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UNHCR commissioner met gov’t officials, visited two refugee camps Tigray region

UNHCR Commissioner Filippo Grandi reportedly requested Ethiopian government officials to restore communication in areas where it is not restored

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Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen holding a meeting with UNHCR Commissioner, Filippo Grandi. (Photo : MFAE)

February 1, 2021 

Amid prevalent criticism in western media outlets over alleged blockage of humanitarian assistance and human rights violations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, High Commissioner for UNHCR, Filippo Grandi,has visited the Tigray region of Ethiopia. He visited two refugee camps in the region. 

He was accompanied by senior government officials including the Minister for Peace, Muferiat Kamil. 

He also held a discussion with top government officials including President Sahle-Work Zewde, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, about the humanitarian assistance in the region. 

The UNHCR has not published a news update on the visit of the High Commissioner to the Tigray region of Ethiopia at this writing.

Demeke Mekonnen called his meeting with the commissioner “productive.” He tweeted : ” Great and productive meeting with #UNHCR @FilippoGrandi, discussed humanitarian assistance efforts underway in #Tigray Region, #Hospitability to Refugees and on relevant current issues. Reaffirmed #Ethiopian Gov’t commitment to #UNHCR support. ”  Demeke Mekonnen  

The office of Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia has released an update regarding the meeting between Ethiopia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs (also Deputy Prime Minister) and the UNHCR commissioner. 

Genesis the law enforcement campaign against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and why the government of Ethiopia was forced to undertake it is explained to the commissioner, according to the information from the office. 

One of the TPLF top officials,Sekoture Getachew who is reported dead, confirmed on a live Television show in early December 2020 that “Tigray Defense Force” attacked the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defense Force in several military bases in the region in what it called preemptive “Blitzkrieg” attack. Most of the military bases were attacked when the soldiers were sleeping after midnight. 

It was also said that the Deputy Prime Minister explained to the UNHCR commissioner why the task of delivering humanitarian assistance to the Tigray region turned out to be challenging.  As the TPLF force lost the war, they were engaged in extensive scorched earth approach targeting infrastructures including health institutions, airports, road transport, telephone and power lines. Despite that the government claims that it has distributed humanitarian assistance to about 80 percent of those who need it in the region. 

Regarding criminal activities involving looting in the region, he said that the government is working with the prosecutor general and law enforcement bodies to hold those responsible for it accountable. He also pointed out that TPLF released about 13,000 convicted criminals as it was losing the war, and these criminals are believed to have engaged in criminal activity in the region.  Part of the measure that the government is taking, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, to address the problem was to return to service police force, after re-orientation, in the region. They were made, by TPLF, to fight against the Ethiopian Defense Force. 

Eritrean refugees issues were also part of the conversation. Mr. Demeke Mekonen said there were some Eritrean refugees who were out of the refugee camp, which is close to the border, due to the conflict situation but most are back in the refugee camp and getting humanitarian assistance. 

Commissioner,Filippo Grandi, is said to have requested government officials to work on restoring infrastructure and communication services in areas where there is no connection. 

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  1. I have been cautiously on the side of the government on the issues of delivering aids to the needy in the battle riddled region. My contention has been based on the principle of sovereignty. Ethiopia is one of the founders of the UN with full fledged membership status. Its travel requirement for all foreigners is that they need to have the proper visa to enter the country. You just can’t burst into the country and tell the officials ‘I’m here and see in Tigray’. You just can’t do that. The same rule applies to all charities and their employees. Hello! You need to get the proper permit!! Hello!! Is somebody upstairs? Hello!!! I gave up!!!!

  2. Subject: “UNHCR commissioner met gov’t officials, visited two refugee camps Tigray region”
    borkena, February 1, 2021

    Commentary, 1 Feb 2021
    Here is a silly question”
    Would the Honourable UNHCR commissioner consider it as humanitarian duty to go between two entities in one country, like — for a example — the good old USA?!?!?!?!?!?! Forgive me! I know it is very silly.

    The intervention applies to the good old backward countries of Africa because it is taken for granted that Black Africans — regardless of their Philosophy Degrees — cannot help their beloved Africa. After all, as one President of a respectable and civilized country put it, Africa is just a “SHITHOLE”, to which a respectable African Leader, of the Highest Respectability, with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree on his shoulders, openly and loudly agreed with that label.

    Africans Laughed about it. That is the STAMP (IMAGE) created by the WEST for Black Africa. THE END <<< in its true meaning.

  3. Eritreans: refugees in abroad and rapists back in Tigray. we are not ethiopians(traitors-woyane set up several schools , hospitals and public facilities and sent many abroad who happen to be killers and sponsors of genocide) remove “Ethiopian Orthodox Christians” from Tigray churches. Ethiopians steal history of Tigray for centuries .New stories are emerging -Eritrean refugees who were in Tigray for years are raping women in Tigray and assisting their soldiers in their house to house killings and lootings. You could watch the video made by Tigrian muslim woman. Eritreans are not our brothers . Speaking the same languages and being in the next door doesn’t qualify one to be your brother . they are killing our children mercilessly. Thank you !

  4. Get these UNHCR Rats out off our country, the massagers of the neocolonialists, exploiters, manipulative disgusting and despicable shameful neonazi bastards.

  5. ዝነኛው: ኢትዮጵያዊ::

    tell us who you are ?

    you are a rat in streets of US or Eu ? do you claim you won DV lottery ? or brought to wealthy country get hitched to a wealthy woman ?

    deny it or not you are not different but slave in the modern day world.

    check the above web you will find your name there .disparaging your enemies will not make you great sir . you are reflecting your upbringing and evil nature out to the world.

    We know Daniel kibret is father confessor , he told you to belittle and kill non-amharas as a sacrifice for your god . You are all satans-eternal enemy of men who live on by drinking blood of men

    from 27th of January 2021 , hunger strike !! very brutal govt possibly by coldblooded murderers who seek power at the expense terminating innocent lives and removal of any potential political rival . They must be punished . For daniel kibret it is a sacrifice made to his ego as self-divinized being

  6. Get lost 3rd Grader!
    You’re a human garbage, I shouldn’t even respond to you. For your information, thanks to my forefathers, who sacrificed their lives for my freedom and keeping my beloved country ETHIOPIA free of criminal colonizers, and therefore, I and all ETHIOPIANS have never been slaved except you የፈረንጅ: a$$ kissing ቅማላም: ባንዳ:: tell you who I am? You’re a delusional IDIOT, you couldn’t differentiate your right hand from your left hand, that’s how retarded you’re!
    I can tell you who you are, you will definitely not qualify to attend a class or two with my students.


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