Ethiopia: Horrific rumours from the frontline

There are rumours and several of reports of horrific news from the frontline of the conflict. As the Tigray Defence Force is continuing to gain territory in Amhara region. Today’s rumours and unverified reports are really tragic, if true.

As the TDF is advancing closer to Woldiya/Weldyia. There has been internal conflict within the government forces, which is really worrying.

The first report, which has been reported by several of sources is that the Commander of the 32nd Brigade who happens to be Oromo was assassinated either by the Amhara Regional Special Forces or “Fano”. While other of the same ethnicity who has conscripted to the warfare has also been executed by the same Amhara regiment. That was done because the Amhara controlled forces believed the Oromo was directly conspiring and acted in treachery with the TDF.

That is what the rumours are right now. That the Amhara is killing own allies of another ethnicity to prove a point. They are not only targeting Tigrayan and the TDF. They are also going after the Oromo who happens to participate on the same side on the front.

The second rumour, which is connected to the above mentioned massacre of own soldiers on the frontline. Is that the Amhara regiment behind the slaughter did this to confiscate the armaments from the Oromo allies.

This is really tragic and possibly new atrocities… shows what the Amhara Regional Special Forces and “Fano” can do. The other ENDF troops and others participating in the warfare should question, if they even should join the Amhara in it. When they are willing to kill and easily get rid others this quickly. People who has forced to conscript and become part of the ENDF war-effort.

I hope to God that these rumours aren’t true, but if they are… then the Amhara shows their vicious acts and spares no-one in this conflict. Nobody has value or means anything. Except for their own kind, which says a lot… when the same government in Addis Ababa always speaks of “unity” and “togetherness” but their main ally can easily “annihilate” others. Peace.

Ethiopia: Oromo Legacy Leadership and Advocacy Association (OLLAA) – OLLAA Welcomes Unrepresented Nations and People Organization Dialogue (28.07.2021)

Alliance of Tigrayan communiy Association in Australia and New Zealand (ATCAN): Declaration of genocidal war against the people of Tigray by the President of Amhara Regional State (ARS) Ethiopia (28.07.2021)

Ethiopia: Eritrean soldiers re-enter the Tigray region

The pointers are where the Eritrean forces are reported to be currently.

There is now reports that the Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) is moving inside Western Tigray Region. They are now moving with 50 vehicles filled with soldiers. The EDF removed most of their soldiers and battalions after the “unilateral” ceasefire. They still kept some annexed land from the Tigray region. Therefore, today’s news isn’t shocking.

The EDF have been a partner in the Tripartite Alliance and the Eritrean seems to have made a war-pact with the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ali and not a “peace-agreement”. Where they are both allied to destroy and get rid of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). That is for the Asmara government finalizing old grudges and getting rid of an old arch-enemy of the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ).

So, the Eritrean just went home for resting across the border in the end of June and is returning a month later. This is happening as the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) has had victories upon victories in Afar, Amhara and in other parts of Tigray. The TDF will have more than just the Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” to combat in the Western Tigray. That seems to be welcoming redeployment for the PM from Eritrea.

The people of Tigray and the ones still remaining should be worried. As the Eritrean soldiers have ravished and destroyed the region in the recent months. They have raped, depleted and been vile inside Tigray. This is why the news of a possible return should worry anyone. That is not only making it harder for the TDF to return the territory, but the civilians in Western Tigray will be even more endangered. As this region is already hit with levels of starvation, lack of ability to get humanitarian aid and the continues siege of the region as well.

We know the conflict is far from over. The same with all of the youths who are deployed to fight the TDF across the Republic as well. This will prolong the agony and the suffering of the Republic. The EDF is clearly coming to “save the day” for Addis Ababa. What that shows is the weakness of Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) when they need the EDF to be the “saving grace”. This shows that the “sovereignty” is worth. When you allow an alien invasion happen and does it deliberately. Peace.

Revisiting Abiy’s Nobel Lecture of 2019

“It takes a few to make war, but it takes a village and a nation to build peace” (Abiy – “Forging A Durable Peace in the Horn of Africa” 10.12.2019).

It is hard to read this speech now knowing perfectly well all the people who are suffering at the carnage of war. All the families who are torn apart. All the villages burnt, and towns looted. All the factories depleted, and farms left behind. There are regions of burning land, people dying and people starving. This is all over one man’s plan to consolidate power and ensure his reign.

Today is not a good day. Neither has it been for months on end. The Republic is tarnished. The Prime Minister and his allies are conscripting untrained youth to the frontline. The battlefield has destroyed the National Army and the Amhara allies. The Tigray Defence Force is going from one victory to the next. Many lives are lost, and we don’t know the full extent of it. Still, the PM ordered this war in November 2020. He was preparing it with his Eritrean and Amhara allies. Moved troops and even tried to Commando ambush the TPLF leadership. Therefore, everything was set-in-motion for the war.

That’s why reading the speech today makes me feel pain. Makes me mentally suffer, as the besieged Tigray Region is battling for its existence. The internal conflicts in Afar and Somali (Ogaden) region is happening. The battlefields are also happening in the middle of Oromia and the state is losing ground. So many lives are lost and that all for one man to rule Supreme. The man who spoke of peace but ordered war.

“I witnessed firsthand the ugliness of war in frontline battles. There are those who have never seen war but glorify and romanticize it. They have not seen the fear, they have not seen the fatigue, they have not seen the destruction or heartbreak, nor have they felt the mournful emptiness of war after the carnage. War is the epitome of hell for all involved. I know because I have been there and back. I have seen brothers slaughtering brothers on the battlefield. I have seen older men, women, and children trembling in terror under the deadly shower of bullets and artillery shells. You see, I was not only a combatant in war. I was also a witness to its cruelty and what it can do to people. War makes for bitter men. Heartless and savage men” (Abiy – “Forging A Durable Peace in the Horn of Africa” 10.12.2019).

“The aftermath of the war also left untold numbers of families broken. It also permanently shattered communities on both sides. Massive destruction of infrastructure further amplified the post-war economic burden. Socially, the war resulted in mass displacements, loss of livelihoods, deportation and denationalization of citizens” (Abiy – “Forging A Durable Peace in the Horn of Africa” 10.12.2019).

“I truly believe peace is a way of life. War, a form of death and destruction. Peacemakers must teach peace breakers to choose the way of life. To that end, we must help build a world culture of peace. But before there is peace in the world, there must be peace in the heart and mind. There must be peace in the family, in the neighborhood, in the village, and the towns and cities. There must be peace in and among nations” (Abiy – “Forging A Durable Peace in the Horn of Africa” 10.12.2019).

This just says it all. A man who knows all of this. Still, he has had the audacity to order the war and gamble on a quick victory. Because, he had allies with armies and had the power within reach. That he could risk it all and hope for a bountiful victory, which would make him glorious.

Now, he is just delivering the same pain and suffering, which he speaks off. He is showing the savage of men, the leaders who seeks to avenge and destroy one ethnic group. The Special Regional Forces and Militias attacking civilian in the name of the PM.

Now the PM and his allies are sending youths who haven’t been well trained or equipped for the war. He is using the future of the republic to hopefully end the backfiring conflict. A war that was supposed to be easy but has been squandered by the high-ranking officials who underestimated their opponent.

It is tragic that it has come to this. We are here after months upon months with reports of massacres, civilians dying and a man-made famine. We are here with the knowledge with someone who was supposed to be a man of peace, instead he was a War-Lord. A Lord of War, a man who incites and speculate in conflict for own personal gains. That’s who he is and we can just wonder if the peace-agreement was a war-pact to end the same enemy and same people, the TPLF. Since, the Eritrean and Ethiopian government has both invested all they got into this and they are still losing grounds. It is tragic and so many people have lost their lives over this gamble by the PM.

The PM knew the consequences of war, he spoke of ill of it, but he still ordered it and has pursued it. That is tragic, but our reality in 2021. A man who knows so well, but still are willing. He never learned and he never will. Because, there are others who are paying the price and not him. Peace.

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy – “Is the youth worth sacrificing”?

The bloodshed, the massacres and the news of horrific tales doesn’t stop. This has been an issue since the Prime Minister got into office in 2018. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali have done this in Ogaden, Oromia, Bennishangul-Gumuz and Addis Ababa to say a few.

The regime and the time of Abiy have been bloody. That was the case even before the “Law Enforcement Operation” in Tigray from November 2020. There already been use of enforcement and extra judicial killings to consolidate power. The PM even ordered commandos before the November 2020 to kill TPLF leadership. Therefore, the PM has used violence to ensure power.

The PM have used the warfare and the conflict to kill, rape and destroy a whole region. The PM with his allies has done this and he was all fine with it. The Tigrayan people was targeted and is still targeted too. They are seizing businesses, closing shops and abducting thousands of civilians for their ethnicity. Therefore, this PM have no heart whatsoever.

Still with that in mind, as we are soon in August 2021. The PM is soon clocking a year or 12 months of conflict with the Tigray Defence Force (TDF). As this is occurring the state is conscripting, rounding up and securing thousands of youths from across the republic to the frontline.

The government which has the Abiy as the Head of State has issued and ordered to have a certain amount of youth into its army. They are not battle-ready or trained for the conflict. These youths are shields and cannon-fodder to a TDF who has been on the battlefield for months. They are seasoned warriors and has strategically competed with several of armies at this point.

The youth that Prime Minister Abiy is sending to the battlefield is damaged goods before getting there. With that I am meaning, they are not ready nor do they know what they are meeting. The youths who are sent to the frontline are the future of the republic. These youths could be the leaders and be the ones who could elevate Ethiopia.

However, the sons and daughters of the republic are instead sent to sacrifice themselves for one man. These, the youths of the republic is sent to the front to save the project of Abiy. They are there to save his scheme of consolidating power. That is all what they are doing. These are just useful youths to die for the cause of Abiy. They are not on the frontline to save the nation from a bogeyman or haunting evil. No, they are on the battlefield to save one-party state and finalize the ability to crown Abiy the 7th King of the Empire. That is only possible, if the TPLF and the Tigray bend their knees.

Nevertheless, that is not happening. Abiy wants this and he is willing to sacrifice the youths for this. Just like he was willing to starve, rape and loot the Tigray region. Abiy is now willing to lose an generation of youths just so he can wear that crown. That crown his willing to take by the blood of others. Everyone else is paying the price so he can wear that. This is all he envisions and he doesn’t care how many lives that costs.

If he did… he wouldn’t have gone this far and been responsible for the bloodshed which has been going on for months. Peace.

Opinion: Abiy has now more enemies than ever before [and the TDF is just the beginning of it]

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali isn’t creating a stable region of the Horn of Africa. The Prosperity Party and their policies of consolidating power in the Republic have backfired. Now, with every month and the struggles of Addis Ababa is getting clear.

The PM has not only lost the Tigray region. He has no power there and the people will not back any cronies or yes-men from the Federal Government there. As the warfare, the genocidal affairs and the massacres by allies of the PM will linger on there forever. His name and his “Law Enforcement Operation” hasn’t been a commando to get rid of the TPLF Central Executive Committee or TPLF High Ranking Members. The leadership of Tigray still persist and that’s why the PM has lost all leverage there.

The PM has no support in Oromia. He could “win” the region in the election, because no one was really allowed to challenge the PP or the PM in general. The Oromo leadership has become an alliance between the Oromo Liberation Front/Army (OLF/A) and Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). The OLF/OLA is waging war and trying to take control of woredas in the Oromia region as we speak.

In Gambela region there is a new Gambela Liberation Front (GLF) is a result of the actions of the PP and the PM. They are active and become a unit because of what the PP has done in the Gambela region. Therefore, he is losing support here as well.

In Somali Region (Ogaden) and Afar Region there are several of things going against the Federal Government. Not only is the targeting of civilians creating massacres since 2018 and re-do that strategy now in 2021. The Afar Regional Special Forces creating a massacre in Ogaden. Therefore, the militant Issa-Somali is starting to target towns in Afar Region in retaliation. These ethnic clashes is created by the policies and choices made by the Addis leadership. The TDF is in Afar region, but getting help of Issa-Somali to block the railway line to Djibouti and also closing roads to Djibouti as well.

What is striking with Ogaden is that the Oganden National Liberation Front (ONLF) haven’t acted on the power-vacuum in the region. As the Regional Special Forces was deployed to the frontline together with Liyu Police Forces too. Still, there have been no information and they seems to be peaceful in the middle of everything that is happening in the republic currently.

Not to forget the Afar Liberation Front who is also fighting in the region as well. They are working together with the TDF, but that has not been verified. What is clear is that the ALF could cause damage to the allies of the PM. 

When we see all of this, as well as the battle on various of fronts towards the Tigray Defence Force. Which is continuing towards Gondar in Amhara region. The Federal Government, the PM and PP is failing on all fronts. They are sending untrained youths from various of regions, after the Regional Special Forces, Republican Guards and the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) have all lost to the TDF.

The PM’s gamble have backfired. He has lost the the troops, the soldiers and now sending conscripted youth without training to the frontline. Prime Minister Abiy now has not only the TDF, which has destroyed him totally. The PM also have to cover the fronts of Afar, Ogaden and in Gambela as well.

He also have the TDF in his rear-view, as well as all the other ones who is creating chaos. It is not only on one front and one party that his going against. Now it has turned to various of regions, different armed groups who has their mandates and motives to create more conflict, as well as the porous and fickle security situation has changed because of the prolonged conflict with the TDF.

PM Abiy have now ensured that the Republic is burning. That is happening all across it. The state have had the monopoly of violence and issued that in Oromia, Ogaden, Tigray or in Benishangul gumuz. That has been acts of injustice and impunity. The PM and PP did that to secure power and now that’s all hitting home.

The PM doesn’t only have the TDF to destroy, he has the Issa-Somali, Afar Liberation Front and others who are working against the PP and the PM himself. They are going after the regime and their allies. Therefore, this is showing how dire things are. Peace.

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Ethiopia: The Ministry of Peace (MoP) recruits for War!

I’ll go to the front line whenever, wherever and with whatever I have” (Ministry of Peace, 26.07.2021).

We know the war effort of the state is dire when the Ministry of Peace is calling for recruitment to war. The Ministry of Peace is asking for people to join the army and the war effort. That is very ironic as the Ministry is open to world about their mission and their mandate. Which is in stark contrast to the message sent out today.

Here is what they are supposed to do:

The Ministry of Peace was established under proclamation number 1097/2011 on October 16, 2018. The office of the Ministry of Peace was created to sustain the reforms that Ethiopia is currently undergoing through peace-building measures, establishing, and strengthening the rule of law, and building the capacity of peace and security focused sectors” (Ministry of Peace – ‘About’ on Facebook).

You cannot make this up… and it should send shock-waves that a Ministry of Peace is publicly asking for recruits to the army. The MoP is wanting people to sign up for war and go to the frontline. That is the initial message.

That is more the Ministry of War than of Peace. The Prosperity Party and all of its allies in embroiled in the war. Every aspect of society getting fitted into it. The various parts of government is asking for youths, their quotas and participating in the war effort.

That shows what the government is willing to do. They are sending untrained youth from several of regions to participate and being sent to the frontline meeting the Tigray Defence Force (TDF). This is clear signs of the destruction of the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF). Just as the Regional Special Forces being sent earlier this month to the frontline already.

Now, the government and even Ministry of Peace calls for more recruits. That says everything you need to know. This tragic and Orwellian. It is really telling and the “Law Enforcement Operation” of the state has clearly backfired. Peace.

Ethiopia: The Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa wants the youth of the city to join the army

Today, the Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa Adanech Abebe have now official launched and stated that she wants the youth of the capital to join in on the war effort against the Tigray Defence Force (TDF). The Prosperity Party Deputy Mayor is clearly following the party programme, as the state is doing this across the Republic now.

The Ethiopian state has done this deliberately in other regions. They have rounded up and had quotas of youth, conscripted and lack of trained youth to the frontline of the warfare. The state of the army must be lacking. When the state is willing to send their untrained youth into the battlefield. They are meeting a successful army at this point and who has combatted well-trained soldiers. While now the state is sending barely trained young civilians to combat in their war against Tigray.

Here is what she said:

Dear Ethiopian youth of Addis Ababa to join the brave military and those who haven’t registered yet, hurry up with your brothers and sisters ′′.

The Prosperity Party and it’s allies has no scruples sending the youth, the future of their nation to fight a war of consolidating the power for one man. This being the war of power for the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and his cronies. They are willing to risk the lives of the youths on a battlefield with little to no training.

As the state needs recruits and redeployment for the advancing army of the TDF. Who is succeeding and hurting the state. It has diminished the ENDF and now not only the allies of Amhara and within Ogaden region have spoken up about this, but now the Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa does it as well.

This shows where the state is going and how everything is involved in the war-effort. Just like the Amhara regional state has a own war-chest and fund to donate too. That is what this state does and it’s all up in the open.

This war-cry and call to arms from the Deputy Mayor was dropped on the Facebook page of the ruling regime’s party page. That is how willing they are… and the youth is clearly their last chance of clinging on to power. The Prosperity Party and its allies are willing to sacrifice the youth just so the consolidation of power could succeed. To boost the moral of one man and his cause. That’s what they are doing and it shouldn’t be a thing, but in 2021 Ethiopia that’s the case.

This is tragic, but it follows a pattern at this point. Peace.