Ethiopia: Again and Again – The Federal Government continues vilify Humanitarian Assistance to Tigray region

It is also cognizant of the siphoning of humanitarian assistance and fuel reserves towards combatants instead of intended beneficiaries and the actors that are aiding and abetting the TPLF’s affront to peace” (Fana Broadcasting Company – ‘Government Reaffirms Readiness To Engage In Peace Talks At Any Time, Any Place Under Auspices Of AU Led Process’ 18.08.2022).

The regime of Addis Ababa has the nerve of claiming the United Nations Organizations, the Humanitarian organizations and the aid agencies who is helping the ones in need in Ethiopia. We know that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali have spoken ill of “wheat aid” on at least two occasions, which we know about. Therefore, we know there is resentment over the needs and the failure of the state in regard to food security. That’s why the PM is even blaming the World Food Programme, as if they are destroying local wheat production, which is a lie. Because, they wouldn’t import food and come with humanitarian aid, if there was no need for it. The UN organizations already struggling to meet the needs and have the funding to procure the needed food in question.

So, in this regard it’s really sinister that the Prosperity Party and the Addis Ababa regime continues to play with the card of using humanitarian assistance to boost a “war-effort” in Tigray. The authorities and the state itself has several of checkpoints and besieged the Tigray region for months upon months end. That’s why there is never enough ending up to the ones in need in Tigray. The state has created a man-made famine and campaign of starvation in Tigray.

The regime wants us to forget this part of the story:

The WFP official underlined how damaging the delays to the convoy’s arrival had been. “What is important here is to note is that these convoys are going through rigorous checks”, Mr. Phiri said. “It should not be like that. We need to send these convoys every day from now on so that we are able to meet demand. We therefore appeal for quicker and smoother passage into the region as soon as possible.” The aid convoy took four days to travel from Semera in the northeast to Mekelle, a distance of 445 kilometres. Drivers had to stop at 10 checkpoints where “at each and every stop, the humanitarian cargo was rigorously checked”, Mr. Phiri said” (UN News – ‘UN appeals for faster passage for aid convoys to Ethiopia’s Tigray’ 13.07.2021).

 

It isn’t like the trucks and the convoys are flown in without checks or balances. The authorities and the state is checking the humanitarian assistance not only when its entering, but all the way to the Tigray region. It is really compelling the vilification of the humanitarian assistance. That’s saying something about the gratitude and attitude towards it. They want to make it so hard that the humanitarian organizations stops or ceases their operations. That’s how it looks like and with the steady meetings to “resolve the bottlenecks” which never happened.

To read yet again the humanitarian assistance used to the war-effort. Only shows what sort of lies and deception the state wants the world to believe. While we are supposed to forget all the check-points, blockade and the hurdles the WFP or others are going through to get it to Mekelle or anywhere else in the Tigray region.

This is grim, dark and sinister. The whole affair shows the lack of heart or concern in general. Lives doesn’t matter, but political gains and consolidating power matters more. That’s the gist of it. Peace.

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