History repeating itself in the Horn of Africa: Is the crime in Darfur being replicated in Eastern, South & Southern Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia? A MUST-READ!

15 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by J. Bonsa (PhD), Special to Addis Standard
 

“Liyyu” is an Amharic expression to mean “special”, so Liyyu police denotes a “special police”. If the Janjaweed are devils on horseback, then Liyyu police can be described as demons maneuvering armored vehicles. It is instructive to examine why, where, and when the regime in Addis Abeba has created Liyyu police.

Addis Abeba, April 10, 2017 – It is saddening to witness repetitions of similar tragic events in history. Recurrences of such dreadful events can even sound farcical when they happen in a very short span of both time and space. This is exactly what is currently happening in the Horn of Africa. It is barely over a decade since the height of the Darfur genocide. One would hope that the international community has been well informed to avoid repetition of Darfur like tragedy anywhere in the world. However, it is depressing to observe that the Darfur crisis is in the process of being replicated in Ethiopia.

In this piece, I will explain how the scale of the crisis unfolding in Ethiopia’s Eastern and Southern regions (and those brewing up in other regions) can have a potential to dwarf the Darfur crisis. The Janjaweed militia (in the case of Sudan) and the so-called Liyyu police (in the case of Ethiopia) are the catalysts for the crisis in their respective regions. For this reason, I will focus my analysis on explaining missions and functions of these two proxy militias.
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NEWSWEEK: Why is US worried about Ethiopia? US seems to choose diplomacy over public forum to deal with TPLF regime’s rogue behaviour

20 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Conor Gaffey
 
Ethiopia is a major U.S. ally in Africa. The government in Addis Ababa has long cooperated with Washington on security and counterterrorism while benefiting generously from U.S. aid. In 2016, the U.S. pledged $809 million to Ethiopia, behind only war-torn South Sudan and Kenya, another Western ally, in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Ethiopia: Exercise Restraint at Upcoming Festival—International Inquiry Needed into Deaths at 2016 Event

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Human Rights Watch
 
(Nairobi) – Ethiopian government and security officials should act with restraint and take concrete steps to prevent injuries and deaths at this year’s Irreecha festival on October 1, 2017, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video released today. Many people, likely hundreds, died in a stampede at last year’s festival, triggered by security forces’ use of teargas and obstruction of exits.
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Fresh troops into Oromia Region because of ethnic clashes; TPLF addressing the problem w/o disarming the killers, the Liyu Police, heart of the problem!

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
CGTN Africa
 

 
Ethiopia has sent troops into its eastern Oromia region following renewed ethnic clashes between the people in the Ethiopia Somali and the Oromia regions. Thousands are reportedly fleeing the area, and close to 30 people are reported to have been killed.
 

Meantime reports are surfacing about persecution of those that did not participate in the Qimant referendum, according to DE Amharic Service.

Likewise, there wa report of violence against Amharas and Qimants in Geledba, where two Qimants and an Amhara person were killed.
 

U.S. says disturbed by troubling reports of ethnic violence on the Oromia-Somali border

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Statement by the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa 

“These recent events underscore the need to make more rapid and concrete progress on reform in these areas.”

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የቅማንት ሕዝበ ውሳኔ ውጤት በየምርጫ ጣቢያው እየተገለፀ ሲሆን፣ በምርጫ ተሳታፊ ያልሆነው ሕዝብ እየተሳደደ ሽሽት ላይ መሆኑ ተነገረ!

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
DW Amharic
 
በ8 ቀበሌዎች ነዋሪ የሆኑ የአማራም የቅማንትም ሕዝቦች ናቸው ድምጽ የሰጡት ።የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ እንደሚለው ከ 23 ሺህ 283 ተመዝጋቢዎች መካከል 20 ሺህ 824ቱ ድምጻቸውን ሰጥተዋል
አውዲዮውን ያዳምጡ።
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The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

18 Sep

Posed by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, GlobalVoices
 
Ethnic tensions between Ethiopia’s two regions, Oromia and Somali erupted into violent conflict that killed at least dozens of people and drove thousands of men, women and children from their homes during the second week of September 2017.
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TPLF Ethnicities: ሕወሃት ለምን ይሆን ገና ከንጋቱ የእያንዳንዱ ዜጋ ዘር በመታወቂያ ካርዱ/ዷ ላይ እንዲጻፍ በሕግ ያስገደደው? ከሶማሌ ክልል ጋር ሕወሃት ያለው ግንኙነት መሠረቱ ምንም ምሥጢር ስላልሆነ ከሕወሃት ካድሬዎችና መኮንኖች ተገንዘቡ!

16 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

 
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Ethiopia’s tense ethnic federalism is being tested again! Troublingly a TPLF Janjaweed may be at work!

15 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Tom Gardner, QuartzAfria: Ethiopia’s tense ethnic federalism is being tested again
 
Addis Ababa. The federal republic of Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most daring constitutional experiments. The radical idea—that by institutionalizing ethnic divisions the country might peacefully overcome them—was a gamble from the outset. The doubters have largely been proven wrong: Ethiopia’s distinct model of ethnically-based federalism has, since it was introduced in 1995, just about worked. But a particularly nasty spate of violence along a long-contested regional boundary has alarm bells ringing once again.
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