The new appeal will bring ICRC’s total budget for Ethiopia to 65 million Swiss francs.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 27, 2021 -The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking donors for an additional 28 million Swiss francs ($31.3 million) for its operations in Ethiopia and Sudan following violence that has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, increasing the need for food, clean water and medical care.
The new appeal will bring ICRC’s total budget for Ethiopia to 65 million Swiss francs ($72.7 million) and the total budget for Sudan to 36 million Swiss francs ($40.3 million). It is the ICRC’s largest such appeal in four years.
“We haven’t seen such an increase in the level of violence in this region for many years,” said Patrick Youssef, the ICRC’s head of operations for Africa. “The world’s attention has been mostly on Tigray, but pockets of violence broke out in other parts of Ethiopia as well, while fighting also resurfaced in Darfur, causing more fear, more displacement and preventing people from meeting their vital needs.
“We are facing an unprecedented challenge, responding to several crises that unfold against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate shocks,”Mr Youssef said.
In Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the presence of humanitarian actors increased in cities, but significant gaps remain in hard-to-reach rural areas. Access to food and primary healthcare are major humanitarian concerns. At the same time, humanitarian needs in other violence-affected areas like Oromia continue to grow.
In Sudan’s Darfur region, the flare-up of violence forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. People can’t grow food and access essential services. Meanwhile, the country is dealing with several displacement and refugee crises. Nearly 2 million Sudanese remain internally displaced, while the country is hosting more than a million refugees, including over 60,000 people who recently fled Ethiopia.
“The emergency response alone will not suffice in the situation we are now facing. The level of violence and destruction is such that we must be prepared to deal with the protracted consequences of these crises,” Mr Youssef added. “Respect for civilian life and property, as well as for healthcare facilities and personnel, is the only way to limit the disastrous humanitarian impact of the ongoing violence.”
The ICRC stepped up its response in Ethiopia and Sudan to cover urgent humanitarian needs, providing emergency relief and preparing for long-term interventions. Additional funding will enable it to expand its programs in Tigray, Oromia and other violence-affected areas of Ethiopia, working alongside the Ethiopian Red Cross. Reaching rural areas of Tigray, reinforcing health services, and increasing support for victims of sexual violence are among the main priorities.
In Sudan, the ICRC will expand its activities and support the Sudanese Red Crescent to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. It will focus on delivering assistance to people affected by violence, reinforcing primary health care and physical rehabilitation services.
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“Countries with strong economy or other entities are in a campaign against Ethiopia with the [aim being] to decide how Ethiopians should live. The election will be decided by Ethiopia and Ethiopians only, not to fulfil the interest of external forces. Ethiopians have never fallen under any forces and will never fall” – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali (16.05.2021)
“We have one home and that is Ethiopia. We only have one country and that is Ethiopia. No external forces could ensure the stability of Ethiopia. It is we Ethiopians to stand firm and save our nation” – Yeshiwas Assefa, Chairman of EZEMA party (18.05.2021)
These two quotes is recent and shows the heart of the government, the regime and the ones in-charge in Addis Ababa. It is not shocking, but someone cornered and wanting respect does this. The same party and gentlemen that needs outside support and financial benefits as well.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and Ezema Chairman Yeshiwas Assefa is clear in the message. That isn’t shocking. They are both loyal to the same project and has no concern with outsiders looking in. These two wants the same powerful team run the nation and not being questioned about their misgivings.
This is the same government that is arresting, detaining, abducting and taking away political opponents. There is plenty, thousands of political prisoners in Ethiopia at this point. This is happening ahead of the elections, which has been postponed for so long. Therefore, the election is a (s)election and predetermined result for the ones in office. They are only creating the idea of an election, but not a free and fair one. Because, anyone who could challenge the PM or his Prosperity Party is lingering in jail or proclaimed as ‘Terrorist’.
This is why they wont have any interference or external forces. However, this government wants the help of International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. This government wants aid and donors to pay for all sorts of projects. The Prosperity Party is living on the dimes of these multi-national organizations and United Nations Organizations too. So, it is not like the foreign currency through trade is covering the expenses of the state. That is the first level of hypocrisy of these gentlemen.
Second and more dire at these days. Is that these two gentlemen would easily defend the Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) participating in the warfare in Tigray region and possibly elsewhere. The EZEMA have worried that the Ethiopians and Amhara Para-Military Group would be to weak, if the Eritreans would leave. Therefore, the hypocrisy is at all time high. As long as a Foreign Entity and soldiers are bashing through the Tigray region.
Prime Minister Abiy and Chairman Assefa is clearly jaded here. They have trouble with Western Powers and Donors adding strings to their purses. The Addis Ababa leadership wants to look sovereign. However, how sovereign are you when you need the Eritrean to take the battles internally for you? How great is Addis when Asmara is salvaging your hurt?
These two gentlemen needs to get their mind correct. The Prosperity Party and Ezema should just merge when they are on accord and working directly for the same thing. There is no difference, except for the name. This war in Tigray is exposing the sinister ploys and plots. That the state cannot forgive its own and cannot give way.
It is either Abiy’s way or its the path to destruction. That is the ways things are at this moment. Abiy should be careful with his words of being a sovereign. As long as his gently keeping company with Eritrean forces on the Ethiopian soil. His not sovereign as long as keeps playing these games. His the silent partner and accepting the ills of both his own soldiers and their allies. That is all happening on his watch. It is all on his account. Peace.
Today, the interim and transitional President of 18 months Mahamat Idriss “Kaka” Déby Itno held his first national address after the coup d’etat on the 20th April 2021. In the capital N’Djamena things are not the same. The public is tired of the lack of representation and having military government at the helm. They are in the streets and its bleeding. While the likes of Gen. Kaka is promising dialogue and peace. Who is he saying this too? He is not saying this to the people who are addressing the lack of good governance and proper civilian government.
That is why the National Address of 27th April 2021 is to legitimize his reign and the transition. Just like the appointment of the 2nd placed or runner-up to his father in the recent election. That is just making the military government a little civil. Just like the Sovereign Council did with their Prime Minister too. It is the same trick, but just another capital and people held hostage by the “positive” move by a junta government.
Well, there will be friendly headlines and hopeful tokens, but know why he did this. It is validate his reign and establish himself as the new Head of State and President of Tchad. There is nothing else too it. Also, to undermine the reason for the rebellion and the will to overthrow the Déby Itno dynasty in N’Djamena.
That’s why the General said this today:
“The macabre objective of the forces of evil and the followers of obscurantism, is to prevent the emergence of Chad and destabilize it by sowing chaos, hatred, desolation and death” (Gen. Mahamat Idriss “Kaka” Déby Itno, 27.04.2021)..
It is clear here the vision he has and how he is looking at the rebellion. The rebels are against the “monarchy” and the junta his running. Just like they was after his father and his regime as well. They we’re all there, because the family seems to be the only willing or able people to run the Republic. Which cannot be true. There should be several of leaders and excellent human beings with intellect to run this nation. Not only the ones who is lucky to be born with the last name Déby Itno.
As he later said:
“The Transitional Military Council obeys the cardinal concern to face the absolute urgency of having to defend our Homeland against the aggression it was suffering, to preserve the gains of peace and stability and to guarantee national unity and cohesion. This is, my fellow citizens, the very essence of the fundamental principles of the nation’s existence because the war is not over and the threat of attacks by other armed groups from abroad remains” (Gen. Mahamat Idriss Kaka Déby Itno, 27.04.2021).
Here his promising structure and institutionalising the government. However, this is all buying time and the same enemy as his father had. The Sahel region is hit with militants and aggression as well. So, there this paradigm here too and that’s why the Operation Barkhane and the G5 Sahel joint forces too.
Still, we know his will and resolve is first to go after the rebels who has given up the capital and its leadership. They are just answering this way, because it is not like the leaders or the elites in Tchad cares about the lack of civilian government or need for a political change, which isn’t giving the power to another Déby Itno.
We know his insincere when he says things like this:
“The aim of the process is to enable us to hold democratic, free and transparent elections as soon as possible. Democracy and freedom introduced in Chad in 1990 are and will remain irreversible values.” (Gen. Mahamat Idriss Kaka Déby Itno, 27.04.2021).
He is saying his father introduced democracy, free and fair elections. We are just supposed forget how he blocked the opposition, arrested activists or exiled people. For the average political interested will know there was no barrier for positive entry. The dynasty and the first family had the perks of the state since 1990 but that was not generally shared with the public. Therefore, this lie has to be disputed and not accepted. A tyrant doesn’t issue in democracy. No, they destroy it and takes control of it and also becomes the personification of the state. Therefore, the Gen. Kaka better chill and rewrite the origin story. If not ask for someone to give him the pin-points on how his father held power until death.
And to continue where his father left off:
“Chad needs the national and international community to make this transition a success because the challenges are immense. Chad needs massive support from these partners to stabilize an economic and financial situation severely impacted by the security, health, humanitarian and social context. I would also like to reassure our partners that Chad will continue to hold its position and assume its responsibilities in the fight against terrorism and will respect all its international commitments” (Gen. Mahamat Idriss Kaka Déby Itno, 27.04.2021).
This is because he know the value of his junta government. They are not willing to let civilians run it and he wants to be an unelected leader. There will not be democracy. If this man believes his father created that since 1990. The power of delusion is real and we are just seeing the “useful Tchad” continues with Gen. Kaka. Not like the leadership is changing or doing anything different. It is a reason why he says this.
The new President hopes the international community bails the Republic after the 30 years of mismanagement of his father. That he can blame on the recent rebellion. Though his father and his cronies ran the government for over three decades and had the ability to stabilize the economy if they wanted. Still, there wasn’t a will for that and now he hopes for support to salvage him from the ills of his father. He also said they should do this, as the junta will continue its fight against terrorism and that’s an international commitment. Clearly, wants a bailout for their role as a “stabilizer” in the region. That is really trying to sell the same as his father did in the last part of his reign.
We are now seeing the truth and its served blatantly. There is no hiding and his proving what his willing to do. Peace.