Human Right for All

This article about to read is from 2012. What’s happening in Tigray today the result of mistreatment of the past.

The Public and The International Community to Support The Cause of Human Rights For All.

Since Prime Minister Meles came to power 16 years ago, his security forces have killed, tortured

and harassed thousands of people who have criticized the government.

Meles Zenawi, Seyoum Mesfin, and Tigray in general are soiled by innocent Ethiopian blood,

it would be foolish to expect the Tigray will do the right thingmeaning strive for a united and

peaceful Ethiopia.

Students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, gather around one of the victims who died in protests

Wednesday. It is the agony of our Imprisoned, Latest Information on Kinijit Arrested Leaders

people and the portrayal of the current sad situation in the country. Helping the rest of

the world understand what’s happening in Addis today. These photos are some of the evidence

regarding human rights violations in Ethiopia today.

The police were running at the crowd, firing shots. I got shot in my leg,. the 22-year-old day

laborer who identified himself by one name, Getu, said. .I was just trying to get home to avoid

the trouble..

I kept running with the others while the soldiers chased us, shooting towards the running mass.

We would run a bit then stop and turn round. The police assume that you have a gun if you keep

running and so to avoid being shot you have to run a little, walk a little, checking over your

shoulder.

The BBC’s Mohammed Adow in Addis Ababa said lashes between police and protestors erupted

early on wednesday morning and spread across the city, reaching the doorstep of the British and

French embassies.

Most of the clashes occurred in the commercial district of Mercato, where Many people were

shopping in reparation for the Eid festivities. They are killing, no one is crying. They are killing more,

not one drop more Our own government, is killing us You have nothing to say to us or about us.

We are not hooligans, thieves or terrorists

We are the future of this country of ours

A country tired of its savvy and ruthless

leader Meles Zenawi power Banchi D, Baltimore, United States

A man, shot in clashes between stonethrowing opposition supporters and riot police in Ethiopia’s

capital is rushed to an Addis Ababa hospital on Tuesday As the wounded were taken to the

hospital, a woman shouted: “Murder state”. Eight people died in Tuesday’s violence and at leas

t 23 on Wednesday.

we are really in deep, deep danger. We need help now, before we are bathing in blood. .

Doctors said most of the dead had been shot in the chest and those wounded were shot in the

legs and arms. I am not sure what will happen tomorrow but I hope that the international

community comes to our aid.

“The donor countries can twist Meles’s arm and make him compromise – release the prisoners,

allow the newspapers to reopen,” he said about Zenawi. “That’s if they care about democracy

as much as they say.”Another bloodbath is taking place in Ethiopia,. Ana Gomes, the European

Union.s chief election observer in the May polling, said in a recent letter urging colleagues on the

European Parliament to end their chummy approach toward Mr. Meles.

An excuse for cracking down on all government critics Shooting at unarmed students is a

shameful misuse of government power Source from Human Rights News Ethiopia: Government Attacks

Universities, Civil Society

By Saman Zia-Zarifi

Since Prime Minister Meles came to power 14 years ago, his security forces have killed, imprisoned,

tortured and harassed thousands of people who have criticized the governments. Shooting at unarmed

students is a shameful misuse of government power, the Ethiopian government has to investigate

and prosecute the authorities responsible for firing on the students. The government’s heavy-handed

tactics have enflamed what began as a peaceful local student protest into a violent national crisis, the

attacks on academic freedom have now degenerated into a wholesale assault on civil society in

Ethiopia.” said Saman Zia-Zarifi, Academic Freedom director for Human Rights Watch.

Senior research fellow in the Department of International Law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam,

the Netherlands.

Ethiopian security forces have used excessive force in dealing with student protests and are using

the protests as an excuse for cracking down on all government critics, Human Rights Watch

charged today. Attacks by security forces on Addis Ababa University, in Ethiopia’s capital, have

led to forty-one deaths, hundreds of injuries, and the detention of over two thousand students

and scores of government critics since April 17. Voice of the people. The bodies of two young

men in the Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killed during clashes between youths

and police. aheavens’ photostream.

Birtukan is our leader and we cannot allow thugs to touch her, leave alone to arrest her,.

were among the slogans being chanted by angry residents of Addis Ababa The people of

Ethiopia are making it loud and clear that their struggle for justice, which is on the verge

of success, will not be deterred by any means. The uprising that began by the students of

Addis Ababa this week is spreading full-fledgedly across. And if anything, this attests

to the underlying fact. While assuming it has contained and weakened the civil disobedience

of June, the regime was exposed to the much stronger revolt of last month. And before the

November violence cools down, the regime is being perturbed by the third wave of uprising

and public unrest that exploded this week.

The crisis in Ethiopia, which is getting worse every day The crisis in Ethiopia is getting worse

every day.

The people of Ethiopia are making it loud and clear that their struggle for justice, which is

on the verge of success, will not be deterred by any means. The uprising that began by

the students of Addis Ababa this week is spreading full-fledgedly across. And if anything,

this attests to the underlying fact. While assuming it has contained and weakened the civil

disobedience of June, the regime was exposed to the much stronger revolt of last month.

And before the November violence cools down, the regime is being perturbed by the

third wave of uprising and public unrest that exploded this week. The Voice of the people

Addis under fire!

Violent rioting is rocking a great number of districts of the ethiopian capital Addis Abeba.

The heaviest fighting is around the areas known as Ferensai Legasion, Bella, Megenagna

and Mekanisa, as protesters erected roadblocks with stones and burning tires. Police

activity is at its highest as live bullets are being shot at the rioters. The death toll is already

expected to be very high.

Today’s violence follows yesterday’s arrests of top CUD officials and the clampdown on the private press.

What the hell are they doing??? How blind are they not to see how much everybody hates them and

gettin sick of them?? Its gonna get worse!The securities and Federals..we never knew we had devil

brothers. How could you be soo devil to kill your own brothers and sisters?? 23 killed and 183 wounded!!!

Meles Kutchu has to go. This is the time all Ethiopian people knows who you are and what you stand for.

If I were you Meles, I will give up. Cause People are knows the true you that you can’t lead us with your

poissen idias. Long live Ethiopia (In the 1980s, the TPLF had a reputation as hard-line communists who

saw Enver Hoxha’s Albania as a model state.)

Comment from: Yemereb Lij

Woyane’s downfall is coming faster than everyone thinks, including Meles. Every single life

lost is an additional evidence revealing the core of the brutal-Albanian guided power by force.

Now that US media has picked up the news and we continue writing to respective senators,

US will be cornered to denounce Meles. Let’s keep up voicing our concern in unison!!!

Comment from: Ashenafi

Meles Leave Ethiopia Killing women and children, 13 years old?

What a desperate move… you know it your time is finished. butchering, soaking on blood

will bring you to be judged for your enless crimes on innocents, you can’t get away with this….

Why is the police killing the people that it is supposed to protect? Shame on the Ethiopian

Police for killing its brothers, sisters, little children, and mothers. Shame on you! It is just

mind boggling to me why the leaders think that massacring the people they say they are

serving will stop any opposition. The use of power to silence the people never solves a problem.

The so called Democratic government of Ethiopia has set a fire that it cannot extinguish.

Mika’el, Los Angeles, California The independent Ethiopia Human Rights Council said

Clashes between police and protesters erupted in gunfire and grenade explosions on

Wednesday, with police killing at least 33 people during a second day of renewed

demonstrations against Ethiopia’s disputed elections, a rights group said. Hundreds

of heavily armed riot police were deployed across the capital as heavy machine-gun

and rifle and loud explosions rocked Addis Ababa.

News Paper Washington Post 12/25/05

Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed when security forces fired into crowds.

In the following weeks, police jailed at least 15,000 protesters and 130 senior opposition figures,

including professors, judges and the city’s elected mayor, Berhanu Nega. Most were charged

with treason, but some are being prosecuted for calling for genocide against Meles’s ethnic group,

the Tigrayans.

23 Bomer Nega, 84, the father of jailed mayor Berhanu Nega “The opposition doesn’t even have a

spokesperson. They are all in jail,” said Nega. “There’s no democracy here. They allow leaders to

be elected, but then put them behind bars. I think this country is being led back into the corner.”

The Ethiopian people has been tremendous suffering. As random killings, beatings, lootings and

mass arrests continue, the country is gripped in fear. The joy of a 90 percent voter turnout last

May is turning into a nightmare.

So far, 89 people have been shot at point blank range for participating in peaceful

street demonstrations and close to 70,000 have been arrested as possible foes and put

in remote prisons, where the death toll is mounting. According to the British newspaper

The Observer, a number of people have died while in custody of government forces.

24 Abdu, originally from Africa, is a Houston-based writer on foreign policy. Meles Zenawi

handpicked by Tony Blair Onslaught : By David Blair Police came for Teshome Legesse, a

CUD city councillor, as he was having lunch with his family on Nov 1. When they beat him

with rifle butts, his wife, Etenesh Yimmam, 46, became hysterical. They beat her with sticks,

then one of the police shot her twice.

The man who killed Mrs Etenesh received a shouted order from another officer: “Just do it.”

At that moment, he fired again, apparently aiming at the woman’s son, bent over her body.

He missed and wounded one of the family’s neighbours. Then two officers fired in the air,

dispersing the crowd, and the police left in a pick-up,taking the dead woman’s husband.

25 Arrests were taking place across Addis Ababa. The city’s jail overflowed and prisoners

were held in its compound. As that became crammed, detainees were held in the National

Exhibition Centre. Even that overflowed, so government offices were used as temporary prisons.

Detainees were beaten, stripped of their shoes then driven to an old military camp at Dedesa,

250 miles west of Addis Ababa. There they survive in disused barracks on daily rations of

four slices of bread.

Western diplomats have reports of executions at Dedesa and of a body being hung on the

camp’s gates. The best estimate for the total detained is 40,000. A leader handpicked by

Tony Blair to champion Africa has smashed his

opponents with the biggest crackdown in the continent’s recent history, jailing 40,000 people

including boys of 15. Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister and a member of Britain’s

Commission for Africa, has launched a systematic onslaught against every possible adversary.

By David Blair in Addis Ababa

Daily Telegraph.co.uk

Meles Zenawi was born in 1956 in the town of Adwa in the Tigray Region. 11

The regime of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi haslaunched what the Daily Telegeraph correspondent

describes as “a systematic onslaught against the majority of the Ethiopian people,” save his Tigrean

minority tribe in the north (11), after the Ethiopian people overwhelmingly rejected his regime in the last

election. But in 1992 when Ethiopia was divided in 7 ethnic regions and Tigray expanded its territory with

60% by trimming fertile land from Beemer and Wollo. The building and expansion of Tigray in

different directions, often to the extent of expanding to other people’s territories is bound to lead to

conflict, wherever it emerges.

1. Addis Ababa* 2. Afar 3. Amhara 4. .Benishangul-Gumaz 5. Dire Dawa* 6. Gambela 7. Harari

8. Oromia 9. Somali 10. Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region 11. Tigray

Meles Zenawi was born on 08 May, 1955 in Adwa, in the Tigray Province of 28 Northern Ethiopia.

He attended the Queen of Sheba Junior Secondary School before going on to complete his tertiary schooling

at the General Wingate School in Addis Ababa; after graduation he attended Addis Ababa University, studying

medicine between 1972-1974. In 1974 he left school to join the Tigrai People.s Liberation Front (TPLF) during

the chaos that ensued in Ethiopia that led to Haile Selassie.s overthrow by coup d.état by the Derg, which was the

group of the army who orchestrated the coup. He would go on to be elected to the Leadership Committee and the

Executive Committee of the TPLF in 1979 and 1983 respectively, and by 1989 he was chairman of both the TPLF

and the EPRDF (Ethiopian Peoples. Revolutionary Democratic Front). It should be noted that after since the

overthrow of Haile Selassie a guerrilla war had raged against the Derg and their leader Mengistu Haile Mariam

until his overthrown in May 1991, when EPRDF would close in on Addis Ababa, forcing him to flee the country.

After Mengistu.s overthrow, Zenawi would assume the role as transitional President of Ethiopia on 28 May 1991

until 22 August 1995, when he would go on to become Prime Minister of the country, despite opposition boycotts

of the election. He would be re-elected to the Prime Minister office in 2000 and in 2005. During his tenure in office

, he has been active as a mediator in several regional conflicts in the region, including in Burundi, Somalia and Sudan.

A long time friend of the Clinton Administration, he has also been recognized by the Bush Administration as an

important war on Terror in the region, receiving massive US aid for both food and other financial assistance programmes.

He would go on to complete his MA in Business Administration at the Open University (UK) in 1995, followed by an

MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University (Netherlands) in 2004. He is married with three children, and his

hobbies include reading, swimming and tennis. His presidency is lauded by his followers as him being one of the most

progressive in Ethiopian history, and he has been successful in throwing off the cruel shackles of Mengistu.s extremely

oppressive Marxist regime, and he is noted to be an very well-read intellectual. That said, his opposition has many charges

against him. Human Rights Abuses Once thought of as the great hope for democracy in Africa and lauded by Tony

Blair for his exemplary good governance, recent evidence suggests that a human rights crisis is now brewing in Ethiopia.

After parliamentary elections in May 2005, which has come under scrutiny after Zenawi.s party won a majority with 296 of

547 Parliamentary seats, despite the fact that the Kinjit, which is a unified opposition to Zenawi has ranks of approximately

1.5 million members, and dominates some densely populated areas. This immediately raised questions of whether the election

was rigged. Moreover parliamentary rules have been recently changed to only allow a party with more than 51% of parliamentary

seats the right to raise issues for discussion.

This has created instability in the country which has caused an eruption of violent demonstrations against Zenawi in June,

2005 which led to violent measures to quell the riots, leaving scores dead as government forces fired live rounds into

the crowds. Following this, he has continued to crack down on brutally on opposition, with reports of numerous

politically motivated murders carried out by the country.s security forces. Zenawi maintains that the current situation has

been orchestrated against him by opposition to effect his overthrow and that this has been planned since before

parliamentary elections. Recently reports of detention camps in Ethiopia are coming to light, particularly the Dedesa

camp, where there are reports of merciless beating and torture of political prisoners by Ethiopian security forces, and

as many as 45,000 detainees are being held in the camp right now. Opposition leader Hailu Shawel alleges that between

40,000 and 50,000 youths have been detained by the Zenawi government, although other sources suggest that this number

is closer to 10,000.

This is causing much concern among British and other European politicians, with foreign aid and projects now being withheld

or delayed. Many think that Tony Blair is beginning to regret appointing Zenawi to the African Commission earlier this year.

There are also reports that journalists in the country have been arrested in numbers and charged with treason, and some say

that Ethiopia now ranks among the world. leading jailers of journalists since government crackdowns in November 2005,

with many private newspapers now forbidden from publishing, and a wanted list for more journalists.

War with Eritrea After the successful secession of Eritrea from Ethiopia under Mengistu.s regime, several territories

granted to Eritrea in the peace settlements, notably Badame, the gradual separation of Eritrea under Afewerki from

Ethiopia would result in increasing border tensions. This culminated in all-out war between the two

countries in 1998 until a peace settlement

was reached in 2000, but not before

dealing a major blow to both alreadyimpoverished

countries. In fact as a result

of the peace treaty

reached in

December 2000,

Badame was

granted to Eritrea,

while other disputed

territories were

divided between the

two countries.

Zenawi.s public statements that he and his

country agree to the peace settlements.

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There are seven words that describe

Meles Zenawi. He can be defined as a

merciless, cruel, pitiless, barbarous Harsh,

uncompassionate and ruthless

Meles Zenawi came in power by

overthrow – Colonel Mengistu Haile

Mariam. The only way he will lose his

power, it looks like the same way he came

in power not by election or democratic.

This is not an option anymore for him but

a day will come where Ethiopian will have

better leader than Meles Zenawi.

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In the 1980s, the TPLF had a reputation as

hard-line communists who saw Enver

Hoxha’s Albania as a model state.

Now Ethiopian are tired of its savvy

leader Meles Zenawi.

Recent events have revieled his inner soul.

Anti-government protestors were shot

dead by riot police and now we fear for

our country’s future.

Friday, 4 November, 2005, UK

Why is the police killing the people that it

is supposed to protect? Shame on the

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Ethiopian Police for killing its brothers,

sisters, little children, and mothers. Shame

on you! It is just mind boggling to me why

the leaders think that massacring the

people they say they are serving will stop

any opposition. The use of power to

silence the people never solves a problem.

The so called Democratic government of

Ethiopia has set a fire that it cannot

extinguish. Mika’el, L.A. California

US Policymaker

If the U.S. policymakers continues to bet

on Meles, it shouldn.t forget that the lives

of millions of Africans were lost in the

Congo, Liberia and Sudan because of

similar misjudgments. It would not be the

first time Africans died because U.S.

policymakers failed to recognize the

dangers of backing a ruthless, doomed

regime.

Michael Clough Africa advocacy director

for Human Rights Watch.

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According to Sen. Patrick Leahy, DVermont,

paramilitary units continue to

use random searches, beatings, mass

arrests and lethal force against peaceful

protesters. In Ethiopia, a crime against

humanity is unfolding while the world

either vacillates or lacks the will to stop it.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell:

Mr. President, I rise to speak on the

disturbing reports of political chaos in

Ethiopia. With allegations of vote

tampering and emerging pictures of

large-scale human rights abuses

taking place in Ethiopia, that the

Administration must impress upon

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and

other global neighbors, that severe

consequences follow actions which

undermine democratic ideals.

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Senator Patrick Leahy

The Bush Administration should make

clear to Prime Minister Meles that if his

government does not abide by the basic

principles of democracy, due process and

respect for human rights, including an end

to the use of random searches, beatings,

mass arrests and lethal force against

peaceful protesters, and if political

detainees are not released, that we will join

with the European Union and suspend our

aid to his government, including our

support for financing from the World Bank

and the African Development Bank other

than for basic human needs. There should

be severe consequences for such a flagrant

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subversion of the will of the Ethiopian

people

However, the protests that have erupted in

the wake of the May 15 elections present

Mr Meles with one of the most serious

challenges of his premiership. And he will

now have to deal with strong opposition

parties for the first time.

The vote tabulation and reporting process

for the May 15 election was abused and

corrupted by the EPRDF. Any new

government that assumes power based on

the fraud-tainted results will lack

democratic legitimacy.

Meles failed victim to a self-imagined

scenario that the democratic resurgence

will overthrow him. Having built such a

false scenario, he took command over all

forces, declared a state of emergency and

paved the way for a mis-direction of the

democratic process altogether. He violated

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both the constitution and the rule of law

and exposed fully the superficiality and

shallowness of his conversion to

democracy in the first place.

Meles Zenawi is a weak leader of

Ethiopia. He does not care about Ethiopia

or East Africa. He will do everything to

stay in power. Even if he has to kill close

family member or close friends if they

criticizing him or question him his action.

He is there to stay forever. He believes

that he is immortal and very intelligence

when it comes to fool other people & he is

cunning when it comes to do evil.

He will tell you first what you want to hear

until he comes up with a plan B how to

get rid off you. He already has plans B for

everyone if they criticize him his action.

His philosophy is to take action right away

before it goes out of hand.

Only fools will believe him what he says

because action speaks faster than his

words. His action are true reflection of

state of mind.

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I don.t know how some people believe that

Meles Zenawi will lose in election. . No

way Jose . He came in power by

overthrowing Megistu HaileMariam. The

only way he will be removed from his

power will be if someone overthrow him.

Until that day comes don.t be fool, you

can vote him out of election or anything

else. He already proved the Ethiopian

people that it is not going to be easy just

democratically by election. So, there is one

option left which is to overthrowing him

but to overthrow him one need courage.

The question is that do Ethiopian have the

guts ? If we are sick and tired of him what

are we waiting for ? Action speak faster

than words. How many more Ethiopian

have to die before we say enough is

enough. Those who already died, do not

deseve to die?

They have the right to criticize the

government and they have the right

demonstrate or go to strike. As the Bob

Marle would say . stand up get up stand

up for your right. who else would stand

up for our right ? So, why Meles Zenawi

gave order to kill all the civilian ? To

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scare the Ethiopian people ? and he is

saying we have no right demonstrate and if

we demonstrate, he is will give order to

kill us ? In this case we will never have

right as long he is in power. We have

learned that he will never hezitate to kill

civilian and politician let alone to prison.

How many Ethiopian are in prison today ?

What are we doing ? How can we get rid

off this ruthless leader ? Where are

Ethiopian intellectual? Why are we quite ?

Why are some Ethiopian still supporting

Meles ?

Today Ethiopian are disappearing from

their homes. There a lot of people in prison

and they are being tortured, killed and

getting sick

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You can say today that there is no justice

in Ethiopia.

The photos on this book are some of the

evidence regarding human rights

violations today in Ethiopia. Engineer

Hailu Shawel is in grave health condition

Latest information on Kinijit arrested Leaders.

. The prison administration has denied us

access to our lawyers to discuss the gravity

of the charges,” Hailu Shawel

Those who voice their right get prisoned

without due process special those who

hold government office so Meles Zenawi

can stay in power longer by getting rid off

those critize or compliane about how he

run the the government.

Engineer Hailu Shawel

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Birtukan Mideksa

Dr. Berhanu Nega

Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social

Research, in New York City.

Dr. Negede Gobeze,

Dr. Negede obtained his Ph D in Law from a French

university with a thesis on Constitutional Law

Prof. Mesfin WoldeMariam,

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Millionaire Solomon Tekalign, former

president of the Addis Ababa Chamber of

Commerce,

Berhane Mewa,

Artist Tamagn Beyene

Tamagn Beyene was awarded “Man of the

Year” Award in North America in

recognition of his outstanding

contributions to the struggle for democracy

in Ethiopia.

Tegbar USA – Tel: 202 369 9543 *

Fax: 202 449 5640 * E-mail:

tegbar@gmail.com * www.tegbar.org

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December 27, 2005

Mr. Kofi A. Annan

Secretary General

United Nations

New York, NY 10017

USA

The Honorable Secretary General,

I would first like to note two calls made to

the UN on behalf of Ethiopians who are

suffering under an excess of a government

that has lost any semblance of democratic

credentials.

First, on December 15, 2005, the European

Union Parliament Members (MEPs)

unanimously condemned the violence, the

use of disproportionate means of

repression by the armed forces of the

Ethiopian Government and the mass

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arrests underway in Ethiopia. The MEPs

unanimously called for .an independent

international commission of inquiry,

optimally under UN responsibility, to

investigate the human rights abuses and to

identify and bring to justice those

responsible..

As Your Excellency is aware, the

European Union closely monitored the

period leading to the May 2005 election,

observed the election and watched firsthand

the aftermath of the election.

Therefore, the MEPs are well positioned to

understand the extent of atrocities being

committed in Ethiopia and provide an

independent assessment and the possible

remedy to correct the wrongs.

Second, on December 21, 2005, Reporters

Without Borders (RWB), called on the UN

to send a legal observation mission to

Ethiopia to assess the validity of the

charges made, monitor the due process of

the law at the coming mass trial and report

back to the UN Security Council. With its

network of reporters on the ground, RWB

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is credibly placed to realize the veracity of

the

situation.

It has now entered into historian records

that immediately following the election,

Mr. Zenawi suspended peaceful

demonstrations and brought the police, the

security and the armed forces under his

personal control, once he recognized the

vote counting was not going in his favor.

He then unleashed his special forces on its

own people and has committed horrifying

atrocities since May 2005, which has

continued till this date and does not show

any sign of abating.

We are worried that while the international

media rightly focuses on the shooting and

killings of innocent demonstrators in June

and November 2005, reports on the

impressments of thousands of suspected

supporters of the opposition parties, and

write about the fabricated treason charges

brought on the leaders of the main

opposition party (CUDP), a silent but

systematic annihilation of the supports of

the opposition is underway. There is

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information filtering out of Ethiopia on the

presence of mass graves. At least five

known concentration camps are in

operations out of the sight of the

diplomatic community and international

media.

We believe, the UN has learned from a

bitter experience in the past that when

governments fail to uphold the rights of

their citizens and squash the rule of law,

this august body that is led by you could

not afford to be a bystander. To echo your

words, .the principle of non-intervention

in internal affairs cannot be used to protect

those who commit genocide, large-scale

ethnic

cleansing, or other comparable atrocities..

We want to impress upon you that the

stakes that are involved in this case are

much larger than what happened in

Zimbabwe, for which you sent your

special envoy. The consequences of

inaction would be horrifying even to

contemplate and from the information

filtering out of Ethiopia, we are convinced

that unless the international community is

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willing to proactively intervene by sending

an independent investigation team, the

situation might spin out of control thereby

transforming the already fragile East

African region in to a zone of complete

instability.

Dear Secretary General,

The urgency of your action in support of

the decision by MEPs can not be

sufficiently stressed and is practically

impossible to exaggerate. It also can not be

left for another day. Therefore, we urge

and plead to you to bring the power of

your good office to implement the

proposal made bythe MEPs.

Regards,

Meskerem Girma

Chairperson

Attachments:

1) Decision by European Members of

Parliament

2) Selected samples of international news

reports

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12/30/05

All Free Press Products Banned !!

Almost all Free Presses products have

been banned as government owned

printing companies declined to print even

non-political newspapers on Friday. The

Friday issues of all political and sport

Newspapers were not printed and seen on

the street today

The banning of all private press products

came amid the threat by donor nations to

withheld Aid in response to government

crackdown on opposition leaders, activists

and journalists. The existence of the Free

Press in Ethiopia was the major

precondition for the government to qualify

for assistance.

Sources also confirmed that flyers are

being distributed widely in major cities

that say; .Keep the peaceful struggle for

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human rights and freedom.. .The

government seems desperate and trying to

block any news sources. All radio

transmissions including the VOA Amharic

service are jammed,. the source added.

Following the students protest and mass

uprising in the last two weeks, the fragile

Meles Zenawi regime has closed several

schools and universities. Tanks, armored

vehicles and heavily armed cars full of

.Agazi. snipers are still round on the

schools and main roads of Addis Ababa to

dissuade people from potential protests.

The Official website of Kinijit

http://www.kinijit.org

Government Terror Continues

12/29/2005

Media Coverage

(EthioMedia)

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Whether one calls it militarism or fascism,

something wrong to any civil society has

reigned in Ethiopia.

Fifteen years in power, defeated at the

polls, Meles Zenawi wants to rule the

country forever by sowing the seeds of

fear and terror.

Student protests at Wondyrad and Tikdem

schools in the northern suburbs of Addis

Ababa ended in severe beatings and

injuries. Despite serious injuries, the

students were hauled off to detention

centers in the company of gunfire.

At Tikidem, school teachers were beaten

mercilessly. Agazi forces who stormed the

school broke into the office of the school

principal who was beaten and clubbed

severely. He was showing his photo ID to

prove he was the school director but that

did not spare him from the karate kicks

and cruel beatings of Agazi, the special

force Meles

founded

secretly with

the planned

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anticipation to crush any civil

disobedience to his rule.

Similalry, Kokebe Tsibah students in

Addis were Thursday beaten by members

of Agazi, federal police and security

forces. The students were ordered to bring

parents to school for an earlier protest.

When none of them brought parents, the

soldiers began to chase the students,

turning the school into a chaotic scene of

disturbances, noise and wailing. Mothers

were crying for help as their kids were

being clubbed by the men-in-uniform loyal

to the ruthless tyrant – Meles Zenawi.

Scores of students were taken to detention

centers. High school students are very

young, 14 years of age on average

Protesters outside the Oslo Concert House

didn’t think Ethiopia’s president deserved

the prize.

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Meles Zenawi how long are you going to

deny people.s right ?

I am not sure how long you are going to

rule Ethiopia this way. So far either out

of fear or selfish reasons you are

governing Ethiopia undemocratically.

When I say you, it include the whole

Tigray people. I am not sure, whether it is

due to lack of education or ignorance.

Keep in mind that, unless an education is

highly specialized, it is the primary

reason for the rise of this civil unrest.

You have to ask yourself what am I doing

wrong ? Why are people not happy ? The

Ethiopian, Eritrean, the world seems not

happy with you. Why do you think that is

? because you seem to forget one

important lesson learned in the past, how

you came to power because you were not

happy . You(Tigray) were not only

unhappy of course, Oromo, Amhara and

Eritrean. So, with the help of everyone,

we overthrow Mengustu Hailemariam and

you came in power.

When Eritrean are unhappy, even God is

not happy.

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Today Ethiopian are suffering

everywhere.

They were being accused of fabricated charges 1/5/2005

The physical, psychological, moral and

human cost of the after-math of the

election in Ethiopia is both unforgivable

and unforgettable. There was absolutely no

reason why the country had to be in the

situation it has been forced to be right

now. There is no justification for

repression. No justification for state of

emergency. No justification for curfew. No

justification to charge those who speak out

for Ethiopia as committing .treason..

There is no justification to allow the

people to vote in the first place, and then

deny them from knowing the true result.

Why invite the people to participate in

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what the regime billed as a democratic

election only to de-fraud the very election

itself? If all along the regime has no

intention to play by the democratic rule of

the game, why play it and even more

clumsily pretend to implement a

democratic election when it has neither the

intention nor the will to honour and respect

the true verdict of the people.

It is the regime that asked the people to

vote! And when the people voted

expressing their choices, the regime

pounced and unleashed large-scale

repression and massacres in June and

November changing what started as a

highly promising beginning into a

nightmare of blood, tears and sorrow for

the people. Now the repression is moving

into high gear and the country has been

gripped by fear and intimidation. The

whole atmosphere has been poisoned.

Young people have been targeted. The

security forces have been unleashed

ferociously

. I am accused of Fabricated

charges 1/4//2006

The entire leadership of the

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CUD is now in jail

from three year to death sentence

The Ethiopian

people want better leader and better

justice. They are suffering because Meles

Zenawi will not give them.

As long there is no peace & democracy in

Ethiopia there will be always famine.

CNN World News Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ethiopian mother Ayan, left,

holds Asma Monday; her

daughter holds Nemo, who

doctors say will die within a

week from malnutrition.

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Africa’s Big Man :

Meles Zenawi Trying To Stay In Power For Life

The government of Prime Minister Meles

Zenawi is using legal means to suppress

dissent, but it is increasingly behaving like

an outlaw regime. It is scandalous that

Ethiopian authorities have persisted in

using outdated and illegitimate charges to

send these journalists to jail, ” said Ann

Cooper, executive director of the

Committee to Protect Journalists.

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The continued victimization and the hurt

of Tigrai under the evil schemes of

Weyane goes back to 1976. Ever since

“Tigrai Manifesto” was made public in

1976, the Weyane made Tigrai to dream

about the “Greater Republic of Tigrai”-

which was just “Hilmi Abai Tigrai”, an

unattainable dream. Since 1976, every

conceivable evil schemes and actions of

Weyane were done by promising the moon

and the starts to the people of Tigrai.

Tigrai was demanded to sacrifice more and

to give more and she was promised her

sacrifices will be crowned by “Greater

Republic of Tigrai”-a free Tigrai from the

domination and subjugation of what the

Weyane call “chauvinists”.

Although this dream was politically,

legally, and economically unattainable

dream, it was Tigrai that was used as

“Fengiregach” (as Addis calls it) or as

canon fodder to achieve a mission that was

dead on arrival in the first place. Tigrai has

never been told that this “Greater Republic

of Tigrai” madness is legally, politically,

and economically unattainable political

adventure of a handful Weyane clique.

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Greater Republic of Tigrai” in front of the

innocent Tigrawot worked for more than

30 years and still the Weyane are doing

just that. In short, Tigrai was asked and

demanded to provide her children and her

resources to be sacrificed to promote the

political adventure (ENDERA) of a few

half-baked and unrefined hoodlums.

After 17 years of untold hardship,

sacrifices, and bloodshed, the first phase of

the “victimization” of Tigrai was

concluded in May 1991. By 1993, once the

handful Weyane entered Finn Finne

(Addis Ababa) to enjoy the good life at

Menelik Palace.

Still blinded by greed, inferiority complex,

and the good life at Menelik Palace;

To promise some thing is one thing but to

be able to deliver is quite another. When

the Weyane came up with “Abai Tigrai”

promise, we wondered if they had the

chance learn or have they ever taught the

people of Tigrai about Biafra, a Nigerian

province that tried to secede from Nigeria

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in the 70s? There was a lesson to learn

from this breakaway Nigerian province

that was left stranded in the middle of

nowhere. If the Weyane were farsighted,

educated, or intelligent; Biafra should have

been a case in point to learn from. Tigrai

should have learned a lesson from Biafra

before they called upon their people to pay

the price beyond the numbers for mission,

which is dead on arrival in the first place.

The Biafran lesson was there and it was

(is) not an old lesson either. After eight (8)

years of bloody war, unable to garish a

single recognition as sovereign state from

any country, except from the then

apartheid regime of South Africa, Biafra

was crushed and now it is still a Nigerian

province.

Somaliland case that declared its

independence from Somalia and yet there

is not a single country in the world

recognizing her as sovereign state and

even if Tigrai declared one day as a

sovereign state no one will recognize it.

“Abai Tigrai” will not be different from

that of Biafra or Somaliland

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Meles Zenawi, Seyoum Mesfin, and

Weyane in general are soiled by innocent

Ethiopian blood, it would be foolish to

expect the Weyane will do the right thingmeaning

strive for a united and peaceful

Ethiopia.

Jounalists and Artist got arrested

The prime minister does not like cartoons

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Those that have Short life span insects

Dozens of journalists have

been sued for defamation

and, twice in 1996,

journalists were jailed

because their papers had

published unflattering cartoons of the head

of government. Three journalists spent

four years behind bars in the capital before

being released for “lack of evidence”.

It will

come as

no

surprise

that for

over five

years

Ethiopia

has been

Africa’s

biggest

jail for journalists.

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Meles Zenawi

Restriction on the Press

Many independent jounalists, editors and

publishers continue to endure harassment

and intimidation, and criminal penalties

for a range of speech related penalties

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remain on the books. In June 2005, the

Ministry of Information revoked the

licenses of five Ethiopian journalists

working for the Voice of America and

Radio Deutsche-Welle because it

disapproved of their coverage of the

elections and the post-election

controversy.

What is on the Minds of Ethiopians .

The Disputed Border or The Disputed Election?

There is an Amara proverb: One cannot

awaken he who is determined to be asleep.

The person who coined that proverb must

have had a premonition of the fate of his

countrymen in the first decade of the 21st

century. For this has been a difficult and

lonely time to be Ethiopian.

Our best hope for a free and democratic

Ethiopia was rudely dashed by one who

had repeatedly and consistently refused to

entertain any notion that Ethiopia is

anything but his private dominion. Our

women are killed while trying to protect

our children from beating and deportation

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to concentration camps. Snipers and

machine gunners trained to engage

organized enemy forces are set on our men

and boys who peacefully march to express

their grievances. Hundreds of thousands of

men, women and children are held in open

air concentration camps infested with all

sorts of tropical maladies from malaria to

poisonous snakes. The less fortunate

among our leaders are summarily

executed, with the more fortunate ones

only rounded up, charged with treason or

other similarly contrived charges and held

in prison for years without trial, without

definite dates for release. Members of the

private media and leaders of civic society

organizations who express dissenting

opinions face similar fates. The state

controlled media is reduced to serving as

the private propaganda outlet of the

hostage takers, inundating the captive

population with a never ending barrage of

carefully orchestrated program of

misinformation, intimidation and character

assassination. What little private press

survived a 14 year reign of harassment and

intimidation, was brought to an end when

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publishers, editors, reporters and

newspaper vendors met the fate of our

elected officials during the final campaign

to rid the landscape of anyone and

anything that smells like a threat.

It is in the face of this unprecedented and

complete lockdown of the big prison that

is Ethiopia that Ethiopians looked for help

from the unified global community of

which they believed to be a member in

good standing. The people were confident

that the world would stand with them.

After all they had just performed

marvelously in the democratic game

played under the rules established by the

new world order. Ethiopians believed that

central to the new order is the notion of

government of the people, by the people,

and for the people – a government which

the people set up and which the people can

change peacefully, through the ballot, if

they so choose. Having exhibited the kind

of discipline, resiliency and single

mindedness in the pursuit of the

democratic alternative reminiscent of the

performance of their Olympic heroes, the

Ethiopian people believed that they are

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fully justified in demanding that the

arbiters of the new world order step in and

ensure that their victory is not appropriated

by the slight of hand of their suppressors.

Words cannot describe the disappointment

and dismay of the Ethiopian people. Those

who so repeatedly and publicly pledged to

stand with anyone anywhere in the world

who fights for freedom, those who lead the

very country which leads ’the free world’

and those who “vetted” and “certified” the

commander of the Ethiopian gulag to be “a

new kind of African leader”, “a

renaissance man”, and a man who can be

trusted to be a strong ally, now anxiously

look the other way when they face the

anger and wrath of Ethiopians worldwide.

In the early days, they even had the

audacity to condemn the victim for

inciting the killer into violence. Though

they have given up on that that particular

line, they are still unwilling to meet their

obligations to Ethiopia and to the new

global order.

Today, when Ethiopians in London, in

Washington, in Ottawa, in Brussels, in

Paris and elsewhere confront the world’s

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power brokers, they try to change the

subject to something, anything. Their new

found and preferred diversionary tactic is

to point to the dark clouds of war hanging

over Ethiopia. At every forum where

Ethiopia merits a mention, they speak of

the gravity of the crisis on the Eritrean

border. They report on the count of the

army divisions deployed by one or the

other side. They discuss the length and

depth of the trenches dug and of the

deployment of tanks and field guns. They

rehash the body count from the last bloody

episode. Each of these is meant to scare

the Ethiopian people into believing that

they face something which is of greater

danger to their immediate security than

their domestic problem. It is also intended

to show that they have not really forgotten

Ethiopia and the plight of Ethiopians. This

is meant to alert us that they are just

working on something even more urgent

which must be addressed right away, lest

Armageddon be visited upon us.

Perhaps the end of the days is around the

corner. How else can I explain agreeing

with Isayas Afworki of all people-not once

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but twice? Of course, the border crisis was

manufactured to divert attention from what

is going on across Ethiopia, from Addis,

Ambo and Awassa to Zege, Zuway and

Zarema. Only one other time, when he

called the AU the club of dictators, had I

ever agreed with Mr. Afworki. Never mind

that calling these two issues correctly

would not exempt Mr. Afworki from a

straight jacket; as one who likes to give the

devil his due, I must admit he called each

of these correctly.

Why don’t they ask us what matters to the

average Joe in Abeshaland? If they did, we

would tell them that Eritrea is Meles’

problem. Our number one problem today

is Meles. If another war starts, it would

cost us the lives of our children, but in the

end it would not change anything. In the

last war, more than 70,000 of our young

men lost their lives and limb. And just

what did we get out of it? Absolutely

nothing!!. That war was not fought for us.

It was like one of those children’s

arguments over whose prick is longer. It

was fought to protect the egos of the two

contestants, and contestants we were not.

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If we could select our fights, we would

fight to be free from tyranny. We would

fight to protect the dignity of the Ethiopian

man who must cower in fear in front of his

wife and his children not to displease the

commissar lest he might be beaten up or

taken away. If we could choose our fight,

we would fight to protect our women from

the indignity of rape and beatings by the

cadres of our master and their friend.

The border conflict is a contrived story

talked about to serve as a diversion from

our real issues. When Mr. Yamamato

travels to Addis and to Asmara to discuss

the border issue, when the disgraceful

Koffi Annan sends his special envoy to

persuade Meles to stand down, the

Ethiopian people know you are not doing

it for us. If we could talk to them, if they

had asked us, here is what we would tell

these two gentlemen. If you really want to

help, please, tell the hostage takers to

release the political prisoners and to allow

the winners of the last election to form a

government. We will tell you to take some

of the loot you are scheduled to send to

Ethiopia and spend it on chartered flights

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to destination they prefer to

go…Zimbabwe included. There would be

no hard feelings.

When Javier Solana treks from the snow

and cold of Brussels to Addis and Asmara,

they would ask him why he and the rest of

the European Commission would spend

European taxpayers’ money on a large

election monitoring team if they didn’t

intend to act on their findings. They would

ask him why, if the Commission cares

about the other 77 million Ethiopians, it

would continue to hold the bloody hands

of the one tyrant. Finally, the Ethiopian

people would advise him that if he cannot

understand or appreciate their pain, he

should expend his energy where it might

be more fruitfully deployed.

As to the AU… The AU is an

embarrassment to all Africans. It sits

quietly right there in Addis, not a full

block removed from where some of the

killings took place. It allows its own

compound to serve as a holding pen for

those rounded up. The AU leader Konare

rides to Berlin and to Abuja with the

Butcher of Addis in a chartered jet paid for

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by the Ethiopian people while innocent

Ethiopians were still being killed in his

back yard. This goes on before the ink

dries on the new peer review provisions of

the AU charter. What a disgrace!! The

only comfort I draw about the AU is in the

knowledge that if we could hold a

referendum, the people of Africa would

vote overwhelmingly against it. The AU is

neither created nor governed by the people

of Africa.

Britain cuts off aid to Ethiopian government

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Britain

cut all of its aid to Ethiopia’s government

on Wednesday and plans to redirect the 73

million euro ($88 million U.S.) to

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humanitarian agencies working in the

Horn of Africa nation.

Britain cuts off aid to Ethiopian

government due to violations and

human abuse

Money redirected to aid agencies after

protesters killed, jailed

Media, opposition, aid workers jailed

Hillary Benn,

“Since the May elections, people have

been shot down on the streets, people have

been arrested and many are currently on

trial,” he told Reuters.

Britain’s international

development secretary, said his

government was “seriously

concerned” by the unrest sparked

by disputed elections last year

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that returned the ruling party to power and

led to 88 protesters being killed by security

forces. Benn met with Ethiopia’s Prime

Minister Meles Zenawi

On Friday January 19, 2006, an

international human rights group said

Ethiopian authorities are intimidating,

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arresting and using excessive force in rural

areas to quell dissent over the election

results. Some 129 opposition leaders,

journalists and aid workers are facing trial

on charges of treason, genocide and other

crimes which carry the death penalty.

Political and civil unrest has shaken the

country since the May general elections

and police have arrested hundreds of

opposition supporters and journalists on

charges of treason, sparking international

concern over Meles’ commitment to

human rights.

Benn said concerns had also been raised

over “ongoing clashes involving students

and security forces in schools and colleges

across the country.” He also called for an

independent investigation into alleged

human rights violations in Oromiya.

Other Western donors have said they are

considering redirecting $375 million U.S.

in budget support for the government to

other areas because of the political crisis in

the country.

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Ethiopia:

World Report 2006

Human Rights Watch

Released on January 18th, 2006

We investigate and expose human rights

violations and hold abusers accountable

We enlist the public and the international

community to support the cause of human

rights for all.

By Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press

Writer January 20, 2006

The police

used live

ammunition

to quell the

demonstrations,

shooting one man in the pelvis and leaving

three others seriously wounded, the injured

man, Pedros Gizaw, told The Associated

Press on Thursday 19th, 2006

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) —

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Protesters threw stones and police

responded with gunfire Friday in

Ethiopia’s capital as annual religious

processions were turned into political

protests for a second day and at least 10

people suffered gunshot wounds.

Demonstrations were

reported in several

neighborhoods across

Addis Ababa, and riot

police were driving

through the city.

Wubishet Solomon said he had

no idea why he was shot in the neck

Some of the police trucks appeared to be

carrying people wounded from the clashes,

though their destination was not

immediately clear.

Doctors at the main Menelik Hospital said

they were treating at least 10 people with

gunshot wounds, two of whom were in

surgery. Other hospitals

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Wubishet Solomon said he had no idea why he was shot in the neck

also reported receiving wounded people,

but no details were immediately available.

20 January 2006 – At least one person has

been killed and

22 wounded

after violence

broke out at an

Ethiopian

Christian

festival.

Source: Dehai Eritrea Online

Fifth Consecutive Year of Drought Forecast for Horn of Africa

The World Meteorological Organization warns millions of people in the greater Horn of Africa will likely face a fifth consecutive season of insufficient rains. According to the U.N. weather agency the terrible four-year long drought in the Horn of Africa is set to continue for another year.

World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Claire Nullis says the seasonal climate outlook for the region, which was issued Thursday, bears bad news for millions of people who already have suffered the longest drought in 40 years.

“The predictions show high chances of drier than average conditions across most parts of the region. In particular, the drought affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are expected to receive significantly below rainfall until the end of the year.”

The WMO notes the October to December season contributes up to 70 percent of the annual total rainfall in the equatorial parts of the greater Horn of Africa, particularly in eastern Kenya. It says the lack of rain is likely to extend to parts of Eritrea, most of Uganda and Tanzania.

Last month humanitarian agencies and the regional bloc IGAD issued an alarming report about the growing number of people suffering from acute hunger in the region.

World Food Program spokesman Tomson Phiri says drought is not a new phenomenon in the Horn of Africa. However, he says what is happening now is more severe and is occurring with greater frequency.

“Hunger and malnutrition is worsening across all drought-affected areas. And there is a very real risk of famine in Somalia”, says Phiri. “I think this is well documented. This is on the record. It is in the public domain…No one has called for a famine now, but it does not mean it may not be declared in the coming months. It is very much a real threat.”

U.N agencies estimate more than 50 million people in the greater Horn of Africa suffer from acute food insecurity. The director of the WMO’s regional climate center for East Africa, Guleid Artan, warns the region is on the brink of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

Source: Voice of America