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Five Afar region districts adjacent to Tigray under TPLF attack, president

President of Afar regional state, Awol Arba, called on the United Nations to provide humanitarian support to people in the region 

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Awol Arba, president of Afar regional state ( Photo : screenshot from EBC video)

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For a couple of weeks now, the TPLF has been intensifying a renewed military campaign in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Despite well over 300,000 residents from the region are said to have been displaced, the Federal government did not respond to the situation and  regional forces and militia had to face a mechanised military offensive. 

The Federal Government organised military response has not happened yet. Decisions on the matter seem to be taking a rather bureaucratic process. 

On Wednesday, the House of People’s Representative (Parliament) dispatched the Foreign Relation & Peace Standing Committee to the region for what appears to be a fact finding mission. 

Dima Negawo, a former Oromo Liberation Front official and now a parliamentarian,  led the mission to Afar, and visited displaced people currently residing in temporary shelter in Afdera. 

Afar regional authorities, including Awol Arba himself, have confirmed that TPLF has been shelling areas where there are no military targets, at least in three of the five districts that came under the military attack.

The parliamentary committee learned first hand from the people displaced from the area, and from elders that regional forces and militia were not in a position to respond to the TPLF attack as it was firing heavy artillery including. The committee is told that government support is needed – something that should have been understood without any fact finding mission. Intelligence service is anticipated to have information as to what is happening in the area. 

 A report from EBC, state media, indicated an even more perplexing news. It said the whereabouts of many residents from the affected area is “unknown.” Looks like the TPLF might have kidnapped many more from the five districts. TPLF has been employing a human wave military strategy during its military expansion in the Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. 

There has been mounting pressure from activists on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government to act decisively in Afar region and protect civilians from TPLF attack. 

Meanwhile,  Awol Arba called upon the United Nations to provide humanitarian support to those affected in the region. 

He has confirmed about TPLF military attacks in the areas adjacent to Tigray region and that people’s livelihood are entirely destroyed. And he pointed out that aid agencies arrive in the Afar region with the agenda on how to deliver aid to the Tigray region and victims of the TPLF war in Afar are not getting the help they deserve. 

The UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, along with Ethiopian president Sahlework Zewde, visited those impacted by the TPLF war in the Afar region. 

She is quoted as saying that she learned that women and children are primarily affected by the war. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. It is a shame to ALL ETHIOPIANS — East and West; North and South.
    We are talking about Human Beings
    How is it possible that a COUNTRY could let INNOCENT PEOPLE being massacred by the direction of less than ten self-appointed vigilantes.
    How is it possible that Ethiopia — a country of God-Fearing people — could be so savage and so cruel to massacre honest and humble people to satisfy their satanic ego .
    What happened to the ETHIOPIAN SENSE OF HUMANITY?
    Are we ALL deceived by ourselves to ourselves???? NO, NO, NO, ……..That would be literal madness. of the entire ETHIOPIAN PEOPLEE. !!!!!
    But then comes the Ras Dashan Mountain QUESTION: WHY ? WHY ? WHY ? ………………………..endlessly WHY?

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  2. Subject: “Five Afar region districts adjacent to Tigray under TPLF attack, president” borkena. com, February 9, 2022

    Humble Commentary, 9 Feb 2022
    1. It is a shame to ALL ETHIOPIANS — East and West; North and South.2. We are talking about Human Beings
    3. How is it possible that a COUNTRY could let INNOCENT PEOPLE being
    massacred by the direction of less than ten self-appointed vigilantes.
    4. How is it possible that Ethiopia — a country of God-Fearing people — could be so
    savage and so cruel to massacre honest and humble people to satisfy their satanic
    ego
    5. What happened to the ETHIOPIAN SENSE OF HUMANITY???
    6. Are we ALL deceived by ourselves to ourselves??? NO, NO, NO, ……That would
    be literal madness of the entire ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE. !!!
    7. But then comes the Ras Dashan Mountain QUESTION: WHY? WHY?
    endlessly WHY?

  3. What is perplexing in the latest phase of the conflict is the government `s declaration of victory is premature and not based on the reality on the battlegrounds. The government has been sending mixed and confusing signals and the TPLF has read them correctly and restarted its attacks in Afar where there are not enough forces to defend the population. It seems that the lack of quick response from the government is causing anger and frustration in Afar and the rest of the country. The Abiy government is losing the confidence it needs.

  4. AP has very recently reported an official visit by the president of Djibouti H.E. Ismael Omar Guelleh to Egypt.
    For me the news of this meeting begins and ends with this line in the news article:
    ‘Guelleh described the talks as “constructive and fruitful,” saying that they discussed ways to “reinforce and develop our bilateral relations on all levels.’

    Other than that there is absolutely nothing to talk about the dam. The dam is also the people of Djibouti’s dam, figuratively, symbolically, metaphorically and literally. Do you want me to be elaborate on that? Let me have a quick pow wow with my Afar and Issa brothers and sisters.

    Super Power wannabe el-Sisi should know better about Blue Nile since Egypt has lived with it since antiquities. Blue Nile’s behavior can be totally unpredictable. It can be short tempered bursting into violent rage without warning. If you try to do something stupid that ends up ruffling its feathers it may stop flowing in its current direction. It is one heck of irascible creature. You dig?

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