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A Horrible Sight’: CNN Investigation Reveals Evidence of Torture, Detention & Execution in Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 10, 2021

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👉 ይህ እጅግ በጣም አሰቃቄና አሳዛኝ ዜና የፋሺስቱ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ ኦሮሞ አገዛዝ የአዲስ ዓመት ስጦታ “ለኢትዮጵያውያን” መሆኑ ነው! ጊዜውን ጠብቆ ልክ በ 9/11 የሃያኛው ዓመት መታሰቢያ። አይ አማራ! አይ ኦሮሞ! የስጋ ማንነታችሁና ምንነታችሁ እንዲሁም ጥላቻችሁ ለሰባ ትውልድ የሚተርፍ እዳ ውስጥ እያስገባችሁ መሆኑን እንዳታዩትና እንዳትረዱት አድርጓችኋል። እናት ኢትዮጵያን ምን ያህል ብትጠሏት ነው ሰንደቋን እያውለበለባችሁ በወገናችሁ ላይ ይህን ዓይነት ግፍ ያለማቋረጥ የምትሠሩት?! እህ ህ ህ! እግዚአብሔር ሁሉንም ነገር በቪዲዮ ቀርጾ መዝግቦታል።

#HumeraMassacre #የሑመራእልቂት

💭 አሰቃቂ እይታ ከሁመራ፤ የሲ.ኤን.ኤን ምርመራ የግርፋት ፣ የእስራት እና የግድያ ማስረጃዎችን ያሳያል።

A CNN investigation has uncovered evidence of the torture, mass detention and execution of residents in the the town of Humera in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. CNN’s Nima Elbagir reports.

💭 Selected Comments from CNN Channel:

This is horrible. I can’t wrap my brain around the amount of violence human beings are willing to inflict on each other.

The people who did this are nothing at all but rabid, cruel and most reprehensible monsters on the planet. They deserve the same fate and THEN some.

People are capable of such horrific evil …. I don’t understand why, 😓, I hope there will be some justice. These people need help. International pressure must be placed on the Ethiopian govt. I have so much respect for those people in the Tigray region trying to help bury the dead and act as witnesses to the atrocities happening to their people. Such anguish and misery for these poor people.

I am ashamed by the callously apathetic attitude of the comments below. These are our fellow human beings! Maybe we cannot save all of them but the absolute minimum owed them, as people, is to speak respectfully of them and their experiences until independent investigation finds evidence that torture and murder is NOT at work. You always assume the victim is telling the truth until evidence to the contrary is found.

This is surely the tip of the iceberg! The world is just watching it with bare eyes…

I worked in Atlanta at a Whole Foods about 15 years ago, and we had a huge population of east africans there. Ethiopians, Somalis and Yemenis. There was a huge amount of tension between one of our Ethiopian workers and the two Tigrayans, and one of the Tigrayan women told me about all sorts of hideous things she witnessed at the hands of the Ethiopian military. The oppression has been there for years, but it seems like it’s escalating

The meek shall inherit the earth. May God rest their souls.

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CNN on HUMERA MASSACRE | Men Are Marched Out of Prison Camps. Then Corpses Float Down The River

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 5, 2021

The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. As the river’s path narrows, the drifting bodies become wedged on the silty clay bank and their forms appear more clearly; men, women, teenagers and even children. 

The marks of torture are easily visible on some, their arms held tightly behind their backs.

On a trip to Wad El Hilou, a Sudanese town near the border with Ethiopia, a CNN team counted three bodies in one day. Witnesses and local authorities in Sudan confirmed that in the days after the team’s departure, 11 more bodies arrived downstream.

Evidence indicates the dead are Tigrayans. Witnesses on the ground say the bodies tell a dark story of mass detentions and mass executions across the border in Humera, a town in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

CNN has spoken with dozens of witnesses collecting the bodies in Sudan, as well as international and local forensic experts and people trapped and hiding in Humera, to reveal what appears to be a new phase of ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia’s war.

Humera is one of many towns involved in the conflict that has ravaged the 112 million-strong east African country since the Ethiopian government launched an offensive in the country’s northern Tigray region in November 2020. Despite Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s initial declaration of victory in late November, the region is still wracked by fighting and CNN has previously reported on the many atrocities including torture, extrajudicial killings, and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

At the end of June this year, the balance of power shifted suddenly as Tigrayan forces recaptured the regional capital, Mekelle, and the Ethiopian government began withdrawing troops from the region. The fighting continued, however. In mid-July, Tigrayan forces announced a new offensive to recapture areas taken by the Ethiopian government.

This new offensive, witnesses told CNN, was what prompted the government forces and militia groups holding the northern town of Humera, close to the border with Eritrea and Sudan, to launch a new phase of mass incarcerations of resident Tigrayans.

CNN’s investigations indicate that the ethnic profiling, detention and killing of Tigrayans bears the hallmarks of genocide as defined by international law.

‘We’re told to look out for the bodies’

In recent weeks, a community of Tigrayans living in the Sudanese town of Wad El Hilou, 65 kilometers (40 miles) downstream from Humera, has assumed the role of excavators and grave diggers for the bodies drifting down the river known in Sudan as the Setit and in Ethiopia as the Tekeze. 

It is arduous and distressing work. The stench from the bodies fills the air as they first extract each corpse from the riverbed and then dig new graves for them, before performing the burial rites.

Tigrayan community leader Gebretensae Gebrekristos, also known as Gerri, helps coordinate and document the recovery of the bodies in Sudan.

Tigrayan community leader Gebretensae Gebrekristos, also known as Gerri, helps coordinate and document the recovery of the bodies in Sudan.

Gebretensae Gebrekristos, known as “Gerri,” is one of the community’s leaders; he helps coordinate the grim task with a solemn determination. In total the community estimates at least 60 bodies have been found so far. He explained how the group is certain the bodies are Tigrayans from Humera. 

“We get calls from people in Humera that witnesses — often escaped detainees — saw people marched down to the river in one of the facilities and heard gunshots, or that a number of people were taken by soldiers from the detention facilities and never returned.  We’re told to look out for their bodies coming down the river.”

The bodies first appeared in Sudan in July when the river was at its highest volume due to the rainy season. Sudanese water engineers told CNN the speed of its flow then would enable the bodies to drift from Humera to Wad El Hilou in approximately two to three hours. Wad El Hilou is a natural pinch-point in the river’s path — and so, when the bodies arrived, they floated towards the banks.

According to Gerri, his community usually finds the exact number of bodies it has been told to expect.

Sixteen-year-old Natay and 17-year-old Gebrey, whose names have been changed for their safety, are among the Tigrayans who said they fled prison camps in Humera. Now in Wad El Hilou, they confirmed to CNN that they heard reports of men, with their hands tied, being marched in single file towards the Humera riverfront, to the area between St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s Church. The boys both say they heard shots ring out and the men did not return.

Natay said he remembered feeling paralyzed: “I was so fearful, thinking that they would kill me and throw me [in] too.”

Sudanese authorities in Wad El Hilou have filed police and coroner reports for each body found in their territory, documenting evidence of the extensive torture and “execution-style” bullet entry wounds found on many of the bodies, the authorities told CNN. Both local Sudanese authorities and forensic experts say all the bodies retrieved so far were likely dead before they hit the water.

In a statement issued via US public relations firm Mercury, the Ethiopian government said it was investigating the allegations. “In light of several inconsistencies in the allegations, we are working with the relevant authorities to gather evidence and will prosecute any individuals found to have committed crimes to the fullest extent of the law,” a spokesperson said.

“The government is keen to reiterate our desire to ensure a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Tigray and is actively working to secure a ceasefire.”

‘Everyone was sick’

For so many of the Tigrayans in Sudan, these bodies could have been people they knew. Many have fled from Humera and still have families there.

Temesgen, 24, and Yonas, 25, say they escaped together from a warehouse in Humera, called Enda Yitbarek, which they describe as being used as a makeshift mass detention camp for thousands of Tigrayans. CNN has changed their names for their safety. They were both imprisoned for just over two weeks.

“I was playing around my house, then they collected me and took me because I am Tigrayan,” Temesgen recalled. “We didn’t do anything, they just collected me and detained me.”

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Inside the warehouse, people were crammed together on the floor without rooms or partitions to create privacy, he said.

“They weren’t providing us food and we didn’t even have access to the toilet,” Yonas said. “Some people were toileting inside the warehouse.”

For Temesgen the real horror was the lack of medical assistance. “Everyone was sick with flu and not getting medical help. They weren’t sending us to hospital,” he said.

Former detainees described to CNN prisoners of all ages squeezed tightly together — from mothers with young children to teenagers to men in their 70s.

Temesgen and Yonas say they escaped while on a rare toilet break permitted by the guards, and made the journey to Sudan. They both talked of multiple prison camps dotted around the city of Humera.

CNN spoke to dozens of other escapees from these camps and, based on their accounts, estimates there are up to nine locations where it is thought thousands of Tigrayans are being detained.

Ethnic profiling

Tigrayans still inside Humera told CNN that they live in constant fear of being detained or killed. They spoke of brazen ethnic profiling whereby residents of Tigrayan ethnicity are targeted and those of other ethnicities are safe, particularly those of the Amhara ethnicity;  militia from Amhara have fought alongside Ethiopian government forces in Tigray.

People of mixed ethnicity face an uncertain fate; residents told CNN that an Amhara ID card can suffice but to be seen socializing with Tigrayans will put someone at risk nonetheless. 

Alem, whose name has also been changed for security reasons, is half-Tigrayan but has a non-Tigrayan ID card and has been helping Tigrayans hide in his home in Humera while the arrests continue. Relatives abroad have urged him to flee, but he insists it’s his duty to stay and help those who are targeted.

Rahel, not her real name, is also Tigrayan but has a non-Tigrayan ID card and says she has been visiting friends and relatives in the prison camps despite the questions posed by guards. She is horrified by the conditions for those detained.

“They can’t move, they are not getting enough sanitation, no food, no water and no medicine. If they feel sick and die, no one cares. They are hungry and thirsty. How could they feel good thinking it’s their turn the next day, knowing their friends were killed yesterday? The guards don’t care about life,” she said.

People in Humera who spoke to CNN repeatedly mentioned the disappearances of members of the Tigrayan community. Those still free assumed they were detained in the camps, but those who escaped from the prisons told CNN that people were frequently summoned by guards and would never return. Others spoke of rare sightings of bodies being dumped into the river.

Across the water in Sudan, Yonas recalled the disappearances from the Enda Yitbarek warehouse.

“They weren’t torturing us but they were taking prisoners often at night and they never came back,” Yonas said. “We don’t know whether they killed them or not, but after they took them they never came back, and their families reported their disappearances.”

Residents of Humera with whom CNN spoke firmly believe the bodies arriving in Wad El Hilou are from their town. Several are in regular touch with those who escaped across the border to Sudan and when the bodies began arriving, news spread fast.

One man has been identified locally as Misganawu, a well-known barber in Humera. ”He had two nicknames, Totit and Gundi,” Alem recalled. “I knew Totit very well when he was working in Humera in that hairdressing shop. He was born and raised in Humera.”

Signs of torture

 Ongoing independent investigations by international and local forensic experts found no evidence that the victims had drowned. The experts, who asked not to be identified due to security concerns, told CNN that the bodies had all been exposed to some form of chemical agent after death, leading to a process which had effectively preserved them before entering the water.

The fact all the bodies were in a similar state indicated they had been stored in a similar environment, possibly a storage facility or a mass grave, before being dumped into the river, the experts said.

This state of preservation makes it easier to identify the marks on the bodies and what could have caused them, the experts said.

Some of those found had their arms bound tightly behind their backs, in keeping with a torture technique called “tabay.”  Several had their hands tied with small gauge yellow electrical wire and bone breakages and dislocations further indicate additional pressure was placed on their bodies before death. 

The experts say they are in a race against time to preserve evidence, in case it is needed for potential war crimes prosecutions in the future. They also confirmed the signs of torture apparent to the group in Sudan who’ve been collecting the corpses.

While investigators in Sudan continue to examine the bodies, Tigrayans and those helping them in Humera face a daily struggle to remain free from arrest and abuse.

And Tigrayans like Gerri, on the other side of the border, mourn and dig shallow graves for the bodies that drift downstream.

Speaking by the first riverside grave he dug, marked with a makeshift wooden cross, Gerri said it pained him to be unable to give them a proper burial.

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Ethiopia’s Tigrayans Rounded Up, Mutilated & Dismembered In Civil War Ethnic Purge

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 5, 2021

Sources said that after a series of victories by Tigrayan Defence Forces, the occupying forces in Humera started to purge ethnic Tigrayans.

Courtesy: The Tlegraph

By Lucy Kassa

Forces occupying a major city in Ethiopia are throwing thousands of men, women and children into makeshift “concentration camps”, cutting off limbs and dumping mutilated bodies into mass graves as part of an orchestrated ethnic purge, a dozen separate witnesses told The Telegraph.

Ethnic Amhara forces have been going “door-to-door” to round up anyone who is ethnic Tigrayan in the latest harrowing evidence of population cleansing in Ethiopia’s blood-drenched civil war.

“Feven Berhe was an innocent resident who owned a small shop. They took her to Tekeze river and shot her,” said one resident, who knew the 40-year-old victim well.

“Before they killed her, they removed her eyes and cut off her legs. They did not let anyone pick her body up and bury her.”

Humera is a city of about 50,000 near Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea and Sudan. Because of its strategic location, it was one of the first places to be attacked when Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s dictator launched a devastating pincer attack to crush Tigray’s regional government in November.

For the last year, ethnic Amhara forces, who hail from a neighbouring region and are allied to the Nobel laureate, have controlled the city, along with swathes of western Tigray.

Sources said that after a stunning series of victories by the Tigrayan Defence Forces in late June, the occupying forces in Humera started to purge ethnic Tigrayans in the city.

The Telegraph understands that on 15 July, Amhara forces held a public meeting in the main municipality hall in Humera to decide the fate of Tigrayans in the areas they controlled.

“They said this; ‘We should exterminate all Tigrayan residents in the city. We must cleanse them all,” said one man who claims he attended the public meeting.

Multiple residents said that a massive campaign of arrests started soon after the meeting.

“They have been going from house to house arresting everyone. No Tigrayan is left except those who fled to Sudan or found a hiding place in the city. They have a list of Tigrayan residents from the administrative offices,” said another man.

“If it is written in your identity card that you are Tigrayan, there is no mercy,” said another.

Children displaced by fighting in northern Ethiopia play among sacks of clothes at the Addis Fana School where they are temporarily sheltered,

At the beginning of August, 43 bloated and bloodied bodies were found floating down the Tekeze River, which separates the region from Sudan.

The Telegraph understands that these were some of the original victims of the purge. Residents say that when the floating bodies attracted huge international attention, Amhara forces started dumping bodies elsewhere.

Elderly people, children and pregnant women have all been taken to several detention centres and three different warehouses across the city, which have been turned into makeshift “concentration camps”, survivors said.

The Telegraph could not confirm these accounts because of major reporting restrictions in Tigray.

However, imagery analysis by Vigil Monitor (previously DX Open Network), an atrocity early warning and detection research organisation based in the UK, shows that ethnic Amhara forces and allied Ethiopian troops have been stationed at ‘numerous’ centres for the past few months.

One man the Telegraph spoke to called Gizau claimed that he had escaped one of the centres by convincing militiamen he was not fully ethnic Tigrayan.

“We were 250 detainees. The Amhara forces take detainees every night and bring new ones. The ones they take never come back,” he said.

Gizau and ten other witnesses said that people were being killed and dumped in pits around the three warehouses and in craters outside the city.

Satellite imagery partially corroborates the sources. It shows a pit roughly the size of a swimming pool outside one of the warehouses, which has been gradually filled up since mid-July.

There is a similar pattern of suspicious pits being filled up slowly over the same time period at the other locations.

“There are very suspicious holes in the ground next to the camps, in an area where no other hole gets filled with earth,” say analysts at Vigil Monitor.

The state president for Ethiopia’s Amhara region Agegnuh Teshager and the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office were both approached for comment on The Telegraph’s findings bit neither responded.

*Names have been changed in this article to protect identities.

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Tigray: Sparta in Africa | ትግራይ፤ የአፍሪቃ ስፓርታ የጀግኖች ምድር

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 4, 2021

From The Zimbabwe Independent September 3, 2021

BY GWYNNE DYER

🔥 10 Million vs. 100 Million | /አሥር ሚሊየን በ ፻/መቶ ሚሊየን

ይህ የዘር ማጥፋት ጦርነት በጭራሽ መከሰት አልነበረትም! በተለይ ኦሮሞ ያልሆነው “ኢትዮጵያዊ” ለዚህ ፋሺስታዊ አገዛዝ በፍጹም ድጋፍ መስጠት አልነበረበትም። በተለይ “ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖች ነን” የሚሉት “ኢትዮጵያውያን” ባለፈው ጥቅምት ፳፬/ ፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.ም ልክ ጦርነቱ ሲቀሰቀስ ከጽዮናውያን ጎን በመቆም ይህን አረመኔ የኦሮሞ አገዛዝ መዋጋት ነበረባቸው። እስኪ ይታየን ያኔ በተለይ፤ “አማራ ነን” የሚሉት ወገኖች ከጽዮናውያን ጋር ተሰልፈው መዋጋት ባይኖርባቸው እንኳን (ለነገሩም ግዴታቸውም ነበር)ግን “ጦርነቱን አንደግፍም፣ አንዘምትም፣ በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ እየተሠራ ያለው ግፍ ይቁም!” በማለት ድምጻቸውን ቢያሰሙ ኖሮ ዛሬ ምን ያህል ትልቅ ሕዝብ ሆነው በታዩ፣ “ታሪክ የማይረሳው ተግባር ፈጽመዋል” በተባሉ። እነ ጄነራሎች አሳምነው፣ ሰዓረ፣ ዶ/ር አምባቻው የተገደሉት እኮ በትግራይ ላይ ለሚከፈተው ጦርነት ፈቃደኝነታቸውን ባለማሳየታቸው ነው። በባሕር ዳር አማርኛ ተናጋሪ የሆኖ ኦሮሞዎች ሥልጣኑን የተቆጣጠሩት እኮ መከላከያ ሚንስትር ለማ መገርሳ እና ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ በትግራይ ላይ የዘር ማጥፋት ተልዕኮ ስላላቸው ነበር። ምዕራብ ትግራይን በአማራ ስም ከኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ ጋር ተመሳጥረው የተቆጣጠሩት እኮ ላለፉት አሥር ዓመታት፤ መለስ ዜናዊን ከገደሉት በኋላ፤ ለዚህ ሰይጣናዊ ተልዕኮ ሲዘጋጁ የነበሩት አማርኛ ተናጋሪ ኦሮሞዎች ናቸው። የማኅበረ ደጎ ገደል ጫፍ እልቂት የተሳተፉትና ቪዲዮ እየቀረሱ በአማርኛ ሲሳለቁ የነበሩት አረመኔ ወታደሮች እኮ አማርኛ ተናጋሪ ኦሮሞዎች ነበሩ። ሌሎቹ የዕልቂት ቀጠናዎች ሁሉ በደንብ መጣራት ይኖርባቸዋል። እግዚአብሔር የመዘገበውና እኛ ገና ያለወቅናው የኦሮሞዎች ብዙ ጉድ በግልጽ ይወጣል! ለማ መገርሳ እና አብዮት አህመድ አሊ ላለፉት አሥር ዓመታት ለዚህ ዲያብሎሳዊ ተልዕኮዋቸው በኦሮሚያ እና በኤርትራ የአማርኛ እና ትግርኛ ቋንቋዎች ትምህርት እየሰጡ የዋቄዮአላህ አረበኞቻቸውን በማዘጋጀት ላይ ነበሩ፤ ትግራዋዩን ከኤርትራ ተጋሩ ጋር፣ አማራውን ከተጋሩ አባልቶ ለሺህ ዓመታት የሚቆይ ጥላቻ ለመዝራት። ቁራ! ቁራ! ቁራ!

አዎ! በ ዘብሔረ አክሱም ጽዮናውያን ላይ የተነሱት መቶ ሚሊየን “ኢትይጵያውያን” ብሎም ኤዶማውያኑ እና እስማኤላውያኑ ረዳቶቻቸው ናቸው። የትግራይን ሕብዝ እንደ ጥንታውያኑ ስፓርታ ጠንካራና ጀግና ያደረጋቸው የመንፈሳዊ ማንነታቸውና ምንነታቸው ነው። ጽዮናውያኑን ዛሬና ለሺህ ዓመታት ያህል ድል እንዲቀዳጁና ፈተናውን ሁሉ እየተጋፈጡ ማንነታቸውንና ምንነታቸውን እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ ጠብቀው እንዲኖር የረዷቸው እግዚአብሔርና ቅዱሳኑ እንጂ ኢትዮጵያ ዘስጋ፣ የውጭ ኃይሎች፣ ባዕዳውያን እምነቶች እና ርዕዮተዓለሞች፣ የካርል ማርክስ፣ አልበርት አይንሽታይን፣ ሌኒን ስታሊን ተረተረቶች አይደለም፣ የሉሲፈር አምስት ፈርጥ ኮከብ ያረፈበት ባለ ሁለት ቀለሙ ባንዲራም አይደለም። ይህን አጠንቅቀው በማወቅ እግዚአብሔርንና ቅዱሳኑን እስካልረሱ ድረስ ድሉ ሁሌ የእነርሱ ነው።

አሁን ግን ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት፣ ባተለይ ባለፉት አሥር ወራት ጽዮናውያንን አሳድደው፣ አስረበውና ጨፍጭፈው ከምድረ ገጽ ለማጥፋት የተነሳሱትን በተለይ በኦሮሞ እና አማራ ክልል የሚኖሩ ነዋሪዎች ለአንዴና ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ማንበርከክ ግድ ይሆንባቸዋል። እስኪ እናስበው፤ አንድን ወገን በረሃብ ፈጅቶ ለመጨረስ ድንበር መዝጋት፣ እርዳታ መከልከል፣ ሰብል ማውደም፣ ምግብ መመረዝምን ያህል አረመኔዎች ብሆኑ ነው? ዓለም እኮ በመገረም እየታዘባቸው ነው፤ አረመኔውና እባቡ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ፤ “ለኦሮሞ ሕዝቤ ስል ኢትዮጵያን ማጥፋት አለበኝ፣ ኦሮሞ እስኪነቃ ነው እንጂ፣ እስኪነሳ ነው እንጂ ሲነሳ ሚዳቋ አትበላንም፤ እኛ ዝሆን ነን፤ እንሰብራለን፤ እንበላለን፤ እንገዛለን፣ ሃሳብ አለን፤ ድርጅት አለን፤ ከአለም ጋር ግንኙነት አለን።” በማለት ታይተው ተሰምተው የማያቁ ወንጀሎችን እና ግፎችን በመስራት ላይ ነው። የኢትዮጵያን ስም ለማጠለሸትና ለማጥፋት፣ ሕዝቡንም በመላው ዓለም እንዲዋረድ፤ በረሃብ ብቻ ሳይሆን በጭካኔ እና አረመኔነት እንዲታወቅ ለማድረግ እየሠራ ነው። የኦርሞ እና የአማራ ሕዝብ ይህን ለአለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት በተለይ ላለፉት አሥር ወራት እያየና እየሰማ እንኳን ከትግራይ ሕዝብ ጎን ተሰልፎ ሊዋጋ፤ ከአረመኔው ግራኝ እና ኦሮሞ አገዛዙ ጎን ቆሞና ከታሪካዊ እስማኤላውያን ጠላቶች ጋር አብሮ፤ “ያዘው! በለው! ጨፍጭፈው!” ሲል ነበር። ዛሬም እንኳን ባለፉት አሥር ወራት ከሠሯቸውት ግልጽ የሆኑ ከባድ ስህተቶችና ኃጢዓቶች ታርመውና ንሰሐ በመግባት ተመልሰው፤ “ጦርነቱ ይቁም!” ለማለት እንኳ ፈቃደኞች አይደሉም። እስኪ “የኦሮሞ ተዋጊዎች” የተባሉት ግን የግራኝ Plan B ተጠባባቂ አርበኞች የሆኑት(OLA)ባለፉት ቀናት በኦሮሚያ ሲዖል ገብተው በመገጣጠም ላይ ያሉትን የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ ቱርክ ድሮኖችን ያወድሟቸው እንደሆነ እናያለን። በጭራሽ አያደርጉትም፤ ምክኒያቱም ድሮኖቹ የሰሜኑን ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን ሕዝብ መጨፍጨፊያ የዲያብሎስ ወፎች ናቸውና ነው።

አሁን ጽዮናውያን፤ አማራ እና ኦሮሞ ከተባሉት ክልሎች ለእርዳታ ተብለው የተከማቹትን ምግቦችና መድኃኒቶች ብቻ ሳይሆን የጤፍ፣ የስንዴ፣ የገብስ እህሎችን እና ጥራጥሬዎችን ወደ ትግራይ መውሰድ ይኖርባቸዋል። ኦሮሞዎች እና አማራዎች “ወገን” የሚሉትን አንድን ክርስቲያን ሕዝብ አስርቦ ለመጨረስ ባለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት ያለምንም ተቃውሞ ሰርተዋልና ሁሉም ተፈርዶባቸዋል። ከንቱው የኤዶምውያኑ እና እስማኤላውያኑ ዓለም በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ የተሠራውን ወንጀል ሁሉ ባጭር ጊዜ ረስቶ፤ “ሰረቁ…ቅብርጥሴ” በማለት መቀበጣጠር ይችላል፤ ግን ዓለም የጽዮናውያን ወዳጅ አልነበረም፣ አይደለም ወደፊትም አይሆንም እና ምግብ ከኦሮሚያ እና አማራ ክልሎች ወደ ትግራይ መወሰድ አለባቸው! እድኒያውም ለመጭዎቹ ሺህ ዓመታት ትግራይ የመንፈሳዊ ማዕከል ብቻ ነው መሆን ያለባት፣ እርሻዎቹን እና የኢንዱስትሪ ማዕከላቱን በተቀሩት የአክሱም ደቡብ ግዛቶች ብቻ ማድረግ ተገቢ ነው። ኦሮሞዎች እና አማራዎች የሺህ ዓመት እዳ ነው በትግራይ ያከማቹት፤ ስለዚህ ለሺህ ዓመታት እየገበሩ መኖር አለዚያ ደግሞ ከአክሱማውያን ግዛት መጠረግ አለባቸው። ታላቁ ክርስቲያን ንጉሥ አፄ ዮሐንስ ይህን ነበር የሚናገሩት!

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አዎ! ዛሬ ታላቅነታችን ከስሞ የጠፋው ከደቡብ ግብጽ እስከ ታንዛኒያ ድረስ የሚዘልቀውን እግዚአብሔር ለኢትዮጵያውያን የሰጠነንን ግዛት አስመልሰን በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ለማምጣት ባለመነሳሳታችን ነው። በተቃራኒው፤ በ”ዲሞክራሲ” እና “እኩልነት” ተረተረት የቀረችዋንም ቅድስት ምድራችን ለእስማኤላውያን እና ኤዶማውያን ቀስበቀስ እያስክረከብን አገራችንን ልናጣ ደርሰናል። ዛሬም ከዚህ ውርደት ልንድን የምንችለው በጽዮናውያን ዘላቂ ታማኝነት ብቻና ብቻ ነው!

“We have to deal with anyone who is still shooting,” said Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces, early this month. “If it takes marching to Addis to silence the guns, we will.” In fact, Tigray’s army has already covered about a third of the distance to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, since it took back its own provincial capital, Mekelle, in late June.

The fighting has been bloody, for the Ethiopian army is much larger, but the Tigrayan army is more professional and determined. Not only has it liberated all of Tigray except the far west, but it has also seized around one-third of neighbouring Amhara, the province which is the historic core of the Ethiopian empire.

Seven million Tigrayans defeating the army of a country of 110 million people may seem odd, but Ethiopia is a patchwork quilt of different ethnic groups, languages and religions that was held together in the past by a centralised monarchy or dictatorship backed by ruthless military force. Until quite recently, it was Tigray that provided that force.

The Tigrayans earned that job by being the most effective guerrilla force in the long struggle to overthrow the former Communist regime, the Derg. They parlayed that role into an ethnic dictatorship that lasted from 1991 until just a few years ago. But the other ethnic groups then united to instal a new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, who started to dismantle that corrupt autocracy.

He did it, but the Tigrayan military elite withdrew to their own homeland and sulked. It was a well-armed sulk, for almost half the Ethiopian army was based in Tigray and it consisted largely of ethnic Tigrayans. When it became clear that Abiy’s project to destroy the old ethnic pecking order was not negotiable, they rebelled.

This was all pretty inevitable, but then the Ethiopian prime minister decided to invade Tigray and end the problem for good. That was bound to end badly for Ethiopia, because he was making a direct attack on what is practically an African Sparta.

The Tigrayan army pulled out of the province’s cities for a while and by last November Abiy declared the war over. But the Tigrayan leaders were just mobilising their forces, and in June they counter-attacked. The Ethiopian forces broke and ran and most of Tigray was liberated without a fight.

If it had stopped there, some sort of Ethiopian state would have survived, albeit with a semi-detached Tigray, but Abiy then made the serious mistake of resorting to a blockade to starve the Tigrayans out. By now many people in landlocked Tigray are close to famine, but their leaders have countered with an invasion of Amhara province.

They are now within striking distance of the roads that carry 95% of the Ethiopia’s import and export traffic between Addis Ababa and the port of Djibouti. Their success has also emboldened the Oromo Liberation Army, a rebel army seeking autonomy or even independence for Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, to make an alliance with the Tigrayans.

Suddenly, Ethiopia starts to look a lot like former Yugoslavia just before the civil wars of the 1990s split it into six different countries. Yet Abiy is rolling the dice once again, hoping to build a rapidly expanded army that will reconquer Tigray and occupied Amhara. That is unlikely to happen.

Abiy has a few new advantages, like the same sort of armed drones from Turkey that the Azerbaijanis used last year to tear the Armenian army apart in the recent war in the Caucasus. But the Ethiopian air force is in poor condition, as most of its experienced commanders and pilots were Tigrayan.

As for the expanded Ethiopian army, trained and seasoned troops like the Tigrayans will usually defeat almost any number of inexperienced and quickly trained volunteers. So if Abiy doesn’t win, what will happen instead?

If Abiy makes a quick deal with the Tigrayans that ends the blockade and recognises their independence and borders, he may have enough troops and credibility left to suppress the Oromos and other ethnic insurgents who will soon come out into the open. If not, Ethiopia probably splinters, and it’s Yugoslavia all over again.

And what would the Tigrayans do next? Some of them are confident enough to dream of invading Eritrea and taking down President Isaias Afwerki, who sent troops to help Abiy invade Tigray. Afwerki has ruled the country of 5,3 million with an iron hand for three decades, and he is so unpopular that one in 10 Eritreans has fled abroad.

Some of the Tigrayan elite may even be speculating about uniting the two countries. After all, half the Eritrean population speaks the same Tigrinya language and joining the two together would give Tigray access to the sea, which sometimes comes in handy.

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US warns Ethiopia of ‘Dehumanizing Rhetoric’ on Tigray – Samantha Power to NPR

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 6, 2021

After Ethiopia Trip, USAID Administrator Samantha Power Shares View Of Conflict.

Abiy Ahmed’s Brutal Campaign Against the People of Tigray Pushes Ethiopia to the brink.

Samantha Power Has Long Championed Humanitarian Intervention. Ethiopia’s Crisis Is Putting Her to The Test.

On the day Samantha Power landed in Ethiopia this week, its civil war — now escalating and spreading beyond the northern region of Tigray — entered its 10th month.

Amid allegations that Ethiopian troops and their allies have committed war crimes and ethnic cleansing and have driven parts of Tigray into famine, the United States has already withheld security assistance and effectively banned travel for top officials.

But Power, who is in charge of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, holds the biggest American lever of influence over Addis Ababa: more than $1 billion in annual aid ranging from health and education support to food and emergency humanitarian response, which makes the United States the largest aid donor to Ethiopia.

It’s a moment seemingly made for Power, the former U.N. ambassador under President Barack Obama who came to prominence in 2002 with her book “A Problem From Hell,” which excoriated American inaction during mass killings in Rwanda and the Balkans in the 1990s, Europe during World War II and the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

“Samantha Power is a world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity — challenging and rallying the international community to stand up for the dignity and humanity of all people,” President Biden said in a statement when he appointed her.

Her work inspired a generation of humanitarian activists and helped popularize the notion that Washington bore a unique responsibility to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations, including with military force if necessary.

Power’s one-day trip Wednesday to Ethiopia, which didn’t include a meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, was a test of whether she can restore faith in America’s role in preventing mass atrocities beyond its borders. So far, the U.S. measures curtailing security assistance and sanctioning officials have had little effect beyond turning Ethiopian sentiment against Washington.

“The United States has been working in Ethiopia for 60 years. USAID has spent a billion dollars in the last year in this country, including several hundred million dollars in development assistance. We’re delivering tomorrow 1.4 million vaccines,” Power said in a phone interview from the airport in Addis Ababa as she wrapped up her visit.

“There is so much we want to do together, but this is an own-goal,” she added, referring to the government’s increasingly antagonistic attitude to humanitarian aid groups, journalists and allies in the West.

Unable to control Tigray, Ethiopia isolates region already beset by famine and war

Ethiopia’s government accuses those allies of failing to back its military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a group the government has designated as terrorists but whom the West dealt with over three decades when the TPLF controlled the country before Abiy’s rise.

Top Ethiopian officials have also accused some international aid groups of not just siding with the TPLF but also helping smuggle arms to it, and they have alleged that Western governments and media have overplayed atrocities linked to Ethiopian government forces while overlooking those allegedly committed by the TPLF.

Addis Ababa has responded defensively to allegations that it has committed crimes against civilians and hindered aid. The government puts nearly all the blame on the TPLF.

Inside the Biden administration, the option of using military force to stop the bloodshed in Tigray is seen as a non-starter. But withdrawing substantial amounts of aid is also seen as a poor option, because it is unlikely to change the Ethiopian government’s war strategy and instead deepen what is already one of the world’s most dire humanitarian crises.

Pressed on how and when punitive measures on aid might come into play, Power said she was still in wait-and-see mode. As for what she achieved at her meetings in Addis Ababa, she said she only got more commitments.

“It’s not the kind of track record that would give one confidence yet that those commitments are imminently to be met,” she said. Her requests were in line with the State Department’s recent public statements: that humanitarian aid be unhindered in delivery and that government-aligned troops from neighboring Eritrea as well as militias from the country’s Amhara region withdraw beyond Tigray’s prewar borders.

The State Department has also called on Tigrayan forces to withdraw from the Amhara and Afar regions, where they have recently gone on the offensive, displacing around a quarter of a million civilians.

“If we do not see progress in these domains, I think the administration made clear that we will not be left with much of a choice,” she said. The European Union has already withdrawn most of its financial support for aid programs in Ethiopia.

The outlook in Ethiopia is decidedly grim. The government initially pushed the TPLF out of Tigray’s main towns, but the TPLF retook most of the region last month in an offensive that analysts say resulted in a large portion of the Ethiopian army being killed or captured.

The TPLF has since moved into neighboring regions with the stated objective of obliterating what’s left of the government and its allies’ military capacity. On Thursday, Reuters reported that the TPLF had taken control of Lalibela, a sizable town within the Amhara region and home to Ethiopia’s famed 12th-century rock-hewed churches.

The Ethiopian government has in turn sought to recruit widely from regional militias, drawing in fighters from parts of the country previously uninvolved in the conflict.

Asked at a news conference in Addis Ababa about Abiy’s recent use of words like “weeds,” “cancer” and “disease” to refer to the TPLF, Power cautioned that “there are many, many people out there who hear rhetoric, hateful rhetoric or dehumanizing rhetoric and take measures into their own hands.”

Power’s past advocacy for humanitarian intervention, including with U.S. military force, has fallen out of favor in recent years as public confidence in Washington’s ability to reshape distant lands wanes. U.S. forces will conclude a 20-year occupation in Afghanistan in September, and the military will formally end combat operations in Iraq by the end of the year, Biden said last week. The two missions have cost thousands of lives, trillions of dollars and fallen far short of U.S. ambitions to bring about stability, democracy or prosperity. The protracted chaos and bloodshed in Libya following the ouster of Moammar Gaddafi in a NATO-led military operation in 2011 also dampened the appeal of humanitarian interventions.

Defenders of the administration say its lack of bold action in confronting the Ethiopian crisis does not indicate a lack of concern.

“There is a false narrative that the Biden administration does not care about mass atrocities, fueled by its decision to risk mass violence in Afghanistan,” said Richard Gowan, a U.N. analyst at the International Crisis Group. “But if you look at Washington’s approach to Ethiopia in particular, you see that the new administration does still have strong humanitarian instincts.”

Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and the U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, “have all thrown themselves into efforts to halt the Tigrayan war, which hardly seemed to register with the outgoing Trump team,” Gowan said.

Thomas-Greenfield took to Twitter on Wednesday to denounce the Ethiopian government’s decision this week to revoke the operating licenses of Doctors Without Borders and the Norwegian Refugee Council, two humanitarian organizations known for their work in war zones.

“This suspension is unacceptable. I know the work of MSF and NRC well, and they are internationally respected,” she wrote, using the French abbreviation for Doctors Without Borders. “Ethiopia must reconsider this decision.”

At least a dozen aid workers have been killed since November, when Abiy sent troops to Tigray to fight the TPLF after the group allegedly staged an attack on a military base.

The United Nations says the war has left 400,000 people facing famine, while UNICEF estimated last week that more than 100,000 children in Tigray could suffer from life-threatening acute malnutrition in the next 12 months — 10 times the annual average.

Meanwhile, “supplies are just running out,” Power said.

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✞ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖችን ‘አጽድተዋቸው’✞

☆በቦታቸው አህዛብን በመተካት ላይ ናቸው!

❖❖❖በአሰቃቂ ሁኔታ በጭካኔ ለተሰውት ለወንድሞቼ እና ለእኅቶቼነፍሳቸውን በአብርሐም በይስሐቅ በያዕቆብ እቅፍ ያኑርልን ፥ አረመኔዎቹን ኦሮማራ ገዳዮቻቸውንእግዚአብሔር ይበቀላቸው!❖❖❖

🔥 አይይይ! የአህዛብ ኦሮማራ ልሳን VOA! “ዘግበን ነበር!” ለማለት ነው ነካነካው?! የተባበሩት መንግስታት ሠራተኞችና እርዳታ ሰጭዎች እንዳይገቡ በተደገረጉበት በዚህ ወቅትወደ ሑመራ እንድትገቡስ ማን ፈቀደላችሁ? አይይይ!

😈 አይይይ! ኦሮሞ! አይይይ! አማራ (ኦሮማራ)፤ እናንት አረመኔ የሰይጣን ጭፍሮች፤ እንግዲህ ጽዋዎቹ አንድ በአንድ እየሞሉ ነው፤ የየሰባቱ ጽዋዎች ቅጣት ይገጥማችኋል፤ ወደ ዘላለማዊው የሲዖል እሳት ትጣላላችህ!

አብዛኛዎቹ በአገር ቤትም በውጭም ያሉት ልሂቃን ፺፱/99% የሉሲፈራውያኑ ወኪሎች መሆናቸውን በተግባራቸው አይተነዋል። እኔ እስከ ዛሬው ዕለት ድረስ በትንሹም ቢሆን ተስፋ አድርጌ የምጠብቀው ታዋቄነት ካላቸው የቤተ ክህነት አባቶች፣ ካህናት፣ ዲያቆናት፣ ሰባኪያን መምህራን ነበር። በይፋ ወጥተው፤ “ተዉ! ጦርነት አቁሙ! ወንድም ወንድሙን አይኮንን! አያስርብ! አይግደል!” ሺህ ጊዜ ማለት ነበረባቸው። “ተከልክለው ነው! ታግተው ነው! ፈርተው ነው” የሚለው ነገር አይሰራም። በጉዳዩ ላይ ወጥቶ ለመናገር ትልቅ ድፍረት የሚጠይቅ አይደለም። በዚህ ወቅት ወጥተው ተገቢ የሆነውን ነገር መናገርና ማሳወቅ ክርስቲያናዊ ግዴታቸው መሆን ነበረበት።

😈 ግራኝ እና ሽመልስ ያዘጋጇቸው ኦሮሞዎች ከእስማኤላውያን እና ኤዶማውያን ጋር አብረው አማራውን ጨፈጨፉ፥ አማራው ከግራኝ ኦሮሞዎች ፣ እስማኤላውያኑ እና ኤዶማውያኑ ጋር አብሮ ተዋሕዶ ትግራዋይን እየጨፈጨፏቸው ነው። ኦሮማራዎች የአቤል ደም ይጮኻል፤ ወዮላችሁ!

ይህ ሁሉ ጨካኝና ጽንፈኛ ተግባር ከኦሮሚያ ሲዖልና ከጎንደር አካባቢ በመጡ ኦሮሞዎችና አማራዎች መፈጸሙን ታሪክ እያስተማረን ነው፤ እነ ጄነራል አሳምነው እና ዶ/ር አምባቸውን ገድለው በባሕር ዳር ሥልጣኑ የያዙት ኦሮሞዎች ናቸው፤ እነ አገኘው ኦሮሞዎች ናቸው ጭፍሮቻቸው ሁሉ ኦሮሞዎች ናቸው፤ አሁን “በቂ ነው የሚሉትን ጭፍጨፋ ካካሄዱ በኋላ” ሹልክ ብለው በመውጣትና አማርኛ ተናጋሪ የአሩሲ እና ወለጋ አረመኔዎችን በየቦታው በመሸጎጥ የታሪክ እዳውን ሁሉ ለአማራዎች እና ኤርትራውያን ለማሸከም ተግተው በመስራት ላይ ናቸው። አህዛብን ለማንገስና መላዋ ኢትዮጵያን ለዋቄዮ-አላህ-ዲያብሎስ ለማውረስ። “የክርስቲያኖች አምላክ እግዚአብሔር አያይም! አያውቅም” የሚል እምነት ስላላቸው።

በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ለተፈጸመው ከፍተኛ ግፍ የመጀመሪያዎቹ ተጠያቂዎች ኦሮሞዎች (ዋቀፌታ + እስላም + ፕሮቴስታንት) ናቸው፤ ከዚያ ቀጥለው ነው አማራዎች፣ አፋሮች፣ ሶማሌዎች፣ ጉራጌዎች፣ ደቡባውያን፣ ኤሚራት አረቦች እና ቤን አሚር ኤርትራውያን ሁሉም ተጠያቂዎች ሆነው አንድ በአንድ ለፍርድ የሚቀርቡት። የእግዚአብሔር የሆነ መንፈሳዊ ወገን ሁሉ ይህን እውነት በግልጽ የሚያየው ነው።

ግራኝ፤ በሰማይ ላይ የተበተነ ዱቄት አድርገናቸዋል!” ያለን የሕወሓትን ፖለቲከኞች ሳይሆን (እነርሱማ ያው በሕይወት አሉ)መነኮሳቱን፣ ካህናቱን፣ ቀሳውስቱንና ምዕመናኑን ማለቱ ነበር። እያንዳንዱ እየተሰዋ ያለው ወገን ሕዝበ ክርስቲያኑ ነው፤ አዎ! ትናንትናም ዛሬም ለኢትዮጵያ እየተሰዋላት ያለው የትግራይ ተዋሕዶ ሕዝብ ነው።

አሁን በይበልጥ ሊያሳስበን የሚገባን የትግራይ አባቶቼና እናቶቼ ዘጠኝ ወራቱን ምን እየበሉ፣ ምን እየጠጡ አሳለፏቸው? ለምንድንስ ነው ሁሉም ስለ ጽዮን ልጆች ሁኔታ ጸጥ ጭጭ ያለው? ለምንድን ነው የሕወሓት ፖለቲከኞች ብቻ ቃለ መጠይቅ እና መግለጫ ሲሰጡ የሚሰሙትና የሚታዩት? ሌሎቹ TDF ወገኖች ለምን አይታዩም? ለምንድን ነው ኦሮሞ/ኦሮማራ ምርኮኞች እንዲናገሩና እንዲታዩ የተደረጉት ግን ካህናት፣ ቀሳውስት እና ምዕመናን፣ የጭፍጨፋ ሰለባ የሆኑት ሁሉ ድምጻቸው የማይሰማው? ስለተሠሩት ግፎችስ ለምንድን ነው የሰነዶች ምዝገባ እና የመረጃ ማጠናከሪያ ሊሆኑ የሚችሉት ስራዎች በይፋ ሲወጡ የማይሰማው? ይህ ብቻ እኮ የኢሳያስን እና የግራኝ አብዮት አህመድን አገዛዞች ጥይት ሳይተኮስ በጥቂት ቀናት ውስጥ ሊጥላቸው ይችላል። ምን እየተሠራ ነ? አደራ አደራ! የግራኝን ወንጀል ለድርድር በማቅረብ ጭፍጨፋዎቹን እና የተሰውትን አባቶች፣ እናቶች፣ ወንድሞች፣ እኅቶች፣ ቀሳውስት፣ ካህናት ማንነት ለመደበቅ እንዳይሞከር፤ እያንዳንዷ በትግራይ የጠፋች ወገናችን ነፍስ ስም ዝር ዝር መውጣት ይኖርባታል። ይህ እጅግ በጣም አንገብጋቢ ጉዳይ ነውና በጥሞና እንከታተለዋለን፤ ከዚህ በኋላ የኦሮሞዎች አገልጋይ ለመሆን የብሔር ብሔረሰብ ርዕዮተ ዓለምን ካርታ የመጫወቻው ጊዜ አክትሟል፤ የኦሮሞው ምኒልክ አራተኛው ትውልድ አገዛዝ ዘመን አብቅቶለታል።

💭 ለመሆኑ ስንቶቻችን ነን ኦርቶዶክስ ክርስቲያኖች ብቻ እየተሰው እና እያለቁ እንደሆነ እያየን እና እየታዘብን ያለነው?

ኢትዮጵያ ሀገሬ (አክሱማዊቷ ኢትዮጵያ) ሞኝ ነሽ ተላላ የሞተልሽ ቀርቶ የገደለሽ በላ!

✞✞✞ በአረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ የሚመራው የኦሮሞ እና አማራ ሰአራዊት ከእነ መንጋው በእሳት የሚጠረጉበት ቀን እሩቅ አይደለም። 🔥 በዚህ ፻/100% እርግጠኛ ነኝ። አዎ! የትግራይን ሕዝብ ከምድረ ገጽ ለማጥፋት ዓለማችን አይታው የማታውቀውን እጅግ በጣም አሰቃቂ ግፍና ወንጀል እየፈጸሙ ያሉ የኤዶማውያንና እስማኤላውያን ወኪሎች ሁሉ በመለኮታዊ ሰይፍ ይጨፍጨፉ! ነበልባላዊ በሚሆን በሥላሴ ቃልና ሥልጣን ይንደዱ! ይቃጠሉ! በሲኦል የጨለማ አዘቅት ውስጥ ይዝቀጡ ወይም ይስጠሙ! ኃዘን ከላያቸው አይራቅ ትካዜም ከልባቸው አይጥፋ! እንደ ቃየልና ይሁዳ በዱርና በበርሃ ተበታትነው ሲቅበዘበዙ ይኑሩ! አሜን! አሜን! አሜን!✞✞✞

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አማራው ለዋቄዮ-አላህ ደሙን ሊገብር በአክሱም ጽዮን ላይ ለ፪ኛ ጊዜ ክተት አወጀ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 28, 2021

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

ሠራዊታችን የት ገባ? ላለፉት ዘጠኝ ወራት ለዋቄዮአላህ ደማቸውን እንዲገብሩ የተደረጉት አምስት መቶ ሺህ የሚሆኑት አማራዎችና ደቡብ ኢትዮጵያውያን የት ገቡ?” ብሎ የሚጠይቅ አባት፣ እናት፣ ወንድም፣ እኅት፣ ወገን የለም። ምክኒያቱ? ዛሬ በውጭም በውስጥም ያሉትን ግማሽ ኢትዮጵያውያንየተቆጣጠራቸው የአህዛብ ዋቄዮአላህዲያብሎስ እርኩስ መንፈስ ነውና ነው።

አዎ! በኦሮሚያ ሲዖል የሚቃጠሉትን ወገኖቻችንን አይደለም ነፃ ለማውጣት ክተት ያወጁት፣ በቤኒሻንጉል እና ወለጋ እንደ አሳማ በጅምላ ተገድለው በጅምላ የሚቀበሩትን አባቶች፣ እናቶች፣ ወንድሞችና እኅቶችና ሕፃናቱን እንዲሁም እነ ጄነራል አሳምነውን፣ ኢንጂነር ስመኘውን እና የደምቢዶሎ ተማሪ ሰዎች ለመበቀል አይደለም አካኪ ዘራፍ እያሉ በመጮኽ ለቀጣዩ ጦርነት የሚዘጋጁት፤ ይህ ሁሉ ክተት ምንም ባላደረጋቸው፤ ምንም ነገር ሳይዘርፍና ሳያወድም ለሃያ ዓመታት በትጋት ያሳመራትን አዲስ አበባን በሰላም አስረክቧቸው ወደ ትንሽየዋ ቅድስት ምድር ትግራይ በገባው ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን ወንድማቸውን ተከትለውት በመሄድ ለመግደል ከፍተኛ ዲያብሎሳዊ ወኔ ስላላቸው ነው።

ወንድማማቾችን እርስበርስ የሚያባሏቸው ኦሮሞዎቹ፣ እስማኤላውያኑ እና ኤዶማውያኑ ምን ያህል እየተደሰቱ እንደሆነ እያየናቸው ነው። አዎ! ከአረብ መሀመዳውያን እና ከአውሮፓ ፕሮቴስታንቶች ትምህርት ቀስመው መንፈሳዊ ድጋፍ እየተደረገላቸው የመስፋፋት ሕልማቸውን ዕውን ለማድረግ ቆርጠው የተነሱት ወራሪዎቹ ኦሮሞዎች መላው የኢትዮጵያን ግዛቶች ለመቆጣጠር ቀደም ሲል እንደ ጥንታውያኑ ሃያ ሰባት፣ ዛሬም እንደ ጌዲኦ ያሉትን የኢትዮጵያ ነገዶች በቀጥታ ማጥፋት ያልቻሏቸውንና የማይችሏቸውን ታላላቅ ብሔሮችና ጎሳዎች እርበርስ ይባሉ ዘንድ የዋቄዮአላህአቴቴ አጋንንታቸውን አሰራጭተው እርስበር እያባሏቸው። በአሁን ሰዓት ትግራዋያንን ከአማራ ጋር፣ አፋሩን ከሶማሊያው ጋር፣ በደቡብም ወላይታውን ከጋሞ ጋር፣ በጉራጌም መሰንቃን ከማረቆ ጋር፣ በጋምቤላም ንዌርን ከአኝዋክ ጋር፣ ጌዲዮውንም ከሲዳማ ጋር ወዘተ አንድ በአንድ እርስበርስ እያባሉት ነው። እኔን እጅጉን የሚያሳዝነኝ የሦስት ሺህ ዓመት ሥልጣኔ አለን” የሚሉት ሰሜናውያኑ ይህን የኦሮሞዎች ፋሺስታዊ ተንኮል ለይተው በማጋለጥ ለመዋጋት ፈቃደኞች አለመሆናቸው ነው።

በተለይም ኦሮሞው አፄ ምኒልክ ከኤዶማውያኑ እና እስማኤላውያኑ ጋር አብረውና በእነርሱም ተመርተው ከመቶ ሠላሳ ዓመታት በፊት በፈጠትሩት የከፋፍሎ ግዛ ሥርዓት ላልተፈጠሩበት የሁለተኛ ዜጋ ሰለባነት ተጋልጠው የቆዩት የሆኑት የጽዮን ልጆች ይህን የኦሮሞዎች ተንኮል እንደ አባቶቻቸው እንደ እነ አፄ ዮሐንስ አርቀው በማሰብ ለይተው በመጠቆም ኦሮሞዎችንና በእነርሱ እጅ የገቡትን አማራዎች (ኦሮማራዎች) በቆራጥነት ሊያንበረክኳቸው ይገባል። ቆርጠው ከተነሱ ደግሞ ማንም እንደማያቆማቸው እያየነው ነው። የማንንም እርዳታ ሳይዙ! በትንሹ ከምጽዋ እስከ ሐረር ቁልቢ ገብርኤል፣ ከጎንደር እስከ አዲስ አበባ/የረር ድረስ ያሉት ግዛቶች ሁሉ የአክሱማውያኑ ኢትዮጵያውያን ግዛቶች መሆናቸው በይፋ መነገርና በጽዮን ልጆች አመራርም ሥር መዋል ይኖርባቸዋል። በኢትዮጵያ ሌሎች ነገዶች፣ ብሔረሰቦችና ጎሣዎች እንዳይጠፉ የምንሻ ከሆነና ኢትዮጵያዊ የሆኑትን ሁሉንም ሕዝቦች ለማዳን ያለው አማራጭ ይህ ብቻ ነው፤ አለበለዚያ ሁሉም እርስበርስ ተላልቆ አገራችንን ልናጣት ነው።

ኦሮሞዎች/ጋላዎች ፳፯/27 የኢትዮጵያ ነገዶችን ከመቶ ዓመታት በፊት ሙሉ በሙሉ ማጥፋታቸውን እና ዛሬ ደግሞ የኢሮብና ጌዲኦ በሔረሰቦች በሦስት ዓመት የኦሮሞዎች አገዛዝ ብቻ በመጥፋት ላይ መሆናቸውን ከግንዛቤ እናስገባው! ይህ ከባድ የማንቂያ ደወል ነው! 

💭 እግዚአብሔር የሚጠላቸው ስድስት ነገሮች ናቸው፥ ሰባትንም ነፍሱ አጥብቃ ትጸየፈዋለች፤

በወንድማማች መካከልም ጠብን የሚዘራ❖

❖❖❖[መጽሐፈ ምሳሌ ምዕራፍ ፮]❖❖❖

፲፮ እግዚአብሔር የሚጠላቸው ስድስት ነገሮች ናቸው፥ ሰባትንም ነፍሱ አጥብቃ ትጸየፈዋለች፤ በሐሰት የሚናገር ሐሰተኛ ምስክር በወንድማማች መካከልም ጠብን የሚዘራ

፲፯ ትዕቢተኛ ዓይን፥ ሐሰተኛ ምላስ፥ ንጹሕን ደም የምታፈስስ እጅ፥

፲፰ ክፉ አሳብን የሚያበቅል ልብ፥ ወደ ክፉ የምትሮጥ እግር፥

፲፱ በሐሰት የሚናገር ሐሰተኛ ምስክር በወንድማማች መካከልም ጠብን የሚዘራ።

ባሕርዳር እና ደሴ ትናንትና ዛሬ☆

በአክሱም ጽዮን ላይ ክተት!

ልብ በሉ፦ የስጋ ማንነት እና ምንነት ያላቸውን ዲቃላዎችን እነ ምኒልከን + አባ ጂፋርን ነው የሚጠሩት፤ በመተማ ላይ ደማቸውን ስላፈሰሱላቸው ስለ ክርስቲያኑ ጀግና ስለ አፄ ዮሐንስ ትንፍሽ የለም! አይ ቃኤላውያን ኦሮማራዎች!

☆ባሕርዳር እና ደሴ ከሦስት ወራት በፊት

“አብይ አህመድ ገዳይ፣ አታላይ ሌባ!”

👉 አህዛብን እና መናፍቃንን ሳይቀር የሳበ ድንቅ የግሪክ ኦርቶዶክስ የውዳሴ ማርያም ዝማሬ

💭 አስተያየቶቹን እዚህ ገብቶ ማንበብ ይቻላል፦

✞✞✞ ነቢዩ ሕዝቅኤል ስለ እርሷ መሰከረ ድንቅ በሆኑ ታላቅ ቁልፍ የተዘጋች ደጅ ከወደ ምሥራቅ አየሁ አለ፤ ከኃያላን ጌታ በቀር ወደ እርሷ ገብቶ የወጣ የለም ቅድስት ሆይ ለምኝልን። ኖኀትም ደጅም መድኃኒታችንን የወለደች ድንግል ናት እርሱን ከውለደች በኋላ እንደ ቀድሞው በድንግልና ኑራለችና መጥቶ ምሕረት ከሌለው ጠላት እጅ ያዳነን ጌታን የወለድሽ ሆይ የማኅፀንሽ ፍሬ የተባረከ ነው፤ አንድቺ ፍጽምትና የተባረክሽ ነሽ የእውነተ አምላክ በሆነ በክብር ባለቤት ዘንድ ባለሟልነትን አግኝተናልና። በምድር ላይ ከሚኖሩ ሁሉ ይልቅ ገናንተና ክብር ላንቺ ይገባል የአብ ቃል መጥቶ በአንቺ ሰው ሆነ ከሰው ጋራም ተመላለሰ መሐሪ ይቅር ባይና ሰውን ወዳጅ ነውና በልዩ አመጣጡ አዳነን ቅድስት ሆይ ለምኝልን። ✞✞✞

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💭 የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ የትግራይን ህዝብና እንድያጠፋ ጥሪው የሚያነበው ኦሮማራው መሳይ መኮነን

  • This is an English translation of the genocidal call that was broadcast by the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) on August 6, 2016.

Urgent call to the people of Ethiopia from the Entire Amhara people in Gondar

To the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio Washington DC, USA; Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oromia Media Network Washington DC, USA

Re: A call to reclaim our freedom, which we have been unable to regain peacefully, through whatever forceful measure necessary

On August 5, The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which the Ethiopian people have been struggling against for the past 25 years in the hopes that they would learn from their mistakes and injustices have on August 5, 2016, have deployed their usual ploy and crossed Soreka and Sanja passes at night, assigned their own cadres as guards, and launched a campaign to massacre and exterminate us.

The campaign aimed to frighten the people of Gondar, who have become a headache to them, and stop the struggle that is gaining momentum in the country. However, the heroic people of Gondar came out en masse to encircle the cadres and protect the people and their surroundings. We thank our region’s riot police and militia, who stood by our side by ignoring the orders of this brutal, oppressive minority group; it was a great source of strength for us.

Dear people of Ethiopia,

As you can see, our struggle is not like the typical struggle between a so-called oppressive government and oppressed people as occurs across the world. The struggle is between those who wish to destroy our race and rule over us and the rest of us Ethiopians whose misery has been unending. This is evidenced by the war waged against the people of Gonder by Tigrayan soldiers.

We have also received information that there is an arrogant and contemptful plan to use Tigrayan only forces to take control of Amhara, the vast Oromo, and Southern Ethiopia by controlling two roads:

  1. starting from the Arassa Lasta through Belesa to the South Gondar and then West and East Gojjam using the Temben-Sekota-Lalibela road,
  2. from Muketuri to Selalie using the Temben-Sekota-Lalibela road
  3. North Shoa using the Dessie-Addis Ababa road

Dear people of Ethiopia,

This deadly plot is aimed at 95 million people by 5 million by using unconscionable villains and political sell-outs such as Hailemariam Desalegn and his likes. It is also unfortunate that the 5 million are serving and being used by ten or so leaders at the top and those close to 10,000 around them.

Ethiopians have been begging in various ways for these well-to-do Tigrayans to join the struggle and fight for peace. If that is not possible, we have been urging Tigrayans to distance themselves and show those at the top that they are on their own. However, instead of heeding our request, they have demonstrated their allegiance to them and engaged in psychological warfare to ridicule and humiliate us. What we have gained so far from this is death and humiliation.

Our 25 years of peaceful protests have not resulted in anything. So, what are we waiting for? Are we waiting for them to finish us off one by one? From now on, it is foolish and naive to expect any solutions through dialogue.

Whether we like it or not, there is only one option: pay them back in their own coin and use force to restore our freedom. One way of getting rid of rotten fish is to drain the sea.

Dear people of Ethiopia,

There is no doubt that pent-up frustration after patiently waiting for the right thing can only result in remarkable things. Therefore, we call on all of you, wherever you are – without any hesitation, – to start taking action as follows:

  1. To all Ethiopians in the Amhara Region: You must block roads to Tigray to stop TPLF’s movements. First, Tigray to Addis Ababa road via Dessie. Second, from Woldiya to Wereta; from Shire to Gondar; from Humera to Gondar; and from Metema to Gondar, just like the now blocked roads around Gonder. All of you must come out and block every road to Tigray using stones and tree trunks to stop TPLF’s movement.
  2. To our people in Afar: You must block the roads to Tigray, such as the Wiiha-Shekhit-Afdera road, as well as the roads that take to Asayita using stones and tree trunks to stop TPLF’s movements
  3. To all Ethiopians serving in the army: We do not need to tell you that you did not join the military to serve ten or so tyrannical Tigrayan leaders, a few traitors from our region, to ensure Tigrayan hegemony. Therefore, if possible, take military action against those on the top of the command serving as your superiors. If not, stay at home until you’ve understood the truth because when you do so, we want you alive and to join us because you are our brothers and sisters. We understand your agony and dilemma.
  4. To all Ethiopians: What we have gained through our peaceful struggle has been arrest, beating, death, and losing our race. Therefore, we have to collectively say ‘enough’ and decide that this should stop. Thus, the measures we take to protect ourselves are natural and legal. Therefore, we request Ethiopians to accept our call and stand with us.

Victory for Ethiopians and Ethiopia,

With best regards,

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አቅምን አውቆ መኖር ጥሩ ነው ታላቅ ችሎታ ነው!

አሁንም ወልቃይትን እና ሑመራን ባፋጣኝ ለቅቃችሁ ብትወጡ ይሻላችኋል። በአኖሌ የደምቢዶሎ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ሴት ተማሪ እኅቶቻችንን ጡት ቆርጠው የጨረሷቸው የግራኝ ኦሮሞዎች እንጂ የጽዮን ልጆች አይደሉም፤ አያደርጉትምም! ስለዚህ አሁን ወደ አዲስ አበባ አምርታችሁ አፈ ሙዙን ወደ አራት ኪሎ ቤተ ፒኮክ ብታዞሩት በይበልጥ ትጠቀማላችሁ፤ የብዙ ወገኖቻችን ሕይወት ታድናላችሁ! ግራኝ ገና ያኔ እነ ጄነራል አሳምነውንና እነ ኢንጂነር ስመኘውን እንደገደላቸው ከትግራይ ወንድሞቻችሁ ጋር ለመተባበር እጃችሁን ብትዘረጉ ኖሮ የስንት ወገኖች ሕይወት ባዳናችሁ፣ ላለፉት ስምንት ወራት ከአህዛብ ጠላት ጋር አብራችሁ በጽዮን ልጆች ላይ በፈጸማችሁት ወደር የለሽ ግፍ ለብዙ ትውልድ ከሚቆይ ዕዳና ለሺህ ዓመታት ከማይወርድ ከባድ ሸክም እራሳችሁን እና ኦሮሞዎችን ነፃ ባወጣችሁ! አሁን የፍርድ ቀን ተቃርቧልና ጉዳዩ በእናነተ እና በእግዚአብሔር መካከል ብቻ ነው!

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How Local Guerrilla Fighters Routed Ethiopia’s Powerful Army

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By The New York Times

A scrappy force of local Tigrayan recruits scored a cascade of battlefield victories against the Ethiopian military, one of Africa’s strongest. Times journalists witnessed the decisive week in an eight-month civil war.

SAMRE, Ethiopia — The Tigrayan fighters whooped, whistled and pointed excitedly to a puff of smoke in the sky, where an Ethiopian military cargo plane trundling over the village minutes earlier had been struck by a missile.

Smoke turned to flames as the stricken aircraft broke in two and hurtled toward the ground. Later, in a stony field strewn with smoking wreckage, villagers picked through twisted metal and body parts. For the Tigrayan fighters, it was a sign.

“Soon we’re going to win,” said Azeb Desalgne, a 20-year-old with an AK-47 over her shoulder.

The downing of the plane on June 22 offered bracing evidence that the conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia was about to take a seismic turn. A Tigrayan guerrilla army had been fighting to drive out the Ethiopian military for eight months in a civil war marked by atrocities and starvation. Now the fight seemed to be turning in their favor.

The war erupted in November, when a simmering feud between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Tigrayan leaders, members of a small ethnic minority who had dominated Ethiopia for much of the three previous decades, exploded into violence.

Since then, the fighting has been largely hidden from view, obscured by communications blackouts and overshadowed by international outrage over an escalating humanitarian crisis. But during a pivotal week, I went behind the front lines with a photographer, Finbarr O’Reilly, and witnessed a cascade of Tigrayan victories that culminated in their retaking the region’s capital, and altered the course of the war.

We saw how a scrappy Tigrayan force overcame one of the largest armies in Africa through force of arms, but also by exploiting a wave of popular rage. Going into the war, Tigrayans were themselves divided, with many distrustful of a governing Tigrayan party seen as tired, authoritarian and corrupt.

But the catalog of horrors that has defined the war — massacres, ethnic cleansing and extensive sexual violence — united Tigrayans against Mr. Abiy’s government, drawing highly motivated young recruits to a cause that now enjoys widespread support.

“It’s like a flood,” said Hailemariam Berhane, a commander, as several thousand young men and women, many in jeans and sneakers, marched past en route to a camp for new recruits. “Everyone’s coming here.”

A column of thousands of Tigrayans who joined the rebels. Many said they were motivated by atrocities perpetrated against civilians by the Ethiopian military and its allies.

Mr. Abiy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 and has staked his prestige on the Tigray campaign, has downplayed his losses. In a self-assured address to Parliament on Tuesday, of a kind that once dazzled admiring Westerners, Mr. Abiy insisted that his military’s retreat from Tigray was planned — the latest phase of a fight the government was on course to win.

Seen from the ground, though, Tigray has been slipping through his fingers.

In the past three weeks, Tigrayan fighters have captured a wide swath of territory; retaken the regional capital, Mekelle; imprisoned at least 6,600 Ethiopian soldiers — and claimed to have killed about three times as many.

In recent days, Tigrayan leaders have expanded the offensive to new parts of the region, vowing to stop only when all outside forces have been expelled from their land: Ethiopians, allied troops from the neighboring country of Eritrea and ethnic militias from the next-door Amhara region of Ethiopia.

“If we have to go to hell and back, we’ll do it,” said Getachew Reda, a senior Tigrayan leader.

Press officers for Mr. Abiy and the Ethiopian military did not respond to questions for this article.

We flew into Mekelle on June 22, a day after national elections in Ethiopia which had been heralded as major step toward the country’s transition to democracy.

In Tigray, though, there was no voting and the Ethiopian military had just launched a sweeping offensive intended to crush for good the Tigrayan resistance, now known as the Tigray Defense Forces, commanders on both sides said.

An Ethiopian airstrike had struck a crowded village market that day, killing dozens. We watched as the first casualties arrived at Mekelle’s largest hospital.

Days later, three aid workers from Doctors Without Borders were brutally murdered by unknown assailants.

In the countryside, the war was moving at a furious pace. Ethiopian military positions fell like dominoes. Hours after the Tigrayans shot down the military cargo plane, we reached a camp holding several thousand newly captured Ethiopian soldiers, about 30 miles south of Mekelle.

Clustered behind a barbed wire fence, the prisoners erupted into applause when we stepped from our vehicle — hoping, they later explained, that we were Red Cross workers.

Some were wounded, others barefoot — Tigrayans confiscated their boots as well as their guns, they said — and many pleaded for help. “We have badly wounded soldiers here,” said Meseret Asratu, 29, a platoon commander.

An estimated 3,000 Ethiopian soldiers captured by the Tigrayans were being held at a makeshift prison camp about 30 miles south of Mekelle on June 29. Many were wounded, others barefoot.

Further along the road was the battlefield where others had died. The bodies of Ethiopian soldiers were scattered across a rocky field, untouched since a fight four days earlier, now swelling in the afternoon sun.

Personal items cast aside nearby, amid empty ammunition boxes and abandoned uniforms, hinted at young lives interrupted: dog-eared photos of loved ones, but also university certificates, chemistry textbooks and sanitary pads — a reminder that women fight on both sides of the conflict.

Stragglers were still being rounded up. The next day, Tigrayan fighters marched five just-captured prisoners up a hill, where they slumped to the ground, exhausted.

Dawit Toba, a glum 20-year-old from the Oromia region of Ethiopia, said he had surrendered without firing a shot. War in Tigray was not like he had imagined it. “We were told there would be fighting,” he said. “But when we got here it was looting, robbery, attacks on women.”

“This war was not necessary,” he added. “Mistakes have been made.”

Driving off, we came across a figure sprawled on the roadside — an Ethiopian, stripped of his uniform, with several bullet wounds to his leg. He groaned softly.

The wounded soldier appeared to have been dumped there, although it wasn’t clear by whom. We drove him back to the prisoner camp, where Ethiopian medics did some basic treatment on the ground outside a school. Nobody was sure if he would survive.

Artillery boomed in the distance. The Tigrayan offensive was continuing to the north, using captured heavy guns against the Ethiopian troops who had brought them in. A platoon of fighters walked through, bearing a wounded man on a stretcher. Teklay Tsegay, 20, watched them pass.

Before the war, Mr. Teklay was a mechanic in Adigrat, 70 miles north. Then, last February, Eritrean soldiers fired into his aunt’s house, killing her 5-year-old daughter, he said. The following day, Mr. Teklay slipped out of Adigrat to join the resistance.

“I never thought I would be a soldier,” he said. “But here I am.”

As Tigrayans quietly mustered a guerrilla army this year, they drew on their experience of fighting a brutal Marxist dictatorship in Ethiopia in the 1970s and 1980s, under the flag of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

Then, Tigrayan intellectuals used Marxist ideology to bind peasant fighters to their cause, much like the Viet Cong or rebels in Angola and Mozambique.

But this time, the Tigrayan fighters are largely educated and hail from the towns and cities. And it is anger at atrocities, not Marxism, that drew them to the cause.

The wave of recruits has included doctors, university professors, white-collar professionals and diaspora Tigrayans from the United States and Europe, colleagues and friends said. Even in government-held Mekelle, recruitment grew increasingly brazen.

Two weeks ago, a T.D.F. poster appeared on a wall beside St. Gabriel’s, the city’s largest church. “Those who fail to join are as good as the walking dead,” it read. Hours later, Ethiopian soldiers arrived and tore it down.

Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe, 61, a senior fellow at the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, in Massachusetts, was visiting Mekelle when war erupted in November. I found him near the town of Samre, a leather-holstered pistol on his hip.

“I joined the resistance,” said the academic, who once helped broker a peace deal for the United Nations in Darfur. “I felt I had no other option.”

Even some Ethiopian commanders felt alienated by Mr. Abiy’s approach to the conflict.

Until late June, Col. Hussein Mohamed, a tall man with a gold-tooth smile, commanded the 11th Infantry Division in Tigray. Now he was a prisoner, held with other Ethiopian officers in a closely guarded farmhouse.

Of the 3,700 troops under his command, at least half were probably dead, said Colonel Hussein, confirming that he was speaking voluntarily. “The course of this war is political madness, to my mind,” he said.

He always had serious reservations about Mr. Abiy’s military alliance with Eritrea, Ethiopia’s old foe, he said: “They ransack properties, they rape women, they commit atrocities. The whole army is unhappy about this marriage.”

Still, Ethiopian soldiers have been accused of much the same crimes. I met Colonel Hussein in a stone-walled room, with a tin roof, as rain splattered outside. When the room’s owner, Tsehaye Berhe, arrived with a tray of coffee cups, her face clouded over.

“Take it!” she snapped at the Ethiopian officer. “I’m not serving you.”

Moments later Ms. Tsehaye returned to apologize. “I’m sorry for being emotional,” she said. “But your soldiers burned my house and stole my crops.”

Colonel Hussein nodded quietly. Col. Hussein Mohamed, who commanded an Ethiopian army division, was captured with his troops and held in a closely guarded farmhouse. He called the war “political madness.”

Even before Ethiopian forces abandoned Mekelle on June 28, there were hints that something was afoot. The internet went down, and at the regional headquarters where Mr. Abiy had installed an interim government, I found deserted corridors and locked offices. Outside, federal police officers were slinging backpacks into a bus.

Smoke rose from the Ethiopian National Defense Forces’ headquarters in Mekelle — a pyre of burning documents, it turned out, piled high by detainees accused of supporting the T.D.F.

Weeks earlier, Ethiopian intelligence officers had tortured one of them, Yohannes Haftom, with a cattle prod. “We will burn you,” Mr. Yohannes recalled them saying. “We will bury you alive.”

But after he followed their orders to cart their confidential documents to the burn pit on June 28, the Ethiopians set Mr. Yohannes free. Hours later, the first T.D.F. fighters entered Mekelle, setting off days of raucous celebration.

Residents filled streets where young fighters paraded on vehicles like beauty queens, or leaned from speeding tuktuks spraying gunfire into the air. Nightclubs and cafes filled up, and an older woman prostrated herself at the feet of a just-arrived fighter, shouting thanks to God.

A woman in Mekelle fell to the ground and shouted thanks to God on June 29, as it became clear that Tigrayan forces had taken control of Mekelle.

On the fourth day, fighters paraded thousands of Ethiopian prisoners through the city center, in a show of triumphalism that was a pointed rebuke to the leader of Ethiopia. “Abiy is a thief!” people chanted as dejected soldiers marched past.

The celebrations eventually reached the house where Mr. Getachew, the Tigrayan leader and T.D.F. spokesman, now descended from his mountain base, was staying.

As the whiskey flowed, Mr. Getachew juggled calls on his satellite phone while a generator rattled in the background. Mr. Abiy had once been his political ally, even his friend, he said. Now the Ethiopian leader had cut the power and phone lines to Mekelle and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Buoyed by victory, the guests excitedly discussed the next phase of their war in Tigray. One produced a cake with the Tigrayan flag that Mr. Getachew, sharing a knife with a senior commander, cut to loud cheers.

For much of his career, he had been a staunch defender of the Ethiopian state. But the war made that position untenable, he said. Now he was planning a referendum on Tigrayan independence.

“Nothing can save the Ethiopian state as we know it, except a miracle,” he said. “And I don’t usually believe in them.”

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