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Eritrean Refugees at Risk as Connection to Tigray Is Blocked

News coming from Ethiopia indicate that communications to Tigray was blocked since yesterday evening. It’s unclear whether the disconnection is due to technical problems and temporary, or a security and political decision.

Until today, only the western part of Tigrai has telephone connections through the Amhara region.

Recently, the Ethiopian official media appealed to social media activists to refrain from spreading unconfirmed news.

The government has been posting its version of news some which it removed shortly after it was posted. However, removing some news after it spread enough didn’t solve the confusion or false perception it has created.

In a telephone conversation this morning, a social media outlet manager said, “the government wants to monopolize the flow of information and it is doing all it can to stop narrations that contradict with its propaganda.”

Meantime, over the last three days bigoted news targeting Eritrean Muslims has been spreading on social media through a person who works for a private satellite station. The rumors claim that Muslims make the majority of the Eritrean army and “the Muslims with cheek scars are brutally killing Tigrayans.”

Though many Eritreans have check scars, which is not common anymore, the targeted people are the Beni Amer tribes of Western Eritrea and Eastern Sudan.

So far, neither the Eritrean government nor the federal Ethiopian government has issued a statement against the campaign that has a potential of inciting a regional religious conflict.

An observer said, “most probably, the elite of the fighting sides are spreading the rumor to see the people preoccupied with infighting while they pursue their war and reckless adventure.”

The rumors have enraged many Diaspora Eritreans.

There are also similar risky rumors spreading in Tigray and other parts of Ethiopia against Eritrean refugees, particularly in the Tigrai region. Around 300,000 Eritreans live in all parts of Ethiopia; most of them have sought refuge after escaping from the oppressive Eritrean government.

During the recent war, most of the camps that housed the Eritrean refugees in Tigrai were set on fire and only ashes remain to show where the huts and tents stood. After the war erupted last November, some of the refugees escaped to every direction to save their lives while others were rounded up by the invading forces who transported them back to Eritrea. Many were killed in the war and many others are still unaccounted for.

Recently some refugees have returned to May Ayni and Adi Harish camps which have watchful eyes of the UN agencies or other entities. In the last few days, the humanitarian agencies distributed some food aid to the refugees. The personnel of the agencies visit the camps during the daytime and leave for the nights.

Meanwhile, the refugees are living in fear from unknown people who threaten them saying, “you will pay for what the Eritrea forces are doing to Tigrayans.”

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  • Kaddis

    Selam Awate –

    So we have an in-house Isias’s crimes apologist from an Ethiopianist camp huh ? yemidenq new.

    First, the argument and herd denial was Isias soldiers non-existence all over Tigray…calling names when we said isias planned and took part in the war from day one.
    then the cruel jokes of Tigray got halved came … while Quara and LA ( sorry Laygnawh Armarchho) practicing reading from right to left ..is Gonder halved? Any update?
    when the denial is not sustainable; its now show me the video of looting time. How about a rape video? Will that help?

    How do invading armies behave? What did you expect? Specially the starving one? Do you think Isias planned all the food supply chain logistics for its army? Or left them to loot and eat, kill in the process, like during Minilik time? What do you expect from a conscripted army, starved and angry, like Yg told us a decade ago, who are made to hate by deliberately separated from the family and lived in perpetual hunger, slavery?
    The Somali soldier, now probably died fight tplf, could not take the hunger for a year what the Eri youth lived all their lives. Even the Europeans sympathise with Eri migrants when the young acts angry, group fight, steal once they arrived in Europe…the trauma is massive.

    Jawar siterit – yezendro egzier qirb new bilo neber – all the ill-wishers are now already at the receiving end, just in three months time, and it will continue.
    Abiy (i) types were advised: waging war on tigray with isias will change Ethiopia irreversibly …it’s a nonstop chaos

    • Nitricc

      Keddis; two points: If you weren’t a Tigryan hiding behind Gurage and Amara, I could have given you a very detailed response but I know how the TPLF mind works and I am not wasting my time. Second; you said “Specially the starving one” I am sorry but I don’t know if you know this but your 80% people in Tigray live in safety net. Meaning every month, they get 15 kilos of wheat to feed themselves. Now, I wonder what “starving one” could get out of them? The truth is your people are suffering from hunger and starvation and I suggest you help your Tigray people instead of spreading hate and lie on here. Did the Eritrean troops enter Tigray? Absolutely! Did they weed out and destroy the cancer? Absolutely! Now what? what are you going to do about it? NOTHING but cry, go ahead cry your eye-balls out. who cares. it is irony a tigryan accusing others of starvation. lol

      • Kaddis

        Nitriccay –
        I didn’t trust you when you said shabia didn’t enter Ethiopia – why should i believe you when a Somali soldier is saying the army is starving? I don’t. Do not bother …

    • Abi

      Hello Kaddish
      I’m still waiting for the “photo of the year “ that shows an Eritrean soldier loading a King – Size bed or a sofa on ኤኔትሬ ( FIAT N3).
      As you said it correctly, I’m defending the integrity of the Eritrean Defense Forces.
      If they joined forces with the Ethiopian forces to eradicate Tplf, all I can say is የቀንየለይ ጀጋኑ ወዲ ኤሬ!
      Now, before you go, promise me to show me that elusive photo that I’m dying to see.

      • Kaddis

        Lij Abi,
        its being framed and will reach you be posta – how about that.. wounded entitlement hurts I guess

        • Abi

          Kaddis
          Thanks Haddish.
          ፖስታውን በጉጉት እጠብቃለሁ:: በአዋተ አድራሻ ይደርሰኛል::

    • Abi

      Hello Kaddis
      You are depicting both the Eritrean forces and Eritrean refugees as ወሮ በላ:: I respectfully disagree.

      • Haile S.

        Selam Abi,

        This habitual mass bastardisation doesn’t need biliary reaction. It just needs a faire moderator’s decision.

        • Abi

          መምህር
          I believe it is a duty of any self respecting citizen to defend its armed forces against any and all false allegations and attacks.

          • Haile S.

            …………….. ፡ውታጀ ምላሰ
            ።ንሁይ ትሉዳንእ ቲስእ ሉበ

          • Abi

            መምህር
            !ታዴንእ

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Kaddis,

      After denying for months on the participation of the Eritrean military force and declaring the capture of Mekele without any sacrifice, now they can not escape from the facts on the ground. The government of Ethiopia has admitted the participation of the Eritrean forces and the killing oft tens of thousands Tigrian civilians. Washington post has reported over 52,000 civilians are being killed in the three month senseless war of Abiy and Issayas. Further more, the Ethiopian government also admitted that they don’t have the capacity to push out the Eritrean army from the Tigray region (ኤርትራን ማስወጣት ዓቅም የለኝም ብለዋል).

      Second, the Abiy government is accusing to the Amara national movement (የአማራ ብሄራዊ ንቅናቄ) who were supporting him when he came to power. Virtually, almost all the existing parties and movements are opposing now. His demise will be sooner than our despot in Asmara. The question will remain then – Can Ethiopia that we knew will exist intact with all it’s parts?

      Regards

      • Peace!

        Hi Ema,

        “The government of Ethiopia has admitted the participation of the Eritrean forces and the killing oft tens of thousands Tigrian civilians.”

        Where did you find that would you mind sharing? Thank you!

        Peace!

        • Nitricc

          Hi Peace of course he has to lie, that is what he does but the truth is this…
          “According to affiliates of the Tigray liberation front (TPLF) at least 5200 Tigryan fighters have died since the war broke out” Awasa Guardian

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Dr. Amanuel,

        “Can Ethiopia that we knew will exist intact with all it’s parts?”

        It will be really to seen in near future..But one thing is true we shall see it soon and sure the Tigrai national freedom will be materialized .

        Ethiopia had lost its dignity with that TPLF and gone already as we said it when some participants say it otherwise.

        KS,,

      • Kaddis

        Selam Gash Aman –

        There is no shortage of information – including Ethiopia will remain under Eritrea until the crushed Abi’s army revives – if it ever revives; as admitted by PP. its the wounded entitlement that made them demand a framed photo maybe? its nobody’s interest to return Ethiopia back to normal…so lets see if the clueless Amharic class comes out strong after sleeping with isiaas…probably will wake up in hell but the zeraf zeraf, alehu almotkum soundtrack will be there faintly …

  • Ayneta

    Merhaba Awate:

    The news coming out of Eritrea regarding its involvement in the chaos which has engulfed the Horn is very alarming. I can’t fathom the rationale behind the regime’s recent reckless maneuvers.

    It’s direct involvement in Ethiopia with its troops allegedly participating in looting, sexual abuse of women and execution of innocent people , if true, will leave a lasting shameful legacy. The mere presence of troops in Tigray by and in itself poses a daring challenge to come up with a plausible justification. It is hard for me to understand how a country that that has persistently viewed itself as the victim of misdeeds committed by external powers [ US, Russia, Ethiopia etc] can embark on the same level of aggression against people/region that are fighting for their survival? Wasn’t this the basis for the protracted armed struggle Eritrea had to endure for 30 years, because external forces were committing all kind of atrocities against its people? Didn’t we watch in horror when TPLF controlled Ethiopian government unceremoniously expelled Eritreans during the Eri-ethio war? What moral ground does the country now have to justify its troops committing atrocities tantamount to war time crimes? I don’t know how we Eritreans could justify such reckless and clearly perilous acts by the regime in Asmara. Clearly, the country is ballooning itself to the point of no return. This is absolutely a zero-net-profit game for the country with possible serious repercussions in the future. I am certain the regime’s s unfortunate deeds will come back to haunt the country.

    Eritrea is also being accused of using Somali soldiers to fulfill its mission in Ethiopia/Tigray. My natural initial jerk reaction was to deny it, but it is now more likely than not. IA is clearly in free riding mode and it seems he doesn’t care what may happen to the country when he exists, voluntarily or otherwise. He is dragging the country into unchartered territories.

    Time will tell what will come out of this. But it seems the regime will be using the chaos as an excuse to prolong its tight grip on the country, typical of its disaster management strategy it has adopted from day one, and the country’s plight will go on unabated. The opposition will cry foul to no avail, the regime’s supporters will will keep on justifying, and the voiceless mass will get squeezed in between. The country’s future looks more bleak than ever, no matter how you slice it.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት
    ኢሳያስ ብዓመጽ
    ይኽሰስ
    ንመን ዓሚጹ?
    ንደገፍቲ ህግደፍ

    ዋእ! ‘ታይ ትብል?
    ከምዛ ዝብለኩም
    ‘ትዓመጽ ኣካላዊ ኣይኮነን
    ‘ንታይ ደኣ?
    ዓቐን ናቱ ብ ዋየር-ለስ ‘ዩ ዝምዘን

    ስለምንታይሲ
    ሓንጎላዊ ዓመጽ
    መዓልታዊ ረመጽ
    ካልእ ይትረፍ
    ኣስደሚምዎ ንሓርገጽ

    ብማዕዶ ከይለገቦም
    የማልእ ጠለቦም
    ነቶም
    ክዕመጹ ዝመረጹ ብድሌቶም
    ኣነሞ ‘ንታ’የ ክብሎም
    ተደሊኹም ሕተትዎም
    ነቶም ትእዛዝ ዝቕበሉ
    ባንዴራ ተጎልቢቦም
    ንዳ ECCC ጭር ኣብልሎም

    sorry ባንዴራ ምስ ኣርማ ሓዋዊሰያ ከይከውን

    • Brhan

      MM good one specially the one that says the dictator in Eritrea is now sued by PF(DJ) supporters!

  • Tensae

    Selam Forum Members,

    For those who are interested to know more about the current events in Tigray, below is a link of an interview of Ambassador Andebrhan W/giorgis with Radio Erena. Enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JLZHobEffE&feature=emb_logo

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Tensae,

      Good analysis from Dr Andebrhan. As the boss of the University of Asmara, he was fair, balanced, respectful and humane, by the standard of the EPLF/PFDJ.

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selam all,

    According to AP, Dr. Debretsion urges the world to indict Isaias Afewerki and Dr. Abiy Ahmed of genocide. The alleged voice however couldn’t be verified independently.

    https://www.kctv5.com/fugitive-tigray-leader-reportedly-speaks-out-after-months/article_af53f6c4-e43e-52fd-96d4-e2ec56e55cc5.html

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selam all,
    FYI: The first link is the original source as reported by a Tuft University scholar from which Beyene Semere of SBS Tigrinya Radio offers a summary in Tigrinya, which you will find in the second link. Hearing it from the horse’s mouth, absolutely gripping story to hear and pretty damning one of all actors involved in the Tigray/Ethiopia war and the devastation that was exacted on TPLF and the innocent people of Tigray.

    “They Have Destroyed Tigray, Literally”: Mulugeta Gebrehiwot speaks from the mountains of Tigray:

    https://sites.tufts.edu/reinventingpeace/2021/01/29/they-have-destroyed-tigray-literally-mulugeta-gebrehiwot-speaks-from-the-mountains-of-tigray/

    “ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ክሳብ ሰራዊት ብልጽግና ዓቕሚ ዝረክብ ንነዊሕ እዋን ኣብ ትግራይ ክጸንሕ መደብ ከምዘለዎ ን ኣዘዝቲ ሰራዊት ኤርትራ ተነጊርዎም’ዩ።
    https://mytuner-radio.com/podcast/sbs-tigrinya-eesebieese-tegerenyaa-sbs-669808832

    • Brhan

      Merhaba Beyan Negash,
      Then how will “ክሳብ ሰራዊት ብልጽግና ዓቕሚ ዝረክብ” work with “US directs Eritrea govt to withdraw from Ethiopia”: like intenstive military course!

    • Abi

      Hello Bayan
      It is amazing to see how it is easy to give interviews from the bottom of a mountain or under the a bunker somewhere in rural Tigray. I believe It is even much more easier and far more reliable if a person takes a picture or a two minutes video showing the brutality of the alleged destroyers of Tigray. So far, no picture or a video clip surfaced.
      I’ve eagerly waiting to see a single photo that shows the Eritrean army looting Tigray.

      • Brhan

        Hello Abi,
        ” I ‘ve eagerly waiting to see a single photo that shows the Eritean army looting Tigray”
        This is the most funniest thing I have heard from you. It made me lough. So you want a thief to ask for a photo with his booty?

        • Abi

          Brhan
          Glad you found my comment entertaining.
          I’m expecting the reporter from the “belly of the beast” or somebody under some kind of cave to share a single photo or a 30 seconds clip showing looting in action. If a person can give interviews from a cave, it is a whole lot easier to send a picture.
          Seeing is believing kind of thing …
          There are hundreds of thousands Tigreans in Tigray with access to a mobile phone. How do you explain the fact that not a single photo available to support the allegations?
          እስቲ እባክህ በዚህ ጉዳይ ብርሃን ልቀቅበት :: ግራ ቢገባኝ ነው ማስቸገሬ::

          • Brhan

            Hi Abi,
            That was a black comedy and it can’t entertain someone to be glad.
            As for your request , I advise to do research.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Brother Brhan,

            It is in DW (Digital Weyane) Everything is exposed on this channel..I mean it.

            KS,,

          • Brhan

            Merhaba Hawey,
            I rely on third party evidences ( as they are neutral) and day by day are making it crystal clear, that the world community has to act now to save lives!

          • Abi

            Brhan
            Instead of relying on third party evidence, I advise you to do your own research.

          • Brhan

            Abi,
            That is part of my own research.

          • Abi

            Brhan
            እንደ ስላሴዎች አንድም ሶስትም ነን አትለኝም!
            Ali Nadim in “ Mind Your Language “ used to say “ you are confusing me “.

          • Brhan

            Abi
            Not only you but the whole world ( including Ethiopians next to Tigray) are confused about what is happening inside Tigray.

          • Abi

            Brhan
            The only confusing thing here is why you are trying to confuse others while you are confused yourself.

          • Brhan

            Abi
            The only problem with you is you take it personal , when confronted by others. Do not be angry. I have found the photo for the thief with a photo. Dr. Aregawi Berhe from Addis Ababa took the photo. Awate do not allow us to put a link on weekdays, I will post it for you this weekend.

          • Abi

            Brhan
            I don’t take things personal.
            The only personal thing here is the envelope you received from Dr Aregawi Berhe that contains the photos he took during the robbery.
            The envelope was labeled “Personal and Confidential”.
            “DO NOT BEND, photos included”.
            “To be opened by the addressee only “.

            Unless you received this very important evidence just yesterday, you would have posted it many weekends ago.

            Question
            Have you checked the photos for authenticity with a third party? Or are you going to tell me you are also the third party?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Abi,
            The reason you and a lot of people are confused is because the preacher [colonel Abyot] was speaking in tongues.

          • Abi

            MM
            Nobody is confused.
            Relax.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I’m relatively relaxed…credit should go to the Sudanese Tribune!
            Bishangul is now part of Sudan…this is beside Metema…Gonder is in trouble 🙂 Nothing more relaxing than that!

          • Abi

            MM
            I’m glad you are finally relaxing! You had a terrible couple of months.
            You must be smoking , chewing or reading some kind of leaves.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Just couple of months? How about 3 decades?

          • Abi

            MM
            I hear you buddy. I feel your pain my brother. The last three decades (1991-2020) were really painful for the majority of Eritreans when you compare them to the previous three decades (1961-1991).
            I hope President Isaias will make things better at least for the next three decades. I heard he is busy fixing the Assab Port and the Assab- Ethiopia road. See, there is already progress that should make you a little bit relaxed.
            In the mean time you can relax and enjoy life a little better by reading Sudanese Tribune.

  • Haile S.

    ሰላም ሰብ ዓወተ

    ስደት – ምስዳድ ናይ ኤርትራ
    ብመጠኑ ካብ ጥንቲ ካብ ቀደም ጀሚራ
    ከበሳዊ መሬታ ክትደርቕ ክጠሚ ይወርድ ነበረ ንባሕራ
    ኣብ ውሽጢ ተወሰኑ ዝነበረ ኮይኑ ሎሚ ዘመን ሰጊርካ ሰሃራ

    ትሕቲ ጥልያን ይኸይድ ነበረ ብመጠኑ ንዓደምሓራ
    ናብ ትምህርቲ ኣድሂቡ ኣብ ምምሕዳር እንግልቴራ
    ፈደሬሽን ጊዜ ምሽፋት መጸ ንኣንድነት ንሻራ
    ሃይለስላሴ ምስ ረገጸ ንበረኻ ንሓራ

    ደርጊ ምስ መጸ ህዝቢ ንመሰላ ተበራቢራ
    መናእሰይ ካብ ቤት ትምህርቲ ከዱ ንምራራ
    ግና፡ ኣብ ክንዲ ዝቃለሱ ጥራይ ንነጻነት ንኽብራ
    መረጹ ድኣ ክዋድኡ ጸቢብዎም ምድራ

    ኣብ መንግኦም ኣእተዉ በዓል በለጽ ፈላጢ ሽጣራ
    ሓደ ተሰጒጉ ተሰደደ ቲ’ዝተረፈ ነጻነት ዓተራ
    ስልጣን ካየጫኑ ሃጽ-በሉ በለ ምስ ፈኸራ
    ህዝበይ ንሱዳን ንኢትዮጵያ ከደት ብእግራ

    ቀደም ባሕሪ ምውራድ ዝነበረ፡ ሎሚ ኮነ ውቅያኖስ ስግራ
    ምጥላብ ምጥልላብ ሓዊ ሓውቲ ጎረቤት በብተራ
    ታቦተ-ጽላት መለሊኽ ሰዓቡ ከምኡ’ውን ደብተራ
    ዕጣን ከርበ ዛር ቆለ ካይተረፉ ምስ ፉቑራ

    ኣባ ረሲዔልኩም –
    ውግእ ሓድሕድ ክኣ ካብቶም ፈለማ ‘ተሰደዱ ደቃ ቦኽራ
    ካብኦም’ውን ኣይተፈልየን እቲ መንጎኛ ፈላጥ ሽጣራ
    ሕጂ ወዱ ቁስሊ ረኺበ ኢሉ ይፍርፍዕ ሓደ ኩታራ*
    ከተግብር ይህቅን ጽልኢ ብምዕጉርቲ ጽሕተራ

    ኩታራ (Amharic, Gojjam) = kid

  • Brhan

    Thank you Gedab News ,
    I totaly agree with the observer: “The elite of the fighting sides are spreading the rumor to see the people preoccupied with infighting while they pursue their war and reckless adventure.”