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Pensioners who have not received monthly retirement pay for two years die from hunger

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Image from the two year’s war between TPLF and Abiy Ahmed government. Photo credit : MSF

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Retired citizens who have not been paid pension for over two years died from hunger and related causes in Tigray Region, sources say.

The Elderly Citizens Association in Tigray Region told the Amharic Weekly Reporter that the senior citizens who have not been paid their pension for more than two years are dying from hunger. Association Chairman, Araya Gessesse, said that years ago, the number of retired people in the Region was 75,000. There are a new unidentified number of additional retirees, Araya said. The Chair revealed that there are about 100,000 pensioners including the new ones.

The Chair said that retirement pay of about seven months have been released. Although some people have received the payment, most of them are still waiting.  Araya does not know how many people received the payment. He has not the full information in his hand, but he is certain that all pensioners have not yet been paid.  “It was not possible to get the details.” Only those in the Mekelle area received the retirement pay,” he said.

Araya said that as these senior citizens are exposed to ailments like high blood pressure and diabetes that come with age, they need finance for medical treatment. That is why retirees should put aside money from their salaries. The money they expect to receive as a pension is highly needed when they are weak. Therefore, the Chair of Elderly Citizens Association has called for the government’s support and collaboration to resolve problems being witnessed here.  

The Association is not strong enough to go around the Region and collect data to identify how many retirees have not received their pension for the last two years, how many have fallen sick and how many have been victimised with lack of food… according to the Chairman. 

The attempt made by the Amharic Weekly, Reporter, to clarify the issues with the Federal Government Social Security Agency was not successful as the telephone call was not responded from the other side. 


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  1. “”Image from the two-year war between the TPLF and the Abiy Ahmed government”” Borkena

    The war involved all Tigrayans of all walks of life and ages who fought for their freedom against foreign mercenaries that Genocider Abiy Ahmed had invited and who had the full backing of all Ethiopians, including Amhara fanno, Amhara militia, Oromos who take advantage of prosperity and rule, and nations and ethnicities resident in all parts of Ethiopia. Therefore, as it is well-documented by multiple writers, you have no privilege to cover up the fact that it is fully documented on the internet, which is the modern-day manuscript. Amhara elites residing overseas were remote military generals and advisors who consulted Abiy Ahmed to go against Tigray and exterminate Tigray people. You smart alecks are now trying to put all the blame on Abiy Ahmed, your incarnated Moses and latter-day prophet,sent to unite the church and unify Ethiopia.
    The fact that you repeat lies after lies with the intention of deceiving people into believing them and treating them as the true truth shows that you are so smart with no parallels. Amhara elites’ unmatched expertise in manufacturing lies and escapegoating is becoming the subject of ululation and admiration and could be recited in a genius book. Be patient; it might take a few days for the committee to come up with a heart-warming decision.

    Dismantle Mahibrekidisan, sponsor of the Tigray genocide and supporter of Fannos.


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