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“It’s tragic and unprecedented to see the Ethiopian government, in collaboration with Eritrea, committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Tigray and parts of Oromia.” Merera Gudina

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AN OFC CHAIR MAN MERERA GUDINA TWEETED TODAY IN RECENT MINUTES ON THE TRAGIC WAR. THE WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINIST HUMANITY IN TIGRAY AND PARTS OF OROMIA AND CALL IC TO STOP THE WAR.

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Massacre in the mountains: Source CNN Investigation

By Bethlehem Feleke, Eliza Mackintosh, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Katie Polglase, CNN
Updated 6:32 PM EST, Fri February 26, 2021

Editor’s Note: (All of the witnesses to this massacre have been given pseudonyms at their request due to fears of retribution. )View this interactive content on CNN.comView this interactive content on CNN.com

Abraham began burying the bodies in the morning and didn’t stop until nightfall.

The corpses, some dressed in white church robes drenched in blood, were scattered in arid fields, scrubby farmlands and a dry riverbed. Others had been shot on their doorsteps with their hands bound with belts. Among the dead were priests, old men, women, entire families and a group of more than 20 Sunday school children, some as young as 14, according to eyewitnesses, parents and their teacher.

Abraham recognized some of the children immediately. They were from his town in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, Edaga Hamus, and had also fled fighting there two weeks earlier. As clashes raged, Abraham and his family, along with hundreds of other displaced people, escaped to Dengelat, a nearby village in a craggy valley ringed by steep, rust-colored cliffs. They sought shelter at Maryam Dengelat, a historic monastery complex famed for a centuries-old, rock-hewn church.View this interactive content on CNN.com

On November 30, they were joined by scores of religious pilgrims for the Orthodox festival of Tsion Maryam, an annual feast to mark the day Ethiopians believe the Ark of the Covenant was brought to the country from Jerusalem. The holy day was a welcome respite from weeks of violence, but it would not last.

A group of Eritrean soldiers opened fire on Maryam Dengelat church while hundreds of congregants were celebrating mass, eyewitnesses say. People tried to flee on foot, scrambling up cliff paths to neighboring villages. The troops followed, spraying the mountainside with bullets.

A CNN investigation drawing on interviews with 12 eyewitnesses, more than 20 relatives of the survivors and photographic evidence sheds light on what happened next.

The soldiers went door to door, dragging people from their homes. Mothers were forced to tie up their sons. A pregnant woman was shot, her husband killed. Some of the survivors hid under the bodies of the dead.

The mayhem continued for three days, with soldiers slaughtering local residents, displaced people and pilgrims. Finally, on December 2, the soldiers allowed informal burials to take place, but threatened to kill anyone they saw mourning. Abraham volunteered.View this interactive content on CNN.com

Under their watchful eyes, he held back tears as he sorted through the bodies of children and teenagers, collecting identity cards from pockets and making meticulous notes about their clothing or hairstyle. Some were completely unrecognizable, having been shot in the face, Abraham said.

Then he covered their bodies with earth and thorny tree branches, praying that they wouldn’t be washed away, or carried off by prowling hyenas and circling vultures. Finally he placed their shoes on top of the burial mounds, so he could return with their parents to identify them.

One was Yohannes Yosef, who was just 15.

“Their hands were tied … young children … we saw them everywhere. There was an elderly man who had been killed on the road, an 80-something-year-old man. And the young kids they killed on the street in the open. I’ve never seen a massacre like this and I don’t want to [again],” Abraham said.

“We only survived by the grace of God.”

Abraham said he buried more than 50 people that day, but estimates more than 100 died in the assault.

Yohannes Yosef, 15, was killed in the attack.

Yohannes Yosef, 15, was killed in the attack.

They’re among thousands of civilians believed to have been killed since November, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for resolving a long-running conflict with neighboring Eritrea, launched a major military operation against the political party that governs the Tigray region. He accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which ruled Ethiopia for nearly three decades before Abiy took office in 2018, of attacking a government military base and trying to steal weapons. The TPLF denies the claim.

The conflict is the culmination of escalating tensions between the two sides, and the most dire of several recent ethno-nationalist clashes in Africa’s second-most populous country.

After seizing control of Tigray’s main cities in late November, Abiy declared victory and maintained that no civilians were harmed in the offensive. Abiy has also denied that soldiers from Eritrea crossed into Tigray to support Ethiopian forces.View this interactive content on CNN.com

But the fighting has raged on in rural and mountainous areas where the TPLF and its armed supporters are reportedly hiding out, resisting Abiy’s drive to consolidate power. The violence has spilled over into local communities, catching civilians in the crossfire and triggering what the United Nations refugee agency has called the worst flight of refugees from the region in two decades.

The UN special adviser on genocide prevention said in early February that the organization had received multiple reports of “extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, looting, mass executions and impeded humanitarian access.”

Many of those abuses have been blamed on Eritrean soldiers, whose presence on the ground suggests that Abiy’s much-lauded peace deal with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki set the stage for the two sides to wage war against the TPLF — their mutual enemy.

The US State Department, in a statement to CNN, called for Eritrean forces to be “withdrawn from Tigray immediately,” citing credible reports of their involvement in “deeply troubling conduct.” In response to CNN’s findings, the spokesperson said “reports of a massacre at Maryam Dengelat are gravely concerning and demand an independent investigation.”

Ethiopia responded to CNN’s request for comment with a statement that did not directly address the attack in Dengelat. The government said it would “continue bringing all perpetrators to justice following thorough investigations into alleged crimes in the region,” but gave no details about those investigations.View this interactive content on CNN.com

CNN has reached out for comment to Eritrea, which has yet to respond. On Friday, the government vehemently denied its soldiers had committed atrocities during another massacre in Tigray reported by Amnesty International.

CNN has also reached out to TPLF for comment.

Still, the situation inside the country remains opaque. Ethiopia’s government has severely restricted access to journalists and prevented most aid from reaching areas beyond the government’s control, making it challenging to verify accounts from survivors. And an intermittent communications blackout during the fighting has effectively blocked the war from the world’s eyes.

Now that curtain is being pulled back, as witnesses fleeing parts of Tigray reach internet access and phone lines are restored. They detail a disastrous conflict that has given rise to ethnic violence, including attacks on churches and mosques.

For months, rumors spread of a grisly assault on an Orthodox church in Dengelat. A list of the dead began circulating on social media in early December, shared among the Tigrayan diaspora. Then photos of the deceased, including young children, started cropping up online.

Through a network of activists and relatives, CNN tracked down eyewitnesses to the attack. In countless phone calls — many disconnected and dropped — Abraham and others provided the most detailed account of the deadly massacre to date.View this interactive content on CNN.com

Eyewitnesses said that the festival started much as it had any other year. Footage of the celebrations from 2019 shows priests dressed in white ceremonial robes and crowns, carrying crosses aloft, leading hundreds of people in prayer at Maryam Dengelat church. The faithful sang, danced and ululated in unison.

As prayers concluded in the early hours of November 30, Abraham looked out from the hilltop where the church is perched to see troops arriving by foot, followed by more soldiers in trucks. At first, they were peaceful, he said. They were invited to eat, and rested under the shade of a tree grove.

But, as congregants were celebrating mass around midday, shelling and gunfire erupted, sending people fleeing up mountain paths and into nearby homes.

Desta, who helped with preparations for the festival, said he was at the church when troops arrived at the village entrance, blocking off the road and firing shots. He heard people screaming and fled, running up Ziqallay mountainside. From the rocky plateau he surveyed the chaos playing out below.

We could see people running here and there … [the soldiers] were killing everyone who was coming from the church,” Desta said.

Eight eyewitnesses said they could tell the troops were Eritrean, based on their uniforms and dialect. Some speculated that soldiers were meting out revenge by targeting young men, assuming they were members of the TPLF forces or allied local militias. But Abraham and others maintained there were no militia in Dengelat or the church.

Marta, who was visiting Dengelat for the holiday, says she left the church with her husband Biniam after morning prayers. As the newlyweds walked back to their relative’s home, a stream of people began sprinting up the hill, shouting that soldiers were rounding people up in the village.

Biniam, left, and Marta on their wedding day.

Biniam, left, and Marta on their wedding day.

She recalled the horrifying moment soldiers arrived at their house, shooting into the compound and calling out: “Come out, come out you b*tches.” Marta said they went outside holding their identity cards aloft, saying “we’re civilians.” But the troops opened fire anyway, hitting Biniam, his sister and several others.

“I was holding Bini, he wasn’t dead … I thought he was going to survive, but he died [in my arms].

The couple had just been married in October. Marta found out after the massacre that she was pregnant.

After the soldiers left, Marta, who said she was shot in the hand, helped drag the seven bodies inside, so that the hyenas wouldn’t eat them. “We slept near the bodies … and we couldn’t bury them because they [the soldiers] were still there,” she said.

(Clockwise from left) Isayas Asgedom, Isaaq Isayas Asgedom, Arsema Yemane, Biniam Yemane and Alemtsahay Asgedom were all killed at the house where Marta was staying. 

(Clockwise from left) Isayas Asgedom, Isaaq Isayas Asgedom, Arsema Yemane, Biniam Yemane and Alemtsahay Asgedom were all killed at the house where Marta was staying. 

Marta and other eyewitnesses described soldiers going house to house through Dengelat, dragging people outside, binding their hands or asking others to do so, and then shooting them.

Rahwa, who was part of the Sunday school group from Edaga Hamus and left Dengelat earlier than others, managing to escape being killed, said mothers were forced to tie up their sons.

“They were ordering their mothers to tie their sons’ hands. They were taking them barefoot and killing them in front of their mothers,” Rahwa said eyewitnesses told her.

Samuel, another eyewitness, said that he had eaten and drank with the soldiers before they came to his house, which is just behind the church, and killed his relatives. He said he survived by hiding underneath one of their bodies for hours.

“They started pushing the people out of their houses and they were killing all children, women and old men. After they killed them outside their houses, they were looting and taking all the property,” Samuel said.

As the violence raged, hundreds of people remained in the church hall. In a lull in the gunfire, priests advised those who could to go home, ushering them outside. Several of the priests were killed as they left the church, Abraham said.

With nowhere to run to, Abraham sheltered inside Maryam Dengelat, lying on the floor as artillery pounded the tin roof. “We lost hope and we decided to stay and die at the church. We didn’t try to run,” he said.

Two days later, the troops called parishioners down from the church to deal with the dead. Abraham said he and five other men spent the day burying bodies, including those from Marta’s household and the Sunday school children. But the troops forbid them from burying bodies at the church, in line with Orthodox tradition, and forced them to make mass graves instead — a practice that has been described elsewhere in Tigray.View this interactive content on CNN.com

Abraham shared photos and videos of the grave sites, which CNN geolocated to Dengelat with the help of satellite image analysis from several experts. The analysis was unable to conclusively identify individual graves, which witnesses said were shallow, but one expert said there were signs that parts of the landscape had changed.

The initial bloodshed was followed by a period of two tense weeks, Abraham said. Soldiers stayed in the area in several encampments, stealing cars, burning crops and killing livestock before eventually moving on.

Tedros, who was born in Dengelat and traveled there after the soldiers had left, said that the village smelled of death and that vultures were circling over the mountains, a sign that there may be more bodies left uncounted there.

“Some of them were also killed in the far fields while they were trying to escape and most of them were eaten by vultures before they got buried, it was horrible. [The soldiers] tied them and killed them in front of their doors, and they shot them in the head just to save bullets,” he said.

Tedros visited the burial grounds described by eyewitnesses and said he saw cracks in the church walls where artillery hit. In interviews with villagers and family members, he compiled a death toll of more than 70 people.

The families hope that the names of their loved ones, which Tedros, Abraham and others risked their lives to record, will eventually be read out at a traditional funeral ceremony at the Maryam Dengelat church — rare closure in an ongoing conflict.

Three months after the massacre, the graves in Dengelat are a daily reminder of the bloodshed for the survivors who remain in the village. But it has not yet been safe enough to reinter the bodies of those who died, and that reality is weighing on them.Edited by Nick Thompson. Editorial supervised by Dan Wright. Design and visual editing by Peter Robertson, Henrik Pettersson, Brett Roegiers, Sarah Tilotta, Temujin Doran and Lauren Cook.

CNN’s Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report from Washington, DC.View on CNN


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Before ETH becomes a failed State owing to the current #CrisisInEthiopia, release political prisoners & carry out #NationalDialogueNow@simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Oromia, Tigrai, Metekl, Konso & other parts of ETH are bleeding as we speak. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Keeping Oromo political leaders in jail & continuing the war in Tigrai will only exacerbate the #CrisisInEthiopia @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Oromo Protests denounces the war in Tigrai & believes all inclusive #NationalDialogueNow is a way out from #CrisisInEthiopia @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The collateral damage of #CrisisInEthiopia already becomes unbearable. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The root cause of Ethiopia’s current crisis lies in the PM’s refusal to resolve problems through #NationaldialogueNow. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Ethiopia’s transition to a war zone poses a serious security threat to the Horn of Africa and the world. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

I wonder why the ruling party, which is not afraid to wage a devastating war, is afraid of peaceful negotiations. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Rejecting #NationalDialogue is to reject and hinder the transition to democracy. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

As #OromoProtests continues, we demand the removal of the illegal restrictions unconditionally on Oromo activists and citizens bank accounts. We demand a #NationalDialogueNow. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Abiy started war on the #Oromo people by killing Hacaalu Hundessa and then attempted to “eliminate” nonviolent, unarmed Oromo opposition leaders. Abiy & Co has now continued that war in Tigray. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests


Why did the government refuse the UN demand for independent investigation on the violences that were occured since June? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests


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During the past five months although many people have lost their lives, the government is keep saying that it was committed by unknown body. Who are these unknown body? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Everyone except for the one who committed the crime is asking for independent investigations for all the violence that occurred in different parts of the country. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

More than 500 people lost their lives since June. But the government couldn’t give concrete evidence on the incidents. Why? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Except providing press releases, the government didn’t make a comprehensive report on non of the violences occurred yet. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The government couldn’t reveal the sources of the violences by conducting deep investigation. So, we need an independent investigation now. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The Ethiopian regime fails to protect its citizens from attack — rather it is actively committing extrajudicial killings! @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Why does the government neglect its citizens lives and refuse independent investigations into all the violence? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

If the attacks are not state-sponsored, the government should allow independent investigation by the UN. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Why is the Ethiopian government afraid of independent investigation? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The so-called government is not willing to investigate the incidents and bring the culprits to justice. We demand independent investigation @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

For our people to co-exist like they used to, the hands behind the massacres need to face justice. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Unless a thorough independent investigation is launched, we will face a civil war. The narrative that propagates from the palace is damaging! @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The only way to avoid collateral damage is to let independent investigators take over the case. We don’t have confidence in our security apparatus! @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice…

A lot of political killings and massacres are left unsolved . But this incidents are affecting the lives of millions. That’s why we demand independent investigation@simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC…

Contradicting statements and briefings from govt authorities showed us how much the govt itself is involved . The incidents needs to be investigated by a body everyone trusts. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Govt officials are giving totally different and contradicting briefings. The only thing the briefings got in common is that “ people got killed” . @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

When Shahemene mayor asks the head of Oromia regional state what to do to protect civilians the answer he got was “go home and sleep” @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The military was ordered to leave the area, and right after that more than 200 civilians were massacred in the town of Guliso. Who ordered the military to leave? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

It has been more than a year now since High-profile individuals including the army chief of staff were assassinated. No one is held accountable, none is sentenced @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Who killed Hachalu Hundesa? And who coordinated the attacks afterward on civilians? We need an answer! @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

In the last few months, hundreds of civilians were massacred In cold blood. Are we receiving state-sponsored shock therapy? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The ruling party locks up every prominent opposition leaders by accusing them of the killings of civilians. But civilians are still being killed? Who is responsible now? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

A few months ago officials of the ruling party told us that rebel groups have been demolished. So who is responsible now? Who is the scapegoat this time around? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Just last week an official of the ruling party admitted to Ap journalist that a young kid was killed by security forces by mistake. But we haven’t seen anyone getting arrested for it. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

5 University students, were killed in Nekemte, Ethiopia last week. They were accused of being members of a terrorist group. But no evidence was provided @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

More than 50 people were killed in Guraferda, Ethiopia. who killed them? why did the gov’t fail to protect them? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

More than #300LivesIn3Months were lost due to excessive use of force by security forces. This needs a proper investigation. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Since the so-called reform regional state heads, army chief of staff, countless citizens were killed. And no viable explanation was given. Who is responsible? @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Ethiopian gov’t loves to blame everything on rebel groups. It is time to take responsibility for Failing to protect citizens or killing citizens. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice…

You can’t have a free, fair, and competitive election having put major political rivals behind bars on trumped-up charges! @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Ethnonational identity makes a group of people unique. Yet tyranny is a choice of oppressing people w/ these identities @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Project seed of @UNDP is doomed to fail. Election without options is no election. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Funding the making of authoritarianism in the name of elections @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Funding authoritarians show of election at the cost of a reform brought by the more than 5k lives @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

You can’t hold an election where every prominent opposition is in jail. Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision to make but options should be open for them to elect and to decide. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The pre-electoral process is Vita to make the end result of the election fair. But the pre-electoral process is biased and not inclusive, according to major opposition leaders. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a govt which represents them will not go until a govt they elect comes to power. To end the struggle in ETH ‘no option election’ is not the way to go. #FAC #OromoProtests

Financing National Electoral Board of Ethiopian (NEBE) while the pre-electoral process remain problematic is considered as showing solidarity for unfair election. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, once officially said that he was directly calling to the chairperson of NEBE to influence the postponement of the 6th national election. The implication is clear! @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #OromoProtests

The ruling party is involved on the decision of NEBE though the board should remain independent. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a govt which represents them will not go until a govt they elect comes to power. To end the struggle in ETH ‘no option election’ is not the way to go. @2021PortugalEU #FAC #OromoProtests

You can’t hold an election where every prominent opposition is in jail. Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision to make but options should be open for them to elect and to decide. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian…

The Ethiopian gov’t has inflicted humanitarian disaster to 4.5 million Tigrayans by declaring war on Tigray. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Since the war is declared on Tigray, innocent civilians are massacred, denied access to Food, and raped by a group of soldiers. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

For over 100 days, communication is halted, banks are closed, roads are blocked, and humanitarian assistance can’t be delivered for Tigray people. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice…

The Ethiopian government is using starvation as a weapon to punish the Tigray people. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Within the past two months, at least 200 girls, who are under the age of 18, were raped in Tigray. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

EU should cut financial support if the ETH gov’t won’t allow independent investigation, humanitarian access for Tigray, and release all Oromo political prisoners. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC…

Financing the Ethiopian government now is the same as financing the war on Tigray and Oromia. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

After the war on Tigray is declared, soldiers are using sexual assault as a weapon. Tigray women are suffering. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

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Having more than 80 ethnic groups is the beauty of Ethiopia. The bad news is everyone of them is stifled by the tyrant govt in the name of law. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Since the war waged on Tigray, the people have experienced massive looting and indiscriminate killing. And women got raped & properties & historical sites destructed. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC…

Because of the war on Tigray, more than 60,000 Tigrayans fled to Sudan, 2.5 million people internally displeased, and 4.5 million Tigrayans starved. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice…

Prominent Oromo political prisoners are on a hunger strike for the past 25 days & their health condition is deteriorating. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

The court has ordered the Kaliti prison administrators to allow access to health facilities for Oromo political prisoners. Yet, the prison administrators declined the court order fifth times. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian…

It has been 25 days since Jawar, Bekele, Hamza & et al. went on a hunger strike. They will continue the hunger strike until their demands are answered. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice…

Oromo political prisoners are #StarvingForJustice . The ETH government should meet their demands immediately. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian @JosepBorrellF #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Oromo political prisoners have been on a hunger strike for 25 consecutive days now. They all are critically ill but denied medical attention. If anything happens to them, the blame is on the ETH government. #FAC #OromoProtests

Meseret Dhaba, who is a TV producer/Journalist, was arrested 11 days ago. Yet, she didn’t appear before a court until now. Meseret is sick now, but she couldn’t access medical treatment. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU @Ulkoministerio @GermanyDiplo @JY_LeDrian…

During the Jimma University graduation ceremony, Mohammed Deksiso demanded justice for Hachalu & the release of all Oromo political prisoners. Then he was picked up by the ETH security forces, detained & tortured. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC…

Oromo political leaders are in imminent danger of dying owing to a hunger strike for the last 25 days. The government now denied them any medical help, which will exacerbate their health condition. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

We urge all the EU members to pressure the Abiy Ahmed administration into meeting the demands of the hunger strikers.They are #StarvingForJustice for the past 25 days. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Almost all political prisoners in Ethiopia are Oromo. It is systematic oppression. To denounce this injustice, the prisoners are on a hunger strike for the past 25 days. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Kaliti prison administrators denied medical attention to Oromo political prisoners. Their pretext is an order from the “above body.” In ETH, the order of the unknown body substitutes the rule of law. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

In Ethiopia, the rule of tyranny replaces the rule of law. So, Oromo political prisoners went on a hunger strike for the past 25 days to protest the rule of tyranny. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Holding an election without OLF and OFC’s participation in Oromia is the same as having no election. And the government already systematically push both parties to withdraw from the election. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

With all Oromo political leaders and candidates in prison, conducting an election is murder to democracy. @simoncoveney @Haavisto @2021PortugalEU #FAC #StarvingForJustice #OromoProtests

Free & fair election is impossible since all Oromo opposition candidates are in prison.

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Calling international criminal court must issue Warrant of Arrest for  the  Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia and Eritrea president Isaias Afwerki Alleged and Amhara Militant ring leaders for committing crimes 

Please sign petition calling international criminal court must issue Warrant of Arrest for  the  Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali Of Ethiopia and Eritrea president Isaias Afwerki Alleged and Amhara Militant ring leaders for committing crimes 

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Crimes Against Humanity ethnic cleansing and genocide committed this crimes Under the direction administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali , Ethiopian Federal defence forces  and President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki , as International media reported Eritrea involvements ( https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/08/diplomats-back-claims-eritrean-troops-have-joined-ethiopia-conflict


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carried out numerous unlawful attacks, including aerial bombing and artillery weapons used against civilians populated cities in Tigray followed by systematic acts of pillage, on towns and villages, mainly inhabited by civilians belonging to the Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz groups;

subjected thousands of civilians – belonging primarily to the  Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz , Welayta groups; subjected
– to acts of murder, as well as to acts of extermination;
subjected thousands of civilian women – belonging primarily to the said groups – to acts of rape;
subjected hundreds of thousands of civilians – belonging primarily to the said groups – to acts of forcible transfer;
subjected civilians – belonging primarily to the said groups – to acts of torture; and
contamined the wells and water pumps of the towns and villages primarily inhabited by members of the Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz , Welayta
Ethiopia military groups attacked; and encouraged members of other Amhara ethnic group which were allied with the Ethiopia Defence Force to resettle in the villages and lands previously mainly inhabited by Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz , Welayta ethnic
groups.
It’s apparent that is resulting thousands of civilians deaths of Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz , Welayta People’s and displaced millions of Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz , Welayta People’s where Abiy Ahmed Ali government refused international humanitarian assistance and closed Internet electricity and media to this war turned regions


Rights groups have been concerned that an assault on the cities could lead to significant civilian casualties.


Prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali , as the de jure and de facto Prime Minister of the federal State of Ethiopia and Commander-in-Chief of the Ethiopia defence Armed Forces and the President of Eritrea  Isaias Afwerki with the Amhara militants armed groups at all times played a role that went beyond coordinating the implementation of the said EDF , Eritrea military forces and the Amhara militants group’s counter- Military campaigns operations against Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz , Welayta
Military campaign;
Is in full control of all branches of the “apparatus” of the Ethiopia defence forces including the Ethiopia regional Armed Forces and their allied Amhara militants the Regional Liyu Police Forces, the Federal Regional intelligence
used such control to secure the implementation of the said EDF ethnic cleansing counter-I military invasions campaign against Tigray  and Oromo Benishangul-Gumuz , Welayta People’s

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JUSTICE FOR HACHALU BY MOHAMMAD DEKSIS

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HIRIIRA GUDDICHA OROMIYAA, SANBATA XIQQAA 13/2021

Hiriira Guddichaa Oromiyaa

Qabsaa’oonni Haqaa oromoo diddaa lagannaa nyaataa erga eegalanii har’a Guyyaa 16ffaa isaanii ti. Sochiin Qeerroo bifa qindaawaa ta’een kan adeemsifamaa jiru yoo ta’e sarbama mirga dhala namaa mootummaan abbaa irree Abiy kan aangoo akka harma haadha isaatti jaallatuu fi hidhatoota isaatiin adeemsifamaa daraan dabalaa dhufuu fi duguuggaan sanyii oromoo fi saba fi sablammii biyya sanaa irratti raawwatu baay’achuun hidhamtootni siyaasa oromoo diddaa irra kan jiranii fi uummaanni oromoos uffaanna keelloo uffachuudhaan birmaannaa fi jaalala hooggantoota isaatiif qabu agarsiisa turanis gama mootummaatiin deebiin kennamu hiidhaa fi hiraarsaa akkasumas ajjeechaa suukkanneessaa diinni illee oromoo irratti raawwatee hin beeknee ta’aa waan dhufeef sochiin fincila baratootaa Ambo fi Dirree dawwaa irra dhowuudhaan guutummaa oromiyaa fudhatee jira. Bifuma wal fakkatuun hiriirri guddichi oromiyaa sanbata xiqqaa gaafa guyyaa 13/2021 kan adeemsifamuu ta’uu miidiyaa fi sabaa himaaleen oromoo akkasumaas toora midiyaa haawwasummaatiin namootni ergaa waliif hiraa kan jiran yoo ta’uu hiriira biyyaa alaa keessatti ardilee Ameerika fi Awurooppaa keessatti bifa qindaawaa ta’een adeemsifamaa jira. Namoonni beekamooni, xinxaltootni yaada isaanii addis standardiif ibsan akka jedhanitti gagga’amnii fi dhiittaan mirga dhala namaa haamaan mootummaa Abiy taasifaamuu mala jechuun ibsanii jiru. Oduun keessaa lootee baate immoo mootummaan Abiy loltoota kumaatamaan lakkaawamaan ramaduudhaan Ambo to’aachuuf kaleessa irraa kaasee hojjechaan kan ture fi sanbata xiqqaa gaafa 13/2021 immoo addunyaa goowwomsuudhaaf tooftaa karaa ariifata isiniif hojjenna jedhuun dhagaa bu’uura Ambotti kaawuuf akka adeemu odeeffannee jira.

Hirirri guddichi fuuldura kana adeemu kun hidhamtootni siyaasa hiikamaanii filmaanni bilisaa biyyaa sana keessatti akka geggeeffamuuf dhiibbaa uumuu mala jedhamee kan yaadamee ta’ee oromiyaa biyya walaabaa taasisuudhaan galma kan gahu ta’ee karoora yeroo dheeraa qabatee kan hojjetama jiru ta’uu rogeeyyiin oromoo ni dubbatu. Sodaa irraa kan ka’ee mootummaan kun jibbiinsa daangaa hin qabne kan uummata oromoof qabu argiisiisuu danda’a jedhanii kanneen tilmaamanis hedduu dha.

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Ajjeechaan Artiistii fi falmaa mirga dhala namaa Hacaaluu hundeessaa qaama walaba ta’een akka qoratamuuf kanneen jedhaan gaaffii hiriirtootaa isa ijoo ta’aas jedhameera.

Waxabajji bara 2020 Artiiamstii Hacaaluu Hundeessaa mootummaa Abiy ajjeefanuun ni yaadatama

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HIRIIRA GUDDICHA OROMIYAA, SANBATA XIQQAA 13/2021

Hiriira Guddichaa Oromiyaa

Qabsaa’oonni Haqaa oromoo diddaa lagannaa nyaataa erga eegalanii har’a Guyyaa 16ffaa isaanii ti. Sochiin Qeerroo bifa qindaawaa ta’een kan adeemsifamaa jiru yoo ta’e sarbama mirga dhala namaa mootummaan abbaa irree Abiy kan aangoo akka harma haadha isaatti jaallatuu fi hidhatoota isaatiin adeemsifamaa daraan dabalaa dhufuu fi duguuggaan sanyii oromoo fi saba fi sablammii biyya sanaa irratti raawwatu baay’achuun hidhamtootni siyaasa oromoo diddaa irra kan jiranii fi uummaanni oromoos uffaanna keelloo uffachuudhaan birmaannaa fi jaalala hooggantoota isaatiif qabu agarsiisa turanis gama mootummaatiin deebiin kennamu hiidhaa fi hiraarsaa akkasumas ajjeechaa suukkanneessaa diinni illee oromoo irratti raawwatee hin beeknee ta’aa waan dhufeef sochiin fincila baratootaa Ambo fi Dirree dawwaa irra dhowuudhaan guutummaa oromiyaa fudhatee jira. Bifuma wal fakkatuun hiriirri guddichi oromiyaa sanbata xiqqaa gaafa guyyaa 13/2021 kan adeemsifamuu ta’uu miidiyaa fi sabaa himaaleen oromoo akkasumaas toora midiyaa haawwasummaatiin namootni ergaa waliif hiraa kan jiran yoo ta’uu hiriira biyyaa alaa keessatti ardilee Ameerika fi Awurooppaa keessatti bifa qindaawaa ta’een adeemsifamaa jira. Namoonni beekamooni, xinxaltootni yaada isaanii addis standardiif ibsan akka jedhanitti gagga’amnii fi dhiittaan mirga dhala namaa haamaan mootummaa Abiy taasifaamuu mala jechuun ibsanii jiru. Oduun keessaa lootee baate immoo mootummaan Abiy loltoota kumaatamaan lakkaawamaan ramaduudhaan Ambo to’aachuuf kaleessa irraa kaasee hojjechaan kan ture fi sanbata xiqqaa gaafa 13/2021 immoo addunyaa goowwomsuudhaaf tooftaa karaa ariifata isiniif hojjenna jedhuun dhagaa bu’uura Ambotti kaawuuf akka adeemu odeeffannee jira.

Hirirri guddichi fuuldura kana adeemu kun hidhamtootni siyaasa hiikamaanii filmaanni bilisaa biyyaa sana keessatti akka geggeeffamuuf dhiibbaa uumuu mala jedhamee kan yaadamee ta’ee oromiyaa biyya walaabaa taasisuudhaan galma kan gahu ta’ee karoora yeroo dheeraa qabatee kan hojjetama jiru ta’uu rogeeyyiin oromoo ni dubbatu. Sodaa irraa kan ka’ee mootummaan kun jibbiinsa daangaa hin qabne kan uummata oromoof qabu argiisiisuu danda’a jedhanii kanneen tilmaamanis hedduu dha.

Justice4hachalu

Ajjeechaan Artiistii fi falmaa mirga dhala namaa Hacaaluu hundeessaa qaama walaba ta’een akka qoratamuuf kanneen jedhaan gaaffii hiriirtootaa isa ijoo ta’aas jedhameera.

Waxabajji bara 2020 Artiiamstii Hacaaluu Hundeessaa mootummaa Abiy ajjeefanuun ni yaadatama

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A press release given by Oromo Federal Congress – Ofco (Oromo Federalist Congress – OFC) |

It is important that the political platform is expanding for both our political and free, fair and democratic election!

Oromo Federalist Congress - OFC
Oromo federalist congress

An organization that believes in peace and negotiation and negotiation starting from the establishment is important to discuss, discuss and discuss and negotiate. It is known that we have been working aimlessly with free, justice and democratic election. According to this, our members have sacrificed a lot of interference in the government led by EPRDF for years. A crime of OPICO leaders, members and supporters of murder, torture, torture, displacement and displacement have been committed. Still today, members and supporters of Opico who are still standing for the right and freedom of their people are suffering from false and fake crimes in the country, different police camps, special force camps, organization offices, regular prisoners and education. They are available.

On the other hand, the political parties that we found in the form of the federalism has started to put out the constitution and identity of the current Ethiopian problems. Political question of ethnicity is being asked before TPLF was created and there are many organizations that have done their work with TPLF. We say these right forces should be high early.

As Oromo Federal Congress’s goal is to make the democratic right to be respected based on the people’s interest and democratic election only. Yet, push the right forces who oppose the federalism based on the constitution and the constitution! When they say, those who control the government’s efforts will be seen moving to the federal government’s dispute. Ovico will notice that this is a dangerous move.

Today’s ethnic-based conflict that is happening in different parts of our country, has been concerned that the political challenges of the peaceful struggle will hurt our country and our people, and OPICO’s political problems will be solved by the nationalism. Both the government and the ruling party are not listening to us. What is more surprising is that the government, the ruling party has released the sixth general election board for three years from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch and Bishoftu. It is known that the five round elections that are said to be held are free, fair and non-believers and international parties, Ethiopian people and international observers have not given recognition. It seems innocent to expect that the coming election of the government and its followers will be free, fair and trustworthy.

Therefore, even if the Oromo Federal Congress (Opico) asks for negotiation and negotiation to transfer the following questions and solutions to our country’s complex problems and democratic system, we will present the following questions and ideas.

  1. The FDRE government has opened the members, supporters and other political parties that were suspected of the constitution and the constitution, and the government has opened them by their political positions. We ask you to get comfortable with situations to start work. We would like to inform all Ethiopian people and the people who are imprisoned, opposing the election, competing and following the election will be very difficult for all Ethiopian people and their concern.
  2. We urge the government and the ruling party to make the people free from political parties and democratic and human rights.
  3. Government-run media masses are reflecting only the needs of the ruling party. Some media that say they are personal related to government, and the government should take force steps to destroy ethnic groups based on ethnicity, ethnicity! Push him out! They rock the single song. This kind of way does not benefit our country. Therefore, we ask all the media to provide information to Ethiopians with great respect to the society to work hard and fulfill their responsibilities.
  4. Laws are made to ensure the security of the citizens and the country, but in a country where laws are not respected, peace, development and prosperity are not considered. Out of the constitution, illegal killings, imprisonment, displacement, threats are happening to citizens. Police arrest the citizen who ordered the court to release by unknown order. Government officials who committed crime on the cover of government are not brought to justice. Even though they are close they are very few. So we call on court, criminal investigators to free themselves from any party or group of parties and democrats to help build good governance and democracy.
  5. Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, we urge you to do your role in transferring different parts of the country.
  6. We are at a critical time where we can make a successful democratic transition of our country’s political forces. We ask the government, the ruling party and the Ethiopian National Electoral Board to stop the election that will be acceptable to the people and stop their politics.

We have been unable to train our politics for the past five years and the conflict we want to move from one crisis to another transition. And it’s being seen out. We have been in a difficult situation to understand our history for the past three years of national agreement, Aba Geda and the elders of the country. We are seeing the profit and loss with the Ethiopian people. For the last three years, we are trying to make a peaceful, free and fair election to bring a democratic system that has been planned for the past three years. Therefore, all Ethiopian political forces and Ethiopian people who organized the rights and freedom of our country should not be stupid.

There is no option for a successful democratic transition!

Oromo Federal Congress (OFC)
Finfine, December 30/2013

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AAU Holds 70th Round Students’ Commencement of Graduation but Obsa Abdisa and other oromo students are the candidates not graduated only because of they are Oromo

December 26, 2020   

Addis Ababa University (AAU) graduates 4,087 students, who are able to conclude their courses in different fields of study, returned from COVID-19 break, on Saturday, 26th December 2020.

According to the information from the Registrar, 804 students (including specializations) in Postgraduate and 3,283 candidates in Undergraduate programs will graduate, of which (35.53%) are women.

It is known that the University graduated 5,742 students with virtually held commencement on 25th July 2020. Hence, AAU’s 2019/20 graduates’ total is more than 10,000.

The University congrats all graduates, families, and academic staff. Obsa Abdisa and other oromo student were supposed to be among these graduates. But unfortunately the Ethiopian government  denied them to be graduated with their batch, they are still in custody. The university never mentioned and stand for justice in protecting the right of it’s student.

Obsa Abdisa is an oromo and political Science student at AAU and one of the graduate candidate of 2020 but now he is prision only because of he is oromo
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The Sudanese army controls new lands and expectations of a confrontation with Ethiopia

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December 26, 2020

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Sudanese military sources said, in the early hours of Friday morning, that the Sudanese army had taken control of all its territory in the Al-Fashaqa area, adjacent to the Ethiopian border town of Abd al-Rafia.

The sources confirmed to “Al Sharq News”, that the Ethiopian border town of Abd al-Rafi`, which has an Amharic majority, “has become almost empty of residents.”

In the context, military sources told the “Sudan Tribune” newspaper that units of the Sudanese army gathered east of the “Wad Arad” area, while the armed Ethiopian militias and other forces pushed military reinforcements, troop carriers and artillery west of the “Abd al-Rafia” area adjacent to the common border.

She added, “Ethiopian forces separate from the Sudanese army only about 3 kilometers.”

The sources pointed out that “the field military situation warns of a possible confrontation after the Sudanese army responded on Wednesday to the attacks of the militias supported by the Ethiopian army that targeted Mount Abu Birds and forced them to flee.”

The border areas between Ethiopia and Sudan are witnessing confrontations between the Sudanese army and Ethiopian armed groups, who have seized areas over which Khartoum maintains its sovereignty.

Military disputes arose between the two sides after Sudanese army elements were ambushed by the Ethiopian forces and militias, while they were returning from “combing the area around Mount Abutiour inside Sudanese territory,” which resulted in “loss of life and equipment

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At least 207 killed in massacre in western Ethiopia after Abiy visit

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Witnesses report knife and gun attacks and children shot by armed men after PM warning over continuing ethnic conflicts More than 207 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, in Metekel Zone the place where mostly Oromo were e living the latest massacre along ethnic lines in the country. Witnesses and officials said that at least 207 people were killed in the attack early on Wednesday in the Metekel zone.

The attack occurred a day after the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, visited the region and spoke about the need to bring to justice those responsible for the recent attacks.
The attacks are separate from the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region where Ethiopian forces and allied regional forces began fighting Tigray regional forces early November.
If Ethiopia descends into chaos, it could take the Horn of Africa with it
Federal troops deployed in other regions of Africa’s second-most populous nation were deployed to fight in that conflict, raising fears of a security vacuum.
Even before the Tigray war erupted last month, Abiy’s government had been grappling with rising insecurity in many parts of the country. Violence between groups fighting over land and other resources has forced many hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes following Abiy taking office in 2018, according to UN estimates.

Ethnic tensions are a big challenge as Abiy tries to promote national unity in a country with more than 80 ethnic groups.
Belay Wajera, a farmer in the western town of Bulen, told Reuters he counted 82 bodies in a field near his home after the dawn attack on Wednesday. He and his family awoke to the sound of gunshots and ran out of their home as men shouted “catch them”, he said. His wife and five of his children were shot dead; he was shot in the buttocks, while four other children escaped and are now missing.
Another resident of the town, Hassen Yimama, said armed men stormed the area at about 6am (0300 GMT). He told Reuters that he counted 20 bodies in a different location. He grabbed his own weapon but assailants shot him in the stomach.
A local medic said he and colleagues had treated 38 injured people, most suffering from gunshot wounds. Patients had told him of relatives killed with knives, and gunmen who set houses on fire and shot at people trying to escape, he said.
“We weren’t prepared for this and we are out of medicine,” a nurse at the same facility told Reuters, adding that a five-year-old child had died while being transferred to the clinic.
‘Slaughtered like chickens’: Eritrea heavily involved in Tigray conflict, say eyewitnesses
The attack came the day after the prime minister and the military’s chief of staff, Birhanu Jula, and other senior federal officials, visited the region to urge calm after a number of deadly incidents between rival ethnic groups in recent months. The most recent previous attack in the area was on 14 November, when gunmen targeted a bus and killed 34 Oromo people.

“The desire by enemies to divide Ethiopia along ethnic and religious lines still exists. This desire will remain unfulfilled,” Abiy tweeted on Tuesday along with photographs of his meetings that day in the town of Metekel. But this all dividing is the product of his failure leadership as many of the residents testify. They fear for existance of there life in Abiy primiership. Yet He said residents voiced a wish for peace and that the sentiment “outweighs any divisive agenda”.
Today The prime minister Abiy tweet that ” The massacre of civilians in Benishangul Gumuz is a tragedy. I am deeply saddened by the inhumane treatment of our people. Our efforts to solve the problem in various ways have not yielded the desired results.
The goal of our enemies is to disperse the powerful forces we wield against Junta. This will not work. The government has taken the necessary steps to address the root causes.
I urge all of us to work as hard as we can to achieve the desired results.”

Finally all political leaders and opposite and rebelious bodies must come into table and all inclusive dialogue must be held at all level for the sake of peace and security of the people and to solve the problem from his root.

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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is deeply saddened to confirm the death of three colleagues in Tigray Region, Ethiopia.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is deeply saddened to confirm the death of three colleagues in Tigray Region, Ethiopia last month. DRC’s humanitarian workers are at the forefront of the humanitarian imperative to provide assistance to those in need, and these colleagues – who worked as guards in one of our project sites – were an integral part of DRC’s work in Ethiopia. Sadly, due to the lack of communications and ongoing insecurity in the region, it has not yet been possible to reach their families. We will continue all efforts to reach them and ensure that they receive support.

The safety and security of our humanitarian workers is a top priority for DRC, and we are doing all we can to keep them safe in the current challenging circumstances. Our staff serve critical functions to deliver support to vulnerable populations in need. DRC urges all parties to respect international humanitarian law, including the protection of both civilians and humanitarian aid workers. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected.

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US believes in reports of involvement of Eritrean troops in Tigray conflict

The United States has said it believes reports of Eritrean military involvement in the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are “credible.”

A spokesperson for the US State Department further called on any Eritrean soldiers there to pull out.

“We are aware of credible reports of Eritrean military involvement in Tigray and view this as a grave development. We urge that any such troops be withdrawn immediately,” the spokesperson said.

The State Department spokesperson also noted reports of human rights abuses in Tigray.

“We are also aware of reports of human rights violations and abuses in the region. All parties must respect human rights and international humanitarian law,” the spokesperson said.

“We and other international partners continue to urge an independent investigation of the reports and accountability for those found responsible.”

Ethiopia has denied Eritrea entered the conflict, though Abiy did say last week that some government troops retreated into Eritrea early in the conflict and were given assistance. Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has called claims it entered the conflict “propaganda.”

The US government believing Eritrean soldiers had crossed into Ethiopian territory, according to Reuters, is effectively helping Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government battle a rebellious northern force.

Abiy won a Nobel Peace Prize last year for making peace with Eritrea, but the presence of Eritrean troops on Ethiopian soil would alarm Western allies and risk further inflaming the conflict.

Eritrea has for years faced accusations of large scale rights abuses, including jailing opponents and forcing citizens into lengthy military or government service. It accuses Western powers of smear campaigns and luring Eritreans abroad, which they deny.

Ethiopia hosts the African Union, its security services work with Western allies, and its troops serve in peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Somalia.

Abiy and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace pact ending two decades of hostilities in 2018 and now regard the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as a mutual foe.

Reuters, citing diplomatic sources, reported on Tuesday that Eritrean troops were believed to have entered Ethiopia in mid-November through three northern border towns: Zalambessa, Rama and Badme

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Stories of separation and violence as more Ethiopians reach Sudan

The number of refugees arriving into Sudan from Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region has increased from about 400 a day to more than 800.

It has been 26 days since the middle-aged woman from Humera, a city in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, lost contact with her husband and children.

She is among the tens of thousands of Ethiopian refugees to have crossed the border into Sudan in recent weeks to flee the fighting that broke out early last month between federal government troops and Tigrayan rebels.

Sitting inside a tarpaulin tent at a border refugee camp, she is checking again with the Sudanese Red Crescent Office for new information. Not ready to give up, she says she prefers to stay in the area, hoping that her loved ones might show up here at any moment. Such stories of separation or of refugees not being able to reach family members are common here. The Sudanese Red Crescent, working in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross, is trying to help. “We started a programme called ‘family reunification’,” says Hudhaifa Mohamed Saleh, of the Sudanese Red Crescent. “At the beginning, we allow them to call their family members for free. If that doesn’t work, we send short messages via our partner agencies in Ethiopia. So far we have conducted 2,500 phone calls and sent 86 messages. Seventy percent of the phone calls lead to good results. Over the past few days, the number of refugees arriving into Sudan has increased from about 400 a day to more than 800, according to the United Nations. Part of the increase is due to a new round of fighting that has been reported between the Ethiopian army and rebel forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the area of Shire west of the regional capital, Mekelle. “There is a lot of fear,” says Andrew Mbogori, emergency coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “There [are] a lot of communal conflicts inside Tigray and they found it easier or safer to come to Sudan.” Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall, reporting from Um Rakuba refugee camp, said there was a flurry of construction of activity at the settlement.

“The place is expanding,” he noted. “The feeling is that this situation is going to take a lot of time before being resolved; people are saying they can’t go home to Ethiopia until they see a political settlement, until they make sure that the area of Tigray is under the authority of a locally elected government.”

In the early hours of November 4, the central government in Addis Ababa launched an offensive on Tigray to capture its leaders after what it described as a surprise attack by TPLF forces on army troops stationed in the region.

More than a month of fighting is believed to have killed thousands of people, displaced more than one million and driven some 47,000 others into Sudan.null

A week after seizing Mekelle, the government says the conflict is nearing its final stages and that it is close to capturing the TPLF’s leaders. The TPLF, however, says there is still fighting outside the regional capital.https://players.brightcove.net/665003303001/A3nzcwywTg_default/index.html?videoId=6214348949001&playsinline=true

Reporting from near the border, Vall said refugees coming from Ethiopia are reporting instances of looting, as well as witnessing “two rounds of violence: the first being the military coming in to chase the rebels [away], and the second [being] members of local militia, particularly Amhara militia called Fano, who come after the defeat of the rebels to loot inside the homes and expel civilians from their places”.

Shimei Abra Adiko, an Ethiopian refugee in Sudan, said: “The militia said they would kill us because we are from Tigray. They told us, ‘You have 24 hours to leave’, and they began to loot our animals and property.”

The TPLF has also accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s forces of looting in Mekelle.null

“[They are] looting civilian properties, hotels and damaging factories after looting,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda told a TPLF-owned TV station.

The government has previously denied targeting or discriminating against ethnic Tigrayans, insisting its operations “target primarily the disgruntled, reactionary and rogue members of the TPLF clique”.

With most internet and telephone communications in Tigray down and access to the region severely restricted, it is difficult to verify the statements by either warring side.Some 46,000 refugees have poured into Sudan since fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray began last month SOURCE : AL JAZEERA


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Seenaa Jimjimoo on Ethiopian politics

By Seenaa Jimjimo Some say, #OromoProtests and oromo #QerrosAndQerres are the true freedom fighters but too bad, They are just too… for their lives to be worthy of th news. Others say there is no one or organization that cares about what they preach. Freedom is taken by the oppressed never given. There are no other ways around a national dialogue in Ethiopia. Oromo political leaders must speak up and strategize the way forward. Kids protesting or closing road in periphery will not have a significant impact. Push for dialogue must start the center. The next frontier. Oromos and good people of Ethiopia shall not just respond or wait for government to set an agenda. They must create one and stay focus on those they created. One shouldn’t always dance to the beat of somebody. If the poison Abiy gives or feeds those close to him holds any truth, we shall see a peace and prosperity in no time, especially in oromia where the region seem a war zone. For those assuming tplf were behind killing of innocents, December 1st on words shall be deferent.