Dear Tigray, just this once, choose truth over kindness. It is time to do yourself a favor. No one else will.
We, the Doctors and other health professionals of Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital – College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University, hear and experience firsthand the daily suffering our patients are enduring. As we had solemnly sworn an oath to protect and save our patients from suffering, the least we could do on difficult days like these ones is to become their voice and ventilate their sufferings for the world to hear.
From all the questions raised above the one we care most about is “What can be done for lasting peace between Tigray and Eritrea?”. The answer is very short, “There shouldn’t be a region called Tigray”. This could be seen as being racist and immoral thing to say. But that’s the real solution.
We have to pretend as if the first thing we thought about in the morning wasn’t suicide.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) is convening today a special session on the grave human rights situation in Ethiopia. The EHRC is opposing, among other things, the HRC’s proposal to establish an independent body to investigate HR violations. The most disingenuous argument of the EHRC says “the draft resolution risks reopening for further deliberation their [victims’] truth as victims and survivors”. This is yet another stab by EHRC on Tigrayans. It is painful because it is being used to attack Tigrayans, while pretending it cares for them.
Million Samuel, the ambassador of Ethiopia to The Hague, Netherlands has abandoned the Abiy regime and fled to the United States after he received a letter about the plan to…
Given the clear awareness of the gravity of the humanitarian crisis and the brutality of the siege, it was with utter dismay that Tigray and the world witnessed the hesitance of UNSC to take decisive action to break the siege on Tigray and the end of the use of collective punishment as a legitimate means of warfare after nearly 10 months of genocidal warfare. We urge the international community to recognize its responsibility to protect human life and dignity.
My household assets (food and non-food commodities) have been looted. When I come back to my home from the mountain after staying for weeks there I found only the building and roofing of my house’. She added ‘We were able to get three rounds of food aid up to May, 2021. Since June 2021 I and my family were living by borrowing from different people in the Tabia and sometimes people gave us cooked food/slice of Enjera. For the last one month, we never had any ‘Wot’ (saus) to the Enjera we ate; we simply eat Enjera with salt or water and today I am worrying what I will feed my children and if we will not have some food aid in the coming few days, we will die’. Finally, we stopped asking her because we could not tolerate to hear additional grim news from her. My colleague gave her around 400 Birr which we had in our pocket and traveled back to Mekelle.
Federal institutions like Ethio-telecom, Ethiopia Electric Power and Utility, banks, Human Rights Commission, Office of Ombudsman, Ethiopia Revenue and Customs Authority and four federally administered universities employ around 29,000 people in Tigray. Mekelle University alone has more than ten thousand federal employees, including essential service providers at critical institutions such as Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Referral Hospital who have not been paid since June 2021. More than 130,000 civil servants in Tigray have not been paid for the months of June, July, and will go on three months without salaries if they are not paid their August wage.
Western Tigray is a scene of of crime: ethnic cleansing, forced removal, massacres, executions and throwing people to the Tekeze river. The land is being changed through burning, confiscation and severing infrastrutura connections to the rest of Tigray. In many towns, no Tigrayans are left. "There are no Tigrayans here," said an Amhara contact in Dansha when asked if there are Tigrayans left in there.