The magnificent and talented singer Nuguse Abadi's latest song is something else! It is so powerful it has managed to resurrect our demoralized spirit. As you can tell we have been down and demoralized for a while because we did not stop the genocidal war unleashed on Tigray and Tigrayans. Although many of you told us not to blame ourselves, we think we should. To be honest, we all failed to protect our people! Nuguse's lyrics are so powerful and insightful it has answers to some of the questions we have been asking ourselves as to Why we failed our people?
'No more sacred places': Heritage sites under siege in Tigray conflict
Hajj Siraj Mohammed has spent five decades managing the famed al-Nejashi Mosque in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, welcoming worshippers even during periods of conflict and famine. But when war broke out last year in Tigray, he witnessed something he once thought impossible: The mosque itself, part of one of the oldest Muslim settlements in Africa, had become a target.
'Clean out our insides': Ethiopia detains Tigrayans amid war
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Ethiopia has swept up thousands of ethnic Tigrayans into detention centers across the country on accusations that they are traitors, often holding them for months and without charges, the AP has found.The detentions, mainly but not exclusively of military personnel, are an apparent attempt to purge state institutions of the Tigrayans
Ethiopia's Tigray War Is Fueling Amhara Expansionism
By Kjetil Tronvoll - Abiy Ahmed depends on the support of ethnic Amhara leaders and militias whose goal is to reconquer what they consider lost territories-from Tigray to Sudan. The war in Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, is ostensibly about political control. The federal government's stated objective is to arrest the political and military leadership of the ousted regional government ... But among the ethnic Amhara political elite, it is seen as a war to regain territories
The Amhara Elites Still Dancing in Political Wilderness
Aynalem Sebhatu 04-26-21 - The widespread eruption of protests, especially in urban areas, and opposition to Abiy Ahmed's leadership is increasing. The waves of protests against the leaders of the Amhara political elites who are in cahoots with Abiy Ahmed are sweeping the Amhara regional state for the last few days now. Where does the protest go from here?
U.S. Africa Envoy: Ethiopia Crisis Could Make Syria Look Like 'Child's Play'
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday formally named Feltman to the post, where he will become Washington’s lead troubleshooter for a deadly conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia that has sparked a massive humanitarian crisis and widespread allegations of war crimes.
If the US is afraid about Ethiopia becoming another Syria it should intervene fast. Tigray cannot continue to bleed alone. The writing is on the wall. The rest of Ethiopia is days away from becoming a killing field. The US should listen carefully to what Abiy and Isaias are saying. Enough procrastination and enough playing deaf and blind!
ABIY AHMED'S AND ISAIAS AFEWERKI'S GAME OF DECEIT
H.T 04-26-21 - On April 17, 2021, "Eritrea told the United Nations Security Council on Friday that it has agreed to start withdrawing its troops from Ethiopia's Tigray region, acknowledging publicly for the first time the country's involvement in the conflict. The admission in a letter to the 15-member council - and posted online by Eritrea's Ministry of Information - comes a day after U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock said the world body had not seen any proof that Eritrean soldiers have withdrawn."
Open Letter to United Nations Security Council
SJTE 04-25-21 - Stop the continued genocide against the six million people in Tigray, Ethiopia.
First, the Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia (SJTE) would like to thank you and members of the UN Security Council for recognizing the gravity of the humanitarian crisis in Tigray and arriving at a unanimous decision to resolve the conflict.
Back to the debate on responsibility: Eritrean Defense Force vs. "PFDJ Army"
Kalayu Abrha 04-25-21 - At least five armies- three foreign, the Amhara regional militia, the Ethiopian Defense Force- took part in the invasion, physical and psychological destruction, and genocide in Tigray. The well coordinated and pre-planned action is still ongoing and getting worse with every passing day. This requires the prioritization of action to stop the war crimes
The Anguish of the World's Doctor
(New York Times) - Dr. Tedros of the W.H.O. publicly focuses on managing the pandemic. Privately, he weeps as his Tigrayan people are raped, starved and slaughtered. He is the world's doctor, and for months he has tirelessly led the global response to the coronavirus pandemic while privately nursing a piercing anguish. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, has largely kept his pain secret, maintaining a stoic public front. But when I probed, he wept.
What to Know About the Conflict in Ethiopia
(Council of Foreign relations) - Three years ago, Abiy Ahmed came to power with promises of peace. Now, jarring reports of killings and sexual violence have come out of Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region. Here’s what to know about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
UNSC notes concern over humanitarian situation in Tigray
The U.N. Security Council expressed concern on Thursday about the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region, particularly abuse of women and girls, a week after the U.N. aid chief said sexual violence was being used as a weapon of war.
For the UNSC to issue such a weak statement after all the reports it received about the thousands of rape and extra civilian killings in Tigray is as we say it in Tigrigna "meteazazebi" I am sure despite the goodwill of Ireland and the USA, the UNSC is issuing this statement to save Abiy's skin. The military balance in Tigray is shifting fast. Shame to China and Russia. The two superpowers will come out as a big loser once Abiy and his criminal friend Isaias Afeworki is gone. Tigray will prevail. No doubt about that. Zeru Hagos April 22, 2021
Honoring Excellence, Electing New Members
Professor Zeresenay Alemseged to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious learned societies in the United States! In the list are many prominent people including Oprah Winfrey.
Tigrayans' response: "Watch me protect it with all I have got."
Aynalem Sebhatu 04-20-21 - A Tigrayan from Addis Ababa writes "Conversations with friends in Addis Ababa have become different - shallow, tasteless, meaningless". They want Tigrayans to denounce their Tigrayan roots. Tigrayans' response: "Watch me protect it with all I have got."
Letter from Eritrea's Ambassador to the UN: A Review
Asayehgn Desta 04-21-21 - In her letter on April 16, 2021, addressed to the current President of the United Nations Security Council (H.E. Mr. Dang Dinh Quy), Eritrea's Ambassador to the United Nations (H.E. Sophia Tesfamariam Yohannes) vehemently disagreed with the statement on the crisis in Tigray given by US Permanent Representatives to the closed UNSC Session. In the same vein, Ambassador Tesfamariam didn't want to accept...
What Ethiopia needs is a UN probe into genocide in Tigray
I was astonished to read an editorial in The Citizen of Sunday, April 18, 2021 supporting the call by the Ethiopian ambassador to Tanzania for international intervention to back his government in rebuilding the Tigray region. It was shocking to see the story, and extremely sad to read the editorial. No reference whatsoever was made to the suffering of the people of Tigray.
Amb Linda Thomas-Greenfield on "Face the Nation" on Tigray
Ambassador, I really want to ask you about Tigray. You said this week to the UN Security Council, "Do African lives not matter as much as those experiencing conflict in other countries?" You were challenging them because of the systemic rape, the gang rapes that are being carried out against young girls in Tigray, in this conflict area in Ethiopia and Eritrea. This has been well-documented. It's been called ethnic cleansing by the United States. Why haven't we heard from President Biden and Vice President Harris about this concern? What is the US doing?
The Tigray Genocide: concrete action required to defend humanity.
Isaac M. (from Mekelle) 04-18-21 - Despite Eritrea's overdue 'admission' of its illegal intervention in the Ethiopian civil war, it has denied the well-documented mass atrocities, systemic sexual abuses and wanton destruction and looting of property by its savage army in Tigray. This contradicts the many reports and accounts of gross human rights abuses..
Freefall: Fate of Tigrai's Enemies
Aesop 04/17/2021 - The Tigrean saga has taught the entire world that David prevails over Goliath. Tigrai faced an enemy claiming over hundreds of million population seating over an economy estimated in hundreds of billion dollars (including Gulf monarchs). This enemy also wielded the diplomatic prestige of sovereignty represented by not in one but three flags.
Eritrea admits presence in Ethiopia's Tigray, tells U.N. withdrawing
Eritrea told the United Nations Security Council on Friday that it has agreed to start withdrawing its troops from Ethiopia's Tigray region, acknowledging publicly for the first time the country's involvement in the conflict..
Mr. Cohen's dog whistle
the other day telling Isaias Afeworki to withdraw from Tigray as soon as possible before it is too late has found ears! Sophia Tesfamariam a once trusted accomplice ally of Cohen during the campaign to unseat the EPRDF government has delivered the news that will buy time for the enemies of Tigray which Mr. Cohen is trying to help. What Sophia or others do not realize is Tigray will prevail no matter what. It is a matter of time Isaias and Abiy will be held accountable for their crimes. Zeru Hagos April 16, 2021