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.

Ethiopia: Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS) – Raising Alarm about Recent Military Provocations by the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) – (17.08.2022)

Ethiopia: War is returning to Tigray

The Tigray region that has been at various stages of War since November 2020. The region that has been besieged and gotten shunned by the Federal Government. The region is yet again under fire. The missiles and tanks is returning in the name of Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF). These are being used to attack the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) positions and it’s been reported to happen this week. A clear breach of the “Humanitarian Truce” and it shows that it wasn’t real. 

After Cessation of Hostilities has been breached by ENDF, as the army has now attacked Tigray Defence Forces position around Dedebit in Western Tigray. Western Tigray which for two years has been “annexed” or occupied by the Tripartite Alliance. This alliance is the ENDF, Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” and Eritrean Defence Force (EDF). Now, the ENDF has returned and coming with mechanical divisions to restart the War.

The talks and diplomacy has like suspected only been to buy time and be able to regroup for a new offensive against the TDF. That’s the plan of the “Humanitarian Truce” and the government has since then gotten funding and time to buy more ammunition. Therefore, the new offensive and continuation of the “Law Enforcement Operation” can cease to continue.

The Tigray region is already war-torn, disconnected from the world for two years. Utilities haven’t been connected for two years either. There is a famine and a humanitarian disaster already in the making, as the humanitarian assistance has only come in small convoys and never to levels of what the people actually needed. They only got small percentages of what they need and this is why the basic necessities and lack thereof is well documented. This is also in regard to fertilizers, fuel and medicines. So, that is not only food, but what helps to produce more food for the next season. Therefore, this has been a planned and a staged scenario, which is so grim.

Now, as the humanitarian disaster of epic proportion is happening. The army is returning and with fire. The war is most likely on and the ENDF was just waiting to be regrouped for return to Tigray. This is why we should expect more bloodshed, collective punishment and a total war. Expect several of fronts to be attacked, the allies of Addis Ababa will join along. That being Asmara and Bahir Dar as well.

The Tripartite Alliance is ready and prepared. To think otherwise is naive. They will try to annihilate the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and anyone who can possibly associate with the party. They are going after the region and wants it suffer for not consolidating power to the Prime Minister and his party, the Prosperity Party. That’s the PEACE that Abiy offers and this is why he has established a “Ministry of Peace” and a “Peace Committee”. These are just made to look like peace, while the PM and his government wages war. That’s why the Ministry has in past fundraised for the army in the name of “peace”.

We should expect war and more conflict. That’s what’s on the horizon. The “Humanitarian Truce” was hallow and was a lie. Just like so many other of the blatant acts of the PM. He only did it buy time and weapons. The PM didn’t do it out of mercy or concern for the population. No, he did it to get more ammunition, equipment and ability to wage war.

There will only be armed tyranny from now. There will only be more death and more horrific acts done in the name of “rule of law” and “democracy”. Expect stories to shatter your heart, mind and soul. That’s what’s ahead, as devastating as the news of famine and starvation is… and in the mix of that comes a full-scale war.

I have stated before and state it again, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali isn’t a man of peace, but a warlord. His a man of war and not peace. That is proven and it shows everywhere he goes. Peace.

Ethiopia: Government of Tigray – 17th August 2022 Statement from the Tigray Military Command (17.08.2022)

Ethiopia: Oromo Liberation Front/Army (OLF/A) – OLF-OLA Cooperates with International Partners to Curtail the Famine in Oromia (16.08.2022)

Ethiopia: Abiy plans to export wheat – while several of regions are hit by famine…

We are hearing reports that a Ship is on its way to Ethiopia carrying Wheat, and that famine is looming. All this is false information aimed at pre-emptively sabotaging the credibility of our Wheat export plans” – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali (14.08.2022).

The wheat will go to WFP’s operations in #Ethiopia. It’s one of many areas around the world where the near-complete halt of Ukrainian grain & food on the global market has made life even harder” (Abiy, 14.08.2022).

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali is claiming and down-talking yet again humanitarian aid. It isn’t many months ago when he spoke ill of “wheat-aid”. Therefore, this is one of his pet-pees and issues he wants to settle. The PM can want to be self-sufficient and be able to produce enough food for the Republic. There is nothing wrong in that and everyone should strive on it.

If we prevent wheat aid from entering Ethiopia, 70% of our problems will be solved. Ethiopia main problem is aid wheat. Together with aid wheat diseases and many other problems comes with. Stopping aid wheat means resolving most of our problems. After stopping aid wheat, we can create touristic areas. For example, can build a cafeterias in this place like we saw earlier today. Tourists go to Cape Town and South France. In our case. It’s sitting idle” – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali (October 2021).

However, in 2022 and at this very time… the United Nations or Humanitarian Organizations aren’t undermining the authorities or the Prosperity Party for that matter. No, they are just coming with aide to the ones in need, which isn’t only in the Tigray region that has been besieged for months. No, they have to go Somali (Ogaden) region, parts of Oromia region and Afar region too. There are so many people who needs help across the Republic.

OCHA reported it like this ten days ago: “The overall humanitarian situation in Ethiopia has significantly deteriorated in 2022 leading to increased humanitarian needs across the country due to ongoing conflict and violence, and climatic shocks such as the prolonged drought. More than 20 million people are to be targeted for humanitarian assistance and protection this year. Nearly three quarters of them are women and children” (OCHA, 05.08.2022).

There are millions of people who needs it now. Yes, there are fields that grows wheat in Ethiopia. However, that is clearly not sustainable or able to cope with the needs of the Republic. That farmers and the Ethiopian agriculture is able to produce and expand their production is fine. Nevertheless, that doesn’t solve the crisis or the famines which are occurring.

These famines aren’t created to undermine or create distress for the Prime Minister. No, they are either happening because of the policies of the Republic of blocking humanitarian aide to the Northern Ethiopia, in general to the Tigray Region, or it’s happening because of prolonged drought and climate, which no one controls. Even if the Prime Minister has promised technology to create rain the other year. Clearly, buying drones and bullets for his war has been more important to his whole reign.

We are seeing the attitude and the charisma of a self-absorbed man. Who thinks he can solve everything on his own. A man who don’t want interference and want to be self-sufficient, but doesn’t have the tools or ability to see the struggles now. Maybe the years in the Palace in Addis Ababa has made him forget about the plights of the commoner. Because they are struggling from the tip of Ogaden to the end of Tigray. He clearly don’t mind their issues and think the imported wheat is there to destroy his vision.

However, the wheat imports is only to save the lives of civilians within his Republic. He should be happy it is coming. Nevertheless, that’s too much to ask for a man who clearly don’t value those lives or the suffering of the citizens as a whole. Peace.

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali – Hands that are Greening a Nation (15.08.2022)

Ethiopia: Reports of Issa-Somali militia skirmishes in the Afar region…

Armed militia from the Afar region of Ethiopia attacked the town of Andhufo killing 20 civilians on Sunday. This event took place on 08/14/2022 at the following location: Afar Region, Ethiopia” (Geopolitical Report – ‘Afar region militia kill 20 civilians in Andhufo’ 14.08.2022).

Great news – the last occupied Issa Somali town, Unda Fo’o in Afar just fallen to Afar!! – the Awash Road from Samara now opens for the first time in 3 years!! At last Afar/ truck drivers can live without the terror of Issa raiding and roadside contraband is over” (Afar APDA, 12.08.2022).

This week the Issa-Somali Militia and it’s also reported from other sources that Liyu Police of the Somali (Ogaden) Region has attacked the Afar region. It is sadly not new and the Issa-Somali militia has attacked Afar before and seemingly continue to do so.

What is striking this week is that parts of the reports said the skirmishes was happening in the Sitti Zone of the Somali (Ogaden) region. While in reality these attacks was in Gabi or Zone 3 of the Afar region. It is tragic that people are selling the annexation and the planned efforts of taking territories from Afar. That’s why they are trying to distort old deals and agreements to besiege them with force.

The Issa-Somali militia got support from Djibouti and the authorities there. While we cannot today be sure of it the leadership or the leaders in Somali (Ogaden) region is also involved. We know that the Vice-President of Ogaden has previously been involved in sponsoring conflict. So, we don’t know if this is the case this time.

We can certainly be sure that the Afar Pastoralist and the Afar Regional Special Forces are behind the defence and the reason why the Issa-Somali militia didn’t get further into the territory. While it is really tragic that this is occurring and the amounts of lives lost.

There are reports that in Gawani town in Zone 3. That the forces are on high alert, as they are expecting counter attacks from the Issa Somali. This is what is reported from the area today.

This means we should sadly expect more the coming days. Most likely not yet peace, but more defensive operations for the Afar forces. Peace.

Ethiopia: Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS) – Concerns About the Role of the African Union and H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in the Possible Peace Talks in the War on Tigray (11.08.2022)

Ethiopia: Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS) – Re: On the Joint Visit on the Special Envoys of Eu, the US, and the United Nations to Mekelle, Tigray (10.08.2022)

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