Focusing on Eritrea for the withdrawal of its troops from Tigray
Abiy Ahmed and Isaias visiting Sawa Military Camp in Eritrea

Focusing on Eritrea for the withdrawal of its troops from Tigray

Eritrea remains to be the most indispensable party in the military and humanitarian crisis in Tigray as well as in the wider regional crisis. Thus, forcing out Eritrea of the tripartite alliance would be the beginning of peace not only in Ethiopia, but also in the region.

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UNSC Statement on Tigray Alone Won’t save Lives; Action Needed

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.

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Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki – the Thorn in the Horn

But there is no unanimity about what should be done. So, the US and EU must take the lead by joining hands to put a Draconian and punitive measures against the governments in Addis Ababa and Asmara thereby press for the complete withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray. This should be an urgent task. Why? Because in the presence of Eritrean troops aid cannot reach for over 4.5 million people who need urgent humanitarian assistance. In the presence of Eritrean troops an independent investigation into the alleged crimes would be very difficult. In the presence of Eritrean troops the atrocities will continue and peace cannot be restored in Tigray, among others.

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Abiy Ahmed: the reformer that wasn’t

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.

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“How can I live here alone?”, the story of a young girl, Arsema, and her grandparents from Medebay Zana, Tigray
Arsema's grandparents from when they were younger. They were now 80 and 75

“How can I live here alone?”, the story of a young girl, Arsema, and her grandparents from Medebay Zana, Tigray

but when I got up again in the morning and check they were both there, lying. Then I called him 'papa' and tried to wake him up, but he was silent. Then I said 'papa!', who will I live with then? How can I live here alone? He was still silent. Then I said to myself 'they are dead'

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“The war is with the people”: A brief summary of an interview with a recently fired Tigray interim admin official and another Arena official.
Amdom and Haftay of Arena Tigray with Bekalu Alamrew of Awlo Media

“The war is with the people”: A brief summary of an interview with a recently fired Tigray interim admin official and another Arena official.

Haftay said the war is now with the people of tigray. Amdom also said the war was indeed with the people of Tigray. "We did not expect the war would target the people of Tigray", said Amdom.

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Tigray government’s pre-war letter warning about the then impending crisis in Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assumed power in April 2018 to spearhead the reform that the Ethiopian people demanded and EPRDF, the then ruling party, promised to deliver. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has, however, forsaken the reform agenda and focused on building a system subservient to his dictatorial ambitions. Nothing is sacred in his drive for personal power consolidation. There was nothing left unscathed for political convenience. He single-mindedly deconstructed the constitutional federal order and created a conducive environment for anarchy and violence. Politics has become a gamble to be won by any means possible regardless of legal constraints and morale sensitivities.

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Talk of Eritrean withdrawal from Tigray is falling for yet another Abiy ploy for international consumption

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.

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