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Christian Solidarity Worldwide Calls for Action on Genocide on Holocaust Memorial Day

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 27, 2021

የዓለም አቀፍ ክርስቲያኖች አንድነት ተቋም በጅምላ ጭፍጨፋ መታሰቢያ ቀን የዘር ማጥፋት ወንጀል ላይ ትግራይ ኢትዮጵያን በመጥቀስ እርምጃ እንዲወሰድ ጥሪ ያቀርባል።

As the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) calls for swift intervention in current situations where atrocity crimes may currently be underway.

Signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention) are under an obligation to take measures to prevent and to punish this crime. However, indicators of genocide and other atrocity crimes are rarely addressed in a timely manner, as attempts to do so become mired in international politics, resulting in a failure to protect vulnerable communities.

there are indications that atrocity crimes may be underway in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where a violent conflict has been ongoing since November between the Ethiopian authorities and the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF), formerly the regional authorities. The Ethiopian authorities, whose forces are fighting alongside soldiers from Eritrea and Somalia and a militia the Amhara region, claim they are only targeting the Tigrayan leadership and its forces. However, over the course of the conflict, egregious human rights violations have been reported, including mass rape, extrajudicial killings of men and boys in particular, extensive looting and the indiscriminate bombing of homes, churches, mosques, educational establishments, and other civilian structures.

A particularly egregious example of the violations underway in Tigray is the reported massacre, allegedly by Eritrean forces, of around 750 people at the Maryam Zion Church in Axum, which is believed to house the biblical Arc of the Covenant. While details surrounding these extrajudicial killings have been slow to emerge, it is currently alleged that the victims were attempting to protect the Arc from government-allied militia from the Amhara ethnic group, who sought to relocate it to their region. Tigray is home to several world heritage sites, and the massacre occurred against the backdrop of extensive looting of ancient religious manuscripts and objects.

The Eritrean government stands accused of committing crimes against humanity since 1991. In a joint letter issued in November 2020 to various officials of the United Nations (UN) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, CSW and eight other organizations had raised concerns regarding the presence of thousands of Eritrean troops in Tigray, which posed a serious threat to the wellbeing of Eritrean refugees in the region. The letter also highlighted concerning reports of refugees being forcibly returned to Eritrea in an appalling violation of international law and humanitarian norms.

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ዛሬውኑ መታሰር ያለበት አረመኔው ግራኝ | ትግራይ ውስጥ ንጹሐን የሉም፣ ቢራቡም እሰይ! ኦሮሚያን ግድ አይሰጣትም!

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 23, 2021

ይህ አውሬ በአክሱም ጽዮን ብቻ ሺህ የሚሆኑ ምዕመናንን በአሰቃቂ ሁኔታ ጨፍጭፎ፣ ስለ ምርጫ ያስባል እንዴ? አለመታደል ሆኖ የወደቀ ደካማ ትውልድ ስላለን እንጂ፤ በየትኛውም ሃገር ይህ ወንጀለኛ ባፋጣኝ ታስሮ ይረሸን ነበር። አሃ “ትግራይን ማስገንጠል ነበር የፈለግነው ተሳክቶልናል፤ ስለዚህ ጭፍጨፋውን ቀጥለን ዘወር እንላለን፤ እኛ “ኦሮሚያ” የተባለች ሌላ ሃገር ስለምንቆረቁር ምንም አንሆንም” ነው ነገሩ። ማናባክ የሰጠህ ኦሮሚያ ነው?! በባቢሎን ዱባይ ቪላ ሰርተሃል አሉ፤ አይይ፤ የትም አታመልጣትም፤ ታድነህ እንደ ሽንኩርት የምትከታተፍበት ጊዜ ሩቅ አይደለም፤ አብቅቷል፤ ተፈርዶብሃል! ቆሻሻ!

ቴዲ ፻/100% ትክክል ነው። ሁሉም የእንጭጩ አውሬ አነጋገር “የትግሬ ንጹሐን የሉም፣ መራብና መገደል ሲያንሳቸው ነው፣ ትግራይ የኦሮሙማ ኢትዮጵያ አካል አይደለችም፣” የሚል የአማርኛ ትርጉም ነው የሚሰጠው። መጨረሻ ላይ ረሃብን አስመልክቶ ባልከው ላይ ላክልበትና “ረሃብ በኢትዮጵያ የለም!” ማለታቸውም “ይራቡ ይገባቸዋል!” ብቻ ሳይሆን ለማለት የፈለጉት፤ “ትግራይ ኢትዮጵያ አይደለችም” ማለታቸውም ነው። ለዚህም እኮ ብዙ የትግራይ ተወላጆች ባሁኑ ሰዓት “ትግራይ ኢትዮጵያ አይደለችም!” የሚለውን እንጭጭ አቋማቸውን እንደ ማስረጃ ወስደው ሊከራከሩበት ነው። ዛሬ ትግራይ ልክ በአሜሪካ እንደተወረረችው ሶማሊያ፣ ኢራቅ ወይም አፍጋኒስታን ናት፣ “የፀረ-ሽብር ዘመቻ እያካሄድን ነው” ሊሉን ነው። ኦሮሙማው የኢትዮ360 “ተንታኝ” ኤርሚያስ ለገሰ ዛሬም ደግሞ ደጋግሞ “ህወሃት በሽብርተኝነት መፈረጅ አለባት” የሚለው ለዚህ ነው። በነገራችን ላይ ከብል ‘ጽ’ግና እና ሌሎች የኦሮሞዎች ፓርቲዎች ጋር ሲነጻጸር ህወሃት ማህበረ ቅዱሳን ነው። ሃውዜን ላይ ሦስት ሽህ ንጹሐን ትግሬ ወገኖቻችንን በተዋጊ የጨፈጨፈው የደርጉ ለገሰ አስፋው ምንም ሳይሆን ከሁለት ዓመታት በፊት ከረባቱን አስሮ በቅድስት ሥላሴ ቤተ ክርስቲያን በክብር ተቀብሯል፣ አውሬው መንግስቱም ሦስት ልጆቹን ለዶክተርነት አብቅቶ በሃራሬ ይንደላቀቃል። ይህ ነው የሚባል ወንጀል ያልሰሩትና ግራኝን ከድህነት አውጥተው ያሳደጉት፣ ያስተማሩትና ስልጣን የሰጡት እነ አቶ ስዩም መስፍን ግን እንደ ጥንቸል ታድነው ከተገደሉ በኋላ ፎቶዎቻቸው የማህበረሰብ ሜዲያ መሳለቂያ እንዲሆን አድርጓል። ታዲያ ማን ማንን በሽበርተኝነት ይፍረድ እያሉን ነው በአህዛብ መንፈስ ሥር የወደቁት ግብዞቹና አቋምና- መርህ-የለሾቹ እነ ኤርሚያስ ለገሰና ሃብታሙ አያሌው? ወይንስ አብያቸውን እንዳይደፉባቸው ስለሰጉ?

አህመድ፣ ሞፈሪያት ሙፍቲ (ሁሉም አህዛብ መሆናቸውን አንርሳ) እርስበርስ የሚቃረኑት ሆን ብለውና በስልት ነው። እነዚህ ወንጀለኞች ይህን ተናገሩ አልተናገሩ በዚህ ሰዓት ኢሬሌቫንት ነው፤ ሁሉም ባፋጣኝ መጠረግ አለባቸው። ቆሻሻው አብዮት አህመድና መንጋው እንጭጭ ቢሆኑ የሚሠሩትን ሥራ፣ የሚያራምዱትን ዕቅድ ሁሉ አንድ በአንድ በማስተገበር ላይ ናቸው። እኛን በይበልጥ ሊያሳስበንና ሊያስቆጣን የሚገባው የአማራዎችና ትግሬዎች ዕቅድ-የለሽ፣ ብስለት የጎደለውና አርቆ አሳቢ ያልሆነ እንጭጭነት ነው።

እስኪ እንመልከተው፤ ኦሮሞዎቹ ከአማራውም፣ ከትግሬውም ከደቡቡም፣ ከጉራጌውም፣ ከኢሳያስም ጋር በግራና በቀኝ አብረው እየሠሩ ነው። ቀንደኛውን ኦሮሙማ ዘንዶ አብዮት አህመድን እንውሰድ፣ ግራኝን ትግሬዎች ቀልበው አሳደጉት፣ ለዘመዶቹ የኢትዮጵያን ግማሽ ግዛት ቆርሰው ሰጡት፣ በደንብ አጠንክረው ካሳደጉት በኋላ፣ ታንኩንም፣ ባንኩንም፣ ተዋጊ አውሮፕላኑንም አስረክበው ወደ ትግራይ ዋሻቸው አንድም ጥይት ሳይተኩሱ ተመለሱ፣ በሁለት ዓመታት ውስጥ ከአቶ ተወልደ ጋር (አውሮፕላኑ ላይ ተንኮል ቢሰራ ከሚል ስጋት) ትግራይን አቋርጦ በመብረር ወደ አስመራ ብዙ ጊዜ ተመላለስ፤ ከዚያም ጡት አጥብተው ያሳደጉትንና ምስጢራቸውን እንደ ክፍት መጽሐፍ ገልጠው ያሳዩትን ትግሬዎችን ሊጨፈጭፋቸው፣ ሊያሳድዳቸውና ሊያስርባቸው ተመልሶ መጣ። ብዙም ሳይቆይ የአማራን መሬት ለሱዳን ሰጣት፤ የትግሬ ነገር ብቻ ሲሆን ከእንቅልፉ የሚነቃው አማራው ያው እስካሁን “ምን አገባኝ!?” ብሎ ጸጥ ብሏል፤ መለስ ዜናዊን ግን ለሃያ ዓመታት “መሬታችንን ለሱዳን ሰጠብን” ብለው ሲጮሁና ዓለምን ሲያደነቁሯት ነበር። ግብዞች! አረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ ለወራሪዎቹ ኦሮሞ ተልዕኮ ሲል በአጥፍቶ ጠፊ መንፈስ እራሱን መስዋዕት በማድረግ የትግራይን ሕዝብ ጨፍጭፎ ለመጨረስ ቆርጦ ተነስቷል፣ ዓለምም ሁሉም ነገር እስከሚገባደድ ድረስ የማስጠንቀቂያ መግለጫ ከማውጣት በቀር ምንም እንደማታደርግ ያውቃል፤ የሸለሙትም ለዚህ ነበር፣ ዛሬ የተደበቀውው ለዚህ ነው።

እኔ የማዝነው ግን ይህ አውሬ ትግራዋያን የሚጨፈጨፈው እሱው፣ ሱዳን ኢትዮጵያን እንድታጠቃ የፈቀደውና ያዘዘው እሱው ታዲያ ትግሬ ወገኖቼ “እኛ ከሱዳን ጎን ነን!” ማለታቸው “ከገዳያችን ከአብዮት አህመድ ጎን ነን” እንደማለት አይሆንባቸውምን? እየተፈጸመው ባለው ግፍና ሰቆቃ ስሜታዊ ቢሆኑ ይገባኛል፤ ግን ሰፋ አድርገውና አርቀው ማሰብ አለባቸው እኮ! ልክ አማራው “በለው ግደለው!” እያለ ከወንጀለኛው የአህዛብ (ሰ) አራዊት ጎን እንደቆመው ትግሬውም ሱዳንን ሲደግፍ ከዚሁ የግራኝ አህዛብ (ሰ) አራዊት ጎን እየቆመ እኮ ነው! ቢጫና ቀዩን የቻይና ባለ አምስት ማዕዘን (ፔንታግራም ) ኮከብ ባንዲራ “ትግራይ! ትግራይ!” እያሉ ሲያውለበልቡም አሁንም የሉሲፈራውያኑን ወኪል ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድን እያጠናከሩትና እያስደሰቱት እኮ ነው። አውሬው የሚፈልገው በተለይ የኢትዮጵያ የጀርባ አጥንት የሆኑት ትግራይ ኢትዮጵያውያን ማንነታቸውንና ምንነታቸውን እንዲክዱና ሰሜናውያኑ አቅመ-ቢስ የአረቦች መጫወቻዎች እንዲሆኑ ማድረግ እኮ ነው! እስኪ ተመልከቱት “የውጭ ኃይል ይግባ! የተባበሩት መንግስታት ይግባ! ባይድን ይርዳን ወዘተ” ስንል እኮ ልክ እነ ግራኝና ሞግዚቶቹ የፈለጉት ወጥመድ ውስጥ እንድንገባ ተገድድን እኮ! ለማንኛውም አሁን አንገብጋቢው እና በጣም አጣዳፊ የሆነው ተግባር አብዮት አህመድን እና ኢሳያስን ባፋጣኝ መጠራረጉ ላይ ነው። የኢትዮጵያ ወደፊት ያሳስበኛል የምንል ከሆነ ብቸኛው መፍትሔ ይህ ነው! የግብጹ ፕሬዚደንት አል-ሲሲ ግብጽን ለማዳን መሀመድ ሙርሲን ባፋጣኝ መጥረግ ነበረበት። ግብጾች እንደ እኛ የዋሆች/ሞኞች አይደሉም ልባሞች ናቸው!

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የትግራይ ሕዝብ የብልጽግና እና የአጨብጫቢውን እርዳታ አይፈልግም፤ ትግራይን ባፋጣኝ ልቀቁ!

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 23, 2021

የትግራይ ሴቶች እየተደፈሩና ሕፃናት በረሃብ እያለቁ፤

☆ ወ/ሮ ሣህለ ወርቅ የት አሉ?

☆ ወ/ሮ ዝናሽ የት አሉ?

☆ ወ/ሮ ሞፈርያት የት አሉ?

☆ ወ/ሮ መዓዛ አሸናፊ የት አሉ?

☆ ወ/ሮ አዳነች አበቤ የት አሉ?

ጆ ባይደን በለጠባችሁ፡ እናንተ ግብዞች!?

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War in Tygray Destroys Human Lives and Important World Heritage

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 23, 2021

በጦርነት ቀጠናዎች ልምድ ያለው አንድ ምስክር፤ “በጦርነት ውስጥ እንደዚህ ያለ ኢሰብአዊነት አጋጥሞኝ አያውቅም” ብሏል።

A witness with experience in war zones spoke to people at the EEPA Knowledge Center and said that he had “never experienced such a degree of inhumanity.” In war”

Bombs recently opened a hole in one of the oldest mosques in the world. It is located in the Tygray region of Ethiopia, where a terrible war has been going on for more than two months. There are testimonies about possible war crimes, but also about the destruction and theft of important world heritage.

On Tuesday December 15, soldiers approached Maryam Zion Church in Axum, Tygray’s cultural capital. They were Ethiopian federal troops and Amharic militias. The church was packed. There were possibly a thousand people in and around the building.

The advancing soldiers caused a lot of commotion, also because the Maryam Zion Church is not just any church. It would, according to the Ethiopians, house the Biblical Ark of the Covenant. That Ark is a sacred chest in which the two stone plates with the Ten Commandments are kept. Only a monk, appointed as guardian, may see them.

The troops forced all people onto the square in front of the church. Then they opened fire on the crowd. According to witnesses, 750 people died. Although independent research groups could not yet verify that number, because they are still refused by the Ethiopian government.

The knowledge center Europe External Program with Africa (EEPA) reported several times about the confrontation in its situation reports on the region. A witness with experience in war zones spoke to people at the EEPA Knowledge Center and said that he had “never experienced such a degree of inhumanity.”

In war

The soldiers may have thought that members of the Tygray People’s Liberation Front were hiding in the Maryam Zion Church. When you are in a church and you are unarmed, you are normally safe in wartime. That this was not the case now is a break with the Ethiopian tradition and a dangerous situation, ‘ says Martin Plaut , journalist and Ethiopia expert.

Among the most important monuments in the city are obelisks up to 33 meters high, which are about 1700 years old.

Since November 4, the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies, supported by Amharic militias, have been fighting the Tygray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The conflict is creating a disastrous humanitarian situation in the region. Almost 60,000 Tigreans have already fled to neighboring Sudan. According to the United Nations, 2.3 million people, more than half of the population in the Tygray region, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Besides people, important heritage sites are also not spared the violence. The cultural capital of Tygray, Axum is the historical capital of the Axumite Empire. The archaeological sites in and around Axum are on the list of Unesco World Heritage.

The most important Axumite monuments in the city are the Steles, obelisks of up to 33 meters high that are about 1700 years old. They are a symbol of Ethiopian identity.

The EEPA has already reported heavy fighting in and around Axum. Due to the extremely scarce reports from Tygray, it remains to be seen to what extent these important heritage sites have been affected by the violence.

Worrying stories from Tygray

Abuna Yemata Guh Church, Gheralta, Tigray

News of the Aksum massacre did not reach the outside world until the beginning of January. After all, large parts of Tygray remain disconnected from the internet. In addition, the Ethiopian authorities still do not allow journalists into the region. Reports of possible war crimes and damage to infrastructure are growing, but these are difficult to verify.

“There are no reports that the Maryam Zion Church has been looted or destroyed,” says journalist Martin Plaut. ‘It is very difficult to find out exactly what is going on in the region. People literally have to walk hundreds of kilometers to tell their story. ‘

The little information that does become known comes from Tigreans who, usually on foot, reach Sudan or Mekele, the regional capital of the Tygray region. From there they can share photos, videos and their story with journalists or on social media. Most of the reports from the EEPA and most of the information about incidents in the area are based on these testimonials.

Al-Nejashi Mosque looted

A historic building that was certainly damaged is the Al-Nejashi Mosque. In recent weeks, outrage has arisen from the Ethiopian diaspora and the international Muslim community when reports and photos of damage to that historic mosque were circulated.

The Al-Nejashi is one of the oldest mosques in Africa. The EEPA reported on December 18 that the mosque was bombed and looted by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers. Several people were killed, also according to the knowledge center, because they wanted to stop the looting of the mosque.

Religion and Heritage in Ethiopia

Many Ethiopians are religious, faith is an important part of society. Atheism does exist, but it is often taboo. Ethiopia is home to many religious buildings and sites, often preserving relics and sacred pieces of great cultural importance.

According to the CIA’s World Factbook, Christianity is the largest religion in Ethiopia, with 43.8 percent Ethiopian Orthodox, 22.8 percent Protestants, and 0.7 percent Catholics. They are followed by Islam (31.3 percent of Ethiopians). There is also an old but small Jewish community.

The attack is said to have taken place on November 26. According to an article by the Middle East Eye news site, artifacts such as religious manuscripts, books and letters dating back to the seventh century were also stolen. An adjoining building containing the remains of followers of the Prophet Muhammad has also been damaged.

It was only after the photos of the destruction had been circulated that the Ethiopian government wanted to confirm that the destruction had taken place and promised to have the building restored.

Al Nejashi, the oldest mosque in Africa and a UNESCO inscribed Tygray’s world heritage, is destroyed by war criminals Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea and Abiy Ahmed Ali .

January 1, 2021

The government says it attacked the mosque after Tygray soldiers dug trenches around it. Apart from this statement, the further circumstances of the incident are not yet known. What is certain is that the conflict with this attack also affected one of Ethiopia’s most revered religious heritage sites.

Maryam Zion Church and Al Nejashi Mosque are the most sacred places for Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia respectively. According to journalist Martin Plaut, ‘the incidents surrounding these heritage sites are an important reason why journalists and media are not allowed to enter the region. That only happens when there is something to hide. ‘

Looting

Since the beginning of the recent war, the EEPA has been reporting serious looting in Tygray. Soldiers carry out raids: they clear homes (and even take windows and doors with them) and steal important cultural heritage from churches, mosques, monasteries and archaeological sites.

An important archaeological site of looting is the one in Yeha in the northeast of Tygray, fifty kilometers east of Aksum. There is the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia, the temple of Yeha. The temple is said to have been built around 700 BC. In addition, there is an Ethiopian Orthodox monastery in Yeha where ancient Ethiopian Christian writings are kept.

Witnesses say the church at the archaeological site of Yeha was looted by Eritrean troops, an EEPA situation report dated Dec. 31. The school in Yeha, where people took shelter, was also said to have been bombed. Nothing is known about victims. “There has been destruction or looting in Yeha, but it is not clear what exactly happened,” says Martin Plaut.

What exactly happened in Yeha is not known. But there are many reports of ritual books and other artifacts stolen from religious buildings, such as the Al-Nejashi Mosque. The chance that ancient writings in Yeha have been stolen or destroyed is real.

The role of neighboring Eritrea

According to witnesses, Eritrean troops play a key role in the looting of Tygray. “Before the war broke out, Eritrean trucks were stationed on the border with Tygray,” says Martin Plaut. ‘We didn’t know why. But recently there have been reports of trucks full of goods from Tygray leaving the region for warehouses in Eritrea. Local church leaders are asking not to buy any of those Tygray properties if they were to be sold. ‘

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