The cost of the war is felt by every one of Tigrayan identity, our current reality is characterized by loss - of family, of jobs, of homes - and we can not make future plans: no plan of marriage, business, or anything that can be done under normal circumstances. The war has put a halt on all personal and societal activities of a normal life.
The use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare and denial of humanitarian access are very serious breaches of IHL so how should the UNSC respond?
What made Cardinal Berhaneyesus stand against the people of Tigray? Why did he fail to condemn state-sponsored starvation and sexual violence in Tigray?
Tigrayans and those who care about the people of Tigray are calling for urgent action to put an end to human rights violations. Above all, the UNSC members must demand Abiy Ahmed to take concrete measures to stop the war before it is too late. He should not be allowed to hide behind “sovereignty and territorial integrity” and continue, unchecked, to violate the human rights of Tigrayans. If he as a head of government cannot protect civilians, someone else should.
ገለ ውልቀ ሰብ መዚ እዘን ሃገራትን ገለ ኣብ እዘን ሃገራት ዘለው ፈጠርቲ ፅዕንቶ ሰባትን ብውልቀኦም በቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሰላማዊ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ዝፍፀም ዘሎ ንምግላፁን ንምሕሳቡን ዝኸብድ ኣረሜናዊ ግፍዒ ከም ሰብ ሓዘኔታ ክስምዖም ይኽእል እኳ እንተ ዀነ፡ ፖሊሲ ወፃኢ ኣመሪካ ኰነ ሃገራት ኣውሮፓ ግን ብቐንዱ ብረብሓ እምበር ብ ሓዘኔታ ኣይይምራሕን።
After Abiy Ahmed declared war on Tigray, life has not been the same for Tigrayans. There were reports of harassment, discrimination, and abuse of Tigrayans by government officials. Tigrayan top military officers and members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) were not even spared. All ethnic Tigrayans who were serving ENDF have been disarmed, many of them are detained and unjustly imprisoned since the beginning of the war.
Alas! All these reforms were short-lived. Most of the released political prisoners are now imprisoned on bogus charges; hundreds of thousands of dissenters are incarcerated; many media organizations are forcibly closed. The internet and telephone services are used to suppress dissenting views, there is a war on all fronts in Ethiopia, and many regions are operating under a state of emergency.
They wonder, if the investigations of crimes are not meant to address the concerns and cries of the affected community, what are they meant for?
Abiy's grand lies are always to deflect international pressure and they have always worked for him. There are no scruples when Abiy lies, and surprisingly there are still media outlets, shallow so-called analysts, international organizations, and diplomats who accept his lies and deceptions.
Editor’s note: The author of this article is a professional who had witnessed the war in Shire and previously sent us this account and photos and images which we published here.…