The UAE-Ethiopia Airlift: The investigation techniques. On 07 Oct 2021, I reported identification
a total of 45 flights from the United Arab Emirates to Ethiopia. This article is part
two of a series of two articles about this find. The first article, which was
published yesterday, is about the shady history of the aircraft and their current operator. This second article goes deeper into the technical side: how do I know that these aircraft actually visited Ethiopia?
Ethiopia’s widening war could be catastrophic for millions.
The U.S. needs to step up pressure. Opinion by the Editorial Board - The rainy season is coming to an end
in Ethiopia's conflict zones, which means that the fighting season could be about to begin.
...Abiy Ahmed, freshly sworn in for a new five-year term on Monday,has been massing government forces near Tigray,... Barring de-escalation, the consequences — especially for the 6 million people of Tigray,
at growing risk of famine - could be catastrophic.
Ethiopia used its flagship commercial airline to transport weapons during war in Tigray (CNN)- Ethiopia's government has used the country's flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a CNN investigation has found. Cargo documents and manifests seen by CNN, as well as eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence, confirm that arms were transported between Addis Ababa's international airport and airports in the Eritrean cities of Asmara and Massawa
U.N. Security Council to discuss Ethiopia expulsion of U.N. staff NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) -
The United Nations Security Council will privately discuss on Friday a decision
by Ethiopia to expel seven senior U.N. officials, diplomats said, as malnutrition rates
rise and famine looms in the country's war-torn northern region of Tigray.
Where is the outrage for Ethiopia? (CNN)The sudden fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has rightly
drawn much of the world's ire and attention.And yet, much to our distress,
for nearly a year the world has paid comparatively little attention to another
brutal and escalating conflict; the catastrophic violence in Ethiopia.Tigrayan women and girls are being
subjected to sexual abuse with "a level of cruelty beyond comprehension."In media reports, loca
l medics have described removing nails and rocks from the bodies of victims.
Again, we ask: Where is the outrage?
Tigray crisis: Why are hundreds of aid trucks stranded? The UN says hundreds of aid trucks which made the journey up to Tigray from other parts of Ethiopia between mid-July and mid-September have not returned.
The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has made clear that the reasons
cited by drivers not wanting to go back "are a lack of fuel to return, as well as drivers fearing
for their security."
US: Ethiopia, Tigray Actors Can Avoid Sanctions by Ending Conflict NAIROBI —
The U.S. government is urging the Ethiopian government, rebel group Tigray People’s Liberation Front
and other warring factions to end the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and allow
humanitarian aid to reach millions in need of assistance. Unless the conflict stops, key officials
could be facing U.S. travel and financial sanctions.
Dying of hunger in Ethiopia's blockaded Tigray NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - In parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, people now eat only green leaves for days. At a health center last week, a mother and her newborn weighing just 1.7 pounds died from hunger. In every district of the more than 20 where one aid group works, residents have starved to death. For months, the United Nations has warned of famine in this embattled corner of northern Ethiopia, calling it the world’s worst hunger crisis in a decade. History will remember the UN body for failing to save victims of genocide and man-made famine not only once but twice in the last half-century. The US with all its mighty power and moral authority will be remembered as the only superpower that failed to stop the genocide in Tigray.
Ethiopia: Eritrean Refugees Targeted in Tigray On November 19, Eritrean forces arrived in the town of Hitsats and indiscriminately killed several residents. They occupied and pillaged the town and took over the refugee camp. Some refugees took part in the looting, contributing to community tensions.
On November 23, Tigrayan militia entered Hitsats camp and attacked refugees near the camp’s
Orthodox church. Clashes between the militia fighters and Eritrean soldiers ensued in and around the camp
UN: Probe in Ethiopia's Tigray didn't reach Axum massacre NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief on Monday said a highly awaited joint investigation into abuses in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict was unable to deploy to the site of one of its deadliest attacks, the alleged massacre of several hundred people in the holy city of Axum.
The battle for Mekelle: Ethiopia’s civil war over Tigray goes on – in pictures An estimated 2.2 million people have been forced from their homes and thousands have been killed in the civil war that broke out in Ethiopia last November when government troops entered Mekelle, capital of the Tigray region. Witnessed by photographer Sergio Ramazzotti, the city was retaken by the Tigray Defence Forces in June, but peace in the region seems a long way off
Men are marched out of prison camps. Then corpses float down the river Wad El Hilou, Sudan (CNN)The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through
the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. As the river's path narrows, the drifting bodies become wedged
on the silty clay bank and their forms appear more clearly; men, women, teenagers and even children. The marks of torture are easily visible on some, their arms held tightly behind their backs.
Memorandum On The war on Tigray: Setting the record
straight The much-celebrated election of Mr. Abiy Ahmed, by the EPRDF in 2018, to lead
a political transition was from the start pregnant with seeds of failure. Rather
than initiating a constitutional and an all-inclusive process, Dr. Abiy chose to indulge in a personal power consolidation and started to reorganize the country's
political system and trajectory in a way that suits his political ambitions.
Tigray Govt accuse AU of bias as mediation efforts grow Forces from Ethiopia's war-torn region of Tigray
on Sunday accused the African Union (AU)
of bias, days after the bloc appointed former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo
as a mediator in the months-long conflict.
The spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), Getachew Reda,
accused the AU of "partiality" towards the Ethiopian government and said it would be
"naive to expect this mission to work".
Opinion: U.S. sanctions against Eritrea are overdue, but incomplete Opinion by the Editorial Board
August 27, 2021 - "They raped me one after the other. … I don't know if they realized I was pregnant.
I don't know if they realized I was a person." This is how one woman described to Amnesty International
her assault by troops aligned with Ethiopia’s government, who have committed widespread,
targeted rape against women and girls in Tigray, a state in the north of the country.
U.S. blacklists Eritrean individual linked to Ethiopia's Tigray -Treasury website WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed human rights-related sanctions on an Eritrean individual it linked to Ethiopia's Tigray region, where conflict has killed thousands of people, according to the U.S. Treasury Department said on its website.
The United States has repeatedly called for Eritrean troops to pull out from Tigray. Monday's action blacklisted Eritrean Filipos Woldeyohannes, according to the Treasury website.[If this sanction is simply on an individual it is nothing. Our hope is this sanction significance and effect is more than Flipos.]
Ethiopia: Ethnic Tigrayans Forcibly Disappeared (Nairobi) – Ethiopian authorities since late June 2021 have arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, and committed other abuses against ethnic Tigrayans in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately account for Tigrayans’ forcibly disappeared, release those being held without credible evidence of a crime, and end all discriminatory treatment.
EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia's war crisis is deepening by the day NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The United States says it is sending
a special envoy to Ethiopia as the fast-moving conflict in the Tigray region has spread into neighboring
regions and Ethiopia's government this week called on all able citizens to stop the resurgent Tigray forces.
Ethiopia: Troops and militia rape, abduct women and girls in Tigray conflict – new report Women and girls in Tigray were targeted for rape and other sexual violence by fighting forces aligned to the Ethiopian government, Amnesty International said today in a new report into the ongoing Tigray conflict.
The report, ‘I Don't Know If They Realized I Was A Person’: Rape and Other Sexual Violence in the Conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia, reveals how women and girls were subjected to sexual violence by members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), the Eritrean Defense Force (EDF), the Amhara Regional Police Special Force (ASF), and Fano, an Amhara militia group.
Ethiopia suspends work of 2 aid groups active in Tigray NAIROBI, Kenya — Two international aid groups said Tuesday that the Ethiopian government had suspended part or all of their operations, while the United Nations humanitarian chief warned Ethiopian authorities that blanket accusations against aid workers
As Ethiopia's Civil War Rages, Bodies Float Downriver Into Sudan AL-FASHAGA, Sudan — The bodies floated over the border in ones and twos, bloated and bearing knife or gunshot wounds, carried on waters that flow from the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.
At least 40 bodies have washed up on a riverbank in eastern Sudan in the past week
Washington's Balancing Act With Tigray Nine months earlier, the regional Tigrayan government held elections to protest
the federal government’s postponement of a national vote. After months of fighting, the federal government announced
a unilateral ceasefire and withdrawal on June 28. Amidst this conflict are reports of atrocities against
civilians by all armed forces and a famine that has further destabilized the region.
At least 350,000 Tigrayans currently face food insecurity, mostly due to blockades.
Moreover, 5.2 million people risk not receiving assistance if blockades continue.
Beyond the humanitarian impact, Ethiopia’s democracy hangs in the balance.
Bodies found in river between Ethiopia's Tigray, Sudan NAIROBI, Kenya — A Sudanese official says local authorities in Kassala province have found more than 40 bodies, apparently people fleeing the war in neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, floating in the river between the countries over the past week, some with gunshot wounds or their hands bound.
The Latest on the Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is entering its ninth month, and it may intensify after leaders in several of Ethiopia’s regions as well as its capital, Addis Ababa, called on residents, including youth, to mobilize against the Tigray fighters.
US genocide expert to press Ethiopia on Tigray aid blockade NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. official who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide is visiting Ethiopia next week to press the government to lift what the U.S. calls a blockade on humanitarian aid to the conflict-hit Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people now face deadly famine.
An Ethiopian Road Is a Lifeline for Millions. Now It’s Blocked. AFAR, Ethiopia - The road, a 300-mile strip of tarmac that passes through some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth, is the only way into a conflict-torn region where millions of Ethiopians face the threat of mass starvation.
But it is a fragile lifeline, fraught with dangers that have made the route barely passable for aid convoys trying to get humanitarian supplies into the Tigray region, where local fighters have been battling the Ethiopian army for eight months.
Grim aftermath of Ethiopian battle offers rare clues of brutal war Burned-out military vehicles, boxes of ammunition and the bodies of scores of federal troops were still scattered along the dirt road that runs through the Ethiopian village of Sheweate Hugum three weeks after the fighting subsided.
Beside them lay the leftovers of lives cut short: family photographs, school diplomas, Ethiopian flags.
On the Ethiopian border, refugees fleeing fighting, famine make for Sudan Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia launched a government
offensive last November against rebels in the northern region of Tigray. At the time,
he promised the war would be over in a matter of weeks. But the ongoing conflict has led
to thousands of deaths, displaced almost 2 million people, and led to charges of ethnic
cleansing and widespread sexual violence, mostly by government forces.
Ethiopia Tigray crisis: New front opens as aid fears grow A bloody eight-month battle for control of the north Ethiopian state of Tigray has spilled over into the neighbouring region of Afar in the past week. "Five years ago the Ethiopian army was the most powerful in the region. The fact it couldn't secure Tigray shows how quickly the situation has deteriorated."
Tigray: As famine looms, first WFP humanitarian flight arrives It was the first UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS)
aircraft to arrive in the region since commercial flights were halted on 24 June, carrying more
than 30 staffers from multiple aid organizations. “WFP and our fellow emergency responders on the ground
in Mekelle are all enormously relieved to see this UNHAS flight arrive today, bringing in colleagues
who are all essential in our collective efforts to scale up the humanitarian response..."
Tigray: thousands flee in neighbouring region as conflict spreads Attacks by Tigrayan forces in the Afar region of Ethiopia
have forced more than 54,000 people from their homes, an official has said, as refugees in
a camp in southern Tigray described heavy clashes nearby.
Tigrayan fighters, who want the Ethiopian government to accept their terms before talks on a ceasefire can begin, have taken control of three districts in Afar this week, according to Ahmed Koloyta, a spokesperson for the region.
Tigray: Time for the UN to Report on Attacks on Humanitarian
Facilities and Personnel Since the outbreak of war in Tigray in November 2020,
the Government of Ethiopia and its coalition partners have persistently obstructed humanitarian
aid, pillaged and destroyed medical infrastructure and services, and incited violence against
humanitarian workers. These actions have been well documented and are clear violations of
international humanitarian law (IHL). Yet, the United Nations Security Council has failed to invoke resolution 2286
Ethiopia's Tigray war spills into neighbouring regions Rebels in Ethiopia's war-hit Tigray have carried out operations against pro-government troops in neighbouring Afar region, a spokesman said Sunday, opening a new front in the widening eight-month conflict.
The "very limited action" targeted special forces and militia fighters from Oromia region, Ethiopia's largest, who were massing along the Tigray-Afar border, the rebel spokesman, Getachew Reda, told AFP.
RSF decries wave of arrests in Ethiopia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of a total a dozen of journalists in the space of two days in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.
Human Rights Council Adopts Resolutions on Human Rights in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia The Human Rights Council this morning adopted three resolutions on human rights in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, human rights in the context of HIV and AIDS, and on violence against women and girls: preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls with disabilities.
Concerning the situation of human rights in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the Council expressed grave concern at the reports of serious human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law
'Purely ethnic profiling’: New wave of Tigrayans detained ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -Witnesses say thousands of Tigrayans are being detained and their businesses closed in cities across Ethiopia in a new wave of ethnic targeting by authorities over the eight-month conflict in the Tigray region.
US cites China, Myanmar, Ethiopia in genocide report WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration on Monday renewed genocide allegations against China for repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in its northwest Xinjiang region. It also warned Eritrea, Ethiopia, Myanmar and South Sudan of possible further sanctions for ethnic cleansing in conflicts they are involved in.
How Local Guerrilla Fighters Routed Ethiopia’s
Powerful Army SAMRE, Ethiopia -
The Tigrayan fighters whooped, whistled and pointed excitedly to a puff of smoke in the sky, where
an Ethiopian military cargo plane trundling over the village minutes earlier had been struck by a missile.
Smoke turned to flames as the stricken aircraft broke in two and hurtled toward the ground. Later,
in a stony field strewn with smoking wreckage, villagers picked through twisted metal
UN Rights Body Needs to Act on Ethiopia (HRW) 07-09-21 - As reports of grave rights abuses continue to emerge from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the United Nations Human Rights Council is considering a resolution to add Tigray to its agenda. It should do so immediately.
Resurgent Tigray and Horn of Africa Politics The war in Ethiopia's Tigray region just took an unexpected turn. Seemingly isolated in mountainous reaches of central Tigray only weeks ago, Tigrayan rebels last week overran regional capital Mekelle and other cities and towns they had left last November when federal troops moved in. They were met by dancing and cheering crowds.
Blinken calls for negotiated, indefinite ceasefire in call with Ethiopia's Abiy WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in
a call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday stressed the need for all
parties to commit to an immediate, indefinite, negotiated ceasefire, the State Department said.
Blinken also urged Abiy to commit the withdrawal of both Eritrean and Amhara forces from Tigray region.
Tigray demands troop withdrawals for ceasefire talks ADDIS ABABA, July 4 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tigray region wants a full withdrawal of troops from Eritrea and the neighbouring state of Amhara before it can engage in any talks with the federal government about a ceasefire, it said in a statement on Sunday.
Food and fuel running out in capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region (CNN) - Food and fuel is running out in the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, a CNN producer on the ground in Mekelle reports. A communications blackout in the region, in place since Ethiopian forces withdrew and announced a unilateral ceasefire last week, has made it difficult to determine the situation in Tigray and its capital Mekelle. But on Saturday, CNN was able to reach its producer on the ground who reports a blockade on Tigray by Ethiopian forces has been ongoing since June 25.
Bridge on Tekeze River in Ethiopia's Tigray destroyed - aid group NAIROBI (Reuters) - A bridge on the Tekeze river in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has been destroyed, the International Rescue Committee said on Thursday, adding that as a result getting aid to the war-ravaged region would be “even more severely hampered than before”.
Tigray reject calls for ceasefire after Ethiopian government forces withdraw from regional capital (CNN) forces in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray have rejected a ceasefire offer from the central government, raising fears of further violence a day after the fighters retook the regional capital Mekelle. The recapture of the city by Tigrayan fighters and the retreat of Ethiopian government troops on Monday marked a stunning about-turn in the country's devastating eight-month civil war.
06-28-21 After a long yet short and ardous 8 months of armed struggle Tigray is nearly free - June 28,2021 Ethiopian forces withdraw from Tigray regional capital Mekelle CNN - Less than a week into an intense offensive by Tigrayan forces, the Ethiopian military has withdrawn from the war-torn regional Tigrayan capital of Mekelle on Monday, a UN official told CNN. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal from the Ethiopian government.
The news was greeted with cheers in Mekelle, and CNN journalists witnessed as people poured onto the streets in celebration, despite calls for them to stay indoors. Fireworks could also be heard as celebrations carried on into the night.
06-25-21 MSF colleagues murdered in Tigray- June 2021 Aid group MSF ‘horrified’ as colleagues murdered in Tigray NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The medical charity Doctors Without Borders says it is “horrified by the brutal murder” of three colleagues in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the latest attack on humanitarian workers helping civilians in the deadly conflict there.
06-23-21 Reuters On Airstirke and Civilian Death in Tigray- June 2021 Medical official: air strike kills at least 43 in Ethiopia's Tigray (Reuters), ADDIS ABABA June 23 (Reuters) - An air strike killed at least 43 people in the town of Togoga in Ethiopia's Tigray region on Tuesday, a medical official told Reuters, after residents said new fighting had flared in recent days north of the regional capital Mekelle. The bomb hit a market at around 1:00 p.m., according to a woman who said her husband and two-year-old daughter had been injured.
06-21-21 U.N. rights chief deplores abuse in Tigray- June 2021 U.N. rights chief deplores abuse reports in Ethiopia's Tigray GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. rights chief said on Monday she was “deeply disturbed” by reports of continued violations including executions in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and added that a long-awaited joint investigation should be ready by August.
06-17-21 New York Times Opinion: Images and These in Tigray- June 2021 Don't Turn Away From These Images and These Crimes Nicholas Kristof (NYT) - Meet Rahel, 19, a human face of a brutal ethnic cleansing now underway in Ethiopia. "There were three soldiers," she said as she lay on a bed in a crowded hospital. "They were asking me to take off my dress. I refused. I said, ‘You can kill me." The men paid no heed and gang-raped her, part of a scorched-earth counterinsurgency campaign of murder, rape, pillage and famine by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops.
06-16-21 New York Times: The War in Tigray - June 2021 NYT Reports The War in Tigray (NYT) Abiy Ahmed, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for brokering a deal with Eritrea.
However, the nation is now in the grips of a civil war, as Mr. Ahmed undertakes a military campaign that has killed thousands and displaced millions.
In the northern region of Tigray, there have been widespread reports of massacres, human rights abuses and a looming famine.
06-15-21 Washington Post: Starvation has become a weapon of war in Tigray - June 2021 Starvation has become a weapon of
war in Ethiopia. U.S. action is urgent Editorial Board
June 15, 2021 at 10:31 a.m. PDT - FOR MONTHS humanitarian agencies
have been warning that famine could spread in the Ethiopian region of Tigray
if government forces and allied troops from neighboring Eritrea did not end
a brutal campaign to subjugate the area. Now that emergency has arrived. U.N.
agencies reported last week that more than 350,000 of Tigray’s 6 million
people are living in famine conditions, and 2 million more are at risk.
06-12-21 HRW: G7 Leaders Can’t Ignore Ethiopia’s Looming Famine- June 2021 G7 Leaders Can't Ignore Ethiopia’s Looming Famine G7 leaders meeting this week should galvanize an immediate global response to the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
Yesterday, the United Nations and other aid agencies warned that some 350,000 people are already experiencing famine-like conditions in Tigray.
06-11-21 U.S.-EU JOINT STATEMENT ON THE HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY IN TIGRAY- June 2021 U.S.-EU JOINT STATEMENT ON THE HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY IN TIGRAY Seven months into the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, human rights atrocities and the full-blown humanitarian crisis are alarming, currently pushing 400,000 innocent people to the brink of famine and loss of life. This must be addressed immediately. We do well to remember the 1980s famine in Ethiopia, which led to an estimated one million deaths, many as a result of food assistance being blocked.
06-10-21 U.S. Pushes U.N. Security Council about Tigray region- June 2021 U.S. Pushes U.N. Security Council to Publicly Address Ethiopia's Tigray NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Thursday pushed for the U.N. Security Council to meet publicly on Ethiopia's conflict-torn Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people are in famine conditions.
She also told a virtual event on Tigray, organized by the United States and the European Union, that it's "time for the Ethiopian government to respond responsibly to requests for humanitarian access."
06-09-21 UN report Somali fighters in Tigray region- June 2021 UN report reveals presence of Somali fighters in Ethiopia’s Tigray region A UN report due to be submitted to the General Assembly this month says Somali soldiers are fighting alongside Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region.
The 17-page-document prepared by UN special rapporteur Mohamed Babiker discusses the presence of Somali troops in Tigray – an issue that adds another dimension to the continuing conflict and growing humanitarian crisis.
06-07-21 The Nobel committee should resign over the atrocities in Tigray- June 2021 The Nobel committee should resign over the atrocities in Tigray Nobel committee members have individual responsibility for awarding the 2019 peace prize to Abiy Ahmed, accused of waging the war in Tigray. The members should thus collectively resign their honourable positions at the Nobel committee in protest and defiance.
06-01-21 AP:Famine is imminent in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region- June 2021 UN: Famine is imminent in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Famine is imminent in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and in the country’s north, the U.N. humanitarian chief said, warning there’s a risk that hundreds of thousands of people or more will die.
Mark Lowcock said the economy has been destroyed along with businesses, crops and farms and there are no banking or telecommunications services.
06-01-21 UN : 90% Tigray need emergency food aid - June 2021 Over 90% in Ethiopia's Tigray need emergency food aid: UN More than 90 percent of people in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region need emergency food aid,
the United Nations said Tuesday, as it appealed for over $200 million to scale up its response.
The UN World Food Programme voiced alarm that the conflict had caused an increase in hunger
levels which were already high in Tigray.
05-31-21 HRW : Tigray Schools Occupied, Looted. - May 2021 Ethiopia: Tigray Schools Occupied, Looted (Nairobi) – All warring parties in Tigray have been implicated
in the attacking, pillaging, and occupying of schools since the conflict started,
Human Rights Watch said today.
05-28-21 Nationalgeographic : A grave humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Tigray. - May 2021 A grave humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia. Tigray The only roads open in besieged Tigray, a semi-autonomous federal state in northern Ethiopia, lead to endless tales of darkness. Most roads north and south from Tigray’s capital of Mekele have been closed to journalists and humanitarian aid. Burnt-out tanks and looted ambulances stripped of engines and wheels line the road west.
05-26-21 hundreds rounded up by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers - May 2021 Tigrayans told, 'We'll see if America will save you now,' as hundreds rounded up by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers (CNN)Days after the United States announced financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials, eyewitnesses told CNN that hundreds of young men were rounded up from displaced peoples camps in Shire, a town in Tigray, late Monday evening.
Witnesses speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity described how Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers invaded at least two IDP centers where they beat and harassed Tigrayans...
05-25-21 UN demands full inquiry after Telegraph reveals potential white phosphorus burns in Tigray Region of Ethiopia - May 2021
(White phosphorus victim in Tigray, pics sent via Will Brown) UN demands full inquiry after Telegraph reveals potential white phosphorus burns in Ethiopia's war
Experts say injuries consistent with white phosophorus, which is banned for use against humans.
Kisanet Gebremicheal. She is 13 years old. The mother's name is Genet Asmelash. This young girl's burns are consistent with white phosphorus
The United Nation's humanitarian chief has called for a full investigation after The Telegraph reported that civilians had suffered horrific injuries consistent with the use of white phosphorus during fighting in northern Ethiopia.
The Telegraph obtained exclusive footage and accounts of witnesses and victims smuggled out of the mountainous region of Tigray showing civilians with burns covering their bodies.
05-23-21 US State Dept Statment on the Crisis in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia - May 2021 United States' Actions to Press for the Resolution of the Crisis in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia The United States has deepening concerns about the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as well as other threats to the sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. People in Tigray continue to suffer human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities, and urgently needed humanitarian relief is being blocked by the Ethiopian and Eritrean militaries as well as other armed actors. Despite significant diplomatic engagement, the parties to the conflict in Tigray have taken no meaningful steps...
05-22-21 Ethiopia says Eritrean troops killed civilians in Tigray - May 2021 Ethiopia says Eritrean troops killed civilians in Tigray Ethiopia on Friday for the first time accused troops from
neighbouring Eritrea of killing 110[Note:The number is much higher according to Amnesty and Other International Institutions] civilians in a massacre in the war-hit Tigray region.
The attorney general's office sharply contradicted law enforcement officials who claimed earlier
this month that the "great majority" of those killed in the city of Axum were fighters, not civilians.
05-21-21 Biden Administration Plans Visa Restrictions on Ethiopian and Eritrean Officials - May 2021 Biden Administration Plans Visa Restrictions on Ethiopian Officials Over Tigray U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is planning to target Ethiopian and Eritrean officials with visa restrictions in an opening diplomatic salvo against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government over atrocities committed in the country’s Tigray conflict, U.S. officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter tell
05-20-21 US Senate passes unanimous resolution calling for withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Ethiopia - May 2021 US Senate passes unanimous resolution calling for withdrawal of Eritrean forces (CNN)The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, after a CNN investigation revealed that the soldiers were cutting off critical aid routes.
A CNN team traveling through Tigray in late April witnessed Eritrean soldiers, some disguising themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms, blocking aid to starving populations
05-18-21 Ethiopian soldiers armed with guns and grenades raid hospital - May 2021 Ethiopian soldiers armed with guns and grenades raid hospital featured in CNN report (CNN)Ethiopian soldiers armed with machine guns, sniper rifles and grenades raided a hospital in Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region earlier this week in retribution, doctors say, for a CNN investigation that revealed Ethiopian and Eritrean troops were blocking humanitarian aid to patients there.
05-18-21 WHO Director DR Tedros on the horrific’ situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray - May 2021 People face ‘horrific’ situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray: WHO chief Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region is facing a horrifying situation with people dying of hunger, health services destroyed and rape “rampant”, according to the World Health Organization chief, who is from the region. “The situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, is, if I use one word, horrific. Very horrific,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Monday.
05-13-21 UN on Eritrean troops blocking critical aid in Tigray - May 2021 Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are blocking
critical aid in Tigray (CNN)The United Nations has confirmed that military forces are impeding humanitarian access to parts of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, after an exclusive CNN investigation revealed that Eritrean troops were coordinating with Ethiopian forces to cut off critical aid routes.
05-12-21 CNN Report on Eritrean troops blocking critical aid in Tigray - May 2021 Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are blocking critical aid in Tigray Axum, Ethiopia — Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a month after the country's Nobel Peace Prize winning leader pledged to the international community that they would leave
05-07-21 Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch on Tigray Genocide - May 2021 Ethiopian Orthodox Church patriarch blasts Tigray 'genocide' NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the country’s Tigray region is sharply criticizing Ethiopia’s actions, saying he believes it’s genocide: "They want to destroy the people of Tigray." In a video shot last month on a mobile phone and carried out of Ethiopia, the elderly Patriarch Abune Mathias addresses the church’s scores of millions of followers and the international community, saying his previous attempts to speak out were blocked.
05-07-21 Reuters Report on crackdown on ethnic Tigrayans - May 2021 Ethiopia's crackdown on ethnic Tigrayans snares thousands Reuters - The over six months-old Tigray armed conflict waged by the Ethiopian, Eritrean and Amhara merciless leaders and their hundreds of thousands of forces against the people of Tigray (and not against the TPLF) resulted in the death and rape of tens of thousands of unarmed civilians and the displacement and starvation of millions.
05-03-21 Amnesty International On Tigrai Conflict Report - May 2021 Ethiopia: Tepid international response to Tigray conflict fuels horrific violations over past six months African and other world leaders must urgently speak out and do more to stem the ferocious tide of human rights and international humanitarian law violations in the armed conflict that has now raged for six months in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Amnesty International said today. Amnesty International and other organizations have documented a string of serious human rights violations that include war crimes and likely crimes against humanity. There are also numerous credible reports of women and girls being subjected to sexual violence, including gang rape by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers.
04-27-21 France24 Eritrean troops block, loot food aid in war-torn Tigray - April 2021 Eritrean troops block, loot food aid in Tigray: documents Eritrean soldiers are blocking and looting food aid in Ethiopia's war-hit Tigray region, according to government documents obtained by AFP, stoking fears of starvation deaths as fighting nears the six-month mark.
04-26-21 Jeffrey Feltman, the new American envoy to the Horn of Africa on war-torn Tigray - April 2021 U.S. Africa Envoy: Ethiopia Crisis Could Make Syria Look Like ‘Child’s Play’ U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday formally named Feltman to the post, where he will become Washington’s lead troubleshooter for a deadly conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia that has sparked a massive humanitarian crisis and widespread allegations of war crimes.
04-23-21 Council of Foreign Relations on Conflict in Ethiopia war-torn Tigray region - April 2021 What to Know About the Conflict in Ethiopia Three years ago, Abiy Ahmed came to power with promises of peace. Now, jarring reports of killings and sexual violence have come out of Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region. Here’s what to know about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
04-21-21 UNICEF Report On humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region - April 2021 ‘No end’ to conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, warns UNICEF Disturbing reports have continued to emerge of widespread abuse of civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, nearly six months since conflict erupted, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.“There is no clear end in sight” to the conflict, said agency spokesperson James Elder, after returning from a visit the northern Ethiopian region.
04-15-21 NYT Report On More Killing in Tigray by Eritrean Troops - April 2021 Eritrean Troops Continue to Commit Atrocities in Tigray, U.N. Says NAIROBI, Kenya — Eritrean troops continue to commit atrocities in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, despite assurances by Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, that they were leaving, a senior United Nations official said Thursday.
04-14-21 Report On More Killing in Tigray by Eritrean Troops - April 2021 Ethiopia: Three killed, 19 injured in Tigray as Eritrean troops open fire on civilians Amnesty International can confirm that Eritrean troops killed three people and injured at least 19 in an unprovoked attack on civilians in the centre of Adwa town on 12 April.
Witnesses told Amnesty International that Eritrean troops were passing through the town located in the Tigray region, when they suddenly opened fire at people on the main street close to the bus station.
04-13-21 - Report on Ethiopia at Risk of Genocide? - April 2021 Is Ethiopia at Risk of Genocide? Over the course of six days in November 2020, Ethiopian government forces and allies executed two hundred civilians in Adi Hageray, a town in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Eyewitnesses report indiscriminate house-by-house killings, with victims ranging from children to ninety-year-olds.
04-08-21 - PBS Report On Ethnic Cleasing in Tigray - April 2021 Ethiopia's military crackdown in Tigray prompts accusations of ethnic cleansing Allegations of ethnic cleansing that began last fall amid a military crackdown in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region now threaten to engulf the surrounding areas and permanently tarnish the reputation of the country's nobel prize-winning prime minister.
04-07-21 - IBA Report On Ethiopia war against Tigray - April 2021 'Ethiopia's hidden war It has been several months since the war in Ethiopia began in Tigray. Abiy Ahmed claimed no civilians had been killed, which has since been proven to be extremely inaccurate.
Despite the continuing human catastrophe, little is being done to stem the deaths, massacres, hunger and depressing array of atrocities, including the use of rape as a weapon of war and the killing of boys and young men of military age.
04-07-21 - AP Report Tigray ethnicity is erased - April 2021 'Leave no Tigrayan': In Ethiopia, an ethnicity is erased HAMDAYET, Sudan (AP) - The atrocities have been seared into the skin and the minds of Tigrayans, who take shelter by the thousands within sight of the homeland they fled in northern Ethiopia. They arrive in heat that soars above 38 C (100 F), carrying the pain of gunshot wounds, torn vaginas, welts on beaten backs.
04-02-21 - BBC Report Tigray massacre video - April 2021 Evidence suggests Ethiopian military carried out massacre in Tigray BBC- An investigation by BBC Africa Eye has uncovered evidence that a massacre in northern Ethiopia was carried out by members of the Ethiopian military. It also reveals the precise location of the atrocity, in which at least 15 men were killed.
04-01-21 - Analysis of Tigray massacre video raises questions for Ethiopian Army. - April 2021 Analysis of Tigray massacre video raises questions for Ethiopian Army (CNN) - Dawit was watching television at a relative's one-room apartment in Axum, a historic city in Ethiopia's war-torn, northern Tigray region, in early March when a news bulletin flashed up on the screen.
Graphic, unverified footage had surfaced of a mass killing near Dawit's hometown of Mahibere Dego
03-30-21 - Congressman Meeks, McCaul Lead Letter to Secretary Blinken. - March 2021 Meeks, McCaul Lead Letter to Secretary Blinken Urging Accountability Over Crisis in Ethiopia Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Gregory W. Meeks and Michael McCaul, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing concern over the growing ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
03-29-21 - Report: Thousands of Tigrayans are again being driven from their homes. - March 2021 Tigray: Thousands of Tigrayans are again being driven from their homes. The dusty buses keep coming, dozens a day, mattresses, chairs and baskets piled on top. They stop at schools hurriedly turned into camps, disgorging families who describe fleeing from ethnic Amhara militia in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
03-28-21 - THE HORN OF AFRICA CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM REPORT ON TIGRAY - March 2021 THE HORN OF AFRICA CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM REPORT ON TIGRAY The Horn of Africa Civil Society Forum (HoACS Forum) is a regional network of civil society organisations working together to monitor and expand civic space in the countries in which they operate. Established in March 2016, the HoACS Forum) in response to the diminishing civic space for civil society organisations (CSOs) in the greater HoA region. In 2018 Prime Minister (PM) Abiy started a very much welcome peace process with Eritrea. An initiative for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. However, it is now clear that the talks between PM Abiy and President Isais were not about peace and normalisation of relationships; they were high-level secret preparations for war against Tigray. A Tigray whose autonomy and whose political elites emerged as mutual enemies requiring removal, especially following the September regional elections1
03-26-21 - Reports of executions and mass-rape emerge - March 2021 Ethiopian father begged Eritrean soldiers, daughter says It was 10 days into Ethiopia’s military campaign against fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), The family heard shooting outside their home in the town of Zalambessa, on the border with Eritrea, from around dawn, Mibrak said. Eritrean soldiers burst in around midday. Her father, a priest at the local Ethiopian Orthodox church
03-24-21 - MSF Reports Civilian killings by Abiy Soldiers in borad day light - March 2021 Ethiopia: MSF staff attacked after witnessing killings by soldiers in Tigray March 24, 2021—Karline Kleijer, head of emergency programs for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), gave the following statement today in response to events in Ethiopia:We are horrified by the continued violence in Tigray, Ethiopia. This includes the extrajudicial killings of at least four men who were dragged off public buses and executed by soldiers, while our staff members were present, on Tuesday, March 23.
03-21-21 - Spotlight on the Tigray Region of Ethiopia - March 2021 Spotlight on the Tigray Region of Ethiopia: The Need for an Urgent Response On 16 March 2021, Lord Alton of Liverpool and the Coalition for Genocide Response hosted a webinar entitled focused on the situation Tigray Region of Ethiopia.In recent months reports have emerged highlighting the deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
03-20-21 - CNN Reportage: Genocide in Tigray - March 2021 'Practically this
has been a genocide' Hamdayet, Sudan -- More evidence of sexual violence being used as a deliberate weapon of war is emerging from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, where an armed conflict has been raging for months.
03-18-21 - President Biden Dispatches Senator Chris Coons to Tigrai - March 2021 Biden Dispatches Senate Ally to Ethiopia to Address Crisis President Joe Biden is deploying one of his closest allies on Capitol Hill to East Africa to urge an end to the growing conflict in Ethiopia that has already killed thousands and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.
03-15-21 - Sky Report : On Destruction in Tigrai - March 2021 Ethiopia: Hundreds executed, thousands homeless - the human cost of fighting in Tigray The breadth and depth of human suffering in the Ethiopian region of Tigray is perfectly clear to humanitarian workers, human rights groups and the international diplomatic community.After four months of warfare between Ethiopia's national defence force and fighters from the Tigray, observers are collecting a worrying selection of data.
More than 500,000 Tigrayans have lost their homes. Almost 60,000 have sought refugee status in neighbouring Sudan.
03-15-21 - MSF Report : On Clinic Destruction in Tigrai - March 2021 MSF denounces widespread attacks on Tigray clinics The medical charity MSF on Monday condemned a "deliberate and generalised" programme of targeting clinics in the conflict-hit Tigray region of Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military campaign in Tigray last year after blaming the region's ruling party...
03-13-21 - Report : Video of Tigray massacre - March 2021 Ethiopia: video of Tigray massacre lifts lid on 'war without photos' Men in uniform slaughtered dozens of people in a small village in the Tigray region of Ethiopia on January 5, 2021, right in the midst of the usually festive Orthodox Christmas season. Thirty bodies are seen on the ground in a video that has been circulating online despite the current internet blackout in the Tigray region
03-11-21 - Biden is deeply concerned, highly engaged on Ethiopia: White House - March 2021 War in Tigray: Summary of Main Events WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden is deeply concerned and highly engaged on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday.
“The president is deeply concerned and highly engaged on this issue,” Psaki said.
03-10-21 - Tigrai War Update - March 2021 War in Tigray: Summary of Main Events EEPA started the publication of the Situation Reports on 17 November 2020. Prior to this, EEPA had published internal daily updates. Realising that, due to the total media and communication black-out, there was a need for information, the Situation Reports were started.
03-08-21 - OCHA: Tigrai War Update - March 2021 TIGRAY REGION HUMANITARIAN UPDATE The humanitarian situation in Tigray remains extremely concerning, while reports of intensified fighting and lack of assistance in rural areas continue to drive displacements of people across the Region.
03-08-21 - theguardian: Tigrai War Update - March 2021 Young men take up arms in northern Ethiopia as atrocities fuel insurgency Despite government claims of a significant improvement in the security situation in recent weeks, tens of thousands of Ethiopian troops and soldiers sent by neighbouring Eritrea to support Addis Ababa’s military operations appear to be facing continuing resistance.
03-05-21 - HRW: Eritrean Forces Massacre Tigray Civilians - March 2021 Ethiopia: Eritrean Forces Massacre Tigray Civilians (Nairobi) – Eritrean armed forces massacred scores of civilians, including children as young as 13, in the historic town of Axum in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in November 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The United Nations should urgently establish an independent inquiry into war crimes
03-03-21 - UN Security Council to discuss following CNN investigation into Tigray massacre - March 2021 UN Security Council to discuss Ethiopia conflict following CNN investigation into Tigray massacre (CNN)The UN Security Council will discuss the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region on Thursday behind closed doors, two UN diplomats have told CNN. The development comes after investigations were published by CNN and Amnesty International last Friday into the massacre of civilians in two separate assaults in Tigray late last year.
03-02-21 - AFP: Four media workers arrested in Ethiopia's Tigray - March 2021 Four media workers arrested in Ethiopia's Tigray Four media workers in Ethiopia's conflict-wracked Tigray region, including a translator working for Agence France-Presse, have been arrested and detained, their families and employers said.Tigray has been the theatre of fighting since early November 2020
02-27-21 - CNN on Massacre in Mariam Denbgelat Monastery Tigrai - Feb 2021 Massacre in
the mountains Abraham began burying the bodies in the morning and didn't stop until nightfall.
The corpses, some dressed in white church robes drenched in blood, were scattered in arid fields, scrubby farmlands and a dry riverbed. Others had been shot on their doorsteps
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.