Ethnic cleansing being committed in Southern and Western Tigray

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Ethiopians, who fled due the conflict in Tigray, are seen in Sudan on 13 December 2020 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]
Ethiopians, who fled due to the conflict in Tigray, are seen in Sudan on 13 December 2020 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

Ethiopian officials and militia fighters are carrying out a systematic ethnic cleansing operation in the state of Tigray, according to a confidential US government report, Anadolu Agency reports.

The report obtained by the New York Times documents a land of looted houses and abandoned villages where tens of thousands of people have gone missing.

Written earlier this month, it notes that officials and fighters from neighbouring Amhara state entered Tigray in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

They are “deliberately and efficiently rendering Western Tigray ethnically homogeneous through the organized use of force and intimidation,” said the report. “Whole villages were severely damaged or completely erased.”

Amnesty International said in a report earlier Friday that Eritrean troops fighting in Tigray have systematically killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in the northern city of Axum on November 28-29, 2020.

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Troops opened fire in the streets and conducted house-to-house raids in a massacre that may amount to a crime against humanity.

The situation was discussed by US President Joe Biden and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya during a telephone call Thursday.

“Presidents Biden and Kenyatta discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crises in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the need to prevent further loss of life and ensure humanitarian access,” according to a White House statement.

The Tigray region has been the scene of fighting since November when Ahmed announced military operations against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), who he accused of attacking federal army camps.

Government troops took control of the regional capital, Mekele, in late November, but the TPLF vowed to fight and clashes have persisted in the Horn of Africa country, hampering efforts to deliver humanitarian aid.


1 thought on “Ethnic cleansing being committed in Southern and Western Tigray

  1. Hi Martin

    Do you know the presence of PJDF or Shabia Army in Tigray ? Many Tigreans and Eritreans are demanding the international community to addresse the foreign invaders in Tigray by their slang name ‘ PFDJ’ -The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (abbreviated PFDJ; Tigrinya: ህዝባዊ ግንባር ንደሞክራስን ፍትሕን, Həzbawi Gənbar nəDämokrasən Fətəḥən, abbreviated ህግደፍ, Arabic: الجبهة الشعبية للديمقراطية والعدالة‎ al-Jabhatu l-Shaʻabiyatu lil-Dīmuqrāṭiyati wāl-ʻIdālah, Italian: Fronte Popolare per la Democrazia e la Giustizia) is the founding and ruling political party of the State of Eritrea.

    Many Eritreans and Tegarus are furious when we say Eritrean Army is in Tigray and Eritrean Army is raping nuns, girls, destroying churches and mosques.
    It is not in our name,

    Many Eritreans insist on saying. However, I see them in my naked eyes singing and throwing a party along with the asylum seekers from Amhara region.

    Officially Eritreans are adressing those public services in Eritre as Eritel Telecom Corporation, The Eritrean Electric Corporation, Eritrean Defence Forces
    ምክልካል ሃይልታት ኣርትራ
    found at, Naval ships of Eritrea etc

    Why do they strive agsinst us when we address the mercenaries from Eritrea , Eritrean Defence Forcesምክልካል ሃይልታት ኣርትራ, by their orginal and genuine name ?

    Our people are slaughtered like a sheep , and we lost a great deal of resources we have accumulated for over 30 years through hard working and perseverance not in a way they love to defame us . We donot expect an appreciation from a group who kill and rape children . You could find several people even from amhara region who got riches taking loans from regional public offices locally called ” Kebele” and many were promoted to various higher professional and educational postions . Before those 3O years we were destined to live in the same career and eeducationl level. However, TPLF bult several schools and factories in which we grow bothe academically and professionally.

    This doesn’t mean there was no a single problem, but not in a way those asylum seekers from amhara region presented it in UNHCR office to win the heart of migration officers and bring chaos in the country; The late PM once said’ we are not aggregates of Angels”. There are always problems in any country including the most developped nations.

    Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless.

    Post script: I am and were not supporter of TPLF or other politicall party. However, I am simply defending and advocating for people of Tigray who are under continous attack of Amhara militia and Eritrean Army solely for the account of their ethnic bacground. All people in Tigray are suffering for their ethnicity , so what ever happens to them happend to me.

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