Ethiopia: Lack of fuel is the reason for the missing trucks in Tigray

A BBC investigation indicates Tigray forces are not misusing aid trucks following claims made by Ethiopia’s government and it is said that lack of fuel and harassment of Tigrayan drivers prevents aid convoy from returning after reaching the war-hit northern region” (Somali Guardian, 27.09.2021).

It is not shocking anymore that the Prosperity Party and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is vilifying the Tigrayan people. Everyone is a enemy and a villain. This is nothing new and it’s a method to prolong the agony. The state has the power and ability to make humanitarian aid possible. However, with the blocking of fuel, medicine and other humanitarian assistance is blocked by Addis Ababa.

That is why the trucks from the World Food Programme isn’t returning. Even when the state made a deal between one ministry and the WFP on the 21st September 2021. Which at this point seems like a hopeless enterprise. Since, there is little to no effort to stop the weaponized humanitarian crisis created in the Tigray region. As well, as the daily reports of horrific starvation and lack of food. Which will only get worse by every day. That is clearly the incentive of the state and why they have a total blockade and lack of progress in concern to the citizens of the Tigray region.

Since checkpoints have been decreased from 7 to 2, movement of humanitarian assistance into Tigray has been facilitated by the Government and no access issues have been registered. UN noted that of 466 of its humanitarian trucks that entered Tigray, only 38 have returned” (Office of the Prime Minister, 21.09.2021).

The last fuel tanker entered Tigray on 29 July, over 7 weeks ago, while 9 tankers in Semera (Afar) are pending Government approval” (OCHA, 23.09.2021).

When you have news like this and the BBC uncovers the lie. While the state operatives and state sympathizers are all blaming the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). When they know damn well who is in-charge and who let’s these convoys even go. They are not letting them pass and blocking them from entering. It is kind of hard to return a truck without gasoline or fuel. That is just a fact, but maybe the PP thinks this is progress or prosperity. To see their own citizens starve and die. Because, you couldn’t allow UN organizations to drive in medicines, fuel or food. That’s such a distasteful and disgraceful act. It should be seen as a war-crime and crimes against humanity.

By will and force to let innocent civilians starve and die. Because, you wanted to hurt your enemy and the ones who didn’t want to consolidate power. Like you did when you made your Prosperity Party out of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition. Which the TPLF didn’t accept and desist from entering in. Therefore, they put themselves into harms way by not following command and participate in the “program” of Abiy.

That’s why the war is a thing in general and used every excuse in the book to make it possible. Lied about nearly every aspect and every single incident. Always blaming either the victim or the enemy. Never taking responsibility or account for own actions. Claiming to not take civilian lives while bombing towns and raiding villages for months. Destroying factories, infrastructure and deploying militias to the fields of Tigray. Still, you blame them. Just like the government is blaming them now for the trucks as well. This isn’t new, but just another target in their battle for supremacy.

It is tragic and there are too many innocent lives taken in this conflict. Just so one man can be the King. That’s the real tragedy here. Despicable actually. Peace.

Ethiopia: The Ogaden elections is a farce

There is a postponed election being held in the Ogaden or the Somali State of Ethiopia. That was postponed, as some parts of the Republic didn’t hold polls during the General Elections 21st June 2021. This was postponed to the 30th September 2021 for security reasons.

In this up-coming elections there is a lack of proper opposition parties participating. This being the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) who said on the 17th September 2021 that they are boycotting it. Yesterday on the 25th September 2021 there was 6 leaders arrested in the region alone.

Before the ONLF boycotted the elections. Other parties has done the same, this being government friendly opposition like EZEMA. While Freedom and Equality Party (NEPA) has also boycotted it as well.

When these parties has all withdrawn from the polls. Know that the Prosperity Party and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali will get his allies and “yes-men” elected. It is just another round of selection and an in-sincere polls, which will never reflect the will of the region either. As their parties and representatives aren’t elected or even on the ballots.

This is just another round of (s)election from the PP and the regime of Addis Ababa. The “Medemer” terror is prolonged and they are getting “strength”. Especially, since all regions have massive PP representatives and nearly no opposition. Since they are either barred from campaigning, detained or disallowed.

In Ogaden the parties themselves isn’t participating, because they know the game of the state. ONLF and the others isn’t involved. You just know the end-game and results before the polls are even happening. There is no need to have it even and it’s just a mere waste of time.

If the PP and PM was seeking true legitimacy and real popularity. They wouldn’t have made this possible or been as insincere as this. However, that is how the regime is consolidating power and it’s not funny. It is just a disgrace and the general public are the ones that are suffering. Petty politics from PP and it shows. Peace.

Ethiopia: Abiy is wrecking the economy [and the nation as well]

Ratings agency S&P Global cut Ethiopia’s sovereign rating to ‘CCC+’ from ‘B-‘ on Friday, citing heightened political instability and delays to debt restructuring” (Street Insider – ‘S&P pushes Ethiopia’s ratings into junk territory on delayed debt restructuring’ 24.09.2021).

It’s been years upon year where the financial forecasts and the economy of Addis Ababa have been steaming ahead. The one republic and nation in the Horn of Africa, which has always looked golden. There haven’t been a year or a report, which haven’t been positive. So, within a three year span in power, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and his allies in the Prosperity Party is destroying this.

The Prime Minister has already caused a famine, weaponized humanitarian operations in the republic and ordered a war to consolidate all power. The PM have ordered his political enemies to their death or detained. There is no middle-ground and this sort of society isn’t bringing prosperity or stability. Anyone can at any time become an enemy and depending on how paranoid the PM is. If he gets total paranoia. The closest allies and leaders might end up like the enemies who are behind bars already.

This is combination of the freezing accounts of Tigrayan citizens, closure of businesses and profiling is also causing damage of the economy. As much as the state is becoming sanctioned and targeted by the United States of America. There is no wiggle-room and trust in the ruling regime.

The Prime Minister is now destroying the economy to a level in which investments have gone from the graded as B- which can be described as “highly speculative”. The PM has moved the Republic to grade of the CCC , which means that the economy is “extremely speculative”. For an investor this means there is a higher risk for defaulting on loans and therefore, deemed as “junk”. This means the state isn’t trustworthy and it is huge risk to invest there.That is not the sort of financial foresight any head of state wants for their republic. However, that is what Abiy has succeeded in doing.

The PM has now officially gone to the lowest level, However, the PM and PP has already depleted and destroyed the prospects of it’s economy with this internal war. It is costly to import weapons, military technology and ammunition. The costs are not only on the battlefield, but on the spreadsheet. This costs money and empty coffers. At one point the bank-accounts are scrapped and the state doesn’t have enough revenue to cover for re-occurring debt.

Abiy has to go to creditors and get the debt restructured. He has to prove he can make a plan to fix the budget and add revenue to the state. Because, at the moment the economy is bleeding. Just like the PM is doing in several of the state’s as well. There is so many people who are struggling in Oromia, Amhara, Afar and in Tigray. There are starvation, lack of basic commodities, medicines and water/electricity. Therefore, citizens are already struggling because of the war and now the state will struggle financially as well.

It is not like the PM has lots of friends to cover his debts and restructuring of it. This will not be easier when the government is sanctioned and that will make it even worse. The PM and PP has failed the republic and the nation itself. Not only the selfish war for own personal power, but risking so many lives to gain that. Therefore, long after Abiy is out of power. These efforts and usage of power will haunt the halls of power. Because, the state will has to rebuild and restructure itself to be a viable entity, which it clearly isn’t at this point. That is why it’s deemed as “junk” and the violations of human rights in combination with crimes against humanity will have to be addressed as well. It is all connected and the PM cannot run away from all the pain he has ordered on his citizens. Peace.

Ethiopia: The Government of the National Regional State of Tigray – Press Statement on Humanitarian aid trucks to Tigray (22.09.2021)

Ethiopia: Ministry of Finance – Press Release (22.09.2021)

Ethiopia: The Global Society of Tigray Scholars (GSTS) – Open Letter to Congresswoman Karen Bass (19.09.2021)

Ethiopia: Catholic Eparchy Adigrat-Tigray – Bishop’s Urgent Call for Allowing Humanitarian Resources Access and Mobilize Humanitarian Aid Resources, and for Peaceful Intervention to End the War (03.09.2021)

Ethiopia: The Government of the National Regional State of Tigrai – Statement by the Governmetn of Tigray on President Biden’s Executive Order on the crisis in Ethiopia (18.09.2021)

National Council of Eritrean Americans (NCEA-East): An ill-advised White House action tries to throw terrorist group a lifeline (17.09.2021)

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali – An Open Letter to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (17.09.2021)