Tigray is edging closer to famine


(Source: Economist, 22 April 2021) –

Evidence is growing that starvation is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia
The suffering is widespread. Central and eastern Tigray, as well as parts of the north-west, are facing “crisis”or “emergency” hunger levels, according to the UN’s Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), meaning that households are suffering from acute malnutrition (see map). The next and final phase on the IPC scale is “famine” marked by an extreme lack of food, resulting in starvation or death.
Before the conflict broke out, Tigray was largely free from hunger; now the UN estimates that 4.5m need food aid.
Such food shortages are not simply a case of collateral damage. Ethiopian and Eritrean forces have been looting shops and farms, burning food that they cannot take with them. Water tanks and reservoirs have also been targeted.
In April the World Peace Foundation (WPF), a research organisation based at Tufts University in Massachusetts, published a report alleging systematic “starvation crimes” perpetrated by belligerents. Ethiopia’s government has also been accused of blocking food deliveries to civilians. Between 700,000 and 2.2m people are estimated to be displaced within Tigray, separated from their homes and livelihoods. More than 60,000 have fled into neighbouring Sudan.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the conflict continues to climb. A paper published last month by researchers at Ghent University in Belgium identified 1,942 people killed in the fighting, though the true number may be much higher. Nearly a third of the victims documented by the researchers were killed in point-blank murders or civilian massacres. In most cases, the perpetrators were believed to be Ethiopian or Eritrean soldiers, although in 16% of the deaths identified by the researchers, the killers’ affiliation was unclear. Inadequate health care and food shortages could cause the number of casualties to soar even higher.
The WPF reckons that in central and eastern Tigray alone, between 50 and 100 people are dying every day from causes directly related to hunger. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has promised to investigate allegations of human-rights abuses in Tigray “as soon as possible”. For the families of the many who have already died, that is already too late.

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  1. ቅዱሳን ሐዋርያት ከረሀብ ጦር ይሻለናል አሉ ይባላል፥፥ የሀገር ውሥጥና የውጭ ሀይሎች ለፖለቲካ፥ ሥልጣን ና ቁሳዊ ትርፍ ጥቅም ሲባል ሕዝባችን ከጦርነት እጅጉን በከፋ ረሀብ እየተሰቃየ እንዲሞት ፈረዱበት፥፥በቸልተኝነት ወገናችን የረሀብና የጥይት ሰለባ እንዲሆን አድርገውት የሕዝባችንን ሲቃና ሰቆቃ እየተመለከትን ፮ ድፍን የጨለማ ወራት አለፉ፥፥የወገኖቻችንን ሞት ሲያስቦርቃቸው የነበሩ ኤርትራዉያን የሻቢያ ዉድቀት ከወዲሁ ፍንትው ብሎ ቢታያው በቅርቡ በሲውድን ባደረጉት ስብሰባ ከወንድሞቻችን ተጋሩ ጋር ተደራጅተን ወይም ከጎናቸው ሆነን ሻቢያን እንታገዋለን ሲሉ ያለፍላጎታቸው ቢቸፈንናቸውም እንኳ ሊናገሩት በቅተዋል፥፥የወደዱትን (የተጋሩና የመሪዎቻቸው ዕልቂት እንዳሰቡት እልሆን ቢላቸዉ)ቢያጡ የጠሉትን (ከትግራይ ጎን መሰለፍ ና ትግሉን መደገፍ)እንዲቀላውጡ ከሚገደዱበት ጊዜ ላይ ደርሰናል፥፥ይህ ሁሉ የታጋዮቻችን የአላማ ፅናት፥ ቆራጥነት ያለ ስስት ለወገናቸው እየከፈሉት ያለ ክቡር ሕይወት ከምክናቶቹ ሁሉ በላይ የሆነ ገናና ና ታላቅ ምክንያት ነው፥፥ይህም በፍፁም ልንረሳው የማንችለው በውሥጣችን ተስሎ የሚናር የወደፊቷ ታላቅ ትግራይ የሀገራዊነት ትዕምርት ነው፥፥

    የአማራ ልሂቃኑም የወደዱት የአማራ ብሔር ልኣላዊነትና የሕዝባቸው ደህንነት አደጋ ላይ መሆኑ ቢታወቃቸው ሲደግፉትና የነበረ የብልፅግና አስተዳደር እና ሲያንቆለጳጵሱት የነበረ ኮረኔል አቢይን ያጡ ለታ(i.eአጡት የሚል ቃልን በትርጉም የልባቸውን አላደርስ ቢላቸው ብላቹህ ተረዱልን) የጠሉትን የምዕራባውያኑ ጣልቃ ገብነት ሲቀላውጡ ተስተውለዋል፥፥ሌት ተቀን ሲጮሁ የምንሰማው ና እያየነው ያለ ዕውነታ በመሆኑ በሾርት ሜሞሪ የምንቸገር እንኳ ለማስታወስ አያዳግተንም፥፥

    When we read what these mass murderers , Eritreans, they are constantly justifyng their atrocities with their expulsion from ethiopia . They described it : We were expelled from ethiopia where were were living for years , more than 20 years and we were left bare-handed, left our houses and belongings, and yada yada ……

    However,the Isayas regime do expell ethiopians from eritrea. Personally, I believe Eritreas have much more motives for their warcrime and invasion other than the those claims they are raising now .

    I wish Oromos and other tribes expell these people (ERITREANS) once again from any province or region in the so called Ethiopia; They and their regime is not only the enemy of Tegaru but for all nations and nationalities who were living in harmony during TPLF administration. Eritreans died in many countries and could be expelled in the near future from wealthy countries. We will see if they can afford to fight with their colonial masters!

    Eritrea is an perfect exapmle of a surrogate bearing and giving birth to too many offsprings who belong to Satan and his army- because they are doing and accomplishing the most despecable and disdained evil tasks and atrocities against the most innocent children and mothers and nuns favored by Satan! Words fail us to describe them. Even before this war broke out , I never saw morally healthy people . Far more worse than amhara elites, and unbiased view!

    ከበጣም መጥፎ እጅግ እጅግ መጥፎ ከተባለ ኤርትራውያን ናቸው!!! We call a spade a spade !!!

    I do support TPLF than any other time now, Since I have come to understand , saddly speaking, the fact that An african leader hated and defamed by a foreign country (be it US or any other country) is a government doing best for its people-by setting up an extraordinary public infrastructure, schools, hospitals and public transport etc. A simple examples would be the story of Thomas Sankhara, And Ghadaffi Himself. Donot let yourself taken by foreign propaganda.

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