Since the inception of the “Law Enforcement Operation” in the Tigray state on the 3rd November 2020. The realities of what has gone down is clear. Though the ramifications, the extent of the hurt and suffering is still unknown. What the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and Eritrean Defence Forces (EDF) who has collaborated in a joint effort to go after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
This joint venture sure has consequences as the brothers in arms are intertwined with the fate of the operation. An operation that was in its final stages on the 28th November 2020, as the Prime Minister stated in his piece: “Mekelle under command of the National Defense Forces”. That’s 12 days ago and the battles are still going on.
There are some reports of 3 fronts and others says 5. What we do know is that the TPLF and the brotherhood of Addis Ababa and Asmara is going head-on. They are together in this and doing it’s bidding. Also with a para-military group from Amhara who also conquer areas and has annexed it. Moving the population and inhabiting it with Amhara’s instead of Tigrayans.
While the warfare is going on in a media blackout. Where the international media is banned from entering. Where the local media only can play the songs of the Prime Minister. Not a place for free speech or speaking your mind. If you do or dares to do so. Then your ending in prison for whatever charges the state can muster on you.
This war is really ensuring what Prime Minister Ahmed Ali Abiy will be remembered for. Not matter how he reasons, adjusts the messages or trying to trade it. It is warfare with airstrikes, shelling of towns, burning villages and fleeing refugees to Sudan. It is with closed borders, use of tanks, soldiers, para-military groups and even friendly fire from Eritrean forces on Ethiopian soil. That just says it all.
If the Prime Minister would have another legacy. He has already tarnished it as he promised “no mercy” on Mekelle before it fell. However, the final phase never ceased. Therefore, the humanitarian corridor to the state of Tigray haven’t happened. The United Nations and the World Food Programme haven’t been allowed to enter. Neither has other multi-national organizations, as the state wants the region to suffer. This is the legacy he remains.
As he has fought a war and ordered a war. A war in total silence and blocking not only aid organization, but anyone but the armed forces and it’s allies. God knows what happens, as the electricity is out, phone-lines are jammed and internet black-out too. Bank accounts opened in Tigray is also frozen.
Therefore, after everything is said and done. The Prime Minister can now be deemed a warlord. He is using military forces against his own citizens and “occupying” own territory with foreign adversaries to settle old grievances.
That is why we can say the Prime Minister is the War-Lord. To say anything else is a lie. He is using these means and should be credited for it. Even if the man is trying to distort and white-wash the narratives from Tigray. He can still not flee the scene or get rid of stories that he creates.
PM Abiy isn’t a man of peace, but of war. That is imprinted with him forever. Peace.