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Thursday, February 25, 2021
ዓድዋ - ሙዚቃ በእንግሊዝኛ Adwa - Munit Mesfin - Official Lyrics Video - Ethiopian Music
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Children and adult Ethiopian Refugees from Tigray Region are under ''political and psychological hijack'' by the former TPLF cadres in Sudan Refugee camp.
ከትግራይ ወደ ሱዳን የተሰደዱ ኢትዮጵያውያን ስደተኞች (ሕፃናትም ጭምር) በሕወሐት ካድሬዎች ታግተዋል።የስነ-ልቦና ጥቃትም በካድሬዎች ከመድረሱም በላይ ለጦርነት እንዲነሱ በግድ እየተቀሰቀሱ ነው።የእዚህ ሳምንት በካምፑ ውስጥ የተነሱ ፎቶዎች ይመልከቱ።
Gudayachn News Exclusive====================
According to the UNHCR latest report there are about 56,000 Ethiopian refugees in Sudan from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Among these refugees 30% are under 18 and 5% are over 60 years old. Based on different press releases of the Ethiopian government, it is ready to back the refugees to their home in the Tigray region. Ethiopian refugees cross the border during and after a law enforcement process was started after the TPLF army attacked the National Defence Force of Ethiopia (NDFE).
The recently established refugees camp in Sudan, which is near to Ethiopian border is quite strange in its administration.One of the main obligations of any refugee in any corner of the world, is not to be involved in any military activities or agitations.However, such a key condition is violated in the Ethiopian Refugees camp.Even Though,many refugees are interested to go back to their home in Tigray region,the former TPLF cadres who have been also participated in ‘Maikadra genocide’ crime are threatening them not to go back home. Now the situation is going from bad to worse. These cadres are obliging children and adults to gather and demonstrate the most hated organization in Ethiopia,the former TPLF.
Here below are the latest photos of the refugees,Gudayachn could save, who have been obliged to attend the TPLF’s establishment day of February 18/2021 (‘Yekatit 11’ in Amharic). In this program childrens were seen with artificial guns and agitating to war.Such action is quite illegal,according to the international children’s right law. Here the critical question is : What is the reaction of UNHCR, UNICEF, the Sudan Government, International Community and even the Ethiopian government for such ‘’political and psychological hijacking’’ of childrens and adults in the 21st century?
For your easy information,please find here below the February 18 situation of the Ethiopian refugees in Sudan. Cadres of the former TPLF were motivating ,innocent refugees including childrens, to war. An immediate action is expected from all concerned bodies.
ወንጪ እና ጎርጎራን ተመልክቼ 'የተቃጠልኩባቸው' ቀኖች
Friday, February 19, 2021
Statsminister Abiy: Mot en fredelig orden på Afrikas Horn
etiopiske statsministeren Abiy Ahmed (PhD)
Skrevet av den etiopiske statsministeren Abiy Ahmed (PhD)
MENINGER: Den etiopiske føderale regjeringen har frigjort befolkningen i Tigray fra flere tiår med vanstyre fra Tigrayfolkets frigjøringsfront (TPLF). Dette har tent nytt håp, men også ført til bekymringer om Etiopias framtid og vår rolle på Afrikas Horn.
Av Abiy Ahmed
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Håpet stammer fra at det korrupte og diktatoriske TPLF er fjernet – for godt. Etiopiere kan nå seg for seg en framtid som ikke er basert på etnisk sjåvinisme, men på enhet, likhet, frihet og demokrati. Dessuten er opprinnelsen til etnisk splittelse som hadde forgiftet mellomstatlige forhold på Afrikas Horn nå overvunnet.
Men jeg kan ikke benekte at fjerningen av TPLF har ført til uro i det internasjonale samfunnet. Det har vært bekymringer for etnisk profilering i Tigray og hindringer for humanitær bistand. Min regjering er fast bestemt på å takle og fjerne disse bekymringene.
Hvorfor operasjonen i Tigray
La meg låne et sitat fra Thomas Jefferson: «en anstendig respekt for menneskers meninger». Det leder meg til å forklare hvorfor min regjering handlet slik den gjorde for å gjenopprette fred i Tigray, hvordan vi lindrer lidelsene der, og hvorfor vår innsats – støttet, håper jeg, av det internasjonale samfunnet – vil komme alle i landet til gode, inkludert de som bor i Tigray og på resten av Afrikas Horn.
Ingen regjering vil kunne akseptere at soldater og uskyldige sivile blir overfalt og drept, slik TPLF var ansvarlig for i fjor høst. Min fremste plikt som statsminister og sjef for de nasjonale væpnede styrkene er tross alt å beskytte Etiopia og dets innbyggere mot interne og eksterne fiender.
Våre operasjoner i Tigray var planlagt for å gjenopprette fred og orden raskt. I dette lyktes vi, men lidelsen og dødsfallene som skjedde til tross for vår beste innsats smerter meg personlig og alle fredselskende mennesker her og i utlandet.
Prioriterer å avslutte lidelsene
Å få en slutt på lidelsene i Tigray og i resten av landet er nå min høyeste prioritet. Dette er grunnen til at jeg ber FN og internasjonale hjelpeorganisasjoner om å samarbeide med vår regjering slik at vi sammen kan levere effektiv nødhjelp til alle i Tigray som trenger det.
I mellomtiden jobber vi, dag og natt, med å levere nødvendige forsyninger til innbyggerne våre i Tigray og til trengende i naboprovinsene, samt sikre at menneskerettighetene respekteres og dagliglivet gjenopprettes. For å lykkes må mange utfordringer overvinnes. For eksempel er det å reparere kommunikasjonslinjer som bevisst er ødelagt av TPLF noe som gjør det vanskelig å levere humanitær hjelp. I dette gjenoppbyggingsarbeidet kan det internasjonale samfunnet være til stor hjelp.
Regjeringen er også forberedt på å bistå ledere i Tigray som er dedikert til fred. Vi strekker ut hånden til dem nå. Det internasjonale samfunnet forsto hva TPLF sto for. Mange hadde fordømt dets etnisk-baserte vold. Dessverre var det noen som valgte å overse TPLFs bruk av tortur, forsvinninger og utenomrettslige drap. Uten TPLF, ble det sagt, risikerte Etiopia å bli revet i stykker langs etniske linjer, som Jugoslavia på 1990-tallet. De argumenterte med at Etiopias sammenbrudd ville føre til kaos på Afrikas Horn.
Uten etnisk splittelse
Sunn fornuft tilsier at et regime basert på etnisk splittelse ikke kan vare; men som ordtaket sier, sunn fornuft er ikke alltid universell. Heldigvis kan ikke mennesker tolerere rasemessig, etnisk og religiøs vold i lengden.
I om lag fem foregående år før jeg i april 2018 ble utnevnt til leder for det daværende Det etiopiske folks revolusjonære demokratiske front (EPRDF), som inkluderte TPLF, vokste de folkelige kravene til regimet i styrke. TPLF svarte med sin vanlige brutalitet.
Avstemningen i 2018 flyttet landet over i en ny og inkluderende retning. Det politiske partiet (Velferdspartiet, red. anm.) som jeg nå leder, er det første i Etiopia som ikke er basert på rase, religion eller etnisitet.
TPLFs utenrikspolitikk var en videreføring av dens hjemlige splitt- og hersk-strategi. Etiopia under TPLF innførte for eksempel en politikk for å ekskludere og presse Eritrea. Konsekvensen var at det ble ført krig ved å bruke stedfortredere i ustabile naboland. Et Etiopia fri fra TPLF vil kjempe for fred og inkluderende utvikling. Innad vil vårt «Nye Etiopia» være basert på likhet mellom alle folkegrupper, inkludert det lidende folket i Tigray. Utad vil vi handle på en måte som erkjenner at våre nasjonale interesser er uadskillelig knyttet til våre naboers nasjonale interesser.
Fredsavtalen som ble undertegnet med Eritrea i 2018 er et levende eksempel på hva Etiopia er i stand til og villig til å gjøre. Denne avtalen løste en voldelig og fastlåst situasjon som hadde vart i to tiår. Den gjør at Eritrea igjen kan integreres på Afrikas Horn og i det internasjonale samfunnet. Det viktigste er at dets innbyggere og de som bor langs vår felles grense nå kan leve uten at skyggen av krig henger over dem.
Vår regjering har også søkt å nullstille Etiopias forhold til våre andre naboer. Etter den politiske krisen i Sudan i 2019 medvirket Etiopia til å bringe landet tilbake fra randen av borgerkrig, og bidro til å skape en overgangsregjering av sivile og militære representanter. På samme måte står ikke Etiopias stabiliserende rolle i Somalia tilbake for noen, og vår innsats for å bringe stabilitet i Sør-Sudan er ubrutt.
Etiopias nåværende utenrikspolitikk er basert på en tro på at tettere regional integrasjon kommer alle til gode. Vår innsats for å realisere det afrikanske kontinentale frihandelsområdet er en sentral del av dette. Mer konkret åpnet vi for bare noen uker siden en motorvei langs Addis Abeba-Nairobi-Mombasa-korridoren, et prosjekt som fjerner fysiske barrierer for grensehandel mellom Kenya og Etiopia. På samme måte utbedres veien fra Addis Abeba til den eritreiske havnebyen Assab til å bli en transportåre for internasjonal handel.
I samarbeid med privat sektor planlegges dessuten nye motorveier for å knytte Etiopia til havnebyene i Djibouti og Assab (for å erstatte den eldre veien som nå utbedres). Deretter vil veien bli knyttet til Juba, Sør-Sudans hovedstad, for å gi det fattige, innlåste landet adgang til internasjonal handel. Samarbeidsprosjekter innen havner og logistikk, industriparker og utvinning av kalium utvikles også. Og det er mitt dypeste håp at Den store etiopiske renessansedammen, når den er ferdig, vil få støtte fra alle våre naboer og gi enestående muligheter for alle i Øst-Afrika.
Bare et Etiopia i fred, med en regjering bundet av anerkjente normer for oppførsel, kan spille en konstruktiv rolle på Afrikas Horn og i forøvrig. Vi er fast bestemt på å samarbeide med våre naboer og det internasjonale samfunnet for å oppfylle dette løftet.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
አስመራ እና ባሕርዳር ድረስ የሚወነጨፍ ሚሳኤል ይዛ ኢትዮጵያን መበተን ያልቻለችው ህወሓት እና የምላስ ዘመቻዋ።አሁን ጥይቄው ኢትዮጵያን እንበትናለን ከሚሉት ነህ? ወይንስ ከኢትዮጵያ ነህ? ነው።
- በውጪ የሚኖሩ የትግራይ ተወላጆች ኢትዮጵያን ለማፍረስ ከሚንቀሳቀሱ ጋር አብረው ባለመቆም እራሳቸውን እና ልጆቻቸውን በመጠበቅ ከጸጸት የሚድኑበት ጊዜ አሁን ነው።
- በኃላ ኢትዮጵያን ለመበተን ከቆሙ ጋር ተሰልፎ በሚከተለው ቅጣት 'እየዬ' አይጠቅምም።
Monday, February 15, 2021
What is #TigrayGenocide all about? FACT-CHECK
Awasaguardian, February 15,2021
By Raymond B.Charles
Raymond B. Charles is South African journalist based in Cape Town
After an insurrection in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray took place in November, the federal government has crackdown on the rebellion and arrested its TPLF rebel leaders. Since then, some parts of Ethiopian social media has spread the #TigrayGenocide hashtag, so what is it all about?
Is it really true?
In this modern world of alternative news and informal media, what is real and fake can sometimes be hard to decipher so let’s dig deep into some of the details.
Is there a humanitarian crisis in Tigray?
Yes, and a significant portion of the local population in Tigray needed food assistance to survive even before the recent fighting began. (Ethiopia is a 3rd world country facing both overpopulation and poverty) But now, the situation has gotten exponentially worse due to the conflict and with Tigray region historically being one of the most food insecure areas of the horn of Africa for centuries.
Have civilians been killed?
Again yes, and as is the case in all vicious conflicts worldwide, civilians became collateral damage. In Tigray, civilians from all ethnic groups, particularly Tigrayan and Amhara, have become victims. The death toll is unknown and there are conflicting reports of who died and how many have died. It is hard to verify and capture the facts since human rights itself has been politicized.
What is the background of this crisis?
One of the first victims of this crisis has been basic historical facts about the region. Many people do not know that the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) was actually the ruling party of the whole Ethiopia for almost 30 years. During that period, the TPLF killed tens of thousands of Ethiopians, imprisoned thousands more and the country went from one crisis to another. Under TPLF, the rich minority (mostly elites of ethnic Tigrayan) got richer and the poor got poorer as millions became more aid dependent. The TPLF party also organized sham elections in which it “won” nearly 99%, even though it represented less than 5% (Tigray) of the whole country. Some TPLF leaders claimed that Tigrayans are “Golden race” as if their ethnic group are special or born to be leaders. Even Ministry of education policies in Ethiopia began to favor Tigray, with research and higher (post-secondary) education being promoted in Tigray, while labor centered workforce as well as technical & vocational education were encouraged in the rest of Ethiopia (even pushing a 10th grade cutoff that angered many). For over two decades, Tigrayans were the uncontested rulers of Ethiopia and being a Tigrayan (or befriending one) alone was enough for economic & political success. This caused resentment nationwide, especially among the Oromo, Somali and the Amhara ethnic groups which make up almost 70% of the nation. Their hopes for democracy and equality were dashed when TPLF signed up for the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” alliance, so the West tolerated and turned a blind eye to TPLF’s abuses even more.
How did TPLF loose power?
As the saying goes, ultimately freedom is stronger than fear and tyranny. In 2018, coordinated nationwide protests supported by activists (especially in Oromia & Amhara regions) who penetrated into the high levels of government started to overwhelm the minority TPLF leaders in 2018. Even though the security apparatus of the government was still dominated by TPLF (again remember Tigrayans-Tigray) a diverse group of rank & file regional leaders became sympathetic to the anti-TPLF protests, until they ultimately broke thru in March 2018. It was a soft coup that created a long and somewhat peaceful transition period that lasted until 2020. The leader of these activists and reform government, Dr Abiy Ahmed, became the Prime Minister. He later won the Nobel Peace Prize for creating peace with the neighboring Eritrea and inside Ethiopia, but of-course this meant the former TPLF rulers were still lingering around. The good thing for TPLF was, they created a system of ethnic-federalism (basically a type of segregation or apartheid) in 1991, so instead of fleeing the country all-together, they found the luxury of retreating into their own region in Ethiopia called “Tigray.”
What motivated TPLF’s resentment in Tigray?
Between 2018-2020, the former TPLF leaders enjoyed living their simple lives in Tigray as Mr Abiy’s new progressive government basically ignored them for the sake of peace. But one big problem was, they lost their business or economic empire at the center of the country in Addis Ababa (especially the big conglomerate they build under the E.F.F.O.R.T multibillion dollar company.) Remember, TPLF represented just 5% (Tigrayans) of the whole country, but dominated the whole economy for a quarter of a century. As the saying goes, “greed is a bottomless pit.”
To regain their disproportional monopoly of wealth, TPLF wanted to use one aspect of power they build up: military. While they lost civilian government power at the center, the TPLF still controlled a significant security portfolio, even outside Tigray. So, according to the federal government, TPLF organized assassination attempts in Addis Ababa and exasperated conflicts nationwide.
Why did TPLF carried out the insurrection?
The climax of this underground warfare was pushed to a spotlight as the nationwide elections approached. For the first time in 30 years, the TPLF was facing the prospect of losing power even in Tigray. Remember, TPLF held fake elections for three decades, in which it “won” almost 100%.
TPLF controlled the NEBE election board for almost 30 years, but now, the NEBE has become independent for the first time in history.
Many outside observers also did not realize that there was another key variable behind this need to maintain power — land. Yes, Tigray region was mostly made of ethnic Tigrayans. But geographically, a large chunk of Western and southern “Tigray” were actually territories annexed by TPLF in 1991 since, well, simply because it can. TPLF was the uncontested military superpower at the time, so it snatched up whatever land it wanted and redrew the maps. The main victims of that land grab by TPLF were mostly a unique clan of Amharas better known as Welkait and a diverse northern community of the former Wollo province.
Fueled by economic greed and Fearing the prospect of losing or at least sharing power thru an election even inside Tigray, TPLF was now left (from their prospective) with no other choice but to rebel. So the insurrection, which the TPLF leaders labeled “a pre-emotive stike,” was official began.
What exactly happened that day?
Remember, some members of the TPLF maintained top security portfolios inside the federal government. The federal army is also multiethnic so ethnic Tigrayans remained in it, well until some of them basically killed their own fellow soldiers. By any standards, it was high treason of epic proportions. Many of those federal soldiers killed by TPLF were actually stationed inside Tigray for 20 years in order to protect Tigray from a potential foreign invasion (because this region of Ethiopia directly borders Eritrea.) Since TPLF controlled Tigray, it was able to do virtually anything it wants against the federal army base stationed there. It was an existential disaster for the new administration of Dr Abiy because a significant majority of the federal government’s military equipment or weaponry was stationed inside Tigray. (Again because most of the Ethiopian army had to be stationed at the northern border for 20 years to prevent a potential invasion from Eritrea). In essence, the whole federal government of Abiy was nearly outgunned by the TPLF who controlled Tigray.
TPLF began to boast and bragged about their outsized military firepower.
The TPLF sent in a regional militia (state troopers) to surround the federal base and sabotaged communications between the federal base in Tigray and rest of the federal military. It was becoming like a cake walk, an easy victory for TPLF, until of-course the whole country said enough and virtually all Ethiopians and police from all regional states volunteered to help the federal government’s operation to end the insurrection by TPLF.
How did the war end?
Through out this conflict, one huge benefit for the federal government was its Air Force which is mostly based in Oromia state. While non-federal armed forces from all states collaborating with the federal government’s army drastically tilted the balance of power in its favor, things also got complicated.
Remember those territories in Western and southern “Tigray” that TPLF snatched up in 1991? Well they became the Achilles hill both for TPLF (present) and the federal government. (Future)
With forces from the Amhara and Afar states helping the federal government, the war took on another dynamic of “regaining land” since Tigray’s Welkait and Wollo/Raya were strategic to the conflict. In essence, the ethnocentrism and sectarianism that TPLF promoted in Ethiopia (to divide & rule) came back to bite TPLF 30 years later. This meant the Amhara state forces basically recaptured “their land” in Western “Tigray,” which was a devastating blow to TPLF because it completely closed down TPLF’s vital Western strategic outlet to Sudan. From then on, TPLF was surrounded gradually and it was simply a matter of time before the war is over. It concluded in about three weeks with the disintegration of TPLF leaders. With the war over, now the battle has just began. And having lost power and with many of its leaders dead or arrested, TPLF and supporters of its insurrection have now started a new form of battle: psychological and propaganda. This is where the hashtag #TigrayGenocide comes into play.
Was there or is there a Genocide in Tigray?
Obviously, when we dig deep into the facts, no, there was and there is no genocide. But some things are in the eyes of the beholder and in many cases, it is more about politics.
Yet, there were some isolated acts that could have been loosely interpreted as genocidal, or rather ethnic cleansing, and Ethiopia has had a lot of those in recent years. As human rights watch and other groups cited, indiscriminate shelling by armed forces have killed civilians. Whenever we hear the word “shelling,” we are reminded of US and other Western forces who unintentionally killed civilians in Iraq and other countries because rebels often use civilians as “human shield.” This is why war should always be of the last resort. Also, one of the most notable events of this conflict was the Maikadra massacre where, not ethnic Tigrayans, but ethnic Amharas were targeted and massacred by a Tigrayan mob/TPLF-militia according to EHRC and Amnesty International. Over 700 of mostly Amharas and other minorities were killed in Tigray. In fact, It was the defining moment of the whole conflict. It is tricky because, as the Attorney General revealed, most of those who committed the crimes in Maikadra have runaway when federal forces arrived. They fled into Sudan and begun telling alternative stories. Since Western media could not access the conflict zone, many fellow journalists went into the Sudanese refugee camps where they basically interviewed these alleged criminals, so we have had inaccurate headlines claiming that it was actually Tigrayans, not Amharas, who were killed in Maikadra. This is why we say human rights has been politicized.
Another reason why some, falsely, claimed “Tigray Genocide” was because crackdown on those who supported the insurrections has a Tigrayan flavor. But since Ethiopian politics has been ethnic-based the last few decades (ironically thanks to the TPLF’s own rule of ethnic based division), this was not a surprise. Though some supporters of TPLF on social media have tried to use that for propaganda. But imagine, White nationalists complaining of White people being arrested by police after a white nationalist insurrection. Or for those of us who lived in South Africa during the end of apartheid, we remember some white politicians who monopolized every part of our segregated society for years, suddenly complaining about “reverse racism” and discrimination at the transition period under Mandela. Thankfully, Nobody took them seriously back then and there was no social media in the 1990s so we never had #WhiteGenocide trending online in South Africa under Mandela.
What about the reports of rape in Tigray?
This is true. Rape is an issue in Tigray and there are many credible reports of regular and irregular army committing rape on women. Though this is a deplorable crisis, this is not targeting only Tigrayans as falsely claimed by some. The breakdown of law & order has also triggered a rise in robbery and petty crimes in Tigray. Remember, the TPLF ruled Tigray for 30 years with an iron fist. There was no civil society to fall back on, because it was just a one-party military clique managing a state.
While the frequency of rape has gotten worse, it is also important to note that rape was widespread in Tigray even before now — in fact during the last quarter of a century since TPLF essentially run a military state.
Were 52,000 Tigrayan civilians killed?
No, and this is perhaps the least controversial “fake news” from the conflict in Tigray. Such claim was made by a fringe group of former TPLF members who created the “Tigray Independence Party.” The TIP are basically TPLF but a more extremist version, with a separatist ideology. In fact, the TIP tried to help TPLF and legitimize a last minute fake election by calling themself an “opposition party.”
Rather than 52,000 civilians dying, it is actually much more likely that the TPLF and other forces have perhaps lost that many armed combatants during the war. But even that is unverifiable and there is no official death toll figure available.
Has the government blocked humanitarian aid to Tigray?
This one is more complex. The answer is yes and no. Reports that the Ethiopian government was trying to starve Tigray into submission have no credibility. Tigray has already become under federal control. But there have been several credible accounts of government blockades on aid groups, mostly due to safety problems.
So called “aid convoys” have been used to protect aid workers because, in some isolated parts of Tigray, the government was initially unable to provide a safe humanitarian corridor. In places government was insecure, it has blocked movement of international NGOs. But that dynamic has improved now, as more and more humanitarian agencies, including the World Food Programmer (WFP), have began delivering aid.
Another issue was trust. Since TPLF ruled the state and its members operated local NGOs, the federal government was previously concerned about money and arm smuggling attempts by TPLF sympathizers.
Has TPLF blocked food aid to Tigray?
This is another complicated matter and the answer is both yes & no (depending on the area and time.) There is no evidence that TPLF blocked humanitarian aid in the beginning of the conflict. However there were credible reports that, as the war progressed, TPLF military virtually stripped down the meager medical resources of hospitals through out Tigray. But this should not be a surprise since TPLF’s retreating military began to suffer casualties at many fronts.
Whether TPLF blocked delivery of aid in rural Tigray has been a subject of many discussion in many corners. Some members of the new Tigray administration actually accused TPLF of ambushing aid workers and drivers. The intention of TPLF fighters hiding in the mountains might be to obstruct, obstruct and obstruct as long as possible! They already lost most of the state so insurgency will likely be their new motto. If they become more desperate, TPLF remnants might even assassinate Tigrayan officials working for the state and federal government.
One undeniable fact that was reported by BBC and other outlets several years ago was that TPLF historically exploited (and perhaps employ) a humanitarian crisis as a tactic to gain fund from and access to the NGO community. Even former TPLF members have previously accused TPLF leadership of stealing western “aid money” thru its Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and other means, to buy weapons, while Tigrayans were starving to death in the 1980s epic famine.
Therefore, TPLF and its supporters will likely use similar schemes in areas they still control, if the federal government fails to secure the peace politically and militarily.
Have Eritrean refugees been killed in Tigray?
Yes and both sides have admitted this. However they blame each other for the crimes. The federal government is accused of allowing the Eritrean army to enter Tigray and kill or abduct Eritrean refugees. Meanwhile, the TPLF has also been accused of killing Eritrean refugee conscripts who refused to fight for TPLF. In some cases, Eritrean refugees were likely used as human shield during battles but it is unknown how many have died. The UN said many of the Eritrean refugees in Tigray have gone missing or left the camps to avoid the conflict.
Is Eritrean army occupying Ethiopian territories?
It is nearly impossible to fact-check this issue since the northern corners of Tigray are even more inaccessible to media than other parts of the state. The Eritrean government has certainly taken over parts of Tigray that were awarded to Eritrea by the UN-led boundary commission. It is to be noted that the TPLF falsely told the Ethiopian public in the early 2000s that the UN awarded Ethiopia the disputed boundaries (at the key town of Badme.)
In reality, the UN commission actually awarded it to Eritrea and TPLF occupied it. One of the reasons why Dr Abiy won the Nobel Peace Prize was for accepting the UN commission’s final decision and promising to withdraw. He was unable to do that because TPLF sabotaged his government. Now the key question will be; has Eritrea simply retaken what was awarded to it by the UN in 2002 or has it used this chaotic opportunity to occupy more land than it was supposed to take? The answer to this will determine the future relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Observers should expect TPLF supporters to make this topic a major wedge issue going forward; in order to weaken the alliance between the federal governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Friday, February 12, 2021
የትግራይን ሕዝብ እንረዳለን።ትግራይን ለዛሬው ርሃብ ያደረሳት የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ሳይሆን ኢትዮጵያን ሊበትን ሲሞክር የተበተነው ህወሓት እንደሆነም ጠንቅቀን እናውቃለን።
- ከ20 ዓመታት በላይ ሲጠብቀው የነበረ ወታደር በተኛበት ከገደለ በኃላ ''የኤርትራ ወታደር ገባ'' የሚለው ድምፅም ህወሓት ትግራይን ለእዚህ እንዳበቃት ሲናገር መሰማት አለበት።
Thursday, February 11, 2021
የቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ በጎ ድራጎት ድርጅት በአዲስ አበባ የሚገኘውን የማኅተመ ጋንዲ መታሰቢያ ሆስፒታልን ወለደ።የጋንዲ መታሰብያ ሆስፒታል ትናንት አዲስ ''ልጅ'' ሆስፒታል ወለደ።(ሙሉ ፊልሙን ይመልከቱ)
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Why are Global Institutions,Governments and Media 'misleading’ on the current situation of Tigray Region in Ethiopia?
By Getachew Bekele Damtew
The global community is in a ‘confusing’ position, in case of Ethiopia's current situation in the Tigray region. Denial of law enforcement measures taken by the federal government and taking it as it was to attack the region’s residents, are the day-to-day talk of the former Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) propagandist machines in abroad.On the other side,no one is considering, how the horn of Africa and perhaps the rest of Africa could be affected, if TPLF was continuing on its de facto power. In the last three months,the federal government of Ethiopia Defence Force and the people have sacrificed, not only to save the unity of Ethiopia but to safeguard the peace and stability of the horn of Africa.How ever, this fact is not well understood by International Institutions,Governments and Media.
There are two points raised from the global community.One, access to aid to Tigray region is not sufficient and two, there are humanitarian crises in the region.Both questions have approaches differences and 'clear' paradox.Because both questions have disregarded the Ethiopian government's replies through its different organs including the Prime Minister office,spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Peace press releases.
According to the Ministry of Peace latest press release, the government provision of humanitarian Aid reached 1.6 Million to the Tigray region of Ethiopia.Yesterday,the Minister of Peace, Muffriat Kamil,briefed the Walta Information Center on the ongoing humanitarian and rehabilitation work in the region. Following the implementation of the law enforcement, the Minister said, more than 305,000 quintals of food aid has been provided to 1.6 million people in Tigray region. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have also been involved in the process, she said, in addition to 22,000 metric tons of grain, 69,000 metric tons of grain are in the process of being delivered to the safety net.
The minister also said the Tigray region has been without electricity, telecommunications and banking services since the end of the law enforcement operation in the region.However, a great advancement is made on returning back electricity,tele and banking service.The government efforts have been made also to supply the drug at a cost of 71 million birr.The minister’s briefing also indicated as there are 92 humanitarian aid centers in Tigray Region at this particular time.If we included the refugee centers the numbers have been able to reach 80 centers.
At the end of last week,the UNHCR higher commissioner, Filippo Grandi has been on work visit to Tigray region together with the minister of Peace and deputy PM and FM Demeke Mekonen.Regarding this particular high level visit with UNHCR high commissioner, Minister of Peace Muffriat Kamil shared her feeling in amharic on her social media translated by Gudayachn as follows : -
''I had the opportunity to spend time with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other government officials at a refugee camp in the Tigray region.Seeing them in the middle of their lives gave me strength and hope. We discussed with the representatives of the shelters community, including representatives of women, children, youth and religious leaders at the Hadi Harush and Mai Aini shelters on the provision of basic services and social issues that need to be improved.I have had the opportunity to understand the positive performances and shortcomings of the camps, so that we can further improve our service. We are aware that more than 70 percent of the refugees are in good condition in both camps. We will continue to strengthen the reforms we have begun since 2011 based on the fact that the remaining two camps are below the standard of international camp formation and are not conducive to living.It has recently brought more than 3,000 refugees to Hadi Harush and Mai Aini camps, and we will continue to do so. Together, we work day and night to ease the problems of our people, further strengthening our good experiences and folding values.''
All the above heading news on Tigray region of Ethiopia were not properly broadcasted or reported on International Media.Therefore, top policy makers, parliament members and even prime ministers of Europe and USA were not able to obtain the necessary information from their own country’s media. This is a huge crises of information.Here,we need to get the necessary answer for a critical question of Why are Global Institutions,Governments and Media misled on the current situation of Tigray Region in Ethiopia?
The answer is not so complicated. It is because the pre-established former Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) structure abroad reacted to cheat the global community intentionally.For this purpose, thousands of Twitter accounts were opened in the last four months.
On November 17/2020, Washington Post, has confirmed the above statement as follows: -“Twitter data collected from Nov. 1 to 10 (2020) showed that 30 percent of tweets about Tigray and Abiy were from accounts created this year. Nearly half (47 percent) of these tweets were from accounts created in late October and early November. After Nov. 4, the number of new accounts created per day grew from an average of 21 to 245. Their tweets are overwhelmingly (although not exclusively) anti-government.”
November 4/2020 was the second date since TPLF militia has opened fire on Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) in Tigray region.Investigative reports from the Federal Police of the Federal Government shows that the former TPLF 'personnel' was getting ready for over two years to recapture the central political power of Ethiopia. Therefore the 'abroad wing' of TPLF was aware to start the social media campaign against the Federal Government of Ethiopia. Financial and Human resources were allocated a year back.The plan was to launch the social media campaign as soon as the militia opened fire against the Federal Army in Tigray region. In short, this was the process and result of how the flow of fake news controlled the global media including Reuters and BBC correspondents and editors. This is a typical case for the failure of global media in the 21st century.
Last but not least,all fake news reported by globally dominant media reported on the law enforcement process of the Federal Government of Ethiopia, need to be checked and exposed to the International community.Because these are the typical cases for the study of Journalism at the University level.Majority of Ethiopians,both abroad and at home, have already lost their confidence on international Media of the west. All these happened after the pro-TPLF fake reports were magnified and reported by the western media. The biased-western media is not only serving as the 'propaganda machine' for the former TPLF's foreign wing.The western media is not only focused on the Tigray region humanitarian issues.It has also opened full of negative campaign against the Ethiopian Government law enforcement process in Tigray and the PM Abiy Ahmed (PhD) personal integrity.I think such a kind of situation may have a short and long time consequences on the relationship between the west and the very strategic land of the horn of Africa,Ethiopia. Ethiopians both in Addis and Washington D.C are discussing the main cause of the western media's incapability to check and balance fake news produced and released from the 'TPLF foreign wing' on the current situation of the Tigray region in Ethiopia. In fact,it is not possible to say that the western media has only fully owned fake-news due to the TPLF foreign wing social media campaign.Because unless the western media and their foreign policy makers ignored the fact news, they could not be cheated on such a huge level. It is not less than shame.
Getachew Bekele Damtew
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