US alerts citizens to Ethiopia’s unpredictable security situation & unpredictable regime’s response

25 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Given the unpredictable security situation, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should have alternate communication plans in place, and let family and friends know that communication may be limited while you are in Ethiopia, according to US travel warning issued about two hours ago.

The statement also noted that the Government of Ethiopia has demonstrated its ability and willingness to restrict or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services, impeding the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia and limiting the Embassy’s ability to provide consular services. Additionally, the Government of Ethiopia does not inform the U.S. Embassy of detentions or arrests of U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.

TPLF operative reaction belittling the US security alert as amateurish:

Meantime, the Oromia stay home protest has continued for the third day. The disruption of transport of people and goods and services into and out of Oromia, located at the heart of Ethiopia, has shown the important place the region holds within the Ethiopian state.

So far, Oromia is known to have been generating about 65 percent of Ethiopia’s GDP. At a time, when the price of teff has jumped to ETB 3,000 per quintal, this strike has not come at the worst time especially for urban Ethiopians and poor families in particular.

This situation is likely to worsen the TPLF regime’s economic policy; the regime has already been suffering under fast rising inflation, shortage of goods due and slowing businesses due to unavailability of foreign exchange, resulting in worsening of the public disapproval and hatred of the ethnic minority regime.

The TPLF regime, including its senior officials are being accused of far reaching corruption, both as individuals and a collective. Ethiopians increasingly take risks these days against their lives to protest these unacceptable situations. The officials shelf them aside, while again and again giving false and empty promises of reforms and openness. A typical characteristic of the regime is nepotism and ethnic politics that has pervaded everything in the country and been cause for all the underlying crisis in Ethiopia today.

Part of Amharaland TPLF has sought to seize (Credit:

The crisis in Gondar in particular and parts of Amhara, including Bahir Dar is precipitated by the TPLF regime’s expansionist policies and the seizure of lands that belong to Amharas.

This Tigrean expansionism and occupation of lands that do not belong to them is the other version of land grab in Oromia. In 2016, this propelled Oromos into breaking their silence to openly come out in mass in cities and towns to protest their plight and misgovernance of the nation by the ethnic Tigrean mafia.

Whatever the TPLF cover-up and vanities, Ethiopia is in state of seizure and convulsion. All these protests and the mafia regime’s heavy-handedness is sign one of the few oldest nations in the world is in need of help, lest it slide into serious crisis, from which its recovery would be costly in terms of lives and resources.

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