Ethiopia: Tigray – The Humera massacre proven by the floating bodies into Tekeze River inside Sudan

Yes, the Sudanese army discovered the bodies, and will provide statement of that, also the army put more troops in that area coz the issues looks not well at all in Ethiopian side” (Sudan Motion, 02.08.2021).

What we are hearing from Humera & the dead bodies we are seeing across the Tekeze river in Sudan is beyond anyone imagination. Humera is full of dead bodies at every corner, specially Walka neighborhood (ዋልካ ሰፈር) Humera is a killing field for Tigrayans now” (Hailu Kebede, 02.08.2021).

Tghat reports: “Western Tigray is a scene of crime: ethnic cleansing, forced removal, massacres, executions and throwing people to the Tekeze river. The land is being changed through burning, confiscation and severing infrastructure connections to the rest of Tigray. In many towns, no Tigrayan is left. “There are no Tigrayans here,” said an Amhara contact in Dansha when asked if there are Tigrayans left in there” (Tghat.com – ‘We see daily one or two dead bodies with their hands tied behind their backs floating on the river Tekeze’ 02.08.2021).

Again, there is a need for information out of Sudan to verify and prove what is happening in parts of the Tigray region. This isn’t new, as the Ethiopian authorities and allies have tried to black-out all information from the war-torn region. That has been common occurrence since the war started in November 2020.

Therefore, that the authorities and state calls this fake. While the bodies are coming steadily down the river. Says a lot of the activity from the Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” which is operating and have annexed these part of Western Tigray. Where the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) haven’t reached yet and the Tripartite Alliance is continuing their devious practices inside the region.

The actions in Humera is following the countless massacres, villages and civilian murders, which the Tripartite Alliance have done. That’s done without knowledge of what extent or how horrific these massacres was. “Fano” and the Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) have been reported for participating and doing war-crimes, which would fit with what is now reported in concern to Humera.

However, this is also scaling the massacre up. As they are more sinister and this is genocidal. We can only know for now the amount of bodies that is floating into Sudan, which is tragic enough and that might only be the tip of the iceberg. Because, the Sudanese reports have no reasons to lie about this or reveal it. They are just seeing the evidence of the war-crimes and the actions done within the region.

The Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa leadership wants this to go away. That’s why they are trying to debunk it and say it’s old pictures. Nevertheless, the same authorities have lied about nearly every aspect about this conflict. That’s why I have a hard time believing the Addis sponsored media and government sources. Since, they have no issues about lying about everything else. This is why I know the Sudanese witnesses will not lie about this.

We should be extra worried, as the state is doing what it can to bury this one. The same authorities that tried to downplay Mai-Kadra massacre and others, which has cost civilian lives in this conflict. That’s why we need to shed a light on this and not let this go. As the ones in-charge is willing to let civilians die and never give them any justice. Peace.

Opinion: The EBC promoting “Fano” now

“′Fano is sacrificing for Ethiopia and freedom” (EBC, 01.08.2021).

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) dropped a Facebook post where they deliberately promotes and legitimize the Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano”. The media house is by this action doing the bidding of the Tripartite Alliance and the handlers of the Prosperity Party.

At this point it isn’t shocking, but shows what the warfare and continued conflict does. The EBC wasn’t promoting the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) or any other direct government entity. No, it is was supporting a local militia and it’s war effort.

Parts of the piece said for instance this: “The members have said ′′we will protect the country’s peace by repeating the history of patriotism and Fano” (EBC, 01.08.2021).

When the EBC is producing and creating content like this you where the war-effort going. The warfare is so down and out. They have to promote and be a voice for a regional militia, which has been participating in the Tigray region since November 2020. A militia who has a reputation for participating in massacres, rapes and war-crimes as well. In combination of being a tool to annex land in Western Tigray to the Amhara Regional State. Therefore, the EBC is now a voicing them to the whole world to see.

The PP and Prime Minister Abiy must be proud of this. The Bahir Dar administration and regional government must be giddy. They have one of the biggest news outlets promoting their militia who fights for their cause. This is disgusting and should be a sign of what the state is willing to do.

This article or Facebook post wasn’t published on Borkena, but EBC. This could have easily been a post on the Amhara Communications. No, it was a big media house of the EBC who did this. That should say it all. Peace.

Ethiopia: UNICEF – 100,000 Children in Tigray at Risk of Death from Malnutrition (31.07.2021)

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado told a UN briefing in Geneva that humanitarians’ worst fears about the health and wellbeing of children have been realized.

NEW YORK, United States of America, July 31, 2021 – More than 100,000 children in Tigray, Ethiopia, could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a tenfold jump over average annual levels, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

The development comes as UNICEF announced that it had recently reached areas of Tigray that were previously inaccessible owing to insecurity linked to nearly nine months of conflict between Government forces and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or TPLF.

Worst fears

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado told a UN briefing in Geneva that humanitarians’ worst fears about the health and wellbeing of children have been realized.

Assessments also indicate that 47 per cent of pregnant and breastfeeding women are acutely malnourished, suggesting that they could face more pregnancy-related complications, an increased risk of maternal death during childbirth and the delivery of low-birthweight babies, who are much more prone to sickness and death.

“We need unfettered access into Tigray and across the region, in order to provide support children and women urgently need,” she said, her comments coming as UN emergency relief chief Martin Griffiths and US aid relief (USAID) head, Samantha Power, reportedly planned to hold talks in Ethiopia this week to push for increased access in Tigray.

Aid convoy approaching

Meanwhile, World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Tomson Phiri, said that a convoy of more than 200 trucks was on its way to Tigray, but “this is a drop in the ocean.” At least 100 trucks are needed every day “if we are to stand a chance to reverse the catastrophic situation”.

Latest UN data indicates that humanitarian partners have reached nearly 3.7 million people. But the aid response has been slowed by cut-off communications services and widespread power cuts.

A further challenge is the fact that the movement of aid teams and supplies is only possible via one route, through the Afar region, which requires passing through multiple checkpoints, where humanitarian personnel have been interrogated, intimidated and in some instances detained, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Extreme danger

The operating environment in Tigray also remains extremely dangerous, said spokesperson Jens Laerke, noting that at least 12 aid workers had been killed to date, including on 24 June, when three Doctors Without Borders staff were murdered.

Humanitarian funding also remains a major problem, as more than $430 million is still needed to fund the aid response in Tigray until the end of the year.

In an appeal to all parties to the conflict, Mr. Laerke urged them to keep entry routes open to Tigray, to prevent large-scale loss of life, before appealing to the Ethiopian Government to allow humanitarians to bring in additional communications equipment, as well as provide longer visas for NGO staff.

Permissions call 

The UN needs “critical communications equipment and longer-term visas for NGO staff” for its aid operation in Tigray, Mr. Laerke continued.

According to OCHA, 5.2 million people – about 90 per cent of the population – are now in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance and hundreds of thousands are facing famine-like conditions.

Mr. Laerke explained that the conflict in Tigray had started in the middle of the harvest season in November 2020, when a quarter of crops had already been ruined by locust swarms.

More than 90 per cent of what was left of the harvest was then looted, burned, or flattened, making it critical that farmers are provided now with the tools, assistance and access they need to sow their crops, he added.

Trauma of survivors

Speaking of her own recent experience in the region, UNICEF’s Ms. Mercado noted that one young female survivor of sexual assault told her that “she watched her grandmother get killed, she was raped by several men and she watched her nine month old baby being tossed around by other men”.

A doctor at a UNICEF supported referral centre in Mekelle, told her that he had been struck by the fact that in many cases it was not the assault itself, but rather the psychological damage it inflicts on children, women and health staff, that was most difficult to bear.

Opinion: Abiy wants to be remembered for his “green legacy” but he will instead be remembered for his ‘Medemer terror’

We are now in the end of July in 2021 and time has passed. The Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali have been proven and his certainly not a man of peace. Neither is he a man of reforms or progress. No, Abiy is an old fashion warlord who by all mean uses his office to consolidate power and continues his path to be crowned the Seventh King of Ethiopia.

That is who Abiy is now. He wants to be known for planting trees, steering rain and being the most promising leader on the continent. However, we all know that this isn’t true. His armies, his authorities and his ministries are all working in cahoots to destroy, get rid off and silence anyone in his way. That’s why the leaves of green will not save his legacy now.

The trees that the plants is nice for props, posh pieces in the press and looks great in the world of climate change. However, that does not save the guns, the ammunition and the destruction his policies have made towards one region and other opposition in his way.

Abiy have used force in Ogaden. Abiy have used all means to silence and go after the opposition in the Oromia region. While in Tigray he first started with a blockade, with financial constraints and stopping all business between Mekelle and Addis Ababa. Long before the attack on the Northern Command. Heck, the Addis government even ordered Commandoes to take out the leadership of Tigray in 2018. That is the sort of leader Abiy is.

Then surely, he did the same in Amhara where the assassins got rid of the problematic ones. So, that the right persons could have the offices and the seats in favour of the current leader on the top.

Now, he is embroiled in a prolonged warfare in Tigray. It has escalated to Amhara and Afar region. Where also other groups are participating. The conflict is getting more vicious and more extreme. Where more innocent lives are taken and more people’s livelihood is on the line. Where all old grudges and ethnic land-boundaries are in question. Because, this man sparks conflicts and he ensures everyone takes their knives out. That’s why the Somali-Afar conflict is back in motion. Not because Tigray Defence Force (TDF) entered, but because of allies of the PM massacred Somalis in Somali Region (Ogaden).

That’s why the man-made famine, the blocking of humanitarian assistance from the Federal Government, the lack of care for the people and use of military force to settle political disputes is the reason why we are here. We are not here because the PM is planting trees and refurbishing office buildings in Finfinne. No, we are here because he orders soldiers, youths, Regional Special Forces and government sponsored militias to the battlefield. That’s why we are here and it’s brutal.

This is the era of the Medemer Terror. It is tragic, sinister and destructive. It is not building peace or inclusive dialogue. Well, Abiy thinks he deserves the right detain, silence and even kill his opponents. Because, that is what his state does and effortlessly too. Keeping the Oromo leaders behind bars for over a year and still no proof of the supposed allegations or charges against them. So, when a government does this to Jawar and others, why should be believe the narratives spun about his other enemies?

Alas, that is the Medemer terror in action. That is the policy and the way he will be remembered. Since we cannot remember him for planting green trees, when people are dying, hurt and on the move. When people are detained, seeking refugee elsewhere or dead. We cannot clap for his greatness and his achievements, when so many lives have been touched negatively. These are the lives he was supposed to give peace, harmony and a future too. Not in his power to destroy and annihilate. That is the decision he made, and he shall be remembered for that. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Afar Revolutionary Party – Afar People facing multiple catastrophic situations in the Region! (28.07.2021)

Ethiopia: The Government of Tigray – Current position of the Government of Tigray regarding a Negotiated Ceasefire (27.07.2021)

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.

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