Ethiopia: UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Sudan as new refugee arrivals cross 43,000 (27.11.2020)

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, is visiting Khartoum as the country receives a growing number of refugees from Ethiopia.

Since the start of fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in early November, more than 43,000 refugees have crossed into Sudan seeking protection and shelter. Even before this influx the country was hosting nearly one million refugees, mainly from South Sudan.

Grandi will review UNHCR operations in support of the government-led response to the latest influx. He is also scheduled to meet with refugees.

In eastern Sudan, UNHCR continues to ramp up its relief effort together with Sudan’s Commission on Refugees and local authorities amidst complex logistical challenges.

Aid is being mobilized to help refugees almost half of whom are children. Humanitarian agencies continue to provide shelter and other facilities to help refugees but more resources are required and Sudan needs international support urgently.

UNHCR has helped relocate nearly 10,000 refugees to the Um Rakuba site, 70 km further from the border inside Sudan, as work continues to put up shelters and improve services.

Family tracing services have been established and these have already reunited many separated refugees.

This morning, a plane carrying 32 tons of UNHCR emergency aid from our global stockpile in Dubai landed in Khartoum. Another airlift is scheduled to leave Dubai on Monday with 100 tons of additional relief items. UNHCR’s global stockpile is hosted by the International Humanitarian City in Dubai (IHC). In total, we plan to send four airlifts.

Today’s cargo included 5,000 blankets, 4,500 solar lamps, 2,900 mosquito nets, 200 plastic sheets and 200 plastic rolls. A second airlift will carry 1,275 family tents and 10 prefabricated warehouses. This aid will meet the immediate shelter needs of more than 16,000 people. The transportation costs of both flights were generously covered by the Government of United Arab Emirates.

Inside Tigray region concerns are growing for the safety of civilians in the conflict, particularly in its capital of Mekele, home to more than 500,000 people.

UNHCR remains concerned as the humanitarian situation continues to worsen in Tigray, including for those displaced and for some 96,000 Eritrean refugees who will run out of food as soon as Monday if supplies cannot reach them. We join other humanitarian agencies to reiterate our call for the protection of civilians and immediate humanitarian access in order to resume the delivery of life sustaining assistance.

Ethiopia: Humanitarian Task Force of Canadians against the Ongoing Genocide in Ethiopia letter to Michael Chong MP – Re: Barbaric Genocide of Extreme Savagery in Ethiopia (23.11.2020)

Ethiopia: International Rescue Committee (IRC) – As tensions rise in Mekelle, Ethiopia, IRC warns of impending humanitarian disaster (27.11.2020)

New York, NY, November 27, 2020 — The International Rescue Committee is extremely concerned about an impending humanitarian disaster as tensions rise in Mekelle, Ethiopia. With loss of civilian life and mass displacement, the cost to 500,000 people living in the region could be devastating.

George Readings, IRC Lead crisis analyst said

“500,000 people are at risk as violence in Mekelle escalates. Ethiopia is already reeling from a year of multiple disasters, including locust outbreaks, severe flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that all sides protect civilians and allow impartial humanitarian assistance to reach those in need.”

The IRC is working in Tigray to support 90,000 refugees in four camps with a range of services, including clean water, sanitation, primary healthcare and education.

African Union: Communique on the Visit of the African Union Envoys to Ethiopia (27.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Office of the Prime Minister – Prime Minister Abiy meets AU Envoys (27.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRCE) – Eritrean Armed Forces Fighting Inside Tigray (24.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Office of the Prime Minister – Developments on Humanitarian Assistance in Tigray Region (26.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Office of the Prime Minister – Final Phase of the Rule of Law Operations Commences (26.11.2020)

Ethiopia: International Oromo Lawyers Association (IOLA) – Open Letter to the United Nations and Its Organs – International Oromo Lawyers Association Calls for De-Escalation of Conflict in Ethiopia as the Situation poses a Serious Threat to Regional Peace and Security (24.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy – What are you hiding?

When you don’t want interference or want to be accountable to use your sovereign stance. I wonder, what are you hiding? What is that your not telling or what to say to the International Community? Since the Prosperity Party and the Federal Government of Ethiopia would be challenged if the International Community abandoned it.

Let’s say the World Bank, International Monetary Funds, USAID, EU and everyone else giving direct donor support of the PP and Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy government. These people should suspend their direct government budget support, as these monies are funnelling civil-war and warfare in the Tigray Region. While the same support is used to take political prisoners and create a media black-out in the Republic. Where only the voices of the Addis Ababa elites and the ones loyal enough to the PM can report. Therefore, God knows what is really happening.

If the PM wants to be sovereign. He should be sovereign on his own dime and the direct revenue of the Federal Republic. The IMF and World Bank, the Foreign donors and others should give him funds to cover the fiscal discrepancies he might have. Since, he clearly has money for war and fighting his own battles. Which he don’t want to say call it that, but calling it “Law Enforcement Operation” which has been going on since 3rd November 2020.

A man who wanted to be known for peace. A man who could easily mediate in foreign lands himself. However, he doesn’t want to have direct mediation in his own conflicts. Only his stories are to be sold. Everything else is to be shelved. If you speak up against him. You are speaking against the Republic. Even if you fear for the lives of civilians, refugees and the ones fleeing conflict. A war between brothers who turned guns against each other.

The Prime Minister are you hiding anything? Since you don’t want the International Community to look into your actions? Are you afraid of what their “fresh” eyes or what they might hear? Are you afraid of the outcry and the pain you have caused on civilians? Do you fear the witness reports from fleeing citizens in Sudan?

Eventually, the stories will not be in your favour. Even if you block everything and only blast your news. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) wants their stories out to be in a good light. As they also will act with vengeance and retaliate. The TPLF will either be defensive or find an angle that make you look evil. That is all natural, just like your colouring them as treasonous people and terrorists after working with them for years in the EPRDF. This is why, I am sure and I know the TPLF have done evil in government. However, you have the army now and can cause lot of more suffering then they can at the very moment. You have the government, the army and the legitimacy as PM to cause much more harm than they can. They can finally and in the end… only create a guerrilla war, which you started on the 3rd November and will haunt you as long as you rule.

So, with all of this in mind. What are you hiding? What are you afraid of leaking or questions you cannot stomach? For a man who is bold enough to order people’s death and bombing towns with ease. How come you cannot answer questions of your donors and the ones keeping your government afloat financially?

Maybe, Mr. Prime Minister, you shouldn’t have accepted their money and their funds. If you didn’t want them to bother you. If you wanted to be totally sovereign. Your government shouldn’t have taken direct budget support. The International Community should with this message. Suspend the Direct Government Support and Budget Support. They should instead spend that on UN Organizations helping the IDPs and refugees in Sudan. They should instead help the ones who fighting for the justice, liberty and freedom within the Republic. The IC should support CSOs and NGOs who are working to help Oromos in need and Tigrayans in need now. Also, all the other places where the government use law enforcement to stifle dissent. Since, the government doesn’t want interference. Let’s support the local CSOs and NGOs who actually help the public. Not to fund a war, but fund the people in need.

Prime Minister Abiy, as long as you accept others people’s money to bankroll your government. You should expect that they will look under your skirt and question your actions. The moment you stop eating it and enjoying the perks of other people’s money. You might feel even more sovereign. Just think about that.

As long as you have military operations against your own. People will question you and your actions. Wonder how much pain, suffering and if you are violating the Geneva Convention or crimes against humanity. At this very moment we cannot know, as you are shielding the information and the flow of reports. However, with time the truth the will come out. While you are really showing your true nature to the whole wide world.

Your not a man of peace, but another War-Lord who wants to be unaccountable and only wants fanfare. Peace.