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80,000 Rally in Berlin in Support of Iran Protests | We Don’t See This Kind of Solidarity With Ethiopian Christians

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 23, 2022

💭 ለአርመኔው ኦሮሞ አገዛዝ ድጋፍ የምታደርገውን ኢራንን ለመቃወም በበርሊን 80,000 ሰልፈኞች ወጡ | ከኢትዮጵያውያን ክርስቲያኖች ጋር ግን ይህን የመሰለ አንድነት አናይም

💭 80-000 rally in Berlin in support of Iran protests

Thousands of people took part in demonstrations in Europe and the U.S. Saturday to show solidarity with protesters in Iran who are calling for an end to Iran’s authoritarian regime.

In Berlin, Germany 80,000 people showed up to show solidarity with the Mahsa Amini protests in Iran.

👉 The Ukraine war shows us:

😈 United by their Illuminist-Luciferian-Masonic-Satanist agendas The following Edomite-Ishmaelite entities and bodies are helping the genocidal fascist Oromo regime of evil Abby Ahmed Ali:

  • ☆ The United Nations
  • ☆ The European Union
  • ☆ The African Union
  • ☆ The United States, Canada & Cuba
  • ☆ Russia
  • ☆ Ukraine
  • ☆ China
  • ☆ Israel
  • ☆ Arab States
  • ☆ Southern Ethiopians
  • ☆ Amharas
  • ☆ Eritrea
  • ☆ Djibouti
  • ☆ Kenya
  • ☆ Sudan
  • ☆ Somalia
  • ☆ Egypt
  • ☆ Iran
  • ☆ Pakistan
  • ☆ India
  • ☆ Azerbaijan
  • ☆ Amnesty International
  • ☆ Human Rights Watch
  • ☆ World Food Program (2020 Nobel Peace Laureate)
  • ☆ The Nobel Prize Committee
  • ☆ The Atheists and Animists
  • ☆ The Muslims
  • ☆ The Protestants
  • ☆ The Sodomites
  • ☆ TPLF

💭 Even those nations that are one another enemies, like: ‘Israel vs Iran’, ‘Russia + China vs Ukraine + The West’, ‘Egypt + Sudan vs Iran + Turkey’, ‘India vs Pakistan’ have now become friends – as they are all united in the anti-Christian, anti-Zionist-Ethiopia-Conspiracy. This has never ever happened before it is a very curios phenomenon – a strange unique appearance in world history.

✞ With the Zionist Tigray-Ethiopians are:

  • ❖ The Almighty Egziabher God & His Saints
  • ❖ St. Mary of Zion
  • ❖ The Ark of The Covenant

💭 Due to the leftist and atheistic nature of the TPLF, because of its tiresome, imported and Satan-influenced ideological games of: „Unitarianism vs Multiculturalism“, the Supernatural Force that always stood/stands with the Northern Ethiopian Christians is blocked – and These Celestial Powers are not yet being ‘activated’. Even the the above Edomite and Ishmaelite entities and bodies who in the beginning tried to help them have gradually abandoned them.

✞✞✞[የዮሐንስ ራእይ ምዕራፍ ፪፥፲]✞✞✞

“ልትቀበለው ያለህን መከራ አትፍራ። እነሆ፥ እንድትፈተኑ ዲያብሎስ ከእናንተ አንዳንዶቻችሁን በወኅኒ ሊያገባችሁ አለው፥ አሥር ቀንም መከራን ትቀበላላችሁ። እስከሞት ድረስ የታመንህ ሁን የሕይወትንም አክሊል እሰጥሃለሁ።”

✞✞✞[Revelation 2:10]✞✞✞

“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”

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Iran’s Military Boasts It Seized 2 US Sea Drones off Yemen

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 21, 2022

😲 Another Form of Indirect Technology Transfer?

Iran’s military on Friday is boasting that it has seized a pair of unmanned US vessels in the Red Sea at a moment tensions with Washington are at boiling point over arms transfers between Tehran and Moscow.

Iran’s Navy Chief, Admiral Shahram Irani issued a statement describing that the sea drones posed safety issues to area maritime navigation, as quoted in semi-official Tasnim news agency. According to the Iranian navy statement, “Where maritime safety was threatened by the unjustified forces in the region, Iran’s Army Naval Forces were able to seize 2 American unmanned vessels.”

“The US should know it must comply with international laws if it is shipping somewhere,” the admiral added. “The Islamic Republic of Iran, with its powerful presence in the region, will deal decisively with any move that endangers the security and safety of shipping, he stressed.”

Little is as yet confirmed of the incident, which an initial statement from the US Navy calling the Iranian claims “not true”. However, it appears something did happen, given other international monitors say they are tracking an incident unfolding.

According to Bloomberg, “The British Navy’s UKMTO said it is aware of reports of an incident in the vicinity of Ash Shihr, Yemen, according to a post on its website.”

Both the US and Israel have of late stepped a joint naval presence in the Red Sea region, citing both threats from Iran and Yemeni Houthi rebels, which are backed by Tehran have at various times attacked Saudi Arabia.

👉 Source: Zerohedge

💭 Ethiopia | US’ Complicity in Tigray Genocide | በትግራይ የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል የአሜሪካ ተባባሪነት

👉 AP Diplomatic Writer Matt Lee asked Mr. Patel :

“Why this, all of a sudden, is now a big violation of 2231 when you didn’t call it out as such before? There was nothing done in terms of action on the drones being used in Ethiopia, in Syria… No action on Ethiopia.”

But now, they call it out as ‘a big violation of 2231’ because these Iranian drones are being used in ‘their beloved’ Ukraine.

Iran sent Ethiopia armed drones in the summer of 2021 in violation of a standing UN Security Council resolution, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

By the way, Tehran got these drone technology ‘inadvertently’ from the US (remember the US drones ‘lost’ flying over Iranian airspace in 2011 & 2019?). In April 2012 (Re-election year of Barack Hussein Obama – and the drone + the billion dollars Obama & Biden given to Iran as a present ), Iran claimed it had copied technology ( reverse-engineering) from a US drone brought down in December 2011 on its eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Israel has also ‘inadvertently’ contributed to Iran’s drone technology. When the Shahed-129 was unveiled in 2012, some noted similarities to the US MQ-1 Predator. It is a large drone able to carry eight missiles. However, analysts believe that its design can be traced back to a crashed Israeli Hermes 450 drone — two were apparently lost over Iran in the 1990s.

Furthermore, Iran gets more drones from China.

👉 The Ukraine war shows us:

😈 United by their Illuminist-Luciferian-Masonic-Satanist agendas The following Edomite-Ishmaelite entities and bodies are helping the genocidal fascist Oromo regime of evil Abby Ahmed Ali:

  • ☆ The United Nations
  • ☆ The World Bank
  • ☆ The International Monetary Fund
  • ☆ The European Union
  • ☆ The African Union
  • ☆ The United States, Canada & Cuba
  • ☆ Russia
  • ☆ Ukraine
  • ☆ China
  • ☆ Israel
  • ☆ Arab States
  • ☆ Southern Ethiopians
  • ☆ Amharas
  • ☆ Eritrea
  • ☆ Djibouti
  • ☆ Kenya
  • ☆ Sudan
  • ☆ Somalia
  • ☆ Egypt
  • ☆ Iran
  • ☆ Pakistan
  • ☆ India
  • ☆ Azerbaijan
  • ☆ Amnesty International
  • ☆ Human Rights Watch
  • ☆ World Food Program (2020 Nobel Peace Laureate)
  • ☆ The Nobel Prize Committee
  • ☆ The Atheists and Animists
  • ☆ The Muslims
  • ☆ The Protestants
  • ☆ The Sodomites
  • ☆ TPLF

💭 Even those nations that are one another enemies, like: ‘Israel vs Iran’, ‘Russia + China vs Ukraine + The West’, ‘Egypt + Sudan vs Iran + Turkey’, ‘India vs Pakistan’ have now become friends – as they are all united in the anti-Christian, anti-Zionist-Ethiopia-Conspiracy. This has never ever happened before it is a very curios phenomenon – a strange unique appearance in world history.

✞ With the Zionist Tigray-Ethiopians are:

  • ❖ The Almighty Egziabher God & His Saints
  • ❖ St. Mary of Zion
  • ❖ The Ark of The Covenant

💭 Due to the leftist and atheistic nature of the TPLF, because of its tiresome, imported and Satan-influenced ideological games of: „Unitarianism vs Multiculturalism“, the Supernatural Force that always stood/stands with the Northern Ethiopian Christians is blocked – and These Celestial Powers are not yet being ‘activated’. Even the the above Edomite and Ishmaelite entities and bodies who in the beginning tried to help them have gradually abandoned them.

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Official Document Describes Scale of Abuses in Ethiopia War

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 21, 2022

💭 እነ አቶ ጌታቸው ረዳ ሕዝቤን ለአውሬዎቹ የሤራ አጋሮቻቸው አስረክበው ወደ ደቡብ አፍሪቃ ለሽርሽር ሄዱ። እዚያው ቢቀሩ፣ መምጣቱ ለማይቀረውና ጋላ-ኦሮሞዎቹን ለሚበቀለው ጽዮናዊ አርበኛ ለአፄ ዮሐንስ አምስተኛ እድሉን ቢሰጡት ምናልባት ከገሃነም እሳት ሊድኑ ይችሉ ይሆናል። 😠😠😠 ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ! 😢😢😢

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Dozens of women and girls have been raped and hundreds of civilians killed during fighting in Ethiopia´s Tigray region, according to an official document seen by The Associated Press.

Roughly 40 girls and women between the ages of 13 and 80 were raped in the town of Sheraro in northwestern Tigray, according to the document prepared by Tigray´s regional Emergency Coordination Centre. The center includes regional government bureaus, U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

The document reports eight more rapes, “including gang rape,” in the district of Tselemti, also in northwestern Tigray.

Issued Oct. 14, the document did not state who was responsible for the sexual violence. Nor did it state the time frame in which it occurred.

According to diplomatic sources, Eritrean and Ethiopian forces took control of Sheraro last month. Eritrean troops have fought alongside Ethiopia´s federal military since hostilities resumed in Tigray on Aug. 24 after a lull in fighting.

Diplomats have expressed alarm over reports of civilian casualties in the region as Ethiopia´s federal military this week took control of the major town of Shire and the federal government expressed its aim to capture Tigray´s airports and federal institutions.

A humanitarian worker based in Shire told the AP the town´s airport is now manned by Eritrean forces. Ethiopian and Eritrean forces have captured warehouses belonging to NGOs there, and Eritrean forces are specifically looting vehicles, according to the aid worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of safety fears.

U.S. officials have called on Eritrean forces to withdraw from Tigray and urged the parties to agree to an immediate cease-fire. The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, has described the human cost of the conflict as “staggering.”

The internal document seen by the AP said 159 individuals have been “shot dead” in the Tahtay Adiyabo, Dedebit and Tselemti areas of northwestern Tigray, adding that others were maimed by gunshots and shelling.

A further 157 people were “taken by Eritrean forces” in Tselemti, Dedebit and Sheraro, according to the document, which said there is “no information (on their) whereabouts.”

The latest fighting has halted aid deliveries to Tigray, where around 5 million people need humanitarian help. A lack of fuel and a communications blackout are hindering the distribution of aid supplies that were already in the region.

Ethiopia´s federal government said Thursday it would participate in African Union-led peace talks expected to begin in South Africa next week. Tigray’s fugitive authorities are yet to confirm their attendance but have previously committed to participating in talks mediated by the African Union.

Both the U.N. Security Council and the African Union’s Peace and Security Council were due to discuss the conflict on Friday.

A World Food Program spokesperson told the AP “an armed group” entered its warehouse in Shire on Oct. 18, a day after Ethiopia´s federal government announced the town’s capture.

“WFP is actively working to confirm if the armed individuals remain and if any humanitarian stocks or assets have been taken or damaged,” the spokesperson said.

All sides have been accused of atrocities since the conflict in northern Ethiopia began almost two years ago.

Last week a report by the Amhara Association of America advocacy group said the Tigray forces had killed at least 193 civilians and raped 143 women and girls since August in the Raya Kobo area of the Amhara region, which borders Tigray.

The conflict, which began nearly two years ago, has spread from Tigray into the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara as Tigray´s leaders try to break the blockade of their region.

Source

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The World’s Worst War You Aren’t Watching is in Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 21, 2022

💭 At least half a million people have died so far from direct violence, starvation and lack of access to health care.

💭 ዓለም የማታየው የአለም አስከፊ ጦርነት ያለው ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ነው።

እስካሁን ድረስ ቢያንስ ግማሽ ሚሊዮን ሰዎች በቀጥታ ጥቃት፣ በረሃብ እና በጤና አገልግሎት እጦት ሞተዋል።

“Calling out the atrocities for what they are would at least put Ethiopia and Eritrea on notice that the world is watching, and the long arm of international justice could ultimately prevail. Offenders in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone, to name a few, ultimately faced justice after all.”

የተፈጸሙትንፎች በስም መጥራት ቢያንስ ኢትዮጵያና ኤርትራ ዓለም እያያቸው መሆኑን ያሳስባል እና የረዥም አለም አቀፍ የፍትህ ክንድ በመጨረሻ ሊያሸንፍ ይችላል። በሩዋንዳ የቀድሞዋ ዩጎዝላቪያ እና ሴራሊዮን ወንጀለኞች ጥቂቶቹን ለመጥቀስ ያህል በመጨረሻ ለፍትህ ቀርበዋል

👉 Courtesy: Star Tribune

While the world’s eyes are trained on the war in Ukraine and whether Vladimir Putin is unhinged enough to use nuclear weapons, another war rages mostly unseen some 3,000 miles away in Ethiopia.

The war is centered on the northern region of Tigray, where a long-standing political conflict between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) turned violent in 2020. The region has been under a near total blockade for most of the time since, cut off from humanitarian aid, electricity, telecommunications and banking, leaving 5.3 million civilians in dire straits. The Ethiopian government’s renewed offensive has escalated the crisis even further.

Accurately estimating the dead while war continues is difficult, but the best estimates available suggest at least half a million people have died so far from direct violence, starvation and lack of access to health care. Starvation seems to be a feature rather than a bug in the government’s battle plan. More recent estimates suggest that this number have died in combat alone, possibly bringing the overall deaths closer to a million.

To put it in perspective, the United Nations estimates about 6,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine so far, and estimates put military deaths in the tens of thousands. Even if these estimates are low, the best available numbers suggest that the scale of death in Ethiopia exceeds that in Ukraine many times over. And yet Ethiopia has received a small fraction of attention, both from policymakers and the media.

The U.S. and others must take a more direct approach before the worst fears of the Tigrayan people are realized.

Those fears include a genocide of the people of Tigray. In response to the latest offensive, the United Nations, African Union, United States and other countries have called on all sides to cease hostilities. But generic calls for everyone to stop fighting and quiet behind-the-scenes diplomacy that has been the favored approach so far are a woefully inadequate response.

Tigrayan authorities have indicated that they would respect a cease-fire, but Ethiopian government officials have instead doubled down to lambaste the “evils” of its enemy. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian government has reportedly dropped leaflets in Tigray stating that anyone remaining behind would be considered a combatant, raising clear concerns that all Tigrayans, a distinct ethnic group, would be targets in an assault.

Sources from the area claim Ethiopian and Eritrean forces (their allies) have been instructed to kill three Tigrayans each, including elderly and children, and that victims’ limbs and skulls are on display.

These stories are unverified given the lack of humanitarian and media access to the region. But given the language and actions of Ethiopia so far, along with the death toll and atrocities already committed, there is little reason not to take them seriously.

Eritrea’s role has complicated efforts to reach a peace, too, as few countries have any leverage to influence its actions, and the TPLF is its sworn enemy. There is no guarantee that Eritrea will stop fighting even if the Ethiopian government comes to the table.

While it’s true that all sides have committed abuses, the scale is hardly comparable, with Ethiopia and Eritrea committing the lion’s share of wanton violence and harm against civilians throughout the conflict. When one side holds this level of responsibility for continuing conflict and suffering, those who hold any sway must speak out clearly and directly against it.

At this stage, peace looks like a long shot, but that does not excuse the inadequate efforts made so far.

The U.S. and the United Nations are often loath to invite criticism by directly calling out states for violent acts against their own people when those states are friends and partners, as Ethiopia is.

It won’t likely end the war, but that is a weak excuse for not trying harder. The innocent people of Tigray deserve acknowledgment, and there is a chance that such international pressure, in combination with policy choices that reduce Ethiopia’s support, through international institutions and individual countries alike, could influence the path Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed chooses.

Calling out the atrocities for what they are would at least put Ethiopia and Eritrea on notice that the world is watching, and the long arm of international justice could ultimately prevail. Offenders in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone, to name a few, ultimately faced justice after all.

We must stop shying away from uncomfortable conversations when so many lives are at stake. If U.S. leverage is inadequate, we should press the countries who arm and support Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the international financial institutions like the World Bank which keep the country afloat as its economy falters.

The time for quiet diplomacy is over. The time for alarm has long since passed. Echoing what we’ve heard repeatedly about the plight of Ukraine: If Ethiopia stops fighting, the war ends, but if Tigray stops fighting, in the absence of international oversight and an inclusive peace process, the impoverished people of Tigray might end instead.

💭 Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of October 20, 2022 will be eligible for TPS.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
October 21, 2022

AS DELIVERED

Just a quick, brief statement. The Security Council just met to discuss the conflict in Ethiopia, in a closed meeting. And I want to take the opportunity to thank the A3 and the African Union for leading on this process, including the statement that was issued by the African Union today, and we were briefed by the African Union.

It is disappointing that the council did not agree on issuing a statement, which is why it’s important for me to come out here today.

As the Secretary-General said this week, “The situation in Ethiopia is spiraling out of control. The social fabric is being ripped apart, and civilians are paying a horrific price.” In the past week alone, we’ve seen a serious uptick in fighting and violence. Thousands of Ethiopian, Eritrean, and TPLF forces are engaged in active combat. The scale of the fighting and deaths rival what we’re seeing in Ukraine, and innocent civilians are being caught in the crossfire. Over two years of conflict, as many as half a million – half a million – people have died, and the United States is deeply concerned about the potential for further mass atrocities. And we all should be.

We’re also horrified by the recent death of an aid worker from the International Rescue Committee and the injuries of others. We heard today that a total of 26 humanitarian workers had been killed over the course of the past two years – that’s approximately two per month. This tragedy underscores the serious dangers facing humanitarian workers in the region. And as I told the Security Council just now, it’s past time for all of the parties to lay down their weapons and return to peace. It is past time for a cessation of hostilities and for unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need. And it is past time for Eritrean Defense Forces to halt their joint military offensive and for Ethiopia to ask Eritrea to withdraw its soldiers from Northern Ethiopia.

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Turkish Embassy in Ethiopia Moved to Kenya Due to Threats over Drone Sales & Insecurity

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 21, 2022

💭 በኢትዮጵያ ያለው የቱርክ ኤምባሲ በድሮን ሽያጭ እና የደህንነት እጦት ስጋት ወደ ኬንያ ተዛወረ

ለዘላለሙ ቢዘጋና እዚያው ቢቀር ወይም ከአፍሪቃ ተጠራርጎ ቢወጣ ኢትዮጵያም አፍሪቃም እረፍት ሰላም ባገኙ ነበር። አይይ! ኢትዮጵያ ዘ-ስጋ፤ በክርስቲያን ግሪኮች ፋንታ መህመዳውያን ቱርኮችን ፥ በክርስቲያን አርመኖች ፋንታ መሀመዳውያን አዘርበጃኖችን ወደ አገሯ እንዲገቡ በማድረጓ በረከቱን እና እድሉን ሁሉ ነው እያጣችው ያለችው! ከክርስቶስ ይልቅ የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚውን የመረጠ ወራዳ ትውልድ!

💭 Turkish embassy in Ethiopia forced to move to Kenya over insecurity

Turkey’s embassy in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa has been moved to neighboring Kenya due to threats after the deployment of Turkish drones by the Abiy Ahmed regime to suppress the Tigray rebellion, the T24 news website reported.

Although the Turkish government hadn’t made an official statement regarding the sale of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to the Ethiopian government, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had visited the country and met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan twice in the past six months, adding to the widespread belief that drones bought from Turkey, in addition to Iran and the United Arab Emirates, had changed the course of the civil war in Ethiopia, journalist Barçın Yinanç wrote in an article on the T24 news website on Monday.

“Turkey’s embassy in Addis Ababa cannot operate from the capital due to threats it has received. The ambassador and several embassy staff are serving from [neighboring] Kenya. There was no statement from the [Turkish] Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter,” the journalist said.

The conflict that has been going on for over a year in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country and a linchpin of regional security, has left thousands dead, forced more than 2 million people from their homes and pushed parts of the country into famine.

Forces under Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian military, ethnic militias, and troops from neighboring Eritrea, are fighting to oust the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or T.P.L.F., from its stronghold in the northern region of Tigray.

In early November, the government teetered when fighters from Tigray surged south toward Addis Ababa, forcing the prime minister to declare a state of emergency. Foreigners fled the country and the government detained thousands of civilians from the Tigrayan ethnic group.

But weeks later Abiy pulled off a stunning military reversal, halting the rebel march less than 100 miles from the capital, then forcing them to retreat hundreds of miles to their mountainous stronghold in Tigray.

He succeeded partly by mobilizing ordinary citizens to take up arms to block the Tigrayan advance. However, his fortunes were greatly boosted by a fleet of armed drones, recently imported from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran, that pummeled the Tigrayan forces, according to a report by The New York Times last week.

A drone strike on a flour mill in May Tsebri, a town in the northwest of Ethiopia (Tigray region), reportedly killed 17 people on Monday January 10 and injured dozens more, according to eyewitnesses.

The January 10 bombings came just days after a similar attack on a camp for displaced persons in Dedebit killed 59 and injured nearly 140 on Friday January 7.

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Tigrayans Fled Hundreds of Miles to Escape War in Ethiopia. But They Fear it Wasn’t Far Enough

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 8, 2021

👉 From The Washington Post

💭 “Human rights groups warn that Teklemichael’s disappearance is an ominous indicator of the long reach of Abiy Ahmed„

💭 “የሰብአዊ መብት ተሟጋች ድርጅቶች የአቶ ተክለሚካኤል መሰወር የአብይ አህመድን ረጅም መድረስ አመላካች ነው ሲሉ አስጠንቅቀዋል”

💭 Ethiopian businessman of Tigrayan origin, Samson Teklemichael gets kidnapped in a broad daylight in Nairobi.

They watched friends die in the mountains of Tigray. They survived imprisonment. They paid bribes and suffered from injuries as they fled the civil war devastating Ethiopia.

When the four Tigrayan asylum seekers made it to Nairobi this spring, at first they felt safe. Living in a one-room apartment more than 1,000 miles from the fighting, the friends — three medical workers and one journalist — said they were reassured to be in Kenya, a democracy and one of the region’s most stable countries.

But it was not long before their sense of security dissipated. Rumors abounded about intelligence officers surveilling Tigrayans on behalf of the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments.

Then, late last month, in an incident that sparked an outcry in Kenya and attracted international attention, two men dragged a prominent businessman of Tigrayan descent out of his Bentley and into a Subaru as he sat in Nairobi traffic. A traffic officer appeared in a widely shared video to be holding the door of Samson Teklemichael’s car open to assist his captors. Teklemichael could be heard pleading for bystanders to record his capture.

More than two weeks after Teklemichael was taken, it is not clear who was responsible or what their motivation was, said Kenya police spokesman Bruno Isohi Shioso. Police are still investigating, he said, and seeking tips from the public.

Mulugeta, one of the four Tigrayan friends living in Nairobi, was so shaken he did not leave the apartment for two days.

“I felt free,” he said. “But now my hope is lost.”

For more than a year, Ethiopia has been engulfed in a civil war that has claimed thousands of lives and put hundreds of thousands at risk of famine. The fighting between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government forces and rebels led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began as a political power struggle and is now increasingly driven by ethnic rivalries.

Human rights groups warn that Teklemichael’s disappearance is an ominous indicator of the long reach of Abiy, who just two years ago won the Nobel Peace Prize. He has referred to leaders of the TPLF, which dominated the country’s politics for three decades and is resented by many non-Tigrayan Ethiopians, as “cancer” and “weeds.”

Abiy’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum declined to comment for this story. Another government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not respond to requests for comment.

U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said during a news conference that he would look into the alleged abduction, adding that reports of police in Addis Ababa going door-to-door arresting Tigrayans were alarming. The United States, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom on Tuesday condemned reports of mass detentions of Tigrayans by the Ethiopian government, saying arrests without charges “likely constitute violations of international law and must cease immediately.”

“The brazen daylight abduction of Mr. Teklemichael on a busy Nairobi street has left many people shaken,” said Irũngũ Houghton, executive director for Amnesty International Kenya. “The collapse of the rule of law that we have seen in Addis Ababa, with thousands of Tigrayans being arrested on the streets, that chaos, that lawlessness, must not be allowed to show up in Kenya.”

Teklemichael’s wife, Milen Haleform Mezgebo, said in an interview that she had not heard from her husband since he was taken. Fearing for the safety of their three children, she pulled them out of school.

Mulugeta and his three friends limit their interactions with new people. When they see other Ethiopians on the street, they wonder if they are spies. Citing security concerns, they spoke on the condition that they be identified only by their second names.

The men are part of what analysts say is likely a large network of Tigrayans living illegally in Nairobi, unrecognized by the Kenyan government or UNHCR, the United Nation’s refugee agency. There were only 168 refugees from Tigray officially registered in Kenya in 2020 and 2021, said UNHCR spokeswoman Eujin Byun, and they have been transferred to Kakuma, one of Kenya’s refugee camps, per the government’s policy. The pandemic has contributed to a backlog of processing requests, Byun said.

Ethiopian asylum seekers must come through Kakuma to complete the refugee registration process, said Joseph Kotolo, Kenya’s head of refugee status determination. But the men in Nairobi said they worry about their health and safety at Kakuma, where nearly 200,000 people live in often bleak conditions. They believe the thousands of Ethiopians living there could pose a threat, although spokespeople for UNHCR and Kenya’s refugee agency said they had not heard reports of any attacks targeting Tigrayans at Kakuma.

The four men acknowledged, though, that their legal limbo contributes to their fear. They have repeatedly called the U.N. hotline, trying to secure status as legal refugees.

Teklemichael was “a businessman and a legal person who had been living in Kenya for a long time,” Mulugeta said. “I am not a businessperson. I am not a legal person. I have no money. … If he was abducted, what about us?”

Getting out

After fighting broke out last November in Ethiopia’s mountainous north, each of the men experienced a different version of the terror that forced them to leave.

Mulugeta, who was in Addis Ababa, said he was repeatedly punched by a police officer and dragged to a makeshift prison where he was detained for 40 days.

Hailay and Khasay, who worked together in the Tigray region’s health department, said they watched bombs kill two pharmacist colleagues in the hills of Abiy Addi in December. Hailay, 28, and Khasay, 26, tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the men, who had been walking dozens of feet ahead of them. There was no time to bury the bodies, they said, because more bombs were coming. They alleged the bombs were dropped by the Ethiopian government.

Teklemariam, 27, a childhood friend of Hailay, said he ran from Eritrean soldiers who repeatedly shot at him after taking control of his hometown, Enticho. Soldiers looted his family’s farm, he said, taking grain, shoes, clothes and cooking supplies.

When he traveled to Tigray’s capital last winter to pick up his paycheck, he called Hailay. With Khasay, they devised a plan.

“The only choice,” Teklemariam said, “was to escape from that horror.”

The deterioration of Africa’s second-most-populous country has been staggering. Once heralded for pursing democratic reforms and brokering peace deals in the region, Prime Minister Abiy is leading the battle on the front lines. The United Nations predicts hundreds of thousands of refugees will flee.

Traveling by bus through Ethiopia, Hailay, Khasay and Teklemariam were stopped near the border by an official at a checkpoint. He asked for their identification cards and demanded to know where they were coming from, they said. Not wanting to lie, they told him Tigray’s capital. Then he brought them to a small, bug-infested house where they estimated about 50 men were being held as prisoners.

For four days, the men said they were beaten by guards who demanded money they did not have.

Eventually, Hailay reached a friend who convinced the officials to release them.

With money gathered from friends, they paid smugglers to get them to Nairobi. The nearly 500-mile journey took a week by foot, motorbike and van. They ate only a handful of times, drank water from the river; and traveled mostly at night to avoid detection. At one point, the smugglers insisted they cross a crocodile-infested river.

Mulugeta, who they met on the journey, became like an older brother.

When Mulugeta, 35, fainted in the heat at one point and badly burned his leg while falling off a motorbike at another, they helped care for him. And when Mulugeta learned his friends in Nairobi had offered to pay for a one-room apartment, he offered to share it.

‘We are not secure here’

Teklemariam walked through Nairobi’s bustling streets one October evening, collecting the ingredients needed for dinner. He bought cow meat from the butcher around the corner and injera — a spongy bread that is a staple of Ethiopian cooking — from a woman who enveloped him in a hug.

He fist-bumped a gaggle of children on the way out.

“Nice Ethiopians,” he said, explaining that the family that owned the store was from the Amhara region, which has long had tense relations with Tigray. But they had welcomed him and his friends.

Back in the room, the other three men were carefully weaving around each other in the corner that served as a kitchen, chopping onions and chile peppers, starting the gas burner on which the meat stew would be cooked and arranging stools and sleeping pads around the makeshift table.

Since arriving in March, each has had their own struggles.

When the TPLF advanced in November, Teklemariam cheered. But rounds of government airstrikes in Tigray that were reported to have killed civilians muted his excitement. He guessed that any TPLF gains would be followed by retaliatory strikes. He feared for his family, from whom he had not heard in months because of a government communications blackout.

“Many Tigrayans are in a blue mood at this moment,” said Teklemariam, who said he was too traumatized to watch footage of the strikes. “Many people have become silent.”

The current situation, the men said, is not sustainable. Unable to work, they rely on the generosity of Nairobi’s Tigrayan community. They eat only two meals a day and have started buying pasta and ugali, a stiff flour porridge, because it is cheaper than injera.

Their six-month passes acknowledging them as asylum seekers expired in October. They said their calls to the U.N. hotline have been brushed off.

Teklemariam emerged from an interview with Kenya’s refugee agency in November in tears. An official told him, he said, to report to Kakuma or go back to his country.

Friends have said the only other way to get the paperwork needed to be in Nairobi legally is to pay bribes. But they do not have the money.

They now hope to get even further away, maybe to the United States or Europe.

What they know for now, Teklemariam said, is this: “We are not secure here.”

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U.S., Five Other Countries Urge Ethiopia to Cease Illegal Detentions of Tigrayans

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 6, 2021

👉 Courtesy: Reuters

Six countries including the United States expressed concern on Monday over reports of widespread arrests by Ethiopia of Tigrayan citizens based on ethnicity in connection with the country’s year-old conflict, urging the government to stop acts they said likely violate international law.

The United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands cited reports by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and the rights group Amnesty International on widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans, including Orthodox priests, older people and mothers with children.

The countries said they are “profoundly concerned” about the detentions of people without charges, adding that the government’s announcement of a state of emergency last month offered “no justification” for mass detentions.

“Individuals are being arrested and detained without charges or a court hearing and are reportedly being held in inhumane conditions. Many of these acts likely constitute violations of international law and must cease immediately,” the six countries said in a joint statement.

They urged Ethiopia’s government to allow unhindered access by international monitors.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokesperson Billene Seyoum and Ethiopian government spokesperson Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the statement.

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Ethiopia Expels Irish Diplomats as EU, UK Citizens Urged to Flee Civil War | ኢትዮጵያ የአየርላንድ ዲፕሎማቶችን አባረረች

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 24, 2021

💭 ኢትዮጵያ የአየርላንድ ዲፕሎማቶችን አባረረች። የአውሮፓ ህብረት እና የእንግሊዝ ዜጎች የኢትዮጵያን የእርስ በርስ ጦርነትን እንዲሸሹ ጥሪ ቀረበላቸው።

Irish Foreign Minister Coveney says Ethiopia has blocked his planned visit as he highlights government forces’ human rights abuses.

Ethiopia is kicking out most of Ireland’s diplomatic staff in retaliation for Irish criticism of human rights abuses committed by government forces fighting Tigray rebels, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Wednesday.

Coveney made his announcement as many Western nations, including the U.K., France and Ireland, called on their citizens still living and working in Ethiopia to leave the country quickly as Tigray rebels edge closer to the capital, Addis Ababa.

In London, Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said Ethiopia’s security was “deteriorating quickly” and could force the Addis Ababa airport to shut.

“I am urging all British nationals — whatever their circumstance — to leave immediately while commercial flights are readily available,” Ford said, adding that those who choose to stay should prepare “to shelter in a place of safety over the coming weeks.”

Coveney agreed that the approximately 80 Irish citizens in Ethiopia — Ireland’s largest recipient of foreign aid — should leave before flights “become a problem.”

He said Ethiopia’s embattled government “has decided to target Ireland” because it led the push for the United Nations Security Council’s November 5 statement seeking a ceasefire in Ethiopia. Ireland has a seat on the 15-member council until the end of 2022.

Four of the Irish embassy’s six staff have been ordered to leave Addis Ababa and Ireland is complying, he said.

Irish Ambassador Nicola Brennan and one other staffer would stay in Ethiopia for now to aid Irish citizens’ own exits, Coveney said, but the Irish government already has plans in place for both “to leave quickly should they need to.”

Coveney said he had hoped to visit Addis Ababa in early December to appeal directly to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his government “to focus on dialogue rather than war.” He said Ethiopia also had rejected his proposed trip.

He said Ireland would continue to use its Security Council seat to press Abiy “to guarantee humanitarian access to parts of Ethiopia that desperately need it.” He said Ireland was determined “to expose the human rights abuses happening there, in particular the use of sexual violence as a tool of conflict, essentially mass rape.”

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Dismantling Africa: Nigeria And Ethiopia, Stumbling Towards Disintegration

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 2, 2021

💭 አፍሪካን ማፍረስ፤ በአህጉሪቱ በሕዝብ ብዛት የሚታወቁት ናይጄሪያ እና ኢትዮጵያ ሁለቱም ወደ መበታተን እየተደናቀፉ ነው።

💭 አዎ! በአፍሪቃ አንዲት ሃገር ከሃያ ሚሊየን ሕዝብ ቁጥር እንዲኖራት በሉሲፈራውያኑ የዓለማችን ፈላጭ ቆራጮች ዘንድ አይፈቀድም። ለዚህም ነው በየሃገሩ መሀመዳውያኑን በየሃገሩ በመሪነት ቦታ ላይ እንዲቀመጡ የሚያደርጓቸው። በተጨማሪ በናይጀሪያ እና በኢትዮጵያ ኃብቱን ሁሉ የዋቄዮ-አላህ ባሪያዎች እንዲቆጣጠሩት ያደረጉት። በናይጄሪያ ቢሊየነሩ ዳንጎቴ ሙስሊም ነው፤ በኢትዮጵያም ከአላሙዲን ጎን ዛሬ ከኢትዮጵያውያን/ ከተጋሩ የተዘረፉትን ገንዘቦችና ኃብቶች ሁሉ ኦሮሞዎች (ሙስሊሞች + ፕሮቴስታንቶች) በመሰብሰብ ላይ ያሉት። አማራው ይህን እንዴት ማየት እንደተሳነውና፤ አሁን ኢትዮጵያ ለገባችበት መቀመቅ ከኦሮሞ ባልተናነሰ ተጠያቂ እንደሆነ አለማወቁ በጣም ያስቆጣል። በእውነት አማራው አጋሩና ደጀኑ ከሆኑት ጽዮናውያን ጎን ተሰለፎ የዋቄዮ-አላህ-ዲያብሎስ ሰአራዊትን በመዋጋት ፈንታ ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት በየወሩ ለሚጨፍጨፈው የፋሺስቱ ኦሮሞ አገዛዝ እራሱን አሻንጉሊት ለማድረግ በመወሰኑ ትልቅ ታሪካዊ ስህተት ፈጽሟል! እራሱን ለማጥፋት የወሰነ መንጋ ነው የሚመስለው።

Something is going wrong in Africa. Nigeria and Ethiopia, the two most populous countries on the continent, are both stumbling towards disintegration. There are now 54 sovereign African countries, which really ought to be enough, but in a few years there could be 60.

Ethiopia is closer to the brink, so close that it could actually go over this month. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s attempt to force the northern state of Tigray into obedience began well in late 2019, when federal government troops occupied it against only minor resistance, but the Tigrayans were just biding their time.

The military occupation of Tigray didn’t last. The Tigray Defence Force (TDF) came down from the hills last June and cleared federal troops out of the state practically overnight. Then it pushed south into the neighbouring state of Amhara along Highway One, which links Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, with the only port accessible to the landlocked country, Djibouti.

In July the TDF stopped at Weldia, still in Amhara state and about 250 miles from Addis Ababa, to await the great Ethiopian counter attack – which didn’t start until about Oct. 10. It takes time to organise tens of thousands of half-trained volunteers, which was about all Abiy had left after the June-July debacle.

The battle raged for two weeks, with the attacks of Amhara militia and volunteers from elsewhere failing against the trained, experienced Tigrayan troops. About a week ago the Ethiopian troops broke and started fleeing south, although you probably didn’t hear about that because Abiy began bombing the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, to distract your attention.

The TDF has already captured Dessie and is advancing on Kombolcha, which is halfway from Mekelle to Addis Ababa. Will the Tigrayans actually go for Addis itself? It’s not impossible. They’re arrogant enough, and they may be strong enough.

Nigeria is not that close to the edge, but the signs are bad. The huge gap in income, education and simple literacy between the very poor Muslim north and the mostly Christian south is a major irritant. The desperate lack of jobs for the young is destabilising even the south, as last year’s failed youth rebellion clearly demonstrated.

In the north east, the jihadist Boko Haram has become the local authority in some places, collecting taxes and digging wells. In the north west, banditry is out of control, with dozens or even hundreds of schoolchildren being kidnapped for ransom almost every week. The region is awash with arms, and one gang recently shot down a military jet.

In the ‘middle belt’ of states, farmers and herders are often at war, and in the southeast Igbo secessionists are raising the call for an independent Biafra again. Along the coast piracy is flourishing, and the oil multinational Shell is offloading its onshore Nigerian oil assets in the face of insecurity, theft and sabotage.

“This is an exposure that doesn’t fit with our risk appetite anymore,” said Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, and most major investors, whether foreign or Nigerian, feel the same way. Nigeria, like Ethiopia, is full of clever, ambitious young people with the education and skills to transform the country if only it was politically stable, but that is asking for the moon.

It would be a catastrophe if these two countries, containing a quarter of Africa’s total population, were to be Balkanised, but that may be coming. If the Serbs and the Croats can’t live together happily, why should we expect the Igbo and the Hausa, or the Tigrayans and the Amharas, to do so?

The old Organisation of African Unity rule said the former colonial borders must never be changed, no matter how arbitrary they were, because otherwise there would be a generation of war and chaos. That’s why for a long time there were fifty African states and no more, but recently the rule has begun to fray. Somaliland, Eritrea, South Sudan…who’s next?

Will the dam burst if Ethiopia breaks up into three or four different countries? Nobody knows, but it would be preferable if we don’t have to find out. Better the borders you know than the borders you don’t.

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💭 ይህ የሂል ታይምስ ዘገባ የሚከተለውን ከሁለት ሳምንት በፊት ያቀረብኩትን መረጃየን ያጠናክርልኛል፤

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ሉሲፈራውያኑ የዓለማችን ፈላጭ ቆራጮች “ክሪስላም” የተሰኘውን እመነቶችን የማደበላለቅ ሰይጣናዊ ሙከራ በቅድሚያ በሁለቱ በሕዝብ ቁጥር አንጋፋ በሆኑት የአፍሪቃ ሃገራት ለማካሄድ ወስነዋል። አስቀድመው የጀመሩት በናይጄሪያ ነው። በኢትዮጵያ ሕዝበ ክርስቲያኑ ጽኑ እምነት አለው፤ አንድ ላይ ያብራል ብለው ያምኑ ስለነበር ይህን ሙከራ ለመተግበር ጊዜው አልፈቀደላቸውም ነበር። በናይጄሪያ ግን በቅኝ ግዛት እያለች አስፈላጊውን ሥራ ሠርተውና ችግኛቸውንም ተክለው ስለነበር ላለፉት ሰላሳ ዓመታት ክርስቲያኖችና ሙስሊሞች እርስበርስ እንዲጋጩና እንደ መፍትሄም ክሪስላምየተሰኘውን የክርስትና እና እስልምና ጥምረት ለመፍጠር ብዙ ሠርተዋል። “ቦኮ ሃራም” የኤዶማውያኑ እና እስማኤላውያኑ ችግኝ ነው።

ነፍሳቸውን ይማርላቸውና ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር መለስ ዜናዊን እና ብጹዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ጳውሎስን ከገደሏቸው በኋላ ግን፤ “በኢትዮጵያ በጣም አመቺ የሆነውን ሁኔታ ፈጥረናል ክርስቲያን ጠል የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚዎች የሆኑትን የዋቄዮአላህዲያብሎስ ጭፍሮችን ወደ ሥልጣን አምጥተናል፤ ስለዚህ የፈለግነውን ማድረግ እንችላለን፤” በሚል ወኔ ያው ላለፉት ዘጠኝ ዓመታት/በተለይ ላለፉት አስራ አንድ ወራት ተግተው በመሥራት ላይ ይገኛሉ።

አዎ! በአክሱም ጽዮን ላይ የተከፈተው የዘር ማጥፋት፣ ገዳማትን እና ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናትን ብሎም ታሪካዊ ቅርሶችን የማውደሙ ዘመቻ የዚህ “የአንድ ዓለም ኃይማኖት” ምስረታ አካል ነው። አክሱም ጽዮንን በኤርትራ ቤን አሚር እና በሶማሊያ አህዛብ ታጣቂዎች አጥቅተው አንድ ሺህ ተዋሕዶ ኢትዮጵያውያንን ለሰማዕትነት ሲያበቋቸው፤ ወዲያው በድንጋጤ የፈጸሙት ተግባር፤ “አልነጃሽ” የተባለውን “መስጊድ” ማጥቃት ነበር። አክሱም ጽዮን ስትጠቃ የትግራይ ጽዮናውያን ታፍነው ቢያዙም ምናልባት የተቀሩት ተዋሕዶ ኢትዮጵያውያን፣ በተለይ በአማራ ክልል የሚገኙ “ክርስቲያኖች” ለአመጽ ይነሳሱ ይሆናል የሚል ስጋት ነበራቸው። ግን ይህ አለመከሰቱን እንዲያውም ድምጽ ለማሰማት እንኳን የሚሻ የአማራ ክልል “ክርስቲያን” በመጥፋቱ ተበረታተው በሌሎች የትግራይ ገዳማትና ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናት ላይ ጥቃቱን ማካሄድ፤ ክቡር የሆነውን የክርስቲያን ሕይወት መቅጠፍ፣ ሴቶችንና ሕፃናትን መድፈር፣ እንደ እጣን ዛፍ ያሉትን በጣም ውድ የሆኑ ዛፎች ማቃጠል ወዘተ ጀመሩ። እናስታውስ እንደሆነ ይህ የዘር ማጥፋት ጦርነት ከመጀመሩ ገና ከዓመት አስቀድሞ ብዙ ሜንጫዎች፣ ገጀራዎችና ሌሎች የመጨፍጨፊያ ቁሳቁሶች በክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ ቱርክ አማካኝነት ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ሲገቡና በተለይ የኦሮሞ ጂሃዲስቶቹም ሲዘጋጁበት ነበር። ነገር ግን ሲያዩት አማራው “ክርስቲያን” ከእነርሱ ጎን ተሰልፎ እንደሚቆም፣ እንዲያውም የእነርሱንም እርዳታ ሳይጠይቅ ለብቻው የትግራይ ክርስቲያን ወገኖቹን ለመጨፍጨፍ ዝግጁ እንደሆነ ተመለከቱት። ስለዚህ “ለምን የሰው ኃይል አንቆጥብም፤ ወደፊት እኮ ብዙ ጂሃድ ይጠብቀናል፤ አሁን እርስበርሳቸው እየተባሉ እስኪደክሙ እንጠብቅ” ወደሚለው እባባዊ ውሳኔ ገቡ።

አያሳዝንምን?! በናይጄሪያ፣ በኮንጎ፣ በመካከለኛው አፍሪቃ፣ በሞዛምቢክ፣ አሁን በድጋሚ በሊባኖስ ግጭቶችና ጦርነቶች የሚቀሰቀሱት በመሀመዳውያኑ ቀስቃሽነት በክርስቲያኖች እና ሙስሊሞች መካከል ነው። በኢትዮጵያ ግን፤ ምናልባት በዓለም ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ በአንድ ሃይማኖት ውስጥ የሚገኙና ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን የሆኑት ኢትዮጵያውያን በተለይ 😈 በኦሮሞው ቁራ በተታለሉት በአማራ ልሂቃኑ ወንጀለኛና በጣም ሃጢዓተኛ በሆነ አካሄድ እርስበርስ እንዲጨራረሱ እየተደረገ ነው። እጅግ፣ እጅግ በጣም ነው እንጂ የሚያሳዝነውና የሚያስቆጣው! 😠😠😠 😢😢😢

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Why The U.S. Should Call The Famine And Violence in Tigray A Genocide

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 7, 2021

💭 አሜሪካ ለምን በትግራይ የሰፈነውን ረሃቡን እና ሁከቱን የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል ብላ ልትጠራው እንደሚገባት

👉 From The Washington Post.

Over the past 11 months, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has killed, raped and tortured ethnic-minority Tigrayans en masse. Will the Biden administration label these acts a genocide and impose appropriate consequences? If not, the United States will effectively greenlight genocide for any leader ruthless enough to follow Abiy’s playbook of secrecy, sexual violence and starvation as weapons of war.

The case against Abiy’s administration is straightforward: His government’s actions, as described by countless international monitors, fit the United Nations’ definition of genocide.

The United Nations defines genocide as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group,” and calls out five specific acts of genocide. The Ethiopian government has been documented as committing four of these five acts: “killing members of the group,” “imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group,” “causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group” and “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.”

Let’s review the evidence.

Upon invading Tigray in November 2020, Abiy’s government severed all communication and restricted access to Tigray. Terrified relatives overseas had no way to check on their loved ones. Abiy’s commitment to secrecy was so strong that his forces shot at and arrested U.N. aid workers trying to help refugees in Tigray. By February, a bewildered Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, wrote that in his 40 years of humanitarian work, he had “rarely seen an aid response so impeded.”

In the face of mounting international condemnation, Abiy infamously told the Ethiopian parliament last November that not one civilian had died in Tigray.

But in Ethiopia we have a proverb, “The rod of truth may bend, but it will never break.” Journalists and aid workers risked their lives to share harrowing accounts of war crimes across Tigray by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces: hundreds of civilians slaughtered outside a church in Ethiopia’s holy city of Axum, their rotting carcasses reportedly left for hyenas; dozens of civilians bombed by Ethiopian warplanes at a crowded marketplace in Togoga; mass murders across Western Tigray that Secretary of State Antony Blinken later referred to as acts of “ethnic cleansing.”

And then the world learned of new, unimaginable atrocities. Health clinics reported barbaric sexual violence against women and girls across Tigray. Shocked doctors treated helpless women whose vaginas had been burned, and others whose vaginas had been pummeled, then stuffed with nails and stones. Other women had been gang-raped by soldiers who told them that their Tigrayan wombs must never again bear children. In August, Amnesty International summarized this systematic gender-based violence in a report titled, “I Don’t Know if They Realized I Was a Person.”

Throughout all this, Abiy maintained a constant response to accusations of war crimes: Deny, deny, deny. Deflect and blame Tigray.

When the Tigray Defense Forces routed Abiy’s armies from Tigray’s capital, Abiy’s government amped up genocidal language against Tigrayans, referring to them publicly as “weeds,” “cancer” and “daytime hyenas.”

Abiy then turned to the most consistent part of his playbook: the use of starvation as a weapon of war against civilians. Today, 79 percent of expectant and lactating mothers screened by the United Nations are malnourished, and at least 5 million Tigrayans face starvation.

Just this past week, Abiy shocked the world by expelling U.N. officials who could help relieve the famine, including the country head of UNICEF. White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted, “We’re deeply concerned that this action continues a pattern by the Ethiopian government of obstructing the delivery of food, medicine and other lifesaving supplies to those most in need.”

With his administration increasingly facing sanctions and economic repercussions, Abiy has warned the world to not meddle in Ethiopia. He and his government claim that any actions to force humanitarian aid into the region — or force his government to negotiate with Tigray’s elected leaders — would violate Ethiopia’s sovereignty.

By this rationale, any genocidal leader can murder millions of his own people, or wipe out an entire ethnic group, as long he does it within his own borders.

If the Biden administration fails to apply the genocide designation to Tigray, the message will be clear to any future war criminal: We will look the other way no matter what you do. You can gang rape girls, starve your people, murder masses of civilians, and in response we will share only toothless statements of concern.

For the sake of my people in Tigray, and people across the world, the United States must immediately call the Ethiopian government’s actions in Tigray a genocide.

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