“During last week alone 3 fuel tankers carrying 137,913 litres have arrived in Mekelle, cumulatively reaching 920,309 liters of fuel sent to the region. The myth of fuel shortage is a TPLF hidden agenda to enhance mobility of its army in preparation for another round of conflict” (FDRE Government Communication Service, 23.06.2022).
Just as the Prosperity Party of the FDRE Government Communication Service was willing to lie about the closure of Mekelle Airport in the Tigray region. They are willing to lie about the fuel crisis and lack thereof in the Tigray Region. The lack of fuel and not enough of it. Is a reason for why the humanitarian assistance isn’t able to reach across the Tigray region. The vehicles cannot drive across the terrain or the roads to distribute the humanitarian assistance there.
It is really telling that the FDRE Government Communication Service did this today. That is just a sign of escalation and plans for future endeavours. This they have done before and the regime of Addis Ababa has no scruples or concerns about the consequences. As long as their detail and their message is spread across. Because, this is vilifying the victims and that what they pursuit.
“Similarly in Tigray, extreme food insecurity is leading some IDPs to resort to eating wild plants to survive. While the arrival of additional humanitarian supplies into Tigray is expected to address some of these gaps, the scale of response is challenged by the lack of fuel to transport the supplies from Mekelle to different parts of the region. At least more than 334,000 liters of fuel (around 7 to 8 fuel tankers) are needed to distribute more than 42,000 MT of relief supplies within the region. Overall, since road convoys movement resumed on 1 April, about 2,500 trucks carrying over 101,000 MT of cargo, of which 86 per cent of the supplies are food and nutrition, have reached Tigray, including 21 fuel tankers. This includes 532 trucks, including 3 fuel tankers, arrived in Tigray during the reporting period” (OCHA, 16.06.2022).
I don’t the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA would have any interests about lying or making fuel a myth in Tigray. To the contrary they need to be straight and honest for their donor and the international community, which funds the operations of the UN organizations and the humanitarian assistance to the Tigray region. The OCHA has no interests or needs to exaggerate or even make things worse. They are just in the business of addressing the needs and the hurt of the region.
That’s why I have little faith in a government, which has inflicted harm, punished a region collectively and persistent in vilifying the leadership of region. While never acting accountable or being transparent about own actions, which has created and ensured the humanitarian catastrophe of man-made famine and starvations of the Tigray region. That blockade for months on end has created it and they cannot switch the narratives now. Especially, when the OCHA reports, which is the newest one says it so vividly.
FDRE Government Communication Service needs a better writer and narrator. Heck, they need someone who can speak and say the truth. This is government propaganda in the purest form. It is not a myth that the Humanitarian assistance needs more fuel, but a fact, which is as a result of the federal government sponsored blockade. A blockade that has been successful in such a way, that we don’t know how many lives, how many millions who will be touched by it or is barely surviving. Because, we have bare estimations of 9 millions, but that is maybe only on the surface and who knows how bad it really is. Peace.
“TPLF terrorist group blocked aid flights to Mekelle airport.
The government of Ethiopia in collaboration with the international community has been facilitating daily air transportation to Tigray for the delivery of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and nutritional supplements. By expanding humanitarian assistance, from June 11th, 2022 to June 17th, 2022, the federal government facilitated the transportation of 22,250 metric tons of food items to the Tigray region by 363 trucks. Despite the encumbrance of the TPLF terrorist group, Ethiopia’s federal government demonstrated its unwavering commitment to addressing the region’s humanitarian need. But since yesterday, the terrorist group has blocked aid flights to Mekelle airport. The group using the people of Tigray as a weapon of propaganda, once again shows its priority is disseminating false information instead of providing aid to the people. The federal government calls on the international community to condemn the recent blockade of flights by the terrorist group and to further investigate the reasons behind it” (FDRE Government Communication Sevice, 23.06.2022).
We know the vilification of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Regional Government of Tigray is on system overload. Because, they need excuses and vilify the victims. At such a rate it doesn’t make sense. The TPLF and the regional government of Tigray haven’t blocked entry of humanitarian assistance or airlifting of such. Why would they?
It is saving lives, as millions are facing a man-made famine, starvation and an epic humanitarian crisis. Which is created by the long blockade and lack of assistance over a very long time. This wasn’t a problem created yesterday, but has been long overdue. The Addis Ababa regime and all their bureaucrats has stifled, stopped and ensured a tragedy could occur in Tigray. The mere percentages of what is needed is still the case. There is 9 millions who needs food aid, which OCHA reported on the recent update.
So, when the regional government has allowed airlifting supplies for the current reporting time. Why should they suddenly stop? That isn’t making sense. Especially, when the region is facing starvation, famine and a crisis, which has been reported and warned about for months on end. The regional government would earn currency blocking it. That is only valuable to Addis Ababa who has done this deliberately. Therefore, I don’t trust the FDRE Government Communication Service, which has lied about the conflict before.
“OCHA Ethiopia prepares this report with the support of Cluster Coordinators. The data/information collected covers the period from 7 to 13 June 2022” (…) “From 7 to 13 June, 532 trucks (including 3 fuel tankers) arrived in Tigray. Since convoys resumed on 1 April 2022, a total of 2,499 trucks (over 101,100 MT of cargo) have transited to Tigray, including 21 fuel tankers. The cluster facilitated the airlift of some 10.9 MT of health, nutrition and agriculture cargo from Addis Ababa to Mekelle during the reporting period” (OCHA – Northern Ethiopia – Humanitarian Update – Situation Report, 16.06.2022).
So, when OCHA reports about airlifting in that period of time and with the knowledge of the needs of the region. I doubt the TPLF and the Tigray Region Government would sudden block entry now. Which it is in dire need of. If anything it’s excuses of the Federal or Central Government of Addis Ababa to further their blockade of humanitarian assistance, which they have become infamous for. The Prosperity Party has to answer for that, because I don’t believe them. These folks has lied about everything possible and blamed the mothers too. Therefore, they should carry themselves with some humility and knowledge of the pain they have suffered to the region.
However, I wouldn’t count on it. When vengeance and blood-thirsty goons are running the show. War-lords with no hearts and no conscience of their actions. That’s why people can die, so they can prosper. Peace.
A press release given by the Oromo Federal Congress (OFCO) regarding the recent killings on citizens.
For the past three years, the wars and conflicts that have been going on in different parts of Oromia and Ethiopia as a whole have caused the death, suffering and displacement of innocent people. Since June 11, 2014, in Oromia region west welega zone Gimbi district Tole kebele hundreds of innocent people have been killed. Many of the dead are women and Persistence Evidence shows that they are true. When the government accuses the Oromo Liberation Army of this mass killing, the armed group will also kill the government armed forces.
The horrific killings committed by the armed forces outside the government that have disturbed the public’s conscience at different times have been recorded on video and posted on social media. However, there is no action to control these heinous acts, to catch the perpetrators or to bring them to justice. For example, in the first week of December 2014 in Men As the gist was under here The brutal killing of OLF Shene members in Amhara region, Dawa Chafa Woreda, where the security forces of Menelik committed by removing people from cars that they claimed to be OLF members was recorded on video and presented by Ethiopian Human Rights Commission but no legal action taken is yet known.
As the OFCO leaders, we believe that there is no political gain or victory that can be gained by shedding the blood of innocent people. We condemn any kind of attacks on innocent people. We strongly believe that people from other ethnic groups living in Oromia should get protection and full insurance for their life and property just like any other resident of the region. In this step, Oromia National region And the federal government should be able to do it without discharging their responsibilities.
As OFC has repeatedly called for independent investigation of killings in different parts of the country and the perpetrators to be brought to justice, all the forces involved in the massacre of innocent people should be investigated and made public, and the perpetrators should be brought to justice. We express our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives and were hurt by the attack. Condolences to his family and friends. We urge immediate measures to be taken to stabilize and stabilize the survivors of the attack.
We understand that the war that is going on in the country is either directly or indirectly due to the attacks and killings of innocent people. Therefore, we urge the forces that have entered the war due to political differences to narrow their differences and negotiate to solve their problems peacefully.
Oromo Federal Congress (OFCO)
Finfine: June 15 2014