Ethiopia: FDRE Government Communication Services – Current Situation Update (05.10.2022)

Ethiopia: Amhara Youth Association, One Amhara & Alen Amhara – Joint Press Release (04.10.2022)

Ethiopia: Catholic Eparchy – Adigrat – Tigray – A Call for Action – To END the Extreme Suffering of the Population of Tigray Cause by the on-going Genocidal War & Siege of 700 Days! (04.10.2022)

Ethiopia: Critical moment to strengthen fight against trafficking in the Tigray, Afar, and Amhara (03.10.2022)

The UN experts raised serious concerns about Eritrean refugee women and children being at particular risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation, following abductions and displacement.

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 3, 2022 – Women and girls in the Tigray, Afar and Amhar are increasingly vulnerable to abduction and trafficking for sexual exploitation as they flee the conflict in Northern Ethiopia, UN experts* warned today.

The protracted armed conflict in the Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia have heightened risks of trafficking for sexual exploitation as a form of sexual violence in conflict, the experts said.

We are alarmed by reports of refugee and internally displaced women and girls in the Tigray, Afar, and Amhara regions being abducted while attempting to move to safer places,” they said. “We are concerned at the risks of trafficking, in particular for purposes of sexual exploitation, including sexual slavery.”

The UN experts raised serious concerns about Eritrean refugee women and children being at particular risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation, following abductions and displacement. “Urgent action is needed to prevent trafficking, especially for purposes of sexual exploitation, and to ensure assistance and protection of all victims, without discrimination on grounds of race or ethnicity, nationality, disability, age or gender,” the experts said.

They warned that children were at particular risk of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation especially in the Tigray region, where hundreds of children have been separated from their families. “The continuing lack of humanitarian access to the region is a major concern,” the experts said, urging immediate national, bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent all forms of trafficking of children and to ensure protection for all children.

Sufficient measures were not being taken to identify victims of trafficking, ensure protection and assistance and support their recovery in ways that fully takes account of the extreme trauma suffered, they said. “The failure to provide accountability for these serious human rights violations and grave crimes creates a climate of impunity, allows trafficking in persons to persist and perpetrators to go free,” the UN experts said.

They urged all relevant stakeholders to ensure that victims of trafficking can adequately access medical assistance, including sexual and reproductive health care services and psychological support.

The experts have been engaging with the Governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Ethiopia: Government of Tigray – External Affairs Office – Statement from the Central Command of the Government of Tigray (02.10.2022)

Opinion: Abiy lied about Eritrean involvement in “Law Enforcement Operation” and a planned war in Tigray…

We do not have a war plan and there will be no war. Thinking that the Eritrean government will invite Ethiopian government – let us attack Ethiopia (Tigray) together – is a sin. How on earth will they ask us, let us attack your people? Ok. Let us leave them (Eritrea), how on earth we Ethiopian government will invite Eritrean government let us attack Ethiopia? Not possible. This has never happened in Ethiopian history and it will never happen” – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali (28.07.2020).

Surprise, surprise, but the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy was lying about something. This was months ahead of the “Law Enforcement Operation” in Tigray region. The Tripartite Alliance was prepared on several fronts ahead of it. First the Tripartite Alliance acted like it was shocked by an supposed attack on the Northern Command. However, the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF), Amhara Regional Special Force, Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” and Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) was all prepared and ready to invade. Therefore, the attack has been used as a pawn, but mechanical divisions, regional special forces and ENDF/EDF was all ready to go in before that.

When Abiy was speaking like this he was still trying to convene he was a man of peace and hadn’t made a war-pact with Eritrea. That’s how it seems now after the soon years of warfare on Tigray. It isn’t long to a two year mark on the conflict there.

Abiy has spoken of avoiding war and need for dialogue. However, he has in the same regard never really invested or tried to hold talks. He has appointed someone and made a commission, but it’s not like it’s trying to do it. Neither is the African Union (AU) mediation going anywhere. The Ministry of Peace is more invested in the war and supporting the war-effort than anything. So, we know where the important parts of policies are going. Not like the Prosperity Party or Abiy wants peace. He just wants to destroy the ones who didn’t bow down to him and let him reign without questions. The ones who has questioned him or a threatening him has either spent time behind bars or is legal trouble.

That’s why you know these words from July 2020 is compelling now. When the 40 day offensive on Tigray region. As the army and allies has had offensives against the Oromo Liberation Front/Army in Oromia. When the army has attacked other regions and shown force, which it so commonly does. Journalists silenced, media houses attacked and whatnot. The government only accept their messaging and everyone is supposed to follow that one. There isn’t a space for dissent or questions about it.

That’s why Abiy wanted to act like Afewerki and the Eritrean army wasn’t involved. When everyone has seen and heard how Asmara has been complicit in it. That’s why the EDF has violated and crossed Rubicon several of times, but on the will of Abiy. He wanted them there to boost his chances and settle the grievances with Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

However, the brief “Law Enforcement Operation” has become a prolonged and expensive war. The ENDF and EDF has lost huge parts of their troops on the battlefield. They have been touched and haven’t been the conquers or the one to overcome the Tigray Defence Force (TDF). Seemingly it is a humiliating and humbling experience for Abiy. He should have been crowned and won already, but that hasn’t happened.

It is just unique to read these words from an interview in July 2020. Knowing what has happened since. The massacres, the war-torn region and how the FDRE have blocked Tigray region from the rest of the world. They wanted to hurt it, destroy it and silence it for generations to come. That’s what Asamra and Addis Ababa wanted all along. This is why he had to lie about the involvement and inclusion of Eritrea as an ally in the war. They are now in it together and their whole future is bound by it too. Peace.

Ethiopia: Update on the Tripartite Alliance Offensive in Tigray

Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede, the Commander-in Chief of the Tigray Defense Forces confirmed Eritrean forces are in Sheraro, northwestern Tigray, where the rebels said they were resisting a major offensive that Ethiopia and Eritrean troops launched last month on the region. In a statement Thursday, Tigray forces accused the air force of neighboring Eritrea of striking Adi Daero and killing “a number of civilians.” Eritrean forces are fighting alongside Ethiopia’s military in Tigray” (Garowe Online, 01.10.2022).

The last few weeks has been brutal to the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and the Eritrean Defence Force (EDF). The Tripartite Alliance, which consist of ENDF, EDF and Amhara nationalists haven’t advanced or gotten any progress in the Tigray region. Even with the superiority in the air and with the usage of drones. The armies aren’t able to pushback or hurt the defensive lines of the Tigray Defence Force (TDF).

The leadership in Addis Ababa and Asmara are both blaming Mekelle for everything. They are busy vilifying the TDF and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). That’s being done in government media and in official press releases. No one should be shocked by that, the Prosperity Party and PFDJ (Higdef) have before the November 2020 start of the conflict gone after Tigray. Therefore, no one should be shocked or in awe by this, but that’s status quo propaganda for it’s objectives; which is to undermine and consolidate all power in the Republic. Also settle old grudges and use the TPLF history to bite it ass, by acting and creating Biafra situation in the Tigray region, which PP High Ranking Officials even has said on TV for everyone to hear. The Tripartite Alliance isn’t worried about the mass-deaths, massacres, the famine or the lack of humanitarian aid. The same government that is going after the WFP or anyone else helping the people suffering, by supporting and directing a blockade against it.

In this regard… The Herald is even pushing this sort of narrative through The Ethiopian Current Fact Check, which could only be a sideshow of the FDRE Government Communication Service, because they sound like twins and are coordinating the information. Nevertheless, we are just supposed to trust them… when the FDRE, Prime Minister and everyone else has lied about most of the things associated with the conflict. They even lied about the reason for invading Tigray in the first place and lied about refugees, wheat aid and the list goes on.

So here is the latest from the FDRE:

This group is additionally using properties under the United Nations and other humanitarian aid institutions for transportation and storage of weapons caches. Recently, the Ethiopian Air Force has taken action targeting the locations of military equipment and arsenals of the TPLF in Adi Daero, Tigray region. And as expected, fallacious claims have been made by TPLF supporters that civilians have been targeted in this operation. Nonetheless, Ethiopian National Defense Forces ensure that military assets are isolated from civilians before taking action” (Ethiopian Press Agency/The Ethiopian Herald – Update on Current Issues!!, 30.09.2022).

It is really striking that the FDRE is claiming this and that the TPLF or TDF is using humanitarian aid or logistical support for their war-effort. As it is not videos of the ENDF doing military training with a UN vehicle and transports to the front was done with UN vehicles too. That’s why this is what we call projecting and blaming the other party for what you are doing yourself.

We know how the FDRE claimed the Mai Kadra didn’t really happen or the involvement of EDF wasn’t part of the warfare to begin with. So, when the FDRE is saying they only attacked military targets. We can take that with a grain of salt. Just like it has bombed markets and other public grounds in cities, towns and such since the beginning of the war. No one should think that the Tripartite Alliance is valuing life or such. If they did… they would let people starve, lack medicines, electricity and even water. However, that’s something they have done for months and with pride. That’s why this sort of messaging is insincere and shouldn’t be taken as fact. They would later pin the deaths on the TDF and not take accountability. That’s what they do… and we all know that by now. Peace.

Ethiopia: Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) – Arbitrary Killings and Detentions of Civilians are Marks of Dictatorial Regimes (29.09.2022)

Ethiopia: Afar Revolutionary Party (UGUUGUMO) – A Statement about the current situation in the Afar Region (29.09.2022)

Ethiopia: Government of Tigray – External Affairs Office – Statement on the Abiy and Isaias Regimes’ Aerial Terrorism and Contempt for Peace (29.09.2022)

%d bloggers like this: