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Thousands Missing As People Flee Tigray | ሰዎች ከትግራይ ሲሸሹ በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ጠፍተዋል

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 24, 2021

The Eritrean army are occupying villages in Tigray, displacing thousands of residents and refugees.

Eritrean Army Destroys Refugee Camps | የኤርትራ ጦር የስደተኞች ካምፕን አፈረሰ

👉 ባዕዳውያኑ በደንብ አይተውታል ፥ SkyNews

Eritrea has partnered up with Abiy Ahmed to eliminate the People of Tigray

አብይ አህመድ የትግራይ ህዝብን ለማጥፋት ከኤርትራ ጋር አጋር ሆኗል

አሁን ኤርትራ ከሁለት ዐሥርት ዓመታት በላይ ሕወሓትን ያስተዳደረችውን የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ፥ እና ህዝብን ፥ ለማጥፋት ባደረገው ሙከራ ኤርትራ ከአብይ አህመድ ጋር አጋር ሆናለች።

Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict: The ‘Twisted Joke’ of Denial in The Violence is Finally Laid Bare

For the past five months the head of the Ethiopian government has adamantly denied the existence of Eritrean troops, together with their military hardware, in the northern region of Tigray.

Today, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed dropped the pretence, admitting in the country’s House of People’s Representatives there were Eritrean soldiers, “guarding the border against the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front).”

The statement constitutes official acceptance of the blatantly obvious.

The near-ubiquitous presence of Eritrean soldiers within northern Ethiopia has become something of a twisted joke among locals in Tigrayan cities like Shire.

Dressed in distinctive light camouflage, the Eritreans drive into the central business district to buy supplies, get their vehicles fixed or pick up new equipment.

A short drive outside the city brings you into contract with checkpoints manned by surly Eritrean soldiers.

When we tried to visit the remains of the Hitsats refugee camp – one of two camps thought to have been attacked by Eritrean troops in mid-November – we were stopped by a man in an officer’s cap.

“N’tsaeda seb sifkedn” or “no white people allowed” he barked.

Eritrean soldiers giving orders in Ethiopia: we did as we were told and turned the car around.

There was plenty of evidence of extensive co-operation between leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea before prime minister Ahmed made his announcement today.

Locked in combat for years, the Ethiopian head and Isias Afwerki, the dictatorial leader of Eritrea, inked a peace deal back in 2018. It was a diplomatic breakthrough that bagged Ahmed the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, Eritrea has partnered up with Abiy Ahmed in his attempt to eliminate the political party – and people – who ran Tigray for over two decades, the TPLF.

A mixture of Ethiopian and Eritrean troops control the main cities and highways in Tigray and we spotted Eritrean tanks, armoured vehicles and trucks crammed with troops populating an area stretching from Shire up to the Eritrean border.

We stopped at a village and began to chat to group of local women.

The attacks on Shimelba and Hitsats, which are believed to have occurred on or around 19 November, took place amid heavy fighting with the TPLF and may constitute the single worst atrocity in this vicious conflict.

I spoke to a man who said he had witnessed the attack.

“What happened to the people who were here?” I asked.

He said: “People were killed by bullets. Heavy weapons and the tanks were firing and the houses were burnt. This is when the people fled. If they caught them, they killed them. It was the Eritrean army doing this.”

Aid officials told us that Eritrean soldiers attacked Hitsats camp at approximately the same time as Shimelba.

We spoke to man who was living in Hitsats when the troops moved in and he told us he was absolutely terrified.

He said: “When we heard the gunshots, people were running all over, to the left and right. I was (living) in ‘Zone D’ and my friend in Zone A was killed.”

“Sammy” says he was interrogated by troops who accused him of working for anti-government parties and an opposition media organisation called ASENA.

He survived several rounds of questioning and was held with other camp residents for the next two months without food and clean water to drink.

“I cry when I think of it. We ate moringa leaves. We passed our time by eating moringa, crushing and eating the leaves. We were really starving,” he said.

“There was no food or water. I wish I’d never been a refugee.”

In late January, the residents of Shimelba were ordered to leave the camp and ordered to walk 100km to the Eritrean border.

Sammy, who had fled the country in 2019 to avoid mandatory, life-time service in the Eritrean military, realised he was going to be forcibly returned.

“I was limping, there was blisters on my feet. We were injured,” he said.

“We would have preferred to die. It was difficult.”

When he arrived in the border town of Sheraro, the refugee concocted a plan to escape.

He asked a soldier if he could approach a local household and beg for scraps of food as the Eritrean Army had not provided them with anything to eat on their three-day march.

The soldier acquiesced and Sammy used the opportunity to slip away.

The majority were less fortunate.

Aid officials told Sky News they believe thousands of camp residents from Shimelba and Hitsats were forced to return to Eritrea with some required to sign “confession documents” on the way.

The present status of these individuals in unknown.

Sky News understands there were approximately 35,000 residents in both camps but only 7,000 have re-registered as refugees in Ethiopia.

Of this group, the majority have relocated to two other camps in western Tigray (Adi Harush and Mai Aini).

We also know that several hundred Eritreans escaped to Sudan, a thousand or so may be living in Shire and a small number have travelled to cities like the capital Addis Ababa.

That leaves a large number of refugees from both camps unaccounted for – with aid officials here in Ethiopia hugely concerned for their safety.

They fear that many thousands have been killed or abducted back to Eritrea – the country the risked their lives to flee.

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USCRI | Ethiopia & Eritrea are Accountable for the Disappearance of 20,000 Refugees from Tigray

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 10, 2021

ከትግራይ ክልል የመጡ ስደተኞች መጥፋታቸውን በተመለከተ ገለልተኛ የተባበሩት መንግስታት ድርጅት ምርመራ እንዲያካሂድ የአሜሪካ የስደተኞች ኮሚቴ ጥሪ አቀረበ።

የአሜሪካ የስደተኞች ኮሚቴ የኢትዮጵያ እና የኤርትራ መንግስታት ለጠፉት 20 ሺህ ተሰደዱ ዜጎች ህይወት ተጠያቂ እንዲሆኑ ይጠይቃል።

USCRI Statement Calling for an Independent United Nations Investigation into the Disappearance of Refugees from the Tigray Region of Ethiopia

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) demands accountability of the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments for the lives of the 20,000 disappeared refugees

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is an international non-governmental organization that has advocated for the human rights of refugees and immigrants for 110 years. USCRI is gravely concerned about the United Nations’ report that 20,000 Eritrean refugees from the refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia have disappeared and cannot be found. There is strong evidence that some of the missing have been detained, killed, or forcibly repatriated to Eritrea in violation of international refugee law. USCRI calls for an immediate independent United Nations investigation into these disappearances.

Until November of 2020, the Hitsats and Shimelba refugee camps in northern Tigray were home to over 25,000 refugees from Eritrea. After the Ethiopian government launched a military offensive against the Tigray Regional Government in November, about 4,000 of these refugees fled to other camps in southern Tigray. The rest— over 20,000 people— are unaccounted for, and the U N believes they are dispersed in areas to which it does not have access. Credible accounts indicate that at least some of the missing are in critical danger, as refugees have reported that armed actors infiltrated the camps, killed, raped and abducted people, and Eritrean troops have forced some of the refugees back to Eritrea.

Satellite imagery from the Hitsats and Shimelba camps indicates that the camps were systematically destroyed by military forces over a two-month period, although it is unclear whether the destruction was caused by Eritrea’s military or Ethiopia’s. The Ethiopian government has denied the presence of Eritrean forces in Tigray, despite reports that they are “everywhere” in the region. In addition to forced repatriations by Eritrea, in December the Ethiopian government began returning fleeing Eritrean refugees back to the camps in Tigray, causing international concern for their safety.

The Ethiopian government has also prohibited journalists and humanitarian actors, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (U N C H R), from accessing the Hitsats and Shimelba refugee camps to investigate the situation or provide humanitarian aid. This has led to grave concerns for the wellbeing of the refugees still living in the camps. When Ethiopia finally granted access to the Mai-Aini and Adi-Harush refugee camps in southern Tigray in January, UNHCR found refugees in need of food and other necessities.

Ethiopia is a party to both the 1951 U N Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention) and the 1967 U N Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. Article 33 of the Convention requires that states adhere to the principle of “non-refoulement,” that no state “shall expel or return… a refugee against his or her will, in any manner whatsoever, to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.” Ethiopia must prevent the forced repatriation of Eritrean refugees from Ethiopia. The government must also commit to not returning refugees to the camps in Tigray, where they will be susceptible to abduction and forced repatriation.

Article 35 of the Refugee Convention and Article II of the Protocol require states to cooperate with UNHCR to allow it to respond to refugee crises. The Ethiopian government has clearly violated this provision by withholding access to Tigray. USCRI calls on the Ethiopian government to provide immediate and unfettered access to Tigray for UNHCR, other humanitarian aid and human rights organizations, and journalists.

“USCRI demands accountability of the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments for the lives of the 20,000 disappeared refugees. Both countries must commit to upholding the rights of refugees under the Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. As such, USCRI urges the United Nations to immediately open an independent investigation into these disappearances,” said Eskinder Negash, president and CEO of USCRI.

ከአውሬ ወንድሙ ከኢሳያስ አፈቆርኪ ጋር ከሰሩት አሰቃቂ ወንጀል ለመሸሽ ይመስላል በትናንትናው ዕለት አረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ “ህፃፅ እና ሽመልባ” የተባሉትን ሁለት የኤርትራዊያን ስደተኞች መጠለያ ጣቢያዎች ለመዝጋት ወሰነ። የኢትዮጵያ የተሰኘው የኦሮሚያ አህዛብ (ሰ) አራዊትና የኤርትራ የተባለው የኢሳያስ አፈቆርኪ አህዛብ (ሰ) አራዊት ሁለቱን የትግራይ መጠለያ ጣቢያዎች ማቃጠላቸውን የሚያሳዩ የሳተላይት ምስሎች ሳይቀሩ አሉ። ለነገሩማ አሜሪካውያኑም አውሮፓውያኑም ሁሉም ሁሉንም ጭፍጨፋና ውድመት የማየት አጋጣሚው አላቸው፤ ጸጥ ብለው እንደ ተከታታይ አሰቃቂ ሪያሊቲ ቲቪ “ትዕይንት” በሞኒተሮቻቸው እየተከታተሉት ነው።

“በትናንትናው ዕለት አውሬው ኢሳያስ አፈቆርኪ ከአሥር ዓመታት በላይ የታሰሩትን ፸/70 ክርስቲያኖችን ለቀቃቸው”። ይህ እንግዲህ በትግራይ ላይ እየፈጸመው ያለውን ወንጀል ዓለም አቀፉ ማሕበረሰብ ቸል እንዲልለት ልክ እንደ አብዮት አህመድ እሱም የሚጠቀምበት እባባዊ/ ግራኛዊ ስልት መሆኑ ነው። ቆሻሾች!

እንደው ሃያ ሺህ ምስኪን ወገኖቻችንን ምን አድርገዋቸው ይሆን? እንደለመዱት ጨለማን ተገን አድርገው ጨፍጭፈዋቸው ይሆን? ሃያ ሺህ? ኡ! ኡ!

በትግራይ እየተከሰተ ያለው የግፍና ሰቆቃ ደረጃ ዓለማችን አይታው የምታውቅ አይመስለኝም፤ ታዲያ ይህ ሁሉ ጉድ በሃገራችን እየተከሰተ በአዲስ አበባ፣ በጎንደር፣ በጅማ እና ናዝሬት የሚኖር ሌላው “ወገን” የተባለው ምንም እንዳልተከሰተ በልቶና ጠጥቶ በሰላም ሊተኛ ይችላል?

እስኪ አዲስ አበባን ልቃኝ ብዬ ወደ ዩቲውብ ስገባ “ባላገሩ” የተሰኘው የአውሬው ቻነል ያቀረበው የዘፈንና ዳንኪራ ቪዲዮ በሦስት ቀናት ብቻ እስከ መቶ ሃምሳ ሽህ ተመልካቾችን አግኝቷል። በሌላ በኩል ትናንትና “ዶንኪ ቲውብ” የተሰኘው ቻነል ላይ “ከመምህር ዘበነ ለማ ጋር የተደረገ ጨዋታ” በሚል የቀረበው ቪዲዮ መቶ ሰባ ዓምስት ሽህ ተመልካቾች ጎብኝተውታል። እግዚኦ! ነው ያልኩት። እንደው ስንት ግፍ በሚሰራባት ሃገራችን፣ የስንቱ ወገናችን ደም እንዲሁ በከንቱ በሚፈስበት በዚህ የዓለም ፍጻሜ ዘመን እያዘንን እና እያነባን ለንስሐ እንድንበቃ ከመትጋት ይልቅ በይፋ፣ ያውም በቴሌቪዥን እየቀረብን ለዘፈን፣ ለዳንኪራና ለጨዋታ“መኖር” ይገባናልን? ምን ዓይነት ከንቱ ትውልድ ቢሆን ነው?!

🔥 ❖ በዓለም መጨረሻ ላይ የዳንኪራ እና ጭፈራ ድግስ🔥

እ.አ.አ በ2016 ዓ.ም አንድ የኦርላንዶ ፍሎሪዳ የግብረ-ሰዶማውያን ዳንኪራ ቤት በመሀመዳውያኑ የሽብር ጥቃት ደርሶበት ፵፱/49 ጨፋሪዎች ተገድለው ነበር። ይህን አስመልክቶ ወግ አጥባቂው ግን እራሱ ግብረ-ሰዶማዊ የሆነው ታዋቂው ብሪታኒያዊ ጋዜጠኛ ዳግላስ መሬይ ሁኔታውን እንዲህ ሲል መስክሮለታል፤ “መላው ክስተት በዓለም መጨረሻ ላይ የዳንኪራ እና ጭፈራ ድግስ”

የምሽት ክበብ ፣ ሁሉም ይደንሳል፡፡ እነሱ ይጨፍራሉ፣ ይደንሳሉ፣ በጥይት ይመታሉ ፣ ሲጨፍሩ ሞተዋል፤ ሲሞቱ ጨፍረዋል። የቅዳሜ ምሽት ነው ፣ የቅዳሜ ምሽት ነው እናም ፍሎሪዳዊ አኗኗር ዘይቤን ይመራሉ ፣ ለዚህ ሁሉ አሰልቺ ነገር ግድ አይሰጡም ፣ ስለ ተስፋ አስቆራጭ፣ ደባሪ አሰልቺ ነገሮች አያስቡም። በመደወያው መጨረሻ ላይ አንድ ቦታ እነዚህ አሰልቺ የዜና አውታሮች ነበሩ ፣ በየቀኑ ስለእነዚህ አሰልቺ ነገሮች የሚናገሩ ሰዎች አሉ ግን እነርሱ ግድ አይሰጡትም ምክንያቱም ህይወት በጣም ጥሩ ነው ይላሉ ፣ በደቡባዊ ፍሎሪዳ ውስጥ ናቸውና፣ በጣም ጥሩ ቦታ ነው የአየር ንብረቱ ፣ ድንቅ ከተማ ነች ፣ ሌሊቱን በሙሉ ድግስ ማድረግ ይወዳሉ እና ይህ የሌሊት ምሽት ግብዣ ነው እናም በዓለም መጨረሻ ወደ ግብዣው በመሄድ በጥይት እየተመቱ ይደፋሉ፤ አጠገቡ ያልተመታው ግን ሆእያለ ይጨፍራል፣ ዳንሱን ቀጥሏል፤ ሌላው ይደፋል፣ ሌላው እየተደሰተ ዳንሱን ቀጥሏል። በዓለም መጨረሻ ላይ የዳንኪራ እና ጭፈራ ድግስ።

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