The Office of the Prime Minster Ahmed Ali Abiy published today a statement, which it did refute the idea that humanitarian agencies lack of access in the Tigray Region. A region where there been 4 months of conflict since 4th November 2020. All of this time, there been hot-minutes of entries, but not a fully operational of humanitarian operations there.
The Law Enforcement Operation have made things volatile and a huge humanitarian crisis of such proportions that we cannot have idea about. This because several of parties have been involved in the warfare there. This being the Ethiopian Army, Eritrean Army and Amhara Para-Military troops (FANO). These three allies are going after the outlawed and now deemed “terrorist” organization Tigray People’s Libeartion Front (TPLF). The TPLF have their own milita and its known as Samri. Therefore, the additional damage done and made by the warfare is still unknown.
There been little report. The media has had an blackout. The internet blockade was lasting super-long. The telephone lines was jammed. The journalists and aid agencies was not allowed to enter. The stories we got was from the 60,000 refugees seeking asylum in Sudan. Where camps was set-up and aid agencies got help them inside Sudan. Therefore, the Ethiopian government know very well what they have done to its citizens and civilians in Tigray.
Yes, OCHA have now dropped a map that is revealing, as the state wants to brush over the fact of lack of control and also places the aid agencies can go. Even if they now allows them full access. That is now impossible…
The snap-shot map of Tigray says it all. No matter what the PM says in his statement. The United Nations doesn’t have a reason to lie about this, but Abiy does… as he needs a better image of himself and his actions in office. His soon having a fake-election where most of his opposition is either behind bars, detained, killed or blocked from participating. That is the natural beauty of this postponed enterprise.
In this manner… Abiy and the Prosperity Party needs some flair to light up this fiasco. As the warfare in Tigray have backfired. His looking like a warlord. The PM is killing his own citizens. Using soldiers to participate in atrocities and war-crimes in the region. The Federal Government will blame and lie its TPLF fault. But how long can they be able to sell that story? As they are doing what they can to peddle the lies and try to deceive the international community.
The PP and Addis Ababa government wants the world to believe and smell roses. They wants it all to fine and dandy. While people are suffering. The army and allies are destroying a region, because they defied and didn’t follow the command of Abiy. That is why we are here and the constitutional dispute has become a giant worm that is destroying itself.
That is why Abiy needs the lies. Abiy needs the goodwill and look like a gentlemen. He don’t want to look like a warlord, even if his acts states so. That is why he needs … International Community to back his efforts and his government. Therefore, the picturesque catastrophe he has created in Tigray will haunt him. All the lives, massacres, rapes and other human rights violations will follow him. Just as aid agents and journalists have been killed there. But remember… these deaths will always be blamed on either the victim or TPLF. That is the game the state plays and how it will end.
Prime Minister Abiy and his office can promise and say they want all Tigray to get humanitarian access. However, the truth is far from it. The state doesn’t even have access or safe areas for it. That is because the warfare and the enemy they have created by going to war in early November. A war they had prepared in Amhara region and flown in troops to Eritrea to attack the region from two sides. While blaming TPLF for attacking the Northern Command, which was just the latest straw, but we are supposed to forget the troops movement, mechanical brigade and airlifting troops from Ethiopia to Eritrea in advance. Because that happens in no time. It takes time to move massive amounts of troops. Therefore, the Ethiopian-Eritrean war in Tigray was planned in advance and wasn’t an last attempt. Even if the state will claim so.. it doesn’t add up.
A warlord wants to be saved and get glory. A warlord wants to be legendary. His battles and the heads of his enemies as his trophies. He clearly aim at them all to be supreme in the election. That is all that’s into it. If he had nothing to hide. He wouldn’t have it like this and acted with such acts. However, he has and now he got to save face. Even though that will not work. When the truth differs from his reality. He wants the PR shots and Pressers. The PM wants the showers of praise and glory, but he will not take responsibility for all the lives his taken and going to take, just to prove a point in Tigray. Peace.