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US Hosts Ethiopian Orthodox Church Head After Tigray Warning

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 10, 2021

The United States ambassador to Ethiopia on Monday hosted the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after he warned of “genocide” in the Tigray region in his first public comments on the war.

In a Facebook post, the U.S. Embassy said Ambassador Geeta Pasi discussed the humanitarian situation in Tigray with the patriarch, Abune Mathias, as well as his video message released last week and first reported by The Associated Press.

In the message, filmed by an American friend on a mobile phone and taken out of Ethiopia, the church leader said that “they want to destroy the people of Tigray” and said his previous attempts to speak out on the six-month conflict had been blocked.

The patriarch, an ethnic Tigrayan, also said that “many barbarisms have been conducted” these days all over Ethiopia, but “what is happening in Tigray is of the highest brutality and cruelty.” Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting between Ethiopian and allied forces and Tigray ones, the result of a political struggle that turned deadly in November.

The ambassador hosted the patriarch at her residence in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and invited him to attend future interfaith community meetings at the embassy to “further explore and continue their conversation,” the Facebook post said.

It was not clear whether the patriarch requested protection from the U.S. and the embassy did not comment on that. While the U.S. government has been outspoken on the Tigray conflict, notably urging soldiers from neighboring Eritrea to leave immediately, the embassy has been publicly quiet.

The spokeswoman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Billene Seyoum, did not respond to questions about the patriarch’s comments. The prime minister, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been under growing international pressure as atrocities in Tigray come to light, especially those committed by Eritrean forces, whose presence Abiy denied for months before admitting they were there.

Ethiopia’s government says it is “deeply dismayed” by the deaths of civilians, blames the former Tigray leaders and claims normality is returning in the region of some 6 million people. It has denied widespread profiling and targeting of Tigrayans.

But witnesses have told the AP about seeing bodies strewn on the ground on communities, Tigrayans rounded up and expelled and women raped by Ethiopian, Eritrean and allied forces. Others have described family members and colleagues including priests being swept up and detained, often without charge.

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በስቅለት ዕለት የብጹዕነታቸውን ድምጽ ለማፈን ተሞክሮ ነበርን? | ኢሬቻ በላይ ምን ይሠራ ነበር?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 9, 2021

ባለፈው የጌታችን የስቅለት ዕለት ከቅድስት ሥላሴ ቤተ ክርስቲያን በቀጥታ ስርጭት ወቅት የብጹእ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ማቲያስን መልዕክት ለማፈን ድምጽ /ኦዲዮ-አርታኢው ድምጹን “ምን ሊሉ ነው?” በሚል ፍርሃት እየተከታተለ ለማገድ/ለመዝጋት ሲሞክር እንደነበር ሆኖ በወቅቱ ተሰምቶኛል። ብዙዎችም፤ “ምነው ተቋረጠ? ድምጹ ምን ሆነ?” ብለው በቻት ክፍል ሲጽፉ ይነበብ ነበር።

ብጹእነታቸው መልዕክታቸውን ሳይጨርሱ ምስሉም ድምጹም ከቆመ/ከቀዘቀዘ በኋላ የዋቄዮ-አላህ-አቴቴ ጭፍራን አርዮስ-ኢሬቻ በላይን አመጡት፤ በቤተ ክርስቲያኑ ውስጥም በኢንተርኔት የቀጥታ ስርጭት ላይም የነበሩት ምዕመናኑም ሁሉ ተረበሹ፣ ኩምሽሽ! አሉ።

ኢሬቻ በላይ ከሚያነባቸው የመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ጥቅሶች ለመረዳት እንደሞከርኩት፤ አውሬው በላይ “… የኢትዮጵያ ችግር የመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ትንቢት ነው፤ በትግራይ ሰላም አይኖርም፣ ልጆቻቸው ያልቃሉ፣ ሰዎች ይራባሉ…ኢትዮጵያም ትፈርሳለች…”

የሚለውን መልዕክት ለማስተላለፍ የሞከረ ይመስላል፤ “አቡነ ፋኑኤል” የተባሉት “አባትም” የአርዮስን ፈልግ ከሚከተሉት ውስጥ አንዱ ናቸው። ወዮላቸው!

አርዮስ ስለ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ሲናገር “ወልድ ለአብ የመጀመሪያ ፍጥረቱ እንደሆነ፣ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ደግሞ ለወልድ የመጀመሪያ ፍጥረቱ ነው” ይል ነበር፡፡

ይህን የአርዮስን ክሕደት የሰማው የእስክንድርያ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ሊቀ ጳጳስ (ፓትርያርክ) ተፍጻሜተ ሰማዕት ቅዱስ ጴጥሮስ አርዮስን አስጠርቶ የሚያስተምረው ትምህርት ሁሉ የተሳሳተ መሆኑን ገልጾለት ከስሕተቱ ተመልሶና ተጸጽቶ ከቅዱሳን አበው ሲተላለፍ በመጣው በኦርቶዶክስ እምነት እንዲጸና መከረው፡፡ አርዮስ ግን ከአባቱ ከተፍጻሜተ ሰማዕት ጴጥሮስ የተሰጠውን ምክር ወደ ጎን በመተው የክሕደት ትምህርቱን በሰፊው ማስተማር ቀጠለ፡፡ ይህንን የተመለከተ ያ ደግ አባት አርዮስን አውግዞ ከዲቁና ማዕረጉ ሻረው፡፡ የግብጽ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ትውፊት እንደሚለው፣ ተፍጻሜተ ሰማዕት ቅዱስ ጴጥሮስ አርዮስን ያወገዘው ጌታችን መድኀኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በራእይ ተገልጦለት በሰጠው ትእዛዝ መሠረት ነው፡፡

በአንድ ሌሊት በራእይ ጌታ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በአንድ ወጣት አምሳል እንደ ፀሓይ የሚያበራ ረጅም ነጭ ልብስ (ቀሚስ) ለብሶ ለቅዱስ ጴጥሮስ ይታየዋል፡፡ ልብሱ ለሁለት የተቀደደ ሆኖ ቢያየው ጊዜ ቅዱስ ጴጥሮስ ደንግጦ ጌታን ‹‹መኑ ሰጠጣ ለልብስከ፤ ልብስህን ማን ቀደደብህ?›› ብሎ ይጠይቀዋል፡፡ ጌታም ‹‹አርዮስ ልብሴን ቀደደብኝ›› ብሎ መለሰለት፡፡ ይኸውም በአባቶች ትርጕም ‹‹አርዮስ ከባሕርይ አባቴ ከአብ ለየኝ (አሳነሰኝ)›› ማለት ነው፡፡ ጌታም አርዮስን ከእንግዲህ ወዲያ ወደ ቤተ ክርስቲያን አንድነት እንዳይቀበለው አዝዞት ተሰወረ፡፡

👉 ባለፈው ዓመት በትንሣኤ የቀረበ፦

✞“የፋሲካ የጸሎት መርሀ ግብሮችን ያስተላለፈውን የ ”ባላገሩ”ን የሉሲፈር ኮከብ አላያችሁምን?” ✞

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Al-Jazeera on Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church patriarch condemnation of #TigrayGenocide

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 8, 2021

The United Nations is warning aid convoys to the Tigray region in Ethiopia are being blocked, leaving thousands without humanitarian relief and hundreds malnourished.

Now, after six months of conflict, one of the country’s top religious leaders has spoken out against what he describes as “genocide” in Tigray.

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አቡነ ማትያስ፤ “የትግራይ ሕዝብ ምን ቢያደርጋችሁ ነው ከምድረ ገጽ ልታጠፉት የፈለጋችሁት?”

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 8, 2021

እንግዲህ አሁን ቃኤላውያን የዋቄዮ-አላህ-አቴቴ ጭፍሮች የሚቀድማቸው የለምና እንደ ቁራዎች መንጫጫት ይጀምራሉ። እስከ አሁን “አባታችን ይፍቱን!” ሲሉ የነበሩት ሁሉ አሁን “ጁንታችን ይተውን!” ማለት ይጀምራሉ። እንግዲህ ምን ይደረጋል ይቅበዝበዙ እንጅ! ግን ልብ ብለናል፤ ብጹእነታቸውንም ሆነ ሌሎች የቤተ ክርስቲያን አባቶችን ለማነጋገር ወይም ቃለ-መጠይቅ ለማድረግ የሞከረ/የፈለገ አንድም “ኢትዮጵያዊ” ሜዲያ የለም። ባለፉት ስድስት ወራት ይህን ቃለ-መጠይቅ ያደረጉት ባዕዳውያን ፈረንጆች ብቻ መሆናቸው ለኢትዮጵያውያን ትልቅ ውርደት ነው። ብዙ የትግራይ ልጆች የሚከታተሏቸውና ኢትዮጵያ ያሉ እንደ “ኢትዮ-ፎረም” + “አውሎ ሜዲያ” ለምን ይህን የቤት ሥራ ሊሠሩ አልቻሉም/አልፈለጉም? ጋዜጠኛ ነን ለሚሉ ሁሉ ከዚህ የበለጠ ትልቅ ዕድልና አጋጣሚ እኮ የለም።

የትግራይ ልጆች ከእነዚህ ሜዲያዎች “ተጠንቀቁ፤ መስማት የምትፈልጉትን እየነገሯችሁ በስሜታቸውና በመንፈሳችሁ እየተጫወቱባችሁ ነው፤ እግረ መንገዳቸውንም ትንሽ የውጭ ገንዘብ ይሰበስቡ ዘንድ ነው” ብያለሁ። እስኪ በቻነሎቹ የአስተያየት መስጫ ሳጥኖች ውስጥ የሚቀመጡትን መል ዕክቶች አንብቡ፤ በተሰራጨው ዜና ላይ ሳይሆን አስተያየት በመስጠት ፋንታ ቻነሎቹን/ባለቤቶቹን “የሚያመልኩ” ነው የሚመስሉት። ተጠንቀቁ እንጠንቀቅ! ባሁኑ ሰዓት ኢትዮጵያ ሆኖ ትግራይን በመደገፍ የአረመኔውን ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድን አጀንዳ የማያራምድ ሜዲያ በጭራሽ ሊኖር አይችልም፤ በሃሳቤ ስህተተኛ ብሆን ደስ ባለኝ፤ ግን በኢትዮጵያ ነፃ የሆነ ሜዲያ በጭራሽ ሊኖር አይችልም፤100% እንኳን ትግራይን የሚደግፍ። ዛሬ የትግራይ ሕዝብ ከእግዚአብሔርና ቅዱሳኑ በቀር ማንም አጋርና ወዳጅ የለውምና፤ የስሜት ማስታገሻ ወገኖችን፣ ልሂቃንን፣ ሜዲያዎችን፣ ስልኮችን በመፈለግ ፈንታ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስን ማንበብ እጆቹን ወደ እግዚአብሔር ብቻ መዘርጋት ይኖርበታል።

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch Blasts Tigray ‘Genocide’

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 8, 2021

The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the country’s Tigray region is sharply criticizing Ethiopia’s actions, saying he believes it’s genocide: “They want to destroy the people of Tigray.”

In a video shot last month on a mobile phone and carried out of Ethiopia, the elderly Patriarch Abune Mathias addresses the church’s scores of millions of followers and the international community, saying his previous attempts to speak out were blocked. He is ethnic Tigrayan.

The video comes as the conflict in Tigray marks six months. Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting between Ethiopian and allied forces and Tigray ones, the result of a political struggle that turned deadly in November. Dozens of witnesses have told the AP that civilians are targeted.

“I am not clear why they want to declare genocide on the people of Tigray,” Abune Mathias says, speaking in Amharic and listing alleged atrocities including the destruction of churches, massacres, forced starvation and looting. “It is not the fault of the Tigray people. The whole world should know it.”

He calls for strength, adding that “this bad season might pass away.” And he urges the world to act.

The comments are a striking denunciation from someone so senior inside Ethiopia, where state media reflect the government’s narrative and both independent journalists and Tigrayans have been intimidated and harassed. The video also comes as Ethiopia, facing multiple crises of sometimes deadly ethnic tensions, faces a national election on June 5.

Dennis Wadley, who runs the U.S.-based Bridges of Hope organization and has been a friend of the church leader for several years, told the AP he shot the video in an impulsive moment while visiting him last month in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

“I just pulled out my iPhone and said if you want to get the word out, let’s do it,” Wadley said on Friday after arriving in the U.S. “He just poured out his heart. … It’s so sad. I actually hugged him; I never did that before.”

A church official reached on Friday confirmed the video and the interest of Abune Mathias in making it public. The church patriarch serves alongside a recently returned exile, Abune Merkorios.

“I have said a lot of things but no one allows the message to be shared. Rather, it is being stifled and censored,” Abune Mathias says in the video.

“Many barbarisms have been conducted” these days all over Ethiopia, he says, but “what is happening in Tigray is of the highest brutality and cruelty.”

God will judge everything, he adds.

Ethiopia’s government says it is “deeply dismayed” by the deaths of civilians, blames the former Tigray leaders and claims normality is returning in the region of some 6 million people. It has denied widespread profiling and targeting of Tigrayans.

But witnesses have told the AP about seeing bodies strewn on the ground on communities, Tigrayans rounded up and expelled and women raped by Ethiopian and allied forces including those from neighboring Eritrea. Others have described family members and colleagues including priests being swept up and detained, often without charge.

Churches have been the scenes of massacres — one deacon in Axum has told the AP he believes some 800 people were killed in a November weekend at the church and around the city — and of mass graves.

“People were dropped over the ground like leaves,” the patriarch says of Axum, Ethiopia’s holiest city.

Abune Mathias, born in 1942, has been outspoken in the past. In 1980, he became the first leader of the church to denounce the rule of Ethiopia’s communist regime “and was forced to live abroad for more than thirty years,” according to the United Nations refugee agency.

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Ethiopia: Exposing The War in Tigray | A Campaign of Ethnic Cleansing

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 7, 2021

👉 በትግራይ የሚካሄደው ጦርነት ሲጋለጥ | የዘር ማጽዳት ዘመቻ

Massacres, gang rapes, forced famine – the list of atrocities being reported in Tigray, Ethiopia is long and growing. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the military intervention officially over in November, but the situation on the ground clearly does not reflect that. And there are concerns that the situation is starting to resemble a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

💭 እባክዎን የሚከተለውን አሳዛኝ እና አእምሮን የሚነካ የ ‘ሮየተርስ’ ሪፖርት ያንብቡ። የትግራይ ተወላጆች በሂትለር ማጎሪያ ካምፖች ውስጥ እንደ አይሁድ እራሳቸውን እያገኙ ነው፡፡ ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!

የአረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ ኦሮሞ አገዛዝ “የኦሮሞ ነፃነት ሰራዊት” የሚባለውን “የሽብርተኛ አካል” ብሎ መፈረጁ የሚታወቅ ነው፡፡ በሕገ-ወጡ የኦሮሚያ ክልልም “ጦርነት እየተካሄደ ነው” ይሉናል፤ ስለዚህ አሁን ጥያቄው፤ በአሸባሪው አብዮት አህመድ የሚመራው የኦሮሞ-አገዛዝ በብሄር ኦሮሞዎች በሆኑት ላይ በትግራዋያን ላይ የሜፈጸመውን ዓይነት አድሎ ሲፈጽም እናየዋለንን? ኦሮሞችን ለማሰር ፣ ለማገድ ፣ ለማባረር እና ወደ ካምፖች እንዲገቡ ማድረግ ይጀምራልን? አይ! ኦሮሞዎች በኦሮሞዎች ላይ? ለጊዜው፤ በጭራሽ ! ትግራዋያን የጋራ ጠላቶቻቸው እስካሉ ድረስ ይህ በጭራሽ አይሆንም!

👉 Please read the following sad and mind-blowing ‘Reuters’ report. Tigrayans are finding themselves like Jews in Hitler’s concentration camps. Woow! Evil Abiy Ahmed’s Oromo regime just designated the so-called „Oromo Liberation Army“ „ as a terrorist entity. So, the question now is, are we going to see Oromo-lead Abiy Ahmed’s Oromo-lead regime’s crackdown on Ethnic Oromos? Are they going to arrest, suspend, dismiss and summon Oromos to camps? No! Oromos against Oromos? This will never happen, as long as they have common enemies in Tigrayans!

💭 Special Report-Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Ethnic Tigrayans Snares Thousands

💭 ልዩ ዘገባ በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ትግራዋይን ላይ በአዲስ አበባ እና ሌሎች ቦታዎች ኢትዮጵያ‘/ኦሮሚያ እየወሰደችው ያለችው አድሏዊ እርምጃ

አዲስ የእስረኞች ማዕበል

የትግራይ ወታደሮች ታገዱ ፣ ወደ ካምፖች ተጠሩ

የትግራይ ዲፕሎማቶች ተባረዋል

ከታሳሪዎቹ መካከል አንድ ቄስ ፣ ሁለት ሴቶች ልጆች እና ለማኝ/የኔ ቢጤዎች ነበሩ የተያዙት ትግራዋይነታቸውን የሚያሳይ መታወቂያ ለፖሊስ ካሳዩ በኋላ ነው፡፡

☆ A New Wave Of Arrests

☆ Tigrayan Soldiers Suspended, Summoned To Camps

☆ Tigrayan Diplomats Dismissed

☆ A priest, two women with small children and a beggar were among the detainees, the health worker said. They were arrested after showing police an identity card issued by Tigray authorities.

Police arrested Tigrayan street trader Nigusu Mahari last year as he strolled along the traffic-clogged streets of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. He says he was speaking on the phone in the language of his homeland, a distant region in the north.

Officers accused the broom hawker of planning a bombing, trying to overturn the constitution and working with Tigrayan rebel fighters. Nigusu professed his innocence. Six weeks later, a judge released him on bail without charge, court records show, after Reuters began inquiring about his case.

Nigusu is among thousands of Tigrayans swept up in a nationwide crackdown that started last November, when fighting erupted in Tigray between federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that dominated the national government until three years ago. Tigrayans themselves are a small minority in Ethiopia’s mosaic of more than 90 ethnic groups and nationalities.

“They arrested me from the street because I spoke Tigrinya,” Nigusu, 25, told Reuters. He said he was just one of three dozen from his home region in the same jail. “I saw 35 Tigrayans, and I told myself that this is not about the TPLF. It’s about the Tigrayan people.”

Authorities did not respond to questions about Nigusu’s case. Federal police spokesman Jeylan Abdi told Reuters that if innocent people are detained, they are swiftly released. Police have caught many TPLF supporters “red-handed with firearms and ammunition,” he wrote in a text message.

Tigrayans say the government’s efforts to crush a TPLF rebellion have unleashed an ethnic witch hunt against them. Across the country, Tigrayans have been arrested, harassed, sacked or suspended from their jobs, or had their bank accounts temporarily frozen, according to bank records, letters from employers and interviews with government officials, rights groups and lawyers.

Reuters spoke to more than two dozen Tigrayans who said their careers and personal lives have been upended because of their ethnicity. They included families of Tigrayan soldiers who’ve been rounded up and put in detention camps; Tigrayan diplomats dismissed or suspended from their postings; academics barred by their universities from lecturing; Tigrayan civilians who say they were arbitrarily detained, and Tigrayan peacekeepers who sought asylum in South Sudan, fearing arrest if they returned home. Most spoke on condition of anonymity, citing concerns over their safety.

The allegations come in the wake of reports of major rights abuses in Tigray – including mass killings of civilians and gang rapes of Tigrayan women. In April, Reuters detailed accounts of women tortured and raped in conditions that a regional official described for the first time as “sexual slavery.”

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose parents are from Ethiopia’s two biggest ethnic communities, has stressed that his government’s fight is with the TPLF and has called on his countrymen not to discriminate against Tigrayans as a group. His spokeswoman, Billene Seyoum, told Reuters the prime minister “spearheads a vision of a united Ethiopia with zero tolerance for discrimination based on ethnic identity.” To insinuate that suspects are arrested because of their ethnicity “is interfering in upholding the rule of law and purposely fomenting divisions,” she added.

Attorney General Gedion Timothewos said there was no government policy to “purge” Tigrayan officials. He conceded, however, that some state organizations “may have overestimated their exposure or vulnerability” to penetration by the TPLF.

“The TPLF had a huge network in Addis, so we had to err on the side of caution,” Gedion said. “I would not rule out that innocent people might be caught up in this situation.”

The at times heavy-handed response is fueling Tigrayan anger and complicating Abiy’s efforts to end the conflict in Tigray. Thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.7 million displaced.

Fighting started on Nov. 4 when, according to the government, forces loyal to the TPLF, the then-governing party in Tigray, attacked army bases in the region. The violence followed months of deteriorating relations between the TPLF and the federal government over what the party sees as discrimination against Tigrayans and attempts to centralise power – accusations the government rejects. A TPLF spokesman has denied that the group made the first strike.

Tigray is the most dramatic example of ethnic and regional tensions that are surfacing across Ethiopia, imperilling the multiethnic democracy of Africa’s second-most populous nation and a regional linchpin. Ethiopia hosts the African Union headquarters. Its security services work closely with Western intelligence against Islamist extremists. And its peacekeepers serve in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. More than 60,000 Tigrayan refugees have fled into neighbouring Sudan, where a long-simmering border dispute is heating up.

“With the conflict in Tigray set to continue, and many people there supporting armed resistance and even secession, the pressing challenge for the prime minister is holding the country together rather than how to further unify it,” said William Davison, an Ethiopia analyst at the International Crisis Group, a research organization that seeks to prevent deadly conflicts.

A NEW WAVE OF ARRESTS

Although a minority of nearly 6 million in the country of 109 million, Tigrayans used to dominate Ethiopia’s government, armed forces and economy. Over nearly three decades, the TPLF ruled with an iron grip. Surveillance was all pervasive – there was said to be a government informer in every street – and dissidents lived with the constant threat of arrest.

When Abiy became prime minister in 2018, he pledged democratic change and released tens of thousands of political prisoners. The intelligence apparatus was an early target for reform. Former intelligence chief Getachew Assefa, a Tigrayan, was charged with torture and killings. He has evaded capture and hasn’t publicly addressed the accusations. His whereabouts are unknown.

Other Tigrayan intelligence agents faced similar charges or were fired. Many more left the agency. Most of the few Tigrayan intelligence officers who remained were suspended in November when the fighting broke out, said two sources familiar with the agency. The intelligence agency didn’t comment for this article.

There are no national statistics on the number of Tigrayans detained on suspicion of supporting the TPLF. Gedion, the attorney general, said the number in custody in Addis Ababa peaked at around 700 in November but fell to around 300 by mid-December. He didn’t respond to a request for a more recent figure.

Tigrayans interviewed by Reuters said there was a new wave of arrests in the capital in April this year. Around 300 Tigrayans were held in a warehouse-style building on the southern outskirts of Addis Ababa, according to a health worker who said he was detained there and a lawyer with friends and family inside.

A priest, two women with small children and a beggar were among the detainees, the health worker said. They were arrested after showing police an identity card issued by Tigray authorities.

Conditions were miserable, the health worker said, with 28 to 30 people in a room. The only food was brought in by the prisoners’ relatives or by guards in return for payment. Detainees were allowed to use the bathroom only twice a day, he said, and “had to pee inside the empty plastic container of water we used.”

The health worker said he was released without charge after eight days, on April 22, along with more than 100 others. They walked free hours after Reuters sent the attorney general an email asking about the arrests and conditions inside the building. The attorney general and police didn’t respond to a request for comment about the facility.

Reuters couldn’t determine the number of people detained in Tigray itself. Regional officials said they don’t know because many people are being held by the federal police or military. The military and police didn’t respond to requests for comment.

One flashpoint for violence is the western part of Tigray, which neighbouring Amhara region claims as its own. West Tigray residents described roundups that continued into this year, in which Amhara gunmen searched for people with Tigrayan IDs and imprisoned unknown numbers of them. Amhara sent regional forces into Tigray in November to help the military fight the TPLF. Amhara authorities didn’t comment for this article. The Amhara-appointed administrator of western Tigray, Yabsira Eshetie, has said previously only criminals were detained.

TIGRAYAN SOLDIERS SUSPENDED, SUMMONED TO CAMPS

Thousands of Tigrayan soldiers have been suspended from the Ethiopian military, amid accusations that some participated in the Nov. 4 attack. Redwan Hussein, the head of a government taskforce on the Tigray crisis, said that the suspensions were to prevent sabotage and to protect Tigrayan “brothers and sisters” from possible revenge attacks.

“Because there is that mutual suspicion, it is good to let these Tigrayan forces and soldiers stay at home – for their own safety” and “for the safety of the entire esprit de corps,” he told Reuters in November. He didn’t comment on the matter further when approached for this article.

Some Tigrayan servicemen were ordered to report to camps at locations across the country, where their phones were confiscated, half a dozen soldiers and military families told Reuters.

One man told Reuters his cousin is being held at a camp in southern Ethiopia along with more than 1,500 other Tigrayan soldiers. He showed Reuters a copy of his cousin’s military identification card and a list of 12 other camps where he said soldiers are being detained. Conditions in the camps are poor and there is little food, according to relatives. The army and the government didn’t respond to requests for comment about the camps.

Brigadier General Kiddu Alemu, a Tigrayan military attache at Ethiopia’s embassy in Nairobi, was caught up in a sweep that netted 162 senior Tigrayan officers, said his lawyer, Desta Mesfin.

When the fighting erupted in Tigray, the 62-year-old general was summoned back to Addis Ababa.

“I advised him against coming back,” said Desta, “but he told me, ‘I am old, and I did nothing wrong, so I don’t have anything to hide.’”

Kiddu flew home from Kenya on Nov. 10 and was immediately put under house arrest by members of the Ethiopian military, Desta said. No explanation was given.

Then, one night in early December, six soldiers turned up at the general’s home, the lawyer said. They took Kiddu to police headquarters, where he was held in solitary confinement. Over the next two months, Kiddu made seven court appearances. On each occasion, police sought, and were granted, permission to extend his detention. Accusations levelled against him by the police included that he participated in the Nov. 4 attacks. That charge was “absurd,” said Desta, because the general was in Nairobi at the time.

On his fifth court appearance, police accused the general, without supplying evidence, of having convinced the European Union (EU) to stop funding Ethiopia and having persuaded the Ethiopian diaspora not to donate money to law enforcement operations in Tigray. The EU suspended budget support to Ethiopia worth 88 million euros ($107 million) in January over the Tigray crisis. An EU official with direct knowledge of the matter dismissed the allegations as ‘bizarre.’

Finally, on Feb. 18, a judge ruled there was no prima facie evidence against the general and granted bail for 50,000 birr ($1,237). The general’s wife paid the bail the same day. But instead of walking free, the general was transferred into military detention, at a facility outside Addis Ababa. There he remains, with the 161 other high-ranking Tigrayan military officers, according to Desta.

“I haven’t been allowed to see him or to talk to him,” said Desta. “He hasn’t appeared in a military court, even though by law he should have been brought before a judge within 48 hours of his transfer.”

None of the Tigrayan prisoners in the jail had been brought before a judge, he added. “The aim is not really to prosecute them but to prolong their detention indefinitely.”

Ethiopian authorities didn’t respond to requests for comment about Kiddu or the other officers.

A high-ranking Tigrayan military officer, with three decades of service, told Reuters he had gone into hiding to escape arrest. He said that on the day after the TPLF attack on government forces in Tigray, his superior called him to tell him he was suspended. Reuters was unable to independently confirm his account. He said similar instructions were relayed to the around 20,000 Tigrayans serving in Ethiopia’s military.

The officer said he became increasingly alarmed in the days that followed. He was disarmed, his military-issued vehicles were taken away, and Tigrayan friends began to disappear, without explanation. He was told to report to a camp on the outskirts of the capital. Afraid, he moved his family and began sleeping at a different location every night.

On Feb. 22, 15 Tigrayan peacekeepers serving in a United Nations mission in South Sudan refused to board a flight to Ethiopia when their unit’s rotation ended and requested asylum in South Sudan, according to the U.N. One of the peacekeepers told Reuters he’d served in the military for 33 years and had never been a member of the TPLF. “I feared that would happen to me if I went back. I feared for my life.” Reuters couldn’t determine whether he was granted asylum.

The peacekeeper said he’d refused to board the plane, but 17 of his colleagues had been pushed aboard. Some of them were beaten, he said; it was unclear by whom. The U.N. confirmed there had been a “scuffle” but didn’t elaborate. Ethiopia’s government and military didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A U.N. spokesman told Reuters that a further 120 Ethiopian peacekeepers with a joint African Union-United Nations mission in Sudan’s Darfur region sought international protection earlier this month before they were due to be repatriated. Most are Tigrayan, he said.

TIGRAYAN DIPLOMATS DISMISSED

The crackdown is not limited to soldiers. Tigrayan diplomats, professors, journalists and business people said they too are feeling the backlash. Some said the crackdown predates the outbreak of fighting in November.

Yohannes Abraha, an ethnic Tigrayan and former director of southern and western European affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he was dismissed several months before, part of what he described as broader moves to sideline Tigrayans. He provided a list with the names of 54 Tigrayans who he said were suspended or fired by the foreign ministry since the conflict erupted. Reuters reached three people on the list who confirmed they had been dismissed.

Redwan, the head of the government taskforce on the Tigray crisis, is also the state minister for foreign affairs. He told Reuters many Tigrayans still work for the government. Other Tigrayans hold senior posts in the judiciary and in state run enterprise.

“If there are TPLF individuals whose story seems to have a grain of truth, it won’t be because their ethnicity is from Tigray. It must be because they were suspected or found guilty of colluding with the criminal gang,” he said, referring to the TPLF.

The list of 54 Tigrayans includes Kassa Gebreyohannes Gebremichael, former deputy head of mission at the Ethiopian Embassy in Moscow. Kassa showed Reuters a Dec. 21 letter from the foreign ministry informing him he was being dismissed after failing to respond to three summons to return to Addis Ababa and present himself at the ministry. He told Reuters he feared arrest if he went home.

Kassa said he had a disagreement with the Ethiopian ambassador to Moscow over the war in Tigray, and was suspended after sharing on the embassy’s Facebook page a Russian government post calling for a peaceful solution to the conflict. The deputy military attache in Moscow and a Tigrayan driver at the embassy were also suspended, Kassa said. Reuters confirmed the suspensions with both men, neither of whom was on the list. The embassy did not respond to a request for comment.

Another diplomat on the list said he and two Tigrayan colleagues were suspended from the consular section of an Ethiopian embassy in a Western nation. The diplomat, who asked that neither he nor his embassy be identified, shared bank records showing he had not been paid since Oct. 30. A diplomat in Europe said he was fired after refusing a summons to return to Addis Ababa days after the conflict broke out. He showed Reuters a letter that said his contract ran until 2023.

Even some Tigrayans who actively opposed the TPLF lost their jobs. A university lecturer said he was fired by his supervisor despite having stood as a candidate against the TPLF in local elections in Tigray last year. Education officials didn’t comment.

Tigrayans working at state-run agencies — including the tourist board, state-affiliated media and local municipalities — were also suspended or dismissed from their jobs, said a Tigrayan lawyer. He told Reuters a dozen such people had sought his advice. He shared documentation connected to two of these cases that supported his account.

Despite the TPLF’s former dominance, many Tigrayans are poor. Among them is Nigusu, the young broom-seller. An eighth-grade dropout, he left the family farm in Tigray three years ago to eke out a living in Addis Ababa.

He sold handmade brooms amid the traffic fumes in a market neighbourhood, where ancient Lada taxis nicknamed “Blue Donkeys” inch past men hawking bundles of mildly narcotic qat leaves.

Police stopped Nigusu on Nov. 7, three days after the fighting started in Tigray. Nigusu said he was frantic with worry about his family back home. All phone and internet connections were down. He told Reuters that when he was arrested, he was speaking to a relative who also lives outside Tigray. He said officers seized the 2,000 birr ($50) cash he was carrying and beat him.

The police accused him of being a terrorist, court documents show. They said he was overheard discussing planting bombs.

“I told them I know nothing about bombs, and everything is a fabrication,” Nigusu said.

He tried to put on a brave front. During one of seven brief court appearances, Nigusu waved to his elder brother, Berhe Hadera, then put his hands over his heart.

Berhe borrowed 6,000 birr to pay for bail, according to a receipt seen by Reuters. But the police refused to free Nigusu, who said he was held in a small cell without a window. He said he saw three dozen other Tigrayans in custody at the same time.

Nigusu was freed in December. He has since left Addis Ababa to stay with family in Tigray, preferring to take his chances in a war zone than remain in the capital.

“I came here (to Addis Ababa) to beat poverty and change my life,” Nigusu said. “But now I would rather lose my hand than live here. After this, I am not an Ethiopian.”

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MSF | #TigrayGenocide | #TigrayGenocidio | #TigrayGenozid | የዘር ማጥፋት በትግራይ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 7, 2021

En los ultimos seis meses se han cometido todo tipo de actos de genocidio en Tigray de odio por motivos étnicos y religiosos.

Rehabilitamos un puesto de salud destruido y saqueado en Adiftaw, en la región etíope de Tigray.

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፴/30ቱ የጉዕተሎ መድኃኔ ዓለም ቤተክርስቲያን ሰማዕታት እነዚህ ናቸው

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 5, 2021

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

✞✞✞ በቤተክርስቲያኗ የመድኃኔ ዓለም ዓመታዊ ክብረ በዓል ዕለት፤ ማክሰኞ ታህሣሥ ፳፯/ ፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.ም የሰማዕትነት አክሊልን የተቀዳጁት ፴/30 የጉዕተሎ መድኃኔ ዓለም ልጆችን ነፍስ በቅዱሳኑ እቅፍ ያኑርልን ከማህበረ ፃድቃን ይደምርልን። ✞✞✞

👉 የ ፴/30ውን ሰማዕታት ስም እየጠራን ለመድኃኔ ዓለም “እልልል!” 😊😊😊 እንበል!!! ይብላን ለገዳዮቻቸው!👹 ወዮላቸው!

👉❤️ የሰማዕታቱ የስም ዝርዝር

ስምጾታማዕረግ

1ቄስ ገብረ ዮሐንስ ደስታወንድየቤተክርስቲያን ሊቅ
2ቄስ ነጋ ተስፋይወንድ
3መሪጌታ ኪዳነ ማርያም ተፈሪወንድየቤተክርስቲያን ዋና ሊቅ
4ቄስ ሐዱሽ ኃይለ ማርያምወንድቄስ ገበዝ የቤተክርስቲያን ሊቅ
5ቄስ ገብሬ አጽበሐወንድየቤተክርስቲያን ሊቅ
6.ሀጎስ ሃይሉወንድ
7ኪዳኔ ተክለ ሐይማኖትወንድ
8ብርሃኔ ገብረ አረጋዊ (አንገታቸው ተቀልቷል)ወንድ
9ግርማይ ንጉሤ (ከልጃቸው ሚኪያስ ጋር)ወንድ
10ሚኪያስ ግርማይ ንጉሤ (ከአባታቸው ግርማይ ጋር)ወንድ
11ዲያቆን በርሔ ደስታ ወልደ ገብርኤልወንድ
12ዲያቆን ብርሃኔ ገብረ ሥላሴወንድ
13ዲያቆን ጽጋብ አለም ፊትዊወንድ
14ደሳለኝ ተስፉ ሀጎስወንድ
15አታክልቲ መሰለ ገብረ ዮሐንስወንድ
16ሴት መነኩሴ እታይ ዘሀፍታሴት
17ምሕረት ገብረ እግዚሴት
18ሀደጋ ለማሴት
19ካሕሳ ገብሬሴት
20ኪዳን ወልዱሴት
21ኪዳን ረዳሴት
22ለታይ ገብረ ማርያም (ከሴት ልጃቸው ብርሃን ጋር)ሴት
23ብርሃን ገብረ ጻድቅ (ከእናታቸው ለታይ ጋር)ሴት
24በኩረ ጽዮን ደስታወንድ
25ደስታሰላም ግርማይወንድ
26ብርሃኔ ገብረ ኢየሱስወንድ
27መሪ ጌታ ደሳለኝ ካህሳይወንድየቤተክርስቲያን ሊቅ
28አብረኸት እቁባዝጊFemale
29ተስፋይ ገብረ ሥላሴወንድ
30አንገሶም ገብረ ሥላሴ ታደሰወንድ

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#TigrayGenocide | Massacre in The Church of Medhanie Alem Gu’etelo, on The Parish’s Most Important Day of The Year, The Festival of Jesus The Savior of Gu’etolo

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 5, 2021

In Tigray, parishes celebrate, once a year, one main religious festival in their church and their homes. The parish’s church is invariably named after a patron which can be a saint, an angel or God and the festival is a yearly celebration of the church’s patron. On the eve of the festival, the parishioners and guests from outlying areas come to the church and spend the night praying, chanting and partaking in the religious celebration. On the day of the festival (in the morning or afternoon, depending on whether it is a fasting season or not), the parishioners and guests move the celebration to each of the parishioner’s houses. Every parishioner’s house hosts guests from outside the parish and the guests can stay upto 4 days.

The parish of Medhanie Alem Gu’etelo in Gulomekeda (Eastern Tigray) celebrates its main yearly festival, the Annual Festival of Jesus the Saviour, on 05 January of the year. On 05 January 2021, however, it was not a day of celebration, but rather a day of gruesome massacre.

From the eve of the festival, parishioners and guests gathered in the Church of Medhanie Alem Gu’etelo – Gu’etelo Jesus the Saviour Church – to celebrate and partake in the annual Festival of Jesus the Saviour. Battles and gunshots had been heard, but nonetheless the people gathered in the church, for this is the most important day of the year for the parish, but also to pray and seek refuge.

From 5 AM to 9 Am, Eritrean troops fired artillery at the church and the congregation, and the surrounding areas. More than thirteen artillery strikes hit the church and its compound alone, damaging and destroying the church, shattering its windows and roof, and killing its congregants. Many fled, but some remained in the church’s compound.

Around 9 AM the Eritrean troops came to the church, asked the remaining congregants to stand in one line. They then shot them dead. They also went to the small residence of the church’s elderly teacher, Priest Kidanemariam Teferi. In the house were other three scholars of the church who were with him after the church service was discontinued. These were Priest Gebreyohannes Desta, Priest Desalegn Kahsay (Meri-Geta) and Priest Gebre Atsbeha. The Eritrean troops shot four of them dead in the small house.

In the church and the church compound alone, a total of 28 people were shot dead. 27 of the victims have been identified by name. We have also identified three others killed in the surrounding areas of the church. The list is obtained from family members and eyewitnesses. 21 of the victims are males and the remaining 9 are females. The victim in number 24, Bekuretsion Desta, had mental health problems.

List of People Massacred in The Church and its Compound

NoFull NameGenderTitle


1Priest Gebreyohannes DestaMaleChurch scholar
2Priest Nega Tesfay (Aba Majur)Male
3Priest Kidanemariam Teferi (Meri-Geta)MaleThe church’s main scholar
4Priest Hadush HailemariamMaleGebez(Church leader)
5Priest Gebre AtsbehaMaleChurch Scholar
6.Hagos HailuMale
7Kidane TeklehaimanotMale
8Birhane Gebrearegawi cut his neckMale
9Girmay Niguse (with his son, Mikias)Male
10Mikias Girmay Niguse (with father, Girmay)Male
11Berhe Desta Weldegebriel (Deacon)Male
12Tsigab Alem Fitwi (Deacon)Male
13Desalegn Tesfu HagosMale
14Atakilti Mesele GebreyohannesMale
15Etay Zehafta (Nun)Female
16Mihret GebreezgiFemale
17Hadega LemmaFemale
18Kahsa GebreFemale
19Kidan WelduFemale
20Kidan RedaFemale
21Letay Gebremariam (with daughter, Birhan)Female
22Birhan Gebretsadik (with her mother, Letay)Female
23Birhane Gebresilassie (Deacon)Male
24Bekuretsion DestaMale
25Destalem GirmayMale
26Birhane Gebreyesus (near)Male
27Priest Desalegn Kahsay (Meri-Geta)MaleChurch scholar

Some Names of People Killed in The Surroundings Of The Church

No.Full NameGenderTitle
28Abrehet OqubazgiFemale
29Tesfay GebreselassieMale
30Angesom Gebreselassie Tadesse (Wedi Ageray)Male

The area is still under Eritrean control. Asked about their situation now, one resident said “no one is left here, only the old and sick that can not flee. We are not allowed to let our animals graze and we are dying of hunger. Our women are being abused. They asked my son where his parents were and when he said they went to church, they hit him hard. Please let the world know that we are perishing”. Another resident said “we need peace. We live now in terror”. A third, elderly father said “we have nothing this year. We did not collect our harvest and our animals have been slaughtered or looted. Without help, we won’t be able to make it”. A priest added “not only do we have nothing left, but also to do anything or even move, you have to pay a huge bribe, or you are simply robbed. We are in a time when a human eats a human”.

Asked whether they have been visited or comforted by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church or any official from the Ethiopian government, a priest from the parish responded saying “none”. Speaking about the church in particular, the priest said “which church? There is no church, we know that. We know who the so-called church sides with”, referring to the church’s history of being Amhara politicians’ political tool.

There seems a trend of in the invading forces committing massacres on special religious holidays. The massacre in Mariam Dengelat was also committed during the annual celebration of the festival of Saint Mary of Tsion, which is the patron of the church and the parish. The Bora massacre was committed on the Christmas time, the destruction and looting in Gulle was committed on the day of Timqat, and the shelling of a church in Daero was committed on Sunday.

Source

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በኦሮሞ እና አማራ ወታደሮች የተገደሉት ፶፪/52 የአክሱም ማኅበረ ደጎ ሰማዕታት

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 4, 2021

የካቲት ፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.

✞✞✞ የአክሱም ማኅበረ ደጎ ገደል ጫፍ እልቂት ሰማዕታት ስም ✞✞✞

January 2021

✞✞✞ MAHBERE DEGO MASSACRE MARTYRS ✞✞✞

. ስም ማህበረ ዴጎ ሰማዕታትዕድሜ
ምህረቱ ኣብርሃ ኣበራ፶፮/56
ገብረ እግዚአብሔር ኣብርሃ ኣበራ፶፫/53
ክብሮም ተኹሉ ገ/ጻድቓን/30
ፍጹም ተኹሉ ገ/ጻድቓን፲፰/18
መንገሻ መውጫ ገ/ኪዳን፳፭/25
ሓድጉ መውጫ ገ/ኪዳን፳፪/22
መብራህቱ ገ/መድሂን ከበደው፳፮/26
ኪሮስ ገ/መድሂን ከበደው፲፱/19
ተኽላይ ገ/መድሂን ገብሩ፴፪/32
ሃይለ ገ/መድሂን ገብሩ፴፰/38
፲፩በሪሁ ሓጎስ ኣስፍሃ፴፬/34
፲፪ጸጋይ ተስፋይ ወ/ገብሪኤል፳፭/25
፲፫ጉዕሽ ገ/ማርያም ገብሩ፳፮/26
፲፬ሞጎስ ጻሃየ ገብሩ/20
፲፭/ሃንስ ኪዳነማርያም ተኹሉ፵፪/42
፲፮ገብረመድህን ብርሃነ ስቋር፳፩/21
፲፯የማነ ተስፋሁነይ፳፮/26
፲፰መለስ ኣለም ዋሲሁን፳፮/26
፲፱ሙቁር መኰነን/30
የማነ ኣለማዮ ሃይሉ/20
፳፩ሓለፎም ወልደጊዎርግስ ዝወሎ፲፮/16
፳፪ክብሮም ገብረመድህን/30
፳፫ሓዱሽ መኰነን፳፬/24
፳፬ዘኣማኑኤል መኰነን፵፮/46
፳፭ገብረዮሃንስ ገብረማርያም/40
፳፮ገብረመስቀል ኣለማዮህ ጽገ/40
፳፯ሰሎሞን ኣሰፋ ገብሩ፵፯/47
፳፰ይኩኖም ገብረማርያም ስብሓት፳፪/22
፳፱ነጋሲ ብርሃነ ገብረማርያም፳፪/22
በሪሁ ገብረዮሃንስ ገብረመድህን፳፮/26
፴፩ገብረመድህን ገብረጻድቃን፴፭/35
፴፪ያይንሸት ገብረዋህድ ደሱ፳፯/27
፴፫ክብሮም ምዓሾ/30
፴፬መለስ ገብረኪዳን ገብሩ፳፰/28
፴፭ምሓሪ መረሳ፳፭/25
፴፮ጉዑሽ ካሕሳይ በርሀ፴፭/35
፴፯መብራህቱ ፍስሃ በርሀ፴፪/32
፴፰ገብረሚካኤል ኣማረ፴፭/35
፴፱ገብረእዝጊ መስፍን/60
ተወልደ በየነ/30
፵፩ሃይለ ትኩዎት፵፭/45
፵፪ሃይለ መኰነን/40
፵፫ማሙ መኰነን፳፭/25
፵፬ኣሰፋ ረዳ/60
፵፭ወልደሚካኤል ኪዳነማርያም፷፭/65
፵፮ገብሪኤል ኣማረ ገብረማርያም፴፪/32
፵፯ክብሮም ገብረኪዳን ጽገ/30
፵፰ምዑዝ መብራህቱ ኣብርሃ፳፬/24
፵፱ሓጐስ ታረቀ ኣበራ፴፰/38
ዲያቆን ኤፍሬም ምዓሾ ኣበራ፴፭/35
፶፩ገብረዋህድ ገብረጻድቃን ወልደዮውሃንስ፴፫/33
፶፪ገብረጅወግስ መኰነን ተስፋይ/30

#TigrayGenocide | The Mahbere Dego Clifftop Massacre in Ethiopia | የማኅበረ ደጎ ገደል ጫፍ እልቂት

🔥 Who’s Committed This Massacre in Ethiopia?

The BBC has obtained a series of disturbing videos, which later circulated on social media.

They appear to show the massacre of unarmed civilians in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, by people wearing Ethiopian army uniforms.

A BBC Africa Eye team has investigated where this took place and what the shocking videos tell us.

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