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The War on Tigray is also a War on Truth: Parsing Ethiopian Government and pro-Government Social Media Campaigns

The War on Tigray has been characterized by the Ethiopian government’s deceitful attempts to control the narrative. Throughout the war, the government has co-opted the entire state apparatus and ramped up its attempt to impose hegemonic control on the narrative by launching campaigns of disinformation, intimidation, demonization and gaslighting.



One of the defining features of the War on Tigray has become the struggle to control the narrative via social media. From the very outset, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the war on his Facebook page on 4 November 2020. Following the declaration of the war, Tigrayans and friends of Tigray across the world mobilized online around an anti-war agenda. The Ethiopian government, which in the last three years had cultivated official government social media accounts with tens of thousands of followers, responded vigorously. It maintained a complete communication blackout in Tigray while at the same time co-opting the entire apparatus of the state, including government media and diplomatic missions, to establish narrative dominance. In the first few weeks of the war, these efforts focused primarily on promoting the government line that the war was simply a “law enforcement operation” intended to capture named Tigrayan leaders. The government’s efforts have since evolved to employing largely four tactics: disinformation, intimidation, demonization, and gaslighting.  

  1. Disinformation

Disinformation is the most common tactic used by the Ethiopian government from the start of the war. While it became immediately obvious to all impartial observers that an “operation” which involved drone warfare and heavy artillery could be anything less than a devastating war, the Ethiopian government, to this day, continues to push its narrative that it is undertaking a “law enforcement operation.” The Ethiopian government went as far as launching a dedicated social media platform in the form of the State of Emergency Fact Check [SoE Fact Check], which sought to co-opt the media term ‘Fact Check’ for propaganda purposes. On 12 November 2020, the SoE Fact check, denied the involvement of Eritrean troops by repeating the pre-emptive lie that TPLF had manufactured Eritrean military uniforms at the Almeda Textile Factory in Adwa, Tigray in an effort to dress its own fighters in Eritrean military uniform and mislead the public. On 28 November 2020, the same day as the Axum Massacre, the SoE Fact Check restated the government line that Ethiopia is undertaking a “law enforcement operation” and reassured readers that the operation “will come to an end soon.” In the same ‘fact check,’ the government  reiterated the Prime Minister’s now infamous claim that “no civilians died” in the operation by stating civilians “received maximum protection” during the “law enforcement operation.” 

For any astute observer of the war, the Prime Minister’s “Mission Accomplished” claim on 28 November 2020 would have seemed far-fetched. However, supporters and officials, both higher-rung and lower-rung, of the Prime Minister’s Prosperity Party took to Twitter to create the impression that the “law enforcement operation” had been completed. According to them, Ethiopia had prevailed by uprooting the “plague” that had afflicted it and it was on the road to peace, prosperity, and fraternity. Former Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn even went as far as congratulating the National Defense Force for “liberating” the people of Tigray and the people of Tigray for said “liberation.” 

Propaganda efforts from the State of Emergency Fact Check and other accounts did not suffice to quell the negative coverage engendered by the continuous reports of extreme brutality, mainly coming from Tigrayan refugees who had fled into Sudan. At this stage, the Ethiopian government went on the defensive and began to push its supporters to take to social media to counter the news coming out of Tigray with positive “messaging.” Using #EthiopiaPrevails and #RisingEthiopia, this campaign sought to create the impression that there was “nothing to see here” and that Ethiopia had started rebuilding Tigray. Given the obvious reality that the conflict was not only ongoing but that it was attended by increasingly troubling news of civilian massacres, destruction of civilian infrastructure, and looting, however, the #EthiopiaPrevails and #RisingEthiopia campaigns were not able to gain much traction. The Ethiopian government could also not escape what it did not want the most: international attention. In fact, it resented it to such an extent that it upped its social media tactics to include intimidation and demonization, spearheaded by government officials. 

In the meantime, the Prime Minister continued with his purposeful, but somewhat pointless, edits of the accounts of conversations with foreign leaders, and Ethiopian state run media, ministries and diplomats have continued to amplify disinformation campaigns. As can be seen in the examples below, the Prime Minister’s tweets about meetings with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and the Secretary of State of the United States both leave out their concerns about humanitarian access in Tigray and focus on the generic messages about continuing bi-lateral relationships. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a now deleted Tweet, amplified an article that dismissed Amnesty’s report on the Axum Massacre as a “barrage of misinformation” and called for intimidation of the Tigrayan diaspora community by explicitly stating that “it’s time to make their secret army in the diaspora community know what it’s like to be afraid.” 

The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency recently, referenced a quote by a fake Twitter account that poses as a former UN diplomat and criticizes U.S. ‘interference’ in Ethiopian affairs. The fake account has since changed its avatar multiple times with the counterfeit photos used for the avatar ranging from an AI-generated face to a photo of António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. On 15 March 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter account quoted a statement by the Ministry of Peace claiming that 75% of hospitals in Tigray are operational, seemingly anticipating and trying to contradict a Médecins Sans Frontières report from the same day stating that barely 1 in 10 health facilities in Tigray was operational due to deliberate and widespread attacks on healthcare and implicating Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers for hindering medical care. Five days later, in a 20 March 2021 Tweet, Fitsum Arega – the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States, misrepresented MSF’s report by misleadingly claiming that MSF had attributed the destruction of health facilities to TPLF. 

  1. Intimidation

The second tactic utilized in pro-Ethiopian government social media campaigning is intimidation. This ranges from the benign, such as large-scale trolling and mass reporting of Tigrayan campaigns and accounts to the criminal, which has featured hacking of social media accounts and doxing (making public-private information obtained through hacks including personal data).

Intimidation efforts also extend beyond Tigrayans on social media to journalists, analysts, and human rights activists who have been defamed, attacked, and even threatened with death.  Foreign governments and international organizations are not spared either. As can be seen below government supporters and officials claim foreign officials including Secretary of State Blinken have been bought off by the TPLF.

  1. Demonization

The third tactic is demonization. Although more persistent and pre-dating the war on Tigray, it came to its own as an organized campaign during the war. On 9 November 2020, Daniel Kibret, advisor to Prime Minister Abiy, stated that the devil is preferred many times over to TPLF. Shortly thereafter, on 14 November 2020, the official Facebook page of the Ethiopian National Defense Force referred to TPLF as a “bloodsucking devil” while portraying TPLF as a devil draped in the regional flag of Tigray, a flag that represents millions of Tigrayans. 

The demonization campaign has further intensified in the past few months. Loosely coming under #TPLFisTheCause the social media campaign moved from previous efforts of denying or trying to create a diversion to offering a blanket justification for anything and everything that may be happening in Tigray. The website which hosted the pre-prepared tweets for this campaign literally advertised them as follows:

By proxy, the Ethiopian government thus gave itself a get-out-of-jail free card that exonerated it from any culpability, including the treasonous invitation of Eritrean troops into Tigray, the bombing and shelling of civilian infrastructure, and the horrific massacres and weaponized rape being reported on a regular basis. The campaign even painted the Ethiopian government’s choice to contravene International Humanitarian Law and deny access to humanitarian relief as the sole responsibility of TPLF. 

The pre-prepared tweets making these declarations were not only shared by government supporters but by Ethiopian ministers and diplomats from their official government accounts. Bizarrely, many of these officials were part of the previous EPRDF government and part of the administration now being castigated as being an irredeemable mess. Of the countless such tweets two – from the same tweet bank and thus retweeted by many accounts – stand out for the extraordinary level of demonization they demonstrate and thus the potential they have to further ignite ethnically motivated violence. 

The first of these, from a tweet by Berhanu Tsegaye, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Djibouti, declares that TPLF is cannibalistic. This intentionally dehumanizing language is worrying in that it seems to be an intentional dog whistle to label and demonize all Tigrayans not supporting the government. This becomes more significant when we consider that TPLF is not only a political party with thousands of members; it is an organization with which millions of Tigrayans collectively identify for historical reasons.

The second tweet goes even further – it declares that the TPLF had only enriched its own ethnicity, i.e., Tigrayans. In the context of a war characterized by ethnic cleansing of Tigrayans from certain areas and the destruction of all large-scale civilian infrastructure and facilities as well as extensive looting, this tweet suggests that these actions were not an unfortunate by-product of conflict but targets of intentional economic dispossession. It goes without saying that this level of hate speech coming from government operated accounts only serves to fuel and exacerbate violence. 

  1. Gaslighting 

Lastly, the fourth tactic is gaslighting. The Ethiopian government’s disinformation campaigns and its persistent denial of events, especially its pre-emptive lie about the involvement of Eritrean troops and continued denial about the presence of Eritrean troops, qualify as political gaslighting intended to create confusion and sow doubt in the public’s mind. For the purpose of this discussion, however, we highlight diversion techniques employed by Ethiopian government officials to gaslight the people of Tigray and to minimize the government’s “Tigray problem”. Ethiopian government officials have for example r attempted to avoid  referring to Tigray by name and instead using  the Northern Region or Northern Ethiopia in what seems like deliberate and co-ordinated effort to divert attention from an issue they consider threatening to their public image. As can be seen in the examples below, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Women, Children and Youth, and the Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States have all engaged in this form of gaslighting at different points. 

Ethiopian government officials, including the Prime Minister himself, have also attempted to divert attention from explosive reports published by Amnesty and CNN on the Axum and Maryam Dengelat massacres, respectively. One such tool of diversion was the 125th commemoration of the victory of Adwa which was inordinately publicized and celebrated in diverse places, except ironically, Adwa itself. While commemorating the victory of Adwa in Addis Ababa, President Sahlework Zewde made no mention of the fact that Adwa was under Eritrean occupation, but promised to “take Ethiopia to the next level in the spirit of Adwa Victory.” On the same day, the Prime Minister busily tweeted pictures of a wheat field and the Awash National Park without acknowledging the humanitarian crisis or the damages to the Kafta Sheraro National Park in Tigray, which had been burning for weeks as a result of the war.  

More recently, on 21 March 2021, in a Tweet about his meeting with the leadership of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, the Prime Minister brushed off allegations of mass atrocities, including the use of rape and sexual violence as reported by Channel 4 and CNN, as “accountability and disciplinary gaps [that] will be addressed.”

Even worse, in a parliamentary address on the 23rd of March, PM Abiy attempted to belittle concerns about the weaponization of rape in Tigray. This attempt to justify and normalize rape and other atrocities by creating a false equivalence with the alleged attack on the Northern Command base of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces might be the height of the Ethiopian government gaslighting campaign to date.

The War on Tigray has been characterized by the Ethiopian government’s deceitful attempts to control the narrative. Throughout the war, the government has co-opted the entire state apparatus and ramped up its attempt to impose hegemonic control on the narrative by launching campaigns of disinformation, intimidation, demonization, and gaslighting. For anyone that is paying close attention to the atrocities being committed by Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Amhara Regional forces in Tigray, it should be easy to tease out the truth from the fabric of lies propagated by the Ethiopian government. Those that continue to believe and amplify the government’s line are at best being willfully ignorant, succumbing to confirmation bias, or being duped by alternative facts. At worst, however, they are apologists for genocide, ethnic cleansing, and rape as a weapon of war. The examples presented in this article barely scratch the surface of the government’s coordinated cover-ups and propaganda. Nevertheless, these cover-ups are slowly being uncovered by the truths that are trickling out of Tigray. As it stands, the Ethiopian government is losing the War on Truth. 

Bruck Kebede writes solely to be a voice for Tigrayan voices silenced due to the internet blackout in Tigray and targeted ethnic profiling in the rest of Ethiopia. Opinions expressed are solely his own and do not express the views or opinions of his educational institutions or his employers.

Meron T Gebreananaye is a PhD Student at University of Durham, England.

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  1. Mezgebe

    March 29, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    The war is anti-unity.
    Tigrians believed that they are Ethiopians with all rights and duties equally to the other Ethiopians. Tigrians have contributed all what the nation demanded from its citizens through out generations. Many Tigrian origins have lost their life for the country. In all parts of the country and there are scattered Tigrian disposals buried for the country’s benefit, pride, sovereign integrity, moral unity, and constitutional rights. Tigrians still are too proud for such a great contribution. They believed that every corner of the country was their country. Tigrians traveled every where without hesitation, fear and doubt. they are available even in remote parts of the country equal to the natives. Tigrians are known for their honesty, hard working, kindness, forgiveness, helpfulness, and bravery. they have no any historic or current enemies in the country till the new spirit covers the country’s horizon. Tigrians believed that they have very common interests, common demands and common destiny throughout the nation. They have tried their best to share all what they have, what they know, and what they do with all their brothers and sisters of the country.
    In the last three years, some countable symptoms have been seen against all Tigrians throughout the country. Looting and destroying Tigrian property, displacing Tigrian origins, and other atrocities have been common incidents in many parts of the country by the country they believed that it is their country for centuries. Tens of thousands displaced from the neighboring Amahara region. Hundreds have been killed in many parts of the country. Tigrians have been classified as tplfities. Discriminated as Tigrians.They have been symbolized and dehumanized as daylight Haynes. Political merchants and bandas. All roads leading to the region have been closed. And finally Ethiopia declared war against them. None of any Ethiopian opposed the war. In most parts of the country, there was multiple demonstrations to express the public solidarity to the government’s decree of war against its own people. Religious leaders and Elders blessing was done to push the army to do what any invading do on its enemies. Then they did it for the last hundred plus days without shame and still is on going. Most of the ongoing atrocities are unspeakable. But what the worst output is, they have broken their unity with the nation called Ethiopia till the last.
    The Ethiopian government believed that confronting the Tigrian forces might be difficult and invited the Eritrean and Somalia forces to support. And then they have been deployed soon to Tigriay. The Somalia’s have been eliminated soon. But the Eritreans are still participating in all the atrocities happening in the region. But the main goal is not the war but to cut the bondage between Tigrians and the two sisterly people till the last. Thats why Tigrians are saying that the war is anti unity. Which is declared to destroy the unity of Tigrians with the south and the north.
    Thank you Mr. pm!

  2. the War on Tigray is undoubtedly worse than war,

    March 26, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    የኢትዮጵያ የሃይማኖት አባቶች የተሰጣቸዉን መክሊት ቀብረዋል፥ጠቦቶቻቸዉ በአራዊት ሲበሉ አይተዉ እንዳላዩ በመምሰል የቤተክርስትያን ራስ የሆነዉን ክርስቶስን እና ሰላማዊ መንግሥቱን መስበክን ትተዉ በሕዝባቸዉ ላይ ጦርነትን ሰብቀዋል፥በአንድ ወቅት ሙሓዘ ጥበባት በሚል ማዕረግ የሚሞካሸዉ ዳንኤል ክብረት (ሙሓዘ ጥበባት፡የጥበቦች መፍለቂይ ወይም ምንጭ ማለት ነዉ፡በሥራዉ ግን ይህ ሰዉ ሙሓዘ ጥበባት መሆኑና አለመሆኑ ፀሓይ የወጣለታ የሚታይ ይሆናል) ስለ ኮረኔሉ አቢይ ሲመሰክር ፥እሳቸዉ እጅጉን ፈሪኋ እግዚአብሔር ያላቸዉ ናቸዉ ብሎን ነበር፥ የሀሰት ፈለግ የሆነዉ ዲያቆኑ ዳንኤል ኢትዮጵያ የኤርትራ ሠራዊትን አትሻም ሞልቶ የተረፈ ሠራዊት አላት: እንዳስፈላጊነቱ በተለያዩ ቦታዎች( በሶማሌ፥አባይ ግድብን ጨምሮ)ተሰማርተዉ ለሀገራችን ደጀን የሚሆኑ ሠራዊት አለን በማለት የክህደት ቃሉን አሰምቷል፥የአሁኑ ይባስ ሊያሰኝ በሚያስችል ሁኔታ ኢትዮጲያ እኮ ግፉ ሞልቶ ከተረፈ የማይታዩ ሠራዊቶች አሉዋት ብሎትእርፍ አይልም፥ግርም ፦የሚቀጥለዉ ወር መስከረም ነዉ እንዴ ስል ከጎኔ ያሉትን ብጠይቃቸዉ አይ ያንተ ነገር ሁሉን ነዉ እንዴ የምትረሳዉ ትናንትና የገዛሁት አሣ አለ ከፍርጁ ዉሥጥ አዉጥተህ ብላ አሉኝ፥፥እኔ ጉድ ሳይሰማ መስከረም አይጠባም የሚለዉን ተረት ያዤ ነበር፥ ዳንኤል እና ኮረኔሉ አቢይ ዉሸት ና ጉድ ከደረታቸዉ(እንደሱቅ በደረቴ አነግተዉት ስለሚንቀሳቀሱ) አይታጣም፥፥
    መጽሐፈ ነገሥት ካልዕ። ፮፥፩፮ እንዲህ ይላል፥
    ፩፭ ፤ የእግዚአብሔር ሰው ሎሌ ማለዳ ተነሥቶ በወጣ ጊዜ፥ እነሆ፥ በከተማይቱ ዙሪያ ጭፍራና ፈረሶች ሰረገሎችም ነበሩ። ሎሌውም። ጌታዬ ሆይ፥ ወዮ፦ ምን እናደርጋለን፧ አለው።
    ፩፮ ፤ እርሱም። ከእኛ ጋር ያሉት ከእነርሱ ጋር ካሉት ይበልጣሉና አትፍራ አለው።
    የማይታዩት የእግዚአብሔር ሠራዊት ሕፃናትን ከሚደፍሩት፥እናቶችን ከሚገድሉ፥የእግዚአብሔር ቤተመቅደስ ከሚያቃጥሉና ከሚያፈርሱ ፥ተዘርዝረዉ የማያልቁ ግፎችን ከሚፈፅሙ የጨለማ ጭፍሮችና የሰይጣን መልዕክተኞች(የኢትዮጲያ ና የኤርትራ ሠራዊት ENDF & EDF) ጋር በፍፁም ህብረት የላቸዉም፥
    ይህ ሰዉ እና ጭፍሮቹ የአማራ ልሂቃን በምትሓት እና በጥንቆላ እንጂ በእግዚአብሔር ላለማመናቸዉ ማሳያ የሆነ ቃል ነዉ የሰነዘረዉ፥ምክንያቱም እንደ ቅዱስ ኤልሳዕ ያሉትን አባቶች ይረዱና ይታደጉ የነበሩ ረቂቃን (የማይታዩ)የእግዚአብሔር ሠራዊት ዛሬ በዘመናችን የግፍ እና የበደል ጭፍሮችን ለመርዳትም ሆነ ለማስጣል የሚላኩ፥ የሚፋጠኑ አይደሉም፥፥ይህን ማሰቡ በራሱ ትልቅ ታላቅ ሽተት ነዉ፥፥ቤተክርስቲያናችን ሀጢኣት በግብር(በሥራ በተግባር)በቃል(በመናገር፥በአንደበት)እና በኀልዮ(በማሰብ)፥፥ በአሁኑ ጊዜ በቅድሥት ሀገር ትግራይ ሥጋን ብቻ ሳይሆን አዕምሮን የሚያሳድፍ የእርኩሰት የጣኦት ቤት ተግባር ተፈፅሟል፥፥አምላክ ለሕዝባችን ጋሻ መከታ ይሁነዉ፥ንፁሃንን ይታደግልን፥ብድራትና በቀል የእግዚአብሔር ነዉ(የሰዉ ልጅ ከእግዚአብሔር ተሰጠዉንየነፃ ፈቃድ እድልን ሳይጠቀም ግፍና በደልን ከመረጠ መቀጣቱ አይቀሬ ነዉ)፥እንደ ሰዉ ሰዉኛ አስተሳሰብ በቀል ሥጋዊዉን ላዕላዊ የሰሜት ጠባሳን ሊያሽር እንደሚችል ብናስብም ፥የግፍ ሰለባ የሆኑትን ወገኖቻችንን ነፍስ ወደ ሥጋቸዉ መልሶ ሊያስነሳ አይችልም ስለሆነም ከበቀል እንራቅ በሕጋዊ መልኩ ችግሮችንን ለመፍታት የመንፈስና የአካል ዝግጅት ለማድረግ እንወሥን፥አምላክ ቅዱስ መንፈሱን ያድለን አሜን፦፦

  3. the War on Tigray is undoubtedly worse than war,

    March 26, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    War is hell, but that’s not the half of it…” (76), states Tim O’Brien in the novel The Things They Carried. However, This war and war crime committed in our soil does undeniably surpasses Stereotypes Of War itself. በሕዝባችን ላይ ያለ ማቋረጥ እየፈፀሙት ያለዉ ግፍ እና በደል ማለቂያ የለዉም፥፥ይህንን ሰይጣናዊ ተግባራቸዉን ለመሸፋፈን ና ሰሚ ጆሮ ከተቸራቸዉ በማሰብ እኛኮ ይህን ያደረግነዉ ወያኔ በኢትዮ፡ኤርትራ የድንበር ግጭት በተነሳ ማግሥት ጊዜ ከ 80,000( i.e. some times they make the number of deported eritreans upto 100,000 and at other times 60,000-70,000) ኤርትራዉያን የሚበልጡ ዜጎቻችንን ከቤት ንብረታቸዉ አፈናቅሎና አስወጥቶ ወደ ኤርትራ ልኳቸዋል ሲሉ ይደመጣሉ፥፥ የራሱን ሀገር የመሰረተ ሕዝብ እንዴት ነዉ በሰዉ ሀገር ያለ ህጋዊ ፈቃድ የሚቀመጠዉ፧ያዉም ገና በማደግ ላይ በለች ሀገር ኢትዮጵያ፥ከነገ በስቲያ ኤርትራዉያን ወደ ሀገራቸዉ ጠርዘዉ የሚሰዱዋቸዉን ሀገራት ለመበቀል ማሰባቸዉ አይቀሬ ነዉ፥ያሰጋል፥ምክንያቱም በሰዉ ሀገር ላይ ጊዜያዊ ከለላ ተሰጥቷቸዉ ከሚኖሩበት ሀገር የኋላኋላ መጠረዛቸዉ ካልሆነም በፈቃዳቸዉ እንዲለቁ መገደዳቸዉ አይቀሬ ነዉ፥ሶርያዉያን ወደ ሀገራቸዉ ገብተዉ አገራቸዉን እንዲያንፁ ጉዳዮች እየተመቻቸ ባለበት ወቅት እንገኛለን፥፥ኤርትራዉያን በኢሳያስ ስም በዉጭ ሊቆዩ የሚችሉበት አጋጣሚ እየመነመነ ነዉ፥፥

  4. ትግራይ ትስዕር

    March 25, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    BTW, The guy didn’t insult Eritreans colllectively or this gang leader except telling him why is he leading the crime against innocent civilians as a gang leader ?? Hence, he just acted agressively and respond in away that resembles the expression of beating around the bush . Calling a killer and directing gang criminals is not an insult but calling a spade a spade. We all have equally beloved ones that are brutalized and tortured in the same manner by these war criminals.We donot have to justify it unless we made an obstacle against our community .

  5. ትግራይ ትስዕር

    March 25, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Correction:Criminals like Yemane Ghebremeskel and others always come with something and always leave something behind in the crime scene.

    please ignore the spelling mistakes and underscore the message.I post it without rereading. Thank you for your understanding.

  6. ትግራይ ትስዕር

    March 25, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    It could be him or someone who run his profile , but my friend received the following reply against the allegation and killings of innocent people in Tigray committed by Eritrean forces.

    “Perhaps that is your stock in trade.. so you think everyone does that.. Rape is repugnant and abominable to Eritrean society.. women were 1/3 of the liberation army. So by our customary laws, the values enriches during liberation war and legal provisions in or modern civil and penal codes, sexual violence entails harsh punishment.. do shit up and do not insult a society you know nothing about”
    haven’t connected with Yemane Ghebremeskel, linkedin alert.

    He concluded his message by giving an order to the man to shut his mouth.

    Comment: This gang leader , Mr Yemane Ghebremeskel , brought several reasons from high & low to back up his claim and evade accountability and veil the terrible experiences of our people, being raped , killed & thrown to the ditches. Rape is repugnant in all society , but citing this moral value doesn’t disprove the reality on the ground.Women were 1/3 of soceity , hence rape was not committed by Eritreans. Historically speaking , Could we say rape was not committed in any army where women were part of a giant army? This army could be victorious or loser . It doesn’t matter.
    Given the fact that there are harsh punishment against any one who committed crimes and rape against her/his victims, but this punichment or penal code doesn’t avoid crimes of various feetures and magnituide. To sum up, he made a ridiculous conclusion. Let me remind you something what an FBI crime investigator told : Criminals like  Yemane Ghebremeskel and others always come with something and always leave something behind. The reality on the ground(massacre of our beloved ones & destruction of our public and private infrastructure) coudn’t be covered up by such tiny and pointless remark like the one made by this gang leader, Yemane Ghebremeskel .
    Just my penny Contribution! Tigray will prevail and undeniably be an independent nation whose foundational elements are the blood of our martyrs, serving as a seed, indomitable Tigray defense Forces, and all Tegarus who are fighting against evil forces and devoting their lives, time and resouces to make that happen.

  7. Haile

    March 25, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Very detailed analysis. Thank you very much to the writes who took their time to come up with this detailed analysis. Abiy’s administration whose modus operandi is lying, cheating and denying has been exposed and lost the propaganda war.

    But, some of the captured tweets are very difficult to read. Wasn’t it possible to use some clearer ones?

  8. Yohannes

    March 25, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Thank you very much team TGHAT and Meron and Bruck. It is an amazing and meticulous analysis. You successfully brought up all the facts and made extensive analysis. For someone who would like to understand the evolution to the war on Tigray, this piece of article would serve the purpose. Thank you again. I will deliver very little additional perspective–things that are not addressed well to your through analysis. Yohannes M

  9. Yemane G

    March 25, 2021 at 9:11 am

    A top ntoch analysis as far as the ongoing atrocities and race for truthfulness matters.
    Thanks to the authors!

  10. John N

    March 25, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Brilliant, difficult and necessary work by both of you

  11. Gebrehaweria Kidane Reda

    March 24, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    We learnt the most horrific situation with in this five months. The bad thing beyond the killing and gang rapes is the denial of the total Ethiopian community derived from evil perception and hate on Tigray People. Nearly 100% have no sympathy to what is happening on this innocent people. This tells us we have no even a narrow room in the so called Ethiopia. So, our struggle should be sharpened to liberate #Tigray from the hell Ethiopia. The world should help us in assuring our independence, the Tigray Republic.

  12. Kibrom Berhe

    March 24, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks indeed Tighat

  13. እርሃያ

    March 24, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    ውሸትም የሚፈራውና የሚጠላው እውነትን ነው።
    እውነት ያሸንፋል።

  14. Tigray will not be part of Ethiopia anymore- To the dismay of foreign powers

    March 24, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    I have strong message to convey it to you all: We cannot live with Ethiopia and we couldnot identify ourselves as ethiopians any longer. There are Tegarus repteadly uttering that foreign governments expect us to maintain ethiopinism and will certainly put pressure upon our leaders to maintain ethiopinism and work for the continituity of ethiopia as a united country regadless of its challenges. I donot accept this notion nor many of my bothers and sisters Tegarus coudn’t take this notion for granted. I did remove this quilt , ethiopinism for above a year since I saw a masacre in some part of this country. And I felt ethiopinism is not something sacred that was betsowed upon me by my religious fathers or God Himself. It is an identity that is created and imposed upon us by secular leaders . Even if we all could agree with the fact that we could benift from being in a unified land but we are clearly observing and witnessing a massacre and destruction of our invaluable heritages. The damage is surpassing the benefit that we could retain from unity. Hence, we cannot accept this proposition even it if presented by any earthly mighty forces. It is the decision of our people but not something that could be reluctantly left to our leaders. Majority are affected by this unity mainatined by gun and these victims of war crime ( Tegarus ) should be left to make the decision. Thank you

  15. Esayas

    March 24, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Abiy Ahmed has a strong greed for power. Through his seemingly innocent but deceitful talks to parliament and the Ethiopian people he was able to manage to twist the truth for so long, and through his hate caused unimaginable damage to Tigray. But all can agree that Abiy Ahmed is loosing the war on truth. The truth shall prevail. Tigray will prevail.

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