ICRC dramatically increases its budget in Ethiopia and Sudan as needs grow at an alarming rate (27.05.2021)

The new appeal will bring ICRC’s total budget for Ethiopia to 65 million Swiss francs.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 27, 2021 -The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking donors for an additional 28 million Swiss francs ($31.3 million) for its operations in Ethiopia and Sudan following violence that has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, increasing the need for food, clean water and medical care.

The new appeal will bring ICRC’s total budget for Ethiopia to 65 million Swiss francs ($72.7 million) and the total budget for Sudan to 36 million Swiss francs ($40.3 million). It is the ICRC’s largest such appeal in four years.

“We haven’t seen such an increase in the level of violence in this region for many years,” said Patrick Youssef, the ICRC’s head of operations for Africa. “The world’s attention has been mostly on Tigray, but pockets of violence broke out in other parts of Ethiopia as well, while fighting also resurfaced in Darfur, causing more fear, more displacement and preventing people from meeting their vital needs.

“We are facing an unprecedented challenge, responding to several crises that unfold against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate shocks,”Mr Youssef said.

In Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the presence of humanitarian actors increased in cities, but significant gaps remain in hard-to-reach rural areas. Access to food and primary healthcare are major humanitarian concerns. At the same time, humanitarian needs in other violence-affected areas like Oromia continue to grow.

In Sudan’s Darfur region, the flare-up of violence forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. People can’t grow food and access essential services. Meanwhile, the country is dealing with several displacement and refugee crises. Nearly 2 million Sudanese remain internally displaced, while the country is hosting more than a million refugees, including over 60,000 people who recently fled Ethiopia.

“The emergency response alone will not suffice in the situation we are now facing. The level of violence and destruction is such that we must be prepared to deal with the protracted consequences of these crises,” Mr Youssef added. “Respect for civilian life and property, as well as for healthcare facilities and personnel, is the only way to limit the disastrous humanitarian impact of the ongoing violence.”

The ICRC stepped up its response in Ethiopia and Sudan to cover urgent humanitarian needs, providing emergency relief and preparing for long-term interventions. Additional funding will enable it to expand its programs in Tigray, Oromia and other violence-affected areas of Ethiopia, working alongside the Ethiopian Red Cross. Reaching rural areas of Tigray, reinforcing health services, and increasing support for victims of sexual violence are among the main priorities.

In Sudan, the ICRC will expand its activities and support the Sudanese Red Crescent to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. It will focus on delivering assistance to people affected by violence, reinforcing primary health care and physical rehabilitation services.

ICRC in Ethiopia:

  • Supporting health centers in Zalambesa and Altitenna and hospitals in Shire and Sheraro;
  • Providing almost 200,000 liters of drinking water daily to more than 22,000 displaced people and host communities in Mekele, Axum and Shire;
  • Distributed seeds, tools and fertilizer to more than 35,000 families in Somali, Oromia and Tigray Regions.

ICRC in Sudan:

  • Expanding operations to Kassala state and supporting the Kassala teaching hospital’s emergency room;
  • Helping Ethiopian refugees reestablish contact with families and supporting health centers for around 60,000 Ethiopian refugees in 8 camps;
  • Distributed essential household items to around 90,000 people affected by violence in Darfur.

Ethiopia: Baytona Leader Sibhat arrested in Addis

Again and again, the state is picking-up and arresting opposition leaders. Today the newest victim of this is Baytona leader Kibrom Sibhat. He was arrested and taken away by federal security officers. The Federal Police took him away and he haven’t been seen. Neither is there any clear report where his detained and what charges he has.

We don’t know what “crime” he has done. Neither what reason there is for his arrest. The only reason it seems… is that his a leader of an opposition party and part of the Tigray National Political Parties Forum, which Baytona is a part off. Which have issued stern press releases and information about the warfare in the Tigray region since early November 2020.

This is political persecution and taking away their liberty, freedom and justice because of their association. The state have done this to other parties too and this is nothing new. However, this is a continuation and is the modus operandi of the regime in Addis Ababa.

This is the reform Abiy have delivered to the Nation and must be his most valuable asset ahead of the election. Since that cannot be dialogue, reforms or even policies worth a damn. I am saying that.. because he rather arrest, detain and keep his political enemies behind bars. Than actually meet them in a free and fair election. His worried he cannot win or have the ability to overcome his opponents.

That’s why its easier to use the monopoly of violence the state has and issues orders of their demise. Therefore, Sibhat of Baytona is just a part of a long list of political prisoners. Who is just happening to be in the opposition. That is just the way it is and the state continues to use it machinery to get its foes behind bars. Peace.

The Fall of Abere Adamu: A sudden death with mysterious circumstances….

Today it’s reported that the former Amhara Police Commissioner Abere Adamu mysteriously died. This was just mere days after he was sacked from this office. The Commissioner was also in-charge of Amhara Special Forces, which have been involved in various atrocities and horrific crimes across the Republic.

The Special Forces have been used as tool to silence opposition, get rid of ethnic groups and participate in massacres. Therefore, his a war-criminal who got taken out. He surely knew too much and needed to be silenced too.

That he died now is suspicious. The state ways of manoeuvring this isn’t better either. As they are sending the body from Amhara to Addis for autopsy. The circumstances of his death is all unclear and no official announcement of it too.

That makes it seems like it was a statement. Like the state was worried of what knowledge he has or what sort of operation he was operating. In such a manner, that they had to get rid of him and possibly assassinate him. That is mere speculation, but this man spoiled the narrative of the Prime Minister too and the overnight surprise attack on the Northern Command ahead of the Law Enforcement Operation, which the deceased Police Commander stated was well-prepared for and had the troops around the Tigray Region.

This is why the suspicious death. Open a box of questions. Just like the coup of Amhara Regional State in 2019. Where all the yes-men of the Prime Minister got appointed after. Now, his also dead and maybe another puppet will get installed. Clearly, the Prosperity Party can easily get rid of its leaders and just appoint new ones. Except for their beloved one on the top.

Adamu died by default of the monster he was part of unleashing. When you start a war and participate in warfare. There will be bystanders, innocent civilians and partakers who fall on the sword. He was a leader and a man who ordered death of others.

Adamu knew what was going on and stood strong in the middle of bloodbath, massacres and possible genocide. He was okay with the internally displaced people, refugees, starvation and in general the military operation in Tigray. The man stood by all of this and did his duties.

That is why his memory will be the blood on his hands. He maybe died unfavourably and with blunt force. The same sort of force he has ordered upon others. He was maybe taken out, because the “high power” was afraid of him spilling the beans. They wouldn’t except him talking and this man did talk to much in the past.

Adamu is now another one of the men who was trusted by Abiy, but fell on his sword. Another one who has taken the bullet and paid the ultimate price of death. This is the reform that Abiy brings and Adamu is just the last example of this tragic endeavour of the Prime Minister. Peace.

Ethiopia: Joint Press Release by Tigray Opposition Political Parties (23.04.2021)

Once again, the Ethiopian government has proven its sham law enforcement campaign in Tigray, is actually a genocidal mission against the people of Tigray, by adding more Tigrian opposition political parties to the crowded detention centers in the military base.
We have learned that Ato Alula Hailu, Deputy Chairperson of Salsay Weyane Tigray and member of Tigray Nationalist Political Parties Forum Management Team; and Ato Kahsay Hailu Salsay Weyane Tigray party high ranking member and Finance Head have been detained on 22/04/2021 in Mekelle by military personnels.
Although we never had any expectations that the Ethiopian regime will spare any Tigrian national in its persecution, let alone members of Tigrian opposition political parties, the act is another clear message that the regime considers every Tigrian national as a crimnal and rule of law is poured down the drainage.
Moreover, this is another substantial evidence that there would be no room for any peaceful political discourse to solve the challenges we face as a nation.
How ever in our part, declaring our unwavering commitment to a peaceful struggle once again, Tigrian Political Parties Forum will not tolerate such blatant abuse and we demand the immediate and unconditional release of our members.
Tigray will prevail
Regards,
Salsay Weyane Tigray (SaWeT)
National Congress of Great Tigray (the Congress)
Tigray Independence Party (TIP)
April 23 / 2021,
Mekelle Tigray

Ethiopia: Two SAWET Party leaders detained by soldiers in Mekelle

There are now credible reports two of the leaders of SAWET Party or the Salsay Weyane Tigray Party been arrested and detained at unknown location. This party has together with other Tigray parties come out with statements undressing the actions of the in the Tigray Region. They are one of the member parties of the Tigray National Political Parties Forum. Who has been important to release credible news and state the affairs of the state. Which the Federal Government don’t want to have out or deliberately hiding from the world public.

That is why its tragic news to hear that Salsay Weyane Tigray’s Deputy Chairman Alula Hailu and Deputy Head of Finance Kahsay Hailu were taken by Ethiopian soldiers to an undisclosed location in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle.

This news is really tragic, but nothing new in Ethiopia. There are so many political prisoners kept across the Republic. That these is just one a big pool or a giant crowds of opposition leaders behind bars. That is modus operandi at this point.

It wouldn’t be shocking if the leaders of Baytone or TIP would be next from the Tigray National Political Parties Forum. Because, the state is deliberately going after its dissidents. They are clearly planning to go after and finding them. One by one and finding any excuse to arrest, detain or charge them. With no proper cause, but as a warning to anyone opposing the regime.

This is just one more case of injustice and impunity by the rulers of Addis Ababa. The Prosperity Party wants to be remembered this way. That is their fate apparently. Peace.

Ethiopia: Journalist Berhane and Yemane arrested in Mekelle today!

Addis Ababa, April 8, 2013 (FBC) Tigray Media House Journalist Fitsum Birhane and Ayga Forum director of Ethiopian Representative Tamrat Yemane has been arrested. As the 3th commander commander Dereje Debissa said, including individuals working with anti-peace forces, Tigray Media House journalist, Berhane and Ayega Editorial Administration and Ethiopian Representative journalist. Studio rented and arrested while broadcasting false propaganda live” (Fana BC – ‘Tigray Media House journalist Fitsum Birhane has been arrested’ 16.04.2021).

We know the drill here. The state is going after those who dares to speak the truth and broadcast it. Fitsum Berhane is one of them who used his platforms to spread information and knowledge, which the state prefers to be silent. The Prosperity Party wants their stories out and nobody else.

Tamirat Yemane (contributor to Aiga Forum) and a local journalist arrested in Mekelle. Berhane is also working for AFP. These two has been arrested earlier in this year. That is was in February this year actually. So it is barely two months since then and they are re-arrested by the authorities.

This is repeating it and taking in the same people. To justify their tripartite alliance actions in the Tigray region without eyes on the conflict or local journalists covering it. That is why these gentlemen is arrested here and taken into custody.

Their crime is to report in a manner, which is unfavourably to the Prosperity Party. That is the sin they have committed and done online. This is why the army arrested them and took them away. There is nothing else to it. Peace.

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Opinion: Eritrea is flawless

You wake up (Flawless)

Post up (Flawless)

Riding ’round in it (Flawless)

Flossin’ on that (Flawless)

This diamond (Flawless)

My diamond (Flawless)

This rock (Flawless)

My Roc (Flawless)” Beyonce – ‘Flawless’ (2013)

The Horn of Africa got an utopia nobody knows about. Some people calls it the ‘North Korea’ of Africa. It doesn’t matter if dissidents dies, people are fleeing forced subscriptions to the army and there is a non-existent civil space. No, Asmara and Eritrea is what the world should be.

There is nobody as great and a stable genius like Isaias Afwerki. The man who can live in transition since 1993. The man who never only needed a referendum to be liberated from Ethiopia. Since the parties of all parties have run supreme. The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) is the motherland and the fatherland in one. There will be no party like that and nobody will ever be worthy of challenging Afwerki.

Afwerki is the sort of man that deserves to rule by presidential decrees. A man who can decide every little thing. He can make prison camps and appoint his allies to companies. Civilians is fine to to be tried in military courts and be tried without any evidence. The fleeing civilians from being kept as slaves for the party and high ranking officials. That is how you build a nation of patriotic men. You are supposed to serve your best years for pennies. That being between 18 years to 40 years old.

That is the system of Afwerki. A man with no flaws. He has so little flaws. That everyone who oppose him ceases to exist. They just vanish. Either they flee through horrific dangers across the continent in hope to reach Europe. If not they are lingering in detention camps or refugee camps in the countries with borders too it. That is the sort of greatness the PFDJ have given the world.

Afwerki who never needed elections is flawless. The man of all ages. His the natural leader and the visionary. The man who exposes man kind and that is evident since November 2020. That is why they are scapegoated and blamed for all the ills in Tigray region. These folks wouldn’t do people harm. Except for their own… which have gotten ill treatment every time they have tried to defy the Presidential Orders. Well, his the pure enlightenment of man-kind. So, everyone should bow down to the greatness of Afwerki and his PFDJ.

That is why all sanctions and resolutions against Eritrea is always baseless. If not is made by spineless men who report human rights violations like the scrupulous men Mahmud Sherifo, Petros Solomon and Haile Woldensae. Those who dared to criticise the government and the President. These men should have just been loyal to the President and his party. They know deep in their hearts that there is no greater man than Isias walking on planet earth.

That is why Eritrean government is never to be blamed. Their soldiers and forced conscription in the army. If not critics, journalists and other dissidents just have mysterious illnesses or dies in detentions. Not worry, that is because these folks are faint hearted and not because the state is repressive.

What is the lesson of today? Well, Asmara, PFDJ and Afwerki is flawless. They are perfect. No matter what the Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) does inside Ethiopia. Heck, it must be a spotless and definitely not bringing atrocities to a new area. No, they are just innocent angles blessing every town they come too.

Afwerki would never kill his enemies. Isaias would never silence his dissidents or deport foreigners questioning his reign. No, he would just be a puppy and grinning nicely. That is who he is and its weird that his not on the list to become a saint by the Vatican. Someone hasn’t done their job in Asmara and a civil servant should be warned.

The EDF is reported to be a vile force inside the Tigray Region. But when you know about the innocent and non-elected government of Asmara. You should know that a saint like Afwerki would never touch a soul. He would only send his blessings and wouldn’t offer a preposition they couldn’t refuse.

So, whatever the European Union or United States says about Eritrea. They are wrong and blinded by propaganda from detractors. They should listen to the choirs of Afwerki. These are the ones that knows and has the enlightenment, which the rest of world has never understood. His a supreme being and should be deemed as a demigod. Everyone else is lucky to breathe the same air as Isaias. His flawless and mind is beyond ordinary human reasoning. 

So, If you know, now you know. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Prosperity Party plans to either assimilate or punish former cadres of the TPLF

Re: Concerning sending new PP members and ex-TPLF members — As stated in the title, we want to notify you to provide all necessary assistance to the members of our Prosperity Party and their assistants that we are sending to establish the foundations for our party. The second agenda concerns recruiting all ex-TPLF members to be PP members and to do all necessary surveillance lest they have any kind of communication with TPLF. In case there are any cadres that look suspicious to our party, all necessary measures must be taken against them as stated in the letter dated Nov 14, 2013. Sihul Michael Head of Tigray’s Prosperity Party

This is news is coming as the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) have cancelled the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The NEBE have rescinded the political party license of the TPLF. Meaning the TPLF isn’t a party in their registrars anymore.

However, just as the Law Enforcement Operation in the Tigray region continues. The Prosperity Party have an Interim Government appointed by Addis Ababa. The PP plans to further their powers in the region. Not only crush the armed paramilitary group affiliated with the TPLF. They are also planning to takeover the masses of members too.

The Prosperity Party is planning to take the members, the cadres and the ones who are participating in the party. In the party that it has deemed as “terrorist”. This means the PP seem to be into the idea of boosting its membership by taking away the members of TPLF. That is clearly in ambition to ensure the PP have grounds and popularity in Mekelle.

The PP needs the public on its side. Even if they have been doing warfare since 3rd November 2020 in the region. They still need support and friendly faces. That is now a mission to convert TPLF cadres to the PP: From the same government that has killed former Ministers and civilians for 3 months in the area.

The PP has a hard cause. The ones who does switch allegiance now is betraying the Tigray and their cause. That is just what happens. They are either traitors at home or heroes in Addis. In a conflict like this. The ones switching will be marked and be moles. This is why the initial drive to do is will only cause more damage to the TPLF. Which in the end is a victory for PP:

However, the PP seems to be ideologically bankrupt, if they are willing to convert and let TPLF cadres become members. This means the ones who is the sole reason for this Operation Law Enforce is apparently good enough to get assimiliated into the party. Which means they couldn’t be as evil or dangerous as they said. Even though the PP will by this order use all neccessary means. What does that mean? Does that mean arrest, detention or execution? So does that mean, that if they are vetted and suddenly not following the orders. Then they are fair game and practically get hurt. Hurt in manner, which isn’t stated directly in the letter.  

That shows the sinister side of the PP. They have already come out last year with a selective recruitment process. This is a continuation of that, but on in the Tigray region. Where they are accepting the TPLF cadres are either “welcome” or possibly “Dead Men Walking”. Seems like a horrific method of adding new members to a political party. Especially, if this party is supposed to reform and come in peace. Peace.