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Ethiopian Soldiers, Armed With Guns & Grenades Raided a Hospital Because They Spoke to CNN

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 18, 2021

ጠመንጃና የእጅ ቦምብ የታጠቁ የኢትዮጵያ ወታደሮች አንድ ሆስፒታል ወረሩ፤ ሐኪሞች ለ ሲ.ኤን.ኤን ስለ ተናገሩ። ዋው!

ጎበዟና ጀግናዋ ሱዳናዊት ጋዜጠኝ ሕይወቷን መስዋዕት ለማድረግ በመወሰን በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ የሚደረገውን ጭፍጨፋ ለዓለም ታሳውቃለች። የእኛዎቹ ጋዜጠኞች፣ ፖለቲከኞች፣ “መንፈሳውያን” የሞቀ ቤታቸው ቁጭ ብለው የቡና ቤት ወሬ ከማውራትና ኬመቀበጣጠር አልፈው ዓለም ስለዚህ የዘር ማጥፋት ዘመቻ እንዳያውቅ ይሻሉ፤ እንዲያውም የአረመኔዎቹን ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ ኦሮሞ ሰአራዊት፣ የኢሳያስ አፈቆርኪ አህዛብ ቤን አሚር ሰአራዊት እና የአማራ አህዛብ ሚሊሺያዎች እየፈጸሙ ያሉትን ጭካኔ የሚያጋልጥ ሰው ሲወጣ በድንጋይ ይወግሩታል። የሲ. ኤን. ኤን ተመልካቾችም “ኢትዮጵያውያን ነን” ከሚሉት ወገኖች የተሻለ ሰብዓዊነትን በአስተያየቶቻቸው ያሳያሉ። እግዚኦ! ጨካኝና ፋሺስታዊ የሆነ ትውልድ በኢትዮጵያ ነግሷል። “ጦርነቱ ይቁም!” የሚል እንኳ አንድም “ኢትዮጵያዊ ነኝ” ባይ አለመኖሩ ትውልዱ ምን ያህል መውደቁንና ለጥምንብ አንሳ አህዛብ ቀለብ ለመሆንም እንደተዘጋጀ ያሳየናል!

Ethiopian soldiers armed with machine guns, sniper rifles and grenades raided a hospital in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern Tigray region earlier this week in retribution, doctors say, for a CNN investigation that revealed Ethiopian and Eritrean troops were blocking humanitarian aid to patients there.

Medical staff at the University Teaching and Referral Hospital in the besieged city of Axum, in Tigray’s central zone, said that the soldiers stormed the hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning, raiding the student dormitory, doctors and patient wards, contaminating the operating room and stopping all surgical operations.

The troops returned again on Monday, after some medical staff and patients fled, searching for people they accused of “tarnishing the country’s image” in news reports, doctors speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN. The soldiers demanded a “list of the names of doctors who will not cooperate with the military’s investigation into the hospital.”

The international medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) confirmed the incident to CNN, saying that several soldiers went “ward by ward looking for patients, intimidating caretakers and threatening health staff.”

In spite of the threats, medical staff said they don’t regret speaking out. “I feel like I’m living on an isolated planet, with no law or order. The world must open its eyes that people in Tigray are living in anarchy,” staff at Axum University Teaching and Referral Hospital said in a statement.

CNN has reached out to the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office for comment.

In April, a CNN team reporting from Tigray with the permission of Ethiopian authorities witnessed Eritrean soldiers — some disguising themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms — blocking aid to desperate populations more than a month after Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize winning leader Abiy Ahmed pledged to the international community that they would leave.

On April 21, after being thwarted repeatedly by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops, the team traveled from the regional capital Mekelle to the historic city of Axum, two weeks after it had been sealed off by the military. An aid convoy also made the seven-hour journey.

Inside the Axum University Teaching and Referral Hospital, CNN interviewed medical workers who detailed the disastrous effects of the blockade — essential supplies were so perilously low that some staff had begun donating blood. They asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, but requested that CNN identify the hospital so that people in the region knew they were still operating.

At the time, CNN also witnessed gun-toting troops roaming the corridors of the hospital, dropping off wounded soldiers and threatening medical staff, who were trying to treat a grim array of trauma from shrapnel, bullets, stabbings and rapes.

On Tuesday, after 48 hours of raids by Ethiopian soldiers, only a few patients — those who were unable to move — remained in their beds.

One doctor, who is still at the hospital, told CNN over text message they are living in fear of what will happen when the soldiers next return.

“Everyone in the hospital is now helpless, with either detention or death looming at any point in the future from now.”

The United Nations on Thursday confirmed that “blockades by military forces” had severely impeded the ability for assistance to reach rural areas of Tigray where the humanitarian crisis is worst. The report has also triggered condemnation in recent days from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and ratcheted up a bi-partisan push for the Biden administration to enact sanctions.

In a rare public statement on their activities in Tigray, Mari Carmen Viñoles, head of the emergency unit of MSF, told CNN the organization was “very concerned about the frequent violations of the neutrality of the medical mission by armed groups.”

👉 Selected Comments from CNN channel:

💭 Rebecca Mæd

Even the stones cry out for their painful sorrows. Why must humans create such horrors? 😞 “

💭 Kristi Stevens

May the ancestors and Gods help these people. Our hearts are with them.”

💭 Stanley Glover

Thank you for bringing Ethiopia’s callous blood letting to our screens . My heart aches for these poor, defenseless , old and children being deliberately murdered by the evil regimes in Addis Ababa and Massawa😩😭”

💭 M Anderson

This type of horrible crimes towards innocent people make you wonder just how awful human beings can be to one another. And why???

💭 Redacted

This is madness, one can only imagine the suffering off camera. Miss Elbagir and her team demonstrated bravery and empathy in the face of death; Exemplary journalists of the past would be proud.“

💭 Kristi Stevens

Is there any way to help that girl? I would proudly foster her or any of the kids. How can we help????”

💭 SA Doherty

You are one extraordinarily brave lady Nima, as well as your team–totally courageous, all of you. Massive props to all of you!!

And my God, the inhumanity is just brutal, devastating and absolutely heartbreaking. I pray for the Ethiopian people and victims of this cruel and murderous force. May they get what they deserve!!”

💭 Bb Sen

Thank you for reporting this heartbreaking story for the whole world.”

💭 Daniel Hostetler

The cruelty of man is limitless…truly heartbreaking! The World must respond!”

💭 Sylvia Carmichael

Sorry for your losses my heart is with these people, I don’t understand how humans could do this to others, they are the ones who don’t deserve to exist.”

💭 Simon

This piece deserves an Emmy!”

💭 Brook Tu

The reporter, Nima Elbagir, is an incredibly brave woman. So calm, and polite, in the face of danger.

That’s one tough lady. And the story she presents is, both, enlightening and heart-breaking. She should get an award, even if it’s only ‘Employee of the Month’.”

💭 Gods Vibes

God Please Send Heavenly Support to These People 💟, Your Children Heavenly Father. Remove the Anger from my Heart towards these Evil Men. I Send the Parents and Children My Unconditional Love.

Mankind will never learn what Love is until we love all people on the planet.”

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Tigray Six Months into Northern Ethiopia’s Shadow War its Atrocities Are Becoming Harder to Hide

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 15, 2021

For the last six months, communications blackouts and appalling access for human rights researchers and journalists alike have shrouded a conflict raging across the Tigray Region.

But as tens of thousands of Eritrean and Ethiopian national army troops have battled forces loyal to the regional government of Tigray, information has slowly and surely leaked out.

Continuing Atrocities and Denial of Humanitarian Access in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

US Department of State PRESS STATEMENT

The United States is gravely concerned by the increasing number of confirmed cases of military forces blocking humanitarian access to parts of the Tigray region. This unacceptable behavior places the 5.2 million people in the region in immediate need of humanitarian assistance at even greater risk. The United States unequivocally calls upon the Governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia to take all necessary steps to ensure that their forces in Tigray cease and desist this reprehensible conduct. We also again call on all parties to comply with obligations under international humanitarian law, including those relevant to the protection of civilians, and to cease immediately all hostilities and allow relief to reach those suffering and in greatest need of assistance. The Ethiopian government should lead in this regard and immediately facilitate full and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to all parts of the Tigray region.

There are many credible reports of armed forces in Tigray committing acts of violence against civilians, including gender-based violence and other human rights abuses and atrocities. The conduct of the Eritrean Defense Forces and Amhara regional forces have been particularly egregious. The continued presence of Eritrean forces in Tigray further undermines Ethiopia’s stability and national unity. We again call upon the Government of Eritrea to remove its forces from Tigray. Both Eritrean and Ethiopian authorities have repeatedly promised such a withdrawal, but we have seen no movement towards implementation. We equally urge the Government of Ethiopia to withdraw Amhara regional forces from the Tigray region and ensure that effective control of western Tigray is returned to the Transitional Government of Tigray. Prime Minister Abiy and President Isais must hold all those responsible for atrocities accountable.

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Oromo Soldiers of The Hijacked Ethiopian Nation Abusing Tigrayan Youth

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 15, 2021

💭 የተጠለፈችዋ ኢትዮጵያ ኦሮሞ ወታደሮች የትግራይ ወጣት ሲበድሉ።

ተመሳሳይና ከዚህ የከፉም ቪዲዮዎች በጣም ብዙ ናቸው። የካሜራ ዓይን ውስጥ ያልገቡ ግፎችማ ምን ያህል ብዙ ሊሆኑ እንደሚችሉ መገመት አያዳግትም። 😠😠😠 😢😢😢

እነዚህ የስጋ ማንነትና ምንነት ያላቸው ወራሪዎች የመንፈሳዊ ማንነትና ምንነት ላለው ለትግራይ ሕዝብ ያላቸው ጥላቻ ስር-ሰደድ ነው፣ ዘረመል ነው። ይታየን፤ የትግራይ ወታደሮች በጂማ ወይም በነቀምት ተመሳሳይ ጽንፈኛ ተግባር ቢፈጽሙ ኖሮ “ሁሌ ተበዳዮች” ኦሮማራዎች ለወራት ቁራዊ የእዬዬ ጩኸታቸውን ባስከተሉ ነበር።

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US Congress Pushes Biden Administration to Enact Sanctions over Tigray Conflict

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 13, 2021

Congressional leaders have called for sanctions to be put in place to pressure Ethiopian and Eritrean forces to withdraw from Tigray.

US congressmen specifically hammered Ethiopia and Eritrea for failing to live up to their March agreement to remove Eritrean forces from Tigray.

The US Congress is pressuring the Biden administration to place sanctions on human rights abusers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, pointing to the continued failure of Ethiopian and Eritrean forces to withdraw from the region.

“We understand that the Biden administration is reviewing all options, but nothing has been announced or finalised, which is why we are pushing them on this,” a congressional aide told The National on Wednesday. “It has been over six months since the conflict started.”

The Democratic chairman and top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee – Gregory Meeks of New York and Mike McCaul of Texas – are leading the bipartisan push to convince the Biden administration to use its authorities under the Global Magnitsky Act to levy sanctions on those violating human rights in the Tigray conflict.

“The administration has ample authority from Congress to impose sanctions and other means of financial pressure – they just need to do it,” said the congressional staffer.

Mr Meeks and Mr McCaul doubled down on the issue earlier this week with a joint statement urging the Biden administration to “use all available tools, including sanctions and other restrictive measures, to hold all perpetrators accountable and bring an end to this conflict”.

They specifically hammered Ethiopia and Eritrea for failing to live up to their March agreement to remove Eritrean forces from Tigray.

“We are deeply concerned by the failure of the government of Ethiopia and the government of the state of Eritrea to honour their public commitments to withdraw Eritrean forces from Ethiopia,” they said in the statement. “The continued presence of Eritrean forces, who have been credibly implicated in gross violations of human rights in Tigray, is a major impediment to resolving this conflict.”

The congressmen referred to “mounting reports of atrocities against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence, at the hands of Ethiopian and Eritrean forces and other armed groups”.

Jeffrey Feltman, the US envoy for the Horn of Africa, is in the region this week to mediate the Tigray crisis as well as Ethiopia’s dispute with Sudan and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who has said that “ethnic cleansing” is taking place in Tigray, personally called on Ethiopian and Eritrean forces to withdraw from the region during a phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed earlier this month.

The State Department did not reply to The National’s repeated requests for comment on its Tigray sanctions review.

Mr Meeks and Mr McCaul first raised the prospect of sanctions over the Tigrayconflict in a letter to Mr Blinken in March.

“We urge the administration to utilise all available tools, including Global Magnitsky authorities and other targeted sanctions, to hold parties accountable for their actions to bring an end to this crisis,” the congressmen wrote at the time.

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Fake PhD – A Notorious Plagiarist – Fake PM – Evil Monster Abiy Ahmed Ali

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 13, 2021

😈King of Fools Quasimodo😈

😈የሰነፎች/ሞኞች ንጉስ ኳሲሞዶ😈

✞✞✞በመለኮት ቅድስት ሥላሴ ይህ የሚተነኳኰለን፣ ወንድማማቾችን እርስበር የሚያባለው፣ ጠበኛ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ የተባለ ጠላታችን ይጠፋልን ዘንድ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል ይውጋው፣ በተሳለ የመለኮት ሰይፍ አንገቱን ያጣጋው በአምልኮትና በፍጹም ምስጋና

በሥላሴ ስም አሜን!✞✞✞

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CNN | Eritrean Troops Disguised as Ethiopian Military Are Blocking Critical Aid in Tigray

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 12, 2021

🔥 Cruelty at its peak! 😈 Abiy Ahmed Ali & Isaias Afewerki 😈 are the most evil monsters of the planet. It’s mind-blowing and disappointing that The U.S. Department of State is sending the special envoy to these two war criminals! Are they working for them?

🔥 የጭካኔ ድርጊት በከፍታው ላይ!😈 አብይ አህመድ አሊ እና ኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ 😈 የፕላኔቷ እጅግ መጥፎ ጭራቆች ናቸው፡፡ የአሜሪካ የውጭ ጉዳይ መስሪያ ቤት ልዩ መልዕክተኛውን ወደ እነዚህ ሁለት የጦር ወንጀለኞች መላኩ አእምሮን የሚንጥ እና የሚያሳዝን ነው! ለእነሱ እየሠሩ ስለሆነ ነውን?

Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a month after the country’s Nobel Peace Prize winning leader pledged to the international community that they would leave.

A CNN team traveling through Tigray’s central zone witnessed Eritrean soldiers, some disguising themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms, manning checkpoints, obstructing and occupying critical aid routes, roaming the halls of one of the region’s few operating hospitals and threatening medical staff.

Despite pressure from the Biden administration, there is no sign that Eritrean forces plan to exit the border region anytime soon.

On April 21, a CNN team reporting in Tigray with the permission of Ethiopian authorities traveled from the regional capital Mekelle to the besieged city of Axum, two weeks after it had been sealed off by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers. An aid convoy also made the seven-hour journey.

Ethiopia’s government has severely restricted access to the media until recently, and a state-enforced communications blackout concealed events in the region, making it challenging to gauge the extent of the crisis or verify survivors’ accounts.

But CNN’s interviews with humanitarian workers, doctors, soldiers and displaced people in Axum and across central Tigray — where up to 800,000 displaced people are sheltering — indicate the situation is even worse than was feared. Eritrean troops aren’t just working hand in glove with the Ethiopian government, assisting in a merciless campaign against the Tigrayan people, in some pockets they’re fully in control and waging a reign of terror.

The testimonies, shared at great personal risk, present a horrifying picture of the situation in Tigray, where a clash between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in November has deteriorated into a protracted conflict that, by many accounts, bears the hallmarks of genocide and has the potential to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region.

Sign at Axum Referral Hospital. ???Blood Campaign, for mothers, for children, for all those that need it.???

Ethiopian security officials working with Tigray’s interim administration told CNN that the Ethiopian government has no control over Eritrean soldiers operating in Ethiopia, and that Eritrean forces had blocked roads into central Tigray for over two weeks and in the northwestern part of the region for nearly one month.

As the war and its impact on civilians deepens, world leaders have voiced their concern about the role of Eritrean forces in exacerbating what US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to spokesperson Ned Price, has described as a “growing humanitarian disaster.” In a phone call with Abiy on April 26, Blinken pressed Ethiopia and Eritrea to make good on commitments to withdraw Eritrean troops “in full, and in a verifiable manner.”

CNN’s efforts to reach Axum were thwarted by both Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers multiple times over several days.

On one of the first attempts, the CNN team encountered what it later learned was the aftermath of a grenade attack, where a group of local residents were flagging down cars, warning passersby not to go any further. But before we reached the scene, a large army truck drove up and parked sideways, blocking the road. Our cameraman got out of the car and started filming only to be confronted by Ethiopian soldiers, who threatened the team with detention, demanding that we hand over the camera and delete the footage. But we refused and were able to conceal the footage until we were eventually released.

On another occasion, CNN was turned back by an Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) Command operating out of a former USAID distribution center in the outskirts of the city of Adigrat, where several trucks laden with sacks of desperately needed food sat languishing in the hot sun. The aid, bound for communities in Tigray’s starved central zone, had been stopped from going any further despite daily phone calls from humanitarian workers pleading for access.

Even after being granted entry to Axum by the Ethiopian military, CNN’s path was obstructed by Eritrean troops controlling a checkpoint on a desolate mountain top overlooking Adigrat. The forces were wearing a mixture of their official light-colored Eritrean Defence Forces (EDF) fatigues and a woodland camouflage with a green beret, which military experts verified as tallying with old Ethiopian army uniforms.

Hannibal ??? Shot in the leg as he was sitting on his mother???s lap. Shown here at Axum referral hospital where he is receiving treatment.

It is one of the first visual confirmations of reports — relayed in recent weeks by the UN’s top humanitarian official Mark Lowcock and US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield — that Eritrean soldiers are disguising their identities by re-uniforming as Ethiopian military, in what Thomas-Greenfield described as a move to “remain in Tigray indefinitely.”

CNN was informed by aid agencies that they had also been turned back by Eritrean soldiers manning the same checkpoint. Ethiopian military sources in the region confirmed to CNN that Eritrean soldiers were in control of key checkpoints along the route to Axum. The military sources said they had requested multiple times for the Eritreans to allow cars and convoys through, but had been refused.

CNN has reached out to the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments for comment.

After repeated phone calls to Ethiopian central government and senior military officials, CNN was finally allowed into Axum on its fourth try. On the same day, international medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres demanded that the 12-day blockade of the road into Axum be lifted.

Many aid agencies are still being barred from the besieged city, where one of the few hospitals operating for miles is running out of essential supplies, including oxygen and blood, humanitarian workers working in the region told CNN.

On arrival at the Axum University Teaching and Referral Hospital, patients are greeted by a sign asking for blood.

7 yearold Latebrahan Fessahaatsion, from Chilla, 100 Kms from Axum near border of Eritrea where famine has arrived.

The medical staff we spoke to asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, but requested that CNN identify their hospital — they say that they want people to know that they are still here.

Inside one of the under-resourced examination rooms, a malnourished 7-year-old was lying on a gurney, wrapped in a blanket to cushion her fragile skin. Latebrahan’s emaciated legs could no longer hold her weight and she lay wide-eyed, staring up at the crowd of doctors gathered around her bed.

The medical team were doing their best to keep her alive, but they had run out of a therapeutic feeding agent due to the blockade, the only way to help her gain weight without disturbing her delicate system.

Latebrahan’s father, Girmay, who asked to be identified only by his first name, told CNN the journey from their home in Chila, around 60 miles north of Axum, near the border with Eritrea, had been dangerous and costly.

“There is no help, no food, nothing. I didn’t have a choice though — look at her,” Girmay said.

Like many other rural border towns, Chila has been blocked off from receiving aid since the conflict began six months ago. Humanitarian workers say famine could have already arrived there and they would have no way of knowing.

“Based on guesswork there is a sense that in these areas that we are not able to access, out in the countryside for instance, places are falling into pockets of famine. But we’re not able to verify that and that’s part of the problem,” Thomas Thompson, the UN World Food Programme’s emergency coordinator, told CNN.

The fighting erupted during the autumn harvest season following the worst invasion of desert locusts in Ethiopia in decades. The conflict has plunged Tigray even further into severe food insecurity, and the deliberate blockade of food risks mass starvation, a recent report by the World Peace Foundation warned. The Ethiopian government itself estimates that at least 5.2 million people out of 5.7 million in the region are in need of emergency food assistance.

USAID handing out aid in the town of Hawzen. They hadn???t had much-needed aid here for 2 months.

Eritrean soldiers have been blocking and looting food relief in multiple parts of Tigray, including in Samre and Gijet, southwest of Mekele, according to a leaked document from the Emergency Coordination Centre of Tigray’s Abiy-appointed interim government obtained by CNN. In a PowerPoint presentation dated April 23, the center states that Eritrean soldiers have also started showing up at food distribution points in Tigray, looting supplies after “our beneficiaries became frightened and [ran] away.”

That report was corroborated by humanitarian workers in Tigray, who said they had “protection” issues around distributing aid in some areas as civilians were later robbed of the aid by Eritrean soldiers. Emily Dakin, who leads the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team in Tigray, also told CNN that she had received reports of health centers being looted, which was “contributing to some of the dysfunctionality of the hospitals.”

Eritrea’s Minister of Information Yemane Meskel has rejected these claims.

Eritrea’s power in the region feels absolute even in the Axum Teaching Hospital, where Eritrean soldiers are among the gun-toting troops roaming the corridors, dropping off wounded soldiers and threatening medical staff. It is a terrifying scene for patients, many of whom say they were injured either directly or indirectly by soldiers.

One doctor, who asked not to be named, told CNN that the siege had prompted a surge in patients. In addition to cases of malnutrition like Latebrahan, doctors and nurses are treating a grim array of trauma from shrapnel, bullets, stabbings and rapes. In a desperate attempt to keep pace with demand, medical workers have also begun donating blood.

But despite this, there wasn’t enough blood on hand to save one young woman, who had been attacked by soldiers who tried to rape her.

The doctor treating the woman told CNN that the hospital had seen a spike in sexual assault cases over recent weeks, but that the rise was just “the tip of the iceberg,” as many were too scared to seek medical services.

An alarming number of women are being gang-raped, drugged and held hostage in the conflict, in which sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war and its use linked to genocide. According to one agency’s estimate, almost one-third of all attacks on civilians involve sexual violence, the majority committed by men in uniform.

An autopsy photo of the young woman seen by CNN showed her internal organs spilling out from a wound in her lower abdomen.

“She came to our emergency department and she had a sign of life initially. [But] if you find blood for a patient, it’s only one or two units and one or two units could not save this woman. She bled [out] and she died,” the doctor said haltingly, overcome with emotion.

He took a deep breath, then added, “I see this woman in my dreams.”

This reporting would not have been possible without the support of dozens of Tigrayans, who shared their stories at great personal risk. CNN is not naming them to protect their safety. It also builds on a series of investigations into massacres and sexual violence in Tigray by CNN’s Bethlehem Feleke, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Katie Polglase. Read CNN’s full Tigray coverage here.

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የኦሮማራዎች ጭካኔ | በእነ ጥላሁን ገሠሠ የአቴቴ መንፈስ የተለከፈችው አዝማሪት ቤተልሔም ዳኛቸው

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 12, 2021

👉 የኦሮማራ ወታደሮች አረመኔነት በመቀሌ። እሺ! ግን ቀናቸው በጣም የተቆጠረ ነው! ትግራዋያን እስከ ጂማና ጎንደር ዘልቀው ይህን ካልተበቀሉ ወንዶች አይደሉም!

👉 ክፍል ፪. ☆ አቴቴ አዝማሪ ቤተልሔም ዳኛቸው / ኦሮማራ☆

በትግራይ ላይ የሚፈጸመውን ጀነሳይድ ትኩረት ለማዞርና ትግራዋይንም ለመኮንን ስትል፤ ያው! ኦሮሞንም ወቅሻለሁ!” የትግራይ ተዋህዷውያንን እየጨፈጨፉ ያሉት ግን ኦሮሞ እና አማራዎች ናቸው። የቃኤል/አቴቴ መንፈስ ያቅበዘብዛል! አማራው ከትግሬ/ከተዋሕዶ ይነጠል እንጂ ኦሮሞም አብሮ ቢወቀስ ችግር የለም!” መሀመዳውያኑ አጥፍቶጠፊዎች ለእስላማዊቷ ኡማቸው ሲሉ ጠላትከሚሉት ጋር አብረው እንደሚሞቱም ኦሮሞዎችም ለእስላማዊት ኦሮሚያ ሲሉ ተመሳሳይ ስልት ይጠቀማሉ። አዎ! የዋቄዮአላህ ልጆች ናቸውና።

ሴትየዋም የዚሁ መንፈስ ሰለባ ነች፤ ዱሮ በእነ ጥላሁን ገሰሰ እና ብዙነሽ በቀለ ዛሬ ደግሞ በእነ አጫሉ ድምጽ (በፍቅር ለምትወዷቸው ይቅርታና፤ ሁሉም የአቴቴ ፍዬል ድምጽ ነበራቸው) አማካኝነት ሲበተን የነበረው የአቴቴ መንፈስ በብዙ ወገኖቻችን ላይ ዲያብሎሳዊ ስራውን ሰርቷል። በእነ ጥላሁን ገሠሠ የአቴቴ መንፈስ የተለከፈችው አዝማሪት ቤተልሔም ዳኛቸው በኦሮሞዎችና አማራዎች እየተጨፈጨፈ ያለውን የትግራይን ሕዝብ ከጨፍጫፊው ከኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ጋር እኩል ማድረጓ ምን ያህል በመንፈሱ እንደታወረች ይጠቁመናል። ገልቱና ቅሌታም የዋቄዮአላህአቴቴ ባሪያ!

ኦሮሞዎች/ኦሮማራዎች እባባዊ የሆነ ሁለትዮሽ አነጋገርና አካሄድ ነው ያላቸው። “ኢትዮጵያ ሱሴ ፣ ኦሮሚያ እናቴ፣” ትግራይን ሲጨፈጭፉ፣ “በወለጋም እኮ ጦርነት አለ” ይላሉ፣ ልክ አክሱም ጽዮን ላይ ሺህ ተዋሕዷውያንን እንደጨፈፉ፤ ወደ ውቅሮ አምርተው “አል-ነጃሺ” የተባለውን መስጊድም አጠቁት። በኦሮሚያ ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናቱን ሲያቃጥሉ፤ ወደ ጎጃም አምርተው መስጊድ አቃጠሉ፣ እስክንድርን ሲያስሩት ጃዋርንም አሰሩት ወዘተ. ከንቱዎች!

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Massacre of Civilians By Abiy Ahmed’s Army on The Road From Mekelle to Adigrat

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 7, 2021

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እንደው እንደ ሚዳቋ?!😠😠😠 😢😢😢እዬ እዬ እዬ!

🔥 የጦር ወንጀለኛው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ፤ “ኦሮሞ እስኪነቃ ነው እንጂ፣ እስኪነሳ ነው እንጂ ሲነሳ ሚዳቋ አትበላንም፤ እኛ ዝሆን ነን፤ እንሰብራለን፤ እንበላለን፤ እንገዛለን፣ ሃሳብ አለን፤ ድርጅት አለን፤ ከአለም ጋር ግንኙነት አለን።

💭 Massacre Witnessed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

💭 ከመቀሌ ወደ አዲግራት በሚወስደው ጎዳና ላይ የግራኝ ወታደሮች የፈጸሙት እልቂት፤ በሜዴክንስ ሳንስ ፍሮንቴርስ (ኤም.ኤስ.ኤፍ) የተመሰከረለት

💭 ኤም.ኤስ.ኤፍ ሰራተኞቹ ምስክሮች እንዳሉት የኢትዮጵያ ወታደሮች በትግራይ ውስጥ ሲቪሎችን ሲገድሉ አይተዋል።

MSF Says Staff Witness Ethiopian Troops Execute Civilians In Tigray

👉 ቢያንስ አራት ሰዎች ከህዝብ አውቶቡሶች ተጎትተው በመውጣት ሲገደሉ አይተናል

👉 Ethiopia: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières MSF staff attacked after witnessing killings by soldiers in Tigray

👉 At least four men were dragged off public buses and executed

We are horrified by the continued violence in Tigray, Ethiopia. This includes the extrajudicial killings of at least four men who were dragged off public buses and executed by soldiers, while our staff members were present, on Tuesday, March 23.

The latest incident took place on the road from Mekelle to Adigrat, where three MSF staff members were traveling in a clearly marked MSF vehicle. Along the journey they encountered what appeared to be the aftermath of an ambush of an Ethiopian military convoy by another armed group, in which soldiers were injured and killed. Military vehicles were still on fire.

Ethiopian soldiers at the scene stopped the MSF car and two public transport mini-buses driving behind it. The soldiers then forced the passengers to leave the mini-buses. The men were separated from the women, who were allowed to walk away. Shortly afterward, the men were shot.

The M S F team was allowed to leave the scene but saw the bodies of those killed on the side of the road. A short distance farther away, the MSF vehicle was stopped again by soldiers. They pulled the MSF driver out of the vehicle, beat him with the back of a gun and threatened to kill him. Eventually the driver was allowed to get back into the vehicle and the team could return to Maekkaellae.

This horrific event further underscores the need for the protection of civilians during this ongoing conflict, and for armed groups to respect the delivery of humanitarian assistance, including medical aid. Our teams are still reeling from witnessing the senseless loss of lives from this latest attack.

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Rape as a Weapon of War in Tigray | The Little Rapist Army of a Once Great Nation

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 28, 2021

👉 It’s Rape Jihad – የአስገድዶ መድፈር ጂሃድ ነው 😠😠😠 😢😢😢

👉 The past three years, they’ve been preparing for this crime

👉 ላለፉት ሶስት ዓመታት ለዚህ ወንጀል ዝግጅት ሲያደርጉ ቆይተዋል

🔥 Oromo & Amhara (Oromara) sadistic cruel army Get the heck out of Tigray!

🔥 የኦሮሞ እና አማራ(ኦሮማራ)እርኩስ ጨካኝ ሰአራዊት ከትግራይ ባፋጣኝ ውጣ!

🔥 We’re here to make you HIV positive’: Hundreds of women rush to Tigray hospitals as soldiers use rape as weapon of war

🔥 “እኛ ኤች.አይ.. ኤድስ እንዲኖራችሁ ነው እኛ የመጣነው’ ወታደሮች አስገድዶ መድፈርን እንደ ጦር መሣሪያ አድርገው ስለሚጠቀሙ በመቶዎች የሚቆጠሩ ሴቶች ወደ ትግራይ ሆስፒታሎች በጥድፊያ በማምራት ላይ ናቸው።”

👉 እነሱ ሴቶቻቸው ነው የተደፈሩት ፤ የኛ ወታደሮች እኮ በሳንጃ ተደፍረዋል

አረመኔው /ሳዲስቱ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ “እርካብና መንበር” በተባለው የዲያብሎስ መጽሐፉ (ከሂትለር መጽሐፍ “ማይን ካምፕፍ/ Mein Kampf = የኔ ትግል/ ጂሃድ) የተቀዳ ነው ፥ ላይ የትግራይን ሕዝብ ለማንበርከክ ሴቶችን እንዴት አስገድዶ መድፈር እንደሚያስፈልግ በገጽ ፷፬/64 በሦስተኛው አንቀጽ ላይ በአገሪቱ ባህል ሠርጾ የሚገኘውን የአንበሳነት (የጀግንነት) ገጸ ባህርይ ትክክል እንዳልሆነ አድርጎ ከተቸ በኋላ ጀብዳዊ ጭካኔን ሲገልስ የሚከተለውን አስፍሯል፦

🔥 “አንበሳ ከደከመ አይገዛም! ከደከምክ አትኖርም ትገደላለህ። በገዛ ወገንህ። ስለዚህ ላንተ አሳሳቢና ዘወትር አስፈላጊው ጉዳይ ኃይልን ማጠናከር ነው። መፈራትን መገንባት ነው። ከነዘርህ … ከነዘርማንዘርህ። አስከብሮ የሚያኖርህ በእንዲህ ዐይነቱ ምድር ፍቅር አይደለም – ጉልበት እንጂ። ለዚህ ደግሞ እንደ አንበሳ ሁሉ ማስፈራሪያ እንጂ ፍቅር አይሰጠውም – ያን ጉልበት በዲፕሎማሲ አስማምቶ ለመምራት አያውለውም ተቀናቃኜ ያለውን ጀርባ ለማድቀቅ እንጂ።”

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Ethiopia ‘Will be Digging up Mass Graves For a Decade’: Inside Tigray’s Dirty War

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 27, 2021

🔥 ኢትዮጵያ ‘ለአስር አመት የብዙሃን መቃብር እየቆፈረች ትገኛለች’: በትግራይ ቆሻሻ ጦርነት ውስጥ

„“በሕይወት ዘመናችን ፣ ወይም በታሪካችንም ቢሆን እንደዚህ ዓይነት ክፋት አላየንም” ብለዋል ፡፡ ቅዱስ ቁርባንን ከወሰዱ በኋላ ነጭ ልብስ ለብሰው የነበሩ ወጣቶችን ገደሉ፡፡ አንዲት ልጅን ይዛ ‘ልጄ ፣ ልጄ’ ብላ ስትጮህ የነበረች አንዲት ሴት ተለይታ ተገደለች፣ የሰባት ወር ጨቅላዋ ከፊት ለፊታችን መሬት ላይ ወደቀች፡፡” 😠😠😠 😢😢😢

In our lifetime, or even in our history, we have not seen such wickedness,” he said. “They killed youngsters who were wearing white clothes after having taken the Holy Communion. One woman who was holding a child and shouting ‘my son, my son’ was singled out and killed, and her seven-month-old baby fell to the ground right in front of us.”😠😠😠 😢😢😢

ሌላ ነገር ማለት አይቻልም፣ አማራ እና ኦሮሞ ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት በጋራ ያቀዱትና የተመኙትን የዘር ማጥፋት ዘመቻ ነው በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ በጋራ ጠላቶች መስለው እየተናበቡ በማካሄድ ላይ ያሉት። ይህን ስል እጅግ በጣም እያዘንኩ፣ ደሜ እየፈላ እና ለበቀል እየጮህኩ ነው። የትግራይን ሕዝብ ከጨፈጨፉ በኋላ ሁሉንም ወንጀል በኤርትራውያን (ትግራዋያን) ላይ አመካኝተው ለማመልጥ እየሞከሩ ነው። ሰሞኑን “የኤርትራ ወታደሮች ወደ ኦሮሚያ ገብተዋል” የሚለው ቅስቀሳ ደግሞ፤ ገና በትግራይ ላይ ጦርነቱን ሲጀመሩት ያልኩት ነው ፥ የትግራይን ሕዝብ ሕመም፣ ሰቆቃና ለቅሶ ሰርቀው ወደ ኦሮሚያ ለመውሰድ ነው። ይደፍሩሻል፣ ያሳድዱሻል፣ ይጨፈጭፉሻል ፥ ከዚያ እኛ ነን ተበዳዮች ብለው ድምጽሽን፣ እምባሽንና ነፍስሺን ይሰርቁሻል። እነዚህ የዲያብሎስ ጭፍሮች ያቀዱት ይህን ነው፤ የትግራይን ሕዝብ ሰቆቃ ዓለም ሁሉ ከሰማ በኋላ አትኩሮቱን ሁሉ ለመስረቅ ኦሮሚያ በተባለው ሲዖል ላይ ድራማ መስራት ይጀምራሉ፤ በኤርትራ በቂ የትግርኛ ቋንቋ ትምህርት የቀሰሙ የግራኝ/ ኦነግ ወታደሮች የኤርትራን መለዮ ለብሰው በራሳቸው ሕዝብ ላይ ጥቃት ይፈጽማሉ፤ ልክ እንደ አጫሉ እንደ ጃዋር ዓይነቶቹን ወንድሞቻቸውን ይገድላሉ፣ ከዚያ ያው የኤርትራ ትግሬዎች ጨፈጨፉን “ኧረ ኡ ኡ ኡ!” ይላሉ…

አዎ! አየነው አይደለም! ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት ኦሮሚያ በተባለው ሲዖልና በቤኒሻንጉል አምሐራ፣ ትግራዋይ እና ጉራጌ ኦርቶዶክስ ክርስቲያናውያንን ኦሮሞዎቹ ሲጨፈጭፏቸው አማራዎቹ እስካሁን ጸጥ ያሉት ለካስ ቃል ተገብቶላቸው ነው፤ “መጀመሪያ የኦሮማራ ህብረት ፈጥረንና በኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ መሪነት ተደራጅተን ትግሬዎችን እንጨፍጭፍና ከዚያ እንደራደራለን” የሚል ሴራ በመጠነሳስ ጋሎቹ በአማራዎች ላይ ጭፍጨፋ ሲያካሂዱ፣ መሪዎቻቸውን ሲገድሉ፣ ሴት ልጆቻቸውን አግተው ሲሰውሩ፣ አብያተ ክርስቲያናትን ሲያቃጥሉ ቀሳውስቱን እና ካህናቱን ሲያርዱአቸው ሁሉም በጋራ ለምን ተናብበው ዝም እንዳሉ አሁን ገባን? አዎ! ግራኝ አክዓብ አህመድ አሊ ለመላው የአማራ ተቋማት፣ ድርጅቶችና ልሂቃን ለብዕዴን፣ ለአብን፣ ለእነ ደመቀ መኮንን፣ ለእነ ዳንኤል ክብረት፣ ለእነ መምህር ዘበነ ለማ፣ ለእነ አቡነ ፋኑኤል፣ ለእነር ዘመድኩን በቀለ፣ ለማህበረ ቅዱሳን፣ በ”ዘመቻ አክሱም ጽዮን” ሥር ይህን ዲያብሎሳዊ ዕቅዱን በምስጢር ስለነገራቸው ነው። በኦሮሚያ ሲዖል አማራዎችና የተዋሕዶ ልጆች በጋሎቹ በተጨፈጨፉ ማግስት እነ ቧያለው በባሕር ዳር ለሽመልስ አብዲሳ ካባ ማልበሳቸው ይህንን ነው የሚጠቁመን።

በአክሱም ጽዮን፣ በደብረ ዳሞ፣ በደብረ ዓባይ ገዳም፣ በደንገላት፣ በውቅሮ ወዘተ ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናት እና ገዳማት ያ ሁሉ ታይቶ የማይታወቅ ጭፍጨፋ ሲክሄድና የራሱ የወንጀለኛው አገዛዝ ተቋማትና አረመኔው ግራኝ እራሱ ሳይቀር ለመናዘዝ ከተገደዱ በኋላ እንኳን በኢትዮጵያ እና ተዋሕዶ ስም የተሸፈኑት “ካህናት፣ ቀሳውስት፣ መምህራንና ምዕመናን” እስከ እዚች ሰዓት ድረሰ ምንም ነገር እንዳልተፈጠረ በጋራ ዝም ጭጭ።

ታዲያ አሁን ይህ ሁሉ የዝምታ ሴራ ምን ይጠቁመናል? አዎ! “አማራ” እና “ኦሮሞ” የተባሉት ሕዝቦች የትግራይን ሕዝብ ለመጨፍጨፍ የሚደረገውን ይህን የአህዛብ ጂሃድ ገና ከጅምሩ ተመኝተውታል፣ አቅደውታል፣ በተግባርም አሳይተውታል። በትግራይ ሕዝብ፣ በጽዮን ማርያም ልጆች ላይ ጄነሳይድ አውጀዋል ማለት ነው። አማራም፣ ኦሮሞም ቤተክህነትም አህዛብ እንጂ ከክርስቶስ አይደሉም! ለእኔ እነሱ፤ ከፓትርያርኩ እስከ ምዕመኑ ካሁን በኋላ እስላሞች (አህዛብ) ወይንም ጴንጤ (መናፍቃን)እንጂ ክርስቲያኖች አይደሉም! በራሱ ሕዝብ ላይ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ሥልጣኔ እና መንፈሳዊ ቅድስት ሃገር በሆነችው ትግራይ ላይ ይህን ያህል ጭካኔ እና ግፍ ለማሳየት ማሰባቸው ብቻ እራሳቸውን የኢትዮጵያ፣ የተዋሕዶ እና የእግዚአብሔር አምላክ ጠላቶች አድርገዋል ማለት ነው። ይህ ሁሉ ግፍ እርስበርስ አባልቶ ያስጨራርሳቸዋል። ያሳዝናል፤ ግን መሆን ያለበት ይሆናል፤ “ምከረው ምከረው እምቢ ካለ መከራ ይምከረው” እንዲሉ።

ስለዚህ መንፈሳውያን የትግራይ ወገኖች የአባቶቻችሁንና የእናቶቻችሁን የጸሎት መጻሕፍት አውጥታቸው መንፈሳዊ ውጊያውን ሳትለሳለሱ በቁጣ ማካሄድ ይኖርባችኋል። አንድ የትግራይ ተወላጅ “እምነተ ቢስ” ሲሆን ያሳዝነኛል፤ መሆን አይገባውምና፤ ግን እምነት የሌላችሁ ትግራዋያን በተለይ በዲያስፐራ ያላችሁ ይህ የህልውና ጉዳይ ነውና እነዚህን ሁለት ሕዝቦች ለመበቀል አስፈላጊውን ዝግጅት ሁሉ አድርጉ። ለመቶ ሰላሳ ዓመታት ሁሉንም ግፍ በይቅርታ አሳልፋችሁታል፤ በቃ! እስከ መጪው የጌታችን ስቅለት ድረስ አማራዎችና ኦሮሞዎች ሁሉ ከዚህ የጭፍጨፋ፣ የዘር ማጥፋትና የአስገድዶ መድፈር ጽንፈኛ ተግባራቸው ተቆጥበው በትግራይ ሕዝብ ዘንድ ተንበርክከው ይቅርታ ለመጠየቅና ንስሐ ለመግባት ዝግጁዎች ካልሆኑ ትግራዋያን በእነዚህ ቃኤላውያን፣ እስማኤላውያን፣ ዔሳውያንና ይሁዳውያን ከሃዲ ወገኖች ላይ አምላክ የሚፈቅድላችሁን የበቀል እርምጃ በተገኙበት መውሰድ ትገደዳላችሁ። እያንዳንዱ ግለሰብ ይህን ማድረግ ይችላል። ይህን የማያደርግ ለሕዝቡ የቆመ ሊሆን አይችልም! መዳን ያለባቸውን ለማዳን ይነቁ ዘንድ ሌላ ቋንቋ ሊገባቸው አይችልም!

👉 እስኪ እናስበው እየተደረገው ያለው ነገር…ምን ያህል በሰይጣናዊ ቆሻሻነት የተበከሉ ቢሆኑ ነው!?

🔥 We’re here to make you HIV positive’: Hundreds of women rush to Tigray hospitals as soldiers use rape as weapon of war

🔥 “እኛ ኤች.አይ.ቪ. ኤድስ እንዲኖራችሁ ነው እኛ የመጣነው’ ወታደሮች አስገድዶ መድፈርን እንደ ጦር መሣሪያ አድርገው ስለሚጠቀሙ በመቶዎች የሚቆጠሩ ሴቶች ወደ ትግራይ ሆስፒታሎች በጥድፊያ በማምራት ላይ ናቸው።”


The 78-year-old Orthodox priest stayed inside his house until the killers had gone. Then, leaning on his wooden cane and holding a crucifix, he rushed outside to cover the bodies of his four sons and his two grandsons. Blood seeped through their white cotton scarves.

“They gathered them together and massacred them,” Lieqah Teaguhann Abraha Gaebbrrae said of the killers he identified as Eritrean soldiers by their accents, uniforms and facemarks.

They had arrived on foot in late November, he said, as the priest and his family were sharing injera flatbread and lentils to celebrate a Christian Orthodox holiday in the village of Dengelat in Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia.

The celebration fell in the midst of conflict — the culmination of a power struggle between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or TPLF, a regional party that ruled the country for 27 years until 2018.

This war has tipped Ethiopia, a gradually liberalising economic powerhouse and Africa’s second most populous country, into crisis. As tightly restricted humanitarian and foreign media access is loosened, testimonies such as that of Abraha are bubbling to the surface.

So too is evidence of the involvement of troops from Eritrea, which neighbours Tigray, to help the Ethiopian government fight the battle-hardened TPLF. After previous denials, this week Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, conceded that Eritrean troops had crossed into Ethiopia because, he said, they feared attack from the TPLF. During a meeting in Asmara on Friday, Isaias Afewerki, Eritrea’s strongman, “agreed to withdraw its forces out of the Ethiopian border”, read a statement from Abiy’s office.

For Eritrea, this conflict has been an opportunity to fight its decades-old Tigrayan foe, many claim. “This is open season for Eritrea,” said a foreign diplomat in Ethiopia. “Isaias wants to get rid of Tigray once and for all.” Their involvement and that of local militias and forces from elsewhere in Ethiopia has escalated a conflict that threatens to destabilise the region.

“You speak like us in Tigrinya. You are Eritreans. We are brothers. Come in and eat with us,” Abraha recalled telling six soldiers. But instead they took six men, aged between 15 and 46, to the banks of the nearby river, tied their hands behind their backs and shot them in the head. “They killed unarmed human beings whom they have not seen killing others. They are barbarians,” Abraha said.

Payback for Eritrea’

In total, local church officials and members of the Inter-Religious Council of Tigray estimate that at least 164 civilians were killed in Dengelat over two days in late November.

These are just a few of the thousands that diplomats and aid workers say have died since early November when Abiy began the so-called law and order operation against the TPLF, an organisation he has labelled a “criminal clique”. Weeks later, Addis Ababa claimed to “have completed and ceased military operations in the Tigray region”, establishing its own government there and killing or capturing some senior members of the TPLF leadership.

But the fighting rumbles on and Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, Tigrayan and other ethnic militias now stand accused of atrocities and even “ethnic cleansing”.

“This could be like the former Yugoslavia. Ethiopians will be digging up mass graves for a decade,” said a senior humanitarian official in Tigray.

Top members of the interim government in Tigray, which was appointed by Abiy, admit that Eritreans are in “full control” of a strip of Ethiopian territory of about 100km along the border. In private, even some senior federal government officials admit that the Eritreans remain present.

The involvement of Eritrea, where conscription is unavoidable and often indefinite, “is payback” because “the TPLF is the biggest existential threat to both Tigray and Eritrea”, said a senior federal government official, adding that Eritrean solders “have to leave” now because this has turned into “a majorly ugly war”.

The UN, US and EU have condemned the Eritrean presence in Tigray and said the perpetrators of human rights abuses should be held accountable. On Monday, the EU imposed sanctions on Eritrea, partly for its involvement in Tigray, diplomats say.

Eritrea’s information minister, Yaemmanae Ghaebremasqael, dismissed the allegations of abuses by Eritrean forces as “outrageous”, while the foreign ministry accused the EU of “doggedly working” to save the “TPLF clique” and to “drive a wedge between Eritrea and Ethiopia”.

For its part, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has strongly denied ethnically motivated violence. The Ethiopian government recently said in a statement that “it undertook the law enforcement operations in the Tigray region with utmost precaution to avoid as much as possible collateral damage on civilians”, adding that it “takes any allegations of human rights abuses and crimes very seriously”.

Officials in Addis Ababa say the TPLF is “the source of all this mess”, blaming the party for almost three decades of dictatorship and fomenting ethnic division. Addis Ababa alleges the TPLF sought to undermine Abiy by sponsoring terrorist attacks around the country. It blames the TPLF and its militias for carrying out massacres, such as one at Mai Kadra in western Tigray in November.

Mulu Nega, the interim president of Tigray who was handpicked by Addis Ababa, said TPLF fighters were using civilians as “human shields”. “We’re trying to minimise this, but we cannot avoid completely human rights abuses,” he said in his office in the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle.

“This is a dirty war,” Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam, a government general in charge of a task force on the Tigray conflict, told diplomats during a March briefing in Mekelle. “On the atrocities, rape, crime . . . I don’t think we are going to be fortunate to see that such things have not happened,” he added.

Getachew Reda, a senior member of the TPLF, warned from his hide-out that TPLF forces would continue to fight until Tigrayans were liberated from what he called “occupation and perpetrators of genocide”.

‘In our lifetime . . . we have not seen such wickedness’

The wreckage of war is in plain sight on the 100km drive north of Mekelle to Dengelat. The Financial Times passed shelled villages, churches and mosques, looted factories, mangled tanks and charred combat trucks.

On arrival at the mountainous village of stone houses, men immediately rushed out to show mass graves — allegedly of between three and 13 people each — covered with cactus leaves or corrugated zinc. Women crouched under eucalyptus trees, holding photographs of dead relatives, sobbing in anger and despair.

Locals said “Eritrean soldiers” had fired on civilians, saying their orders were to get rid of potential TPLF militias. Some climbed a rock escarpment to shelter in the church but were warned by soldiers it would be shelled. Some who fled were shot dead.

Then, residents say, the Eritrean soldiers went on a murderous spree. They broke into the house of Yemane Gebremariam, 53, a seller of soft drinks. Out of the 13 people gathered there, he said, they killed seven, including his daughter and newly wed son, whose wife was shot in the hand.

“In our lifetime, or even in our history, we have not seen such wickedness,” he said. “They killed youngsters who were wearing white clothes after having taken the Holy Communion. One woman who was holding a child and shouting ‘my son, my son’ was singled out and killed, and her seven-month-old baby fell to the ground right in front of us.”

Weeping outside the church at Dengelat, 53-year-old Emnti Gobezay described the past months of conflict as “the worst war I’ve seen in my lifetime”, surpassing the TPLF’s insurgent war against the Derg regime in the early 1990s and the subsequent border war with Eritrea.

“I saw them with my own eyes,” she sobbed, describing when the “Eritreans” caught and killed her 20-year-old son. The Ethiopian government and its Eritrean “supporters” want “to wipe out the people of Tigray” by killing “peaceful people, teenagers, children, and priests”, she said.

Holding a leaf from a eucalyptus tree, she said: “The innocent blood of Tigrayans will fertilise this ground and grow fresh leaves. Our dead children will not be forgotten.”

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