On an almost daily basis, major media have been inundated with a seemingly endless stream of sordid reports and allegations of lurid crimes accused on the Ethiopian and Eritrean military.
It is particularly unfortunate and extremely disappointing that large international media outlets continue to recycle baseless, specious allegations without minimal scrutiny, confirmation, or validation."
The Attack By TPLF
Since the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) launched its massive military attack on Ethiopian federal forces in early November last year, leading to widespread violence, conflict, and the unfolding of significant humanitarian challenges, there has been a relentless barrage and spread of disinformation propagated by a handful of some paid western media.
Their reports and allegations have been utterly false and baseless, in actuality having been concocted and disseminated for seemingly evil purposes.
Authors Of These Preposterous Claims
In a series of fabrications, the AFP claims in a latest absurd report on the basis of anonymous and dubious sources that the Eritrean soldiers were "blocking and looting food aid" in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.
Anyone with a minimal understanding or knowledge about Eritrea and the region’s general history, not to mention a basic grasp of logic, would know that these allegations are absolutely preposterous and devoid of truth.
Eritrea’s Record On Humanitarian Assistance Over The Years.
Contrary to the accusations, Eritrea has a long, proud, principled record on humanitarian assistance toward civilians or prisoners in battle.
Back track, when the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) captured tens of thousands of Ethiopian prisoners of war (POW) in the many massive battles that raged during the 30-year struggle for independence, it consistently treated all of them humanely, irrespective of their rank and other particular distinctions.
The Ethiopian POWs, many of whom committed grave atrocities against Eritrean fighters and civilians were provided with access to education, healthcare, and sport, during the height of famines and droughts of biblical proportions that unfolded in the 1980s. In the words of one international journalist who visited the field, the EPLF’s treatment of POWs was “exemplary”.
During the height of the vicious border war with TPLF-led Ethiopia, in 1999, Eritrea gave its unconditional permission and consent for the delivery of emergency food aid to Ethiopia in order to help alleviate a severe humanitarian crisis.
Several years later, in late 2002, with millions of Ethiopians suffering in famine or near-famine conditions and notwithstanding the lingering tense, hostile relations between the countries, Eritrea again offered the use of its Red Sea ports for delivery of international humanitarian relief to Ethiopia. As was explained at the time by government officials, Eritrea is “conscious of its humanitarian obligations in the midst of a humanitarian crisis of huge proportions.”
TPLF Rejects Humanitarian Initiatives!
On both occasions, the TPLF rejected humanitarian initiatives and genuine gestures of good will, despite the fact that they would have supported millions of poor, hungry Ethiopians. All the while, millions of its people were forced to endure suffering and hunger.
Although the recent allegations being peddled threaten to obscure the TPLF’s high culpability in instigating the conflict and scapegoat the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments, the undeniable facts and fundamental truths should be clear for all to see: the party responsible for the violence, humanitarian crisis, looting and blocking of aid in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia is the TPLF.
Worthy of note is that, the TPLF's war aims were rebuffed and utterly defeated, their remnants retreated, carrying out a scorched-earth policy as they fled. Subsequently, finding themselves in extremely harsh, challenging conditions. TPLF remnants have been carrying out sporadic attacks and looting materials and resources in order to try to survive and somehow sustain their campaign of violence.
In the midst of defeat, the TPLF also released thousands of criminals, some estimates put the number at well over 10,000 from prison, carrying out an array of destructive acts, such as destroying roads, airports, and telecommunication facilities.
During the past several months, the group’s remnants have additionally remained busy through organizing terrorist cells and death squads to conduct sabotage and reprisals, block humanitarian assistance, and carry out assassinations. The goal, as explained by many of its officials, members, and affiliates, has been to sow chaos, insecurity, and instability in the region so as to create overwhelming problems for Ethiopia’s federal and local authorities and prevent a return to anything resembling peace or normalcy.