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When Abby Ahmed’s Oromo Grand Father Aided by Britain Bombed Tigray into Submission

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 21, 2021

This is a sad, but little told story. In 1943, at the request of the Oromo Emperor Haile Selassie, the Royal British Airforce bombed two towns – Mekelle and Corbetta.

The R.A.F squadron that carried out the raid may actually have been carried out by Canadians from number 8 Squadron.

This information is from a publication called Legation: Canada’s Military History Magazine.

“In this strange colonial world the Canadians experienced things never imagined when they enlisted…On Sept. 1, 1943, a request was received from the Emperor of Ethiopia for aircraft to drop leaflets in Macaille and eastern Tigre province prior to operations against rebellious tribes. No. 8 Sqdn., another Bisley unit and normally based in Aden, operated a three-plane detachment from Addis Ababa and spent several days bombing rebel concentrations and native hutments. One of the wireless air gunners was Flight Sergeant Joseph Leon Belley of Quebec City. This squadron was the destination for numerous Canadians. Indeed, as of December 1943 at least 19 members of the RCAF had been posted there.”

When in 1942–43 peasants in central and southern Tigray began to rebel out of desperation, they were met with a harsh response. Haile Selassie’s government in collaboration with the British Royal Air Force (R.A.F), after dropping warning leaflets addressed to ‘the Chiefs, Balabats — people of Tigre province’ on 6 October 1943, devastated the region including Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, throughout the rest of that month.

This quelled the Tigrayan peasant uprising, known as Woyane, meaning ‘revolt’.

Thousands of defenseless civilians lost their lives as a result of aerial bombardment. It is recorded that ‘on 14th October, 1943, 54 bombs dropped in Mekelle, 6th October 14 bombs followed by another 16 bombs on 9thOctober in Hintalo, 7th/9th October 32 bombs in Corbetta’.

An atrocious precedent set

The Mekelle market bombing and the fact that neither Emperor Haileselassie nor Great Britain were held responsible, and never expressed regret for the cold blooded murder of civilians set a precedent for repeating the act of atrocity during civil conflicts taking place in Tigray.

Two examples of that with stark similarity are, the Ethiopian military Dergue regime of the Oromo colonel Mengistu Hailemariam replicating aerial bombing of Tigrayans on June 22, 1988 in the town of Hawzen, Eastern Tigray, during a market day resulting in a senseless loss of 2,500 men, women and children as well as inflicting severe injuries, and this year, Ethiopian military Dergue regime of the Oromo colonel Abby Ahmed Ali massacred more than 80 Civilians, including babies and children in an air attack on a busy market in the town of Togoga Tigray, on 22 June 2021.

[Isaiah 26:10]Though the wicked person is shown compassion, He does not learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD.”

Oromo Aerial Attacks on Tigray Civilians

October 6, 1943 – Mekelle

June 22, 1988 – Hawzen

June 22, 2021- Togoga

The people of Tigray region were forced to pay large sums of money and their land was confiscated and distributed to loyal gentry as a punishment and as a deterrent to future revolt. A new taxation system was imposed that ‘cost the peasants five times more than they had paid under the Italians’.

In the name of centralization, Haile Selassie took away regional power from hereditary leaders and gave it to loyal Showan administrators.

This predicament again raised the level of collective resentment, taking the form of ethno-nationalist sentiment against the Oromara Showan ruling class at the centre. As Gilkes rightly observed, ‘independence from Shoan (sic) rule was raised as a rallying cry and proved popular’.

The punitive measures of the central government, and especially the memory of the R.A.F bombardment of Mekelle on behalf of Haile Selassie’s government, became grievances rooted in popular memory.

The devastating impact

1. Men, women and children (including infants held or carried by their mothers) were instantly killed.

2. Others became severely injured, and sentenced to a life of disability.

3. Children were exposed to being half-orphaned or, in some cases, fully orphaned.

4. Due to the fact that there was no a functioning government; as international organizations, such as the Red Cross weren’t around, and as health facilities were not available, some victims lost their lives were lost for lack of basic medical aid.

5. Due to the severe injury to the bodies, some corpses couldn’t be identified. Also, as many merchants and buyers came from outskirts of Mekelle and other towns, their loved ones couldn’t be traced. As a result, many victims were buried in mass graves without proper burial their respective religions required.

6. The psychological scar lasted for many years whereby a plane over the sky was feared to be an air bomber, and people had to run for a cover.

7. Many people asked “What have we done to Great Britain to deserve this?”

An atrocious precedent set

The Mekelle market bombing and the fact that neither Emperor Haileselassie nor Great Britain were held responsible, and never expressed regret for the cold blooded murder of civilians set a precedent for repeating the act of atrocity during civil conflicts taking place in Tigray.

Two examples of that with stark similarity are, the Ethiopian military Dergue regime of the Oromo colonel Mengistu Hailemariam replicating aerial bombing of Tigrayans on June 22, 1988 in the town of Hawzen, Eastern Tigray, during a market day resulting in a senseless loss of 2,500 men, women and children as well as inflicting severe injuries, and this year, Ethiopian military Dergue regime of the Oromo colonel Abby Ahmed Ali massacred more than 80 Civilians, including babies and children in an air attack on a busy market in the town of Togoga Tigray, on 22 June 2021.

💭 Tigray deserves apology for Great Britain’s aerial bombardment of Civilians In Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia.

💭 #TogogaMassacre | Abiy Ahmed Repeated What His Oromo Father Mengistu Did on the Very day of June 22

#TigrayGenocide | A Tale Familiar to Three Generations of Tigrayans

💭 My Note: History repeats itself:

🔥 Amhara & Oromos bombing Tigray, Using Rape, Hunger & forced resettlement (Mengistu did it back then, Ahmed will do the same now) as a Weapon against People in Tigray for the past 130 years:-

😈 Menelik ll: Half Oromo + Half Amhara = Oromo (Crypto-Muslim / Man of the flesh)

😈 Haile Selassie: Half Oromo + Half Amhara = Oromo (Crypto-Muslim / Man of the flesh)

😈 Mengistu Hailemariam: Half Oromo + Half Amhara = Oromo (Crypto-Muslim / Man of the flesh)

😈 Abiy Ahmed Ali ´= Half Oromo + Half Amhara = Oromo (Crypto-Muslim / Man of the flesh)

በራሳቸው አንደበት ሲመሰክሩልን

[Galatians 5:19-21]

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

💭 “The fight for Tigray is a horrific déjà vu… For older Tigrayans, all of this seems like a horrific déjà-vu.”

This statement captures the reality that almost all facets of the ongoing war on Tigray trigger memories of the horrors of the past for Tigrayans.

The most recent parallel the man-made famine in Tigray in the 1980s captured and shared to dramatic effect by photographers, such as Stan Grossfeld, is recognizable even to outsiders who recognize the terrible similarity with what is happening now. It is awareness of this historical context that enabled Senator Leahy, president pro tempore of the US Senate, to be one of the first amongst the international community to clearly identify what is happening in Tigray as a genocide.

This genocidal war continues to fuel an ever-worsening humanitarian and human rights crisis characterized by gross human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity including genocidal rape and the weaponization of starvation. Worst of all, the recalcitrance of the Ethiopian and Eritrean regimes in spite of considerable international pressure for a ceasefire and unfettered humanitarian access, reveals that unless direct action is taken there is little chance that these atrocities will stop.

In this context, the striking parallels between the current War on Tigray and past tactics employed by previous Ethiopian regimes – most notably Haile Selassie (1930-1974) and the Derg regime (1974-1987) led by Mengistu Hailemariam – in attempts to subjugate Tigrayans, deserve a much closer look to highlight the long-standing intentions and motivations fueling the current emergency.

Emperor Haile Selassie

Emperor Haile Selassie, best known for the history and songs that have romanticized him as an African statesman, is also responsible for the deaths of millions across the country. In Tigray, his imperial regime committed indiscriminate air bombings of civilians, annexed Tigrayan territory, and deliberately hid famine even as the Emperor hosted luxurious parties and fed his pet dogs delicacies.

Air bombing Mekelle (capital of Tigray)

During Emperor Haile Selassie’s reign, Tigray remained marginalized from the country with no significant political or economic representation. This gave rise to the first “Woyane” movement that carried out armed resistance against the monarchical rule of the Emperor. Instead of attending to the people’s demand for democracy and equality, the Emperor resorted to bombing market sites in Mekelle and surrounding areas with the help of the British Royal Air Force. This resulted in the death of thousands of innocent Tigrayans in 1943. These attacks targeted the civilian population as a possible deterrent for anyone seeking to join the Woyane armed struggle against the central monarchy.

Annexation of Tigrayan Territories

Following the defeat of the first uprising, the Emperor systematically incorporated southern territories from Tigray to Wollo province (currently part of the Amhara region) to weaken the region and hinder potential recruitments for possible future revolts. It is to be remembered that Emperor Menelik, who ruled Ethiopia before Haile Selassie from 1889 to 1913, also utilized the same tactics. Under his rule, he had incorporated parts of Tigray’s western provinces to be included under the Gondar province. The motive under both administrations was to deprive Tigray of its rich socio-economic resource to sustain resistance against the oppressive rule of the Emperors that continued to undermine the rights of different ethnic groups.

Hiding Famine

During the 1958 Tigray famine, Emperor Haile Selassie was unwilling to send emergency food aid to the starving population. An estimated 100,000 Tigrayans perished as a result. His decision was in line with the increases in farmland taxation for Tigrayans and other economic restrictions that left Tigray in a state of poverty for decades to come. In 1973 the Emperor once again hid a famine that devastated areas of Tigray and Wollo. The famine in 1973 killed an estimated 200,000 people. Once the news about the massive famine broke out to the rest of the world, the government officials quietly asked for aid that was inadequate to alleviate the famine. This was done to hush the news so that the Emperor’s image is not tarnished. Despite their denial and active efforts to spread propaganda regarding the 1954 and 1973 famines, the Emperor and his administration are without question responsible for the thousands of lives lost.

Mengistu Hailemariam

Mengistu, leader of the Communist military junta known colloquially as the Derg, used the slogan “drain the sea to catch the fish” in his attempt to subjugate Tigray. More than a slogan this aim was widely implemented in widespread campaigns of extrajudicial killings to deter people from joining the armed struggle, weaponizing hunger and forcibly removing Tigrayans from Tigray.

Weaponized Hunger

The 1984 famine, which has become associated with Ethiopia in the popular imagination of the rest of the world, was devastating due to government policies that blocked access to foreign bodies like the United Nations preventing them from providing aid. In order to hide the severity of the famine, international actors were denied access to the affected community. The famine ended up taking the lives of more than one million Tigrayans in what was one of the most horrific humanitarian disasters in recent history.

Sexual Violence, Indiscriminate Shelling and Chemical Attack

The Derg also committed weaponized sexual violence, indiscriminate shelling, and chemical attack on civilians and their residential areas. Victims of sexual violence include children as young as 13 years old. Indiscriminate shelling also targeted schools, markets, and residences all occupied by civilians. In addition, civilians bore the brunt of the horrific use of chemical weaponry.

Forced Resettlement

The terrible conditions of the 1984 famine were later used as an excuse by the military junta to forcefully resettle thousands of Tigrayans to areas outside of Tigray that were less affected by the famine. The resettlement program, which was non-voluntary and executed with poor planning and coordination failed to take into account needs for basic humanitarian services to relocated populations and as a result, took the lives of 50,000 Tigrayans while leaving many more displaced from their homeland. This resettlement program referred to at the time as a “vast human tragedy of historical proportions” was of course an act of demographic engineering intended to quash the resistance to the brutal regime by depopulating Tigray.

Mengistu found guilty of genocide

After the fall of the communist military junta in 1991, its leader President Mengistu was tried in absentia for genocide and found guilty in 2007. The High Court judgment stated:

“Members of the Derg who are present in court today and those who are being tried in absentia have conspired to destroy a political group and kill people with impunity.”

Blocking Passage for Refugees

One final point that bears mentioning here, considering that Eritrean forces are actively engaged in the current Tigrayan crisis is the role played by Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) – which later became the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) the party ruling Eritrea today under much of the same leadership – in exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Tigray in the 80s. More specifically, in 1985, following a political disagreement between Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and EPLF officials led to the latter blocking the road connecting Sudan with Tigray. Refugees were forced to take a “long and dangerous route” on top of suffering from starvation. This cost thousands of lives as they reached Sudan through tougher terrains.

History repeats itself in Tigray

At the start of the current conflict, those that lived through the previous campaigns against Tigray and resultant famines recalled the horrors of the past and feared a repetition was likely. As feared, those that fled to Sudan in the previous famines are now again in tears remembering what they went through decades ago and how much worse the current circumstances are.

All the crimes that were committed in the past, forceful annexation, weaponized starvation and rape, banned chemical attacks, forced resettlement, blockage of passage for refugees, massacres, and indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas are being committed on Tigray since the declaration of the offensive by Abiy Ahmed Ali on the 4th of November 2020. Although this analysis focuses on the events post the start of the war, it should also be noted that roads from Amhara to Tigray were blocked since 2018 preventing the transportation of grains portending the tactics being used to weaponize hunger now.

Today the reality on the ground is very dire. The United Nations (UN) has reported 350,000 people are experiencing famine in Tigray and 30,000 children are at risk of dying from starvation. Aid is available but restricted by Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Amhara regional forces. All the while, Ethiopian diplomats are engaged in telling the world access has been granted and that aid is being delivered. The population of Tigray has more than doubled since the time of President Mengistu Hailemariam. Food supply to more than 7 million Tigrayans has been deliberately looted, destroyed and farmers are prevented from farming. Meanwhile, unfettered access to aid agencies has yet to be granted. The UN revealed that 99% (130 out of 131 documented incidents) of the humanitarian aid blockage is happening by the Ethiopian troops and its allies. Multiple testimonies from the Tigrayan families reveal that famine is occurring on a large scale. The only thing standing in the way of the international community from knowing the full scale is the unavailability of data. Alex De Waal said, “no data, no famine” which has been effectively concealed using both communication blackout and blockage of roads connecting many parts of rural Tigray by invading forces.

The same crimes that got Mengistu Hailemariam convicted of genocide are being committed by Abiy. It is also critical to note that the retired officials of the Derg regime have been assigned key positions within the military leadership of the current Ethiopian defense force. Thus, not only do the atrocities reported so far indicate the genocidal intent of this war, but most importantly the involvement of the military officials that were part of the Derg regime found guilty of genocide must also be used as evidence to show this genocidal intent. Once the crimes are categorized, the international community will have the responsibility to intervene and stop the atrocities in Tigray before the only conceivable future is one with another “Never Again” campaign in it.

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💭 የትግራይ ቀዳማይ ወያኔ” (‘አብዮቱና ትዝታየበሌ/ኮሎኔል ፍሥሐ ደስታ ገጽ ፲፬/14፥ ፲፭/15) የመቐለ በአውሮፕላን መደብደብ 77ኛ ዓመት

💭 “Reyot – ርዕዮት: ዘር ጨፍጫፊዎች እና ሞት ቀፍቃፊዎች ክፍል ፩ ፤ የNAZI ደቀመዛሙርት እና የHolocaust መንፈስ በኢትዮጵያ

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መቐለ ብእልልታ | ፳፩/21 ሰኔ ፪ሺ፲፫ ጽዮን ቅድስት ድንግል ማርያም

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 28, 2021

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

👉 ስለ ጽዮን ዝም ያላችሁ ምን ይውጣችሁ?! 🙄

😲 የጀርመንኛው የ ማይክሮሶፍት ቢንግ ‘BING’ ድህረ ገጽ አሁን እነዚህን የማርያም መቀነት ቀለማት አሳየኝ ፦

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ግዙፍ እሳት በለንደን | G7 + Tigray | እስቲ ይህንን ልብ እንበል

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 28, 2021

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

በብሪታኒያ ዋና ከተማ በለንደን ክፍለ ከተማ፤ “Elephant & Castle (ዝሆን እና ቤተመንግስት)“ ግዙፍ እሳት ከሰዓታት በፊት ተቀስቅሷል።

የሰው ሕይወት እንዲተርፍ ምኞታችን ነው!

የምኒልክን የ ፒኮክ ቤተ መንግስትለአጭር ጊዜ እንዲወርስ የተፈቀደለት 😈 አረመኔው የጦር ወንጀለኛ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ እኮ እንዲህ ብሎን ነበር፤

👉 “ኦሮሞ እስኪነቃ ነው እንጂ፣ እስኪነሳ ነው እንጂ ሲነሳ ሚዳቋ አትበላንም፤ እኛ ዝሆን ነን፤ እንሰብራለን፤ እንበላለን፤ እንገዛለን፣ ሃሳብ አለን፤ ድርጅት አለን፤ ከአለም ጋር ግንኙነት አለን…”

🐘 እንግዲህ፤ በጽዮን አንበሣ የሚመሩት የአክሱም ዝሆኖች የዋቄዮአላህን ፍዬሎች እየደቆሷቸው ነው። ለአንዴ እና መጨረሻ ጊዜም ማጥፋት አለባቸው። ወደ አራት ኪሎ አምርተው ግራኝን፣ መንጋውን እና ሰዶምና ገሞራ ፒኮኩን 🔥 በእሳት ሲጠርጉት ታሪካዊቷ ኢትዮጵያ ከመቶ ሰላሳ ዓመት የስደትና የባርነት ዘመን በኋላ ነፃ ትወጣለች።

👉 በነገው ዕለት እንግሊዝ እና ጀርመን በአውሮፓው ዋንጫ በለንደን ይፋለማሉ። ነገ እመለስበታለሁ!

A huge fire has broken out underneath Elephant and Castle station leading to explosions and evacuations.

Fifteen engines and 100 firefighters were sent to the south east London station, where the fire had started in garages in the arches of the railway station.

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Prayer in Memory of The Togoga + MSF Martyrs

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 28, 2021

😈 አርዮስ ኢሬቻ በላይ የተደመረባት የአዲስ አበባ ቤተ ክህነትስ፤ የት ገባች?

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የጽዮን ልጆች | የትግራይ እናት እንባ እያነባችም ቢሆን ሊገድሏት ለመጡት ምርኮኞቿ እንዲህ ከቀራት ምግብ ታካፍላለች

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 28, 2021

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

✞✞✞[፩ኛ የዮሐንስ መልእክት ምዕራፍ ፫፥፲፯]✞✞✞

ነገር ግን የዚህ ዓለም ገንዘብ ያለው፥ ወንድሙም የሚያስፈልገው ሲያጣ አይቶ ያልራራለት ማንም ቢሆን፥ የእግዚአብሔር ፍቅር በእርሱ እንዴት ይኖራል?”

💭 አዎ! አንድ ምስል አንድ ሺህ ቃላትን ይናገራል / A picture tells a thousand words

😇 በዛሬው የእናታችን የድንግል ማርያም ዕለት ይህን ማየቴ ያለምክኒያት አይደለም፤ በእውነት አስደስቶኛል። ግን “ዓይን ያለው ይመልከት! ልብ ያለው ያስተውል!” የሚባልበት ጊዜ እያበቃ መሆኑ ደግሞ በጣም አሳዝኖኛል።

የትግራይ እናት የሰላም ሽልማት አልተሰጣትም፤ የሰላም ሚንስትርም ትሆን ዘንድ አልተፈለገችም፤ ሽልማቱንም የሚንስትር ወንበሩንም ተሽቀዳድመው የወሰዱት የጽዮንን ልጆች በጥላቻ እያሳደደዷቸው፣ እያፈናቀሏቸው፣ ማሳዎቻቸውን እያቃጠሉባቸው፣ እህል እንዳይዘሩ የከለከሏቸው፣ ያስራቧቸው፣ አንቡላንስ እንዳያልፍ ያደረጉባቸው፣ የሚደፍሯቸው የሚጨፈጨፏቸው አህዛብ የጽዮን ማርያም ጠላቶች፤ የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚዎች ናቸውና ነው። ለጊዜው፤ ለአጭር ጊዜ ይህችን ዓለም ወደ ገደል በመምራት ላይ ያለው ዲያብሎስ አለቃቸው ነውና ብዙ በደልና ግፍ ለማድረስ ተችሏቸዋል።

ይህ ሁሉ ገሃነማዊ ሁኔታ ከሁሉም አቅጣጫ ተፈጥሮባቸው እንዲሁም ለስቃይና መከራ ተዳርገው እና የበላይነቱንም መያዝ በቻሉበት በዚህ ወቅት እንኳን ይህ የትግራይ ትክክለኛዎቹ ኢትዮጵያውያን ርህራሄ፣ ደግነት፣ ይቅር ባይነት የተሞላበት ራስ ወዳድ ያልሆነ የመንፈሳዊ ማንነት እና ምንነት ዛሬ በግልጽ ታይቷል።

የአውሬውን ዓለም ለመከተል የወሰነው ጠላትና የኢትዮጵያዊነትን ክብር፣ ፀጋና በረከት የተነጠቀው አህዛባዊውን የስጋ ማንነትንና ምንነትን የመረጠው ወገናችን ይሄንን በውስጡ በደንብ ስለሚያውቅ፤ “በትግራዋይ ላይ የፈለግኩትን ያህል ግፍ ብሰራ እንኳን፤ ደጎች ናቸውና ልክ እንደ አባቶቼ ዘመን ይቅርታን እና እርቅን በቀላሉ በድጋሚ አገኛለሁ” በሚል እባባዊ አካሄዱ ፈሪሃ እግዚአብሔር የሌለው ከንቱ ወገን መሆኑን አረጋግጧል፤ ላለፉት ሰባት ወራት፣ ላለፉት መቶ ሰላሳ ዓመታት ኦሮማራዎች በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ለፈጸሙትና ንስሐ ለመግባት ፈቃደኝነትን ያላሳዩበትን ግፍ ተበቃዩ አምላካችን አሁን ዝም ብሎ እንደማይልፍላቸው ለመገንዘብ እንኳን ተስኗቸዋል። ልባቸው ጨልሟልና!

አዎ! ዛሬ ፺/ 90% የሚሆነው “አማራ ነኝ” የሚለው ወገን እና ፺፭/95% ኦሮሞዎች ልባቸው ስለጨለመ፤ ማርያማዊ የሆነውን የትግራይ እናቶችን ደግነት፣ ርህራሄ እና ይቅር ባይነት ልክ እንደ ቃኤል እና እስማኤል በቅናት መንፈስ ነው የሚያዩት። ይህ ቅናታዊ እርኩስ መንፈስ የፈጠረው መርዝ ነው ልባቸውን ያጨለመው፤ በጥልቁ ውስጣቸው እግዚአብሔር አምላክን ስለካዱት ዲቃላነታቸው ወይንም የስጋ ማንነታቸውን ምንነታቸው ስላሸነፋቸው ነው የመንፈስ ማንነትና ምንነት ያላቸውን የትግራይን ኢትዮጵያውያን ለመበደል፣ ለመጨፍጨፍ ብሎም “ከምድረ ገጽ ለማጥፋት” ከፍተኛ የጥላቻ ወኔ ይዘው ወደ ትግራይ የዘመቱት።

👉 ዛሬ፡ ክርስቲያን እና ኢትዮጵያውያን አይደለንም በሚሉት ላይ ስለተፈረደባቸው ምንም ማብራሪያ አያስፈልገውም፤ በሌላ በኩል ግን “ኢትዮጵያዊ ነን፣ ክርስቲያን ነን” የሚሉትንና ፺/ 90% የሚሆኑትን አማራዎች የሚከተለው የሐዋርያው ቅዱስ ጳውሎስ መልዕክት በደንብ ይገልጸዋል፤ ድንቅ ነው! ወዴት እያመሩ እንደሆነ እንየው፤

✞✞✞[ወደ ሮሜ ሰዎች ምዕራፍ ፩]✞✞✞

፲፯ ጻድቅ በእምነት ይኖራል ተብሎ እንደ ተጻፈ የእግዚአብሔር ጽድቅ ከእምነት ወደ እምነት በእርሱ ይገለጣልና።

፲፰ እውነትን በዓመፃ በሚከለክሉ ሰዎች በኃጢአተኝነታቸውና በዓመፃቸው ሁሉ ላይ የእግዚአብሔር ቍጣ ከሰማይ ይገለጣልና፤

፲፱ እግዚአብሔር ስለ ገለጠላቸው፥ ስለ እግዚአብሔር ሊታወቅ የሚቻለው በእነርሱ ዘንድ ግልጥ ነውና።

፳፩ የማይታየው ባሕርይ እርሱም የዘላለም ኃይሉ ደግሞም አምላክነቱ ከዓለም ፍጥረት ጀምሮ ከተሠሩት ታውቆ ግልጥ ሆኖ ይታያልና፤ ስለዚህም እግዚአብሔርን እያወቁ እንደ እግዚአብሔርነቱ መጠን ስላላከበሩትና ስላላመሰገኑት የሚያመካኙት አጡ፤ ነገር ግን በአሳባቸው ከንቱ ሆኑ የማያስተውለውም ልባቸው ጨለመ።

፳፪ ጥበበኞች ነን ሲሉ ደንቆሮ ሆኑ፥

፳፫ የማይጠፋውንም የእግዚአብሔር ክብር በሚጠፋ ሰውና በወፎች አራት እግር ባላቸውም በሚንቀሳቀሱትም መልክ መስለው ለወጡ።

፳፬ ስለዚህ እርስ በርሳቸው ሥጋቸውን ሊያዋርዱ እግዚአብሔር በልባቸው ፍትወት ወደ ርኵስነት አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው፤

፳፭ ይህም የእግዚአብሔርን እውነት በውሸት ስለ ለወጡ በፈጣሪም ፈንታ የተፈጠረውን ስላመለኩና ስላገለገሉ ነው፤ እርሱም ለዘላለም የተባረከ ነው፤ አሜን።

፳፮ ስለዚህ እግዚአብሔር ለሚያስነውር ምኞት አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው፤ ሴቶቻቸውም ለባሕርያቸው የሚገባውን ሥራ ለባሕርያቸው በማይገባው ለወጡ፤

፳፯ እንዲሁም ወንዶች ደግሞ ለባሕርያቸው የሚገባውን ሴቶችን መገናኘት ትተው እርስ በርሳቸው በፍትወታቸው ተቃጠሉ፤ ወንዶችም በወንዶች ነውር አድርገው በስሕተታቸው የሚገባውን ብድራት በራሳቸው ተቀበሉ።

፳፰ እግዚአብሔርን ለማወቅ ባልወደዱት መጠን እግዚአብሔር የማይገባውን ያደርጉ ዘንድ ለማይረባ አእምሮ አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው፤

፳፱ ዓመፃ ሁሉ፥ ግፍ፥ መመኘት፥ ክፋት ሞላባቸው፤ ቅናትን፥ ነፍስ መግደልን፥ ክርክርን፥ ተንኰልን፥ ክፉ ጠባይን ተሞሉ፤ የሚያሾከሹኩ፥

ሐሜተኞች፥ አምላክን የሚጠሉ፥ የሚያንገላቱ፥ ትዕቢተኞች፥ ትምክህተኞች፥ ክፋትን የሚፈላለጉ፥ ለወላጆቻቸው የማይታዘዙ፥

፴፩ የማያስተውሉ፥ ውል የሚያፈርሱ፥ ፍቅር የሌላቸው፥ ምሕረት ያጡ ናቸው፤

፴፪ እንደነዚህ ለሚያደርጉት ሞት ይገባቸዋል የሚለውን የእግዚአብሔርን ሕግ እያወቁ እነዚህን ከሚያደርጉ ጋር ይስማማሉ እንጂ አድራጊዎች ብቻ አይደሉም።

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#TogogaMassacre | ‘Like A Hell’: Survivors Recall Aftermath of Airstrike by Ethiopia’s Military

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 27, 2021

Most of the victims were women and children, said a doctor

❖ The military said the airstrike targeted Tigray fighters dressed in civilian clothes who had gathered to celebrate Martyrs’ Day

Maerg was serving customers at his cafe in Ethiopia’s Tigray village of Togoga when the military airstrike occurred, filling the room with dust and bringing down debris that struck him on the head.

Everything was covered in black smoke, it was like a hell,” he told The Associated Press by phone, recounting one of the deadliest attacks in the Tigray conflict. “There was so much blood.”

Seven people were killed in his cafe alone, and some 30 were wounded, including his sister-in-law, who suffered burns on her face, hands and legs. Outside, he said, he saw dozens of more bodies. As time passed, he watched in horror as survivors realised that Ethiopian soldiers were blocking medical aid from arriving.

“We feel very angry because a lot of lives could have been saved,” he said.

Such witness accounts are emerging after Ethiopia’s military has said it was responsible for the airstrike that struck Togoga’s busy marketplace on Tuesday, which health officials said killed at least 64 people and injured dozens more. Many died when soldiers blocked medical teams from reaching them, or from taking them to hospitals in the regional capital, Mekele, just 60 km (37 miles) away, health workers said.

The military said the airstrike targeted Tigray fighters dressed in civilian clothes who had gathered to celebrate Martyrs’ Day. But witnesses told the AP that although fighters loyal to Tigray’s former leaders had been active in the surrounding countryside days before the airstrike, armed men were not in Togoga on the day of the attack.

Most of the victims were women and children, said a doctor who treated people at the scene.

In a war that has been largely fought in the shadows, with communications and transport links often cut since fighting in Tigray began in November, the airstrike in Togoga was a rare instance of a massacre emerging almost immediately. Within minutes, one former resident had tweeted the news. Within hours, there was international condemnation.

“Reprehensible,” the United States said, as it, the United Nations and the European Union again called for a cease-fire in Tigray, where thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands now face the world’s worst famine in a decade.

Shaken survivors of the airstrike challenged the Ethiopian government’s narrative, saying only civilians had been killed.

“There were not any fighters in the marketplace, just rural people who had arrived for the market,” said Luel, a farmer who was buying clothes there when the earth shook and his leg was broken by the blast. He said he saw “around 60″ bodies on the ground. As with others interviewed, the AP is using only his first name for his safety.

Habtay, who also was shopping in the market, also said no fighters were present. He suffered a shrapnel wound to his stomach but couldn’t reach a hospital until Thursday, two days after the bombing.

“Everything was covered in dust and smoke,” he said. Helpless, he watched some survivors try to give each other first aid.

Medical care would not reach people for hours, even more than a day. Health workers told the AP they were repeatedly denied access to the Togoga by Ethiopian soldiers on the day of the attack and the following morning. One doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said soldiers shot at his ambulance when it tried to pass a checkpoint.

Yohannes, a farmer hit in the chest by a bomb fragment, said a convoy of four ambulances attempting to evacuate him and other patients to hospitals in Mekele was blocked by soldiers and ordered back to Togoga. One patient died after returning to the village, he said.

Even after reaching Mekele, six wounded survivors of the airstrike were detained en route to a hospital, a regional health official said, on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Three were later released, but the others, including a teenage boy, were held at a military barracks, the official, who described the situation as “very desperate.” It was not clear why they were detained.

The airstrike occurred at a pivotal moment in Ethiopia, a day after much of the country voted in a national election that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has promoted as part of political reforms.

But the war in Tigray, sparked in part because the national election was delayed last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has overshadowed the vote. The election itself has drawn criticism by the US and other observers who pointed to the detention or harassment of some opposition figures and deadly insecurity in parts of the country.

Ethiopia, with the airstrike, again finds itself on the defensive. It has disputed allegations that its troops have committed widespread human rights violations in Tigray — though the UN has said all sides in the war have committed them — and it asserts that aid has reached 5.2 million people in the region of 6 million.

The murder of three Doctors Without Borders staffers, announced by the aid group on Friday, brought a new round of condemnation of the atrocities in Tigray. It was not immediately clear who killed them.

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Ethiopian Aircraft ‘Struck by Lightning’ in Togo (Togoga), Voodoo Elders Tried to Cleanse it of Evil Spirits

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 27, 2021

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

💭ቶጎ – ቶጎጋ

መለኮታዊ ጣልቃ ገብነት ለቶጎጋው ጭፍጨፋ?

😈 የቩዱ አምልኮ አባ ገዳዮች፤ አውሮፕላኑ በመብረቅ የተመታው “በክፉ መናፍስት ስለቆሸሸ ነው!”

የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ አውሮፕላን በቶጎ ዋና ከተማ በሎሜ ለማረፍ ሲያሽኮቦክብ በመብረቅ በመመታቱ የተደናገጡት የቶጎ ባለሥልጣናት በአካባቢው ያሉትን ባህላዊ መሪዎች “(አባ ገዳዮች) አውሮፕላኑን ከክፉ መናፍስት ለማፅዳት” ሥነ ሥርዓቶችን እንዲያካሂዱ ጋብዘዋቸዋል።

ዋው!

ቩዱ

ዋቄዮአላህ

አቴቴ

😈 ክፉ መናፍስት 😈

ኢትዮጵያ ተጠልፋለች! ኢትዮጵያን አዋረዷት! የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ መገለጫዋ ነው!

ይሄ እኮ ሌላ ትልቅ ማስጠንቀቂያ ነው! በአባ ገዳዮች መናኽሪያ በሆራ/ደብረ ዘይት በጂኒው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ እንዲከሰከስ የተደረገውን የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ አውሮፕላን እናስታውስ።

ይሄ እኮ ትልቅ ማስጠንቀቂያ ነው! አምና ዘንዶው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ የዓለማችን ብቸኛው የኮሮና ቫይረስ አመላላሽ አየር መንገድ እንዲሆን አስገደደው፤ አሁን ደግሞ የዓለም አቀፍ ሕግን በመጣስ አየር መንገዱ የዋቄዮአላህ ወታደሮችን ለጭፍጨፋ ወደ ትግራይ ሲያመላልስ ታይቷል።

ከሁለት ዓመታት በፊት፤ እንዲያውም ልክ ዶ/ር ቴዎድሮስ አድሃኖም የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ዋና ኃላፊ ሆነው ሲመረጡ ይህን ማውሳቴን አስታውሳለሁ። “ሉሲፈራውያኑ እነዚህን ትግራዋይ ለተንኮል ነው ቁልፍ በሆኑ ቦታዎች ላይ ያስቀመጧቸውና ባካችሁ የትግራይ ልጆች ከስልጣናቸው እንዲወርዱ ገፋፏቸው” ብዬ ነበር።

አውሮፓ የኮሮና ክትባቱን ከለከለች | ኢትዮጵያውያን ግን በሰልፍ እየተወጉ ነው“ | 666 ስለ ጽዮን ዝም ላሉት?”

ሁሉንም መጥፎ ነገር በትግራውያን ላይ ለማላከክ ታቅዷልና ትግራዋይ ወገኖቻችን እነዚህን የትግራይ ተወላጅ ግለሰቦች ከስልጣን አውርዷቸው” ለማለት ከዓመት በፊት ደፍረን ነበር፦

አቡነ ማትያስን

/ር ቴዎድሮስ አድሃኖምን

/ር ሊያ ታደስን

አቶ ተወልደ ገብረ ማርያምን

Ethiopian Airlines B787 Dreamliner aircraft has reportedly been hit by thunder lightning in Togolese capital Lome on approach to landing.

In a dramatic twist of events, authorities in Togo have invited traditional leaders in the area to perform rituals “to cleanse the aircraft of evil spirits”.

Photos circulated on social Saturday evening show a group of people dressed in traditional attires and walking right in a grounded aircraft without vetting crew at the entrance, an indication that no normal onboarding was taking place.

Verification and fact-checking tool showed that the photos were obtained and posted on Twitter Friday by Patrick Koluyu, a humanitarian actor in the township of Edison in New Jersey, the United States.

Hilarious comments

The incident which was supposed to attract sympathy has sparked hilarious reactions from netizens who reacted particularly in the aspect of involving the so-called traditional authorities in the scene.

“Someone said, Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso have the largest population of traditional African religious persons. In Burkina Faso they make about 60 percent of the population, then Muslims and Christians. So it’s not about the lightning conductor. It’s about prevailing beliefs,” another user wrote.

“I see it’s the evil spirits! Now we know why the Ethiopian Airlines has been transporting weapons and the forces of the fascist regimes of Ethiopia and Eritrea to commit the ongoing Tieggraii Genocide,” reads a reaction from another user.

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Up to 900,000 in Ethiopia’s Tigray Face Famine | This is What The Luciferians Want to See

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 26, 2021

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

❖ “የእግዚአብሔር መልአክ ገብርኤል በሚፈሩት ሰዎች ዙሪያ ይሰፍራል ፥ ያድናቸውማል”

💭 My Note: All of a sudden huge battle breaks out ? Where is Isaias Afewerki’s army? What’s going on?

Is the UN behind this evil Prime Minister and his genocidal war against Tigrayans? Is it part of the UN-Agenda 21- to control the world & “reduce” human population? Reducing the young population of Ethiopia via endless civil wars, the aging population via disease and famine? Are the UN & Co. Ready to intervene now their Nobel Peace Laureate is losing the battle? Do they want to come to his rescue?

It looks a though, all sides are working together to exterminate ancient Christians of Tigray.

They are all working together to exterminate ancient Christians of Tigray. We don’t trust anyone, except The Almighty Egziabher!

💭 Last week, the EU Envoy to Ethiopia, Finland Foreign Minster Pekka Haavisto told us everything:

“..when I met the Ethiopian Leadership😈 in February they used this kind of language, that they are going to destroy the Tigrayans, they are going to wipe out..”

The United States estimates that up to 900,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region now face famine conditions amid a deadly conflict, even as the prime minister says there is “no hunger” there.

The hunger crisis in Tigray is the world’s worst in a decade, and the new famine findings are “terrifying,” the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, said Friday, adding that millions more people are at risk.

The new estimate more than doubles the warning issued earlier this month by the United Nations and aid groups that more than 350,000 people face famine conditions in Tigray.

Even as scattered reports emerge of people starving to death, the real number of people facing famine conditions is unknown because active fighting and access restrictions keep aid workers from reaching all parts of the region of 6 million people.

“Conditions will worsen in the coming months, particularly as Tigray enters the July-to-September lean season, unless humanitarian assistance reaches the populations most in need,” the new USAID analysis says.

This is forced starvation, Tigray residents and some observers have said. Witnesses have described being blocked by Ethiopian soldiers, backed by soldiers from neighboring Eritrea, from planting their fields or having their crops looted or burned since the conflict erupted in November.

Ethiopia’s government says it has delivered food aid to millions of people in Tigray even as its troops pursue the region’s former leaders after political tensions exploded into war.

But Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019, in an interview aired this week with a state-affiliated network expressed concern that outside aid to Tigray might end up supporting the Tigray fighters, recalling a similar situation during Ethiopia’s devastating famine in the 1980s. Such a situation can’t happen again, he said.

“There is no hunger in Tigray,” the prime minister told the BBC this week.

“This is false,” Power’s tweet said Friday.

The new famine warning adds to pressure on Ethiopia’s government for a cease-fire, especially after an Ethiopian military airstrike this week on a busy market in Tigray killed at least 64 people and the aid group Doctors Without Borders on Friday said three staffers had been murdered in the region.

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Tigrayan Fighters Enter Addis Ababa | የትግራይ ተዋጊዎች አዲስ አበባ ገቡ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 26, 2021

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

የእግዚአብሔር መልአክ ገብርኤል በሚፈሩት ሰዎች ዙሪያ ይሰፍራል ፥ ያድናቸውማል”

Addis Ababa – Tigrayan Rebel fighters consolidate their control of Addis Ababa after defeating Mengistu Haliemargovernment troops, 28 May 1991

Thirty years ago, I saw the rebels take Addis Ababa

I was the only foreign correspondent there, and it was the best day of my life

The evening before the assault on Addis Ababa, my guide Girmay and I ventured into a complex stuffed with bombs, bullets and missiles that must have been boobytrapped. A few minutes into taking photos, I heard detonations, and a bunker on the hill above us exploded. We dashed away as the rumbles and bangs behind us gathered in fury and then the earth burst in an eruption of fire, sending a mushroom cloud into the sky. As we ran, rockets and shells rained down on all sides, shrapnel and earth bursting in plumes. We took cover in a dry riverbed and I worked my way through a packet of cigarettes while the ground shook under the relentless explosions until dusk, when we raced madly across plowed fields until we reached safety.

I’m thinking about this now because it’s 30 years to the day since it happened. Girmay was a young Tigrayan rebel officer and I was a foreign correspondent. That night, together with our posse of guerrilla bodyguards, we joined a column of Russian-made rebel tanks thundering towards Addis, entering the city as dawn broke with gunfire and booms of heavy guns. When the column got held up in a traffic jam of blasting tanks I jumped down off our T-54 and asked a shopkeeper if I could use her phone. Finally, I was able to get a call through to my bureau chief, Jonathan Clayton, who was barricaded behind his Hilton hotel room door in town, but ready to take down reams of color copy.

Rolling into the city center with the din of battle all around, we glimpsed a crowd pulling down a giant statue of Lenin. Then our tank roared up to the palace, caterpillar tracks smashing down the iron gates, and everybody cheering with sheer Adrenalin and delight.

Girmay and I jumped down from the tank in clouds of diesel smoke, followed by our teenage bodyguards. Fighting in the palace grounds was still going on as we made our way past a cage inhabited by a starving lion and the latrines down which, we later discovered, the emaciated corpse of Emperor Haile Selassie had been stuffed during the communist revolution 16 years before. At last we found the dictator Mengistu’s inner sanctum. On the walls were pictures of Lenin and snaps of Mengistu and Fidel Castro together, grinning. There was a conference table and red leather chairs embossed with gold hammers and sickles. On the desk, a Lenin paperweight, a lighter inscribed by North Korea’s Kim Il-sung and Bob Marley’s Exodus LP. In the drawers, various drugs, condoms and the supreme leader’s business cards.

Later, I made my way to the Hilton. In the hotel bathroom, I saw myself in the mirror for the first time in weeks, and a sunken- cheeked, dirty, hair-covered face with staring eyes and parched lips looked back at me. On the road to Addis I had drafted my piece a thousand times in my head and now I had it in my grasp, as the only foreign correspondent to have accompanied a 100,000-strong guerrilla army during the capture of a city, I was tongue-tied, unable to write a word. Somehow I cranked it out and after that, Girmay and I went to buy half a cow’s carcass and fed it to that neglected and starving palace lion.

It was the best day of my life. I had traveled a thousand miles and seen two months of fighting in the deserts and stunning mountain landscapes of northern Ethiopia. The London Evening Standard splashed our story on the front page that night: ‘I SEE THE REBELS TAKE ADDIS ABABA — Reuters man rides in with tank convoy’.

Yeees, Dad, we’ve heard that story before,’ say my children when I go over it yet again. I am grateful to have been there to witness such events, even though after too many years of it one comes unstuck for a time. And I’m left for ever with my thoughts of Girmay, whose lovely country is now being destroyed by yet another conflict. And I remember my news colleagues, alive and dead. Just in our one Nairobi Reuters team over the years, we lost John, Dan, Hos, Anthony, Mo, Brian, Shafi and Victor. Then a few weeks ago Francis Gaitho, the engineer who used to make all our technology work so that we could flatten the opposition with scoops during the battle for Addis, went too. It had been too long since we had our last Tusker beer in Nairobi.

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My Note: Today, TDF should not repeat the same mistake they did back then. Enough is enough! Everything should be made in favor of Axumites – that good-for-nothing ‘Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ ideological game is over. Take care of your people first – protect Tigrayan Ethiopians first. Now, Tigrayans should not allow the war criminal Abiy Ahmed Ali to escape like Mengistu. Until Tigrayans march towards Addis Ababa to overthrow the fascist Oromo regime of cruel Abiy Ahmed Ali, arrest his gangs who are involved in the #TigrayGenocide – there will be neither victory nor celebration. The spiritual, psychological and societal injuries and pains Tigrayans had to endure is immense! Tha Oromos and Amharas will repay the proceeds of their notorious and unforgettable Crimes.

ዛሬ ፣ የትግራይ አርበኞች ያኔ በደርግ ጊዜ ያደረጉትን ተመሳሳይ ስህተት መድገም የለባቸውም። አሁንስ በቃ! በቃ! ለአክሱማውያን ድጋፍ ሁሉም ነገር መደረግ አለበት ፥ ያ ለምንም የማይጠቅመውና ከንቱው፤ ‘የብሔሮች ፣ ብሔረሰቦችና ሕዝቦች’ የርዕዮተ ዓለም ጨዋታ ጊዜ አብቅቷል፡፡ መጀመሪያ ህዝባቸውን መንከባከብ አለባቸው ፥ መጀመሪያ ትግራዋይ ኢትዮጵያዊያንን ይጠብቁ፡፡ አሁን የትግራይ ተወላጆች የጦር ወንጀለኛው አብይ አህመድ አሊ እንደ መንግስቱ እንዲያመልጥ መፍቀድ የለባቸውም። የትግራይ ተወላጆች ጨካኝ የሆነውን የአብይ አህመድ አሊ ፋሺስታዊ የኦሮሞን አገዛዝ ለመጣል ወደ አዲስ አበባ አምርተው በትግራይ የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል ውስጥ የተሳተፉ ቡድኖቹን መያዝና ለፍርድ ማቅረብ አለባቸው፤ አልያ ድልም ሆነ በዓል አይኖርም። ትግራዋይያን መቋቋም የነበረባቸው መንፈሳዊ ፣ ስነልቦናዊ እና ህብረተሰብአዊ ጉዳቶች እና ህመሞች እጅግ በጣም ከባድ ናቸው። ኦሮሞዎች እና አማሮች ለሰሯቸው በጣም አሰቃቂ ግፎች እና የማይረሱ ወንጀሎቻቸው ከፍተኛ ዋጋ ይከፍሉ ዘንድ ግድ ነው

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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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