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Ethiopia Is at a Crossroads. Can the Nation Survive in Its Current Form?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 25, 2021

Ethiopia stands at a crossroads. On June 21, the country finally held the first round of long-delayed elections for the country’s parliament and Regional State Councils. Voting in the remaining 69 of the country’s 547 constituencies will take place in a second round in September. It’s not clear when (or if) voting for the 38 MPs from the war-torn Tigray region will take place.

Two things are almost certain in coming days: Election officials will announce that the governing Prosperity Party has won enough seats to form a government with current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed remaining at its head, and opposition parties will cry foul. Though Abiy’s government will weather the storm, there is more controversy to come as he moves forward with plans to amend Ethiopia’s constitution to change the country’s ethno-federalist structure. Today, Ethiopia’s regions have recognized rights to self-determination. Abiy’s changes would strengthen the country’s federal government at the regions’ expense and create a presidential system of government to political authority. It’s a fight over the essentials of who holds power in an important and potentially unstable country.

That fight has already resulted in bloodshed. In Tigray, combat between government forces and local rebels has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million. Just this week, a government airstrike on a public market in Tigray killed more than 50 people, according to local health officials.

Where did Ethiopia civil conflict come from?

Ethiopia’s troubles have been simmering, and occasionally boiling over, for many years. Despite strong economic growth over the past decade—Ethiopia’s economy generated “strong, broad-based growth averaging 9.4% a year from 2010/11 to 2019/20,” according to the World Bank—youth unemployment has long been a chronic problem, and a violent response to protests based in economic frustration in 2016 led to widespread and increasingly intense demonstrations.

Africa’s second most populous country has a long history of unrest. Its current constitution divides Ethiopia into ethnic territories, and many of the country’s conflicts come from underlying ethnically based political grievances. There are more than 90 ethnic groups living within Ethiopia’s borders, and many feel almost entirely excluded from political power.

In particular, until three years ago, members of the Oromo and Amhara communities, which together make up more than 60 percent of the population, were angry that Tigrayans, who make up just over 6 percent, had dominated Ethiopia’s government since 1991, when the nationalist Tigray People’s Liberation Front ousted Soviet-backed dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. From 1991 until his death in 2012, Tigrayan Meles Zenawi kept order with an iron fist. Protests finally forced his successor, prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, to step down in 2018.

Abiy Ahmed, son of an Oromo Muslim father and Amhara Christian mother, replaced Desalegn. Considered Oromo, he is the first member of that group ever to serve as prime minister. His promises for the country’s future quickly drew Western praise. He won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, by ending an intractable war with neighboring Eritrea, freeing political prisoners, welcoming exiled dissidents home, pledging to protect a free press, and committing his government to foster a new national unity while respecting ethnic diversity.

But there’s a troubling parallel here with the former Yugoslavia. The end of authoritarian rule in a country divided into ethnic-dominated territories can open a Pandora’s Box of fear, suspicion, and anger among ethnic groups, as it did among Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Bosnian Muslims, Montenegrins, Kosovar Albanians, and Macedonians in the 1990s. In Ethiopia, ethnic killings began to increase in the country in 2018, displacing nearly three million people during Abiy’s first year in office. Tigray powerbrokers, convinced they would become marginalized by Abiy’s plans, began to talk of secession.

Abiy then responded with what he called a “police action” in Tigray. In November 2020, following an alleged rebel attack on an Ethiopian military base, Abiy launched a military offensive in Tigray. Since then, credible accusations have emerged that Ethiopian forces have used human mass rape, extra-judicial killing and have burned crops, killed livestock, and blocked food aid to starve the region. These actions have drawn condemnation from the Western governments that once saw Abiy as West Africa’s rising star. The U.N. now says that 350,000 Tigrayans face famine. Eritrean forces have also drawn condemnation for deliberately “starving” Tigrayans.

This is the backdrop for the current elections. On Friday, the embassies of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia released a statement that includes the following warning: “These elections have taken place in very challenging and problematic conditions with a restricted political environment, including the detention of opposition members, harassment of media representatives, and parties facing difficulties in freely campaigning. There is a challenging security environment in many areas, and internally displaced people have not been sufficiently registered to vote or included in the elections. The number of women running for office reduced by almost a third from the last general elections.”

This is the crossroads for Ethiopia. Can the nation survive in its current form? Which is more dangerous for its future: An open hand or a closed fist?



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

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 7, 2021

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

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


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France24 | Abiy Ahmed Cracks Down on Regional Revolts Ahead of ‘Elections’

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 3, 2021

„A curse from God / የእግዚአብሔር መቅሰፍት”

ልብ እንበል፤ የፈረንሳይ ቴሌቪዥን በላሊበላ ጉዳይ ነው ውይይቱን የጀመረው! ታች ካሉት ቪዲዮች ጋር እናነጻጽረው! 

Just last week, 20 French Military Generals said ‘a MILITARY COUP MAY BE NECESSARY to Save France From Islamic terrorism. Similar calls should be made to save Ethiopia from Terrorist Abiy Ahmed Ali.

Can the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia keep it together? Change has become increasingly bloody it seems since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi, Meles a Tigrean whose home region is now in open revolt against the central government. There, conventional fighting is morphing into guerrilla warfare with reprisals against civilians fueling a vicious circle. Elsewhere, regional and ethnic tensions are also on the rise.


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France24 | #TigrayGenocide | #TigrayGenocidio | #TigrayGenozid | የዘር ማጥፋት በትግራይ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 11, 2021

ይህ በታሪካችን ታይቶም ተሰምቶም የማይታወቅና ከመቶ ሰላሳ ዓመታት በፊት የጀመረው የዘር ማጥፋት ዘመቻ የትግራይን ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖች ለማጥፋት የታቀደ/የተፈለገ ነው። በሚያሳዝን መልክ ዛሬ የትንቢት መፈጸሚያዎች በሆኑት በኦሮሞዎች + በአማራዎች + በፕሮቴስታንቶች + በሙስሊሞች፣ ምናልባትም በኢ-አማንያን የህወሃት ሃይላት በደንብ ተቀናጅቶና ለቁጥጥር እንደሚያመቻቸው ተደርጎ የሚካሄድ ዲያብሎሳዊ ዘመቻ ነው። ወዮላቸው!

እንደነዚህ የሰይጣን 😈 ጭፍሮች ከሆነ በትግራይ የሚገኘው፣ በጽዮን ማርያም እቅፍ የምትጠበቀዋ ጥንታዊቷና የመጀመሪያዋ ክርስትና መጥፋት አለበት። ስለዚህ በሕዝቡ ላይ ጦርነት መከፈት አለበት፣ ሕዝቡ ለረሃብና በሽታዎች መጋለጥ አለበት። የሁሉንም የህብረተሰብ ክፍል ነው እያጠቁት ያሉት፤ የዋልድማ ገዳም አባቶቻችንንም በዚህ መልክ እየተተናኮሏቸው፣ እያንገላቷቸው፣ እያሳደዷቸውና እየገደሏቸው ያሉት በማይታየው ዓለም የሚካሄደውን ስውር መንፈሳዊ ውጊያ ስላልቻሉት ነው። ኤዶማውያኑ እና እስማኤላውያኑ ለዘረጉት ዲያብሎሳዊ ተልዕኳቸው እንቅፋት የሆነባቸው ኃይል የት እንደሚገኝ በቴክኖሎጂዎቻቸው አማካኝነት አስሰውታል። አዎ! በትግራይ እንደሚገኝ ደርሰውበታል። እንደነሱ ከሆነ ጥንታዊው “አሮጌ” ዓለም ሙሉ በሙሉ እስካልተወገደ ድረስ አዲሱ ሉሲፈራዊ የዓለም ሥርዓት ለመመሥረት አይቻልም።

አባቶቻችን፣ እናቶቻችን፣ ወንድሞቻችና እኅቶቻችና ልጆቻቸው ሁሉ እየተሰቃዩ ነው፤ የእነርሱ ስቃይና መከራ ግን በጣም ለአጭር ጊዜ ነው፤ በእነርሱ ላይ ግፍ እየሠሩ ያሉት የሰይጣን ጭፍሮች ግን ዘላለማዊ ሰቃይና መከራ ይጠብቃቸዋል።

✞✞✞[፩ኛ የጴጥሮስ መልእክት ምዕራፍ ፭፰፡፲፩]✞✞✞

“በመጠን ኑሩ ንቁም፥ ባላጋራችሁ ዲያብሎስ የሚውጠውን ፈልጎ እንደሚያገሣ አንበሳ ይዞራልና፤ በዓለም ያሉት ወንድሞቻችሁ ያን መከራ በሙሉ እንዲቀበሉ እያወቃችሁ በእምነት ጸንታችሁ ተቃወሙት።

በክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ ወደ ዘላለም ክብሩ የጠራችሁ የጸጋ ሁሉ አምላክ ለጥቂት ጊዜ መከራን ከተቀበላችሁ በኋላ ራሱ ፍጹማን ያደርጋችኋል ያጸናችሁምል ያበረታችሁማል።

ለእርሱ ክብርና ኃይል እስከዘላለም ድረስ ይሁን፤ አሜን።

✞✞✞[ኦሪት ዘዳግም ምዕራፍ ፫፥፳፪]✞✞✞

“አምላካችሁ እግዚአብሔር እርሱ ስለ እናንተ ይዋጋልና አትፍራቸውም ብዬ አዘዝሁት።”


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