Editor's note: The following message is written by a graduating student. He reflects about his situation, about the hollowness and pain he feels, and about the situation of his people.…
The minimum bar that a UN investigation should clear is credibility among victims. Absent that, it does more damage than good.
One is entitled to believe the course of action the TDF is taking is not optimal. If that is the case, however, one ought to present an alternative.
The way I see it, the Germans who hailed Hitler at his massive rallies didn’t know which side of history they were on at the time. Isn’t that the thing about history?
The humanitarian crisis in Tigray – when will the international community stop commentating and take action?
When Abiy Ahmed told the nation that he had pulled his troops out of Mekelle so that farmers of Mekelle would be able to plow unperturbed by the spectre of…
If Twitter was worried about Trump’s tweets being used to justify violence in a country with strong guardrails against civilians turning on one another and where there’s no specific ethnic minority that the tweets targeted, it should be horrified by Abiy’s tweets for two reasons. First, Abiy is very blunt in his tweets in a way that Trump never was, and never could have been. Abiy is clear about who the target is and about what needs to be done. The target is ethnic Tigrayans and what needs to be done is left to each person’s discretion, which means anything goes. This has all the hallmarks of a call to genocide. Second, there’s no independent body in Ethiopia who can say “this is wrong”. So, if Abiy orders an attack against Tigrayans, which has done in multiple tweets, ethnic Tigrayans have no one to appeal to.
The Martyrs’ Monument was deliberately targeted for destruction because of its unique place as a monument for the history of the armed struggle of the people of Tigray. This is cultural genocide.
Certainly, the striking contrast between Tigray and Eritrea doesn’t end there where it is so telling why Tigray is turning the dynamics of the war to its favour. Again, as much as it has a lot to do with a brilliant military strategy augmented with extraordinary forte and perseverance, it has a lot to do with the power of ideas as well.
Why do evangelical Christians, who claim to worship Christ Jesus, chose to side with the state that is determined to wipe out Tigrayans?