02-26-21 - Amnesty Report on Axum Masacre Tigrai - Feb 2021 THE MASSACRE IN AXUM (Amnesty International)_ Between 19 and 29 November 2020, Eritrean troops operating in the Ethiopian city of Axum, Tigray, committed a series of human rights and humanitarian law violations, including killing hundreds of civilians. Over an approximately 24-hour period on 28-29 November, Eritrean soldiers deliberately shot civilians on the street and carried out systematic house-to-house searches, extrajudicially executing men and boys. The massacre was carried out in retaliation for an earlier attack by a small number of local militiamen, joined by local residents armed with sticks and stones. ...
02-25-21 - Reuter On Masacre and Burned Villages near Mekelle Tigrai - Feb 2021 Hundreds of buildings burned around Tigray town, research group says NAIROBI (Reuters) - Fires that appear to have been deliberately set destroyed more than 500 structures this week in and around Ethiopia’s Gijet town, an analysis of satellite imagery shared with Reuters has found, adding credence to reports of continued conflict in parts of the northern region of Tigray.
02-19-21 - Tigray Government Position - Feb 2021 Tigray Government
name conditions for peace with Ethiopia's government NAIROBI (Reuters) -
Forces fighting Ethiopia's military in the Tigray region laid
out eight conditions on Friday for beginning peace talks,
including the appointment of an international mediator
and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid.
02-18-21 - bloomberg editorial recommendation to the US on Ethiopia - Feb 2021 U.S. Leadership Can Help End the Crisis in Ethiopia By Editorial Board - Ethiopia's worsening civil war, which has already drawn in Eritrea and is now spilling over into Sudan, threatens to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa. Having thus put the government on notice, the administration should be prepared to impose punishment if Abiy fails to respond adequately.A good first step would be to join the EU in suspending assistance until the UN and other aid agencies are allowed free access to Tigray. Simultaneously, the U.S. should push for negotiations — between Ethiopia and Sudan, and between Addis Ababa and the Tigrayans
02-18-21 - AP Report - Eyewitnesses on Axum Massacre in Tigrai - Feb 2021 Witnesses recall massacre in Ethiopian holy city NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Bodies with gunshot wounds lay in the streets for days in Ethiopia’s holiest city. At night, residents listened in horror as hyenas fed on the corpses of people they knew. But they were forbidden from burying their dead by the invading Eritrean soldiers.
02-17-21 - EU on Aid to Ethiopia - Feb 2021 EU development chief calls for united response on Ethiopia Urpilainen acknowledged as much Tuesday, also calling on the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada to tell Abiy that without full humanitarian access to Tigray, financial support for the government will be shut off.
02-16-21 - Irishtimes Story on Tigrai- Feb 2021 Ireland must speak up for the starving in Tigray The world's newest humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The stories of desperate human tragedy and heartless political leaders are both familiar and shockingly fresh.
02-15-21 - Article on Mass Killing in Tigrai- Feb 2021 When black lives don't seem to matter In this social media age, activists tend to focus with great intensity on a narrow, politically-approved range of issues. Israel-Palestine, food banks, structural racism, ... You know the list. But fewer people seem to care about people being killed, mutilated and starved in Ethiopia.In case you missed it, months of brutal fighting in the northern region of Tigray has left tens of thousands dead
02-12-21 - Washington Post on Rape and Ethiopia confirmation.- Feb 2021 Ethiopia confirms rapes 'without a doubt' in Tigray conflict NAIROBI, Kenya - Rape has occurred "conclusively and without a doubt" in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region, the country's minister for women said in a rare government acknowledgement of the toll on civilians during 100 day of fighting.
02-11-21 - HRW On Shelling of Tigrai Cities.- Feb 2021 Ethiopia: Unlawful Shelling of Tigray Urban Areas (Nairobi) – Ethiopian federal forces carried out apparently indiscriminate shelling of urban areas in the Tigray region in November 2020 in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today.
02-11-21 - AP On Eritrean Soliders looting Tigrai Cities.- Feb 2021 'We'll be left without families': Fear in Ethiopia's Tigray (Nairobi) – As soldiers from Eritrea looted the border town of Rama in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, one home became a dispensary for frightened residents seeking medicine.
02-10-21 - EU Visit to Wukro- Tigrai.- Feb 2021 Tigray: thousands flee in search of safety as humanitarian needs rise The conflict in the Tigray region in Ethiopia broke out early November 2020. It is estimated that thousands of fighters and civilians have died, and around 4.5 million people require emergency food assistance, of whom an estimated 2.2 million are displaced. Over 60,000 have crossed the border into Sudan in search of safety.
02-09-21 - More Killing while Sahlework and zelaot religious leaders visit Mekelle Tigrai - Feb 2021 1 dead as soldiers fire on protest in Tigray capital: doctor One person was shot dead Tuesday when soldiers opened fire on an anti-government protest in the capital of Ethiopia's conflict-hit northern Tigray region, a medical official said.The protest in the city of Mekele was timed to coincide with a visit by religious leaders from the national capital Addis Ababa
02-03-21 - Letter to U.S Congress by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who served in Ethiopia and Eritrea, - Feb 2021
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who served in Ethiopia and Eritrea letter to U.S Congress “We are miserably broken by what is happening [in Tigray]. We have lost everything,”
Gebrahid Welderfael, a farmer sheltering at Sudan’s Um Rakuba refugee camp, told Reuters.
“The one thing we have is that we saved our lives, but we’re suffering here, and we’re not much
better off than those who died."
02-02-21 - Tigray opposition parties on civilian deaths - Feb 2021
Tigray opposition parties assert 50,000-plus civilian deaths NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A trio of opposition parties in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region estimates that more than 50,000 civilians have been killed in the three-month conflict, and they urge the international community to intervene before a “humanitarian disaster of biblical proportion will become a gruesome reality.”
02-01-21 - spiegel on Tigrai hunger - Feb 2021 Hundreds of thousands could starve to death As more and more states are involved in the war in northern Ethiopia, millions of people are starving. Despite this massive humanitarian catastrophe, very few people get help - and that seems to be deliberate.
01-31-21 - BBC on President Debretsion Message Jan 30, 2021 Tigray crisis: 'Genocidal war' waged in Ethiopia region, says ex-leader Ethiopian and Eritrean forces have waged a "devastating and genocidal war" in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the region's ousted leader has said.
Debretsion Gebremichael urged the international community to investigate the alleged atrocities
01-27-21 - UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the humanitarian situation in Tigray 12 weeks into the conflict, ‘deeply troubling’ situation for children in Tigray NEW YORK, 27 January 2021 – “The very little we know about the impact of the conflict on children in Tigray – from limited partner accounts and UN assessments – is deeply troubling.“Across Tigray, immunizations have ground to a halt. Civilian infrastructure, including health facilities, has been damaged or destroyed, and essential supplies looted.
01-27-21 - US finally takes stand against Eritrean Invlovment and Looting in Tigray US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediately NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States says all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.” A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press late Tuesday cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other human rights abuses.”
01-25-21 - AP On Eritrean Invlovment and Looting in Tigray Witnesses: Eritrean soldiers loot, kill in Ethiopia's Tigray NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Eritrean soldiers’ pockets clinked with stolen jewelry. Warily, Zenebu watched them try on dresses and other clothing looted from homes in a town in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region.
01-23-21 - Report of UAE Drone Use in Tigrai Conflict – 23 January 2021 Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 64 – 23 January 2021 Report that Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), drones, were used in the war in Tigray, by the UAE deployed in Eritrea.
– The article reads (in translation): “According to a report by TASS on December 3, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) deployed UAVs in Eritrea recently and had a big success.”
01-22-21 - UN sexual violence in Tigray region UN urges "zero tolerance" for sexual violence in Tigray region January 21, 2021 (JUBA) - The United Nations has urged "zero tolerance" policy and called on all parties to prohibit the use of sexual violence and cease hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Pramila Pattern said there has been a high number of reported rapes in the Tigray's capital, Mekelle
01-21-21 - Reuters report More Killing in Mekelle Tigray Journalist shot dead in Ethiopia's Tigray - aid worker, residents NAIROBI (Reuters) - An Ethiopian journalist and his friend have been shot dead in the Tigray region’s capital Mekelle, an aid worker and a resident said on Thursday.Rights groups say press freedom has eroded since a November war between federal troops and forces loyal to the former ruling party of Tigray, which lost Mekelle at the end of that month. Dawit Kebede, who worked for Tigray regional state TV, was shot on Tuesday night while in a car with friends, one aid worker said. "Both were shot in their head and their bodies were found in a car they were driving," said the worker, who asked not to be named.
01-14-21 - Outrage over damage to Tigray mosque
Ethiopia conflict: Outrage over damage to Tigray mosque The conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region - pitting the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies against rebel Tigray forces since 4 November - has caused concern over its humanitarian toll, with tens of thousands of Ethiopians fleeing to neighbouring Sudan and allegations surfacing of violent crimes against civilians.
In recent weeks, outrage has poured in on social media as news emerged that the conflict had also touched one of the region’s most revered religious heritage sites: the historical al-Nejashi mosque in the area of Wukro.
01-13-21 - (TMH) Eye-Witness Account from Hawzein, Tigray, on the #WarOnTigray
The following is a Transcript of Tigrai Media House (TMH) English Program Broadcast on 01/12/2021 - An Eye-Witness Account from Hawzein, Tigray We know that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said ‘no civilians have been targeted; no one has been killed; everything is calm on the ground’ – but it is not true. And today we have a really powerful story to share with you from an eyewitness who was in Hawzien when the war began. Zenebu is going to share her story and the various atrocities that she saw first-hand. I have her daughter with us as well, Semhal, who is going to be translating. We have decided not to show Zenebu’s face for safety reasons.
01-11-21 - Sudan: The Tigray are fleeing Ethiopia January 2021 Sudan: The Tigray are fleeing Ethiopia Doctors and farmers, students and traders, entire families from the Tigray region had to flee in the conflict against the government. In their home region, Tigray rebels had challenged the government and it hit back hard. This conflict is about the decades-old tension between the 80+ ethnic groups in the country, it is about political influence and land ownership.
01-09-21 - Satellite Images Show Ethiopia Carnage as Conflict Continues January 2021 Satellite Images Show Ethiopia Carnage as Conflict Continues Satellite images show the destruction of United Nations’ facilities, a health-care unit, a high school and houses at two camps sheltering Eritrean refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, belying government claims that the conflict in the dissident region is largely over.
01-08-21 - TIGRAY REGION HUMANITARIAN UPDATE January 2021 TIGRAY REGION HUMANITARIAN UPDATE The two joint Government-humanitarian partners’
assessment missions that deployed on 20 December are completed. Both missions have witnessed a dire humanitarian
situation with poor access to services and limited livelihoods.
01-08-21 - Martin Plaut Analysis on Eritrean Army Invasion of Tigrai January 2021 Eritrea in the Tigray war: What we know and why it might backfire There is little doubt now that Eritrean forces are participating in the war in Tigray. Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has denied it and Eritrea's foreign minister has insisted "we are not part of the conflict". But other disagree. On 8 December, Reuters reported that "a U.S. government source and five regional diplomats" told them the US believes Eritrean soldiers have crossed into Ethiopia.
01-06-21 - AP Report Abiy General Admits Eritrean Army Invaded Tigrai January 2021 Ethiopian Army Official Confirms Eritrean Troops in Tigray A senior Ethiopian military official has confirmed the presence of security forces from neighboring Eritrea in the deadly conflict in his country’s northern Tigray region.
01-02-21 - Situation Report Tigrai January 2021 Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 42 – 2 January 2021 Multiple sources state that Eritrean soldiers are blocked in attempts to leave Tigray. Heavy fighting between Ethiopia National Defense Forces (ENDF) and Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) is taking place near the major roads out to Eritrea.
12-31-20 - Food security in Tigray Ethiopia Food Security Outlook Update, December 2020 Since the outbreak of conflict in early November between federal and regional forces in Tigray, nearly 54,000 people have been displaced to Sudan as of December 26, with many likely displaced in Tigray
12-29-20 - DR Tedros , WHO Chief on Tigray Conflict WHO chief on Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict In rare, personal comments, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has spoken of his “personal pain” about the “worsening” conflict raging in his home country of Ethiopia.“In addition to COVID, 2020 has been very difficult for me because my country is in trouble,” Tedros told reporters in the United Nations health agency’s last news conference of the year on the pandemic on Monday/span>
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Update - Tigrai Govt Current Statement
President Debretsion Update - Nov 18, 2020
Abiy Bombed Civilians in Mekelle City Tigrai - Nov 16, 2020
Aljazeera - Is the Horn of Africa facing a wider conflict?
War Update by Tigrai President - Nov 14, 2020
The president said the Abiy group bombed Wolkayit Sugar Factory today (11-14-20)-
Wolkayit Sugar Factory is still under construction.
Tigrai TV: With Getachew Reda, update on the ongoing War Nov 14, 2020
Deadly conflict in Ethiopia threatens peace across the Horn of Africa
A deadly conflict in northern Ethiopia is raising concerns about the possibility of a full-blown civil war breaking out in the region. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta spoke with CBSN's Tanya Rivero about the threat to peace across the Horn of Africa.
Abiy Group Bombed Hydro Power Station Nov 12, 2020According to Tigrai TV, the Abiy group has bombed the only Hydro Power Plant in Tigrai .
Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea has declared war on Tigrai. He has joined Abiy to destroy Tigrai on multiple fronts - Nov 11, 2020
Debretsion Gebremichael(PhD):Chief Administrator The National state Government of Tigrai With English Translation- Nov 8, 2020
Update 11-6-20:- Abiy Ahmed, the current illegal head of government in Addis, told in no uncertain terms,
that he will bomb more cities in Tigrai in the coming days. He said this in one of the daily diatribe
speeches he gave over the Air(See below). The speech was in Tigrigna. We hope by now, the international
community understands Abiy started the war and is deadly serious to harm the people! Aigaforum Nov 6, 2020
DW TV(Current Events)- Interview with Getachew Reda, TPLF Executive Leader- Nov 7, 20202
Air Strike Carried On Nov 5, 2020
President Debretsion briefing Nov 05, 2020
16-2-2013(EC) The Northern Ethiopian Forces Command sides with Tigrai people and government -
12-27-20 - Ethiopia Accused of Massacre in Tigray Conflict Ethiopia accused of war crimes in Mai Kadra massacre INVESTIGATIONS into potential war crimes committed during Ethiopia’s military offensive against the northern Tigray region must be impartial, thorough and transparent, the United Nations said today.
12-26-20 - Looting Report Tigray Conflict The looting of the Almeda textile factory in Adwa The vindictive looting and destruction of the industrial infrastructure of Tigray by Eritrean and Ethiopian forces is one of the saddest and most pointless aspect of Tigray war.
12-25-20 - EU Statement on Tigray Conflict Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union The European Union is closely following the crisis in Ethiopia. The EU remains concerned
by the humanitarian situation, as well as allegations of human rights violations and ethnic targeting. Ongoing reports
of non-Ethiopian involvement raise additional worries.
12-24-20 - Commentary Tigray Conflict 'There Won't Be Snow in Africa This Christmas' - But There Will Be US-Enabled War Crimes ...One suspects something a bit more complicated afoot inside America's "strategic linchpin" partner on Africa's Horn. In fact, that Ethiopia - particularly its Western-favorite of a prime minister, Abiy Ahmed - is a U.S. partner at all, is reason enough to smell a rat in the AU chairman's a bit too confident, yet also decidedly bland, judgment....
12-24-20 - US Speaks at last about Tigray Conflict The United States' Humanitarian Assistance Response to Conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray Region The United States is providing more than $18 million in assistance to respond to the growing humanitarian needs caused by conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region.This assistance will help our international humanitarian organization partners respond to the needs of more than 52,000 new refugees in Sudan, refugees and displaced persons in Ethiopia, and possible needs in Djibouti...
12-23-20 - HRW Interview with Tigray Conflict Refugees Interview: Uncovering Crimes Committed in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region The conflict in the Tigray region has taken place in a virtual blackout. A lengthy communications shutdown, and the closure of road and air access, has meant only a trickle of information has come out. Parties to the conflict have largely controlled the information and narratives.So before setting off for the region, we were unsure what we would uncover. We travelled by road from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, to the eastern al-Gadaref state, bordering Ethiopia, which hosts more than a third of the more than 52,000 Ethiopian refugees
12-21-20 - On Eritrea Involvement in Tigray Conflict Eritrea heavily involved in Tigray conflict, say eyewitnesses In early December, Ethiopian state television broadcast something unexpected: a fiery exchange between civilians in Shire, in the northern Tigray region, and Ethiopian soldiers, who had recently arrived in the area.
To the surprise of viewers used to wartime propaganda, the Tigrayan elders spoke in vivid detail of the horrors that had befallen the town since the outbreak of war between
12-21-20 - AP on War Refugess from Tigray Conflict War Forces Thousands of Tigreans/Ethiopians in to Sudan They took with them with donkeys and beds and motorcycles and colorful cloths that they now drape over pipes to create shelters. Others left their shoes behind as they crossed a river to safety.Tens of thousands of Ethiopians who just weeks ago were contemplating the harvest season now huddle in refugee camps in Sudan.
12-20-20 - IGAD meeting to Discuss Tigray Conflict Sudan's PM meets Abiy Ahmed after cross-border attack Ahmed and Hamdok met at a summit of the Intergovernmental Authority
on Development, known as IGAD, where the Tigray fighting would likely top the agenda. Hamdok is the current
head of IGAD.
12-19-20 - BBC Report Tigray Conflict Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: 'How we survived when Mekelle was shelled'
A son orphaned, a daughter lying in a coma, an elderly woman killed - these are just some of the casualties reported by a doctor and other survivors of the bombardment of their city by the Ethiopian military during its
operation to overthrow the ruling party in the northern Tigray region.
12-18-20 - Interview: War Refugees from Tigray: Interviews with Tigray refugees in Eastern Sudan Sayara International is a global development research company with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and a local office in Khartoum, Sudan. Sayara considers investing in local staff, experts, and communities – as well
as developing a deep understanding of local conditions – to be an integral component of our work. When the
crisis erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray State in November 2020, Sayara deployed its research network to reach out to
refugees coming across the border and document their experiences
12-18-20 - Analysis: The war on Tigray: The war on Tigray: A multi-pronged assault driven by genocidal undercurrents Abiy alleged the cause for the war was Tigray’s strike on military bases in the region. Yet his recent “victory speech” to the expired parliament detailed preparations for war that began more than two years ago.In response to his own question of “some people ask, why was the [military] measure not taken earlier, why this late?”, he said “one who understands the enemy’s capacity and regional alignment of forces does not ask this question,”
12-18-20 - Reuter on Regional Conflict and Tigray crisis: Analysis-Spillover from Tigray conflict adds to pressure on Sudan KHARTOUM/DUBAI (Reuters) - Clashes along Sudan's eastern border and the influx of tens of thousands of refugees from neighbouring Ethiopia have added to the challenges faced by a country already navigating a fraught political transition and protracted economic crisis.
12-16-20 - BBC Report Tigray crisis: How Ethiopian doctors fled militia attacks Tigray crisis: How Ethiopian doctors fled militia attacks An Ethiopian doctor has given the BBC a horrific account of how hospital patients were evacuated on a tractor and trailer, and how he hid in the woods, after conflict broke out in the northern Tigray region last month.
Dr Tewedros Tefera fled the agricultural hub of Humera and later the nearby town of Adebay, telling the BBC it became too dangerous to remain in either place.
12-15-20 - Spiegel on how Abiy turn Ethiopia to a Sectarian Conflict Heaven Ethiopia Sinks Deeper into Sectarian Conflict Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised democracy and a new beginning for his country -- and received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his initial efforts. It has been all downhill from there, however, and he is increasingly turning to authoritarian methods.
12-14-20 - Security Council Report Ethiopia (Tigray): Discussion of the humanitarian situation under “any other business” Tomorrow (14 December) Security Council members are expected to discuss the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia under “any other business”, a standing item in consultations. The meeting was initiated at the request of Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, the US, and the UK. An OCHA representative is expected to brief.
12-13-20 - Situation report Dec 13 2020 Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 24 – 13 December 2020 ombardment of civilians and areas of TDF suspected bases were reported using drones and fighter jets around Central fronts of Tigray.
Reports of three convoys of military trucks carrying soldiers and three trucks which were heading to supply fuel to Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) have been destroyed by Tigray Defence Forces around Mayichaw, the capital of Southern Zone of Tigray.
12-12-20 - New York Times on Ethnic Profiling As War Goes On in Ethiopia, Ethnic Harassment Is on the Rise ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - On a bright day in mid-November, about a dozen police officers with machine guns barged into the home of Lisanewerk Desta, a theologian who is the head of the library and museum department at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and got to work.
12-12-20 - EU and US Must Do All eyes on Ethiopia: What the EU and the US can do (NPR) 12-12-20 - Just over a month ago, Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, ordered a military offensive against regional forces in Tigray. Since then, the situation has been spiralling out of control, with increasing international concern over access to the Tigray region.
12-10-20 - U.S. senators call for Sanctions ... U.S. senators seek possible sanctions over Ethiopia conflict abuses NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators have called on their government to consider imposing sanctions on any political or military officials found to be responsible for human rights violations during a month of conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region
12-8-20 - CNN Report on Eritrea's Involvement in Ethiopia-Tigray Conflict ... CNN uncovers
reality for refugees on the Ethiopia-Sudan border CNN hears testimony from refugees at the Sudan-Ethiopia border, all of whom say they were targeted because of their Tigray ethnicity. CNN also heard from a member of the Tigray People's Liberation Front that the majority of the forces operating in Ethiopia's Tigray region are from Eritrea...
12-9-20 - New York Times Report on Ethnic Massacres in Tigray War by Abiy group ... Fleeing Ethiopians Tell of Ethnic Massacres in Tigray War HAMDAYET, Sudan - The armed men who stopped Ashenafi Hailu along the dirt road dragged him by a noose so they could save bullets.Mr. Ashenafi, 24, was racing on his motorcycle to the aid of a childhood friend trapped by the Ethiopian government's military offensive in the northern region of Tigray
12-9-20 - Reuters Report on Ethnic profiling by Abiy group ... Ethiopia volatile with fighting,
ethnic profiling of Tigrayans - UN rights boss
GENEVA (Reuters) - The situation in Ethiopia is “worrying and volatile” as fighting in the Tigray
region continues amid reports of ethnic profiling of Tigrayans including in Addis Ababa, U.N.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on
12-9-20 - Did Ethiopia's attack on Tigray violate international laws? Did Ethiopia's attack on Tigray violate international laws? In Ethiopia, the national army claims to have taken "complete control" of Mekelle, the capital of the dissident region of Tigray. But since the fighting started in November, there have been concerns for civilians in the region who may have been injured or displaced due to the conflict.
12-9-20 - ABC Report on Abiy group rejection independent probes of tigray conflict ... UN: Ethiopia's conflict has 'appalling impact on civilians' The United Nations human rights chief warns that the situation in Ethiopia is “spiraling out of control
with appalling impact on civilians”
and urgently needs outside monitoring
12-8-20 - Report on Eritrea's Involvement in Ethiopia-Tigray Conflict ...
Exclusive: U.S. thinks Eritrea has joined Ethiopian war, diplomats say WASHINGTON/NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States
believes Eritrean soldiers have crossed into Ethiopia, despite denials from both nations,
a U.S. government source and five regional diplomats said, as Abiy Ahmed’s government battles
a rebellious northern force. Abiy and Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace pact
ending two decades of hostilities in 2018 and now regard the Tigray People's Liberation Front
(TPLF) as a mutual foe..
12-7-20 - U.N. Secretary on Ethiopia-Tigray Conflict ... UN chief urges rule of law and rights in Ethiopia's Tigray UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged quick restoration of the rule of law and respect for human rights in Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday as well as reconciliation efforts and unfettered humanitarian access.
12-7-20 - Reuters on U.N. security team visit to a refugee camp ... U.N. security team blocked, shot at near Ethiopian refugee camp
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A United Nations security team seeking to visit a camp for Eritrean refugees
in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region was denied access and shot at, two diplomatic sources said on Monday.
12-3-20 - A Known Eritrea Opposition Figure on Eritrea Role... Mesfin Hagos: Eritrea’s Role
in Ethiopia’s Conflict and the Fate of Eritrean Refugees Council meeting on Ethiopia The prime minister also hid from the world the Eritrean military’s
direct involvement in combat along the entire border that Eritrea shares with Tigray regional state as
well as inside Tigray. The following information is pieced together from three different sources:
first, reliable sources inside the Eritrean ministry of defense; second, Eritrean opposition
intelligence sources in Sudan and Ethiopia; and finally, anecdotal pieces communicated from
friends and relatives, including some academic researchers.
12-3-20 - Africa Confidential Reports... Tigray leaders vow guerrilla war against the Federal government as they withdraw to the hills 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 (AC Vol 61 No 23, Hard choices ahead in Addis). There have been thousands of casualties on both sides and among the Eritrean troops committed to the conflict by President Issayas Afewerki,
12-2-20 - AP Reports UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — 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
11-30-20 - EU considers aid cut to Ethiopia EU considers aid cut to Ethiopia amid violence ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Widespread conflict in Ethiopia that has driven tens of thousands of refugees from their homes, killed hundreds — possibly thousands — and dragged in neighbouring countries is prompting questions in Europe about whether to hold back tens of millions of euros in aid to the country.
11-30-20 - Situation Report EEPA HORN Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 12 – 30 November 2020 Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and on the Central Mediterranean Route.
11-28-20 - US Failing Ethiopia and Tigrai Article... U.S. diplomacy is failing in Ethiopia, in new ways and old The conflict in Ethiopia emerges from a long and complex political history and could easily spiral further out of control. U.S. diplomacy today is under-resourced and uncoordinated, with its leadership asleep at the wheel, leaving Washington poorly positioned to help avert the emerging disaster. America’s blunt diplomatic approach to Ethiopia historically, however, would struggle to play a constructive role, too.
11-28-20 - Destruction in Mekelle and Eritrean Refugee abduction Report... Reports coming from the front line - The Abiy and Isaias group have started
bombing Mekelle City. The city is being bombed indiscriminately. The aggressors are destroying all Tigrai infrastructures.
Multiple eyewitnesses reported also the Eritrean regime has rounded up over 6000 Eritrean refugees from Shimeleba and Hendade
camp in western Tigrai and taken them to Eritrea. The international
community has blood in its hand for remaining silent on this issue.
11-27-20 - Crisis Group on " Bloodbath in Ethiopia’s Mekelle" Report... Avoiding a Bloodbath in Ethiopia’s Mekelle Civilians in Tigray have paid a heavy price since the conflict began on 4 November. More than 40,000 refugees have fled west Tigray towns such as Humera and Dansha into eastern Sudan, with some having to swim across rivers to get to safety. According to the United Nations
11-27-20 - Refugees Blocked Report... Refugees accuse Ethiopia army of blocking road to Sudan
Ethiopia's army has blocked one of the main roads leading to Sudan, preventing people
fleeing the Tigray conflict from crossing the border, according
to refugees arriving Thursday in eastern Sudan.
11-27-20 - Eritrean Forces inside Tigray Report... Report of heavy Eritrean
casualties in Tigray war
(London 26/22/2020) Arbi Harnet (Freedom Friday) has been receiving confirmation that
several Eritrean families are getting news of their wounded family members from the
fighting in Tigray.
11-25-20 - Coalition of Pan African Statement... Statement from a Coalition of Pan African Organizations on the War in Ethiopia We are deeply disturbed by the escalation of violence following the declaration of war on the regional state of Tigray by PM Abiy Ahmed of
Ethiopia on November 4, 2020. We are New York-based Pan African advocacy and humanitarian
organizations representing the interest of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora in the U.S. and worldwide.
11-24-20 -theGuradian on Genocide... As Ethiopia’s army declares daily victories, its people are being plunged into violence thiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has promised military victory in Tigray. He says he will capture the capital, Mekelle, and the leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which he calls a criminal junta. If he succeeds, it will be a pyrrhic victory – prospects
for peace, democracy and protection from famine in Ethiopia will be set back a generation.
11-22-20 -SMH Ethiopia on Edge of Genocide... Ethiopia may be on the edge of genocide Eastern Sudan: The women were midway through their labour when the hospital director came in and told Mihret Glahif she had to run for her life.
It didn't matter that her patients were giving birth, the staff had to leave immediately.
11-22-20 -Ethiopia on GENOCIDEWATCH List Ethiopia on GENOCIDEWATCH List
Addis Abeba, November 22/2020 – alert status : Genocide Emergency , Genocide stage: 9 - EXTERMINATION,
AffECTED GROUP: Oromo, amhara, tigrayan, gedeo peoples
11-22-20 -EU ON Conflict in Tigray Report Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region On Wednesday 4 November, tensions escalated
in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Disputes between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front
(TPLF) in Tigray and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led to fighting in
the Tigray region and at its borders.
11-20-20 -AU Appointed Special Envoys...
AU CHAIR APPOINTS THREE SPECIAL ENVOYS TO HELP MEDIATE ONGOING CONFLICT IN ETHIOPIA, CREATE CONDITIONS FOR INCLUSIVE DIALOGUE Addis Abeba, November 20/2020 – The current African Union Chair and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed three African “distinguished Statespersons”: Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former President of the Republic of Liberia; Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of the Republic of South Africa – as Special Envoys of the African Union to help to mediate between “the parties to conflict” in Ethiopia, a statement released by the office of the AU Chairperson said.
11-19-20 - Washington Post Coverage... Ethiopia's latest airstrike hits Tigray university A university official says the latest airstrike by Ethiopia’s military has struck the school in the capital. Alarmed by the potential for disaster in Ethiopia and beyond, 17 U.S. senators urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter Thursday to engage Abiy directly to push for an immediate cease-fire.
11-19-20 - theguardian on Ethnic Cleansing... Ethiopia: aid workers report chaos as thousands flee fighting
“There is a strong nationalistic fervour among the Tigrayans so I don’t think the Tigrayans are just going to yield. There is a big ethnic element here that is clearly escalating,” said a second aid worker.
One flashpoint is between Tigrayans and Amharans from the neighbouring province. Amharan security forces and militia are fighting alongside government troops as they advance into Tigray.
11-18-20 - U.S. Senators Against UAE ... U.S. senators seek to stop Trump's $23 billion in arms sales to UAE
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. senators said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation seeking to halt the Trump administration’s effort to sell more than $23 billion of drones and other weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates
11-16-20 - AP Reports ... Tigray leader urges international censure of Ethiopian offensive
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region has urged the United Nations and African Union to condemn Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government for using high-tech weaponry including drones during its nearly two-week military offensive.
11-16-20 - AP Reports On Uganda possible Mediation ... Ethiopia says Tigray town seized, war embroils Eritrea
The United Nations and others have urged Abiy to negotiate with the Tigrayans and there have been reports Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s government could mediate.
11-14-20 - Addisstandard On Reported Damages in Bahirdar and Gondar ROCKET ATTACKS DAMAGE AIRPORT AREAS IN BAHIR DAR, GONDER CITIES Addis Abeba, November 14/2020 -The federal government said a rocket was fired "in the late hours of November 13, 2020 towards Bahir Dar and Gondar cities. As a result, the airport areas have sustained damages."
11-13-20 - Reuters On Ethnic Cleansing in Ethiopia Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan describe air strikes, machete killings in Tigray Barhat, 52, said she and others had fled from Moya Khadra after people from the Amhara region, which borders Tigray and whose rulers back Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, attacked them.“They killed anyone who said they were Tigrayan. They stole our money, our cattle, and our crops from our homes and we ran with just the clothing on our backs,” she said.
11-12-20 - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Statement . CHAIRMAN RISCH: ALL SIDES MUST CEASE FIGHTING, PURSUE DIALOGUE IN ETHIOPIA BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region between the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF):.
11-12-20 - Abiy Group Bombed Hydro Power Station- Abiy Group Bombed Hydro Power Station According to Tigrai TV, the Abiy group has bombed the only Hydro Power in Tigrai. Tigrai TV on its Facebook page said over 10, 000 soldiers of the Abiy group and Isaias Afeworki's of Eritrea were captured. In retaliation to such humiliating defeat the Abiy group has resorted to an all-out war against civilians and civilian targets in Tigrai.
11-12-20 - Reuters on Civilians Killed by Air Strike Tigray leader says Ethiopian air strikes have killed civilians NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region said government air strikes had killed an unspecified number of civilians in recent days and vowed to defend his people until federal authorities realise "we cannot be subjugated by their knife".
11-11-20 - (New York Times) Ms. Lemma is the editor in chief of the Addis Standard Wrote ... What's Happening in Ethiopia Is a Tragedy (New York Times) Tsedale Lemma 11-11-20 - ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The announcement last week that the government was about to launch a military operation into one of the country’s regions came, to put it lightly, as a shock. Not only was it very far from the emollient statecraft that won Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed the Nobel Peace Prize last year, it also seemed to shatter the purpose of his premiership...
11-11-20 - CNN on War Refugees Wrote ... Thousands are fleeing into Sudan to escape deadly conflict in Ethiopia
London (CNN)Thousands of Ethiopian civilians have fled into neighboring Sudan to escape escalating conflict in their country's northern region, with many
more expected to follow, according to Sudanese officials and the United Nations (UN).
11-11-20 - Bangkok Post Wrote ... Ethiopia's new war and how its PM is to blame
Americans should congratulate themselves. Their election system is definitely better than Ethiopia's. In fact, it works so well that there's unlikely to be another American civil war.
11-10-20 - Reuters on Eritrea's Agression against Tigrai... Ethiopia's Tigray leader says Eritrea sending troops over border NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region accused Eritrea of sending soldiers over the border and attacking local forces after the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive against the region last week.
11-10-20 - Bloomberg on Ethinc Tigreans Abduction in Addis... Ethiopian Police Drawn Into Nation’s Deepening Ethnic Strife Two residents and a municipal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared repercussions, said they had direct knowledge of Tigrayans being rounded up and detained. There were similar reports on social media.
Eye witnesses from the Sudanese border (and inside the Sudan) are reporting the fleeing of thousands
of Ethiopian troops into the Sudan.
11-09-20 - EU Statement The European Union is calling for the immediate de-escalation of Ethiopian-crisis Brussels, 09/11/2020 - Over the past days, I have been holding talks to support efforts to restore peace and political dialogue in Ethiopia.During my talks , I conveyed the EU’s concern for the risks to the integrity of the country and the stability of the wider region should the current situation endure.
11-08-20 - VOA wrote UN Rights Chief Urges Halt to Ethiopia Violence, Dialogue to Restore Peace GENEVA - Ethiopia’s stability is on the line as the recent outburst of fierce fighting in the country’s Tigray and Oromia regions risks getting out of hand. U.N. rights chief Michelle Bachelet called Saturday for a de-escalation of violence and for grievances in these separate but equally destructive conflicts to be settled peacefully.
11-06-20 - US Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Statement Members of Congress Weigh In Regarding Political Instability In Ethiopia WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa issued the below joint statement with Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jamie Raskin (R-MD), and Brad Sherman (D-CA) regarding instability in Ethiopia.
Update to All:- Update 11-8-20:- Following his promise to bomb cities and towns in Tigrai, Abiy Ahmed, the current illegal head of government in Addis, tried to bomb Adigrat on 11-07-20 and Mekelle, today (11-08-20).
There are no reported causalities or damages as of now. According to Getachew Reda Twitter post, one of the planes was downed near Mekelle -
Aigaforum Nov 8, 2020
11-08-20 - Aljazeera wrote Ethiopian PM sacks top officials as Tigray conflict mounts It said Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen had been appointed foreign
and Birhanu Jula was promoted to army chief of staff, from deputy army chief.
Abiy also named Temesgen Tiruneh, who was president of the Amhara region, as the new intelligence chief.
The prime minister is pursuing a military campaign he announced in the early hours of Wednesday,
despite international pleas for dialogue with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in order to avoid civil war.
11-08-20 - TheGuardian wrote PM who won Nobel peace prize takes Ethiopia to brink of civil war Abiy Ahmed made his name as a reformer
– but was there always an authoritarian waiting to come out?
The contrast between “besuited Abiy” and “bomber jacket Abiy” was sharp, as was that
between Abiy’s early days in power back in 2018 – when observers compared the young
reforming leader to Nelson Mandela, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev
– and the darker more troubled time now.
For some, the real Abiy is only now being seen. “You don’t come up through the ranks of military
intelligence and the ruling coalition in Ethiopia and be Mr Nice Guy.
It just doesn’t happen,” said Martin Plaut, a regional expert at London University.
Update 11-07-20 - Ethnic Cleansing Campaign
Abiy Ahmed and his mercenaries in Addis have been killing, arresting, and harassing anyone who speaks Tigrigna. He has purged all Tigreans from federal government jobs including the remaining military under his control. He has also been incarcerating Eritrean refugees living in Addis with false charges. Recently ETV aired an image of four people the Abiy group charged as Tigreans working for the TPLF. According to an uncle of one of the accused, these four people are Refugees from Dekemhare Eritrea. The Uncle living in the U.S.A could not believe his eyes when he saw the picture. All efforts are being exerted to release these innocent Eritrean refugees. The International community should demand the Abiy group to stop the Ethnic cleansing campaign.
11-06-20 - An Account of What transpired the War of Aggression- The International Community is Put on Notice: Ethiopia Can Become the Next Rwanda Elias Dawit 11-06-20 - In April 1994, the government of Rwanda shot down the plane of President Juvénal Habyarimana, setting off a planned genocide that killed upwards of one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus. In a matter of mere months, ordinary Hutu-men, women and even children-slaughtered their family members, friends and neighbors with their machetes in a bloody paroxysm of hate. It is difficult to imagine the horrifying intimacy of using a machete to kill family members, friends and neighbors.
11-06-20 - AP News Explained... AP Explains: Why Ethiopia is suddenly on brink of civil NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Suddenly Ethiopia appears on the brink of civil war, threatening the stability of one of the world’s most strategic regions, the Horn of Africa, and the fracturing of one of Africa’s most powerful and populous countries.The TPLF objects to Ethiopia’s delayed election, blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic, and Abiy’s extended time in office. In September, the Tigray region voted in a local election that Ethiopia’s federal government called illegal. The federal government later moved to divert funding from the TPLF executive to local governments, angering the regional leadership
11-06-20 - Crisisgroup Wrote Ethiopia's Clash with Tigray: Getting to a Ceasefire and National Dialogue Aside from the alleged TPLF attack on the military base, the immediate cause of the hostilities was a constitutional dispute over delayed national elections that brought the spat between the federal and Tigray authorities to a head. Given the likely catastrophic consequences of the conflict for both Ethiopia and the region, it is essential that all sides step back and halt hostilities before it is too late.
11-05-20 - U.S Senior Study Group on Peace and Security Statement on Ethiopia by the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena As members of the bipartisan senior study group on peace and security in the Red Sea arena, we are watching with grave concern the situation in Ethiopia...These steps should include a cessation of military operations and the launch of an inclusive political dialogue that is credible to the Ethiopian people and lays the groundwork for free and fair elections. Neither will be possible while many of the country’s most prominent political leaders remain in prison
11-05-20 - Aigaforum: Aggression Against Tigrai: What happened on Tuesday?
(Aigaforum) Nov 5, 2020 - November 3rd, 2020, a date which will live in infamy. The date when the impulsive Abiy Ahmed declared a war against Tigray. What really went wrong for Abiy (and for Mr. Isayas) to declare war on Abiy’s Facebook/Twitter account?
11-05-20 - CNN Reported Ethiopia's Abiy resists diplomatic pressure to halt offensive
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed showed no sign on Thursday of halting
a military campaign in the Tigray region, despite international pressure to avert civil war with a powerful
ethnic faction."So far nearly two dozens injured -- all military, no civilians -- were treated in the health
center of Abdurafi, located near the Tigray-Amhara border." Note: Abdurafi is a small town near the Sudan border
and is within Amhara kilil/region eventhough most of the residents were Ethnic Tigreans for many years.
Update to All:- It is true Abiy attempted to bomb a target in Mekelle today(11-05-20)
. No reported damage or causality due to a strong Air defense. According to an expert, we talked to, the war has
escalated and no Air Space in Ethiopia will be safe going forward. Aigaforum 11-05-20
11-05-20 - U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Pompeo expresses concern, urges peace
in escalating Ethiopian conflict
Pompeo expresses concern, urges peace in escalating Ethiopian conflict Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
is putting the support of the U.S. behind the central Ethiopian government amid escalating conflict
in the region and threats of an outbreak of civil war, calling for a de-escalation of tensions and the restoration
11-04-20 - Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia (SJTE) Wrote a letter: Abiy Ahmed and Esayas Afewerki Planned and Started a Joint War against the Innocent People of Tigrai The unelected federal government of Ethiopia declared war on Tigrai on 4th November 2020. SJTE denounces this illegal and unjust war in the strongest possible terms. This declaration of war against Tigrai is an extension of the genocidal acts that Abiy Ahmed has been committing on the people of Tigrai. SJTE calls for an immediate cessation of all forms of aggressions and urgently come to an all-inclusive national dialogue.
11-03-2020 - BBC Reported: - Tigray crisis: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed orders military response to 'attack' Mr Abiy accused the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), of launching the attack.
The cabinet has declared a state of emergency in the region for six months. BBC Tigrinya's Girmay Gebru reports that sounds of gunfire could be heard in Tigray's regional capital, Mekelle, early on Wednesday morning but calm has since returned.
11-03-2020 - Reuters and New York Times Reported: - Ethiopiaâ??s Leader Orders Military Action Against a Northern Region NAIROBI, Kenya - Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia ordered military action against a regional government in the country's north early Wednesday, in a major escalation of a simmering conflict.It was not immediately possible to verify that the purported attack described by Mr. Abiy, apparently with the purpose of seizing artillery and other military equipment from the army base, had indeed taken place. His statement, which said the attack had occurred that morning, was released by 2 a.m., which would make it a remarkably quick response.
16-2-2013(EC) - Tigrai Govt Letter to the International Community President Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) has written a letter to more than 70 leaders of countries and heads of regional and international organizations. He reminded the international community that it has been silent to the plight of Ethiopians. He also said the international community will share all the responsibility for what will happen to the country, and the region
25-1-2013(EC) - Abiy and his government term expired. He started to govern the country as unelected government. Tigrai regional government which was elected on Sep 9, 2020 stopped recongnizing the Abiy group as a legal head of Federal Ethiopia.