In this episode, a special panel met to reflect on the celebration of Ashenda and new meanings behind the festivities this year. Esteemed academic Dr Hagos Abrha explored the origins…
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.
While fighting between TDF/TPLF and ENDF/Amhara Forces continued on several fronts, OLA extended occupation of rural areas in Oromia Region and gained control over some important roads. There seems to be small to no appetite to start negotiating at this point: both sides are convinced that they will be able to achieve a decisive military victory within the coming months. Eritrea reportedly sent reinforcements to Western Tigray and might be preparing a new offensive. There is no more food available in Tigray and the humanitarian needs in other regions are also growing fast. The repression against ethnic Tigrayans in Addis Ababa and other parts of Ethiopia is continuing. PM Abiy Ahmed made a visit Asmara and to Turkey where he signed a military cooperation agreement.
The Government of the National State of Tigray unequivocally denounces all atrocities perpetrated against civilians, calls for UN-mandated independent investigation into all alleged crimes on civilians in the Amhara regions and firmly repudiates unfounded allegations published by The Telegraph.
To: Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies Partners Re: Leaked Audio of UN Representatives and Chiefs of Mission in Ethiopia Excellencies, In accordance with the stated commitment…
The below is a summary and translation (with subtitled video excerpts) of the interview that Dr. Tewodros Tafera gave to Tewodros Tsegaye, broadcast on Reyot Media on the 7th of August, 2021.
On this episode of Tghat Forum, Teklai Gebremichael was joined by Temesgen Kahsay to discuss in depth the issues raised by Temesgen’s recent essay, ‘Our suffering may not be convenient, but it is real’. Together the panelists explored the role of information as a weapon of war, and the danger of a single narrative.
The Tigray government expects the Abiy regime to take the preconditions for ceasefire seriously. In the absence of a political solution to the crisis, the government of Tigray would, unfortunately, be forced to resolve matters militarily.
Graphic Images taken from another Ethiopian soldier stationed in Tigray before the retreat of ENDF in June.