August 21, 2022 (By Denboba Natie) Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Now it has become 14 months since the TDFís self-defense resistance convincingly defeated the allied forces in June 2021. The war has involved between 16 and 25 divisions of the Eritrean army, over a half million of ENDFís strongest personnel who were hardened during the EPRDFís reign by practical experiences of 27 years of military missions including whilst working for the UNís peacekeeping in various African countries; the same amount of Amhara militias and various regional statesí special forces who have in union agreed to totally decimate the Tigrayís between 6.5 and 7 million people from their land for no apparent reasons but hatred and vengeance. The pre-war pretext however was restoring law and order that was compromised by the unlawful actions of miscreant ĎTPLFí and its leadership according to the dysfunctional and narcissistic leader of the allied invaders, their associates, and the misguided mass of the empire who are to date condoning Abiyís brutalities to Tigray and Oromia peoples.
We note that after losing the war in June 2021, Ethiopiaís vampire regime claimed it has declared a bilateral ceasefire and therefore removed his and his associatesí surviving contingents from Tigray- blatantly denying the reality that he and his associates have terribly lost the war and thus had to flee for their lives. The allied forces were unwittingly stopped by the heroic self-defensive war of the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) after suffering massive casualties and after becoming Prisoners of War (PoW) in their tens of thousands. We also recall that the TDF was established by the state of Tigray after the state became the subject of expansionistsí invasion by the indicated allied forces in November 2020.
Apparently, the Tegaruís of all walks of life – from professors to ordinary farmers, from politicians to singers, women, and men, old and young all joined hand to save their state and Tegaruís national identity that was planned by the invaders to be obliterated and removed from the earth. Tegaru saw in practice that the mission of the invading army was and still is removing Tigray from the planet. Therefore, Tegaru choose to fight to the last drop of blood for the noble cause of defending own identity instead of submitting and cowardly dying in silence.
To enable their defensive capability, the Tegaruís war experience hardened military tacticians who built Ethiopiaís national army following the demise of the Dergís regime in 1991 and earned regional and international respect were from Tigray; therefore, they have called for the Tigray people to join them to defend their land from the expansionist invaders. Tegaruís whose nation become the subject of invasion happily joined the new forces that were under mobilization and training, on one hand, fighting the invading army on another.
Following the invasion and capturing of Mekele by the allied forces, the Tigrayís democratically elected leadership was forced to move out of the cities to minimize the level of civilian casualties thereby retreating to various mountainous areas of the region where the training and leadership conducted in parallel. Painfully unfortunate, this was during the time when the invaders (both foreign and domestic) were gang rapping thousands of Tegaru Women and girls, summarily executing thousands of Tegaru youth and men, ransacking their entire resources and properties; dismantling and decimating Tigrayís entire infrastructures, destroying hospitals and schools, churches and mosques, factories, destroying private and government-owned buildings to leave Tigray with nothing but barren land within two months following the invasion.
The invasion occurred after Ethiopiaís narcissist PM and his Amhara elite associates and Eritreaís despotic dictator had vowed to return Tigray backward by 100 years or so; therefore, they did ensure that their wishes are accomplished by practically seeing the death of more than half a million Tegaru, by starvation over 90% of the Tigray population and to date keeping Tigray under total siege. By the time the allied forces were defeated and fled from most parts of Tigrayís state with exception of Western Tigray were to date the ENDF, the Amharaís expansionists with Eritreaís army occupy, and some part of northern Tigray where Eritreaís invaders still occupy, Tigray was liberated albeit it was left without services of any kind and nature.
Abiyís regime has stopped all public services including banking, transportation, telecommunication, electricity, and any communication with Tigrayís state by putting Tigray under total siege that remains to date the case. Ethiopia and its allied forces lost the war. Following their fleeing from the mainland of Tigray, TDF has chased them to progress toward the central belt of the Amhara state reaching up to 100KM away from the capital Finfinnee (also called by the expansionist occupiers- Addis Ababa), namely, Debre-Berhan when the central regime was shaken from its foundation fearing the TDFís imminent capturing of Finfinnee.
Following the indicated, unfortunately, TDF was strongly advised and diplomatically coerced by the Western key players such as the USA and the EU to leave Debreberhan to return to its regional state promising they put the same pressure on the Ethiopian regime to ensure the restoration of public services cut off by the Abiyís regime. They vowed to ensure the return of the Tigray state to a pre-war arrangement. Instead of returning to normality and bringing respite to war-torn Tigray; Ethiopiaís regime remained determined with its decision to keep the siege on, and continued to wage another war on already besieged Tigray where its subjects are dying at an alarming rate on daily basis with no sufficient medicine, food, no telecommunication, electricity, banking, and fuel and other services necessary for the maintenance of life in addition to denying international aid supplies.
To date, TDF and Tigrayís political leadership, on the contrary, are consistent with their determination in finding a peaceful political solution instead of resorting to a dreadful military confrontation that never brings to parties any good but material destruction and human suffering.
Meanwhile, the international inapt diplomatic leverage did little or nothing as Abiyís regime deceives the world by promising the restoration of the indicated services stopped since June 2021 without allowing these to practically happen, and worst even denying access to international humanitarian aid. Moreover, I also remember during the initial onset of the Tigray war, the saddest and most unbalanced talk of the Secretary General of the UN claiming that Abiy has promised him to sort all out in his futile attempt to deceive the world. To date, the UN’s Secretary General is failing the people of Tigray as he keeps silent when the genocide in Tigray is in the making.
The international community and the Ethiopian regimeís allied forces (mainly unionists) obliviously ignore the fact that the people of Tigray have got full right to access their own saved monies from their banks that is denied to them since June 2021. The Ethiopian forces erroneously assert the Bank should not be opened in Tigray and that Ethiopia should not give money to them. Tigray is part of Ethiopia, and all savings were made as per Ethiopiaís monetary protocols and laws. Therefore, as being part of the empire, Tegaruís are entitled to using their savings as no one on the planet should deny them these rights; unless doing so is used to prove the allied forces are indeed committing genocide on the people of Tigray. I gather to date the latter is the case.
Meanwhile, the regimeís recent peace deal claims, and rhetoric is being used to obfuscate the international community that is doing little or nothing as genocide and crimes against humanity unfold in front of their eyes. As we speak in Tigray mothers and children, Senior citizens, and the ill are dying at an alarming rate. People are denied access to their own money due to the blockage of banking services for those who previously used to be affluent and used to run businesses but now become beggars and therefore are increasingly taking off their lives due to their inability to feed their families. Farmers who used to have enough for their families now are left with no ox, seeds, and fertilizers in a barren land, thus they are too subjected to a similar unsettling situation.
The Tigrayís current situation never allows any humane individuals a minuteís rest although their sufferings and anguishes create jubilation and rejoice in those ĎEthiopianistsí who claim they are fighting to restore the empireís oldest glory- the claim that is taken by the subjugated mass as degrading and dehumanizing system that should never return.
Without resolving the indicated deepening humanitarian crisis and catastrophe, Ethiopiaís cannibal regime and its indicated allies are once again warming up for a fresh vindictive war of territorial expansion by reinvading Tigray to add an insult to already suffering Tegarus. The 360-degree siege is still active whilst the preparation to reinvade Tigray is taking a new and nasty shape diametrically contradicting to regimeís deceptive promises of honoring the fake ceasefire. The situation in Tigray is dire needing urgent action.
Finally, the international community and the collectively failing subjects of Ethiopia must act immediately to stop another blood shade and subsequent possible protracted civil war that may end the unity of the empire whose fate is hanging in the balance. For any genuine and humane individuals, there is no justification for denying food and necessities for close to 7 million own people as doing so is never seen anywhere else in the world. Thus, a call is imminent for an urgent action that transcends mere words and rhetoric. People are dying in their thousands every week in front of our eyes. Therefore, the siege must be unconditionally lifted, foreign invaders must leave Tigray, and all services and banking, as well as telecommunications, must be restored as a matter of urgency before commencing any talks with the central ruling regime. The international community and the subjects in Ethiopia must unite in demanding these fundamental demands be implemented urgently.