US Ambassador Michael A. Raynor – An Abettor of the War on Tigray and the Making of Genocide

(By Makonnen Tesfaye; 30 January 2021) – The Ambassador’s Remarks are Too Little and Too Late On 25 January 2021 and on the eve of his departure as US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael A. Raynor had the audacity to say, after three months of complete silence, that he was concerned about the War on Tigray […]

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Ethiopia re-enters the abyss of war

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, 30 january 2021) – Last time Ethiopia descended into conflict, it took 17 years to emerge. Will Ethiopia’s new leaders learn from history? The Ethiopian federal government’s “law enforcement operation” in Tigray aimed to capture the rebellious rulers in the northern regional state. Thus far, however, the core leadership is at large, […]

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A pogrom is happening in Ethiopia

(Source: Theglobeandmail.com, 29 January 2021) – Ethiopia is killing its own citizens, wantonly. That is chilling, but true: By attempting to extirpate Ethiopians of Tigrayan ethnicity and heritage, Ethiopia’s military and government stands accused of purposeful ethnic cleansing, a precursor to all-out genocide, as outlawed by the UN convention against genocide. Upholders of world order, […]

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US ‘directly’ presses Eritrea to withdraw forces from Tigray

(Source: Associated Press, By CARA ANNA, NAIROBI, Kenya, 29 January 2021) – The United States says it has directly “pressed senior levels” of Eritrea’s government to immediately withdraw its troops from neighboring Ethiopia, where witnesses have described them looting and hunting down civilians in the embattled Tigray region. A State Department spokesperson in an email […]

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US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediately

(Source: Associated Press, By CARA ANNA, 27 January 2021) – NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.” A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other human rights […]

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War Crimes: Rape and Sexual Violence in Tigray

(By Mulugeta Abai, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, 27 January 2021) –  Almost two months have passed since the occupation of Tigray by the Ethiopian army with the order of the Prime Minster, Abiy Ahmed Ali. Despite strict censorship and lack of accessibility by independent observers, cases of war crimes and crimes […]

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Why does the Ethiopian army stand by – even aid – foreign troops who rape and kill on Ethiopian soil?

(Source: Eritreanhub.org, 26 January 2021) – The war in Tigray is astonishing. The Ethiopian armed forces are doing nothing as Eritrean and Somali troops storm across the country. Rather, the Ethiopian military is collaborating with these foreign forces. Eritreans are accused of rape, murder and looting. Eritrean troops are said to have claimed territory deep […]

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Tigray region interim admin official admits death of 13 due to lack of food; says crisis scale “unprecedented” in region’s history

(Source: AddisStandard, 26 January 2021) – Translated by Medihane Ekubamichael @Medihane  Addis Ababa, January 25, 2021 – Abraha Desta, Head of the Tigray Regional State Interim Administration Bureau of Social Affairs, has admitted that his office has received report on the death of 13 people, three of whom children, due to starvation in the regional state. Although […]

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ወሲነ ነይረ ኽደፍኖ

(ብተመስገን ከበደ , 25 January 2021) – ወሲነ ነይረ ኽደፍኖ ኽኸዳድኖ: ኻዓ መፀኒ ዝሕማቅ ጂኒ መሊሱ መላሊሱ ኽሕመኒ ኸቅንዝወኒ ሽረብረብ ኽብል ዓይኒ:: ትዝኽሮ ዶ ኣነ ዝዝኽሮ ናይ ቑልዕነት ንሮ ዝተስንከለ ብባዕዳውያን ፀለምቲ ሓረሮ:: ኽዝክሮ: ንስኻ ኸ ዶ ትዝኽሮ! ኣለኻዶ ወዲኖ ይዝከረካዶ ጉሒልካ ናተይ ኻደዴርኖ ተሓናኒቅና ክንተዓናኖ ወላዲት ኽትዓብድ ጨኒቑዋ ትኾኖ: መሊስና ኸምንተዓረቅ መን ኣመኖ:: ፅቡቅ […]

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Witnesses: Eritrean soldiers loot, kill in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Associated Press, By CARA ANNA, 25 January 2021) – “Eritrean soldiers went house-to-house seeking out and killing Tigrayan men and boys, some as young as 7, then didn’t allow their burials.” NAIROBI, Kenya – The Eritrean soldiers’ pockets clinked with stolen jewelry. Warily, Zenebu watched them try on dresses and other clothing looted from […]

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Fabled ark could be among ancient treasures in danger in Ethiopia’s deadly war

(Source: TheGuardian.com, by Harriet Sherwood, 24 January 2021) – It has been hidden from view for thousands of years, and its whereabouts never proved. But if the Ark of the Covenant indeed rests in a chapel in northern Ethiopia, this extraordinary religious treasure could be at grave risk from fighting in the area. The Church […]

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The ‘peace’ that delivered total war against Tigray

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Yosief Ghebrehiwet, 24 January 2021) – The Abiy-Isaias-Amhara pact was structured to result in either the complete conquest of Tigray or mutual destruction. Peace in the troubled Horn of Africa region supposedly made a spectacular arrival on 5 June 2018 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia agreed to implement the […]

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War in Tigray destroys human lives and important world heritage

(Source: Mondiaal Nieuws, MICHIEL LOVENIERS, Author: Martin Plaut, 23 JANUARY 2021) – Bombs recently opened a hole in one of the oldest mosques in the world. It is located in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where a terrible war has been going on for more than two months. There are testimonies about possible war crimes, but also about […]

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UN urges “zero tolerance” for sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(Source:  Sudantribune.com, Juba, 22 January 2021) – 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 […]

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Eritrea’s involvement in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict ‘is a tragic but explainable option’

(Source: The Africa Report, 22 January 2021) –    By Nathanael Tilahun Assistant professor of law at Coventry University in the UK. He is author of ‘Regulatory Counter-Terrorism: A Critical Appraisal of Proactive Global Governance’ (New York/London: Routledge, 2018).   ” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” /> Ethiopians, who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, carry their […]

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Ethiopia’s government appears to be wielding hunger as a weapon

(Source: Economist, 22 January 2021) – A rebel region is being starved into submission Ethiopia suffered famines in the past. Many foreigners know this; in 1985 about one-third of the world’s population watched a pop concert to raise money for starving Ethiopians. What is less well understood is that poor harvests lead to famine only […]

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Ethiopia is haunted by ghosts of its violent history. Can it be redeemed?

(Source: AwashPost.com, By Abdulfetah Khalil, 21 January 2021) – To move forward, Ethiopians must first reckon with the country’s turbulent past. That process should start with acknowledging and accepting the agony of 80 plus ethnic groups, who have endured silent genocides and all manners of abuses over the years. What on earth is happening in […]

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You can kill a blind man never his vision – In memory of Asmelash Woldeselassie

(By Jerusalem Barnabas, 21 January 2021) – You can kill a blind man never his vision Dedicated to Asmelash Woldeselassie   They told us you were trying to escape From those savages, who massacre and rape They told us you refused to obey and cooperate It was breaking news because they were so desperate For […]

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Civilian Atrocities, Sexual Violence and a Looming Famine in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, as the World Watches!

(By GSTS Press Release, 21 January 2021) – Urgent call for unfettered access to humanitarian corridor and cessation of the war  “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but those who watch them without doing anything” – Albert Einstein At the heart of the war on Tigray (one of 9 Federal […]

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American witness on Eritrean troops killing and raping in Aksum: “Eritrean soldiers had been told to kill all Tigrayan males over the age of four.”

(Source: EEPA, 21 January 2021) – 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 […]

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Ethiopians dying, hungry and fearful in war-hit Tigray: agencies

(Source: Reuters, By Reuters Staff, 20 January 2021) – NAIROBI (Reuters) – Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain “terrified”, according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region. Just when people were harvesting crops in early November, the federal […]

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US Secretary of State nominee states Ethiopia’s Tigray war as “aggression” and “the atrocities directed at the people of Tigray and Eritrean refugees” in Ethiopia

(By Mekete Tigray UK, 20 January 2021) – Washington DC – US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken said, on his Senate confirmation hearing, the war raging in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as an “aggression” and “we have seen deeply deeply concerning actions taken including a number of atrocities directed at the people of Tigray and […]

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Churches and mosques in Tigray ‘vandalised and looted’ in Ethiopian purge

(Source: Telegraph, By Dalya Alberge, 17 January 2021) – Some manuscripts dating to the 13th century may have been stolen and burned in ‘cultural cleansing’ Churches and mosques in Ethiopia are being attacked and their sacred treasures looted in a catastrophic conflict in the northern Tigray region that is causing destruction, loss of life and […]

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Is Ethiopia coming together or falling apart?

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Ahmed Hassen, 19 January 2021) – Abiy and his Amhara supporters are in the ascendancy—but Ethiopia’s future is by no means assured. Nominally in an effort to restore law and order, the federal government led by Ethiopia’s peace prize-winning premier is engaged in a brutal conflict with the defiant erstwhile leaders of […]

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Grim picture emerges from glimpses of Ethiopia’s Tigray war

(Source: AFP 19 January 2021) – A letter from a Catholic church official in the town of Adigrat, dated January 5 and seen by AFP, says residents have run out of food, water and medicine and are living without electricity and other basic services. “It is a daily reality to hear people dying from the […]

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Ethiopian Human Right Commission official Report on part of Tigray

(Source: Ethiopian Human Right Commision, Addis Ababa, 19 january 2021) – Summary of the report: The EHRC found that in Humera 92 people died, including civilians. Residents of Humera report widespread looting of houses and businesses, by a youth  group calling itself “Fano”, some members of the Amhara Liyu Hayl (Amhara Special  Force) and Amhara […]

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ጉሎ መኸዳ: ምሽግ ዳማት

(By T Kebede, 19 January 2021) – ጉሎ መኸዳ: ምሽግ ዳማት እንታይ ኢና ንርእይ ዘሎና ኣብ ጉሎ መኸዳ መንቨረ ንግሥት ማኽዳ ፀለእታ ኽተንበርክኽ ኣንጏዒዲዳ ዘይብገር ስራዊት ኾርዒዳ ቅድሚ 3ሺሕ ዓመት ዘመነ ኣካሒዳ ኸምዘይተወንጨፈት ኸምበርቂ ኖጊዳ ብወርቂን ዕንቂን ነዲዳ ሳብያን በሎ ግእዝ: ኣቦጊዳ ኣንጎድጊዳ: ምዕቫለ ጨቢጣ ኣብ ኢዳ እንትስግዱላ ተንበርኪኾም ይሑዳ ኽትምለስ ንዓዳ ሚኒሊክ ወሊዳ:: ሕጂ […]

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‘Extreme urgent need’: Starvation haunts Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: AP, 18 january 2021) – NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access describe weakened children dying from […]

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