CNN EXCLUSIVE: Leader of Tigray’s forces accuses Ethiopian and Eritrean governments of genocide

(Source: CNN, 02 March 2021) – The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region has accused the federal government and its Eritrean allies of genocide and other crimes against humanity, calling on US President Joe Biden to dial up the pressure against “invader forces.” In a rare and exclusive interview with CNN, President of the Tigray People’s […]

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Trauma, anger as Tigrayans recount Eritrea troops’ ‘grave crimes’

(Source : Al Jazeera, By Al Jazeera Staff, 01 Mar 2021) – Survivors and witnesses in Ethiopia’s embattled region tell Al Jazeera how civilians were raped and killed by troops from neighbouring country. Mekelle, Ethiopia – December 4 is a date that fills Mona Lisa Abraha with horror. It was then, the 18-year-old says, that […]

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Massacre in the mountains of Mariam Dengelat in Edaga Hamus, Tigray

(Source: CNN, Updated 01 March 2021) –  They thought they’d be safe at a church. Then the soldiers arrived By Barbara Arvanitidis, Nima Elbagir, Bethlehem Feleke, Eliza Mackintosh, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Katie Polglase Video by Mark Baron, Alex Platt, Elisa Solinas, Jessi Esparza and Agne Jurkenaite, CNN Updated 1121 GMT (1921 HKT) March 1, 2021 […]

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Photos and footages of destruction and looting by Eritrean and Ethiopian armies from Shire, Inda selassie

(Source: Tghat) – These are photos and footages sent to us by a resident of Shire who captured them at different times. We don’t name the person her to protect him/her from retribution. Similarly, the voices in the footages have been slightly altered. Eritrean tanks in Shire Indaslassie moving towards Aksum Eritrean troops moving to […]

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President Isaias’s increasing dependence on Saudi Arabia

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut, 01 March 2021) – A Saudi delegation has just visited Eritrea. Apart from the 20 man delegation (and they were all men) posing for photographs and issuing an uninformative press statement, the Eritrean public was left none the wiser about what took place. But this should not hide the […]

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Latest internal U.S. government report and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

(Source: Aiga Forum, 27 February 2021) – The latest internal U.S. government report further consolidates the concerns that we have been reflecting for quite some time. It cemented the fact that Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), EHRC’s Director Dr Daniel Bekelle (a close confidant of the Prime Minister), and the rest of the hierarchy down […]

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“They started burning homes”: Tigrayans say their towns are being razed in ethnic cleansing campaign

(Source: Vice, By Zecharias Zelalem, Feb 27 2021) –  Survivor testimony and satellite imagery in Ethiopia’s Tigray region provide evidence of wide-ranging destruction by Eritrean soldiers. “They set our crops on fire, then they started burning the homes,” said Gebru Habtom, a farmer in his 40s from the village of Debre Harmaz in Ethiopia. “Then they […]

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A complete English translation of Isaias Afwerki’s Eritrean TV Interview, 17 February 2021

(Source: Eritrea Hub, 28 February 2021) – A rough translation into English by Habte Hagos Introduction Isaias Afwerki, the only President the State of Eritrea has ever known, who has never been endorsed in an election, gave an interview on a wide range of issues on 17 February 2021. The outlet he chose was EriTV, […]

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Eritrean, Amhara forces must withdraw from Tigray: US

(Source: AA.com, by Servet Günerigök, Washington, 28 Februray 2021 Top diplomat says those responsible for violence must be held accountable The US said Saturday it is gravely concerned about reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, calling for Eritrean and Amhara forces there to withdraw. “We strongly condemn the killings, forced […]

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U.S. Calls for International Probe Into Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis

(Source: Bloomberg News, Samuel Gebre, 28 Februry 2021) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for an end to fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and an international investigation of reported atrocities there. In a statement Saturday, Blinken appealed for a cessation of hostilities between Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and […]

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U.S. is ‘gravely concerned’ by reports of abuses in Ethiopia

(Source: AP, By ANDREW MELDRUM, JOHANNESBURG, 28 February 2021) –   The U.S. is “gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in the toughest statement yet from the U.S. on Ethiopia’s ongoing conflict. Accounts of atrocities by Ethiopian forces against residents of […]

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Map of verified Victims of the war on Tigray

(Source: Tghat, 27 February 2021) – “Related to civilian damage, maximum caution was taken. In just 3 weeks of fighting, in any district, in Humera, Adi Goshu, … Aksum, …, Edaga Hamus, …. The defence forces never killed a single civilian in a single town. No soldier from any country could display better competence.” Those were the words of […]

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Ethiopian army, Eritrea and Amhara forces destroyed Tigray’s 30-year development, says interim official

(Source: Tghat, 27 February 2021) – Engineer Alula Habteab, Head of the Bureau of Construction, Road and Tarsport in the Abiy-Ahmed-installed puppet interim administration of Tigray said, in a press briefing, that Ethiopian Defence Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces and Amhara Forces have completely destroyed Tigray’s 30-year development work. Alula Habteab said that although it is […]

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Atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

(Source: US Department of State) PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 27, 2021 The United States is gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.  We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and […]

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Immediate withdrawal of Eritrean, Amhara region forces from Tigray, unilateral cessation of hostilities by all & unhindered delivery of assistance: Antony J. Blinken

(Source: Addis Standard Addis Ababa) –  In his first official statement since becoming the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken said “the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces from Tigray” are essential first steps to end “reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.” They should be accompanied by unilateral declarations […]

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Tigray Victim Pleads for Justice After Eritrean Soldiers Massacre Civilians

(Source: VOA News, By Salem Solomon, Gebre Gebremedhin, 27 February 27, 2021 02:20 AM) –  Guesh Liasanewerk’s family had just gathered to celebrate the birth of his sister’s child born four days earlier. Sitting in their home in a rural area outside of the historic Ethiopian city of Axum, they were interrupted by Eritrean soldiers storming […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: How a massacre in the sacred city of Aksum unfolded

(Source: BBC News) Eritrean troops fighting in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray killed hundreds of people in Aksum mainly over two days in November, witnesses say. The mass killings on 28 and 29 November may amount to a crime against humanity, Amnesty International says in a report. An eyewitness told the BBC how bodies remained […]

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Ethiopia 24 hours of mass executions and unspeakable violence in Axum as told by witnesses

(Source: Sky News, by John Sparks, 27 February 2021) –  Axum is a historical city – an ancient site of pilgrimage in the Ethiopian region of Tigray. But a vicious conflict arrived in this community on the morning of 28 November, and it was signalled by the crack of gunfire from the surrounding hills. These […]

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Ethiopia’s War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says

(Source: New York Times) – A confidential U.S. government report found that people in Tigray are being driven from their homes in a war begun by Ethiopia, an American ally — posing President Biden’s first major test in Africa. By Declan Walsh  Feb. 26, 2021, 6:47 p.m. ET NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopian officials and allied […]

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A statement of the Inter-religious Council of Tigray on the existing circumstances of the people of Tigray

(Source: Tghat) –  To begin with, for those who have died as a result of war- heaven, for those who grieve- condolence, for those harmed- may God send His Mercy, as for the rest of our people we wish peace, health and justice. The founding ambition of the Inter-religious Council of Tigray is to work […]

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‘Blanket of sadness’ covers conflict-hit Mekele, Tigray capital

(Source: AFP and Yahoo,  By Robbie Corey-Boulet, February 26, 2021, 10:17 AM) –  Interim head of Tigray administration, Mulu Nega, asked if Eritrean troops needed to go told AFP: “Of course, it’s very clear.” For nearly two decades, the hilltop museum flanked by weeping willow trees showcased the military might of the Tigray region’s ruling party, […]

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Amnesty accuses Eritrea and Ethiopia of committing atrocities together

(Source: Channel 4 News)  The massacre in Axum showing bodies been collected from the street, interview with Amnesty report author and eyewitness testimony. It wasn’t so long ago that the Prime Minister of Ethiopia was receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a conflict with Eritrea. Today Amnesty International released a report accusing both the […]

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Eritrea’s military is trafficking the nation’s children, report says

(Source: The Guardian, by Martin Plaut, First published on 04 December 2013) –  Senior military officers kidnap and hold to ransom youngsters, and many are sold on to human traffickers, according to report. Eritrean youths are being kidnapped by senior military officers, smuggled into Sudan and held to ransom, according to a report by Dutch […]

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Tigray conflict: Joint Statement by HR/VP Borrell and Commissioner Lenarčič on massacres in Axum

(Source: https://eeas.europa.eu/) Amnesty International issued a report today on atrocities that took place in Axum, Ethiopia, in November 2020. The report concludes that indiscriminate shelling and mass execution may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is another harrowing reminder of the violence that civilians in Tigray have been suffering since the onset […]

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Time is Running Out: Urgent Action Needed to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray

(Source: Refugees International, By Sarah Miller, David Del Conte, and Hardin Lang, 25 February 2021) – Introduction With the situation in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region at a dangerous turning point, the international community has yet to take decisive action. Diplomatic, humanitarian, and human rights groups have increasingly spoken out, urging the Ethiopian government to allow […]

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UK Parliament breifing paper on Ethiopia: the situation in Tigray

(Source: UK Parliament House of Commons Library, 25 February 2021) – The UK Government is calling for unfettered humanitarian access and an end to the violence in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. This Commons Library paper sets out the situation in Tigray and how the conflict developed. Months of tension between the new government of Abiy […]

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Tigray official slams damage by troops from ‘neighbouring’ country

(Source: Mail Online, 25 February 2021) – Troops from a “neighbouring country” destroyed factories and universities during the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state, an official with the region’s interim administration told state media Thursday in an apparent reference to Eritrea. Tigray has been the theatre of fighting since early November 2020, when Prime Minister […]

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Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights situation in Eritrea

(Source: UN Human Rights, Rapporteur Mr Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker) – 46rd Session of the Human Rights Council Update on Eritrea 24 February 2021 Esteemed Chair, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my honour to present my first oral update to the Council since taking up the role of Special Rapporteur last November 2020. In my update […]

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Eritrea denies backing Ethiopian border attacks against Sudan

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum, 25 FEBRUARY 2021) –    Eritrea distanced itself from the ongoing border tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia and called for an amicable solution to the dispute. Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab were in Khartoum on Wednesday. They handed over two messages from President Isaias Afwerki to […]

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National Protest Against the Ongoing War on Tigray on 02/25 – 02/27/2021

A call for national protest the ongoing war on Tigray starting from 2/25/2021 to 2/28/2021, in three different locations in Washington, DC. The Protest is being held to urge the United States and international community to act now to pressure the Ethiopian government to open unimpeded humanitarian corridors, restore communications, power, banking, healthcare, and other […]

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What happened in Sheraro during the first week of the war on Tigray, an eyewitness account

(Source: Tghat, 24 February 2021) –   Note: This is a translation of a recent account of events in Sheraro and environs, written in Tigrinya by an eyewitness who chose to remain unnamed. Translation was done by Tigisti (a PhD student in computer science). Beginning 4 November 2020, there were intense fights in the environs […]

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Dutch aid workers: The outside world needs to know what’s going on in Tigray

(Source: Tghat, 24 February 2021) – Note: this is a translation of an account of Dutch aid workers that has been published at Trouw, a Dutch daily newspaper. The aid workers were recently in Tigray and tell what they saw. It is still somewhat safe in the capital Mekele, says Hielke Zantema of the Dutch […]

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The Eritrean Army attack on the ancient Debre Damo Monastery

(Source: EEPA Situation Report) – According to a witness, Debre Damo Monastery was bombed by Eritrean soldiers on 11 January 2021. The soldiers fired heavy artillery from Sero, Bazet and an intersection road towards Feresmay town. “The upper part of the monastery was hit by more than 18 artiliers and in total 28 artiliers landed […]

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ፈራሕ አይታሐዝኻ

(ገጣሚ ዓለሙ, 18 ለካቲት 2013 ዓ/ም) –  ፈራሕ አይታዝኻ ነገር እኮ ኾይኑ ቓራናት ፈሪሖም ስቪል ላረሸኑ ዕጡቕ አብ ለይብሉ መፂኦም ፈረሐት ጠመንጃ ደጊኖም ክቐትሉ ስቪላት አፍታ ገዛ ውሽጢ አደይ ወድይ ነይሮም ነቲ ሐደ ወዳ ናደፈኡ አውፂኦም መንተ ማርያም ኢላ አደ እናነብዓት ወደይ ሕደጉለይ ቖልዓ እዩ በለት ፈራሕ አይታሐዝኻ እዩዋ ነገሩ ልቲ ሐደ ወዳ ጥይት ብግንባሩ […]

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Don’t let Covid-19 allow us to overlook genocide in Tigray, Myanmar and Xinjiang province of China

(Source: Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, 23 February 2021) –  While the global radar is, rightly, on humanity overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot stand by while human rights violations, and even genocidal actions, are perpetrated against certain peoples, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation stated today Tuesday, 23 February 2020. The people of […]

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Abiy Ahmed announces access to Tigray for seven international media organisations

(By Mekete Tigray UK, 24 February 2021) – After blocking access to the international media since the war in Tigray broke out on 4 November 2020, Abiy Ahmed has finally conceded to give access to Tigray for seven international media organisations including BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, AFP, New York Times, France 24 and Financial Times. […]

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The health crisis in Ethiopia’s war-ravaged Tigray

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Fisaha Tesfay, Hailay Gesesew, 24 February 2021) –  The fighting must stop to ease the suffering and allow the health system to recover. It is now over three months since the fightingbetween Tigray regional forces and the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) (along with Amahara Special forces, Amhara militia, and Eritrean […]

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EU envoy warns Ethiopia Tigray crisis ‘out of control’

(Source: EURACTIV.com with AFP) –    Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto warned Tuesday (23 February) that the crisis in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region appears “out of control”, after visiting the country on behalf of the EU. “You have come to the situation which is militarily and human rights-wise, humanitarian-wise very out of control,” Haavisto told […]

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800 Ethiopians killed in Tigray defending the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ in Axum

(Source: i24NEWS, 22 February 2021) – Christian holy city of Axum said to have witnessed massive fighting last autumn At least 800 people were killed in a battle in Ethiopia’s restive region of Tigray defending a church that local Christian tradition relates as holding the sacred Ark of the Covenant, the Sunday Times reported over […]

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Tigray: What happened when Eritrean troops captured the refugee camps of Shimelba

(Source: Eritrean Hub, EEPA, 24 Februray 2021) – According to a witness who was an Eritrean refugee in the Shimelba camp in Tigray Eritrean troops entered the camp on 17 November 2020 at 14:00 hours. In the previous days, from 15/11/2020 to 17/11/2020, people from the Hitsats refugee camp came to the Shimelba refugee camp. […]

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