3rd December 2020 at 6:35 pm #380
school for 700 refugee kids from Tigray
A Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) school for 700 refugee kids from Tigray is up and running in 5 days in Um Rakuba in eastern Sudan. Refugee teachers teach in their own language. All families and single refugees will soon have received multipurpose cash. Very impressed by local NRC team,” Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council3rd December 2020 at 6:43 pm #381
secure access for humanitarian personnel & services
UN Ethiopia and Ethiopian Government have signed an agreement that seeks to enable unimpeded, sustained and secure access for humanitarian personnel & services to areas under the control of the Federal Gov’t in Tigray, & the bordering areas of Amhara & Afar regions.
It’s high time to help Ethiopia by sending UN peacekeeping mission before it’s too late!
Everyone is there to oppose, under the guise of Human rights but none has been helping them for last 1 month, except Sudan , to get back them to their country of origin.
The Savage neftegna militia is mass killing Tegarus in west Tigrai including children and women The shabia army is looting everything from the north, the federal army is bombing Tigrai infrastructures deliberately and we are told the war is with TPLF The last 3 weeks showed the people of Tigray what is coming. As every war is full of surprises stay tuned for this one!
That was the heinous plan to begin with. Before the war not a word from UN Ethiopia. Now got rid of the legitimate Tigray regional state government and allowing the illegitimate Ethiopia government whom the main reason for the invasion,genocide killing,atrocities, massacres and displacement act charitable sound cruel.3rd December 2020 at 6:49 pm #382
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu & his wife Sara
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu & his wife Sara attended the welcoming ceremony for the first group of immigrants from Ethiopia as part of Operation “Tzur Yisrael”
“Brothers and sisters of ours, immigrants from Ethiopia, we are so moved to welcome you here. Welcome to Israel!”3rd December 2020 at 6:54 pm #3833rd December 2020 at 6:57 pm #3843rd December 2020 at 7:03 pm #385
deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region
In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at least for areas under federal government control after the prime minister’s declaration of victory over the weekend.
This will allow the first food, medicines and other aid into the region of 6 million people that has seen rising hunger during the fighting between the federal and Tigray regional governments. Each regards the other as illegal in a power struggle that has been months in the making.
For weeks, the U.N. and others have pleaded for access amid reports of supplies running desperately low for millions of people. A U.N. humanitarian spokesman, Saviano Abreu, said the first mission to carry out a needs assessment would begin Wednesday.
“We are of course working to make sure assistance will be provided in the whole region and for every single person who needs it,” he said. The U.N. and partners are committed to engaging with “all parties to the conflict“ to ensure that aid to Tigray and the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions is “strictly based on needs.”
Ethiopia’s government did not immediately comment.
For weeks, aid-laden trucks have been blocked at Tigray’s borders, and the U.N. and other humanitarian groups were increasingly anxious to reach Tigray as hunger grows and hospitals run out of basic supplies like gloves and body bags.
“We literally have staff reaching out to us to say they have no food for their children,” one humanitarian worker told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
“We have been urging, waiting, begging for access,” another aid official, Jan Egeland with the Norwegian Refugee Council, told the AP. “We’re ready to go tomorrow. … It has been heartbreaking to be forced to wait.“3rd December 2020 at 7:11 pm #386
urgent access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealed to Ethiopia on Tuesday for urgent access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, saying the month-long conflict in Tigray had left them without vital supplies.
“With our concerns growing by the hour, we’re appealing to the federal authorities of Ethiopia that access should be urgently provided to us in the Tigray region to reach the desperate people”, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists at a regular UN briefing in Geneva.
“The camps will have now run out of food supplies – making hunger and malnutrition a real danger”, he said.
“We are also alarmed at unconfirmed reports of attacks, abductions and forced recruitment at the refugee camps”, Mr. Baloch said, adding that it was not possible to verify current conditions and UNHCR had no had any contact with the Eritrean refugees since the conflict started in early November.
Ethiopia had hosted the Eritreans in four refugee camps for more than a decade, but there were now reports that the Eritreans had been displaced within the Tigray region.
On Monday the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi launched an appeal for $147 million to meet the needs of more than 43,000 Ethiopians who had fled the fighting in Tigray and become refugees in neighbouring Sudan, with numbers projected to rise to 100,000 by April.
Baloch said the number of Ethiopian arrivals had reached 46,000 but the influx had slowed, with new arrivals reporting checkpoints on the Ethiopia-Sudan road and having difficulty.3rd December 2020 at 7:28 pm #387
The TPLF has vowed to fight on
Tigray #refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region arrive on the banks of the Tekeze river in Hamdayet on the Sudan-Ethiopia border on Dec 1. The fighting is estimated to have killed thousands, sent ~45,000 refugees into Sudan and displaced more within Tigray
Abiy declared victory on Saturday night, saying that military operations in Tigray were “completed” — but the TPLF has vowed to fight on.
Senior Tigrayan official Wondimu Asamnew claimed Wednesday that federal forces were “encountering low-scale warfare all over Tigray” and that pro-TPLF fighters would launch a “full-scale offensive… in the near future”.
Wondimu also said in a statement that the TPLF had carried out a “strategic retreat” without sustaining heavy losses.3rd December 2020 at 7:42 pm #388
aid agencies now have unimpeded access to Tigray
After Ethiopia tells UN that aid agencies now have unimpeded access to Tigray.
NRC Norway calls for access to civilians in need in all parts of the region and says that “aid convoys are ready to go today … before needs spiral out of control”.
The aid should be availed and managed by neutral bodies like Refugees must be distributed to the whole region.
Dec 3 morning news Tigray Intense drone helicopter jet bombardment continue in central Tigray.
Since Abiy Ahmed Ali launched a war on Tigray & all Tegaru people. -no telecom -no humanitarian aid -no journalists -no food -no fuel -no cash -no electricity -2m need assistance -46, 000 refugees -1m displaced -ethnic massacres -air strikes.3rd December 2020 at 7:53 pm #389
Refugee camps in Eastern Sudan the Um Rakuba
Today I have visited one of the refugee camps in Eastern Sudan the Um Rakuba. It had to be set up again after the famine that had ravaged Northern Ethiopia in 1985.
This time it is sheltering thousands of people fleeing an armed conflict in Tigray to save their lives.3rd December 2020 at 8:09 pm #390
The aim of destroying the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed may have declared success for his ‘law and order operation’ with the fall of Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital, on 28 November, but it is far from clear that the fighting is over. There have been thousands of casualties on both sides and among the Eritrean troops committed to the conflict by President Issayas Afewerki, who shares Abiy’s aim of destroying the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Bombing raids and artillery have caused widespread civilian casualties and over 40,000 refugees have fled into Sudan from western Tigray. The Ethiopian army has closed the border to try to prevent more of them crossing.
Amid the news blackout, certain disturbing reports remain clear. Although the Federal government has spoken strongly against ethno-nationalism, Abiy has allowed Amhara militia and ‘Special Forces’ to spearhead the move into western Tigray, an area historically under Amhara control but controversially given to Tigray under the 1995 constitution. There have been ample reports of atrocities in western Tigray, with claims and counter-claims of responsibility. Against this background, there is great concern about the Federal government decision to allow the Amhara Regional State to administer the parts of Tigray it has taken over.
The Federal government has also been acting against Tigrayans outside Tigray, accusing them of supporting the TPLF and giving rise to fears of ethnic profiling. The National Bank of Ethiopia has frozen all bank accounts opened in Tigray State. The 34 important companies which form part of the regional state-owned Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) have been delisted and their assets frozen; an asset manager has now been appointed to oversee their assets and resources.
The African Union (AU) dismissed a Tigrayan, Gebreegziabher Mebratu Melese, its head of security, after the Ministry of Defence expressed concern. The Amhara regional administration has ordered its police to identify ethnic Tigrayans in all government agencies and NGOs. There have been similar activities in organisations and businesses in Addis Ababa and reports of hundreds of arrests of Tigrayans.
After the Ethiopian military contingent in Somalia was ordered home, ‘All officers and soldiers from Tigray were arrested and detained upon arrival in Addis’, some of them being tortured while others were executed, according to a United Nations report. The deputy force commander of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) in South Sudan, Brigadier-General Negassi Tikue, was recalled to Addis Ababa and the UN told to find another officer. Other Tigrayan officers there were also ordered to Addis Ababa.
Abiy has appointed Mulu Nega, a former deputy minister, temporary head of a new Tigrayan administration. Setting up an effective local government may prove difficult, particularly if fighting continues. Abiy has said the next stage is to establish an administration in Tigray which can ‘enforce law and order in the Region through a lawful state police force with sufficient capacity to maintain public order and peace within the State’. Mulu has added that ‘executive and law-making organs at regional and zonal levels will be dismantled and replaced by new appointees.’
The interim government is also charged with carrying out rehabilitation work, providing social services and organising ‘a democratic, participatory, free and fair election’ next year, without, however, the participation of the TPLF, even though it took over 98% of the vote in the September election which was banned by the Federal government. Independent observers called it relatively free and fair.
While the conflict with the TPLF has all the hallmarks of a straightforward power struggle between an organisation that controlled Ethiopia through its dominance of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front from 1991 to 2018, and an Oromo/Amhara alliance led by Abiy which took over in 2018 and disbanded the EPRDF, there is also an ideological element, of regional as opposed to centralised governance .
The TPLF certainly believed that championing provincial self-government within a federal system would win Tigray support against Abiy’s centralising policies from other regions of the country, including the Oromo and Somali Regional States. But the TPLF’s political domination of the country after 1991 – a key feature of the rule of the EPRDF – was deeply resented by many Oromos and other ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia, even though these groups support the self-governance elements of the constitution. The problem was with the practice not the letter of the constitution.
For many outside the central highland areas, Amhara notions of ‘national unity’ mean re-imposing the former imperial structure that excluded non-Amhara cultures and languages.
And Abiy’s concentration on his problem with the TPLF has prolonged a number of inter-ethnic conflicts across the country which have displaced 1.85 million people, according to the latest National Displacement report and exacerbated humanitarian crises.
They include the conflict in western Wollega where the Oromo Liberation Front–Shene operate. More than 50 civilians were killed in an attack at the beginning of November, and federal military units have failed to establish control. The OLF-Shene is also operating along the Kenyan border in the south. In Benishangul Gumuz, 30 people were killed on 14 November, the latest in a series of incidents.
In many areas, the targets of the violence appear to be Amhara, but there has also been fighting in several areas round the Oromo Regional State: along the border with the Somali Region, where hundreds of thousands are still displaced after fighting in 2018; and between the Guji in Oromia and the Gedeo in the Southern Region. The Southern Region has seen conflicts in Bench Sheko and Wolaita and most recently Konso. A long-running dispute between Afars and Somalis in the east has displaced over 100,000 people in the last two years.
The Prime Minister’s Office rather improbably accused the TPLF of ‘planning, training, financing and executing’ all the country’s ethnic and sectarian conflicts. A more plausible reason is the collapse of local administration as the EPRDF fell apart since 2017, to be replaced last November by Abiy’s new Prosperity Party, which has yet to establish itself effectively.
Victory for Abiy may allow him to start rebuilding local administration and deploy federal forces to re-establish control at local level. However, he will have to find a way to appease the ethnic hopes and ambitions of the other nations and nationalities in the country. Oromos, Somalis, Afars and others have exercised some local autonomy, if not as much as they would like, under the EPRDF for 25 years and do not want to give this up. This year, the Sidama, one of the 56 peoples in the Southern Regional State, achieved their own state after a long struggle and others indicated their desire to follow suit.
Abiy detained many of his Oromo critics, including opposition leaders Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba, and placed former Defence Minister Lemma Megersa under house arrest earlier in the year . He replaced the Oromo support he had lost with ethno-nationalist Amhara in the Amhara region, and gathered further backing from the Amhara elite in Addis Ababa who yearn to replace the federal system with unitary government.
Opposition Amhara parties like the Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (EZEMA), led by Berhanu Nega, have strongly supported the operations in Tigray. And days after fighting began in Tigray, Abiy increased the power of leading Amhara figures in government, by adding the post of Foreign Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen’s portfolio, moving Gedu Andargachew from foreign affairs to the post of National Security Advisor, and appointing former National Security Advisor and Amhara President Temesgen Tiruneh as intelligence chief.
The Amhara parliament then appointed Agegnehu Teshager, a strident opponent of the TPLF, as regional president. Not all were impressed. The recall of troops from Somalia, the call on Eritrean armed forces for help in the field, and the bringing back into service of retired generals and the promotion of a long-time Abiy supporter, General Berhanu Jula, an Oromo, from deputy to Chief of Staff, were taken as signs that operations had not gone as well as expected. There was some concern in the upper echelons of the government and the military about Abiy’s determination to crush the TPLF.
Advisors in the Prime Minister’s Office still include a significant number of Oromos: former Ambassador to Washington Girma Birru, macroeconomic advisor and former OLF spokesperson Lencho Bati, former Minister of Defence Motuma Mekassa, and Hailay Berhane Tesema on National Security. The Prime Minister, a devout member of the Pentecostal Mulu Wengel Church, continues to take advice from the Oromo-American evangelist Gemechis Desta Buba, as well as other Pentecostalist pastors. For the moment, however, it seems that Amhara advisors – and Eritrea’s Issayas – are the most favoured.3rd December 2020 at 8:24 pm #3913rd December 2020 at 8:42 pm #3923rd December 2020 at 11:10 pm #393
Tension between people of Tigray in Mekelle
Reports of tension between people of Tigray in Mekelle
All roads are blocked in the capital. Tegaru are fighting the invasion in every way. Furthermore, as the fight continues, areas around Endabaguna have been liberated from enemy forces.
It is being reported People of Mekelle are out in the streets blocking all roads, confronting the armed Eritrean troops & Amhara militias who brought hundreds of trucks and started to loot public and private properties. This may easily escalate to a decimation.
More than 20 Eritrean Army commands appr. 6000 men each-infantry and mechanized-fighting in Tigray, a minimum 120,000 have swarmed Tigray.
I want everyone to understand How Tigray people see the war in Ethiopia Tigray. The war is between Invaders and Tigray people.Everyone in Tigray is fighting to protect their lands, rights, self-rule, and self-determination. If you don’t know about it now you know.
The people of Tigray are speaking you are not welcome, you are aggressors!!4th December 2020 at 1:50 pm #400
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