Ethiopia: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Press Release (01.10.2021)

Ethiopia: The Government of the National Regional State of Tigray – Press Statement on the Expulsion of High-Level UN Officials (01.10.2021)

Ethiopia: The Global Society of Tigray Scholars (GSTS) – Denouncing Decision by Ethiopian Regime to Expel High-Level United Nations Officials (30.09.2021)

Ethiopia: UNHCR Report states worrying signs for humanitarian assistance in the Tigray Region

The UN Refugee Agency – the UNHCR Situation Report Number 22 published on the 30th September 2021. It is published on the day high ranking officials from several of UN organizations including the UNCHR had become “person non-grata” and had to leave within 72 hours. Therefore, this report is vital and important.

We know the Prosperity Party and the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali doesn’t want this published or discussed. As they are disregarding the reality and want it to go away. The government doesn’t care about the plights or the suffering of the Tigray region. Neither the woredas or provinces, which has been hit by the same worrisome situation, as the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) has annexed the regions.

The UNCHR states this: “The corridor from Debark to Mai Tsebri where the Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps are located is still not accessible due to insecurity, while fully loaded supply trucks cannot cross the bridge to Mai Tsebri from the Shire side until repair works are complete. Discussions on how to move food for distribution in the refugee camps are ongoing, as with the route through Amhara region closed, the food needs to be moved from WFP’s warehouse in Gondar, through Semera in Afar region into Mekelle and then to Shire and across the bridge to Mai Tsebri. Meanwhile, distribution of a partial monthly food ration began on 23 September with the limited food items remaining in warehouses on site” (UNCHR, 30.09.2021).

Here we see how the infrastructure destruction during the warfare is stopping the needed humanitarian assistance. The state is willingly blocking the entering and the possibility to get aid into the Tigray region. We know the region already lacks food, medicines and basic necessities. Also, the blockade of fuel, electricity and communications like phone and internet. So, keeping the region in the dark and also the areas of which the TDF has invaded as well.

The most striking passage of this report is this: “The humanitarian situation across the Tigray Region remains deeply concerning for refugees, the internally displaced and host communities. Civilians have endured ten months of conflict with extremely limited basic services and assistance available, leading to a significant escalation in humanitarian needs with ongoing new displacements. The security situation remains volatile, affecting civilians and constraining humanitarian actors on the ground. Communication, electricity, and banking services remain intermittent. The conflict is now also affecting civilian populations in neighboring Amhara and Afar regions” (UNCHR, 30.09.2021).

Here they are saying what the government doesn’t want out. It want this fact silent and the supports of the state calls this “fake” or “forged” to support the TPLF. Which is false, as these are citizens, civilians and people caught in-crossfire, because the PM wanted to consolidate power. A move that wasn’t approved and accepted by the Regional Government in Tigray and he made a choice to retaliate and use military means to get his will. Therefore, the general public have to suffer, because one man wants to rule supreme by any means possible. The PM and the PP is blocking the aide and humanitarian assistance from entering, which is only making the situation worse by the day.

Everyone living in the region is touched by this and the state is willing to let the people live in this agony without any prospects or hope of change. Since the state is weaponizing the man-made famine and starvation. That’s why it targets NGOs and UN Organizations. Especially, the ones that make the emperor look naked. He is supposed to be the grand statesman, but a statesman doesn’t let citizens/civilians die within in his own domain. When he can easily get them the needed humanitarian assistance and basic necessities. However, that is not priority of the Prosperity Party. Peace.

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Opinion: Abiy’s message to the world is that he wants the starving to die in darkness

The latest move in-coordination with all of his other efforts since early November 2020 has all been connected to this. It is not like it is a surprise anymore. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali wanted this conflict done silently and without much publicity. He would have preferred if it was in the bulletins and not creating headlines, as a sort of “clean-up” operation nobody cared about.

However, that has backfired and the truth is out. The bloody, sinister truth of it all. The PM cannot run away and hide. That’s why he retaliates and uses the means at his disposal. He will falsely claim and without proof, maligned and attack the ones telling the truth. Nevertheless, never care to indulge or express deep reasons for his move. No, that is for his handlers and appointees to do.

We know why the United Nations and the UN organizations was hit today. It is a strike to silence, make it harder for humanitarian assistance and ensure the devastating blow to the civilians caught in the cross-fire in this conflict. They are the ones who will pay the price.

The PM and his allies has done what it could to stop reporting in the Tigray region. The state have blocked journalists and deported some too. This has been done to other humanitarian organizations too in the past year of conflict. So nothing of this is new. It is only that it is high ranking UN officials who are vital for the food security and humanitarian assistance who is targeted now.

This are the people that could stop the famine and weaponized starvation. It is not like that is concern the PM or his “yes-men”. They are so concerned with their status of sovereign that they are letting the Eritrean Defence Forces violate that on the daily. So, it is not like that is sincere reason either.

Let it be clear, the state has a blockade and planned effort to undermine all works in Tigray region. They are not letting humanitarian assistance in and neither basic necessities either. The utilities and communications blockade is continuing to this day. The state is willing keeping the region in a blackout and they doing that by decree.

The PM wants the civilians, the citizens and the people of Tigray to suffer in silence. He doesn’t care about their lives, their rights or their existence. They doesn’t matter to him. The PM just don’t want their witnesses, the ones suffering or the ones uttering out the truth to able to expose his acts. He just want them to die in darkness. Nobody is supposed to know that millions are lacking food, medicine, fuel and phone communication. No one is supposed to know that and the PM is the only one that is allowed to know this. Because, he ordered it and is giddy about it.

Certainly, if he cared he wouldn’t let trucks be stuck for months in Afar region. His armies wouldn’t destroy vital bridges and block roads into the region. Alas, that is what his doing and his proud of it too. The PM is willing to make it near impossible to give humanitarian assistance. When his men and “empty suits” are busy scheming devious theatrics.

This isn’t fun and games, but it is a lot of lives at stake. This is a whole region suffering. Also, the areas where the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) have occupied is suffering the same methods. There are so many who needs and cannot get it. Because, there is no will and is no way. They are blocked, silenced and vilified. This is why the leaders of the UN organizations are now “person non-grata”.

They dared to the speak the truth and not allow innocent civilians to die in darkness. However, that is what His Excellency wants and his words is a command. So, he is getting his will. At this point, nobody can trust this man. His ego and his manners is all in the open. He wants people to die and not let the world see. While he claims his opponents are “terrorists”. If his government is so legit, why are you trying to hide or silence everyone, aye?

That is the tragic reality here. Civilians and citizens are pawns. While kings are dwelling on their plight and needs, which they have no plans fulfil. What is striking is that PM is willing to do this and he shows his heart. A lack of thereof, but still what preoccupies his mind. Since its of very importance to deport the people who secures food security in the Republic. Instead of helping them and giving them ways to succeed in doing so.

He wants people to die and with no spotlights. That is evident and it’s horrific to know. Peace.

Ethiopia: 7 UN Officials have become ‘Persona Non Grata’ to further hinder humanitarian assistance

From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter handle (30.09.2021)

Addis Ababa, September 30, 2021 (FBC) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has listed individuals working for various UN Agencies who have been declared by the government as ‘persona non grata’ and urged to leave the territory of Ethiopia within 72 hours for meddling in internal affairs of the nation. Accordingly, Mr. Grant Leaity Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Adele Khodr, UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Ms. Ghada Eltahir Mudawi, Acting Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Ethiopia, Mr. Kwesi Sansculotte, Peace and Development Advisor of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia and Mr. Saeed Mohamoud Hersi, Deputy Head of Office, UNOCHA have been urged to leave the territory of Ethiopia within 72 hours” (Fana Broadcasting Corporation – ‘Ethiopia Orders Some ‘Persona Non Grata’ From UN Agencies To Leave Its Territory Within 72 Hours’ 30.09.2021).

This isn’t shocking anymore. The Prosperity Party and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is willing to do anything for their causes. Right now the United Nations and its high ranking officials have been stressing the need for humanitarian assistance and getting it into the Tigray Region. Alas, stopping the weaponized starvation of the region, which seems to be the intention of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at this current time.

Since the start of the November 2020 conflict. There has been little to no efforts to help, secure or even transport humanitarian assistance into the region. The state have had systematic blockades and stifled their movements. The state has put up road-blocks, securing check-points and whatever it takes to make the journey troublesome. On top of that stopping fuel-trucks and other vital basic necessities to enter as well.

That has been going on, as the besieged region have had their utilities blocked, banking shut-down, internet and phone blocked. So, all state efforts have been into play to make the region suffer. There has been no humanitarian helping points and even the “fake” ceasefire didn’t stop this. They didn’t open the gates or even turn on the electricity. No, the state continued the blockade and was never sincere.

This is why today’s move is happening after the UN has asked for the state to provide proper assistance and shield the humanitarian operation in Northern Ethiopia. Clearly that is to much to ask. Since the weaponized man-made famine is a dire pet-project of Addis Ababa. The PP with it’s Ministry of Peace is issuing direct assault on civilians and tarnishing their lives. People are dying for lack of food, water and heat. This has all been done, because the powerful people of Addis has ordered it.

Instead of meeting, greeting and ensuring the safeguard of humanitarian assistance to the Tigray region. The state is instead retaliating. They are making 7 UN officials “non grata” in a way to block it even further. So, that the organizations has to yet again appoint someone and get them accepted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. That will take time and that is something the Tigray region doesn’t have.

The PP and PM will bash itself in glory and dance with huge parties to the stars. While millions and thousands across the Republic is starving. The leaders of PP are willing to sacrifice innocent civilians. Just so they can consolidate power and one man can crown himself king. They are willing to let grandparents see their grand-kids die. They are willing to see mothers die in-front of their sons and daughters die in-front of their fathers. That is what the state is willing to do. Just to prove a point.

That’s what is madness here. The state could facilitate and organize this. The PP could with it massive power and influence secure the roads. The state could ensure the UN Organizations get their people on the ground running. Alas, they were never interested in it in the first place. These men in-charge are willing to destroy, deplete and annihilate a region for their own benefit. That is their mission and how they are operating. The rest is just posing and acting civil in-front of the cameras. Which the state just did a mere week ago when it made a deal with one UN organization to secure humanitarian assistance. That was just another lie to buy time for continued suffering.

The PP and allies can easily call in meetings. Hold plenty of minutes. Let the UN Officials meet the leaders and greet the public officials. However, that is just to make headlines and make seem like they are doing something. When in all reality. It is just buying time to continue the suffering and agony. There is no real will. If it was a real will. It would have been as flamboyant as every time the PM is planting trees and speaking of the fruits of his supposed labour. Alas, that is not the case here.

He the PM and his men wants Tigray to suffer. They don’t care how many lives are lost or destroyed by this. It is personal and it’s because the TPLF didn’t follow the commando and joined the Prosperity Party. They deserve the slaughter for not participating and becoming part of the machine. That is why they are inflicting pain until they bow their knees and praises their king. Until, that is happening. Everyone in the region is fair game. That is how it seems and there is no end in sight.

Just more blood, more pain and more suffering. It is persistent and never ending. The state is maybe not killing them with guns and ammo. However, it is still killing them. It is doing it slowly until the last breath. Peace.

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Over 2 million Kenyans face acute hunger due to drought in Kenya, warns IRC (28.09.2021)

At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report.

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28, 2021 –  The International Rescue Committee is concerned about the growing humanitarian needs following months of droughts in parts of Kenya. At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report. Due to the poor rainfall and low crop production, 2.1 million Kenyans are facing acute food insecurity in the next 6 months.

Mohammed El Montassir Hussein, IRC Kenya Country Director said

“This drought is reminiscent of the great famine of 2011 – we are very concerned about the growing humanitarian needs as people move out of the hometowns in search of places closer to water sources. Livestock are dying and men, women and children are going hungry and thirsty. Across the eastern and southern parts of the country the rains received were as little as 51% of  what is expected.

“Lamu Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties received amounts that were as little as 26% of normal rainfall. Turkana and Garissa are both refugee-hosting counties which put the already vulnerable refugee population at further risk given planned closure of the camps in May 2022. Many people living in these areas rely heavily on crops as a source of nutrition and livelihoods, and the droughts have resulted in below-average crop production. Household stocks are  up to 66% below average for all crops.  And this is worse in  the coastal region. High food prices coupled with declining livestock prices have impacted negatively on households’ ability to buy basic necessities. Earlier than normal migration of up to 60%  of livestock mainly in search of pasture and water has intensified insecurity and conflict as well as high risk of livestock diseases.

“Climate change is the main driver of the erratic and recurring droughts, and has been partly attributed to the recent locust outbreaks in East Africa, causing widespread food insecurity. Climate change also contributes to poor health outcomes. Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are likely to exacerbate the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. Lack of access to clean water will lead to higher incidence of diarrhea, a major cause of death for children under 5. Coupled with the destruction of fragile ecosystems, the changing climate has a profound impact on the occurrence of viruses like COVID-19 that emerge from animals.

“We must prepare for future climate emergencies, with communities given financial support and decision-making power. Local leaders (particularly indigenous populations), smallholder farmers and livestock herders already have the knowledge and experience necessary to confront this crisis.

“Future response to climate change must also be feminist, recognizing the unique and disproportionate ways women are impacted. As farmers, carers or activists, women (and women-led organizations) are central to food security and effective climate change mitigation.

“A secure aid budget – fulfilled in line with the internationally endorsed target of 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) – and risk-informed financing that can be quickly deployed, is critical to mitigating the impact of future shocks. Investing now to tackle hunger and food insecurity resulting from climate shocks will save time, money and lives in the long run. We are in urgent need of funding to be able to meet basic humanitarian needs and mitigate the impact of future shocks.”

The IRC has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing health care, women’s protection, legal rights, economic recovery & development and nutrition services to hundreds of thousands of refugees and their host communities. We also work with the Kenyan government to support health, nutrition and conflict resolution programs. The IRC is focusing our efforts on the Turkana, Garissa, West Pokot, Kajiado and Nairobi Counties by providing emergency health care, supporting community health projects that improve nutrition, sanitation and access to medicine; educating people about HIV/AIDS and other diseases; fostering conflict resolution to make communities safe for women and children; providing primary education for children and specialized classes and job training for youth and adults and advocating for the rights of refugees in the capital, Nairobi, and other urban areas.