(By Tekle Gebre, updated 03 January 2021) –
As all Eritreans are aware of that Abiy is heavily support by Isaias Afewerki. The Eritrean Army is involved in the war on Tigray from the start of the war on 4th November 2020. The Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), Amhara Militias and the Eritrean Army have been committing massacres against innocent civilians including children, women and the elderly across Tigray, destroying and looting private and public properties. Isaias choice is to build Eritrea with stolen Tigrayan properties. Morally, I am confident the Eritrean people deplore Isaias’s actions to strip Tigray’s religious artefacts (relics), industrial and academic assets, private properties including money, mobile phones, beddings and kitchenware and transported them to Eritrea. These dreadful atrocities shame the peace loving of the Eritrean people and stain the history and integrity of Eritrea as looters.
ሓበሬታ ካብ ድፋዓት ኤርትራ (ATV) – watch the video above from Eritrean opposition parties that exposes Isaias Afeworki war on Tigray and message from concerned Eritrean soldiers urging Eritreans to support the people of Tigray.
We, Tigrayans, know that the en mass genocide and looting by Eritrean Army in Tigray was not acted upon in the name all Eritreans but in the name of the brutal dictator Isaias Afewerki who has made freedom and democracy a distant dream for the Eritrean people, and bankrupt the Eritrean economic for the last 30 years. Isaias has betrayed the promise made to the Eritrean people i.e. “freedom, democracy and prosperity.” We all know that there is no freedom, no democracy, no prosperity and no election in Eritrea since 1991.
If Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afewerki and Amhara Unitarian elites are not challenged with united forces (i.e. both Eritreans and Tigrayans coming together), the dynamic of war on Tigray may come to engulf Eritrea next. Abiy and Amhara elites are battling against Tigray now, and the Amhara expansionists may move to target Assab and may be the whole Eritrea as Amhara elites believe Eritrea should be part of Ethiopia. You might have seen video clips on YouTube and social media from Amhara expansionists as well as comments from the current Amhara elites in Abiy’s government about their claim to Assab as well as to bring back Eritrea under Ethiopian rule. The land grabbing expansionism of the Abiy government and Amhara elites is agile that can go in any direction to revive the Amhara supremacy of the past and make it happen now and build it in the future.
Moreover, Isaias spoke candidly himself on many occasions that he would not mind Eritrea to be part of Ethiopia federation. Isaias can exchange for his personal ego driven power to ditch 30 years struggle of independence. I am hopeful that Eritreans will not want to be ruled by the past failed Amhara unitarian system of government.
Abiy Ahmed has changed his allegiance from his Oromo root to Amhara after the people of Oromo brought him to power and now, he is brutally killing and imprisoning his people for rejecting his political vision to abolish self-determination under the Ethiopian constitution of federalism. The political dimension of Abiy Ahmed is changing rapidly to bring back the past Amhara repression rule. This makes him very dangerous man to every non-Amhara ethnic groups as well as Eritreans.
As you all know, the Eritrean Army is now embedded with Ethiopian army, and commanded by Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) are fighting and killing the people of Tigray, looting and destroying Tigray. The ENDF can easy disarmed the Eritrean Army under their command. If the entire Eritrean army is disarmed while they under command of ENDF in Tigray, what can Eritrea have left to defend its territories. Nothing. This makes Eritrea vulnerable to invasion and very expose to defend its territories. If Abiy is succeeded to destroy Tigray and move on to invade Assab and their rest of Eritrea.
Eritreans should understand that Abiy Ahmed is backed by dark foreign forces who want to control the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa. Isaias may be part of the coalition for now, but this may not last if Tigray resistance is weakened or eliminated. The whole sale of political treachery and betrayal to consolidate power around the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa will come next. Abiy might charm Isaias now, but he can turn against Isaias and the Eritrean people as he has turned against TPLF and the people of Tigray.
It is well known, Abiy was brought up and trained by TPLF. Abiy and his Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) has been in coalition with TPLE under the umbrella of EPRDF. He was a minister under Hailemariam Desalegn and chief of security. He was involved in human rights abuses and killings his own people. He is ruthless and ambitious who wants to be a king and dominate the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa.
As you can now see, Abiy has presented himself as if he has been never involved in maladministration, corruption and/or never committed in human rights abuses. Conversely, he is pretending that he is a messiah and can save Ethiopia, and establish a democratic Ethiopia which is far from these honey coated words.
Instead, he has turned his messiah belief to systematically kill and imprison leaders of the opposition parties and the people of Oromo, Sidama, Welayita, Hadiya, Kemant, Agew, Somali, Gedeo, Hadiya, Benishangul-Gumuz etc, as never been seen in the history of Ethiopia.
Abiy Ahmed is a lair, and Isaias took advantage of Abiy’s weakness. Isaias understood well that Abiy is in a deep political mess, ruthless and has no humanity on his conscious as we have been/are witnessing what’s happening in Somali, Oromia, Sidama, Kemant, Welayta, Gedeo, Gumuz, Konso, Hadiya, Afar, and etc., since he assumed power in 2018 and in Tigray in past 7 weeks. Isaias found his perfect tyrant as himself and has been courting and hugging Abiy like his beloved brother so that both can commit genocide, war crimes and gross human rights abuses in Tigray under the complete blackout of communications. On the other hand, Abiy is using Isaias for his political survival and has been showing Isaias Ethiopia’s secrets around the country to make sure he stays on his side to help him annihilating TPLF and the people of Tigray, destroy and loot public and private properties in Tigray.
Abiy Ahmed has made serious of pacts in secret with Isaias Afewerki, under the hospices of Saudi Arabia and UAE, to return Bademe; destroy and loot Tigray; rampage through the Eritrean refugee camps in Tigray to kill or involuntarily repatriate Eritrean refugees to Eritrea and amongst others that have been kept secret out of the public knowledge of to convince Isaias help him to subjugate Tigray as TPLF has been obstacle and a fierce resistant to Abiy’s grand project. These are some of Isaias and Abiy’s pitched pacts as part of their Ethio-Eritrean peace agreement in 2018. Abiy Ahmed’s war on Tigray will not end in Tigray. The worst is to come.
Humanitarian organisations have been reporting on the safety of Eritrean refugee camps in Tigray region of the attacks and forced deportations to Eritrea by the Eritrean Army as well as by Ethiopian government involuntary repatriations via Bole airport to Asmara where they could be grossly mistreated or killed by Isaias Afewerki regime. This is sign of the brutal dictator Abiy in the making to have no respect to International Humanitarian law and the Geneva convention to please his temporary comrade in crime Isaias Afewerki. The UN and African union are powerless to stop Abiy’s and Isaias’s war crimes and genocide in Tigray as the dark foreign forces are at work to thwart and block any attempt to stop the war in Tigray and elsewhere in Ethiopia in order to control the country’s resources.
Before Abiy succeeds to subdue Tigray and the brutality comes to Eritrea, Eritreans must stand with the people of Tigray. All Eritreans should be worried what will come next to Eritrea, and must defend their brothers and sisters in Tigray. All Eritreans should remember whatever the political difference Tigrayans and Eritreans might have had; TPLF and EPLF had fought together against the brutal Derg. Both Eritreans and Tigrayans won the bitter struggle against the Derg and Amhara elites in 1991. The Amhara elites who terrorised and murdered Eritreans and Tigrayans during the strugle in 1974-1991; Isaias is now allying with the Derg Amhara elites and killing innocent children, women and the elderly in Tigray to appease his old foe i.e. the Amhara elites.
Abiy’s plan is far from his cunning narrative and Medemer philosophy. He is motivated by revenge to consolidate his dictatorial rule supported by ruthless Amhara elites who want to bring back the failed centralised rule (unitarian and expansionism ideology) of Emperor Menelik and Haileselassie. Abiy can bomb towns and cities, kill as many as Tigrayans, he will never rule Tigray, and never win the hearts and mind of Tigrayans. Tigrayans will do it again by going back to the past guerrilla warfare to assert their self-determination rights or possibly independence or possibly to reunite with our separated Eritrean brothers and sisters that we were divided by Amhara rule during Menelik reign. I won’t go onto the history in detail as Eritreans are familiar with that how Menelik let Eritrea to be ruled by Italy after the victory of Adwa war in 1896 saying, “let the Italians rule Eritrea beyond Mereb Melash”, and how Emperor Haileselassie hanged Eritrean heroes who defended their rights to self-rule in 1960s.
Therefore, Eritrean brothers and sisters should be warned what will come next after Tigray and Sudan. The only choice is both Tigrayans and Eritreans who believe in self-rule, self-pride and freedom should join forces to defeat Abiy and remove Isaias from power so that the people of Eritrea and Tigray can live in harmony and peace together.
After all, we, the people of Tigray and Eritrea are one people who speak the same language and have the same culture. We must preserve the unity, brotherhood and sisterhood to eliminate the common enemy who divide us so that we can live together in peace and develop our economy. Let’s remember our fallen Tigrayans and Eritreans heroes who fought for our freedom and those who were hanged by Emperor Haileselassie in row in 1960s. We, Eritreans and Tigrayans, must stand & fight together to remove Isaias and combat Amhara expansionism before it is revived again.
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Shire Residents have told ENDF Generals & Mulu Nega on Televised meeting that people have been “slaughtered like chicken”
ENDF & Eritrean Army atrociries in Zalambessa
Message from Amhara FANO Militia
Eritrean human rights organisations call to stop the killings, distruction and looting in Tigray by Eritrean Forces
Watch the following Video produced by VRT Belgian Public Broadcast Service about looted hospitals and empty towns, an exclusive look inside Tigray with English subtitles.
Watch the following video by UN Human Rights regarding the violations of International Humanitarian & Human Rights Law in the war on Tigray including artillery strikes on populated areas, deliberate targeting of civilians, extrajudicial killings and widespread looting.
Update on the Horn of Africa
Watch the following to Facebook video clips from a Tigrayan in Mekele explaining about the war in his prespective and defiance against Abiy and PP.
Watch the video below how hyprocite ambassador of Ethiopia, Dina Mufti, debating passinately on behalf of EPRDF/TPLF with ambassador of Eritrea on Kenyan TV in November 2017
The next video clips shows how Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) are defending Tigray against invading forces.