Ethiopia: Tigray, the Lava Lake of the Horn of Africa

Amanuel Biedemariam 

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), is leading the Tigray region to danger of civil strife, economic hardship and isolation. Prior to 1991, the province of Tigray was one of the poorest, most isolated hungry provinces of Ethiopia. After 27 years in power, the TPLF have positioned Tigray to become much worse than what it was prior to 1991.

Today, Tigray is like a volcanic crater filled with lava lake ready to explode, unleash it’s fiery-fury in every direction. It is isolated mountain without connection to the world trapped without direction and leadership. How did it get here?

Before it assumed power in 1991, the TPLF did one-good thing, partnered with Eritrea. That partnership propelled it to power. But as soon as it came to power, the TPLF turned on Eritrea and started a 20-year journey of conflict that led to death of countless youth displacement, hardships and economic losses.  

Certain it can bring Eritrea to her knees, the TPLF gambled on a zero-sum game and unleashed an all-out war to undo Eritrean independence in quest to become the hegemon of the region.

The TPLF exploited the war-on-terror campaign, long-standing US Ethiopia relations and colluded with Washington and unleashed a 20 year-long campaign and failed. TPLF’s actions lead to severed ties between Eritrea and Ethiopia. As result, traditional cross border exchanges, trade relations and social connection got disconnected.

TPLF’s hubris and short-sighted actions affected Ethiopia and the entire Horn of Africa (HOA) negatively. The atrocities in Somalia, Genocides in Ogaden, repression and killing in Oromo are examples of a regime out of control detached with its environs. The TPLF became occupying force of Ethiopia.

The best example of this is Gambela. Those who have not seen the documentary “Dead Monkeys Fear No Hyena,” must see to understand the depth of the penetrating impact the Tigrean led minority TPLF regime’s crimes against humanity openly.

In the name of development and growth, a national park the size of small country was given to Al Amoudi’s company Saudi Star. Which in turn destroyed the forest and turned it into farm-land that produced rice for export. In the process, the indigenous Anuak people were forced out of their homes and became refugees in South Sudan. Majority are displaced inside Ethiopia forced to live in makeshift camps outside their traditional comfort. With their traditional hunting grounds taken, they have no place to hunt and gather. And left with no choice they became workers on the rice fields of Saudi Star.

In Gambela city, the new settlers mostly Tigreans control the security, establishments, communication, transportation and all means of governance. The documentary shows with clarity, what an occupying force looks and acts like. It is a window to the exploitation and its impact on the environment and lives of the indigenous people.

These atrocities are not unique to Gambela. In June 2008, Human Rights Watch chronicled what it called, “War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in the Ogaden area of Ethiopia’s Somali Region,” and released a disturbing report that detailed shocking atrocities the Tigrean minority regime committed in the area. Quote,

“Ethiopian troops have forcibly displaced entire rural communities, ordering villagers to leave their homes within a few days or witness their houses being burnt down and their possessions destroyed-and risk death. Over the past year, Human Rights Watch has documented the execution of more than 150 individuals, many of them in demonstration killings. Hundreds-and possibly thousands-of individuals have been arrested and held in military barracks, sometimes multiple times, where they have been tortured, raped, and assaulted. Confiscation of livestock (the main asset among the largely pastoralist population), restrictions on access to water, food, and other essential commodities, and obstruction of commercial traffic and humanitarian assistance have been used as weapons.”

In Oromia, even if the trigger was the expansion plan of Addis Ababa, years of oppressive measures, exploitation of resources, mass killing, imprisonment and marginalization is what led to the revolts that pushed the TPLF to the brink. The people of Benishangul Gumuz and Omo have suffered similar fate like that of Gambela. According to Genocide Watch Malkamuu Jaatee January 2016 report,

“The direct human rights violation practices of the regime in Oromia and Southern (Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Omo) regions of Ethiopia demonstrate atrocities of the land grabbers. For example, human rights violations in the lower Omo valley are characterized by arbitrary arrests and detentions, beatings and mistreatment, governing through fear and intimidation, and violations of economic, social and cultural rights. The government and its police force are cracking down, jailing and torturing indigenous people and raping women in the Omo region.”The Amhara region has been at war with the minority TPLF regime in Gondar, with the flash point Welkait Tegede for a long time. On a report, “Mistaken Identity of the Amhara People and the Quest for Resistance Against TPLF,” Welkait.com, Abinet Hunegnaw wrote,

“Now the most concealed and systematic terror and genocide condoned and sanctioned by a domestic born regime against the Amhara is in full swing since 1991 unabated. The past 25 years transformed Ethiopia in a tumultuous and complicated way into a living hell for each and every Amhara. The TPLF junta of Ethiopia has identified the Amhara as the number one enemy of the Tigryan people that must be dealt with harshly until it gets into the status of a dissipated, broken and weak, minority that won’t recover to pose any challenge to a future independent greater Tigryan state. This very genocidal hatred against the Amhara is officially stated by the TPLF manifesto of 1978. Since that moment on, the Woyane Tigryan ethno centric junta opened an all-out war against the history, culture, tradition, language, political and economic wellbeing and the very existence of the Amhara people.”

Similar events have been taking place in Afar region where armed rebellion against the regime raged for years. According to reports railroads from Djibouti to Addis Ababa was disconnected by people in the region demonstrating against the regime. African Intelligence magazine reported,

“Confrontations like this are a frequent occurrence in this region, where Afars oppose being expelled from their ancestral land, being displaced and the shortage of water points for their livestock along the River Awash. So far, all their complaints to the federal authorities have been to no avail.”On April of 2014, The Afar People’s Party released a statement condemning,

“displacement of thousands of Afar pastoralists continues due to land grabbing for   Woyane affiliated investors in vicinities Afdera, Dallol, Teru and along the Awash Valley The pastoralists have been evicted to desert areas without access to water and other facilities.”Does Tigray Have a Regional Partner or Friends?
The TPLF divided Ethiopia ethnically and used the military as tool of occupation. TPLF’s military became mercenaries for hire to western led initiatives. The TPLF made billions from Western interests in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan to mention some.

The TPLF is expansionist, opportunist entity that lacks morality, humanity, humility, a sense of nationalism and dignity. Many have said TPLF is smart organization. They say TPLF has transferred Ethiopia, look at the high-rise buildings, the economy is growing 11% and so on. However, TPLF is the dumbest group of people in the history of Ethiopia and the region.

The only reason they came to power was because of Eritrea’s support. And the first thing they did was they picked a fight against Eritrea and the Oromo. As result, they lost Eritrea as a partner and the people of Oromia have waged a struggle since.

The TPLF failed to establish partnership with all of Ethiopia’s ethnic regions. It failed to establish friendship with countries in the region with exception to Sudan because it is the only lifeline Tigray has, and Djibouti Ethiopia’s main access to sea. The TPLF is loathed by Somalia, Eritrea and South Sudan.

In simple terms, Tigray is at odds on the East with Afar, on the south Welkait, and in the north Eritrea in fundamental ways. In Welkait dispute over land, in Afar dispute over land, and with Eritrea dispute over land. Everywhere in Ethiopia the TPLF is not welcome. Gambela, Oromia, Benishangul, Omo, Ogaden and everywhere else. And it is all about land-grab and the resources.

To provide perspective, we can compare the Derg led by Col. Mengistu Hailemariam and the TPLF EPRDF regime on how they handled land, and its implication to Ethiopia on a very simple level.

The Derg told Ethiopians, the land is yours and you can farm it. Land to the tiller. As result the farmers, the villagers supported Derg, chanted revolutionary slogans and supported his war efforts with nationalist fervor.

TPLF on the other hand, took away their land (known internationally as Land-Grab) and leased it to Agro-industrialist multinational corporations and turned the aborigines into migrant farm-workers in their country and own ancestral land. TPLF’s incessant appetite for land has placed it at odds with all the countries in the region and ethnic nationalities in Ethiopia.

How Did TPLF Serve Tigray?
Tigray is a mystery to the outside observer. Only the people of Tigray know how well or badly Tigray is doing. There are reports of development, new highways, universities, airports and industries. The people of Tigray, at least looking from the outside in-the-Diaspora, live dual identities. In one hand strong sense of Tigray nationalism and when approaching the national issue, they look for Tigray bent. Their websites such as Aigaforum and Tigraionline have shown this for years.  

For over 24 years, there has been silence by the people of Tigray. Little or no opposition to what the TPLF does or failed to do was aired publicly. Since the Oromo-protests begun however, there have been numerous public outcries by Tigreans at least in the diaspora.

They complained TPLF has turned Tigray into a military garrison where soldiers from all parts of Ethiopia are coming and having children with Tegaru. They complain of hardship, marginalization and thought protection from the government because they claimed establishments owned by Tigreans were targeted by demonstrators everywhere in Ethiopia and left their business and were forced to return to Tigray. Obviously, there is a precedent TPLF-set when it ethnic cleansed 80,000 Eritreans from Ethiopia. As the sayings goes; what is good for the goose is good for the gander. What goes around comes around.

The reality is, no matter how well Tigray is doing, without peace and partnership it will fail. This understanding was missing from the leaders of Tigray.

The TPLF’s grand-plan is to dominate the region and Ethiopia by controlling the Red Sea. TPLF is shortsighted and arrogantly believed it will defeat Eritrea. Their entire focus became on how to defeat Eritrea. They have targeted Eritrea militarily, socially, politically, diplomatically, economically and waged major public relations campaigns designed to vilify Eritrea, for years.

TPLF waged cultural wars and attempted to dilute Eritrean cultures as Habesha. The TPLF created a movement called Agazian movement focusing on Tigray and Eritrea. They called it Tigray Tigrigni. They aimed to weaken Eritrean nationalism using many tactics. They targeted Eritrean youth, music and ways of life. To undermine Eritrea as nation, they are coming up with all kinds of names like Tegaru Eritreans and have been making claims that Eritrea is Tigray openly. 

The campaign against Eritrea drained Tigray and placed it on a dangerous path. For their grand-plan to work Eritrea must be defeated. But that is not the case. To the contrary Eritrea weathered the storm. Tigray on the other hand is at odds with itself and Ethiopia over Badme and everything else. The trajectory is not looking good.

What Next for Tigrai?
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front misled Tigray for years. The TPLF created identity crisis in Tigray. Article 39 of the Ethiopian constitution is a reminder that the reason for the article in the first place was Tigray Manifesto of 1978 that ensured the secession of Tigray if need be. Hence, the people of Tigray have always had this in their mind when they see the future of Tigray. Celebrate Tigray   

With this in mind disparate advantage was accorded to Tigray region.  According to Jawar Mohamed,

“Ever since the TPLF came to power, there has been a greater attempt to economically develop the Tigray region before the rest of the country. It is a common belief that the economic, bureaucratic, security and religious institutions of the central government hierarchy have been monopolized by Tigrean elites.” 

They thought to develop Tigray at the expense of everyone else in the region. As the earlier comparison between Mengistu Hailemariam and TPLF exposed; Derg embraced the peasant, the masses, the proletariat. To the contrary, TPLF, an organization that is supposed to be Marxist ended up working against the masses by taking resources away from the people. 

But the gravest mistake they made was when they picked a fight against Eritrea. One thing they forgot, overlooked and underestimated is the resolve of the people of Eritrea, the brilliance of Eritrean government and her leadership. They forgot how EPLF’s long memory and far sighted approach worked. They believed their temporary partnership with the West will suffice and see them through. They thought if they brought Eritrea to her knees, control the Red Sea, they can control Ethiopia and the region indefinitely. They dreamt big.

In the process what was lost was the reality, respect for the rule of law, give and take. They believed they are above it-all, and if they cannot get their way they acted like spoiled child threw tantrums, threats and attempted to intimidate. They forgot how to communicate with respect. Their communication became a PR ploy of one-upmanship. They flexed their muscle and threatened regime change, war etc. all the time. 

This created identity crisis inside Tigray at appears. When it served them, nationally-made decisions were praised but, when they felt the decision did not go their way they rejected it.

The most glaring example of this is the latest decision by the new appointed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The announcement that Ethiopia will abide by the Algiers Final and Binding Agreement was met by heavy protests inside Tigray. In reaction to the protest, spokesperson of the Tigray region Mr. Redai Halefom, in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) rejected PM Abiy’s declaration completely. He said we have to have dialogue with Eritrea first. 

Hence, the people of Tigray must come to grips with the reality of the situation. The TPLF has lost all its marbles one by one over the years. Its upper hand no longer exists in Washington. The people of Ethiopia fear TPLF no more.

TPLF’s economic prowess was due to the businesses it owned and international investments in various parts of Ethiopia. China announced it will scale back investments because they see what is going on in Oromia, and other places. The people have assumed ownership of their lands and resources. That denies TPLF economic advantage it enjoyed for long. The TPLF has bankrupted Ethiopia. There is no money.

There is myth that TPLF is still in control of the intelligence apparatus and military. It takes money to run intelligence, but most importantly, intelligence to what end. The people have taken over. They have assumed power.

The TPLF, Malelit, is an organization without principle full of personalities that are corrupt deceitful, embezzlers, profiteers that exploited Ethiopia and the region. Lying, cheating, deception, killing, torture is engrained deep into the culture of Weyane. The people of Tigray must come to grips with this reality quickly.

Concluding Remarks
The wars, the No-War-No-Peace campaign TPLF waged against Eritrea ended up hurting Tigray more than Eritrea. Eritrea has prevailed. Furthermore, the people of Ethiopia fear TPLF no more. Therefore, if the people of Tigray want to live in peace with the people of Eritrea, the region and Ethiopia; they must come to grips with the reality detailed in this piece. 

It will take miracle to extricate Tigray from this conundrum and place it on the right direction. But first, the people of Tigray must recognize their future hinges on one move and that is, in order to move forward they must abandon the TPLF. They must side with the people, denounce the TPLF and pray that that is enough.

This author has in numerous occasions penned the danger the people of Tigray can face if they remain on this path. 

https://www.tesfanews.net/ethiopia-tplf-dead-buried-meles-zenawi/

https://www.opride.com/2010/01/12/ethiopia-nationalism-mixed-heritage-and-its-consequences/

 June 11, 2018

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Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Chief Messenger of the TPLF

Amanuel Biedemariam

Eritrea, anyone who praises Dr. Abiy Ahmed for announcing the acceptance of Badme EEBC Algiers agreement ruling is truly naïve and short sighted. Abiy is nothing but an errand boy regurgitating what TPLF tells him to say.

And those Ethiopians touting Abiy’s gestures are fooling themselves. Because the TPLF is using him to do their dirty deed. In fact, Ethiopia is in grave danger now because, after TPLF hands Badme over, Eritrea will pose no threat, supposedly. That is why they keep saying the onus is on Eritrea to reciprocate. To be good. That is why you hear them say the ball is on Eritrea’s court now repeatedly. This is design to put pressure back on Eritrea, so they can be left alone without external threat.

This move will allow Weyane to focus on Ethiopia and unleash what Elias Amare called “TPLF’s Strategy of Chaos.” They are going to unleash their arsenal to dominate Ethiopia and loot for as long as they can at best. And if they can’t, use article 39 to become independent. The biggest prize they are after is to stake a claim on Wolkait Tegede.

In the meantime, privatize whatever they can, reassume ownership via phantom rich-business people, companies and foreign entities to earn hard currency that they will in turn use to finance their evil deeds. In other words, maintain ownership of the revenue streams such as Ethiopian Airlines while the country is insolvent. 

They have bankrupted the nation. The banks are empty to the point, even the depositors are not able to withdraw their money.

On May 3, 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir agreed on a deal allowing Ethiopia to own a stake in Sudan’s Port Sudan. According to Reuters, Quoting Meles Alem spokesman for Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry who said,

“The leaders of both countries agreed to develop Port Sudan together. This deal entails that Ethiopia will be a shareholder of the port as well.”

What benefit does Port Sudan give Ethiopia considering the distance? None. The TPLF made Dr. Abiy sign the agreement in the name of Ethiopia. Tigray is the only Region that can benefit from this agreement because Port Sudan is closer to Tigray while it is very far to the central part of Ethiopia. Therefore, not economically feasible for the nation. What I find interesting is the fact that little or no mention is done by Ethiopians about this.

I don’t know why, people are so gullible and willing to come up with crazy praises for Abiy someone who has been and remains agent of TPLF. Particularly, someone with Eritrean blood in his hand during the Badme war.

To bring peace and development to the Horn of Africa, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front must be dismantled, and all the party members and supporters must face the people. Because they are responsible for over 20,000 Eritrean lives, displacement and twenty years of hardship. They are responsible for countless Ethiopian and Somali lives.

June 7, 2018

 

 

 

 

The Tiffany Hadish Story and Its Implication to Diaspora Eritreans

The Tiffany Haddish Story and Its Implication to Diaspora Eritreans
Amanuel Biedemariam

The best way one can describe Tiffany Haddish’s commitment to her heritage is, “Inspirational.”

Majority of the Eritrean youth and young adults in their thirties forties in the Diaspora today were raised by parents that came to the US and other countries in the eighties and early nineties. Their parents came from Eritrea through Sudan and other places escaping  death, imprisonment, torture and hardship from the hands of Ethiopian military. 

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EriAm

These Eritreans expressed their love for Eritrea in their daily lives. They lived, breathed, sang and played Eritrea every day. They gathered in Eritrean events, honored Eritrean heroes and supported Eritrean struggle for independence financially, morally and advocated for the Eritrean cause every day. Eritrea was in their heart. It was and remains their purpose, mission and life. They are dedicated backbone of Eritrea. They support their families and Eritrea at the same time equally. Eritreans have demonstrated to the world what it means to love a country, family and community as one.

The kids grew up in these environments and were influenced by it. They knew Eritrea emotionally and grew up loving Eritrea as their parents did. Their houses were decorated with Eritrean arts, souvenirs and memorabilia. They ate Eritrean food, listened to Eritrean music and grew up with Eritrean families in Eritrean communities. They went to all Eritrean events and wherever they travelled Eritrea travelled with them. 

Sandman
Sandman Negus

They grew up understanding their obligations-aware of their responsibilities and know what it takes. They know it takes their commitment, time, dedication and sacrifices. They have learned that their heritage is extremely important and they are dedicated to lift and honor Eritrea. 

Eritreans have been enjoying these children flourish and bring Eritrea to the forefront lifting it like the EriAm sisters Haben, Salina and Lianda did when they burst to the seen in America Got Talent in 2009. These kids went as far as Sawa Eritrea with their parents and expressed their love for the people with music before they became the sensation the world knew them to be. 

YRB 2010 Art Issue Celebration
Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle is thriving, Layne Tadesse is keeping reggae alive and relevant everywhere he goes. The late Sandman Negus left indelible impression. Who can forget Shannon-Ogbani Abeda who made history as the first Eritrean from Africa to compete in Winter Olympics PyeongChang in 2018. There are more than can be mention here. These children are flourishing with Eritrea in their heart and mind. And their need to promote Eritrea is having impact on the life, perception, image, mood, self-esteem, pride and inspiring others. It is a great example how one can do good for the greater good. 

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Layne Tadesse

The Tiffany Haddish story is no different from the stories above. What makes here story unique is that she elevated it to a new stratosphere. She took it to a level that is undeniable. She did it with pride, gleeful pride that is infectious. She did it with love and affection for her heritage. In one night, Tiffany brought Eritrea to the world. She inspired millions, particularly her peers. She placed Eritrea in Hollywood’s radar instantly. In doing so she aroused curiosity, interest about Eritrea.

In the last 20 years, Eritrea received unprecedented undeserved negative attention. The vilification campaigns waged against Eritrea has been relentless. Major part of the campaign was directed at Eritreans in the Diaspora. It was meant to cripple their resolve. However, the long struggle for independence is foundation impossible to nudge.

The Tiffany Haddish story therefore, is the untold story of Eritrea that the world is yet to see, hear and experience. It is the story of resolve, resilience, perseverance, struggle and victory. It is the outcome of a struggle that Eritreans waged from all around the world as one. It is an example that the world can learn from. That is, when people are connected by a cause; no distance, time or obstacles can stand on their way.

Tiffany Haddish is a blessing, inspiration and incredible talent. Her late father Tsihaye Reda Haddish must be beaming with happiness knowing that he bestowed the love for her country, people and heritage. It is obvious that he loved Eritrea and expressed it with incredible affection that motivated Tiffany to travel all the way to Eritrea. Her Eritrean dress in the Oscars was the icing that seared her queenly image. 

Thank you Tiffany for the smile you bring to the world.

NBCUniversal Summer Press Tour, Los Angeles, USA - 20 Mar 2017
Tiffany Haddish

Memories of Dr. Nerayo Teklemichael

Memories of Dr. Nerayo
By Samuela Zerai
March 23, 2018

Dr. Nerayo Teklemichael was a man of the people who dedicated his life for his country and his passing away is a loss to the country but is heavy on his family and close associates in the armed struggle.

Dr. Nerayo Teklemichael was not an ordinary person or run-of-the-mill doctor. He comes from Adi Nifas, a village in the vicinity of Asmara. He left the village long before I could remember. I saw him for the first time in Addis Abeba. He was a family friend and became family doctor to all people he knew. When I was a he was my child he was my doctor; when I was a teenager he was my mentor, and later as an adult he was my inspiration and a comrade in the fight for the common goal of liberating the people, him in the field and I in my capacity as a supporter.

The first medical doctor to join the EPLF, Dr. Nerayo brought with him good bedside manner and kind approach to mother and child, which earned him the highest respect among his colleagues and mothers. During the struggle he worked tirelessly to improve medical care of the fighters and the Eritrean people in the liberated areas. He trained countless ‘agar-hakim’ (barefoot doctors), who played important role in the medical area at every level of the struggle.

I left for the USA before he joined the struggle and we first met in the mid-eighties in New York City. I was in ‘kekabi shimagle’ (local area leadership committee} and the heroic doctor came to solicit international medical and humanitarian support to alleviate the suffering of the Eritrean people. At first, he did not recognize me. When I introduced myself, he was amazed and told the people around him “This was a child I saw growing up since she was three years old” jokingly. Actually, I was in the 5th grade when I first met him.

During those days, Dr. Nerayo was the face of Eritrea abroad. He travelled far and wide, knocked at many doors to solicit medical and drug donation everywhere possible. I remember once he was invited to address the medical community at Harvard and one of the attendees asked the question “You are a full-fledged board certified pediatrician, right?” Dr. Nerayo with his good sense of humor replied “I am.” The attendee continued his questions “You know you could have made a million dollars here. Why choose to live such a life?” Dr. Nerayo replied, “But I am happy because I do not have any bills to pay.” The audience broke in laughter.

When our first Eritrean Medical Association Symposium was held in 1986 at Riverside Medical center in Secaucus New Jersey, I witnessed Dr. Nerayo addressing over a hundred medical professionals with the hospital CEO Dr.Joseph Cavalla.

 

You are TPLF, and not Eritrean Opposition

You are TPLF, not Eritrean Opposition 

Amanuel Biedemariam

Between 1998-2000, over 80,000 Eritreans were forcibly evicted from their homes and deported from Ethiopia by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the most horrible ways. Children, elderly, and the very sick were forced to travel hundreds of kilometers via treacherous routs to be thrown away on the hottest parts of the world only because the minority regime from Tigray decided to teach Eritreans. The late genocidal tyrant Meles Zenawi said,

“If we say ‘go, because we don’t like the color of your eyes,’ they have to leave.”

Deportee Refugee 

TPLF then confiscated the properties and gave it to Tigrayans. Ethiopians who lived side by side with the deported Eritreans were shaken and in disbelief. It was a sudden shock that felt like death because these were friends for-life that respected one another and raised their families as one. The idea of ethnic cleansing was unprecedented, and many came to the aid of Eritreans and tried to help them any way they can.

The Tigrayans minority regime was vicious in its attempt to destroy Eritrea. In 30 years of struggle Eritrea lost nearly 70,000 martyrs. During the war with the TPLF however, over 20,000 Eritrean youth died to defend hard won independence. They displaced hundreds of thousands of Eritreans and pushed them out of their fertile farm land. They then littered the farms with landmines which in turn took many lives.

The TPLF’s aim is to destroy everything Eritrea. They dream, plan, strategize to annihilate Eritrea every second of their life. TPLF believes, Eritrea must be destroyed so they can dominate the region. No two ways about it. Nothing is off the table when it comes to Eritrea. If given a chance, and as evidenced by the past 20 years, Tigray People’s Liberation Front planned to destroy Eritrea from its roots. They planned for genocide or in the least, Eritrea becomes another Palestine.

To that end, they waged wars, tried to isolate Eritrea by collaborating with Sudan, Yemen and others. They displaced millions of Eritreans from their homes, tried to lure the youth to flee Eritrea so that Eritrea is left without her productive youth. TPLF campaigned to sanction Eritrea and worked hard to keep Eritrea in continuous state of war by occupying sovereign Eritrean territories. They tried to sabotage Eritrean currency, worked hard to stop remittances and attempted to stop mining companies from doing business in Eritrea.

TPLF’s campaigns against Eritrea is robust internationally. It is actively engaged in campaigns to vilify, destroy the image and history of Eritrea. It works with corrupt Eritreans that claim to be opposition and targets Eritreans in the Diaspora. TPLF pays large sums of money to infiltrate Eritrean communities, create discord along ethnic, religious and regional lines.

The TPLF is knocking on every aspect of Eritrean way of life to weaken and tear it apart. They are in universities reaching out to Eritrean youth to weaken their mindset with falsities. TPLF is recruiting Eritrean musicians and enticing them with money to work and sing against their government and sing for the agendas designed to weaken Eritrean nationalism.

Simply put, the resources the TPLF invests to bring Eritrea to its knees is in the billions. It is the largest and longest campaign waged against any group of people in the history of Africa. If the TPLF succeeded, Eritreans would have had to flee or assume other identities to survive. Because TPLF is amongst the deadliest regimes the world has ever seen. Moyale, the crimes against humanity in Gambela, and the genocides in Ogaden would pale in comparison had the TPLF finalized its wishes against Eritrea.

Their inferiority complex, willingness to serve as mercenaries against people of the region, their hegemonic ambitions, and jealousy against the people of Eritrea has lead them to a dark place. They must have believed, stripping Eritrea’s strength would make them stronger. They wanted to take the power from Eritrea, so they can be powerful.

However, and because of the strength and resilience of Eritrea, the TPLF is in shambles, losing grip and getting hit on many fronts in a manner it cannot overcome. All the international institutions it manipulated (UN, EU), regional and international bodies it exploited (IGAD, AU), money it earned in peacekeeping missions (AMISOM) and international agendas it exploited are no longer enough to sustain it. TPLF received half a billion dollars in one week in February of 2018. That money was stripped clean in a matter of days when the people of Ethiopia decided to shut down the country by stopping the free flow of goods and gas throughout the country. TPLF is bankrupt due to loss of earning from agro-industries in Oromia, Gambela and the imprisonment of Al Amoudi has also added to the financial crisis. The economy of Ethiopia is non-existent rocked by nonstop uprising.

Europe and North America are forced to reevaluate and change their asylum acceptance approaches in large part because Eritrea managed to skillfully turn the geopolitical developments to her advantage.

The Death of the Anti-Eritrea Camp

This is death sentence to the anti-Eritrean camp that operated as Eritrean opposition. They are anti Eritrea because they stand against everything Eritrea stands for.

They have no power, so they must saddle on TPLF’s back to march to Eritrea. They have no principled stands as their causes are based on regional, ethnic and religious issues motivated by self-aggrandizement, opportunism and attention. They are liars that sold their nation and people selfishly. They have stood on the way of development. They have tried to disrupt and create disharmony on behalf of TPLF and foreign agents.

They are members of the former Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) that never recognized Eritrean independence because it was won by EPLF. These mindless losers and cowards (those who work with TPLF) want to be cuddled to power by the hands of enemy. They are disgruntled members of the EPLF that betrayed their nation like Haile Menkerious. Or, like Dr.Bereket Habteselassie with identity crisis that finally admitted he is Ethiopian. These are personalities comfortable with the idea of Eritreans suffering, and working with the TPLF to be hoisted to power on the backs of Tigrayans.

Well, now, that agents of TPLF-Tigrayans are clamoring to make peace with Eritrea, where is it going to leave the sellouts? In the dust bins of history. The minority regime will have no problem discarding them to appease Eritrea not because of love to Eritrea but that is what they do. Betray. Eritrea gave TPLF life and propelled them to power. And how did they repay Eritrea?

You are TPLF, not Eritrean Opposition

At this point, any Eritrean that collaborates with the TPLF is not only enemy of Eritrea, they are in effect enemies of the people of Ethiopia as well. And no matter what they claim to be they are not Eritrean opposition they are TPLF.

The people of Eritrea in the diaspora are kind and forgiving to a fault. Eritreans find it easier to find reasons to look the other way. However, at this point, no two ways about it; you are either with us or against us.

At this point, it is irresponsible to do business with the TPLF in Ethiopia or anywhere. There is absolutely no justification for it. Therefore, those who work with the TPLF against Eritrea today, must realize they are also working against the millions of Ethiopians suffering in the hands of a brutal genocidal regime. Hence, if one is compelled to do business with TPLF based on a narrow self-interest, they are TPLF. At a time when Ethiopians are boycotting the regime’s businesses, urging people from sending money to Ethiopia and succeeding; any Eritrean that engages in business activities in Ethiopia to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else is a crime. That is blood money.

Thousands of Eritreans lost billions after they were forced out of their homes and pursued legal means to regain their properties, businesses and money using international laws. It is, therefore, shamelessness of the highest kind to betray your people at a time of war. It is cowardice and ultimate sign of greed to go behind fellow Eritreans to regain your property simply because you can afford a plane ticket to Addis and by kowtowing to those who humiliated your families in the worst possible ways. Therefore, you are no different than the Tigrayans that took over Eritrean businesses. YOU ARE TPLF!!!

This shows that these people are dumb, unable to see the future, careless and above all they underestimated the Eritrean resolve. They most certainly did not see this day coming. And of course, when one does business with the TPLF, they are betting on the TPLF. One must believe the TPLF will prevail. As the fool hearty Dr. Tekeste Asefaw said, PM Hailemariam Desalegn promised me, Ethiopia will not harm Eritreans. Like most, he believed the TPLF will unseat the GoE and place him on the throne. But one thing those who work to overthrow the government of Eritrea in collaboration with TPLF or other countries forget is that they are agents that serve at the mercy of these countries as mercenaries.

For example: On February 12, 2018 Gedab News released an article about the reappointment of Major General Salah “Gosh” Abdulla as chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) of Sudan. This is not the first time Gosh served as security chief. He held the position from 2004-2009. According to Gedab (Kezab),

“Since he became the chief of the NISS in 2004, Salah Gosh has been a staunch supporter of the Eritrean opposition. But once Sudan’s trouble with the ICC started, president Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea who hosted the Sudanese opposition parties, intensified his pressure on Sudan to gain security and economic concessions. Thus, in 2008, the Sudanese government terminated its support of the Eritrean opposition forces that it systematically pushed to the laps of the Ethiopian government.”

This is false and outright lie. The government of Sudan signed the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement in Asmara in 2006. That essentially stopped all hostile actions against Eritrea. After Omer Bashir’s indictment by the ICC, Eritrea was the first country that extended hands to Bashir in 2008. Abdulla “Gosh” was ousted from his post a year later.

The above quote demonstrates Awatista’s false hope that sympathetic Gosh may reopen doors and inability to learn from history. This shows how the pathetic-parasites rely on enemies of Eritrea to do their bidding. They are unprincipled, powerless and shameless servants of enemies. They are short-sighted and too dumb to realize that the people of Ethiopia will destroy the TPLF soon and what happened in Sudan will also happen in Ethiopia and they will be left with no place to go.

Salih Ghadi, Salih Younis and co have been crying to no avail. Everything they have done failed and out of frustration, on a piece, “Eritrean Opposition Faces an Imminent Ultimatum,” February 14, 2018 they penned,

“Since its formation in Hawassa in November 2011, the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) has been in a coma with no signs of waking up, though not yet declared dead. Many frustrated members and supporters of the ENCDC have all but formally withdrawn their enthusiastic allegiance.” Emphasis added. Folks, it is impossible to make this up. It continued,

“Notably, many opposition elements accuse the Ethiopian handlers of heavy-handedness and unwarranted interference in the Eritrean opposition affairs. They claim that they are more interested in their narrow future regional interests at the expense of the Eritrean cause. Ethiopia provides varying support to different Eritrean organizations, but most of the support it provides is token funds to cover sundry expenses and free office space and bearing the cost of the many meetings. An activist from England asked, what good is an office if not a single tangible contribution to the struggle against the PFDJ cannot be presented?” Emphasis added.

The Awate extremists admitted unwittingly that they work for TPLF’s agenda. There is nothing worse for anyone who claims to be Eritrean to depend on stipends from TPLF in the name of Eritrea, the land of SELF RELIANCE!

Ironically, in the backdrop, Tigrayans are trying to reconcile with Eritreans. The internet is full of campaigns advocating peace between the people of Eritrea and Tigray. As if nothing happened over the last twenty years, Tigrayans are saying, we want to make peace with Eritreans. They say, “even if Badme is Tigray we must hand it over for the sake of peace. We are brothers. We all speak the same language,” and on and on.

Of course, the people of Eritrea know what is going on. For clarification, Badme is Eritrean and not Tigray’s to give. The people of Eritrea have been working with all Ethiopians in all parts of Ethiopia and, Tigray alone cannot speak on their behalf. In other words, the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea are collectively working together to clean the region from the vermin that is the TPLF. Furthermore, Eritrea is comprised of Nine Nationalities, Tigre, Tigrigna, Saho, Rashaida, Nara, Kunama, Hidareb, Bilen and Afar. Eritrea is one.

So, the Game is over for those that enticed Eritrean youth to flee from their homes into life of uncertainty to the desert, open-seas and death. Game over for those that harassed Eritreans in the diaspora. Game over to those that defamed, vilified and denigrated the image of Eritrea. Game over for those that collaborated with the TPLF to harm Eritrea. Game over for those that tried to divide our communities in the diaspora.

Conclusion

Anyone dumb enough to betray the people of Eritrea, and dumb enough to cuddle in the bosoms of genocidal tyrants of the TPLF is not worthy to be called ERITREAN. Anyone who pursued his or her agenda, in collaboration, with means and ways provided by the TPLF directly or indirectly is TPLF and does not deserve to be called Eritrean. Anyone from the diaspora who travelled to Ethiopia for self-benefit and, or, anyone who collaborated and benefited from TPLF in the diaspora does not deserve to be called Eritrean. It is GAME OVER, you lost. Your gamble did not pay off.

And those Tigrayans who pretend to be Eritreans please wake up. You will soon realize that you are exposing yourself because people know who you are and how you got here.

3/19/2018