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Tigrayan Bishop Decries ‘Devastating Genocidal War’ in Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 15, 2022

💭 My Note: Look how the US government has now started blaming the Tigrayan victims for attempting to Break the fascist Oromo regime’s two-year-old abusive Tigray Siege. This is today’s – the same /duplicated content since 2020– press statement from the State Department:

„We further call on the Tigrayan Defense Forces to cease provocative actions. The fighting since the August 24 operation by the Tigrayan Defense Forces near Kobo in the Amhara Region contributed to the return to hostilities, which greatly increases the risk of atrocities and further human rights abuses.„

Bishop Tesfaselassie Medhin has appealed for international help to address the humanitarian catastrophe that is occurring in his region.

A bishop living in the midst of what he calls a “devastating genocidal war” and humanitarian catastrophe in the Ethiopian region of Tigray has issued a heart-wrenching appeal for international help as he describes “horrifying acts of brutal crimes” and an unimaginable “magnitude of pain.”

In an Oct. 4 statement, Bishop Tesfaselassie Medhin of the Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat, in eastern Tigray, decried the extent of “extreme brutality,” adding that “no one can assume this magnitude of pain endured by the entire population, under siege and total blockage from all basic services for so long.”

In addition to the violence halting almost “all live-saving humanitarian operations” including food and basic supplies due to a continuing blockade by the Ethiopian government, Bishop Medhin said innocent civilians have faced “all-round attacks with drones and warplanes.”

These have targeted “crowded places, urban and semi-urban centers, marketplaces, health and education facilities,” he said, including a health center run by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul that has been helping thousands of Tigrayans, many of whom are starving children and mothers.

“It is very painful and shocking to see horrifying acts of brutal crimes, indiscriminate rain of artillery, shelling and bombardments of civilians, and then be unable to get support to treat them,” Bishop Medhin said in his appeal. “The continuous brutal shelling and air-bombardment” in Tigray’s northern and eastern border areas “are bringing incalculable destruction of lives and property,” he said.

The conflict in Tigray, which erupted in November 2020, has longstanding and complex causes rooted in a mix of power politics and ethnic rivalries in a territory prized for its copper and gold deposits.

In addition to the bloodshed, since June 2021 the Ethiopia government has imposed a blockade on the region, preventing communications and basic activities such as trade and banking among Tigray’s seven million citizens. This has led to a dire economic situation, food shortages and starvation, as well as obstructions to aid corridors and a ban on internal media reporting on what’s happening to the outside world.

The U.N. has said war crimes during the conflict — fought principally between local Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) and the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) helped by Eritrean and other forces — have been committed on all sides, but with the majority committed by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces.

Monasteries, clergy and faithful in the region, whose Christian heritage dates back to the fourth century, have also been attacked. Pope Francis has issued several appeals for peace on behalf of the Tigrayan people, almost all of whom are Orthodox faithful. Ethiopia as a whole has less than 500,000 Catholic faithful, many of them located in the highlands of Tigray.

Voice for the Voiceless’

Bishop Medhin, who has been issued a number of impassioned statements over the past year, referred in April to “genocidal massacres of civilians, rampant rape and gender-related violence, looting and burning of property, homes, destruction of places of worship (churches, mosques), economic installations, health institutions, schools, museums.”

Now he says the situation has worsened and noted difficulty in moving around the region due to “no fuel” and survivors of “brutal rape” being unable to receive care due to the blockade. He also said extensive criminal activity is an additional scourge, and over 1.5 million schoolchildren “have been deprived of their right to education for three years.”

In light of the widespread atrocities, Bishop Medhin appealed to local and international institutions to “exercise their moral duty” and be a “voice for the voiceless.” And he called on governments to become aware that this is currently the “largest active war” in the world, to “condemn these brutal genocidal acts,” and bring a “ceasefire and political dialogue to ensure lasting peace.”

A more detailed report on the suffering in Tigray was sent out to media by Vincentian Sister Medhin Tesfay, also from the Adigrat diocese, who wrote of “severely limited supplies and means of survival.” Since the blockade began, she said, Tigrayans have been brought to the brink of starvation partly due to “looting and destruction of farming equipment by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers.”

“On the streets of Tigray, it has become commonplace to see children folded over in hunger begging for bread and mothers desolately looking for anything to do to make sure that their children don’t perish,” Sister Medhin said. “Hundreds and thousands of desperate people knock on the doors of the Daughters of Charity seeking critical support. There are scores more starving in their homes forgoing food for days on end to make sure that the meagre supplies they have remaining help them last for as long as possible.”

War Crimes

In a Sept. 22 oral statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a non-governmental organization, agreed with the Council’s commission of experts on human rights in Ethiopia that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that “war crimes and crimes against humanity” have been committed “in several instances.”

They also concurred with the commission that the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and allied forces are responsible for “widespread and egregious acts of rape and sexual violence against Tigrayans throughout the course of the conflict,” while Tigrayan forces “have committed the same crimes, albeit on a smaller scale, targeting Amhara civilians and Eritrean refugees.”

“The ENDF and its allies have also used starvation as a weapon of war, as well as air and drone strikes on civilian structures, including hospitals, displaced persons camps, educational establishments and markets,” CSW’s oral statement continued, adding that there is enough evidence to suggest the Ethiopian government has been deliberately trying to “systematically destroy a people group.”

On Aug. 24, the ENDF launched a new, largescale military offensive involving “indiscriminate bombing and destruction.” CSW also noted that the first World Food Program airlift in over six weeks recently pulled 34 staff from the region and brought no humanitarian aid, despite an urgent appeal for insulin.

On Oct. 6, the European Parliament passed a resolution that included calling for an immediate ceasefire; condemning the Eritrean forces for invading Tigray and for war crimes and human rights; calling on both the Ethiopian and Tigrayan governments to ensure accountability for perpetrators of war crimes; and calling on EU Member States to impose sanctions against perpetrators.

The Tigrayan people are “living in fear day and night,” a priest who had fled the region told the Register Oct. 14. He also drew attention to a video, posted on social media, of a Tigrayan woman, whose father was killed in the conflict, confronting Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance at the World Bank. She held him responsible for many of the atrocities and accused him of visiting the institution to raise funds to buy more arms.

Holding On to Hope

Despite the worsening situation and encouraged by the power of the Cross, Sister Medhin said she and other Tigrayans continue to have “hope that the end to the war is near” and that “a new chapter for healing, peace and prosperity could be opened.”

“We welcome all who are moved to offer us support in giving our community a chance to survive, and all who can amplify our voice so that the suffering of innocents and the madness that has spread widely ends soon,” said Sister Medhin. “We will continue to pray for deliverance and our efforts to support those in need during their times of need.”



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በአንዳንድ የዓለም ክፍሎች በክርስቲያኖች ላይ የሚታየው ስቃይና መከራ የዘር ማጥፋት ደረጃ ላይ ደርሷል

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 13, 2019

የብሪታኒያ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚንስትር፡ ጀረሚ ሀንት በአለፈው ሳምንት አዲስ አበባን በጎበኘበት ወቅት ነበር ይህን ከብሪታኒያ መንግስት ያልተጠበቀ መግለጫ የሰጠው። (ኢትዮጵያን በሚጎበኝበት ወቅት (በተለይ የክርስትና ጠላት የሆነው ቢ ቢ ሲ) ይህን ማሳወቁ በአጋጣሚ አይደለም)

በዓለማችን በሚገኙ ሃምሳ ስምንት ሀገራት ውስጥ ክርስቲያኖች ከፍተኛ ስቃይና በደል እንዲሁም መገለል እንደሚደርስባቸው፤ ከእነዚህም መካከል ሃምሳዎቹ የሙስሊም ሀገራት መሆናቸው ተገልጿል።

በክርስቲያኖች ላይ ይፈጸማሉ የተባሉ በደሎችና ጭቆናዎችም፣ እምነታቸውን ወደ ክርስትና ለውጠዋል በመባል፣ ጋብቻን አስገድዶ መፈጸም፣ የአጠፍታ ጥውፊ ጥቃት፣ ዘረፋ፣ የአምልኮ ስፍራዎችንና መንፈሳዊ ምስሎችን፣ ቅርሶችንና ምልክቶችን ማውደም፣ አፈና፣ የሐሰት ክሶችን ማቅረብ፣ በሐይማኖት ጉዳይ ውስጥ ጣልቃ መግባት፣ በእምነት ተቋማት ላይ ቁጥጥር ማድረግና በሐይማኖት ነጻነት ላይ ገደብ መጣል ይገኙባቸዋል።

ከባድ የሐይማኖት ነጻነት ጥሰቶች ከሚካሄድባቸውና በክርስቲያኖች ላይ የከፋ ስቃይ ከሚያደረሱት ሙስሊም ሀገራት መካከል የሚከተሉት ይገኙበታል፦

ሳውድ አረቢያ፣ ባንግላደሽ፣ ሕንድ፣ ኢንዶኔዢያ፣ ኢራቅ፣ ሊቢያ፣ ኒጀር፣ ናይጀሪያ፣ ፓክስታን፣ ፍልስጤም፣ ሶሪያ፣ ሶማሊያ፣ ሱዳን፣ ቱርክመኒስታን፣ ኡዝቤክስታን፣ የመን፣ አልጀሪያ፣ አዘርባዣን፣ ብሩኔይ፣ ግብጽ፣ ኢራን፣ ካዛክስታን፣ ኪርጊዚስታን፣ ማልዲቭስ፣ ማውሪታኒያ፣ ኳታር፣ ታጂክስታን፣ ቱርክ።


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የግብጽ ቤተክርስቲያንን እንዲጠብቅ የተላከው ሙስሊም ፖሊስ ክርስቲያኖቹን ገደለ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 19, 2018

ከካይሮ በስተደቡብ፡ በሚኒያ አውራጃ ለተገደሉት ክርስቲያን አባትና ልጅ የተዘጋጀው ሌላ እንባ አስወራጅ የቀብር ስነሥርዓት

በግብጽ መንግስት አበረታችነት በየሳምንቱ ተመሳሳይ በደል እና ግድያ በኮፕት ወገኖቻችን ላይ ይካሄዳል፤ የመሀመዳውያኑ ወዳጅ የሆነው ሉሲፈራውያኑ ዓለም ፊቱን አዙሯል፣ ሜዲያዎች የፌንጣ ድምጽ እንኳን አያሰሙም፣ ክርስቲያን ነን የሚሉት የቡና፣ ጥምባሆና፣ ጫት ሱስ ባሪያዎች ከእምነት ወንድሞቻቸው እና እህቶቻቸው ጋር አብረው እንደመቆም ለደመነፍስ አጥፊዎቹ መሀመዳውያን ጠበቃ ሆነው ሲሟገቱላቸው ይሰማሉ። እስኪ መቼ ነው የኢትዮጵያ ሜዲያ “ግብጻውያን ክርስቲያኖች በሙስሊሞች ተገደሉ!„ “ቱርክ በሶርያ እና አረመን ክርስቲያኖች ላይ ጭፍጨፋ አካሄደች” የሚሉ ርዕሶችን የያዘ ዜና አቅርቦ የሚያውቀው? ለሶርያ እና ለምያንማር ሙስሊሞች ግን ተቆርቆሪዎች ሆነው በተገኘው አጋጣሚ ሁሉ በሰፊው ሲለፍፉ ይሰማሉ። ግብዞች!

ለእነዚህ አረመኔ የዲያብሎስ ልጆች መልሱን መስጠት የምትችለው ኢትዮጵያ ብቻ ነበረች። የቀደሙት አባቶቻችን፦ “ዋ! ክርስቲያን ወንድሞቻችንና እህቶቻችንን ትነኩ እና ወዮላችሁ አባይን እንገድበዋለን፣ በአጻፋውም ኢትዮጵያ ያሉትን ሙስሊሞች እንበድላቸዋልን” በማለት መሀመዳውያኑን ሲያስፈራሯቸው ክርስቲያኖች ሰላም ያገኙ ነበር፣ አብያተክርስቲያናት ወዲያው እንዲሰሩ ይፈቀድላቸው ነበር።

የአሁኖቹ መሪዎቻችን ግን አላስፈላጊ ለግብጻውያኑ በማጎብደድ “አትፍሩ፣ ግድቡ መቼም አያልቅም፣ ሙስሊሞቹን አይሻንና ካዲጃንም ስልጣን ላይ እናስቀምጣቸዋለን፣ የሠራዊታችን መሪዎች እናደርጋቸዋለን፡ አይዞን!” ይሏቸዋል። በዚህም የተበረታቱት ግብጻውያን ሙስሊሞች ኮፕት ክርስቲያን ወገኖቻችንን ይጨፈጭፋሉ፣ አብያተክርስትያናቶቻቸውን ያፈራርሱባቸዋል። በአገራችንም ሳይቀር ተመሳሳይ ድርጊት እንዲጀምሩ አደፋፍሯቸዋል።

በዚህ የገና በዓል ሰሞን ክርስቲያኖች በጥሞና ሊያተኩሩበት የሚገባ ጉዳይ፡ ቱርክ ጥንታውያን ክርስቲያን ወንድሞቻችን እና እህቶቻችን በሆኑት አርመኖች እና ሶርያውያን ላይ የመጨረሻውን የጭፍጨፋ ዘመቻ ለማካሄድ እየተዘጋጀች መሆኑ ነው። ያው በዛሬው ዕለት አሜሪካ ወታደሮቿን ከሶርያ እንደምታወጣ አስታውቃለች። ይህ ማለት ክርስቲያኖች በተከማቹበት የሰሜኑ የሶሪያ ክፍል ለፀረክርስቶሷ ቱርክ ሠራዊት በሩ ተከፈተ ማለት ነው። ከዚያ በኋላ ዘመቻው ወደ እናት ኢትዮጵያ እንደሚያመራ አንጠራጠር። የፀረክርስቶሱ ሠራዊት እንደ አገራችን ተራራማ የሆነ መልክዐምድር ባላት በአፍጋኒስታን ለ18 ዓመታት በመለማመድ ላይ ይገኛሉ።

[መዝሙረ ዳዊት ምዕራፍ ፵፬፥፩፡፯]

አቤቱ፥ በጆሮአችን ሰማን፥ አባቶቻችንም በዘመናቸው በቀድሞ ዘመን የሠራኸውን ሥራ ነገሩን።

እጅህ አሕዛብን አጠፋች፥ እነርሱንም ተከልህ፤ አሕዛብን ሣቀይኻቸው አሳደድኻቸውም።

በሰይፋቸው ምድርን አልወረሱም ክንዳቸውም አላዳናቸው፤ ቀኝህና ክንድህ የፊትህም ብርሃን ነው እንጂ ወድደሃቸዋልና።

አምላኬና ንጉሤ አንተ ነህ፤ ለያዕቆብ መድኃኒትንህ እዘዝ።

በአንተ ጠላቶቻችንን እንወጋቸዋለን፥ በስምህም በላያችን የቆሙትን እናዋርዳቸዋለን።

በቀስቴ የምታመን አይደለሁምና፥ ሰይፌም አያድነኝምና፤

አንተ ግን ከጠላቶቻችን አዳንኸን፥ የሚጠሉንንም አሳፈርሃቸው።


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የግብጽ መሀመዳውያን “አላህ ዋክባር!” እያሉ በመጮህ ኮፕት ወገኖቻችንን ከቤተክርስቲያናቸው አስወጧቸው

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በቅዳሴ ሥነ ስርዓት ላይ ተገኝተው የነበሩትን ክርስቲያን ወንድሞቻችን እና እህቶቻችንን ፀሎታቸውን አቋርጠው እንዲወጡ አስገደዷቸው። ቪዲዮው ላይ እንደሚታየው ኮፕቶቹ መንገድ ላይ ሆነው ብሶታቸውን በሰላማዊ ቁጣ ለእግዚአብሔር ሲያቀርቡ ይሰማሉ።

አስቡት በተገላቢጦሽ አዲስ አበባ ላይ ክርስቲያኖች ሙስሊሞቹን ከአዳዲሶቹ መስጊዶች እንዲህ ቢያደርጓቸው ደካሞቹ ሙስሊሞች ምን ልያደርጉ እንደሚችሉ።

ሁለት ሺህ አምስት መቶ የሚሆኑት የቆርሁም አልረሃብ መንደር ክርስቲያኖች እስካሁን አንድም ቤተክርስቲያን የላቸውም፤ ቅዳሴ በየቤታቸው ነበር የሚያደርጉት፤ አሁን አንድ የቤተክርስቲያን ሕንፃ እንዲሠሩ ቢፈቅድላቸው ያው የአካባቢው መሀመዳውያኑ ወረሯቸው።

ቆሻሾች! ክፉ የሰይጣን አምልኮት እስላም!

CHRISTIANITY CRACKDOWN: Church ATTACKED by mob – ‘It happens every day’

A CHRISTIAN church in Egypt was forced to close on Sunday after an attack by Islamic extremists.

Christians at the church in Koum Al-Raheb prayed on the street following the attack. The place of worship is one of many that have fallen victim to attacks from Islamic extremists, as they believe the church is not part of the Islamic country. Anti-persecution charity International Christian Concern (ICC) learned about the attack and said the church in Koum Al-Raheb recently opened a new building which serves 2,500 Coptic Christians.

To Islamic cheers of “Allahu Akbar”, literally Allah is the Greatest, groups of Muslim villagers had on Monday 10 December, waged attacks against the houses of the Copts in the village of Kom al-Raheb, pelting them with stones and thumping at doors and windows.

They were livid that the Copts had a day earlier, Sunday 9 December, opened a new church building and celebrated Holy Mass inside. The police arrived and demanded immediate closure of the unlicensed church. The Copts persuaded the police to wait for Mass to conclude before closing the building, which they did and confiscated its keys.

Monday morning, local government employees arrived to the church to cut off water and electricity from the building through removing the electricity and water meters, a standard measure taken against unlicensed buildings. The village Copts gathered around the church to oppose this procedure, and stood praying out loud in the street in front of the four storey building.

According to the village priest who asked for his name to be withheld, the new church would have served the village’s 2500 Copts, since the village includes no church. He said that fundamentalist Muslims had used the local mosque’s microphone to rally the village Muslims against the Copts.

The building is now closed and dependent on the outcome of a reconciliation session meaning local Christians have no access to the church.

A local carpenter named Sobhi told the ICC: “It’s a hard time. We don’t know what we should do. How does the government permit us to open new churches and then force us to close churches? We barely open churches, and the police don’t want to keep us safe.”

A Bible student called Karim told the ICC that Egypt’s constitution states the country’s religion is Islam.

He said: “With this item in the constitution, it gives the idea to radical Muslims that having a church is not part of the Islamic country and that Christians are not part of the Islamic community.”

Isaac Ibrahim from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said the attack was a “result of the state’s adoption of clear discriminatory policies and there is no desire to change. What happened is a single pattern, a prayer begins and then demonstration starts”.



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