“There needs to be clarity as it pertains to UN access for humanitarian assistance. The agreement signed is for assistance to be led and coordinated by the Ethiopian government. No entity, multilateral or unilateral can supplant the responsibility of the government”– Ethiopian Ambassador to Eritrea Redwan Hussain (08.12.2020)
In moments like these it’s easy to loose hope in humanity. As the ice-cold hearted men are ruling in impunity and in injustice. They are not only ordering war together with allies, but brutally stopping United Nations and other Humanitarian Organizations access to the battle-torn region. As they are blocking World Food Programme and others access to the Tigray Region. The National Army has already killed UN Personnel after the “ceasing” of “warfare” and the fourth phase was starting. Alas, the government wasn’t honest about that either.
The government and Eritrean forces is still battling it out in Tigray. God knows the consequences and the damage being done. The amount of looting, gender violence and blunt killings. As the state hasn’t allowed reporting nor investigations into the matters. Only self-serving propaganda and media releases, which benefits their cause and not the whole truth. Just like the TPLF is dropping their dozes and their stories to benefit them. Therefore, both parties are blinding the perspective, while blocking for a third eye to see the deal.
The Humanitarian Corridor have been blocked, as it was a week ago the United Nations and Federal Governments signed an agreement. This is happening after weeks of reporting of blocked borders and shelling of towns and Mekelle in Tigray. There over 50,000 civilians who has fled to Sudan and who knows whose hurting more. As there are reports of raids, looting factories and taking assets from the region. We cannot imagine the horror or the suffering happening right now.
This is happening while the UN and World Food Programme haven’t been allowed to enter since 4th November 2020. That is over a month without logistics and manpower to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the Eritrean refugees and citizens lacking basic commodities. As the state and the army have blocked them from entering. That is grave act against humanity to block food, water and basic commodities to enter the region.
That the Prosperity Party and Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy can do this and continue to freeze accounts, block telephone-lines and internet. Is all big black-out of information in combination of blocking international reporters and journalists from writing on it too. As the Federal Government only wants their “victory” and “fluff” pieces out.
The Ethiopian authorities doesn’t want the truth. The brutal truth. The reality and the hardships, the amount of deaths, the killings and the crimes against humanity out. They want it silenced as they know what they are doing, but doesn’t want it told. If they had nothing to fear or nothing to loose. They would have opened up the floodgates, as this is free food and commodities. The state isn’t paying for it or delivering it. No, its foreigners and international funds collective engagement securing the basic needs of starving citizens. This isn’t taxpayer money from Addis Ababa or revenue earned from exports. No, this is international solidarity given to the region of Tigray.
The humanitarian effort given by the United Nations and others are by the donors making it possible. Not committee controlled and working for the Ethiopian government. No, they are coming there because the Ethiopian government doesn’t have the capacity or the heart to help its own. This is why a “third force” is entering with a mandate of peace and shelter. Something the Federal Government cannot sufficiently deliver or have the ability to serve its citizens.
If everything was fine and dandy. Then the UN and World Food Programme wouldn’t need to come. However, the dire needs and the situation at hand. Their hands and their services are needed. Because, the Addis Ababa clearly doesn’t have it or can do it. If they did, then it would have happen a month ago. Peace.