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Mai Kadra | Eyewitness Accounts, Video Confirm Reports of Tigrayan Children Held in Brutal Concentration Camp

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 27, 2021

💭 ማይ ካድራ | የአይን እማኝ ዘገባዎችና ቪዲዮዎች የትግራይ ሕፃናት በማጎሪያ ካምፕ ውስጥ በጭካኔ መታጎራቸውን አረጋግጠዋል

👉 የሳተላይት ምስሎች የተረፉትን የዓይን ምስክሮች ዘገባዎች ይደግፋሉ። 😈 የኢትዮጵያ ወታደሮች ሕፃናትን ጨምሮ በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ተጋሩን በጭካኔ ካምፖች ውስጥ አጉረዋቸው ነበር።

Satellite Images Support Survivors’ Accounts: Ethiopian Forces Held Thousands, Including Children, in Brutal Camps

In the Tigray region of Ethiopia, beginning in November 2020, children who should have been laughing with friends and studying in school were instead locked up, crying, starving and abused in concentration camps, according to multiple eyewitness reports that have been corroborated by satellite imagery and analysis, as well as cell phone video footage smuggled out by an escapee.

Ethiopian federal forces, abetted by special forces, paramilitary groups, militia and police acting under the authority of the Amharan regional government, locked up in multiple locations hundreds of children of all ages — and even pregnant women, infants and toddlers — along with thousands of Tigrayan adults and senior citizens. These people appear to have been held in harsh conditions, systematically starved and beaten because of their ethnicity and with no judicial process or valid legal pretext. That is the definition of a concentration camp. This is a previously unreported part of an ongoing genocidal campaign led by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed — ironically enough, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate — against various ethnic groups, including Tigrayans, Kimant, Gumuz, Ogaden (Somalis), Agew, Irob, Afar and Sidama.

This report is based on eyewitness accounts by dozens of people from five ethnic groups, including 11 former prisoners who were interviewed in four different refugee camps in eastern Sudan. Doctors have recounted their treatment of another seven former prisoners, including young children. Satellite imagery from Maxar (a space technology company based in Westminster, Colorado) and Planet Labs (an Earth imaging company based in San Francisco) corroborates these eyewitness reports. So does video footage which one former prisoner shot on his cell phone before he escaped a previously unreported concentration camp in western Tigray, located in the notorious Abbadi warehouse compound in Mai Kadra.

The cell phone footage admittedly does not conform to classic notions of what a concentration camp looks like, as in World War II films.There are no bars, guard towers, German Shepherds, barracks, searchlights or coils of razor wire. In the videos, prisoners can be seen eating popcorn, drinking coffee, teasing each other and making jokes in Tigrigna, the language of the Tigray people.

“Young children who were imprisoned and abused”

“We are seeing a generation of Tigrayan refugee children, many of whom are growing up with a sense of hopelessness,” said Dr. Mebrahtom Yehdago, 37, from Humera. He is a Tigrayan doctor and refugee in Tenedba refugee camp in eastern Sudan. “As a doctor, I feel so disturbed, sad, and angry to see these kinds of situations. These children are innocent. These are young children who were imprisoned and abused. How can we get the world to pay attention and do more to help the children?”

Dr. Mebrahtom outlines the cases of former child prisoners in concentration camps whom he has treated: four boys, ages 2, 9, 13 and 15. The two-year-old was imprisoned with his mother in the Mai Kadra concentration camp – which satellite imagery shows is in the Abbadi warehouse compound, a bit north and across the street from the police station, just as eyewitnesses reported. They were imprisoned from Nov. 14 to Nov. 27, 2020, until the mother paid their captors — the Fanu, the Amhara militia and the Amharan Regional Police — a ransom of 50,000 Ethiopian birr (about USD $1,086) for their release.

The toddler presented with physical complications, Dr. Mebrahtom said, including recurrent diarrhea, dehydration, malnutrition and pneumonia, as well as psychological issues. For example, when the boy sees a large group of people, he starts shouting and crying. His mother says he is remembering their hardship in captivity.

Their captors provided no food or water. About twice a week, according to former prisoners who escaped, Doctors Without Borders (or MSF, its French acronym) workers from Abdelrafe would distribute packets of digestive biscuits and fill two large water tanks. MSF repaired one water tank and installed another, without which the prisoners would have had only a few sinks in the bathrooms, where toilets and floors were overflowing with feces. MSF also built a new bathroom. The prisoners in Mai Kadra, like those in other concentration camps in western Tigray, survived by pilfering and roasting sesame seeds stored in the warehouses where they were held captive. This meager sustenance came from bags of seeds that the Amharan forces had looted from Tigrayan farmers and hauled to the warehouses on trailers pulled by tractors. The tractors in Mai Kadra were stolen from the Abbadis, a wealthy Tigrayan family who had owned the warehouse compound.

Satellite imagery shows tractors hooked to trailers near the compound garage. Some prisoners who had Amharan relatives or friends, and who could get money brought to them, paid bribes to Amharan militia guards. In exchange, the guards would allow two or three small boys, around eight years old, to run to the market and return with a kind of flat bread called injera, which the prisoners would distribute.

“We are here to kill you”

Dr. Mebrahtom described the case of a 15-year-old boy, imprisoned in the same place in Mai Kadra. He is an insulin-dependent diabetic. When he asked for permission to buy insulin from a local pharmacy, his captors said, “We are not here to treat you; we are here to kill you. We are gathering the Tigrayan refugees here to kill them.” …..

Dr. Mebrahtom explains that the abuse of Tigrayan children in Mai Kadra was not unique. It was part of a pattern which the doctor has seen, and which other eyewitnesses confirmed in interviews, which also involved children locked up in various sites in the regional capital of western Tigray, Humera. For example, the doctor has treated a 9-year-old boy who had been imprisoned for four days in the old police station in Humera.

Eyewitnesses who had been incarcerated in the old police station, and who were subsequently transferred to the Yitbarak warehouse in Humera, from which they escaped, reported that the only food and water available in the station (administered by the Amhara Regional Police) was whatever the prisoners could buy and have brought in from outside. And in the Yitbarak warehouse (sometimes called the Tabarak warehouse), prisoners subsisted by pilfering sesame seeds from bags looted by the Amhara and stored in the warehouse. So this young child, like hundreds of other children and adults imprisoned in multiple locations, had to survive on handfuls of seeds and a little water, with an occasional supplement of a piece of injera or a few digestive biscuits. I asked the doctor who had arrested the 9-year-old boy, and why.

💭 Five paths to freedom

There were five paths to freedom from the Mai Kadra concentration camp:

  1. the Amharan regional government released some who paid a ransom — an illegal act of extortion which confirms that there was no valid legal purpose for holding the prisoners;
  2. they released some who claimed Amharan ancestry, which confirms that the Ethiopian government was arresting Tigrayans because of their ethnicity;
  3. after several weeks, they released some old people, sick people, pregnant women and women with young children, although one witness among the released prisoners — a woman who returned to Mai Kadra — reported that the Amharans released these Tigrayans into a deadly ambush by Eritrean soldiers allied with Ethiopia’s federal government;
  4. more than 150 Tigrayans escaped Mai Kadra over a four-day period; and
  5. some died of starvation and disease due to lack of adequate nutrition or sufficient medical care in captivity.

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Tigrayans Being Sent to Concentration Camps in Addis Ababa | ትግራዋዮች በአዲስ አበባ ወደ ማጎሪያ ካምፖች ሲወሰዱ

💭 My Note: They say, there is war in Oromia too – so, why don’t they do the same to the Oromos in Addis? The Answer is because it’s the Oromos who are the perpetrators. It’s all lies, there is no war in Oromia – there ain’t no such thing as “Eritrean soldiers in Oromia” – Evil Abiy Ahmed’s fascist regime is an Oromo one – and it’s the Oromos + the Amharas who are responsible for the #TigrayGenocide. Will the Addis Ababa residents now have a desire to show solidarity with Tigrayans against this sort of barbarity? No, they won’t! Unless the T.D.F advance towards Addis Ababa, I smell Auschwitz!

Thousands of Ethnic-Tigrayan Residents of Addis Ababa Being Marched to Mass Detention Centers.

Turning Point in Tigray | Bring This Uniquely Monstrous War Criminal to Justice

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Mount Tabor & The Feast of The Transfiguration | Buhe-Debre Tabor

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 19, 2021

❖❖❖ ቡሄ! ቡሄ! ቡሄ! ❖❖❖

የታመሙትን፣ የታሰሩትን፣ የተደፈሩትንና የተሰደዱትን እንጠይቅ፣

የተራቡትንና የተጠሙትን እናብላ እናጠጣ፣የታረዙትን እናልብስ፣

ለተበደሉት፣ አድሎ ለሚደርስባቸውና ፍትሕ ለተነፈጋቸው እንቁም!

Buhe (Ge’ez: ቡሄ) is a feast day observed by Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on August 19 (ነሐሴ/Nähase ፲፫/13 in the Ethiopian calendar). On this date, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor (Debre Tabor Ge’ez: ደብረ ታቦር). People of the neighborhood tie a bundle of sticks together to make a CHIBO, and set it on fire while singing songs. The main song is called “Hoya Hoye” with one singer singing while the others follow in a rhythmic way. It involves young boys singing songs of praise outside of people’s homes, in exchange for fresh bread called MULMUL. The boys then bless the family of the home for the following year.

For weeks in August, Ethiopian boys dress up and perform songs from door to door in neighbourhoods across the country. In return, the boys get ‘Mulmul’ – bread freshly baked for the occasion in each house.

Known as Buhe, the festival – like most cultural celebrations here has its origins in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It marks the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor.

“I started participating in Buhe when I was 14. I get very excited when the time for Buhe comes around because it is the commemoration of Jesus appearing in a supernatural light. We celebrate Buhe with very interesting activities,” said Kirubel Sibhat, one of the young performers.

Buhe is also a tradition where young people are reminded to value older generations. The songs are written and performed in praise of adults and elders.

But over time, the tradition of Buhe has struggled to stay alive, especially in urban locations like Addis Ababa – a city undergoing its own transformation as the capital of one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

Churches are trying to revive the celebration to its old glory. The boys can now also receive gifts of money in place of fresh bread – a sign of the times where people have less time to prepare for such festivals.

“The new generation has the responsibility of learning and continuing the traditions of its fathers, as we age. It has the responsibility of upholding national traditions instead of following foreign traditions,” Said Kassaye Gutema, an Addis Ababa resident.

The boys crack a whip made of braided tree fibers to signal their approach into a neighbourhood. Traditionally the whip was cracked by shepherd boys.

Buhe also marks the last days of the rainy season.

Religious leaders and Orthodox faithful take the time to give thanks and pray for a good harvest. They also take time to reflect on the biblical significance of the events.

According to Wosanyu Zewdie, a deacon and teacher at St. Yohannes school, Buhe is a culmination of tradition and religion.

“The meaning of the whip being cracked is to imitate the sound of the thunder that was heard in the sky. We later light a bonfire to represent the light that was illuminating when Christ appeared. The bread signifies the fact that mothers took bread to their shepherd boys who stayed out late because they thought it was still daylight, but it was Christ’s supernatural appearance. So all the cultural activities you see in relation to Buhe have their origin in religion,” he said.

After sunset, celebrations move to the streets where large bonfires burn well into the night and hundreds sing and dance in anticipation of the new year – marked in Ethiopia according to the Orthodox Calendar in September.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is one of the pre-colonial Christian denominations in sub-Saharan Africa and is estimated to have between 40 and 45 million followers. The overwhelming majority live in Ethiopia.

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ደብረ ታቦር ነፃ በወጣችበት በቡሄ ዕለት የጥፋት ውኃ በሰዶምና ገሞራ አዲስ አበባ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 18, 2021

የጽዮንን ሕፃናት ሳይቀር የምታሳድድና የምታግት ከተማ ገና እሳት ከሰማይ ይዘንብባታል! አዲስ አበባ፤ እጅሽን ለአክሱም ጽዮን ስጭ!🙌

💭 አረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ ወደ ክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚዋ እና በአርሜኒያ ክርስቲያን ወገኖቻችን ላይ የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል በፈጸመችው ቱርክ በሚገኝበት ዕለት። በአጋጣሚ? በጭራሽ! ጉብኝቱ ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ መሆኑ ነው። ከሁለት ዓመት በፊት፤ “ግራኝ ቱርክን እስካሁን ያልጎበኛት ፀረ-ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን ተልዕኮውን ላለማሳየትና የቱርክ ወኪል ግራኝ አህመድ ዳግማዊ እንደሆነ ላለማስበላት ነው” ብዬ መጻፌን አስታውሳለሁ። ዛሬ ልክ በቡሄ ዕለት የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚው ጭምብሉ በድጋሚ ተገለጠ። አልዋሽም፤ ግራኝን ገና ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ እንዳየሁት ነበር የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ መንፈስ ያደረበት እርኩስ መሆኑን ከዓይኖቹ ያነበብኩት። ✝✝✝[መዝሙረ ዳዊት ፺፩፥፰]✝✝✝ “በዓይኖችህ ብቻ ትመለከታለህ፥ የኃጥኣንንም ብድራት ታያለህ።” መንፈሳዊ ውጊያ እንግዲህ ይህን ይመስላል! ሁለቱ የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚዎች አህመድ እና ኤርዶጋን በመጨረሻ በአካል ተገናኝተው ለማየት በቃን፤ እነዚህ አረመኔዎች አሁን ተሸንፈዋል፤ እግዚአብሔር ይመስገን!

የጽዮን ልጆች ከክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ ቱርክ ተጠንቀቁ! እንጠንቀቅ! ግራኝ ዳግማዊ ወኪሏ “አል ነጃሽ”ን እንዲያፈርስ ትዕዛዝ የተቀበለው ከቱርክ ነው፤ ቀድም ሲል መስጊዱን ለመስራት ወደ ውቅሮ እንደገባች፤ አሁንም ላድሰው ብላ የመግቢያ ቀዳዳ በመፈለግ ላይ ነች። አክሱም ጽዮን የዲያብሎስ ጣዖት ማምለኪያ ቦታ አያስፈልጋትም፤ “የታሪክ ቅርስ” እንዲሆን ከተፈለገ “የሰይጣን ቤት” ተብሎ ቤተ መዘክር ያለውጭ ሰዎች ጣልቃ ገብነት በተጋሩዎች ሊሠራ ይቻላል።

👉 ኖኅ 👉 የጥፋት ውኃ 👉 አራራት ተራራ 👉 ሰዶምና ገምራ 👉 ሎጥ 👉አርሜኒያ 👉 ደብረ ታቦር

የሰዶም እና ገሞራ እንደ ነነዌ ሰዎች ወደ እግዚአብሔር ባለመመለሳቸዉ እሳት ከሰማይ ወርዶ አቃጥሎ አጥፍቶአቸዋል [ዘፍ ፲፱፡፳፫]

[የሉቃስ ወንጌል ምዕራፍ ፲፯፥፳፮፡፳፱]

በኖኅ ዘመንም እንደ ሆነ፥ በሰው ልጅ ዘመን ደግሞ እንዲሁ ይሆናል። ኖኅ ወደ መርከብ እስከ ገባበት ቀን ድረስ፥ ይበሉና ይጠጡ ያገቡና ይጋቡም ነበር፥ የጥፋት ውኃም መጣ ሁሉንም አጠፋ።

እንዲሁ በሎጥ ዘመን እንደ ሆነ፤ ይበሉ ይጠጡም ይገዙም ይሸጡም ይተክሉም ቤትም ይሠሩ ነበር፤ ሎጥ ከሰዶም በወጣበት ቀን ግን ከሰማይ እሳትና ዲን ዘነበ ሁሉንም አጠፋ።”

ቡሄ/ ደብረ ታቦር በቅድስት አርሴማ ሃገር በእኅት ሃገር በአርሜኒያ፤ ለዘመነ ኖኅ የጥፋት ውኃ መታሰቢያ ጭምር ተደርጎ እንደሚከበር ታች የቀረበው የእንግሊዝኛ መረጃ ይጠቁመናል። ከጥፋት ውኃ በኋላ የአባታችን ኖህ መርከብ በሁለቱ በዓለም ጥንታውያን የክርስቲያን ሃግራት፤ ወይ በአርሜኒያ ወይ በኢትዮጵያ አራራት ተራራ ነው ያረፈችው።

💭 አምና አረመኔው ግራኝ በአክሱም ጽዮን ላይ ደም አፍሳሹን የጭፍጨፋ ጂሃድ ከመጀመሩ በፊት የቀረበ፦

👉 የዛሬዋ ኢትዮጵያ ከማን ጋር ናት? ከሙስሊም ቱርክ/አዘርበጃን ወይንስ ከክርስቲያን አርሜኒያ?

የግራኝ ቄሮኦሮሞ አገዛዝና አህዛብ ዜጎቹ ከሙስሊም አዘርበጃን ጎን እንደሚቆሙ አያጠራጥርም፤ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከማን ጎን ይሰለፋሉ?

በአርሜኒያ እና ኢትዮጵያ ተመሳሳይ ክስተት ጎን ለጎን መታየቱ በአጋጣሚ አይደለም። ውጊያችን የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚው ከሚመራቸው ከመንፈሳዊ ኃይላት ጋር ነው!

ባለፈው መስከረም የሃገራችን አዲስ ዓመት መግቢያ ላይ በክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚዋ የምትመራዋ ሙስሊም አዘርበጃን በክርስቲያን አርሜኒያ ላይ ጦርነት ከፈተች። አርሜኒያ የቱርኮችን ድሮኖች በመጠቀም በናጎርኖ ካራባኽ የሚገኙትን ጥንታውያኑን ክርስቲያኖች ጨፈጨፈች፤ ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናቱንና ገዳማቱን አፈራረሰች።

የባለሃብቱ ጆርጅ ሶሮስ ወኪል የሆነው የአርሜኒያው ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ኒኮል ፓሺንያን በአርሜኒያ እና አዘርበጃን መካከል በተፈጠረው ጦርነት ልክ እንደ ግራኝ ክህደት የተሞላበት “የሰላም ስምምነት” በመፈረሙ አገሪቷ ላለፉት ሳምንታት በከፍተኛ የተቃውሞ ማዕበል ላይ ትገኛለች። አርሜኒያውን፤ ጀግኖች!

ኢትዮጵያውያን ኢንጂነር ስመኘው ሲገደል፣ እነ ጄነራል አሳምነው ሲገደሉ፣ በኦሮሚያ ሲዖል ኢትዮጵያውያን ሲታገቱ፣ ሲጨፈጨፉና ሲፈናቀሉ አራት ኪሎ ያለውን ቤተ ፒኮክ እና ፓርላማ እንዲህ መውረር ነበረባቸው። ይህን ሳያደርጉ ስለቀሩ ነው አሁን እባቡ ዐቢይ በሰሜን ኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ ለጀመረው ጥቃት የእሳት ማገዶ እያደረጋቸው ያለው። ግራኝ የሰበሰባቸው ወታደሮች በብዛት ወደ ሱዳን እየሸሹ እንደሆነ ዜናዎች እየወጡ ነው። በዘመነ ኮሮና እንደገና ስደት? አሳዛኝ ነው! የዚህ ጦርነትቀስቃሽ በእብሪት የተወጠረውና ለድርድር አልቀመጥም ያለው ግራኝ መሆኑን አንርሳው።

👉 የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ = ቱርክ = ቀዳማዊ ግራኝ አህመድ = ዳግማዊ ግራኝ አህመድ

ቱርክ በአርሜኒያውያን ላይ ድሮኖቿን እንደተጠቀመችው ግራኝም የመጀመሪያውና ዙር የድሮኖች ጭፍጨፋ በባቢሎን ኤሚራቶች አማካኝነት ከተጠቀመ በኋላ አሁን ወደ ክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ ቱርክ ፊቱን አዙሮ ድሮኖችን በመለመን ላይ ይገኛል። ይገርማል፤ እንድምናየውና እንደምንሰማው ከሆነማ ኤሚራቶችና ቱርኮች የጠላትነት ስትራቴጂ የሚከተሉ “ተፎካካሪዎች” መሆን ነበረባቸው።

👉 Reflections on the Feast of Transfiguration

Two years ago, around this time, we arrived early Sunday morning in Armenia. Soon after, my son Hovsep and I attended badarak at the Saint Gregory The Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan. The festivities of celebrating Vartavar on the streets of the Armenian capital had already started as church services were over. We witnessed a joyous day filled with the tradition of splashing water dating from the pre-Christian era of Armenia, honoring the goddess Asdghig as some say. Others claim that this tradition goes further back to the days of Noah and a remembrance of the flood.

The feast of transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, one of the five prominent Tabernacle feasts of our church, is celebrated today. We read about the events of the transfiguration in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). I invite you to focus on the details from the Transfiguration narrative according to the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus reveals His divinity through a sequence of events and actions that includes His face shining like the sun; his clothes became dazzling white, Moses’ and Elijah’s appearance, a bright cloud overshadowing the scene and the voice of God testifying: “This is my Son, the Beloved; with Him, I am well pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5).

I would like you to pay attention to the dazzling white garment of Jesus. White garments are an expression of heavenly beings. In the book of Revelation, John speaks of white garments worn by those who have been saved (Revelation 7:9, 19:14). We find the practical inclusion of this notion in the life of the church in the sacrament of baptism, as we clothe the newly baptized child with white garments. Think about it; everyone baptized in the church has put on dazzling white garments of salvation. In other words, it is through baptism that we are united to the glory of Christ, and He reveals His glory to us through His passion and the crucifixion. The self-sacrifice of Christ is the purification that restores to us the original garment lost through sin. Through baptism, God clothes us in light, and we become light.

So, after all, the splashing of water and the popular mode of celebrating Vartavar, the feast of the transfiguration may not be fragments of pagan Armenia. Maybe it’s a powerful and practical way of reminding us that we are baptized and garmented with the dazzling white clothing of angels and the elect. God continues to administer His grace to us through our active participation in the life of the Church. God restores our old, dirty and torn garments into dazzling white clothes and prepares us to participate in the divine banquet.

Happy feast of transfiguration.

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አንቀጸ ምሕረት ቅዱስ ሚካኤል | ደብረ ታቦር

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 18, 2021

💭 አንቀጸ ምሕረት ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤተክርስቲያን ደብረ ታቦር ሰንበት ትምህርት ቤት እንዳሳወቀው፤

ከሁለት ሣምንታት በፊት በዚህ በአንቀጸ ምሕረት ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ደብረ ታቦር ላለፉት ረጅም አመታት ለጸበል አገልግሎት እየተጠቀመበት የሚገኘውን የቅዱስ ሚካኤል እና የቅዱስ ቂርቆስ የጸበል ቦታን ቤተ ክርስቲያን እንተክላለን የሚሉ ግለሰቦች ለ ፳፯/፲፩/፲፫ ዓ.ም ያለ ሰበካ ጉባኤ እና ያለ ምዕመናን እውቅና ታቦት ይዘን እንገባለን ሲሉ ነበር።

የአካባቢው ህብረተሰብ ይህን ጉዳይ በቦታው ተገኝቶ መቃወሙ ተገልጿል።

❖❖❖ለአዕይንቲከ ሚካኤል ሆይ ለሰው ልጅ ይቅርታን ለማስገኘት ወደ ልዑል እግዚአብሔር አሻቅበው ለሚማልዱ ዓይኖችህ ሰላምታ ይገባል። ሚካኤል ሆይ በጠላት ተማርከው ለሚጨነቁትና ለሚሰቃዩት ዋስ ጠበቃቸው አንተ ነህና። በኔ ላይ የሚተበትቡትን የጠላቶቼን የምክር መረብ በጣጥሰህ ጣልልኝ ነፍሴንም ሥጋዬንም ለአንተ አደራ ሰጥቻለሁና።❖❖❖

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Ethiopia | TDF Made One of The Most Amazing Comebacks in Recent Military History

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 23, 2021

💭 ኢትዮጵያ | የትግራይ መከላከያ ኃይል በቅርብ ወታደራዊ ታሪክ ውስጥ እጅግ አስደናቂ ከሆኑት መመለሻዎች መካከል አንዱን አደረገ

👉 ከጥቂት ወራቶች በፊት ትግራይ ውስጥ የተሸነፉ የሚመስሉት አርበኞች አሁን የአዲስ አበባን አቅርቦት ለመዝጋት እየዛቱ ነው ፡፡ ያ እንዴት ይቻላል?

💭 A Few Months Ago The Rebels Seemed Defeated in Tigray, Now They Are Threatening to Cut Off Addis Ababa’s Supply. How is That Possible?

👉 Reconstruction of a dramatic – but explainable – turnaround.

They made one of the most amazing comebacks in recent military history.

Courtesy: Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ) (Translated from the German)

👉 ከታዋቂው የስዊዘርላንድ “አዲስ የዙሪክ ጋዜጣ” የተወሰደ፤

Vor wenigen Monaten schienen die Rebellen in Tigray besiegt, nun drohen sie Addis Abeba die Versorgung abzuschneiden. Wie ist das möglich?

Rekonstruktion einer dramatischen – aber erklärbaren – Wende.

At the end of May, the man, whom some consider to be one of Africa’s best military strategists, gave an interview. He was sitting in front of a stone wall somewhere in the hinterland of Tigray, talking to a local journalist, and what Tsadkan Gebretinssae said sounded full-bodied.

“We see clearly that their defeat (that of the occupying forces) is approaching. We have created several brigades and cells within a few months, we will use them effectively soon. We need to plug a few more holes, but we’re working on that. “

Tsadkan is a legendary guerrilla leader, he defeated an Ethiopian government thirty years ago. But at the time of the interview, hardly anyone outside the Ethiopian region of Tigray would have bet money for the one announced by Tsadkan to arrive. The Tigray Defense Forces (TDF), of which Tsadkan is the Central Command, had been hiding in the mountains, leading out of the ambush war against the troops who invaded Tigray in November 2020. The TDF seemed strong enough not to be defeated – but too weak to launch an offensive.

But then, at the end of June, the rebels did just that. Within a few days they overran the Ethiopian army in Tigray. They conquered large parts of the region, including the capital Mekele. “Operation Alula” was the offensive. It was one of the most amazing comebacks in recent military history.

What’s more, the TDF has now entered the neighbouring region of Afar, apparently trying to cut off the link between the port in Djibouti and Addis Ababa. It is by far the most important supply route for the Ethiopian capital. If the TDF succeeds, the civil war enters a completely unpredictable phase. There are rumors that the militarily lucky Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed could threaten a coup.

How could it get that far?

Disastrous rumbling attacks

Before the rebels made an amazing comeback in Tigray, they suffered an amazing defeat. In early November 2020, the Ethiopian army began its offensive against Tigray. The conflict had begun since Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in spring 2018. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Tigray’s main political force, had previously determined Ethiopian politics for nearly three decades. Abiy put an end to this, removing the Tigray faction from important posts in the military, politics and administration. The TPLF withdrew to its region of origin, soon the signs of war stood – on 4 November 2020 he broke loose.

It was first a one-sided conflict, after less than four weeks he seemed decided. The TPLF troops had rapidly lost ground, on 28 November they also lost the capital Mekele. Prime Minister Abiy declared the offensive, which he had defined as a “criminal action,” to be over.

The Norwegian politologist Kjetil Tronvoll, who is in regular contact with the leadership of the rebels, gives two reasons for the fact that the fight in November was so one-sided: firstly, the Tigrayan troops were not prepared to be attacked by three fronts; In addition to the Ethiopian army, the Eritrean army advanced from the north as well as militias of the neighbouring region Amhara from the south. Secondly, drone strikes that the United Arab Emirates allied with Ethiopia flew from a base in Eritrea would have had a devastating effect. The attacks destroyed Tigrayan tanks and heavy war equipment and killed several TPLF leaders.

The accusation that the UAE would support the campaign in Tigray with drones had been expressed early by TPLF representatives – experts believe this is possible, it is not documented.

In December and January, the rebels went for survival. The Ethiopian government maintained a “Most Wanted” list of 167 TPLF leaders. Within two weeks of January alone, the Ethiopian army captured or killed 47 of the wanted. The most prominent victim was Seyoum Mesfin, a 71-year-old former foreign minister who was shot dead by Ethiopian soldiers.

It seemed a matter of time before the list would be cut off. But it came differently.

The return of the almost 70-year-old general

For those who had saved themselves in the mountains of Tigrays were not helpless politicians, but some of the most experienced military of Ethiopia. The core of the TPLF leadership was a group of men who had fought a guerrilla war against the Ethiopian central state forty years ago. Debretsion Gebremichael, for example, the TPLF chairman, had joined the TPLF in the 1970s, when it was a rebel organization fighting the communist Derg regime.

Or Tsadkan Gebretinssae, the man who announced the defeat of the Ethiopian army in the interview. According to the BBC, he had joined the TPLF in 1976, when it only numbered a few hundred fighters. He became one of their most important commanders and led the 1991 attack on Addis Ababa, which put an end to the Derg regime. At that time the TPLF had become an army with over 100,000 fighters.

After the TPLF took power, Tsadkan was Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Army and led it into a war with Eritrea in 1998, which cost nearly 80,000 lives. Later the general was dismissed because he had resigned with the then TPLF Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. In 2019, he participated in negotiations between the TPLF and Prime Minister Abiy. They were unsuccessful – and after the war broke loose, Tsadkan joined the rebels. He later said, “I had the choice to surrender to either foreign forces or those of Abiy or to go into resistance. I chose the latter. ” Tsadkan again has a key military role, he is almost 70 years old.

Besides Debretsion, Tsadkan and the other former guerrilla fighters, many more capable military forces found themselves in the mountains of Tigray; Tadesse Worede, for example, the commander-in-chief of the Tigrayan troops, had once led UN peacekeepers in Sudan. In addition, there were officers at all hierarchy levels who had either been expelled from the Ethiopian army or deserted.

One of the most militarized regions in the world

These experienced military forces now sent themselves to organize the resistance in Tigray. According to TPLF expert Kjetil Tronvoll, they received indirect support from the American government: after Joe Biden took office, the Americans pressured the UAE to end drone strikes in Yemen. These were flown from the same base in Eritrea, from which the attacks against the TPLF allegedly also originated. According to media reports, the Emirates largely shut down the base in February.

The absence of drone strikes gave air to the Tigrayan rebels. At the same time, tens of thousands of volunteers flocked to newly established training camps. Mass recruitment was a consequence of the humanitarian drama that has been taking place in Tigray since November. The Eritrean, Ethiopian and Amharic troops are blamed for numerous war crimes. Several thousand civilians were killed in massacres, and hundreds of women were raped. American Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, among others, spoke of “ethnic cleansing” in connection with the events in Tigray.

Tronvoll says that many Tigrayans have seen no other way out than to go to the mountains and fight: “They said to themselves: If we stay home, they come, rape our sisters, kill our mothers or us. If we want to survive, we have no choice but to join the rebels. “

In training camps new recruits were trained by experienced military personnel. There was no lack of weapons, the Tigray on the fragile border with Eritrea is one of the most militarized regions in the world. According to Tronvoll, many of the new fighters brought weapons sufficient for guerrilla combat; Kalashnikov rifles, for example.

The Tigray Defense Forces, consisting not only of members of the TPLF, but also members of other parties, deserters and militias and tens of thousands of people who were civilians until recently, grew. Tsadkan Gebretinssae said in one of his interviews: “Combining these two elements – experienced and capable commanders and a society with a military tradition – takes only a short time to reorganize and take control.”

That seems to have actually happened.

The destroyed command structure of the Ethiopian army

In June, the TDF commanders considered themselves strong enough to go on the offensive. Until then, they had carried out strategic attacks, which were often just needle stitches. But in these, for example, the TDF captured heavy war equipment that would soon be useful to them.

Finally, on June 18, the TDF launched Operation Alula, named after a Tigrayan general from the 19 century. The offensive was of resounding success; the Ethiopian army, which had mainly occupied cities and main axes of traffic, was surrounded in many places and cut off from supplies. Ten days after the offensive began, the TDF captured the capital Mekele. Images and videos from the city showed fighters parading through the city in a triumphal procession. The inhabitants celebrated the rebels, they waved Tigray flags, fireworks popped.

The TDF’s stormy offensive would not have been so successful if the Ethiopian army had resisted more severely. But the army is weakened because it has suffered a spate of Tigrayan officers in recent years – they had formed the backbone of the Ethiopian army after 1991. Prime Minister Abiy arrested thousands of Tigrayan officers for allegedly not trusting them. According to Kjetil Tronvoll, the command structure of the army was practically destroyed – meanwhile, old commanders from the time of the Derg regime again assume a key role. They face their former opponents of the TPLF, to whom they are already inferior.

The TDF are no longer waging a guerrilla war, they are continuing their offensive. They also want to free the north and the west of Tigray. In addition, they have penetrated the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar in order to create a buffer zone.

“The TDF are currently running as fast as they can,” says Kjetil Tronvoll. On the one hand, they wanted to prevent the Ethiopian army from reestablishing itself. On the other hand, they tried to open access to humanitarian aid – according to the UN, more than five million people in Tigray are in urgent need of aid. The only way to get help is through Afar.

The main supply route for Addis Ababa also runs through Afar. Around 95 percent of Ethiopia’s import volume enters the country from the port of Djibouti via Afar, including fuel and food. In recent days, the signs have increased that the TDF could try to cut the route from Djibouti to Addis. It would be a disaster for Prime Minister Abiy’s government.

For the ancient Tigrayan guerrillas and their highly motivated army, perhaps the moment when, thanks to them, the leaf would have finally turned in the civil war.

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Turning Point in Tigray | Bring This Uniquely Monstrous War Criminal to Justice

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 5, 2021

💭 ጎበዝ፤ ፌቨን ግርማይ!

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Tigrayans Being Sent to Concentration Camps in Addis Ababa | ትግራዋዮች በአዲስ አበባ ወደ ማጎሪያ ካምፖች ሲወሰዱ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 5, 2021

💭 My Note: They say, there is war in Oromia too – so, why don’t they do the same to the Oromos in Addis? The Answer is because it’s the Oromos who are the perpetrators. It’s all lies, there is no war in Oromia – there ain’t no such thing as “Eritrean soldiers in Oromia” – Evil Abiy Ahmed’s fascist regime is an Oromo one – and it’s the Oromos + the Amharas who are responsible for the #TigrayGenocide. Will the Addis Ababa residents now have a desire to show solidarity with Tigrayans against this sort of barbarity? No, they won’t! Unless the TDF advance towards Addis Ababa, I smell Auschwitz!

Thousands of Ethnic-Tigrayan Residents of Addis Ababa Being Marched to Mass Detention Centers

FRESH WAVE OF ARBITRARY ARREST OF TIGRAYANS IN ADDIS ABEBA

Video showing thousands of ethnic Tigrayan residents of Addis Ababa – the city they built and modernized — being marched on the street to mass detention centers before they are transferred to concentration camps in Awash Arba and other locations.

Reports are surfacing to the arbitrary arrest and rounding up of ethnic Tigrayans residing in Addis Abeba by police along with non-uniformed security forces. Addis Standard received reports indicating that these arrests are taking place in different locations around the capital.

An eyewitness who wants to remain anonymous in fear of reprisal told Addis Standard that Addis Abeba police accompanied by men wearing civilian clothes appeared in Summit, a neighborhood with a huge presence of Tigrinya speaking community, and started to check for IDs and conduct body searches checking on what is on them. The eyewitness said that the police took people who didn’t have their IDs on them and sarcastically made inappropriate remarks and asked those being checked, “Are you a junta?”

Another eyewitness who also asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal detailed for Addis Standard similar incidents and said, “It was a mix of Addis Abeba police and Federal police personnels.” Addis Standard learned from the same source who was previously arrested that there was physical abuse of detainees at the police station he was held at.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also said that it is monitoring reports of arrests of media personnel in Addis Abeba as well as residents of Tigray origin suspected of connection with the ongoing situation in the region and warned, “Such measures could aggravate the public‘s concerns on the risk of ethnic profiling.” Addis Standard contacted the senior media advisor at the rights commission, Aaron Maasho who on his part said that no further information is available but added, “Our team is monitoring the situation closely.”

The wife of the Awlo Media cameraman Muse Hadera who was arrested on Friday, July 02, 2021 said that she doesn’t know his whereabouts and was told when she went to the federal police with his lawyer that he was freed. Mesi told Addis Standard, “I know that he wasn’t released and is held somewhere. We just want to know what his charges are as we are still not clear on them. Also we want to make sure that he was not arrested for his identity and we can only understand by having answers as to his whereabouts and his charges.”

This fresh wave of arbitrary arrests coincides with the arrest of at least 12 journalists at two online media platforms. The lawyer, Tadele Gebre, told Addis Standard that the 10 journalists, a cameraman alongside Five members of the Awlo media staff, were arrested by federal police. Tadele also disclosed that Two journalists, Abebe Bayu and Yayesew Shimeles from Ethio-Forum, a Youtube based news outlet were also arrested. At the time the Federal police commission said their arrests were due to their affiliation with a terrorist group which is banned by the parliament. It also comes in the backdrop of an earlier wave of arrests that swapped returnees from the Middle East earlier in May, 2021.

Addis Standard also contacted both the spokesperson of the Addis Abeba Police commission and the spokesperson of the Federal police commission to verify claims made by eyewitnesses and concerned family members. While Fasika Fanta, Addis Abeba police commission spokesperson denied having any knowledge of the arrests, the spokesperson for the federal police commission said, “The federal police commission did not and does not arrest citizens based on their identity unless otherwise they are involved in criminal acts,” he added, “ Police can arrest every one without any discrimination, when suspected with criminal act.” AS

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Addis Ababa | Tigray Artists Wore The Color of Sadness | የትግራይ አርቲስቶች ጥቁር ለብሰው ሃዘናቸውን ሲገልጹ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 22, 2021

🔥 #TigrayGenocide – 200 Days of Rape, Starvation, Massacres, Blocked Aid etc.

💭 The illegal Tigray interim administration had sent ‘KinetTigray’ cultural group to Addis Ababa to participate in “Ethiopia Week” traditional program organized by the cruel drama queen, 😈 Abiy Ahmed to improvise a non-existent normalcy in Tigray to her babysitters – instead, the artists wore black to show their resistance & condolences to the ongoing genocidal war & alleviate the suffering of the population in occupied Tigray

ከአቡነ ተክለሐይማኖት እስከ አቡነ አረጋዊ ፪፻/200 ቀናት

🔥 ፪፻/200 ቀናት የትግራይ ዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል፤ ረሃብ ፣ ጭፍጨፋ ፣ የታገደ እርዳታ፣ አስገድዶ መድፈር… ወዘተ

ህገ-ወጥ የትግራይ ጊዜያዊ አስተዳደር ወደ አዲስ አበባ የላከውና 😈 ጨካኟ የድራማ ንግስት አብዮት አህመድ አሊ፤ “በትግራይ ውስጥ ሁሉም ነገር ሰላም ነው” በማለት ለሞግዚቶቿ ለማሳየት ባዘጋጀችው “የኢትዮጵያ ሳምንት” ባህላዊ መርሃግብር ላይ “ኪነት ትግራይ” የተሰኘው የባህል ቡድን በትግራይ እየተከሰተ ባለው የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል ላይ ተቃውሞቻቸውንና ሃዘናቸውን ለመግለጽ እንዲሁም በወራሪዎች በተያዘችው ትግራይ ውስጥ የህዝቡን ስቃይ ለማቃለል ይረዳ ዘንድ ጥቁር ለብሰው በአንድነት ሲያዜሙ ይታያሉ።

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ፋሺስቱ የኦሮሞ አገዛዝ ኢትዮጵያን አዋረዳት | የአፍሪቃዊው ወንድማችን መከራ በቦሌ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 19, 2021

I’m really sorry, Brother! Ethiopia fell into the wrong hands – it’s being hijacked. 😠😠😠

ናይጄሪያዊው ወንድማቸን ከሳምንታት በፊት ለጥቂት ቀናት ጉብኝት ከኤሚራቶች ወደ አዲስ አበባ ባመራበት ጊዜ በቦሌ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያ የሚገኙ ኦሮሞ ፖሊሶች ነጮቹን ከትህትና ጋር በሰከንድ ውስጥ ሲያሳልፉቸው አፍሪቃዊውን ግን ፓስፖርቱን እያመናጨቁ ነጥቀው ከወሰዱበት በኋላ ስነ ምግባር በጎደለበት መልክ መላው ሰውነቱን በመሳሪያዎች እያመናጨቁ ለብዙ ሰዓታት በረበሩት። ከዚያም እያንከበከቡ ወደ መጸዳጃ ቤት ወስደው፤ “ና ወደ ሽንት ቤት ግባ እና ሸክምህን አራግፍ፤ አብረን እንገባለን፤ ከሰውነትህ የሚወጣውን ነገር በዓይናችን ማየት አለብን.…” ኧረ፤ እነዚህ አውሬዎች አገር አዋረዱ፤ ኡ! ኡ! ኡ!

እንግዲህ ያው! ሁሉንም ነገር እያየነው ነው፤ ትግራዋያን የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድን የአፍሪቃ አንጋፋው አየር መንገድ እንዲሆንና በመላው ዓለም ተጓዦችም ዘንድ ተወዳጅ እንዲሆን አደረጉት። የቦሌ ዓለም አቀፍ አውሮፕላን ማረፊያንም በጣም አሳምረው አስረከቧችሁ፤ በተቃራኒው ኦሮሞዎች ግን ኢትዮጵያ በመላው ዓለም በተለይ በአፍሪቃውያን ዘንድ እንድትጠላ ተግተው እየሠሩ ነው። በጣም ያሳዝናል! የቀድሞው ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር መለስ ዜናዊ በአንድ ወቅት “ኦሮሞ ሀገር ማስተዳደር አይችልም ፤ ለኦሮሞ ስልጣን መስጠት ለህፃን ውሀ በብርጭቆ መስጠት ነው” ብለው ነበር። ፻/100% ትክክል ነበሩ! በእውነት ኢትዮጵያ ተጠልፋለች፣ በአረመኔ ጠላቶቿ እጅ ውስጥ ገብታለች። የመላዋ አፍሪቃ እና ጥቁር ሕዝቦች ኩራትና ገነት የነበረችውና ዛሬ የራሷን ዜጎች በጅምላ ጨፍጭፋ በጅምላ የምትቀብረዋ ኢትዮጵያ ያልሆነችው ኢትዮጵያ/ኦሮሚያ ዛሬ “እስላማዊት ኩሽ ኦሮሚያን” እንመሰርታለን በሚሉት የፈረንጆቹ እና የ አረቦች ባሪያዎች የሆኑት ኦሮሞዎችና ኦሮማራ አጋሮቻቸው ወደ ሽንት ቤት ተጥላለች። ቋንቋቸውን በላቲን ለመጻፍ ሲወስኑ እኮ ሁሉም ነገር ግልጽ ነበር። ከኢትዮጵያ ምድር ጠራርጎ ያጥፋችሁ፤ ወራዶች!

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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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