UN council calls for more aid to reach Tigray


(Source: The National) –

China and Russia sign UN Security Council’s first statement on northern Ethiopian crisis

Ethiopians flee into Sudan to avoid the ongoing violence in the Tigray region. Reuters
Ethiopians flee into Sudan to avoid the ongoing violence in the Tigray region. Reuters

The UN Security Council on Thursday issued a statement calling for more aid to reach those affected by the crisis in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region and for investigations into mass rape and other human rights abuses there.

The statement achieved a consensus and was the 15-nation council’s first public comments since Tigray’s crisis erupted in November.

Permanent members Russia and China had resisted council attention on what they considered to be an internal matter for Ethiopia.

The council called “for a scaled-up humanitarian response and unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need” in Tigray, where 4.5 million people of about six million rely on aid.

Members also expressed “deep concern about allegations of human rights violations and abuses, including reports of sexual violence against women and girls … and called for investigations to find those responsible and bring them to justice”.

Ireland’s ambassador to the UN, Geraldine Byrne Nason, said she was grateful the council had broken its silence by speaking “with one voice” on Tigray.

Ethiopia’s federal army removed the former regional ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), from the capital Mekelle in November, sparking violence involving Ethiopian troops and militias, and troops from neighbouring Eritrea.

Fighting in Tigray has claimed thousands of lives and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.

More than 60,000 refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring Sudan.

Eritrea on Friday made its first admission of its role in the fighting in Tigray and pledged to pull out its forces amid mounting international pressure.

The US and UN have demanded Eritrea withdraw its forces from the region without delay.


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  1. ራሱን የፖለቲካ ተንታኝ ብሎ የሚያንቆለጳጵሰዉ ሰው እንዲህ አለ፥ ነጮቹ አመረሩ፥ እንደተነቃባቸዉ ተገነዘቡ በትግራይ ዉሥጥ ባልታጠቁ ንጹሓን ወገናች ላይ እየተፈፀመ ያለውን አሰቃቂ ግድያ ያሳስበናል፥፥ ኤርትራን ለወረራዉ ያነሳሳትንና እንድትገባ የፈቀደላትን ከዚህ ጉዳይ ጋር ተያያዥነት ያላቸውን ሚሥጥራዊ ሰነዶች ለሕዝብ ይፋ የምናደርግበት ጊዜ ገና በመሆኑ ምናልባትም ሁለት አሥርት አመታት ሊፈጅ ስለሚችል ይጠብቁን፥፥ በሕዝባችን እልቂት እየተቀባበሉ የፖለቲካ ና ጅርጅታዊ አጀንደ እየፈበረኩ መግለጫ ሲያወጡ ፮ ወራት ተቆጠሩ፥፥ ዩኒሴፍ የሕፃናት እንግልት ረሀብ ያሳስበኛል ሲል የሴቶችና የእናቶች መብት ተሟጋቾችም ለነርሱ የሚመች አጀንዳ ፈልቅቆ በማዉጣት በሕዝባችን እልቂት የድርጅታዊ ፖለቲካ መጠቀሚያ ማድረጋዉን ሲገፉበት ተመልክተናል፥፥ ወገኖቻችን ሌት ተቀን በጥይት ሲያልቁ ከጥይት የተረፉት ከቤታቸዉ በረሀብ እየተሰቃዩ እየሞቱ ነው፥፥ ሁላችንም እንደምናዉቀዉ ወገናችን በየቀኑ ሠርቶ፥ ጨዉ በርበሬ፥ ሌላም ሌላ ቁሳቁሶች ሸጦ የዕለት ጉርሱን ሸምቶ ከልጆቹ ጋር ካፍሎ የሚኖር ታታሪ ሰዉ አክባሪ ሕዝብ ነው፥፥ እንዴት ና በምን ሂሳብ ነዉ ፮ ወር ሙሉ ሳይሰራ በሕይወት መቆየት የሚችለዉ? ፮ ወር ሙሉ ከጦርነት ጥግና ጣሪያ ያለፈ (የጦርነት ሕግጋትና ሥርዓቶች የማይከበሩበት ንፁሓን ወገኖች በጅምላ በሽንፈት ማግሥት የሚታረዱበት)ዘግናኝ እልቂት የሚኖሩ ሕዝባችን አይደለም እኛ በሲቃ በሀዘን በጭንቀት የምንኖረው፦፦

    As one of millions Patriotic Tegarus, I am requesting the international community to take action to save lives: urge them to deliver humanitarian aide to every citizen of Tigray, apart from those who live in peaceful towns and villages, and undertake tangible action to stop the war via UN-led military action. No more mere words, but actions!

    Sympathy refers to the feelings of pity or sorrow we have for those who have experienced misfortune. It is when you feel bad for another person who’s going through a difficult moment!

    Sympathy without action means nothing !

    “Sympathy is no substitute for action.” — Dr. David Livingstone,

    Dear UNSC “Expressed deep concern over allegations of human rights violations” is nothing if it is not accompanied by an action to save lives!!!

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