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Dr. Tedros: Sadly, in Tigray, Ethiopia People Are Suffering Due to One of The Longest Blockades in History

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 11, 2022

💭 የሚያሳዝነው ግን በትግራይ ኢትዮጵያ በዓለም ታሪክ ካሉት ለረጅም ጊዜ የቆዩ እገዳዎች አንዱ በሆነው ከበባ ምክንያት ሰዎች እየተሰቃዩ ነው። የኢትዮጵያ እና የኤርትራ መንግስታት ከበባውን ባፋጣኝ እንዲያቆሙና የምግብና መድኃኒት አቅርቦቶችን ወደ ክልሉ በመደበኛነት እና በዘላቂነት እንዲያመጡ እና ለሰላም እንዲሠሩ እጠይቃለሁ

💭 Seven weeks ago a truce was called but there are still no way nowhere near enough supplies getting into the region only one convoy of 17 trunks of humanitarian assistance crossed into Tigray last week carrying food and water and sanitation supplies. Current supplies of food are too little to sustain life.

The health system has collapsed, people are starving to death and it is intentional. Things are so bad that journalists can not even access the region, removing the world’s eyes to what’s happening.

I Ask The Ethiopian And Eritrean Governments To End The Siege Now get supplies into the region on a regular and sustainable basis and work for peace.

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WHO Chief Blames Racism For Greater Focus on Ukraine Than Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 14, 2022

💭 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says world ‘is not treating the human race the same way’ amid Tigray crisis

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has criticized the global community’s focus on the war in Ukraine, arguing that crises elsewhere, including in his home country of Ethiopia, are not being given equal consideration, possibly because the people affected are not white.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questioned whether “the world really gives equal attention to Black and white lives” given that ongoing emergencies in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria had garnered only a “fraction” of the concern for Ukraine.

Last month Tedros said there was “nowhere on Earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat” than Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Since a truce was declared in Tigray three weeks ago, about 2,000 trucks should have been able to bring food, medicines and other essentials to the conflict-ridden area, he said during a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday. Instead, only about 20 trucks had arrived, he said.

“As we speak, people are dying of starvation,” said Tedros, a former health minister in Ethiopia and an ethnic Tigrayan. “This is one of the longest and worst sieges by both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces in modern history.”

He acknowledged that the war in Ukraine was globally significant, but asked whether other crises were being accorded enough attention.

“I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way,” he said. “Some are more equal than others.”

Tedros described the situation in Tigray as tragic and said he “hopes the world comes back to its senses and treats all human life equally”.

He also criticised the media’s failure to document atrocities in Ethiopia, noting that people had been burned alive. “I don’t even know if that was taken seriously by the media,” he said.

💭 An example that confirms the validity of Dr. Tedros’ observation

1. Britain will fly many asylum seekers 4,000 miles to Rwanda under a landmark plan to ‘take back control of illegal immigration’. Ministers have struck a ‘world-first’ deal with the East African nation to host migrants – including those who come to Britain across the Channel – while their claims are considered by the Home Office.

2. Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme launches in UK

The government has launched its Homes for Ukraine site for those wanting to host a refugee, with 100,000 signing up within the first day.

Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove said the UK had a history of “supporting the most vulnerable during their darkest hours”.

He said there would be no limit to how many Ukrainians could enter the UK under the visa sponsorship scheme.

Each household housing a refugee will be offered £350 a month, tax-free.

‘Diabolical’ UK visa scheme nearly forced family back to Ukraine

A UK sponsor from the Homes for Ukraine scheme has described the “diabolical” application process that nearly forced the refugees he is housing to return to a warzone.

Steve Dury from Langport, Somerset, was only able to accommodate two mothers and three children from Kharkiv, Ukraine, when his “desperate plea” led the Home Secretary’s office to intervene and see to the approval of the group’s final visa application for three-year-old Egor Svichkar.

Having applied for the scheme when it first opened on March 18, Egor’s four relatives had been staying in Warsaw and acquired their visas by the beginning of April, but a further delay left them waiting on Egor’s document until Monday.

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WHO Director-General: The World Must Condemn Human Rights Abuses in Tigray as It Does in Ukraine

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 8, 2022

💭 Dr. Tedros:

The Siege of Tigray is The Longest & Worst Siege in Modern History.

I Hope the World will give to Tigray a Fraction of Attention it Gave to Ukraine

👉 Unless they’re working together with the two cruel monsters, Abiy Ahmed Ali and Isaias Afewereki, the Tigray leaders have two options in the next four weeks:

  1. Surrender and leave Tigray
  2. March into Asmara or Addis Ababa to remove the evil monsters, Isaias Afewerki and Abiy Ahmed Ali

💭 ዶክተር ቴድሮስ፡

“የትግራይ ከበባ በዘመናዊ ታሪክ ውስጥ ረጅሙ እና አስከፊው ከበባ ነው።”

“አለም ለዩክሬን የሰጠውን የተወሰነ ትኩረት ለትግራይም እንደሚሰጥ ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ”

👉 ከሁለቱ ጨካኝ ጭራቆች፤ ከአብዮት አህመድ አሊ እና ኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ ጋር አብረው ካልሰሩ በስተቀር የትግራይ መሪዎች በሚቀጥሉት አራት ሳምንታት ውስጥ ሁለት አማራጮች አሉዋቸው።

  1. እጅ ሰጥተው ከትግራይን ይውጡ
  2. ኢሳያስ አፈወርቂና አብይ አህመድ አሊ የተባሉትን ክፉ ጭራቆች ለማስወገድ ወደ አስመራ ወይም አዲስ አበባ ይዝመቱ

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WHO Chief: World’s Worst Health Crisis is in Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 16, 2022

💭 የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ዋና ዳይሬክተር፡የአለማችን አስከፊው የጤና ቀውስ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ነው

አብዛኛው የዓለም ትኩረት በዩክሬን ደም መፋሰስ ላይ ያተኮረ በመሆኑ፣ የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ኃላፊ በዛሬው ረቡዕ ዕለት እንዳሉት፤ “በምድር ላይ በሚሊዮን የሚቆጠሩ ሰዎች ጤና አደጋ ላይ የወደቀበት ቦታ ከኢትዮጵያ የትግራይ ክልል በይበልጥ የከፋ የለም።”

የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ዋና ዳይሬክተር ቴዎድሮስ አድሃኖም ገብረእየሱስ በመጡበት በትግራይ ያለው ሁኔታ “አሰቃቂ” ነው ሲሉ ክልሉ ለአምስት መቶ ቀናት ያህል “ከውጭው ዓለም ተዘግቷል” ብለዋል።

ዶ/ር ቴድሮስ ለጋዜጠኞች በሰጡት መግለጫ፤ “ከታህሳስ ወር አጋማሽ ጀምሮ ምንም አይነት እርዳታ ለትግራይ አልደረሰም፣ በክልሉ በአለም ጤና ድርጅት የተገመገሙ ሶስት አራተኛው የጤና ተቋማት ወድመዋል፤” ብለዋል። በክልሉ አርባ ሺህ ለሚሆኑ የኤችአይቪ ተጠቂዎች ምንም አይነት ህክምና አለመኖሩን ተናግረዋል።

💭 As much of the world’s attention is focused on the bloodshed in Ukraine, the head of the World Health Organization saya there is ”nowhere on earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat” than Ethiopia’s Tigray region..

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the situation in Tigray from where he hails was “catastrophic,” saying the region had been “sealed off from the outside world” for about 500 days.

“No food aid has been delivered since the middle of December,” Tedros told a press briefing, adding that about three quarters of health facilities assessed by WHO in the region had been destroyed. He said there was no treatment for about 40,000 people with HIV in the region.

“Yes, I’m from Tigray and this crisis affects me, my family and my friends very personally,” Tedros said. “But I, the director general of WHO, I have a duty to protect and promote health wherever it’s under threat,” he said. “And there is nowhere on earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat than Tigray.”

Tedros said the U.N. health agency had now documented 43 attacks on health care workers and facilities in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began last month.

WHO has now opened supply lines to many cities in Ukraine, but some access challenges remained. The agency continued to call for attacks on health workers and facilities to stop.

But Tedros said the crisis in Ukraine was “far from the only crisis to which WHO is responding,” citing ongoing problems in Yemen, Syria and Ethiopia.

Earlier this year, the government of Ethiopia sent a letter to the World Health Organization, accusing Tedros of “misconduct” after his sharp criticism of the war and humanitarian crisis in the country.

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W.H.O. Head Dr. Tedros Adhanom Carries Olympic Torch at Beijing Winter Games

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 4, 2022

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

👨‍⚕️ የአለም ጤና ድርጅት. ርዕሰ መስተዳድሩ ዶ/ር ቴዎድሮስ አድሃኖም በቤጂንግ የክረምት ጨዋታዎች የኦሎምፒክ ችቦ ተሸክመዋል 🔦

💭 Dr Tedros Adhanom (WHO Director-General),Dr. Thomas Bach (President of the International Olympic Committee), Ban Ki-moon (The eighth Secretary-General of the UN), Abdulla Shahid (President of the UN General Assembly run holding the Olympic torch for peace, health and Olympic values just before the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.

👉 This video has been provided by IOC’s press service for publishing just for informative purposes.

/ር ቴድሮስ የቻይና ወዳጅ ናቸው ፥ ቻይና ግን ትግራይን ክዳ ከፋሺስቱ ኦሮሞ አገዛዝ ጋር አብራ ትሠራለች። ሕወሓት የሉሲፈርን/ቻይናን ባንዲራ ለማንገስ በሚሊየን የሚቆጠሩ ጽዮናውያንን በማሰዋት ላይ ነው ፥ ቻይና ግን ለግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ ድሮኖችን እያቀበለች ከአረቦች፣ ኢራኖችና ቱርኮች ጋር ሆና የትግራይን ከተሞች በማስደብደብ ላይ ናት። የተገለባበጠባት አረመኔና ክፉ ዓለም!

👉 የሚከተለውን ጽሑፍ ከዓመት በፊት ነበር ያቀረብኩት፤

💭 እነ አቡነ ማትያስ፣ ዶ/ር ቴድሮስ አድሃኖም፣ ዶ/ር ሊያ ታደሰ እና አቶ ተወልደ ገብረ መድኅን በቦምብና በጥይት፣ በረሃብና በበሽታ በማለቅ ላይ ላለው የትግራይ ሕዝብ ምን ያደረጉለት በጎ ነገር አለ? አዲስ አበባ ያሉ ጽዮናውያን ምን እየጠበቁ ነው? የአክሱማውያን አስቴር እና መርዶክዮስ የት ናቸው?

It is very serious and curious; preparing for The # TigrayGenocide, evil Abiy Ahmed and his luciferian overlords brought Tigrayans to occupy key positions nationally and internationally:

👉 Mr Tewolde Gebre Mariam Tesfay, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines

👉 His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

👉 Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

👉 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Director-General of the World Health Organization

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100 People Are Killed by Mystery Disease in South Sudan: Who Taskforce Sent to Investigate

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 14, 2021

💭 በደቡብ ሱዳን መቶ/፻ ሰዎች በምስጢራዊ በሽታ ሞቱ፡ የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ግብረ ኃይል ለምርመራ ተልኳል

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has begun investigating the deaths of almost 100 people in South Sudan. The deaths occurred in Fangak and Jonglei State in South Sudan.

The BBC noted that initial samples collected in the area returned negative for cholera, and spoke to the WHO’s Sheila Baya who explained the ongoing concerns. She said so far there had been 89 deaths and an investigation was ongoing.

Baya told the BBC: “We decided to send a rapid response team to go and do risk assessment and an investigation.

“That is when they will be able to collect samples from the sick people but provisionally the figure that we got was that there were 89 deaths.”

She also noted that it has become increasingly difficult to reach the Fangak area due to flooding that has made it inaccessible by land. She and her team subsequently waited for a helicopter.

The flooding in the area has been so severe it has caused over 200,000 people to flee their homes. Humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide has said it has been the worst flooding in almost 60 years.

Concern’s County Director in South Sudan, Shumon Sengupta, explained the dire situation.

He said: “The magnitude of the flooding this year has been immense. Over 200,000 people, more than a quarter of the local population in Unity State have been forced to leave their homes as a result of rising floodwaters.

“There has not been flooding on this scale in the region since 1962, according to local records, and despite agencies like Concern Worldwide working tirelessly to respond to the escalating humanitarian crisis, (with financial assistance of donors such as BHA/USAID, ECHO, GAC, EFP and UNICEF) the needs far exceed the current scale of the humanitarian response, both within and outside the camps for internally displaced people.

“Families have been displaced and are sheltering on higher ground, in public buildings or with neighbours or family. Access to basic services including health and nutrition support has been disrupted as clinics have been damaged, submerged in floodwaters, or are inaccessible.”

International charity Médecins Sans Frontières has also previously commented on how the flooding has put pressure on health facilities.

They said: “We are extremely concerned about malnutrition, with severe acute malnutrition levels two times the WHO threshold, and the number of children admitted to our hospital with severe malnutrition doubling since the start of the floods.”

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Ethiopia de facto Blockade for a Year Starves Tigray of Food & Medicine – WHO Chief Dr Tedros

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 13, 2021

Week after week, the Ethiopian government blockade of Tigray prevents aid agencies from moving life-saving relief of food, medicine, shelter items, fuel, and cash necessary to stop famine that continues to grow virtually uninterrupted. Today, almost a million people in northern Ethiopia are experiencing famine conditions.

Here’s what you need to know this week:

Ethiopia’s blockade of Tigray continues…

Despite protestations, the blockade put in place on June 27 continues to prevent relief assistance from entering Tigray. From September 5-7, 147 trucks of humanitarian supplies arrived in the northern Tigray region via neighboring Afar, bringing the number of humanitarian trucks that entered Tigray since July 12 to 482—a far cry from the estimated 100 trucks needed every day, or 8,700 trucks since the blockade came into effect. In addition, the blockade denies many critical supplies, including communications equipment, cash, and fuel, without which humanitarian operations cannot continue. Even personal phones, hard drives, can-openers, and multivitamins are restricted from being brought in by aid workers who manage to travel.

and is driving and human suffering and famine.

On September 16, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released a weekly humanitarian update, providing the latest information on the impact of Ethiopia’s blockade on Tigray. Virtually every sector was forced to suspend activities, as new reports of starvation deaths have emerged.

  • Food relief aid remains suspended for a lack of supplies, cash, and trucks. Since March 27, the UN and NGOs nearly completed a three-month distribution for 5.2 million people, and with reduced supplies reached 1.4 million people in a second round. This roughly translates to four months of food for a population denied the ability to access communications, banking, or markets to support themselves.
  • Access to potable water via trucking was reduced to 25 percent coverage due to shortages in cash and fuel. Insufficient or unpotable water drive disease outbreaks, particularly for those weakened by malnutrition.
  • Health services are only partially functioning, with supplies for only 20 percent of the population at a time when disease outbreaks continue to rise. The European Union initiated Humanitarian Air Bridge arrived in Tigray with nutrition supplies, and the World Health Organization (WHO) airlifted supplies from Dubai for 150,000 people. While these massively expensive innovations are welcome, that they are necessary in the first place speaks volumes about the brutality of the blockade and the lengths to which the world is going to find solutions.
  • Nutrition assistance for children under five was suspended for children in outpatient and in-patient care due to shortages in cash, fuel, and supplies. The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) was quoted as saying 30 percent of children under five and 80 percent of pregnant and lactating mothers now suffer from malnutrition. This is double international emergency standards for malnutrition in children and more than 5 times emergency thresholds for nursing mothers.

Some 45 days ago, UNICEF noted, “This malnutrition crisis is taking place amid extensive, systematic damage to the food, health, nutrition, water and sanitation systems and services that children and their families depend on for their survival.” It is usually children, pregnant women, and other vulnerable groups that bear the brunt of famine. Yet, since this warning from UNICEF, it bears repeating – less than 10 percent of the needed supplies to keep people alive have been allowed entry to Tigray, months after empirical evidence proved famine conditions.

Hunger and alleged atrocities are spreading beyond Tigray.

The conflict now risks expanding into a wider civil war that threatens Ethiopia and regional stability. As the war spreads, so does hunger with the UN estimating that 1.5 million more people are food insecure in the areas where the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) has advanced in neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar in recent weeks. Their advance includes fresh accusations of atrocities that warrant independent investigation alongside alleged crimes committed in Tigray. Active conflict has prevented UN and NGOs teams from accessing conflict-impacted areas. Historically, these areas were some of the poorest subsistence communities in the region and will require assistance in addition to the 5.5 million people FEWSNET defined as ‘in crisis’ and ‘without assistance will descend into famine’ in Tigray.

Western donors have given generously to Ethiopia for decades, pouring tens of billions of dollars into Ethiopia’s economy, heavily subsidizing Ethiopia’s budget. All told, western donors contribute at least 37 percent of Ethiopia’s budget through humanitarian, development, security, and other support. Yet their efforts to raise alarm at the avalanche of credible atrocities including war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide have been met with outright rejection by Ethiopia and at the UN Security Council—with China blocking efforts to put the crisis on the Council’s agenda. Even the role of perhaps the most destructive force in this conflict—Eritrean forces (EDF)—has not been addressed by the Council. Clearly, the status quo much change.

The Biden administration is stepping up the pressure.

In the face of continued violence that continues to spiral out of control, U.S. President Biden issued an Executive Order that paves the way for a sanctions regime that can target any party responsible for prolonging the conflict in northern Ethiopia, those that commit human rights abuses, and those obstructing humanitarian access including Ethiopia’s blockade of Tigray. Given the challenges facing the population, this is a step in the right direction but must be implemented and not an idle threat to be effective.

Famine will continue to grow as the blockade impedes food aid, medical and nutrition supplies, fuel, and cash. There needs to be an immediate ceasefire and end to the blockade to ensure assistance is possible to those affected in Tigray, and now in Amhara and Afar.

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WHO Chief Dr. Tedros Meets The Taliban Chief

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 21, 2021

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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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Three MSF Employees ‘Brutally Murdered’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 25, 2021

የ፴፭/35 ዓመቷ ስፓኒያዊቷ ማሪያ ሄርናንዴዝ በመሰቃየት ላይ ያለውን ሕዝባችንን ለማገልገል የሃገሯን ምቾት እና የቤተሰቦቿን ፍቅር ትታ ከማድሪድ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ብትሄድ እንዲህ የአውሬው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ የግድያ ሰለባ ሆነች። 😈 ይህ አረመኔ የዲያብሎስ ጭፍራ ሕጻናትን ይገድላል፣ ሴቶችን ይገድላል፣ ሕፃናትንና ሴቶችን ያስደፍራል፣ ቀሳውስትንና ካህናትን ይገድላል፣ በመኝታ ላይ ያሉ ንጹሐንን ይገድላል፣ መስዋዕት ከፍለው የመጡትን የውጭ ሃገር እንግዶችን ይገድላል።

 “ማሪያ/ ማሪያም” የሚለውን ቅዱስ ስም መስጠት ቢፈቀድ የሚገባቸው እንደርሷ ያሉ ልዩ ሴቶች ነው። 

😠😠😠 😢😢😢

✞✞✞ ነፍሳቸውን ይማርላቸው! Q. D. E. P – Descanse en Paz! R.I.P

Three employees working for the Spanish branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were killed by unknown assailants in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the medical charity said on Friday.

MSF-Spain lost contact with a vehicle carrying the team on Thursday afternoon, it said in a statement. “This morning the vehicle was found empty and a few metres away, their lifeless bodies.”

“We condemn this attack on our colleagues in the strongest possible terms and will be relentless in understanding what happened,” the statement said.

It identified the victims as emergency co-ordinator Maria Hernandez, 35, from Madrid, assistant co-ordinator Yohannes Halefom Reda, 31, from Ethiopia, and their Ethiopian driver Tedros Gebremariam Gebremichael, also 31.

They are among at least 12 aid workers reported killed since fighting broke out in November between Ethiopia’s military and forces loyal to the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The conflict has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million.

Ethiopia’s foreign ministry sent condolences via Twitter, but said it had been urging aid agencies to secure military escorts in the area. The ministry said TPLF forces were active in the town of Abiy Addi where the attack occurred. MSF did not confirm the location.

A TPLF spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Spain’s foreign ministry said it was engaging with the aid agency and the Ethiopian government on the attack.

“A heartfelt hug to the family and colleagues of Maria … who has been murdered in Ethiopia where she was helping the population,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who also sent condolences to the families of Yohannes and Tedros.

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