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Turkish Drones Reportedly Being Constructed in Addis Ababa | የቱርክ ድሮኖች በአዲስ አበባ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 14, 2021

💭 የቱርክ ድሮኖች በአዲስ አበባ እየተገነቡ/ እየተገጣጠሙ መሆናቸው ተዘግቧል።

ከወር በፊት ወደ ኦዴሳ፣ ዩክሬይን ተልካ የነበረችውን የግራኝን “ጂግጂጋ” የተባለችውን መርከብ እናስታውሳለን? “የተናጠል የተኩስ አቁም ስምምነት” ለማድረግ የተገደደው በደንብ ስለተገረፈ የመዘጋጃ ጊዜ ለመግዛት ነው።

አረመኔው ግራኝ የሆነ ነገር ሳያገኝማ ጂሃድፋትዋ አያውጅም ነበር። በተለይ የትግርኛ ተናጋሪ ወገኖቻችንን በየቦታው ማደን መጀመሩ ሌላ አሰቃቂ ተግባር ለመፈጸም በመዘጋጀት ላይ መሆኑ በድጋሚ ይጠቁመናል። ጌዜ እየገዛ ነበር። የጽዮን ልጆች ጦርነቱንም በአዲስ አበባ ልታካሂዱት ግድ ነው፤ 100% መብታችሁ ነው፤ ጂኒውን ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊን ባፋጣኝ በእሳት መጥረግ ግድ ነው። አይሁዶች ቢሆኑ ኖሮ ይህን ገና ድሮ በፈጸሙት ነበር፤ የህልውና ጉዳይ ነው፤ ይሄ ፋሺስት የኑክሌር መሣሪያ ካገኘ በጽዮን ልጆች ላይ ከመጠቀም አይመለስም፤ ከእስራኤላውያን እንማር!

According to Tigrayan sources ten drones supplied by Turkey are being built in Addis Ababa with the support of Turkish technicians.

The weapons, which are said to be for both surveillance and tactical use, are being built at a training and intelligence centre of the Information Network Security Agency or INSA.

The director-general of INSA – Temesgen Tiruneh– is reportedly in overall charge of the program, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is said to visit the site frequently.

The agency is said to be building a runway from which the drones can be launched, about ten kilometres from the centre of Addis.

Drones in the Tigray war

There have been previous reports that drones were being used in the Tigray war, being flown from United Arab Emirates bases in Eritrea.

This was discounted by the independent investigators, Bellingcat.

Bellingcat concluded in November 2020 that: “In sum, the claims made by the Tigray forces are not impossible, but so far they seem improbable.

Satellite imagery confirms the presence of Chinese-produced drones at the United Arab Emirates’s military base in Assab, but that is all it confirms. There is currently no further evidence that these same drones have been involved in operations in support of the Ethiopian airforce, though there have been confirmed sightings of Ethiopian jet fighters in the conflict zone.”

But the current report is different – quoting first hand accounts by people who have seen the drones currently under construction.

👉 It’s Drone Jihad Against ❖ Christian Ethiopia – that Babylon America executed via UAE.

💭 UAE Drone Massacre of Tigrayan Civilians | የኤሚራቶች ድሮን ድብደባ በንጹሐን የትግራይ ነዋሪዎች ላይ

💭 “አረብ ኤሚሬቶች በጽዮን ልጆች ላይ የድሮን ጭፍጨፋ ተልዕኳቸውን ካሟሉ በኋላ አሁን ከአሰብ ሊወጡ ነው”

አዎ! ኤሚራቶች በትግራይ የፈጸሙት የጦር ወንጀል እጅግ በጣም ከፍተኛ ነው፤ የትግራይ ሕዝብ መለማመጃቸው ነበር፤ አሁን አህዛብ አረቦቹ ተደናግጠዋል፤ ከተጠያቂነትና ከፍርድ ለማምለጥ እየሞከሩ ይሆናል፤ ነገር ግን አረመኔዎቹ አብዮት አህመድ፣ አፈቆርኪ እና ሼክ ካሊፋ ቢን ዛይድ አል ናህያን በእሳት ይጠረጋሉ!

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Tigrayans in Ethiopia Fear Becoming “The Next Rwanda” | በኢትዮጵያ ያሉ የትግራይ ተወላጆች “ቀጣዩ ሩዋንዳ” መሆንን ይፈራሉ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 14, 2021

💭 My Note: – Like the great Renaissance dam – Tigrayans built and modernized Addis Ababa – now anti-Tigrayan-Ethiopian Pogroms – mob violence occur against them in the Oromo & Amhara dominated City? Wow! This all begun a long, long time ago. Oromara Emperors Menelik ll, Haile Sleassie did it, Evil Mengistu Haile Mariam did it. I’ve relatives who during the 1st Oromo fascist Derg regime of Mengistu Hailemariam. have been denied career opportunities and internal promotion – some were even blocked from getting higher education and scholarship opportunities because of their Tigrayan ethnic identity. I don’t know how they were able to tolerate all those injustices for a very long time (130 years) The Oromos were not supposed to come to power – history has taught us that they don’t recognize or appreciate the value of Integrity, liberty, dignity, equality and justice we see it now with the monster Abiy Ahmed Ali. The TPLF made a big mistake three years ago when it carelessly handed the power to these evil fascists. A very big mistake! Now, they are obliged – and it’s only up to them to lead the people of Tigray and rectify their mistake to accomplish the task of overthrowing this evil enemy regime 😈 – the sooner the better!

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ዛሬ ጠላቶቻችንን በሚገባ አውቀናቸዋል፤ እነዚህ ጠላቶች፤ ሁሌ ፤ “በደላችንንም ይቅር በለን እኛም የበደሉንን ይቅር እንደምንል!” እያልን ስንጸልይ ይቅር የምንላቸው በዳይ ጠላቶች አይደሉም፤ እነዚህ ጠላቶች የእግዚአብሔር ጠላቶችም፣ የጽዮን ማርያምም፣ የኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ክርስትናም፣ የኢትዮጵያም ጠላቶች ናቸው። ጠላትን ለይቶ ፀሎት ማድረስ ጠላትን በከፍተኛ ኃይል ያረበደብደዋል፤ ጠላት የፈለገበት ቦታ ቢገኝም። ዛሬ በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ “የሁለተኛ ዙር ጥቃት/ጂሃድ-ፋትዋ”ን ያወጀውን ፋሺስት ኦሮሞ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድን ዛሬ በድጋሚ ለመደገፍ የሚወጡትን ሕዝቦች፣ ግለሰቦች፣ ሜዲያዎች፣ ኢማሞች፣ ፓስተሮች እና ተቋማት ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ እንመዝግባቸው፤ ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ የጽዮን ጠላት መሆናቸውን ያረጋግጡልናልና። በነገራችን ላይ፤ በአፋር በኩል ወደ ትግራይ ሲገቡ የነበሩት የኦሮሞ ሰአራዊት አውቶብሶች መማረካቸው እየተወራ ነው፤ ፈጠነም ዘገየም አይቀርላቸውም፤ ወይ ይማረካሉ ወይ ወደ ኤርታ አሌ እሳተ ገሞራ ይጣላሉ። እነዚህ ዛሬ ያወቅናቸው ጠላቶች በትግራይ ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን ኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ ላለፉት አምስት መቶ ዓመታት/ ለመቶ ሰላሳ ዓመታት በተለይም ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት እና ላለፉት ስምንት ወራት ይቅር የማይባል ግፍ የሠሩት የዋቄዮ-አላህ ጭፍሮች ናቸው፤ አዎ! “ኦሮሞ ነን፣ አማራ ነን፣ ቤን አሚር ኤርትራውያን ነን፣ አፋር ነን፣ ወላይታ ነን፣ ጉራጌ ነን፣ ሶማሌ ነን፣ ጋሞ ነን ወዘተ” የሚሉት የጽዮን ጠላቶች፣ የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚዎች ናቸው።

ስለዚህ እስካለፈው የጌታችን ስቅለት ዕለት እንዲመለሱና ንሰሐ እንዲገቡ ጊዜ ተሰጥቷቸው ነበር። ከዚህ ጊዜ አንስቶ በሥላሴ ስም ሳደርስ የነበረውን ፀሎት በከፊል ዛሬ በዕለተ ቀኑ ላቀርብ እወዳለሁ።

❖ ❖ ❖ አብ ወልድ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ሆይ በስማችሁ ብዙ ተአምራትን ያደረገና ኮከብ ክብርየተባለ የሰማዕታት አለቃ በሚሆን በኃያሉ በቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ ላይ ለመፍረድ በልዳ ሀገር የተሰበሰቡትን ፯(ሰብዓ)ነገሥታትን ደምስሰው እንዳጠፏቸው፡ የተነሱብንን የጽዮንን ተቃዋሚዎች፣ የኔንም/የኛንም ጠላቶች ሁሉ ይደመስሱልን ዘንድ እማፀናለሁ።

የጽዮን ጠላቶች የሆኑትና በጽዮን ልጆች ላይ በጣም ብዙ ግፍ ያደረሱት የዋቄዮአላህ ጭፍሮች እነ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ እና ተከታይ መንጋው 😈 ሁሉ በመለኮታዊ ሰይፍ ይጨፍጨፉ፣ ነበልባላዊ በሚሆን ቃላችሁ ሥልጣናችሁ ይንደዱ ይቃጠሉ፣ በሲዖል የጨለማ አዝቀት ውስጥ ይዝቀጡ ወይም ይስጠሙ፣ ኅዘን ከላያቸው አይራቅ፣ ትካዜም ከልባቸው አይጥፋ።

የጽዮን ጠላቶች የሆኑትና በጽዮን ልጆች ላይ በጣም ብዙ ግፍ ያደረሱት የዋቄዮአላህ ጭፍሮች እነ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ እና ተከታይ መንጋው 😈 ሁሉ የትግራይ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከምድረ ገጽ ላይ እንዲጠፉ የሚፈልጉ ናቸውና እነሱን ራሳቸውን እንደቃየልና ይሁዳ በዱርና በበረሃ በታትኗቸውና ሲቅበዘበዙ ይኑሩ።

ያለምንም ጉድለት በሥላሴ ስም ይህን ሦስትነት አምናለሁ፤ እያታለሉና በእንግዳ ተመስለው አክሱም ጽዮንን ያጠቋትን የጽዮን ጠላቶች የሆኑትና በጽዮን ልጆች ላይ በጣም ብዙ ግፍ ያደረሱት የዋቄዮአላህ ጭፍሮች እነ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ እና ተከታይ መንጋው 😈 ሁሉ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል መቅ ያውርዳቸው፣ በተሣለ የመለኮት ሠይፍ አንገታቸውን ይረደው። አሜን! አሜን! አሜን!❖ ❖ ❖

✞✞✞[፩ኛ የጴጥሮስ መልእክት ምዕራፍ ፬፡፲፭፥፲፱]✞✞✞

ከእናንተ ማንም ነፍሰ ገዳይ ወይም ሌባ ወይም ክፉ አድራጊ እንደሚሆን ወይም በሌሎች ጒዳይ እንደሚገባ ሆኖ መከራን አይቀበል፤ ክርስቲያን እንደሚሆን ግን መከራን ቢቀበል ስለዚህ ስም እግዚአብሔርን ያመስግን እንጂ አይፈር። ፍርድ ከእግዚአብሔር ቤት ተነሥቶ የሚጀመርበት ጊዜ ደርሶአልና፤ አስቀድሞም በእኛ የሚጀመር ከሆነ ለእግዚአብሔር ወንጌል የማይታዘዙ መጨረሻቸው ምን ይሆን? ጻድቅም በጭንቅ የሚድን ከሆነ ዓመፀኛውና ኃጢአተኛው ወዴት ይታይ ዘንድ አለው? ስለዚህ ደግሞ እንደ እግዚአብሔር ፈቃድ መከራን የሚቀበሉ፥ መልካምን እያደረጉ ነፍሳቸውን ለታመነ ፈጣሪ አደራ ይስጡ።”

💭 ጄነራል ጻድቃን ብልጭ ብለው ታዩኝ!”

✞✞✞[መዝሙረ ዳዊት ምዕራፍ ፴፬]✞✞✞

፲፮ መታሰቢያቸውን ከምድር ያጠፋ ዘንድ የእግዚአብሔር ፊት ክፉን በሚያደርጉ ላይ ነው።

፲፯ ጻድቃን ጮኹ፥ እግዚአብሔርም ሰማቸው ከመከራቸውም ሁሉ አዳናቸው።

፲፰ እግዚአብሔር ልባቸው ለተሰበረ ቅርብ ነው፥ መንፈሳቸው የተሰበረውንም ያድናቸዋል።

፲፱ የጻድቃን መከራቸው ብዙ ነው፥ እግዚአብሔርም ከሁሉ ያድናቸዋል።

እግዚአብሔር አጥንቶቻቸውን ሁሉ ይጠብቃል፥ ከእነርሱም አንድ አይሰበርም።

፳፩ ኃጢአተኞችን ክፋት ይገድላቸዋል ጻድቃንንም የሚጠሉ ይጸጸታሉ።

፳፪ የባሪያዎቹን ነፍስ እግዚአብሔር ይቤዣል፥ በእርሱም የሚያምኑ ሁሉ አይጸጸቱም።

As hate speech and targeting of Tigrayans escalates in Addis Ababa, many are terrified and some are planning to flee.

Yared* has not left his apartment in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for days. “I don’t feel safe here,” the 29-year-old says. “I’m scared to go outside. They [Ethiopian police] are going around the whole city and detaining people from restaurants, bars, cafeterias, and even their homes.”

Yared is from Tigray and, about two weeks ago, celebrations broke out in the regional state capital Mekelle after the Tigray Defence Forces, led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), retook the city. This was the latest dramatic turn of events in Ethiopia’s devastating eight month-long civil war, which has been marred by serious human rights violations, including ethnic cleansing, mass killings, and brutal sexual violence.

Despite Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed withdrawing federal troops from Mekelle and declaring a unilateral ceasefire on 28 June, Tigray has remained under siege on all sides. Up to 900,000 people are facing famine, and humanitarian supplies are restricted due to a lack of fuel and a shutdown of telecommunications and electricity.

Nonetheless, Mekelle’s residents embraced the temporary reprieve from war, cheering and setting alight fireworks, as Tigray regional fighters were met with hugs and kisses. Tigrayans living elsewhere in Ethiopia, however, sunk into terror.

Since November 2020, Tigrayans in Ethiopian cities, especially the capital Addis Ababa, have been arrested by the thousands, had bank accounts temporarily frozen, been purged from their jobs, and had businesses shuttered. Tigrayans, a minority ethnic group who make up about 6% of the Ethiopian population, have also been prevented from traveling abroad.

Now, Tigrayan residents in Addis Ababa tell African Arguments this racial profiling has escalated to an alarming degree since the TPLF regained ground, with many Tigrayans too fearful to leave their homes. Mass arrests have resumed, along with scores of Tigrayan businesses being forcibly closed by Ethiopian authorities.

Next they will kill us”

Yared’s 42-year-old brother, a father of three, was detained by Ethiopian security forces soon after the war erupted. He was held for a week and interrogated about his relationship with the TPLF despite not having any connections with the group. Soon after the TPLF took over Mekelle, he was detained once again by plain-clothed police officers while eating lunch at his home in Addis Ababa, Yared explains.

Yared says he and his brother’s wife followed behind the vehicle to the Akaki Kality police station. “There were over two hundred Tigrayans there demanding information about their loved ones who were detained,” he recounts. Yared was informed a week ago that his brother had been moved to an undisclosed location. Yared’s uncle, who was an officer in the Ethiopian army, was also detained when the war broke out in November and has not been heard from since.

There have been widespread reports over the last two weeks of scores of Tigrayans being detained and transported to detention centres. At least 15 Ethiopian journalists and media workers were also arrested in the crackdown.

“It’s very concerning,” said Fisseha Tekle, a researcher for Ethiopia at Amnesty International. “It’s clear racial profiling. People are getting arrested after police check their IDs and see that they’re Tigrayan. They are not taken to court. It’s a clear human rights violation and a violation of their rights to due process.”

Dawit was just released from the Semit police station in Addis Ababa on Sunday night after being arrested that morning from Feven Shiro, a local Tigrayan-owned restaurant in the city, where he was eating breakfast with three non-Tigrayan friends.

“About seven [uniformed] police officers came in and checked everyone’s IDs,” Dawit told African Arguments. “I was one of four Tigrayans in the restaurant and they detained us. They accused us of celebrating the TPLF’s control of Mekelle. They were pushing us around and insulting us.” The police also confiscated their mobile phones.

Dawit, along with the three other Tigrayans, were brought to the police station and placed in a large holding compound, where Dawit estimates at least a thousand other Tigrayans were being held. “There were a lot of girls there and they were crying and the boys looked so sad,” Dawit explains. “Even myself, I was shaking and feeling so sad. I had heard about Tigrayans being arrested, but when it happened to me I felt so heartbroken.”

Dawit says the Tigrayans were being held for about three days and then transferred to Awash Arba, a military camp located about 221 km from Addis Ababa. Yared says he heard that his brother was also transferred there. According to Dawit, the Tigrayans in the compound at Semit station are fed one piece of bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and do not have access to water. They are forced to sleep on the cold ground.

Dawit was released after about ten hours after paying 10,000 birr ($228); one of his non-Tigrayan friends had connections with the police commissioner. Dawit, who was born in Addis Ababa, owns a bar in the city, which was also shut down by Ethiopian authorities.

Tekle from Amnesty International says there have also been cases of arbitrary arrests in Dire Dawa, a city in eastern Ethiopia, and that these people have not been heard from since their arrest.

According to Dawit, there are checkpoints in Addis Ababa every two or three kilometers where police check IDs. “If someone is Tigrayan, the police will take their phone, tell them to open their social media and their messages. If there’s even a flag of Tigray or anything related to Tigray, they will be arrested,” he says.

Fresh out of the jail, Dawit says he will leave to Tigray after three days. Despite the siege, Tigrayans are finding a way to access Tigray through the Afar region, which borders it to the east, in order to seek refuge.

“I was raised as an Ethiopian,” Dawit told African Arguments. “But now I want to go to Tigray and I will join the resistance and fight for freedom. This is the only option we have now. Today they are arresting us and tomorrow they will kill us. It’s better to go and fight then to just die here in Addis.”

Dawit wanted his full name published because he is leaving for Tigray and he “just doesn’t care anymore”. We decided to keep him anonymous to protect his well-being.

African Arguments reached out to the Ethiopian government for comment, but did not receive a response.

“Full of hate”

Sara*, 27, moved with her husband from Mekelle to Addis Ababa a few weeks before the war broke out. She says her guesthouse in Addis Ababa was forcibly closed by police about a week ago. “The police came in and told everyone they had to leave,” she says. “They shut it down with no explanation. Our neighbours’ shops were also closed”, all of which are Tigrayan-owned. Her husband’s relative who was at the guesthouse at the time was detained and interrogated for days.

“We feel very unwanted here,” Sara explains. “We can’t speak Tigrinya on the streets anymore because someone could just call you ‘junta’ [Abiy’s preferred term for the TPLF] and security forces will come and take you, no questions asked.”

Sara and her husband’s bank account, which was opened in Tigray, has also been frozen, along with all other bank accounts opened in Tigray. “It’s very hard to live now,” she says. “We’re using the money we have right now. But when we run out we don’t know what we will do.”

All those who African Arguments spoke to pointed to Abiy’s recent speech after the TPLF’s advancement as the source of escalating targeting and hate speech against Tigrayans. In his first remarks since he pulled federal troops out of Mekelle, Abiy, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, denied that his military was defeated by the TPLF and went on to allege that Tigrayan civilians had attacked the Ethiopian army and helped the TPLF.

“Our army sometimes stayed for four or five days without water when continuous fighting was going on, while the junta was busy drinking bottled water,” he said, adding that Tigrayan priests had called for people to fight the army and that “most of the churches” were used for hiding weapons.

In last month’s elections, Abiy’s Prosperity Party won 95% of seats. This suggests he enjoys significant support, though the legitimacy of the process has been questioned due to its timing during a brutal civil war, the fact that Tigray region was not permitted to participate, that some of the most prominent Oromo politicians continue to be imprisoned, and that many opposition parties boycotted the vote.

Abraha*, a former Tigrayan law professor in Amhara state, says that since Abiy came to power, he and his support base, much of which originates from Addis Ababa and the Amhara region, have “blamed Tigrayans for everything that’s happening in the country”. But “up until recently, he was mostly blaming the TPLF, not civilian Tigrayans,” Abraha explains. Now, however, “because of Abiy’s recent statement, people are claiming all Tigrayans are traitors and it has fuelled the process of racial profiling that already existed.”

“I’ve been receiving threats for months, but now the death threats have become much more serious,” he says. “And this is not just some random social media users. Even my own former students have threatened me.”

“It feels very different now,” Abraha adds. “As a researcher I’ve always feared the government, the intelligence and the police. But now I’m scared of everyone, even my students and colleagues. Everyone is now expressing their hatred of Tigrayans, from the politician to the yoga teacher.”

In a recent interview, Dagnachew Assefa, an advisor of Abiy, publicly suggested the registration and possible deportation of Tigrayans. Seyoum Teshome, a prominent social media activist with hundreds of thousands of followers, recently stated: “since each and every Tigrayan youth… has been raised with the same Woyane [Tigrayan rebellion] mentality… If you want to defeat them, you have to eliminate all the youth in Tigray.”

Amhara journalists have also called on citizens to spy on their Tigrayan neighbours. “These statements and these anti-Tigrayan campaigns can spread like wildfire because of social media,” says Abraha. “My fear is that if this continues, and the Ethiopian army continues to be defeated or humiliated, that all Tigrayans living in all parts of Ethiopia will be in danger.”

According to Amnesty researcher Tekle, this is not yet “people attacking people”. “This is the government machinery that is targeting them,” he says. “We haven’t seen any actions by civilians against Tigrayans, at least in Addis.” On Sunday, though, reports emerged of at least three Tigrayan civilians allegedly being killed by a mob in the town of Wereta in Amhara region.

Aaron*, a 34-year-old father born and raised in Addis Ababa, says he has never identified with his Tigrayan roots. “I honestly thought I was Amhara up until two weeks ago,” he says. “All my friends are Amhara and I don’t even know any Tigrayans in the city…I always saw myself as Ethiopian and all my friends as just Ethiopians. I have an Amhara name and so none of my friends in Addis actually know I’m Tigrayan.”

He is concerned now, however, as “the hate is escalating a lot”. “I’ve been hearing about many Tigrayans being arrested and even my friends who are usually politically neutral are openly talking about Tigrayans as traitors and how they hope Tigrayans are killed or deported. These are my colleagues, employees, and childhood friends saying these things.”

“I’m terrified they will find out I’m Tigrayan,” says Aaron, adding that he has started learning Tigrinya, along with others in Addis, in fear that they could be expelled to Tigray. Aaron has also attempted to make connections with other Tigrayans on social media forums, but is viewed as suspicious because he cannot speak the language.

“Everyone is so full of hate here and hate for Tigrayans is growing all over the country. I feel like I’m around full-scale fascism,” he adds. “The ethnic cleansing has already been happening, but I’m scared the worst is yet to come. I’m worried we will become the next Rwanda.”

“I have a family in Addis so I cannot run away to Europe or the United States if something happens…For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m living on foreign soil. I used to be Ethiopian, but now I have no idea where I belong.”

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ሰሙነ ሕማማት – ረቡዕ ፤ የይሁዳ ክህደት፥ ምክረ አይሁድ፥ የዕንባ ቀን፥ የመልካም መዓዛ ቀን

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 28, 2021

ለምን የምክር ቀን ተባለ?

ምክንያቱም የአይሁድ ሊቃነ ካህናትና ጸሐፍት ጌታን እንዴት መያዝ እንደሚገባቸው ምክር ያጠናቀቁበት ቀን ነውና፡፡ በዚህ ምክራቸው ላይ በጣም ትልቅ ጭንቀት ነበር፡፡ ምክንያቱም ወቅቱ የፋሲካ በዓላቸውን የሚያከብሩበት ቀን የተቃረበ በመሆኑ፣ ብዙው ሕዝብም በጌታችን ትምህርት የተማረኩ፣ ተአምራቱንም የሚያደንቁ ስለ ነበር ሁከት እንዳይፈጠር ነው፡፡ በዚህ ጭንቀት ሳሉ ከደቀ መዛሙርቱ አንዱ የአስቆሮቱ ይሁዳ፣ በመካከላቸው በመገኘት የምክራቸው ተባባሪ ሆኖ ጭንቀታቸውን አስወግዶላቸዋል፡፡ [ማቴ. ፳፮፥፩፡፲፬ ፣ ማር. ፲፬፥፩፡፪ ቁ ፲.፲፩፣ ሉቃ. ፳፪፥ ፩፡፮]

የመልካም መዓዛ ቀንም ይባላል

ምክንያቱም ጌታችን በዚህ ዕለት በቤተ ስምዖን ዘለምጽ ተቀምጦ ሳለ፣ መላ ሕይወቷን ለዝሙት አስገዝታ ትኖር የነበረችው ማርያም እንተ እፍረት፣ /ባለሽቱዋ ማርያም/፤ “ከእንግዲህ ወዲህ በኃጢአት ተበላሽቶ ይኖር የነበረውን ሕይወቴን እንደዚህ መልካም ሽቱ የሚያጣፍጥ፣ ኃጢአትን ይቅር የሚል አምላክ መጣ” ስትል ዋጋው እጅግ በጣም ውድ የሆነ፣ ከሦስት መቶ ዲናር በላይ የሚያወጣ፣ በአልባስጥሮስ ብልቃጥ የተሞላ ሽቱ ይዛ በመሔድ በጠጉሩ /በራሱ/ ላይ በማርከፍከፍ ስለቀባችው ነው ረቡዕ የመዓዛ ቀን የተባለው፡፡

የእንባ ቀንም ይባላል

ይህም ይህቸው ሴት በጌታችን እግር ላይ ተደፍታ፣ መላ ኃጢአቷን ይቅር እንዲላት በዕንባዋ እግሩን አጥባዋለችና፣ በጠጉሯም በእንባዋ ያጠበችውን እግሩን አብሳዋለችና፡፡ [ማቴ.፳፮፥፮፡፲፫ ፣ ማር.፲፬፥፫፡፱፣ ዮሐ.፲፪፥፩፡፰] ከዚህ ልንማር የሚገባው ነገር አለ፤ ይኸውም የራስን ኃጢአት በማሰብ ማልቀስና የተወደደ መሥዋዕት አድርጐ ለእግዚአብሔር ማቅረብን ነው፡፡ የማርያም እንተ ዕፍረትን ኃጢአት ይቅር ብሎ መብዓዋን የተቀበለ አምላክ ዛሬም በመካከላችን አለና፡፡

የአስቆሮቱ ይሁዳ ጌታችንን አሳልፎ ሰጠው። ምህሩንና ጌታውን ክዶ፣ ስሞ ለግርፋት እና ለመስቀል ሞት ተስማማ። ይህንን የጌታን ሕማማት፣ ስቅላት፣ ሞትና ትንሣኤ በምናስብበት በአሁኑ ወቅት የትግራይ ሕዝብ ለሕማም፣ ለስቅላት እና ለሞት አሳልፎ ተስጥቷል። ይሁዳ ለ፴/30 ዲናር ጌታችንን አሳልፎ ሰጠው፤ ከዚያም ዲናሩን መልሶ እራሱን አጠፋ። የዘመናችን ሰቃልያን የሆኑት ኦሮማራዎቹ የዋቄዮ-አላህ ጭፍሮች ደግሞ “አክሱም ጽዮን ለብዙ ሺህ ዓመታት ያፈራችውን እውቀት፣ ስልጣኔና ሀብት በሙሉ ለመዝረፍ፣ አሳልፎ ለመስጠትና ለማውደም ጊዜው አሁን ነው” ብለው የዓለማችን ፈላጭ ቆራጮች ከሆኑት አህዛብ፣ መናፍቃንና ግብረ-ሰዶማውያን ጋር ተባበሩ። በዚህም በዚያም ትልቅ ክህደት እና ስቅለት። በተለይ ተዋሕዶ ክርስትናን የተቀብሉትና ማሕተብ ያጠለቁት አማራ ወገኖች ክህደት ታሪክ የማይረሳው ነው፤ ብዙ ዋጋም የሚያስከፍላቸውና ከሌሎቹ ሁሉ የከፋው ክህደት ነው። ከይሁዳ ይልቅ የጴጥሮስ ዓይነት ክህደት ያድርግላቸው።

የአስቆሮቱ ይሁዳ ክህደት + የቃኤል ቅናት = ☠️

አወቁትም አላወቁትም፤ ዛሬ በአማራዎችና ኦሮሞዎች ህብረት በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ እየተካሄደ ያለው ጂሃዳዊ የጭፍጨፋ ዘመቻ የመጨረሻው ግብ፤ ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖች ትግራዋያንን ከአኩም ጽዮን አጽድቶ የሕይወት ዛፍ እና ጽላተ ሙሴ የሚገኙበትን ቅድስት ምድር ለተለከፉት ባዕዳውያኑ ውሾች ማስረከብ ነው። አዎ! ኢትዮጵያን/አክሱም ጽዮንን ለባዕዳውያኑ ሉሲፈራውያን ለማስረከብ በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ጦርነት ከፈቱ። እስኪ እናስበው! ዋው!

በሰባዎቹ ዓመታት ሉሲፈራውያኑ ድርቅና ረሃብ ፈጥረው በዚህ አካባቢ የምዕራባውያኑ ኔቶ ሃገራት፤ በተለይ ብሪታኒያ፣ ጀርመን እና ፈረንሳይ ሰራዊቶቻቸውን በእርዳታ ስም አስፍረው እንደነበር እናስታውስ። ከዚያ በሰማኒያዎቹ እና በባድሜው ጦርነት የተባበሩት መንግስታት “ሰላም አስከባሪዎች” እንዲገቡ ተደርጎ ነበር። ዛሬም ዓለም የተራቡ የትግራይን ሕፃናት ምስሎች በበቂ እንድታይ ከተደረገች በኋላና የተረፉትንም ትግራይ ወገኖቼንም በስደት የተቀደሰችውን ምድር እየለቀቁ እንዲወጡ (የአውሮፓን እና አሜሪካን ድንበሮች ይከፍቱላቸዋል፤ ከጥቂት ከፍተኛ ቦታ ላይ ከሚገኙት የዓለማችን ቦታዎች በቀር አውሮፓና አሜሪካ ሌሎችም አኅጉራት ይጠፋሉ የሚል ድምዳሜ ላይ ደርሰዋል) ከተደረጉ በኋላ የምዕራባውያኑ ኔቶ ሠራዊቶች በትግራይ ይሰፍራሉ።

ገና ከአሥራ አምስት ዓመታት በፊት “ኔቶ በአፍጋኒስታን የሚገኘው ለኢትዮጵያ ለመለማመድ ነው፤ ተመሳሳይ የመልከዓ ምድር አቀማመጥ ስላላቸው…” በማለጥ ጽፌ ነበር። ምዕራባውያኑ እዚያ መስፈር ከጀመሩ በኋላ ቀስ በቀስ ዜጎቻቸውን ማስገባት ይጀምሩና በመጨረሻም “ኢትዮጵያውያኑም ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖቹም እኛ ነን” በማለት እያታለሉና ደማቸውን እያፈሰሱ ለብዙ ሺህ ዓመታት ጠብቀውት የነበረውን ብኩርናቸውን በምስር ወጥ እንዲሸጡ ብሎም የመንፈስ ማንነታቸውንና ምንነታቸውን እየተነጠቁ “ኢትዮጵያዊነትንና ተዋሕዶ ክርስትናን” ቀስበቀስ እንዲከዱ ይደረጓቸውን “የቀድሞ ኢትዮጵያውያን” “አናስገባም!” ብለው ከኢትዮጵያ ድንብር ይመልሷቸዋል። ይህ ትንቢት ሳይሆን የሉሲፈራውያኑ ግልጽ የሆነ ተልዕኮ ነው። እግዚአብሔር ይህን ተልዕኳቸውን እንደሚያጨናግፈው አልጠራጠረም፤ ነገር ግን በኢትዮጵያውያኑ ደንቆሮነት፣ ስንፍና እና እንደ ግራኝ ያሉትን የውስጥ ጠላታቸውን በሰዓቱ ለማስወገድ ባለመድፈራቸው ብሎም አክሱም ጽዮንን ለመከላከል ባለመሻታቸው ብዙ መስዋዕት ይከፍሉ ዘንድ ግድ ይሆናል። በተለይ ከሃዲዎቹ ኦሮማራዎች!

የተከዱትንና የተገፉትን የአክሱም ጽዮን ልጆችን፤ በፈተና፣ በመከራ፣ በድካምና በስቃይ ላይ ያሉትን ወገኖቻችንን ሁሉ ያለ ደዌና ያለ ከፋ ሕማም ለክርስቶስ ትንሣኤ ያድርሰልን ፤ ቀናተኞችና አረመኔዎች የሆኑትን እርጉም ጠላቶቻቸውን/ጠላቶቻችንን ሁሉ በቶሎ ያንበርክክልን!!! አሜን።

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✞✞✞ ሰሙነ ሕማማት ዕለተ ማክሰኞ (ዘሰሉስ)✞✞✞

የጥያቄና የትምህርት ቀን❖

በዚህ ዕለት ጌታችን መድኀኒታችን ኢየሱሱ ክርስቶስ ስለ ሥልጣኑ ተጠይቋል፡፡ ጠያቂዎቹ የካህናት አለቆችና የሕዝብ አለቆች ናቸው፡፡ ጥያቄውም “በማን ሥልጣን እነዚህን ታደርጋለህ? ይህንስ ሥልጣን የሰጠህ ማነው?” የሚል ነበር፡፡ የካህናት አለቆች ያቀረቡት ጥያቄ ነበር፡፡ ጌታችን ሰኞ ዕለት ሁለት ነገሮችን ማድረጉን ተያይዞ የተነሣ ጥያቄ ነው፡፡ ሰኞ ከቅጠል ብቻ በቀር ፍሬ ያላገኘባትን ዕፀ በለስ ረግሟል፤ በማስከተል ወደ ቤተ መቅደስ ገብቶ የሚሸጡትንና የሚለውጡትን አስወጥቷል፡፡ [ማቴ.፳፩፥፳፫፡፳፭ ፤ ማር.፲፩፥፳፯ ፣ ሉቃ.፳፥፩፡፰]፡፡ ከላይ እንደ ተገለጸው ጌታችን ሲያደርጋቸው የነበሩት ተአምራትና የኃይል ሥራዎች የካህናት አለቆችን ስላስቀናቸው ጌታችንን ከሮማ መንግሥት ባለ ሥልጣናት ጋር ለማጋጨት የቀየሱት ስልት ነው፡፡

ጌታችን በቤተ መቅደስ የነበሩትን ነጋዴዎችን አባሯል፤ መደባቸውን ገለባብጧል፡፡ ነጋዴን ማባረርና መደብን ማስለቀቅ መንግሥታዊ ሥራ ነው፡፡ በአንድ አገር የንግድ ቦታን የሚያጸድቅ መንግሥት መሆኑ እሙን ነው፡፡ ጌታችን ፈሪሳውያን ላቀረቡት ጥያቄ ቀጥተኛ መልስ አልመለሰም፡፡ ምክንያቱም ጥያቄው ለከሳሾቹ አመቺ ሁኔታን ስለሚፈጥር ጥያቄውን በጥያቄ መልሷል፡፡ “በመባሕተ መኑ ትገብር ዘንተ፤ በማን ሥልጣን ነው ይህን የምታደርገው?” ነበር ያሉት፡፡ በራሴ ሥልጣን ቢላቸው ፀረ መንግሥት አቋም አለው በማለት ከሮማ መንግሥት ዘንድ ለማሳጣት ነበር ዕቅዳቸው፡፡

ጌታችን እኩይ የሆነውን የፈሪሳውያንን አሳብ በመረዳት “የዮሐንስ ጥምቀት ከየት ነው ከሰማይ ነው ወይስ ከምድር ሲል” ጠይቋቸዋል፡፡ ከሰማይ ያልነው እንደ ሆነ ለምን አላመናችሁበትም ይለናል÷ ከሰው ያልነው ከሆነ ሕዝቡ ይጣላናል፡፡ ምክንያቱም ሕዝቡ ዮሐንስን እንደ አባት ይፈሩት እንደ መምህር ያከብሩት ነበርና ከዚህ የተነሣ ያቀረቡት የፈተና ጥያቄ ግቡን ሳይመታ ከሽፎባቸዋል፡፡ [ማቴ.፳፩፥፳፭]፤ [ማር.፲፩፥፳፯፡፴ ፤ ሉቃ.፳፥፩፡፰]፡፡

ዛሬም ቢሆን መልካም ሥራን በሠራን ጊዜ ከልዩ ልዩ ወገኖች የሚመጡ ፈተናዎች ለመልካም ሥራችን እንቅፋት ሊሆን እንደሚችሉ መገንዘብ አለብን፡፡ ብዙ ወገኖች ለቅን አሳባችን ለምን ሰዎች ክፉ ነገር ይመልሱልናል በማለት ሲጠይቁ ይሰማል፡፡ ለቅን ዐሳባችን ከዓለም ዘንድ የተገላቢጦሽ ነገር እንደ ሚጠብቀን “ዓለም የሚወደው የገዛ ወገኑን ነው” የሚለውን የጌታችንን ትምህርት ልብ ይሏል፡፡ ይህ በመሆኑ በዘመናችን አሳልፈው ሊሰጡን የሚፈልጉ ሰዎች ፈታኝ ጥያቄ እንደሚያቀርቡልን ከወዲሁ ልንገነዘብ ይገባል፡

በፈተና፣ በመከራ፣ በድካምና በስቃይ ላይ ያሉትን ወገኖቻችንን ያለ ደዌና ያለ ከፋ ሕማም ለክርስቶስ ትንሣኤ ያድርሰልን ፤ ቀናተኞችና አረመኔዎች የሆኑትን እርጉም ጠላቶቻቸውን/ጠላቶቻችንን ሁሉ በቶሎ ያንበርክክልን!!! አሜን።

👉መድኅንኤል 👉ሕይውታኤል 👉አውካኤል 👉ተርቡታኤል 👉ግኤል 👉ዝኤል 👉ቡኤል

የቅዱስ ገብርኤል ድርሳን

በስመ አብ ወወልድ ወመንፈስ ቅዱስ አሐዱ አምላክ አሜን

አንድ አምላክ በሚሆን በአብ በወልድ በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ስም ከልዩ ድንጋፄና ፍርሃት እድን ዘንድ ይህን የቅዱስ ገብርኤልን ድርሳን እንዲህ እያልኩ እጸልያለሁ፤ መድኅንኤልሕያውታኤልአውካኤልተርቡታኤልግኤልዝኤልቡኤል ፤ ይህን አስማተ መለኮት እግዚአብሔር ለቅዱስ ገብርኤል የሰጠው መልአኩ ከዲያብሎስ ጋር ክርክር በጀመረ ጊዜ ድል እንዲነሣበት፤ እንዲሁም እመቤታችን ቅድስት ድንግል ማርያምን ለማብሠር በተላከ ጊዜ ከቃሉ ግርማ የተነሣ እንዳትደነግጥና እንዳትፈራ መጽንዔ ኃይል እንዲሆናት ነው።

አቤቱ ለእኔ ለአገልጋይህም እንደዚሁ ኃይልና ጽንዕ ሰጥተህ ከመዓልትና ከሌሊት ድንጋፄ አድነኝ፤ አሜን።

ከላይ ከሰማይ ወደ ድንግል የተላክህ ገብርኤል ሆይ ሰላም እልሃለሁ። ደስታን አብሣሪ መልአክ ሆይ፤ ሰላም እልሃለሁ። ፅንሰ ቃልን አስተምረህ የምታሳምን መልአክ ሆይ፤ ሰላም እልሃለሁ። ሰማያዊ ነደ እሳት ዖፈ ርግብ ሆይ ሰላም እልሃለሁ። ፍጹም ደስታን ተናጋሪ መልአክ ሆይ፤ ሰላም እልሃለሁ። ከእደ ሞት የምታድን መልአክ ሆይ፤ ሰላም እልሃለሁ። የአንተን አማልላጅነት በመዓልትም በሌሊትም ተስፋ ስለምናደርግ ጥበቃህ አይለየን። በነፍስም በሥጋም ታደገን። የእግዚአብሔር ልዩ ባለሟል ነህና፤ ለዘላለሙ አሜን።

አቡነ ዘመሰማያት።

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ሰሙነ ሕማማት ሰኑይ | መርገመ በለስ የተፈጸመበት ሰኞ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 26, 2021

✞✞✞ የሰሙነ ሕማማት ዕለታት ስያሜዎች ✞✞✞

ሰኞ፤ መርገመ በለስ የተፈጸመበት ሰኞ፤ አንጽሖተ ቤተ መቅዳስ የተፈጸመበት ሰኞ::

ማግሰኞ፤ የጥያቄና የትምህርት ቀን::

ረቡዕ፤ ምክረ አይሁድ፥ የዕንባ ቀን፥ የመልካም መዓዛ ቀን::

ሐሙስ፤ ጸሎተ ሐሙስ፥ ሕጽበተ ሐሙስ፥ የምሥጢር ሐሙስ፥ የሐዲስ ኪዳን ሐሙስ፥ የነጻነት ሐሙስ::

ዐርብ፤ የስቅለት ዐርብ::

ቅዳሜ፤ ቀዳም ሥዑር (ሹር ቅዳሜ)፤ ለምለሚቱ ቅዳሜ፥ ገብረ ሰላመ በመስቀሉ፥ ሰንበት ዐባይ፥ ቅዱስ ቅዳሜ

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President Joe Biden’s Brewing Problem in Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 9, 2021

Written by Alex de Waal

💭 “ዚህ ትርምስ ተጠያቂው ዐብይ ነው።ሁሉም መስክ ስህተት በጽሟል። እሱ ከተገባው በላይ ቃል ገብቷል ፣ ለእውነታው የተሳሳተ ምስል ሰጥቷል ፣ አላስፈላጊ ጠላቶችን አፍርቷል እናም እራሱን ወደ አደገኛ ህብረት ቆልፏል። የተሃድሶ እና የሰላም ማስፈን ንግግሩን በአንድ ጊዜ የተቀበሉ ሰዎች እጅግ በጣም የዋሆችናቸው። እሱ የመግባባትገንቢ አይደለም ፣ ይልቁንም የፖላራይዜሽን/ በተቃራኒ ጎራዎች ማሰለፊያ ወኪል ነው። ምናልባት ለመጪው የአሜሪካ ዲፕሎማሲ ቡድን እጅግ በጣም ጠቃሚው ነጥብ የኢትዮጵያ መሪ በማን አለብኝነት እና ደካማ አስተሳሰብ/ፍርድ ፈንጂ የሆነ ጥምረትን ያሳየ በመሆኑ ለድርድር የማይታመን ሰው ነው ተለዋዋጭ በሆነ ክልል የ፻፲/110 ሚሊዮን ህዝብ ደካማ ሀገርመሪ ለመሆን በቅቷል። ግልጽ የሆነ መፍትሔ የለም፤ ከገሃነም የመጣ ችግር ነው።

💭 “At the center of this chaos is Abiy. At every turn he has blundered. He has overpromised, mistaken image for reality, made needless enemies and locked himself into dangerous alliances. Those who once embraced his rhetoric of reform and peacemaking are looking naïve at best. He’s not a consensus-builder, rather an agent of polarization. Perhaps most significantly for the incoming U.S. diplomatic team, the Ethiopian leader has demonstrated an explosive combination of hubris and poor judgement that make him an unreliable interlocutor — sitting atop a fragile country of 110 million people in a volatile region. There’s no obvious solution: it’s a problem from hell.”

👉 /100% ትክክል! 👍

War broke out in the Tigray region of Ethiopia in November. Five months later, the scale of the carnage, destruction, and destabilization is becoming evident.

The spark for the fighting was an attack on army bases by soldiers loyal to the region’s ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front which was at odds with the federal government headed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. But wars don’t happen overnight: the European Union, International Crisis Group, and many others issued warnings. Most worryingly, Eritrea — with whom Prime Minister Abiy had made a much-heralded peace agreement in 2018 — had a scarcely-hidden war plan.

Abiy’s initial goal was cutting the TPLF down to size. But his coalition partners’ war aims appear to go much further. For Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki, the aim is nothing less than the extermination of any Tigrayan political or economic capability. For the militia from the neighboring Amhara region it is a land grab — described by the U.S. State Department as “ethnic cleansing.”

Since then, we have learned of massacres, mass rape, ransacking of hospitals, and hunger as a weapon of war. It’s an urgent humanitarian crisis—and a threat to international peace and security.

For the first month, the Trump administration endorsed the war, backing up Abiy’s depiction of it as a domestic “law enforcement operation” and praising Eritrea for ‘restraint’ — at a time when divisions of the Eritrean army had poured over the border and reports of their atrocities were already filtering out.

The Biden administration is building a sensible policy — but is hampered by the slow process of putting its senior team in place. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made reasonable demands. President Biden dispatched Senator Chris Coons to convey how seriously Washington is taking the crisis. A special envoy for the Horn of Africa — reported to be the senior diplomat Jeffrey Feldman — is due to be appointed, short-cutting the process of confirming an Assistant Secretary of State for Africa. The new USAID Director Samantha Power, a passionate advocate of action against mass atrocity, is awaiting confirmation.

But Biden’s approach is not working. To be precise, the Ethiopian government is providing just enough of a plausible impression of compliance to postpone or dilute effective action.

Blinken’s first demand was that Eritrean forces should withdraw. This pushed Abiy — after months of dissembling — to admit that the Eritrean army was actually present and that he would request Pres. Isaias to pull them back. Abiy’s problem is that if Eritrea withdraws, he loses Tigray: the Tigrayan resistance would overwhelm his depleted army. Isaias is a veteran operator and he has prepared for this: his security agents and special forces are now so strategically placed inside Ethiopia that Abiy’s fragile government would be endangered if he withdrew.

Second, the U.S. insisted on a ceasefire and political negotiations. This is essential to stop the battlefield slaughter — thousands were killed in combat in March—and the ongoing scorched earth campaign that is reducing Tigray’s economy to the stone age. But Abiy rejected this. He and Isaias appear determined to try one more offensive to vanquish the Tigrayan Defense Forces. What they fail to see is that inflicting atrocities only stiffens the resolve of the Tigrayans to fight back. Speaking on April 3 Abiy belatedly conceded that a “difficult and tiresome” guerrilla war is in prospect — but he has made no mention of peace talks.

Third, Blinken demanded unfettered humanitarian access for international relief agencies to provide food and medicine for to the starving. He might have added, without a pause in the fighting, farmers cannot prepare their lands for cultivation. The agricultural cycle brooks no delay: ploughing needs to begin soon, before the rains come in June. If there’s no harvest this year, hunger will deepen.

The World Food Program and international agencies are reaching about 1.2 million of the 4.5 million people estimated to need emergency relief. But there are reports that as soon as food is distributed, soldiers sweep through and take it from civilians at gunpoint. The aid effort is, at the moment, too little and too late.

Last, there should be an independent investigation into reports of atrocities, which the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has begun, but in partnership with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. This has the drawback that it’s unrealistic to expect the staff of an Ethiopian government body—whatever their personal integrity—to withstand the personal pressure that the authorities will put on them. And many Tigrayans will automatically reject their findings as biased.

The United States has other policies in this complicated mix too. Last year, the Treasury took on the task of trying to mediate in the Nile Waters dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt. Abiy inherited a huge dam, under construction on the Blue Nile, from his predecessors. It’s a point of national pride, the centerpiece of Ethiopia’s development. Egypt sees any upstream state controlling the Nile waters as an existential threat.

To protect the “Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam” project, Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs had constructed a coalition of African riparian states, which isolated Egypt and minimized the danger of direct confrontation. Abiy upended this: 18 months ago he went into direct talks with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who invited the United States to mediate — confident that the Trump administration would lean his way. Sudan, the other party to the talks, had no option but to line up with Cairo and Washington. By the time he had realized his error, Abiy was stuck, and the scenario foreseen by his diplomats was unfolding: Ethiopia was the one isolated as Egypt pressed home its advantage and the United States suspended some aid. Since then the talks have repeatedly broken down, with each side escalating its rhetoric.

To compound the error, in preparing for his assault on Tigray, Abiy antagonized Sudan. A few days before the war, he asked Sudanese leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to seal the Sudanese border. He hadn’t anticipated that this would trample over a delicate live-and-let-live border agreement, whereby the Sudanese allowed Ethiopian farmers to cultivate land inside their territory. They were ethnic Amharas. In sealing the frontier, the Sudanese troops drove those villagers out — enraging the powerful Amhara regional government and igniting a needless border conflict.

To complicate the picture still further, Isaias’s planned axis of autocracy extends through Ethiopia to Somalia. A painstaking process of stabilizing and reconstructing Somalia is imperiled by President Mohamed Farmajo’s failure to agree an electoral timetable with the opposition, and refusal to step down when his term of office expired in February. Farmajo’s special presidential forces have been trained in Eritrea and many Somalis believe that he plans to use them to impose a military solution on his rivals.

The African peace and security order lies wrecked. The African Union has failed to act. Ethiopian diplomacy and pressure (the organization’s headquarters are in Addis Ababa) has kept Ethiopia’s war and Eritrea’s destabilization of the wider region off the AU agenda. Abiy rebuffed African mediators and convinced enough of his fellow African leaders that it was a purely domestic affair to prevent an African consensus position against the war. In turn, Africa’s inaction gave a green light to Russia and China to threaten to veto any resolution at the UN Security Council. Last month, the U.S. tried and failed this route. This passes the baton to the U.S. and Europe acting alone — at the G7 last week and next week at the Spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF.

At the center of this chaos is Abiy. At every turn he has blundered. He has overpromised, mistaken image for reality, made needless enemies and locked himself into dangerous alliances. Those who once embraced his rhetoric of reform and peacemaking are looking naïve at best. He’s not a consensus-builder, rather an agent of polarization. Perhaps most significantly for the incoming U.S. diplomatic team, the Ethiopian leader has demonstrated an explosive combination of hubris and poor judgement that make him an unreliable interlocutor — sitting atop a fragile country of 110 million people in a volatile region.

There’s no obvious solution: it’s a problem from hell.

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‘Leave No Tigrayan’ | in Ethiopia an Entire Ethnicity is Erased

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 7, 2021

👉 ትግራዋይን ጨርሷቸው አትተዋቸው! | በኢትዮጵያ መላው የትግራይ ጎሳ እየተደመሰሰ ነው

💭 “Their aim is to leave no Tigrayan,” she said. “I hope there will be a Tigray for my children to go home to.”

💭 “They told me, ‘Go home, you’re Tigrayan,’” she said. “We Tigrayans are Ethiopian. Why do they treat us as non-Ethiopian?”

💭 “They accidentally killed an ethnic Oromo in a Tigrayan household,” she said. “When they realized their ‘mistake,’ they came and buried him.”

💭“ዓላማቸው የትግራይን ተወላጅ አለመተው ነው። ልጆቼ ወደ ቤታቸው የሚሄዱበት ትግራይ ይኖራል ብዬ ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ።”

💭ወደ ቤትህ ሂድ አንተ ትግራዋይ ነህ” ብለውኛል። “እኛ የትግራይ ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያዊ ነን። ለምን እኛ እንደ ኢትዮጵያዊ ያልሆነን አድርገው ይቆጥሩናል? ”

💭በትግራይ ተወላጆች ቤት ውስጥ የሚኖር አንድ ብሄር ኦሮሞ ገበአጋጣሚ ድለዋል፡፡ “ስህተታቸውን” ሲገነዘቡ መጥተው ቀበሩት።”

🔥 ዋውው! አይ አማራ! አይ ጋላ! አይ ጋላማራ! የዋቄዮ-አላህ-አቴቴ ባርያ! አዬዬዬ! ግድየለም! ንስሐ ብትገቡና ብትመለሱ ብልን እስከ ጌታችን ስቅለት ድረስ እየጠብቅኳችሁ ነው! ከዚያ እናንተን እና ዘር ማንዘራችሁን አያድርገን፤ የሚመጣውን ታዩታላችሁ! ወዮላችሁ! ወዮላችሁ!

🔥 ትግራይ ወገኖቼ ግን ኢትዮጵያዊነትንም ተዋሕዶ ክርስትናንም ከአማራና ጋሎች ንጠቋቸው፣ ሁለተኛም አታስጠጓቸው! ለእነዚህ አረመኔዎች ብቸኛው መድኃኒት ይህ ነው የሚሆነው!

The atrocities have been seared into the skin and the minds of Tigrayans, who take shelter by the thousands within sight of the homeland they fled in northern Ethiopia.

They arrive in heat that soars above 38 C (100 F), carrying the pain of gunshot wounds, torn vaginas, welts on beaten backs. Less visible are the horrors that jolt them awake at night: Memories of dozens of bodies strewn on riverbanks. Fighters raping a woman one by one for speaking her own language. A child, weakened by hunger, left behind.

Now, for the first time, they also bring proof of an official attempt at what is being called ethnic cleansing in the form of a new identity card that eliminates all traces of Tigray, as confirmed to The Associated Press by nine refugees from different communities. Written in a language not their own, issued by authorities from another ethnic group, the ID cards are the latest evidence of a systematic drive by the Ethiopian government and its allies to destroy the Tigrayan people.

The Amhara authorities now in charge of the nearby city of Humera took Seid Mussa Omar’s original ID card displaying his Tigrayan identity and burned it, the soft-spoken nurse said. On his new card examined by the AP, issued in January with the Amharic language, an Amhara stamp and a border of tiny hearts, even the word Tigray had vanished.

“I kept it to show the world,” Seid said. He added that only 10 Tigrayans remained of the roughly 400 who worked at the hospital where he had been employed, the rest killed or fleeing. “This is genocide … Their aim is to erase Tigray.”

What started as a political dispute in one of Africa’s most powerful and populous countries has turned into a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minority Tigrayans, according to AP interviews with 30 refugees in Sudan and dozens more by phone, along with international experts. The Ethiopian government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed is accused of teaming up with his ethnic group — his mother was Amhara — and soldiers from neighboring Eritrea to punish around 6 million people. Witnesses say they have split much of Tigray between them, with the Amhara in the west and Eritrean forces in the east.

Ethiopia claims that life in Tigray is returning to normal, and Abiy has called the conflict “tiresome.” But the refugees the AP spoke with, including some who arrived just hours before, said abuses were still occurring. Almost all described killings, often of multiple people, rapes and the looting and burning of crops that without massive food aid could tip the region into starvation.

For months, the people of Tigray have been largely sealed off from the world, with electricity and telecommunication access severed and mobile phones often seized, leaving little to back up their claims of thousands, even tens of thousands, killed. That has begun to change.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken asserted last month that “ethnic cleansing” has taken place in western Tigray, marking the first time a top official in the international community has openly described the situation as such. The term refers to forcing a population from a region through expulsions and other violence, often including killings and rapes.

Refugees told the AP that Amhara authorities and allied forces in western Tigray have taken over whole communities, ordering Tigrayans out or rounding them up. A refugee from Humera, Goitom Hagos, said he saw thousands of Tigrayans loaded into trucks and doesn’t know what happened to them.

The Amhara now control some government offices in western Tigray and decide who belongs — and even whether Tigrayans exist at all. Some were ordered to accept the Amhara identity or leave, and others were told to leave anyway, the refugees said.

Lemlem Gebrehiwet was forced to flee while heavily pregnant and gave birth three days after reaching Sudan. She recalled the new authorities telling her, “This is Amhara.”

Shy, her baby girl waiting, she struggled to comprehend. “Maybe we did something wrong.”

Seid, the nurse, fled Humera early in the conflict after his hospital came under heavy shelling, with the wounded carried in screaming and colleagues killed. He returned in January in the hope that conditions had improved, as Abiy’s government promised.

They hadn’t. His home had been looted, and the remaining Tigrayans had shrunk to a quiet population of the elderly, women and children who were discouraged from speaking their own language, Tigrinya.

At the hospital, Tigrayans had to pay for care, unlike the Amhara. Anyone who came was allowed to speak Amharic only. Tigrayan staffers weren’t paid, and every night there was gunfire.

Ten days after returning to the hospital, Seid left for Sudan. Now, at this dusty post, refugees pass blazing days sprawled on plastic mats under shelters of woven straw. They stay perilously close to the border in the hope that missing loved ones will emerge from Tigray.

“The federal government is trying to be king. We Tigrayans refuse,” said one refugee, Nega Chekole.

In response to allegations that the Amhara are ordering Tigrayans to leave and issuing new ID cards, the spokeswoman for the prime minister’s office, Billene Seyoum, said the area is under a provisional administration “who are all from the region.”

The Ethiopian government says it rejects “any and all notions and practices of ethnic cleansing” and will never tolerate such practices, “nor will it turn a blind eye to such crimes.” However, almost everyone the AP interviewed said they had watched fellow Tigrayans being killed or seen bodies on the ground.

In her town of more than a dozen ethnic groups, Belaynesh Beyene was dealt a ghastly lesson in just how little Tigrayans suddenly were worth.

In the early days of the fighting, she said she saw 24 bodies in the streets of Dansha in western Tigray. The 58-year-old grandmother and other residents were prevented from burying them by the Amhara youth militia, a practice that witnesses across Tigray have reported as an added insult to grief. The practice applies only to Tigrayan corpses.

“They accidentally killed an ethnic Oromo in a Tigrayan household,” she said. “When they realized their ‘mistake,’ they came and buried him.”

A spokesman for the Amhara regional government, Gizachew Muluneh, didn’t answer questions from the AP. The Amhara have said they are taking back land they claim belongs to them.

Soldiers from Eritrea, long an enemy of Tigray’s now-fugitive leaders, have also been blamed for some of the worst human rights abuses. Under pressure, Abiy said last month the soldiers will leave, after long denying their presence.

Hiwot Hadush, a teacher from Zalambessa, said scores of people were killed after the Eritreans went house to house, opening fire.

“Even if someone was dead, they shot them again, dozens of times. I saw this,” she said. “I saw many bodies, even priests. They killed all Tigrayans.”

In another border community, Irob, furniture maker Awalom Mebrahtom described hiding and watching Eritrean soldiers order 18 Tigrayans, mostly young men like him, to lie in a remote field. They were shot to death.

The killings continue. In early March, after months on the run, 30-year-old Alem Mebrahtu attempted a desperate crossing of the Tekeze river. Separated from her three small children in the early chaos of the conflict, she had heard they were in Sudan.

Sympathetic women from the Wolkait ethnic group pleaded with Eritrean soldiers near the river to let Alem cross, while urging her to pretend to be Wolkait, too. It worked, but she saw a grim reminder of what could have happened if she had failed.

Bodies lay scattered near the riverbank, she said. She estimated around 50 corpses.

“Some were face-down. Some were looking up at the sky,” she said.

Exhaustion still pressed deep under her eyes, Alem started to cry. There by the river, confronted with death, tears hadn’t been allowed. The Eritrean soldiers beat people for expressing grief, she said.

Samrawit Weldegerima, who had arrived just two weeks earlier in Hamdayet, also saw corpses by the river, counting seven. Freshly branded on their temples were the markings some Tigrayans have to express their identity, she said.

“When I saw them, I was terrified,” Samrawit said, touching her belly, six months pregnant. “I thought I was already dead.”

Those who crossed the river were amazed to find that the Amhara were now in charge in western Tigray. Alem’s home in Humera was occupied by Amhara militia. She asked them for her clothes, but they had been burned. She was told to get out.

Reluctantly, to protect herself, she is trying to learn Amharic.

“Their aim is to leave no Tigrayan,” she said. “I hope there will be a Tigray for my children to go home to.”

The idea of home remains dangerous. Days after Abiy urged people in Tigray to return in late March, at least two men trying to do so from Hamdayet were fatally shot within sight of the border crossing.

They were buried by hundreds of refugees at the Orthodox church in Hamdayet, where the blank walls are being mapped for murals of sacrifice and salvation. Some of the faithful drop to their knees and clutch the stones, deep in prayer. Others rest their foreheads against the entrance, as if they can’t go on.

Even as the Amhara fighters took turns raping her, they offered the young woman a twisted path to what they considered redemption.

She had returned to her looted home in Humera. There, she was seized by militia members speaking Amharic. When she asked them to speak her native Tigrinya, which she understood far better, they became angry and started kicking her.

She fell, and they fell upon her. She remembers at least three men.

“Let the Tigray government come and help you,” she recalled them saying.

They also made her a proposal: “Claim to be Amhara and we’ll give you back your house and find you a husband. But if you claim to be Tigrayan, we will come and rape you again.”

The woman’s Amhara neighbor was present during the attack. When she later approached him for help, there was none.

“So what?” she recalled him saying. “You came back. Behave and be quiet.”

The woman cried all night. The next day, she found little comfort in learning that many others in her neighborhood had been raped, too.

“One mother and daughter had been forced to watch each other,” she said. “One woman was raped on the road, with people watching. Other accounts were worse than mine.”

She left for Sudan. It was mid-February. Afraid to speak with anyone, she waited almost a month before seeking medical care.

“I was ashamed,” she said, and started to cry. She watched the doorway warily, fearing the rumors that can spread among the refugees.

She said she was grateful to be HIV-negative, but she is pregnant. For a long moment, she was silent. She can hardly think about that yet. Her family back home doesn’t know.

The United Nations has said more than 500 rapes in Tigray have been reported to health care workers. But the woman from Humera, whose account was confirmed by her doctor, assumes many more survivors are hiding it just as she did. The AP doesn’t name people who have been sexually abused.

Several refugees from different Tigray communities told the AP they watched or listened helplessly as women were taken away by Amhara or Eritrean fighters and raped. It was like taunting, said Adhanom Gebrehanis from Korarit village, who had just arrived in Hamdayet with the welts from a beating by Eritrean soldiers on his back.

“They do these things openly to make us ashamed,” he said.

He described watching Eritreans pull aside 20 women from a group of Tigrayans and rape them. The next day, 13 of the women were returned.

Go,” Adhanom said the Eritreans told the others. “We already have what we want.”

A midwife from Adwa, Elsa Tesfa Berhe, described treating women secretly after Eritrean soldiers swept through health centers, looting even the beds and telling patients to leave. As Berhe snuck out to deliver babies and care for the wounded, she saw people trying to bury bodies at the risk of being shot, or pouring alcohol on corpses in an attempt to hide the smell.

With the health centers destroyed, little if any care remains for women and girls who have been raped. No one knows how many now carry the children of their attackers.

Berhe had just arrived in Sudan. She cried as she recalled a 60-year-old woman who was raped vaginally and anally by Eritrean soldiers and then waited for days, trying to hide the bleeding, before seeking help.

“She didn’t want to tell anyone,” Berhe said. She heard the woman ask, “Can anyone trust me if I say I was raped?”

Another woman was raped by four Eritrean soldiers while her husband hid under the bed, Berhe said. Her husband recounted the attack when they sought an abortion.

A third woman described how Eritrean soldiers ordered her father to rape her, then shot and killed him when he refused. The soldiers raped her instead.

Berhe fears that the situation in rural areas is even worse, as described by the displaced people arriving in cities. So far, few from the outside world can reach the areas where the majority of Tigrayans lived before the conflict, as fighting continues.

“Do you think there is a word to explain this? There is no word,” said a midwife from Humera, who gave only her first name, Mulu.

In Hamdayet she befriended seven women from the same village, Mai Gaba, who said they were raped separately by various fighters, including Ethiopian federal forces. Mulu fears that Mai Gaba is a conservative example and estimates that some communities have seen scores of assaults.

“This is to harm the community psychologically,” Mulu said. “Most of the people in Tigray support the (fugitive Tigray leaders). To destroy them, you must destroy Tigrayans.”

There is more to come.

Almost every person interviewed described a worrying shortage of food, and some said Tigrayans are being starved. Many recalled seeing crops being looted or burned in communities by Amhara or Eritrean fighters, a toll that even shows up in satellite imagery.

Kidu Gebregirgis, a farmer, said he was questioned almost daily about his ethnicity, his shirt yanked aside to check for marks from the strap of a gun. He said the Amhara harvested around 5,000 kilograms (5.5 short tons) of sorghum from his fields and hauled it away, a task that took two weeks. He shook his head in amazement.

The conflict began shortly before the harvest in the largely agricultural region. Now the planting season approaches.

“But there is no seed,” Kidu said. “There’s nothing to start again.”

The prospect is terrifying, said Alex de Waal, the author of a new report warning of mass starvation in Tigray and a researcher at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

“What I fear is that millions of people are in the rural areas, staying because they are hopeful they will be able to plant,” he said. “If they’re not able to plant, if food supplies run out, then all of a sudden we could see a mass migration.”

Tigrayans who passed through rural communities described starving people, often elderly, begging outside churches. Sometimes they did, too.

Alem, the exhausted mother, begged for money and tightened her clothes to control the hunger pangs. Abedom, a day laborer who only gave one name, begged while roaming the mountains and villages for three months.

“It was normal to go a whole day without food,” he said. “So many people were hungry. They loot everything, so if they take it all, how do I survive?”

The hunger was staggering. One refugee saw a man faint on the road in Adi Asr, close to death. Another described a fellow traveler so tired he simply stopped walking. Yet another saw a child, too weak to go on, left behind.

Again, ethnicity was crucial. Belaynesh, from Dansha, said she made sure to speak Amharic when approaching farmhouses in western Tigray for food.

Ethiopia, under international pressure, has said food aid has been distributed to more than 4 million people in Tigray. Refugees disagreed, saying they saw no such thing in their communities or asserting that food was being diverted.

Maza Girmay, 65, said she heard food was being distributed, so she went to the government office in her community of Bahkar to inquire.

“They told me, ‘Go home, you’re Tigrayan,’” she said. “We Tigrayans are Ethiopian. Why do they treat us as non-Ethiopian?”

The rejection brought her to tears. An Orthodox cross tattooed on her forehead, long faded from childhood, wrinkled with her sorrow.

In the community of Division, farmer Berhane Gebrewahid said he was shot by Amhara fighters seeking his cattle. He said food aid was distributed in February by Amhara authorities but refused to Tigrayans, including him. Even the name of his homeland had been changed to Northern Gondar, after a major city in Amhara.

A colonel with the Tigray fighters, Bahre Tebeje, worried that starvation will kill more people than the war itself.

“Most food aid returns to the Amhara and Eritreans,” he asserted, leaning forward intently, a tattered black-and-white kaffiyeh around his neck. “It’s not being distributed to the people.”

Severe malnutrition is already above emergency levels as humanitarian workers rush to reach communities, the U.N. has said. In Hamdayet, a handful of such cases were recently sent to a regional hospital for treatment, according to a doctor there. One woman, recovering, still couldn’t produce milk for her baby, who whimpered and sucked at a limp breast.

Battered and hungry, Tigrayans still arrive daily at the border post where Sudanese soldiers watch a no man’s land in the shadow of a fading flag. One recent evening, the AP saw three new refugees approaching.

In Sudan, the Tigrayans are registered and asked for their ethnicity. For once, they are free to answer.

Source

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Ethiopia Accused of Using Rape as a Weapon of War in Tigray as New Evidence Emerges of Massacres

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 5, 2021

🔥 #TigrayGenocide / የትግራይ ጀነሳይድ

💭 “Many people believe that it is now genocidal, that what is a political intent to destroy is becoming now an intent to destroy, in whole or part, a people,”

💭“ብዙ ሰዎች አሁን የዘር ማጥፋት ነው ብለው ያምናሉ ፣ ለማጥፋት የታቀደው የፖለቲካ ዓላማ አሁን ሙሉ በሙሉ ወይም በከፊል ህዝብን የማጥፋት ፍላጎት እየሆነ ነው”

👉 አዲስ የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋዎች ማስረጃ ብቅ ብቅ ሲል የኢትዮጵያ መንግስትአስገድዶ መድፈርን እንደ ጦር መሳሪያ ይጠቀማል ተብሎ ተክስሷል

የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት የኤርትራ ወታደሮች በሰሜን ኢትዮጵያ ከሚገኘው የትግራይ ክልል እየወጡ መሆናቸውን ካስታወቀበት አዲስ መረጃ አግኝተናል፡፡ የኤርትራ ወታደሮች የትግራይ ተወላጆችን እና ወንዶችን ሲገድሉ እና አስገድዶ መድፈር የኢትዮጵያ እና የኤርትራ ወታደሮች ለጦር መሳሪያነት መጠቀማቸውን የሚያሳዩ ምስክሮች እየወጡ ነው፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር አብይ አሕመድ በኅዳር ወር የትግራይ ሕዝብ ነፃ አውጪ ግንባርን ያነጣጠረ ወታደራዊ ጥቃት ለመደገፍ ኤርትራና ወደ ትግራይ ክልል አስገባት። በግጭቱ እውነተኛው የሟቾች ቁጥር እስካሁን አልታወቀም ፣ ግን ተመራማሪዎቹ በቅርቡ እንደገለጹት በጦርነቱ በ ፻፶/150 የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋዎች የተገደሉ ወደ ፪ሺ/2,000 የሚጠጉ ሰዎችን በስም ለይተው ለማሳወቅ በቅተዋል፡፡ ስለ አካባቢው መረጃዎችን አቅርባ የተመለሰችው የሲኤንኤን ከፍተኛ ዓለም አቀፍ ዘጋቢ ኒማ ኤል-ባጊር “በሥልጣን ፉክክር” ተብሎ የተጀመረው ወደ ብሔር ማጽዳት መግባቱን ትናገራለች፡፡ “ብዙ ሰዎች አሁን የዘር ማጥፋት ነው ብለው ያምናሉ ፣ ለማጥፋት የታቀደው የፖለቲካ ዓላማ አሁን አንድን ህዝብ በሙሉ ወይም በከፊል የማጥፋት ዓላማ እየሆነ ነው” ብላለች።

We get an update on how the Ethiopian government has announced Eritrean forces are withdrawing from the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, where harrowing witness accounts have emerged of Eritrean soldiers killing Tigrayan men and boys and rape being used as weapon of war by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers. Eritrea entered the Tigray region to support Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s military offensive in November targeting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. The true death toll from the conflict remains unknown, but researchers recently identified almost 2,000 people killed in 150 massacres by warring factions. CNN senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir, who just returned from reporting on the region, says what started as a “competition for power” has descended into ethnic cleansing. “Many people believe that it is now genocidal, that what is a political intent to destroy is becoming now an intent to destroy, in whole or part, a people,” says.

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NY Times: ‘They Told Us Not to Resist’: Sexual Violence Pervades Ethiopia’s War

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 1, 2021

From The New York Times

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

ይህ የዘር ማጽዳት ነው። ወታደሮችየትግራይን ሴቶች የሚያጠቋቸው፤ የበለጠ ትግራዋያንን ለመውለድ እንዲያቆሙ ነው

☆ በታዋቂው የሞና ሊዛ ሥዕል ስም የተሰየመችው የ ፲፰/18 ዓመቷ ኢትዮጵያዊ የሁለተኛ ደረጃ ት / ቤት ምሩቅ ከሰባት የጥይት ቁስሎች እና ከተቆረጠ ክንድ ጋር ከደረሰባት አስገድዶ መድፈር በሕይወት መትረፍ ችላለች።

☆ እ.ኤ.አ. በታህሳስ ወር መጀመሪያ ላይ ሞና ሊዛ እንዳለቸውት አንድ ኢትዮጵያዊ ወታደር በማዕከላዊ ትግራይ ውስጥ በአቢ አድዲ ውስጥ ከአያቷ ጋር በምትጋራበት ቤት ውስጥ ገብቶ ወሲብ እንዲፈጽሙ አዘዛቸው፡፡

☆ ሞና ሊዛ፡ የኦርቶዶክስ እምነት ተከታይ የሆኑት አያቷ ለወታደሩ “እባክህ ይህ በእኛ ዘንድ ያልተለመደ እና ከሃይማኖታዊ እምነታችን ጋር የሚጋጭ ነው።” ሲሉ መስማቷን ታስታውሳለች።

☆ በፆታዊ ጥቃት ወቅት ድንጋዮች ፣ ጥፍሮች እና ሌሎች ነገሮች በሴቶች ሃፍረተ ስጋ አካላቸው ውስጥ መገኘቱን የጤና ሰራተኞች ጠቁመዋል፡፡ ሴቶች የራሳቸውን የቤተሰብ አባላት ለመድፈር መገደዳቸውም ተገልጿል፡፡

☆ በመቀሌ ከተማ የትግራይ ሴቶች ማህበር የሚያስተዳድረው ለሴቶች ደህንነት የተጠበቀ ቤት አባል የሆኑት ለታይ ተስፋይ፤ “አስገድዶ መድፈር ለጦር መሳሪያነት እያገለገለ ነው፤ እየሆነ ያለው ነገር ለማሰብ እንኳን የሚከብድ ነው፡፡” ብለዋል።

☆ አንዲት ሴት “ብንጮህም እንኳ የሚሰማን የለም” ብላለች። “መቁጠር እንኳን አቅቶናል፤ ደፋሪዎቹ ፎቶ አንስተውና ሰውነቴ ላይ አልኮል ካፈሰሱብኝ በኋላ እርስበርስ ተሳሳቁብኝ፡፡ አጥቂዎቹ የ ፲፪/12 ዓመት ወንድ ልጇን በጥይት እንደገደሉባት አክላለች፡፡

☆ “ግን የአካባቢው ፖሊሶች እና የፌደራል ፖሊሶች ባሉበት ትናንትም ዛሬም ሴቶች እየተደፈሩ ነው፡፡”

💭 የቀድሞው ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር መለስ ዜናዊ በአንድ ወቅት “ኦሮሞ ሀገር ማስተዳደር አይችልም! ብለው ነበር። ሌላ ጊዜም “ለኦሮሞ ስልጣን መስጠት ለህፃን ውሀ በብርጭቆ መስጠት ነው” ብለው ነበር። 100% ትክክል ነበሩ! ታዲያ ይህን እያወቁ እነ አቶ ስብሐት ነጋ ሁሉንም ነገር ለኦሮሞዎች አስረክበው መቀሌ ገቡ። ትልቅ ወንጀል! ያው ከኦሮማራዎችና የኤርትራ ቤን አሚር ጋር በመመሳጠርና ተክትለዋቸውም በመምጣት በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ አስከፊ ግፍና በደል ይፈጽማሉ።

ዛሬ ኦሮሞዎቹ ብርጭቆውን መስበር ብቻ አይደለም፤ በዓለምም በኢትዮጵያም ታሪክ ይህን ያህል በአስከፊ መልክ ዘግናኝ፣ ታይቶም ተሰምቶም የማይታወቅ ወንጀል እየፈጸሙ ነው። ጋሎች ከማደጋስካር እና ታንዛኒያ አካባቢ አምልጠው/ተባርረው ውደ ምስራቅ አፍሪቃ ሲገቡ ለአፍሪቃ ቀንድ እራሳቸው መጤዎች የሆኑት ሶማሌዎች እንኳን ሳይቀሩ የጋሎችን አረመኔነት ስለተገነዘቡት ነበር ዛሬ ወደሰፈሩበት የአክሱም ግዛት ገብተው እንዲወርሩና እንዲስፋፉ ያደረጓቸው። ኢትዮጵያ ሀገሬ ሞኝ ነሽ ተላላ የሞተልሽ ቀርቶ የገደለሽ በላ!

❖ ❖ ❖ አብ ወልድ መንፈስ ቅዱስ ሆይ በስማችሁ ብዙ ተአምራትን ያደረገና ኮከብ ክብርየተባለ የሰማዕታት አለቃ በሚሆን በኃያሉ በቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ ላይ ለመፍረድ በልዳ ሀገር የተሰበሰቡትን ፯(ሰብዓ)ነገሥታትን ደምስሰው እንዳጠፏቸው፡ የተነሱብንን የጽዮንን ተቃዋሚዎች፣ የኔንም/የኛንም ጠላቶች ሁሉ ይደመስሱልን ዘንድ እማፀናለሁ። አሜን! አሜን! አሜን!❖ ❖ ❖

☆ “This is ethnic cleansing. Soldiers are targeting Tigrayan women to stop them giving birth to more Tigrayans.

☆ Mona Lisa, named for the iconic painting, the 18-year-old Ethiopian high school graduate had survived an attempted rape that left her with seven gunshot wounds and an amputated arm.

☆ In early December, Ms. Mona said, an Ethiopian soldier burst into the house she shares with her grandfather in Abiy Addi, a town in central Tigray, and ordered them to have sex.

☆ “Please,” she recalled her grandfather, an Orthodox Christian, telling the soldier. “This is abnormal and against our religious beliefs.”

☆ Rocks, nails and other objects have been forced inside the bodies of women — and some men — during sexual assaults, according to health workers. Men have been forced to rape their own family members under threat of violence, Pramila Patten, the top U.N. official on sexual violence in conflict, said in January.

☆ “Rape is being used as a weapon of war,” said Letay Tesfay of the Tigray Women’s Association, which runs a safe house for women in Mekelle. “What’s happening is unimaginable.”

☆ “Even if we had shouted,” one woman said, “there was no one to listen.”

☆ “I lost count,” she said. “They took photos of me, poured alcohol on me and laughed.” Some of her assailants also shot dead her 12-year-old son, she added.

☆ “But women were raped yesterday and today when the local police and federal police are around.”

‘They Told Us Not to Resist’: Sexual Violence Pervades Ethiopia’s War

Rape is being used as a weapon as fighting rages in remote parts of Tigray region. “Even if we had shouted,” one woman said, “there was no one to listen.”

Mona Lisa lay on a hospital bed in Mekelle, the main city in war-torn northern Ethiopia, her body devastated but her defiance on display.

Named for the iconic painting, the 18-year-old Ethiopian high school graduate had survived an attempted rape that left her with seven gunshot wounds and an amputated arm. She wanted it to be known that she had resisted.

“This is ethnic cleansing,” she said. “Soldiers are targeting Tigrayan women to stop them giving birth to more Tigrayans.”

Her account is one of hundreds detailing abuses in Tigray, the mountainous region in northern Ethiopia where a grinding civil war has been accompanied by a parallel wave of atrocities including widespread sexual assault targeting women.

A senior United Nations official told the Security Council last week that more than 500 Ethiopian women had formally reported sexual violence in Tigray, although the actual toll is likely far higher, she added. In the city of Mekelle, health workers say new cases emerge every day.

The assaults have become a focus of growing international outrage about a conflict where the fighting is largely happening out of sight, in the mountains and the countryside. But evidence of atrocities against civilians — mass shootings, looting, sexual assault — is everywhere.

In early December, Ms. Mona said, an Ethiopian soldier burst into the house she shares with her grandfather in Abiy Addi, a town in central Tigray, and ordered them to have sex.

“Please,” she recalled her grandfather, an Orthodox Christian, telling the soldier. “This is abnormal and against our religious beliefs.”

When her grandfather refused, the soldier shot him in the leg and locked him into the kitchen. Then he pinned Ms. Mona to a sofa and tried to rape her. She fought back, kicking the man in the crotch and briefly grabbing his gun, she said.

But he quickly overpowered her and, after shooting her in the hand and firing warning shots into the floor, issued another ultimatum. “He said he would count to three and if I did not take off my clothes he would kill me,” she said.

The soldier fired a volley of bullets that cut through Ms. Mona’s right arm and right leg. By the time she got transportation to the Mekelle General Hospital a day later, doctors were forced to amputate the arm.

She is still in the hospital, the bones in one leg still shattered. An uncle at her bedside corroborated her account of the assault on Dec. 4. Ms. Mona, who consented to be identified, called it a calculated act of war.

“My case is not unique,” she said. “I fought the soldier off. But there are so many women all over this region who were actually raped.”

After months of increasingly desperate pleas for international action on Ethiopia, led by senior United Nations and European Union officials, the pressure appears to be producing results. President Biden recently sent an envoy, Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, to Ethiopia for talks with Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, that lasted five hours.

The majority of sexual violence accusations in Tigray have been leveled against Ethiopian and allied Eritrean soldiers. But Tigrayan forces may also be guilty of war crimes, the top U.N. human rights official, Michele Bachelet, said this month.

In some ways, the bitter fight is driven by deeply rooted forces — longstanding land disputes, opposing visions over the future shape of Ethiopia, and a rivalry with Eritrea going back decades. But civilians, and particularly women, are bearing the brunt of the most disturbing violence.

Rocks, nails and other objects have been forced inside the bodies of women — and some men — during sexual assaults, according to health workers. Men have been forced to rape their own family members under threat of violence, Pramila Patten, the top U.N. official on sexual violence in conflict, said in January.

“Rape is being used as a weapon of war,” said Letay Tesfay of the Tigray Women’s Association, which runs a safe house for women in Mekelle. “What’s happening is unimaginable.”

The epidemic of sexual assault is exacerbated by a collapsing health system. Many victims have contracted sexually transmitted diseases, including H.I.V., doctors say. Demand for abortions and emergency contraceptives has risen.

But outside the main towns of Tigray, most health clinics are shut — some destroyed in fighting, others plundered by soldiers as part of what Doctors Without Borders recently called a concerted effort to destroy the region’s health care system. In his meeting with Mr. Abiy in March, Senator Coons said they discussed “directly and forcefully” the reports of widespread human rights violations including rape.

Whether Mr. Abiy delivers on his promise of bringing the perpetrators to justice, he added, “is going to be critical to any successful resolution of this conflict.”

The anguish of victims resonates quietly through the wards of the Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekelle, the region’s biggest medical facility.

A doctor specialized in sexual assault said he had received at least three new patients every day since Ethiopian troops marched into Mekelle on Nov. 28. Some said they had been raped by soldiers in the camps for displaced people on the edge of the city; others were abducted from their homes in rural areas and held for days as soldiers repeatedly raped them.

The doctor, who like several other medics spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the authorities, produced a list of 18 registered sexual violence patients at the hospital. The youngest was 14. Most said their attackers were soldiers, he said.

In one bed, a 29-year old woman who asked to be identified only by her first name, Helen, trembled as she recounted how Eritrean and Ethiopian troops had tied her to a tree near her home in Agula, 15 miles north of Mekelle, and assaulted her repeatedly over a 10-day period in late November.

“I lost count,” she said. “They took photos of me, poured alcohol on me and laughed.” Some of her assailants also shot dead her 12-year-old son, she added.

Selam Assaeffae, a police investigator working on rape cases at the Ayder Referral Hospital, corroborated Ms. Helen’s account.

Most sexual assault cases in Tigray, however, may not be recorded anywhere. Health workers said that officials are reluctant to register such violence, fearing that the military could target them for documenting the crime. Patients often remain anonymous for the same reason.

Filsan Abdullahi Ahmed, Ethiopia’s minister of women, children and youth, insisted that the federal government was taking seriously the reports of sexual violence in Tigray, and had sent a task force including social workers, police officers and prosecutors to investigate.

While her own mandate was limited to providing victims with psychological support, Ms. Filsan said she had pressured Ethiopia’s attorney general to deliver justice. But it is a difficult process, she insisted.

“I cannot 100 percent confirm whom this is being committed by,” Ms. Filsan said, referring to the perpetrators.

The sexual attacks are so common that even some Ethiopian soldiers have spoken out. At a public meeting in Mekelle in January, a man in military uniform made an outburst that was broadcast on state television.

“I was angry yesterday,” he said. “Why does a woman get raped in Mekelle city?” The soldier, who was not identified, questioned why the police weren’t stopping them. “It wouldn’t be shocking if it happened during fighting,” he said. “But women were raped yesterday and today when the local police and federal police are around.”

Haben, a waitress in Mekelle, was raped with two other women at the cafe where they work in December, she said. Her body is still covered in bruises from the assault.

“They told us not to resist,” she recalled. “‘Lie down. Don’t shout.’”

But even if they had shouted, she added, “there was nobody to listen.”

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