Disingenuous. Adhanom wants to welcome and provide schooling to Eritrean refugees while hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have voted with their feet to escape one of the most ruthless and brutal dictatorships in Africa that he serve as a foreign minister
By Amanuel Biedemariam,
In an interview with Ethiopian Television, while discussing Diplomacy with Eritrea and the region, the Foreign Minister of the minority regime of Ethiopia Dr. Tedros Adhanom said,
“Ethiopia has good relations with all IGAD member countries. Eritrea is the only country we do not have good relations with, and our position has been clear all along. We want good neighborly relations with Eritrea. It is, however, Eritrea that has not been willing to do so. Therefore, we are working to nurture people-to-people relations by accepting Eritrean refugees, schooling, and treating them well…”
Dr. Tedros just invited Eritreans to become refugees in Ethiopia. However, it is ironic, insensitive, and cold to encourage displacement when Ethiopian refugees publicly suffer inhuman torture, killing, gang rape, mass arrest, and ethnic/religious cleansing in the Middle East. It is also telling that Dr. Adhanom tried to inject Diplomacy and Eritrean refugee issues callously when Ethiopians were screaming for some attention for their fellow Ethiopians everywhere. In his recent article “Teachable Moments for the Ethiopian Diaspora?” Dr. Alemayehu G. Mariam writes,
“The reactions of Diaspora Ethiopians and the regime in Ethiopia over the abuse and mistreatment of the migrant workers were in sharp contrast. As Diaspora Ethiopians stood up for their compatriots in Saudi Arabia, the regime in Addis Ababa was backpedaling, bending over backward and falling head over heels to bootlick and apologize to the Saudis. It was nauseating!”
“Tedros Adhanom, the malaria researcher-turned-instant-foreign-minster and the man being groomed to become prime minister after the 2015 “election” had the nerve to state in public, “Ethiopia would like to express its respect for the decision of the Saudi Authorities and the policy of deporting illegal migrants.” He confessed he was “really depressed” by the mistreatment of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia and told off the Saudi ambassador have it. “It is unacceptable”, declared Adhanom with diplomatic panache. In an attempt to show how he and his regime have things under control, Adhanom bellowed, “I would like to assure you that we are ready to receive our fellow citizens home.”
“It was a pathetic display of indifference, incompetence and inanity. How could one “respect” the policy of another country that condones the dehumanization of its citizens? How could any person in his right mind choose the meaningless diplomatic word “unacceptable” to describe the rape, murder, mutilation, torture and lynching of one’s brothers and sisters in a foreign land? How does one retreat into personal “depression” and “sadness” without lashing out with righteous indignation and outright diplomatic outrage and fury?”
This shows the duplicity of a TPLF agent trying to maintain power, deceiving and playing the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. However, the dying regime’s schemes are now exposed instantly because it has become clear to all that these gangsters do not intend to do right by the people of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and others in the region.
It is also clear that the gang is hell-bent on ensuring its interests at the expense of the people in the area. They are not interested in ensuring social justice, peace, and stability.
Contrary to Dr. Tedros’s lies, Eritrea has repeatedly asserted her willingness to establish relations as soon as Ethiopia withdraws from illegally occupied Eritrean territories. While addressing the African Union (A.U.) on April 26, 2011, Ambassador Girma Asmerom , Eritrean representative at the A.U., said,
“I want to assure you that once Ethiopia vacates sovereign Eritrean territory including Badme, the Government of Eritrea is ready and willing to normalize its relation with Ethiopia and to engage the Government of Ethiopia in constructive dialogue on issues that are relevant and beneficial to the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia as well as the stability of our region.”
Regarding Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, Dr. Adhanom’s statement is stark opposite to reality.
On October 7, 2013, after years of mistreatment in the refugee camps in Tigray, riots broke out, and three Eritreans were reported dead. The riots broke out due to mistreatment, lack of opportunities abuses at the hands of TPLF.
The TPLF robs the identities of the Eritrean refugees and uses the information they gather during the intake and ask for asylum as Eritreans and migrate to the U.S. and other Western nations as Eritrean refugees.
Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia are targets of human traffickers, and Ethiopian military and TPLF authorities are complicit in the trafficking of Eritreans into Sudan and the Sinai, which lead to the death and dismemberment of thousands.
These activities are funded and supported by the US and the TPLF. They collaborate with Meron Estifanos , who openly admitted paying traffickers to encourage others to do the same. Selam Kidane, Elsa Chyrum, Tesfaldet Meharena owner of Asmarino.com, and others are regular visitors to Ethiopia and leaders in matters about Eritrean refugees and their plight. They have been scheming with TPLF authorities to encourage Eritrean youth to flee to deprive Eritrea of her youth that is defending and building their nation.
Dr. Adhanom is trying to continue Meles Zenawi’s agenda. Which is fully supported by the U.S. at the presidential level. President Barak Obama, while speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative on September 25, 2012, in New York, said,
“I recently renewed sanctions on some of the worst abusers, including North Korea and Eritrea. We’re partnering with groups that help women and children escape from the grip of their abusers. We’re helping other countries step up their own efforts. And we’re seeing results. More nations have passed and more are enforcing modern anti-trafficking laws.”
On June 19, 2012, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Eritrean Azezet Habtezghi Kidane an award, Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Hero, given at the US Department of State in Washington, DC for helping Eritrean refugees in Israel.
Dr. Tedros. And Sec, Clintons agendas are the same, to encourage more Eritrean youth to flee. Sister Azezet collaborates with Mussie Zerai the priest in the picture.
Mussie Zerai’s hands are all over. He is under investigation by Italian authorities for abetting illegal immigration. To highlight the depth of his involvement, here is a letter that recently became public about transferring Eritrean refugees to Ethiopia.
Eritrea Central to the Politics of Ethiopia
The US, the TPLF, and their Eritrean crime partners collude to encourage youth flight as part of destabilization efforts. Eritrea is the center of their attention because it is a diversion from all woes plaguing Ethiopia. The destabilization of Eritrea serves the more significant US interests in the region. Hence, whenever the situation in Ethiopia demanded public attention, the TPLF injected Eritrea even to the point of provoking war.
It is ironic when the late Meles Zenawi was on his death bed, the TPLF and its Eritrean partners spewed lies about the health of President Isaias Afewerki about Generals Sibhat Efrem and General Gerezgheri “Wuchu” Andemariam, etc.
The regime’s primary goal is to weaken Eritrea and ensure that Ethiopia cannot be strong enough to challenge the future Greater Tigray. The TPLF is deliberately mishandling Ethiopia to weaken it. The TPLF has done its best to ensure Ethiopia fails, and for the most part, the TPLF has achieved the objective. The only thing left is a destabilized Eritrea for the TPLF agenda to become a success because the plan of the Greater Tigray has a chance only after TPLF destabilizes Eritrea.
The Eritrean groups that the TPLF coordinates are regionalists, religious extremists, individuals who try to separate Eritreans by ethnicities, and disgruntled ELF and former EPLF personalities intent on sewing discord and creating division,
Everything the TPLF does is with attacking Eritrea. If anyone group or individuals work with Eritrea, they are bound to face an adverse reaction. For example, the TPLF called the Ethiopian oppositions groups who thought refuge in Eritrea Terrorists.
In Somalia, it worked tirelessly to link Eritrea with every group with fabricated stories and failed. , the TPLF tried to paint Eritrea with the label of state-sponsor of terrorism but failed.
However, did that stop Ethiopians from opposing the regime? Ginbot 7, an exiled opposition group, is gaining momentum.
The reality is, the US especially is betting Betting on Failures. The U.S. takes its Eritrea demonization queues from the TPLF. Every time they develop a new line to incite chaos based on Eritrea’s perceived weaknesses, Eritrea foils it simply by overcoming the hurdle. From 2000 many hurdles were placed as barriers to impede Eritrea’s progress.
In 2000, the US Ethiopia sabotaged the U.N.’s food aid for Eritrea, forcing Eritrea to buy food from the outside market. These parties turned around and mocked Eritrea for lack of food, and The Wall Street Journal showed Eritreans line trying to buy bread.
Even during the worst times, Eritreans never show desperation for food because they know how to overcome it and are confident they will. Eritrea has turned green and assured food security since.
Over the last 15 years, lies, misinformation, disinformation, deceit, and diplomatic one-upmanship have become the accepted way of life for a regime that can only survive in chaos. Peace stability, prosperity, education, cross-border cooperation, health, and regional cooperation do not serve its interests.
Hence, try to perpetuate the art of deception to elongate their life. However, over the years, people understood how the process of their fraud works. People understand the intent behind all the lies.
The people of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the region do not need chaos. They need hope and direction toward a better future based on cooperation in a peaceful and stable environment. The only impediment is the minority TPLF regime in Ethiopia.
The TPLF’s machine of lies has churned up all the lies it could, and it is hitting walls. In short, the shelf life of their deceit has expired. People are no longer buying these lies, a sign of their imminent demise.