News since 2008. Jamal has scooped interviews with Somali pirates, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group, Al-Shabab, exposed the illegal trade in UN food aid and told the struggles of Somali athletes training for the Olympics.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Prime Minister of Ethiopia was receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a conflict with Eritrea.

Today Amnesty International released a report accusing both the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments of working alongside each other to commit atrocities.

Ethiopia and Eritrea brought their two-decade long conflict with each other to an end in 2019.

Now it seems they have a common enemy in Tigray, an Ethiopian province along the border with Eritrea.

Amnesty says Eritrean forces massacred hundreds of civilians in the sacred city of Axum last November.

We report from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, and a warning: his report has distressing images from the start.

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Ethiopia’s War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says | የአማራ ዘር ማጽዳት ወንጀል በትግራይ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 27, 2021

🔥 የኢትዮጵያ ጦርነት በትግራይ ክልል ወደ ዘር ማፅዳት እያመራ እንደሆነ የአሜሪካ ዘገባ ይናገራል

👉 ገብርኤል 👉 ማርያም 👉 ኡራኤል 👉 ጊዮርጊስ 👉 ተክለ ሐይማኖት 👉 ዮሴፍ 👉 መድኃኔ ዓለም

From The New York Times

💭 “ከአማራ ክልል የመጡ ጎሰኛ ታጋዮች – ከትግራይ ጋር የረጅም ጊዜ ፉክክር ያለው ክልል – ምዕራብ ትግራይን በማጥለቅለቅ ሚስተር አብይ አካባቢውን እንዲይዝ በፍጥነት ረዱት፡፡”

የአሜሪካ መንግስት ባወጣው ዘገባ በአሁኑ ወቅት በአብዛኛው በአማራ ታጣቂዎች ቁጥጥር ስር በዋለው የምዕራብ ትግራይ አካባቢ ስላለው ሁኔታ አማራዎች የትግራይ ተወላጆችን በጦር ሽፋን ለማባረር እንደ ግልፅ ዘመቻ አድርገው መውሰዳቸውን ቁልጭ አድርጎ ያሳያል፡፡”

ሪፖርቱ በበርካታ ከተሞች ውስጥ የትግራይ ተወላጆች እንዴት ጥቃት እንደተሰነዘረባቸው እና ቤቶቻቸው እንደተዘረፉ እና እንደተቃጠሉ ያሳያል። አንዳንዶቹ ወደ ጫካ ሸሽተው ነበር; ሌሎች በህገወጥ መንገድ ወደ ሱዳን ተሻግረው ሌሎች ደግሞ ተሰብስበው ወደ ሌሎች የትግራይ አካባቢዎች በግዳጅ እንዲዛወሩ ተደርጓል ብሏል ዘገባው።”

አሁን ባለሙያዎች እንደሚሉት የጦር ወንጀሎች ሊሆኑ የሚችሉትን አስገድዶ መድፈርን ፣ ዝርፊያን እና እልቂትን ጨምሮ እጅግ ከባድ ክሶችን የሚጋፈጡት ኤርትራዊያን እና አማራ ተዋጊዎች ናቸው፡፡”

ዋይ! ዋይ!ዋይ! በህይወቴ እንደዚህ ወቅት “አማራን ነን” በሚሉት ቃኤላውያን ላይ አዝኜ፣ ተበሳጭቼ እና ተቆጥቼ አላውቅም።

እስኪ እንመልከተው፤ ላላፉት ሦስት ዓመታት በደቡብ ኢትዮጵያ እና አማራ በተባለው ክልል ሳይቀር አብዮት አህመድ አሊ በሚመራው የዋቄዮአላህ ጋላ መንግስት ሲበደሉና ብዙ ግፍ ሲደርስባቸው የነበሩት ኦሮሞ እና ተዋሕዶ ካልሆኑ ኢትዮጵያውያን መካከል አማራዎች ዋንኛዎቹ ነበሩ። እንደው ቅናት፣ ምቀኝነትና የበታችነት ስሜት ከፈጠረባቸው መንፈስ ወጥተው ካልሆነ በቀር ልሂቃኖቻቸው እንደሚሉት ላለፉት ሃያ ሰባት ዓመት ህወሃት ከአማራውም ከኦሮሞውም በይበልጥ ጎድቶ የነበረው የራሴ ነው የሚለውን የትግራይ ሕዝብን መሆኑን ያው እያየነው ነው። ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት እንግዲህ አማራውን እና ኦሮሞ ያልሆኑትን ኢትዮጵያውያንን እና ተዋሕዷውያንን ሲያፈናቅል፣ ሲያሳድድ፣ ሲያግትና ሲገድል የነበረው፤ ዛሬም የቀጠለው ኦሮሞው ነው።

በጣም የሚገርም እኮ ነው፤ (ስቶኮልም ሲንድሮም?) ጋላው አማራውን ከደቡብ ኢትዮጵያ እና አዲስ አበባ ይጠራርጋል፤ አማራው (ጋላማራው) ደግሞ ትግራውያንን ከአዲስ አበባ፣ ከጎንደርና ከራሳቸው ከትግራይ ክልል ሳይቀር ይጠራርጋል። የዋቄዮአላህ ልጅ ማህተብ ያሰረውን “ክርስቲያን” አማራ በደቡብ ኢትዮጵያ እና በአዲስ አበባ ያሳድዳል፤ ይህ ማህተብ ያሰረው “ክርስቲያን” አማራ ደግሞ ፊቱን ወደ ሰሜን አዙሮ “ወንድሞቹንና እህቶቹን” ማህተብ ያሰሩትን ክርስቲያን ትግራዋያን በሰሜን ኢትዮጵያ ያሳድዳል። አቤት ቅሌት! አቤት ሃጢአት!

ለካስ አማራው በደቡብ ኢትዮጵያ በጋሎቹ ግፍ ሲደርስበት እነ ገዱ አንዳርጋቸው ግድ ያልሰጣቸው፣ ሴት ተማሪዎች ከደምቢዶሎ ታግተው ሲሰወሩ እነ ዮሐንስ !’ያሉት ጋላው አብዮት አህመድ ትግራይን ለመውረርና ላሞቿንና በጎቿን ለመጨፍጨፍ ዕቅድ እንዳለው አስታውቋቸው ስለነበረ ነው። ለካስ ቧ!እያሉ ጂኒውን ሽመልስ አብዲሳን ካባ ያለበሱት ጋሎቹ ሁመራንና ወልቃይትን ለአማራ ለመሸለም ቃል ገብተውላቸው ስለ ነበር ነው።

ዛሬ የቃኤልን ወንበር የተረከበው አማራው ሐረርን፣ ናዝሬትን፣ ደብረዘይትን፣ አዲስ አበባን፣ መተከልንና ታግተው የተሰወሩትን ሴት ልጆቹን ከመጤዎቹ ጋሎች የባርነት ቀንበር አላቅቆ ነፃ በማውጣት ፈንታ ነፃ የወጣውን፣ ማህተብ ያሰረውንና ያልበደለውን ወንድሙን ለመግደል ወደ ትግራይ አመራ።

አሁን የጋላው ቁራ ሰሜኖቹን ድመቶች እርስ በርስ ካባላ በኋላ ጋሎቹን ወገኖቹን ከጦር ወንጀል ክስ ለማትረፍና ትግራውያኑን የአክሱ ጽዮን ልጆችም በመፍራትና ለማታለል “የድጋፍ ሰልፎችን” በውጩ ዓለም በማዘጋጀት ላይ ይገኛል። እንግዲህ እራሱ እየገደለና እያስገደለ እንደለመደው የትግራዋያኑን ጩኸት፣ ሃዘንና ለቅሶ በዚህ መልክ ለመስረቅ ይሞክራል ማለት ነው። ጎን ለጎን ደግሞ ጋሎቹን ከደሙ ንጹሕ አድርጎ አማራና ኤርትራውያን በጦር ወንጀልነት እንዲከሰሱ ያደርጋል። ዲያብሎሳዊ እባባዊነታቸውን እያየን ነው?!

👉 “አታላዩና አምታቹ ቁራ ነፃነትና ሕይወት አፍቃሪዎቹን ድመቶች እርስበርስ ሲያባላቸው”

👉 “አማራና ትግሬ ተባበሩ፤ የተነሳባችሁን ጠላት ቄሮ ቁራ በአንድነት አባርሩ”

💭 “In western Tigray ethnic fighters from Amhara — a region with a long rivalry with Tigray — flooded in, quickly helping Mr. Abiy capture the area.”

The American government report about the situation in western Tigray, an area now largely controlled by Amhara militias, documents in vivid terms what it describes as an apparent campaign to force out the ethnic Tigrayan population under the cover of war.”

The report documents how in several towns ethnic Tigrayans had been attacked and had their homes pillaged and burned. Some had fled into the bush; others crossed illegally into Sudan and still others had been rounded up and forcibly relocated to other parts of Tigray, the report said.”

Now it is the Eritreans and Amhara fighters who face the most serious accusations including rape, plunder and massacres that, experts say, could constitute war crimes.

👉 A confidential U.S. government report found that people in Tigray are being driven from their homes in a war begun by Ethiopia, an American ally — posing President Biden’s first major test in Africa.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Prime Minister of Ethiopia was receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a conflict with Eritrea.

Today Amnesty International released a report accusing both the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments of working alongside each other to commit atrocities.

Ethiopia and Eritrea brought their two-decade long conflict with each other to an end in 2019.

Now it seems they have a common enemy in Tigray, an Ethiopian province along the border with Eritrea.

Amnesty says Eritrean forces massacred hundreds of civilians in the sacred city of Axum last November.

We report from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, and a warning: his report has distressing images from the start.

Ethiopian officials and allied militia fighters are leading a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in Tigray, the war-torn region in northern Ethiopia, according to a confidential United States government report obtained by The New York Times.

The report, written earlier this month, documents in stark terms a land of looted houses and deserted villages where tens of thousands of people are unaccounted for.

Fighters and officials from the neighboring Amhara region of Ethiopia, who entered Tigray in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, are “deliberately and efficiently rendering Western Tigray ethnically homogeneous through the organized use of force and intimidation,” the report says.

“Whole villages were severely damaged or completely erased,” the report said.

In a second report, published Friday, Amnesty International said that soldiers from Eritrea had systematically killed hundreds of Tigrayan civilians in the ancient city of Axum over a 10-day period in November, shooting some of them in the streets.

The worsening situation in Tigray — where Mr. Abiy, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, launched a surprise military offensive in November — is shaping up to be the Biden’s administration first major test in Africa. Former President Donald J. Trump paid little attention to the continent and never visited it, but President Joseph R. Biden has promised a more engaged approach.

In a call with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday, Mr. Biden brought up the Tigray crisis. The two leaders discussed “the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crises in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the need to prevent further loss of life and ensure humanitarian access,” a White House statement said.

But thus far Mr. Biden and other American officials have been reluctant to openly criticize Mr. Abiy’s conduct of the war, while European leaders and United Nations officials, worried about reports of widespread atrocities, have been increasingly outspoken.

On Tuesday a European Union envoy, Finland’s foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, told reporters the situation in Tigray was “very out of control,” after returning from a fact-finding trip to Ethiopia and Sudan. The bloc suspended $110 million in aid to Ethiopia at the start of the conflict, and last month the E.U.’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, warned of possible war crimes in Tigray and said that the crisis was “unsettling” the entire region.

Ethiopia routinely dismisses critics of its campaign in Tigray as stooges of its foes in Tigray. But on Friday afternoon, in response to the Amnesty International report, Mr. Abiy’s office said it was ready to collaborate in an international investigation into atrocities in Tigray. The government “reiterates its commitment to enabling a stable and peaceful region,” it said in a statement.

Mr. Abiy’s office also claimed that Ethiopia has given “unfettered” access to international aid groups in Tigray — in contrast with U.N. officials who estimate that just 20 percent of the region can be reached by aid groups because of government-imposed restrictions.

The new U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, spoke with Mr. Ahmed by phone on Feb. 4 and urged him to allow humanitarian access to Tigray, the State Department said.

Alex de Waal, an expert on the Horn of Africa at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said it is time for the United States to urgently focus on the crisis in Tigray, before more atrocities are committed and the humanitarian crisis lurches toward a famine.

“What is needed is political leadership at the highest level, and that means the U.S.,” he said.

When the United States assumes the chair of the United Nations Security Council in March, Mr. de Waal said, it should use that position to bring international pressure to bear on the belligerents to step back from a ruinous conflict.

Mr. Abiy launched the Tigray campaign on Nov. 4 following months of tension with the regional ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which ruled Ethiopia with a tight grip for almost three decades until Mr. Abiy came to power in 2018.

But many of the worst abuses of the war have been blamed not on the Ethiopian military or the T.P.L.F. — whose armed wing is now known as the Tigray Defense Forces — but on the irregular and undeclared forces that have rallied behind Mr. Abiy’s military campaign.

Within weeks of the start of the conflict came the first reports that soldiers from Eritrea —Ethiopia’s bitter rival until the two countries reached a peace deal in 2018 — had quietly crossed into Tigray to assist Mr. Abiy’s overstretched federal forces.

In western Tigray ethnic fighters from Amhara — a region with a long rivalry with Tigray — flooded in, quickly helping Mr. Abiy capture the area.

Now it is the Eritreans and Amhara fighters who face the most serious accusations including rape, plunder and massacres that, experts say, could constitute war crimes.

The American government report about the situation in western Tigray, an area now largely controlled by Amhara militias, documents in vivid terms what it describes as an apparent campaign to force out the ethnic Tigrayan population under the cover of war.

The report documents how in several towns ethnic Tigrayans had been attacked and had their homes pillaged and burned. Some had fled into the bush; others crossed illegally into Sudan and still others had been rounded up and forcibly relocated to other parts of Tigray, the report said.

A woman is seen through the shattered windshield of a military truck that belonged to Tigrayan forces.

In contrast, towns with a majority Amharan population were thriving, with bustling shops, bars and restaurants, the report said.

The American report is not the first accusation of ethnic cleansing since the Tigray crisis erupted. But it does highlight how U.S. officials are quietly documenting those abuses, and reporting them to superiors in Washington.

The looming specter of mass hunger is also driving the sense of urgency over Tigray. At least 4.5 million people in the region urgently need food aid, according to the Tigray Emergency Coordination Center, which is run by Ethiopia’s federal government. Ethiopian officials say that some people have already died.

A document from Tigray’s regional government dated Feb. 2 and obtained by The Times notes that 21 people starved to death in the eastern Tigray district of Gulomokeda. Such numbers could be just the tip of the iceberg, aid officials warned.

“Today it could be one, two or three, but you know after a month it means thousands,” Abera Tola, the president of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, told reporters earlier this month. “After two months it will be tens of thousands.”

The political outrage over Tigray, though, especially among European lawmakers, is being fueled by the growing tide of accounts of human rights abuses.

The Amnesty International report published Friday asserts that Eritrean soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in Axum in November, shooting civilians in the street and conducting extrajudicial executions of men and boys. When the shooting stopped, residents who tried to remove the bodies from the street were fired upon, the report says.

Amnesty said the massacre was likely a crime against humanity. Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane G. Maeskel, rejected the report, calling it “transparently unprofessional.”

Axum, a city of ancient ruins and churches, holds great significance to followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox faith. When the Eritrean soldiers relented and allowed the bodies to be collected, hundreds were piled up in churches, including the Church of St. Mary of Zion, where many Ethiopians believe that the ark of the covenant — said to hold the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments — is housed.

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