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The Paradox of Our Leaders: Abiy’s Contradictory Actions in the Face of Genocide

Abiy Ahmed _ Rwanda Genocide
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Isael Ze Etiel    

In a world where leaders are expected to uphold peace, justice, and humanity, the paradoxical actions of some can be truly baffling. One such example is Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, attend the commemorations marked 30th years of the Rwandan genocide that killed more than 1 million people, while simultaneously being accused of committing genocide against the Tigray and Amhara peoples in his own country.

The Rwandan genocide, which took place in 1994, was a dark chapter in human history that saw the mass slaughter of over 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. As the world reflected on this tragic event, Abiy Ahmed made a statement expressing his condolences and emphasizing the importance of remembering and learning from such atrocities, and Ethiopia stands with the people of Rwanda as they commemorate “Kwibuka 30”.

However, the irony lies in the fact that Abiy himself stands accused of committing similar acts of violence and ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia. The conflict in the Tigray region, which began in November 2020, has resulted in the deaths of over one million people and has caused immense suffering and displacement. Reports of atrocities such as mass killings, rape, and torture have emerged, painting a grim picture of the situation on the ground.

Despite these grave allegations, Abiy has largely remained silent on the crisis in Tigray and Amhara, and has even sought to downplay the severity of the situation. In a shocking display of denial and deflection, he has attempted to shift blame onto others and has refused to acknowledge the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in his own country.

This glaring contradiction in Abiy’s actions highlights the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of some leaders who preach peace and reconciliation while actively perpetuating violence and division. It serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of unchecked power and the need for accountability and justice in the face of human rights abuses.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame led commemorations on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. He stated that the conditions that led to the slaughter would never be allowed to exist again in his country’s politics. We hoped for a similar statement from Dr. Abiy, acknowledging his administration’s responsibility for the deaths of over a million innocent lives in the past 6 years. Unfortunately, this remained wishful thinking.

As we commemorate the victims of past genocides and pledge to never forget their suffering, we must also hold our current leaders to account for their actions and demand an end to the cycle of violence and impunity. Only by confronting the paradoxes within our own societies can we hope to build a more just and peaceful world for future generations.

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