US: Ethiopia, Tigray Actors Can Avoid Sanctions by Ending Conflict
NAIROBI - The U.S. government is urging the Ethiopian government, rebel group Tigray People's Liberation Front, and other warring factions to end the conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region and allow humanitarian aid to reach millions in need of assistance. Unless the conflict stops, key officials could be facing U.S. travel and financial sanctions.
It is irritating to read a US official blaming the aggressor and the victim equally in this conflict. TPLF led government of Tigray has accepted President Biden's call for a ceasefire provided essential services are turned on and status quo is respected. What else is the US asking from Tigray Govt? The US should not expect negotiation to start while the whole Tigray is under siege and Eritrean and Amhara militias are occupying Western Tigray and killing innocent Tigrayans throwing them into the Tekeze river daily!
Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
We cannot give up on solving raging civil conflicts, including in Ethiopia and Yemen, where fighting between warring parties is driving famine, horrific violence, human rights violations against civilians, including the unconscionable use of rape as a weapon of war.
Mr. President, Thank you for becoming the voice for the voiceless! Mr. President, you have the legal and moral authority to do something about it. Do not fail the heroic people of Tigray. The people are resilient and will do everything to remain independent but can use your help in taming Nato member countries and US-friendly countries from arming the genocidal Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afeworki regimes.
Dying of hunger in Ethiopia's blockaded Tigray
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - In parts of Ethiopia's Tigray region, people now eat only green leaves for days. At a health center last week, a mother and her newborn weighing just 1.7 pounds died from hunger. In every district of the more than 20 where one aid group works, residents have starved to death. For months, the United Nations has warned of famine in this embattled corner of northern Ethiopia, calling it the world's worst hunger crisis in a decade.
History will remember the UN body for failing to save victims of genocide and man-made famine not only once but twice in the last half-century. The US with all its mighty power and moral authority will be remembered as the only superpower that failed to stop the genocide in Tigray.
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Executive Order Regarding the Crisis in Ethiopia
The White House 09-17-21 - The ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia is a tragedy causing immense human suffering and threatens the unity of the Ethiopian state. Nearly one million people are living in famine-like conditions, and millions more face acute food insecurity as a direct consequence of the violence. Humanitarian workers have been blocked, harassed, and killed. I am appalled by the reports of mass murder, rape, and other sexual violence to terrorize civilian populations.
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Actions in Response to Ongoing Crisis in Northern Ethiopia
While we are delighted to see the US government heightened interest to end the ongoing genocide in Tigray, we are surprised to see the White House still thinks the AU and the UN are relevant at this stage of the conflict. The US has all the necessary means to stop this war. Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afeworki are supported by key US partners in the middle east. The US should pursue sanctions without delay so these third-party countries can cease their support. The US can declare a no-fly zone in Ethiopia and let the combatants finish the job so lasting peace is achieved. Isaias Afeworki has lived long to know him that he is not interested in negotiation. The US knows this - at least Susan Rice does!
Tigrayans will welcome any ceasefire provided the blockage is lifted, however, the US and others should know
Tigrayans have decided to finish the job no matter what the cost will be. All indications are Tigrayans including military and political leaders have agreed to say Enough is Enough as far as waiting for the international community to come to their rescue. Besifrina!!
Ethiopia: Eritrean Refugees Targeted in Tigray
On November 19, Eritrean forces arrived in the town of Hitsats and indiscriminately killed several residents. They occupied and pillaged the town and took over the refugee camp. Some refugees took part in the looting, contributing to community tensions.
23, the Tigrayan militia entered Hitsats camp and attacked refugees near the camp's Orthodox church. Clashes between the militia fighters and Eritrean soldiers ensued in and around the camp
President Debretsion has repeatedly assured the UN and any responsible international independent body to come to Tigray to investigate any wrongdoings by Tigray Army or Tigray Militias. Any attempt to tarnish the struggle of Tigrayans to get rid of invaders and dictators will not diminish Tigrayan's resolve going forward. Tigray has welcome Eritrean refugees for many years and it makes no sense to blame them for anything that may have happened during a battle. The Eritrean one-man regime and Abiy Ahmed are responsible for all atrocities committed in Tigray over the last year or so.
THE ETHIOPIAN WMD
Ezana Sehay 09-15-2021 - It has become hard to keep track of all the developments in the frenzied circus of tome foolery and gutter politics that is the Ethiopian government. But one thing is certain, it has become an embarrassing mess, a degrading and degraded spectacle, driven by rivers of frantic speculations, feeding on fake news, conspiracy theories, and hyper-tribal narratives, and ultimately powered by self-serving certitude of the side that has lost civil and political legitimacy.
Tigray Government Letter To Marcel C. Akpovo Regional Representative Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, East Africa Regional
Office Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tigray Govt 9-14-21 - The Government of Tigray is committed to achieving justice for the many victims of brutal transgressions on life and dignity and continues to demand for an independent investigation into genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and state-sponsored hate crimes, including any' breaches on the part of Tigrayan armed forces and aligned . We assure the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights of our commitment to facilitating an independent investigation based on the principles of impartiality and objectivity. For this reason, we staunchly opposed the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), and its commissioner’s role in the investigation. The commission and its commissioner have engaged in whitewashing atrocities and impeded....
UN: Probe in Ethiopia's Tigray didn't reach Axum massacre
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The United Nations human rights chief on Monday said a highly awaited joint investigation into abuses in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict was unable to deploy to the site of one of its deadliest attacks, the alleged massacre of several hundred people in the holy city of Axum.
The myth of foreign backing to Tigray's struggle for freedom
Kalayu Abrha 09-13-21 - Bacha Debele and Sahlework Zewde exchanged pleasantries on their shared illusions on the external backing for the freedom struggle in Tigray. They contradicted their own actions, which spoke much louder than the words, that the invasion of Tigray and the mass extermination attempt by alternating methods of using bullet and hunger was nothing similar to what one does to fellow compatriots. While the two and their associates are mobilizing the people...
International Crisis Group recommendations to the UN on Ethiopia
The conflict centered around Ethiopia's Tigray region between the federal government and Tigray forces has already created a severe humanitarian crisis, which is likely to worsen with the fighting in a dangerous new phase. The UN has been active in engaging with Ethiopian stakeholders but needs to do more to urge all parties
The UN and AU can not be honest players in this conflict at this point. The UN can however be very useful to feed the hungry and save victims of the war by delivering aid and medicine. The war has to come to an end militarily. For this to happen the US, not the UN or AU should help those fighting a just war. The US should declare a no-fly zone in Tigray and Northern Ethiopia and also force Isaias Afeworki to leave Tigray soil or else. The military option is the least expensive at this point. If Turkey and other countries can cease helping Abiy and Isaias, Tigray Army and Oromo Liberation Army can finish the job in no time. Note to ICG: Stop creating a wedge between the people of Tigray and Amhara. Tigray and Amhara have negotiated and signed a deal to delimit their boundaries. It is the elite Amhara expansionist that wants more land not only from Tigray but from Oromo, Benshangul, and Afar. The problem Ethiopia is facing is the problem of Amhara expansionist and Unionist.
The battle for Mekelle: Ethiopia's civil war over Tigray goes on - in pictures
An estimated 2.2 million people have been forced from their homes and thousands have been killed in the civil war that broke out in Ethiopia last November when government troops entered Mekelle, capital of the Tigray region. Witnessed by photographer Sergio Ramazzotti, the city was retaken by the Tigray Defence Forces in June, but peace in the region seems a long way off
The Role of Ethiopian Airlines in the War on the Tigray Region of Ethiopia
GSTS 9-11-21 - We, the Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS), are writing to alert
international civil aviation regulators, banking and insurance companies that do business with Ethiopian Airlines that the Ethiopian Government is deploying the airline as a weapon of war in the genocidal war on the Tigray region..
From Nobel laureate to global pariah: How the world got Abiy Ahmed and Ethiopia so wrong
(CNN)In less than two years, Abiy has gone from darling of the international community to pariah, condemned for his role in presiding over a protracted civil war that, by many accounts, bears the hallmarks of genocide and has the potential to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. The 45-year-old's fall from grace has confounded many observers, who wonder how they could have gotten him so wrong.
The international community and Horn Experts should be honest to themselves. They were told by many that Abiy was an imposter and a misfit from the beginning. To begin with, TPLF told them in many ways. Second, a close acquaintances of him have written volumes here on this page telling the world that Abiy was an egomaniac with a damaged personality who is an illiterate person. So be honest and just admit you supported Abiy hoping he will curtail Chinese progress in the African content and will demolish the Developmental State Model Meles and his government has introduced to change Ethiopia and Africa for good. It is with full knowledge of Western greedy capitalists coupled with certain fanatic Christian Evangelicals that promoted Abiy. Not naivety or ignorance!!
Tigray Government Weekly Briefing- Sep 06, 2021
Tigray External Affair Office 9-06-21 - Briefing from Tigray government on the military and humanitarian situation in Tigray and Northern Ethiopia. The weekly briefing is prepared in lieu of the total blackout of communication in the region due to the Abiy regime blockade of Tigray and is meant to help the international community to become fully aware of developing issues.
Men are marched out of prison camps. Then corpses float down the river
Wad El Hilou, Sudan (CNN)The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through
the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. As the river's path narrows, the drifting bodies become wedged
on the silty clay bank and their forms appear more clearly; men, women, teenagers and even children. The marks of torture are easily visible on some, their arms held tightly behind their backs.
Memorandum On The war on Tigray: Setting the record
The much-celebrated election of Mr. Abiy Ahmed, by the EPRDF in 2018, to lead
a political transition was from the start pregnant with seeds of failure. Rather
than initiating a constitutional and an all-inclusive process, Dr. Abiy chose to indulge in a personal power consolidation and started to reorganize the country's
political system and trajectory in a way that suits his political ambitions.
Wrangling while crossing a heavily flooded stream
Kalayu Abrha 09-03-21- The enemies of Tigray have always waited for the magic bullet to effectively defeat Tegaru. That magic bullet is Tegaru turning against each other at a time when it is most fatal for them to do so. Victories have never been sustainable for Tigray because that evil instinct of discord surfaces too soon for the victory to be of any value. The history of Tigray is rife with in fights that almost invariably went in favour of the enemy.