Tigray: Opposition parties blame Ethiopian troops and Eritrean forces for 52,000 civilian deaths

A Joint Press Release by Tigray Independence Party (TIP), Salsay Weyane Tigray (SAWET), and National Congress of Great Tigray (Baytona) on the Current Situation in Tigray

It has been almost three months since the unelected Ethiopian government officially declared a total war against the people of Tigray. This war is a war to deny people’s constitutional right to self-government and self-determination as it is imposed on Tigray because Tigray defied the decision to postpone the sixth round election. This war, ostensibly declared in the name of ‘law enforcement’, deployed not only the Ethiopian defense force in its full capacity but also the ill-oriented Eritrean army in full capacity, regional state special police forces, Amhara militia, mercenaries from Somalia/Moqadisho and a technological support of non-African actors.
Since the start of this ominous war, more than 52,000 innocent civilians; including children, women, youth, elders and religious fathers; have been slaughtered indiscriminately. Towns and villages have been demolished by a blind artillery shelling, our health and educational facilities have been looted and destroyed and, to the surprise of any sane mind, our religious institutions have also been attacked and their sacred possessions plundered.
Extra-judicial killings and gang rapes have become every day practices of the aggressors. The rape that these forces are committing is so egregious that it includes forcing at gun point a father to do it on his daughter. Moreover, in fear of these abominable horrors of the invading forces, more than 3 million people have left their homes and become internally displaced with in Tigray, while around 150,000 have migrated to other parts of Ethiopia, although they couldn’t escape ethnic profiling there too. Moreover, tens of thousands have fled to Sudan to escape from the atrocities in their homeland. The government and people of Sudan had always been a friend in need to the people of Tigray and we express our deepest gratitude for continuing to be one.
At this moment, more than 6.5 million people, including the internally displaced, are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. In fact, we have started to witness death of innocent civilians due to hunger even by the admission of ‘officials’ of the so-called provisional ‘government’ in Tigray. It should be noted that this hunger is man-made as we are aware that more than 4.8 million livestock have been butchered and raided, crops in fields have been burned and almost everything that the invading forces found in a Tigrayan home is looted and what is left of that is burned.
The Ethiopian government is using hunger as a weapon to subdue Tigray since it has been obstructing international efforts for humanitarian assistance. Keeping Tigray detached from the world by blocking internet and telephone communication is part of the strategy to obstruct helping the people of Tigray. Therefore, unless an urgent intervention is made by the international community to make food and medicine available to our people within days, we are afraid the looming humanitarian disaster of biblical proportion will become a gruesome reality in Tigray and humanity will be left to rue that.
We, therefore, call up on the international community for action
  • to ensure an immediate withdrawal of the invading Eritrean army.
  • to ensure an immediate withdrawal of the aggressor Ethiopian army, Amhara militia and regional special police forces from Tigray land.
  • to ensure a secure access and direct humanitarian assistance in Tigray.
  • to ensure an unrestricted access to the international media to get to Tigray and cover what is happening.
  • to ensure a deep, independent and international investigation of the egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity that are committed by all forces that wreaked havoc in Tigray and make the perpetrators accountable.
  • to press the Ethiopian government to stop the ongoing war in Tigray and start a dialogue process aiming at resolving the political  problems in Tigray and Ethiopia.
Tigray will prevail!!
Tigray Independence Party (TIP)
Salsay Weyane Tigray (SAWET)
National Congress of Great Tigray (Baytona)
February 2021, Mekelle-Tigray

13 comments

  1. Many thanks for your united effort in educating the world community about the tragic conditions that are happening tin Tigray. Please keep updating and educating the world about the unwarranted crimes committed on our people while they are doing their day-to-day life activities in their homes.
    Thank you again.

  2. Bah! Humbag! These delusional fools continue to regurgitate the same mantra that consumed and finally brought down the TPLF warlords who shamelessly betrayed and turned their back to the people Tigray once they settled in Arat Kilo and went on looting spree. These meaningless proclamations filed with lackluster brouhaha is not a substitute for a coherent response to the criminal undertaking which is being carried out by the self anointed hallelujah boy “Prime Minister” Abiy Ahmed Ali and his cohorts. Be that as it may, it is of great urgency that all nations of goodwill should come to the rescue of the people of Tigray from the war of extermination which is being carried out by the king wannabe megalomaniac Abiy Ahmed and his henchmen. History is reaping itself in real time and no one should be a spectator of the tragedy which is being perpetuated against the humble and peaceful people of Tigray. The United Nations should be on notice that it’s failure to take immediate action to stop the genocide now would be indicative of it’s tacit approval and support for the lunatic and delusional Ethiopian dictator Abiy Ahmed Ali. The European Union is in a better position to provide immediate aid to the people of Tigray to avert mass starvation that the world has never witnessed before. The so-called “African Union” , an empty continental shell, has endorsed Abiy Ahmed’s policy of extermination of the people of Tigray and it is part and parcel of criminal endeavor. As such, it should be exposed and condemned by all international organizations and entities. In the meantime, let everyone who really cares and feels the pain and desperation of the people of Tigray do our part in providing help through the organizations which are actively involved in reaching out. AFRICA, AFRICA!

  3. We need Humanitarian aide for our people, full withdrawal of Eritrean , ethiopian and somalian invaders . We also need the ICC to bring the masterminds of this war to be brought to justice and face the music.

    UNSC is not acting swiftly as required and as far as its manadte is concerned.
    What are they(EU, UNSC, US Au) doing so far part from sending letters and warnings to those criminals?

  4. Unity is a must. Well done. Keep on the good work.
    #tigrepeople will be free soon!

    A brother in arms from the so long marginalized.

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