Tigray is not TPLF, a response to Debretsion’s claims of secession

My parents were born in Tigray. I was born in Assela and grew up in Nazareth, present day Adama. I first visited Tigray in 1998 when I was 22 years old. Afterwards I worked in Tigray for 8 years from 2001 to 2009. My first daughter was born in Mekele.

More than 4 million Tigreans live in rural areas without access to road, electricity and water. I have been to 26 of the 34 districts of Tigray and I have always admired their resilience in the face of both natural and man-made adversities. The natural adversaries includes severe drought, shortage of rain and dilapidated land. The major man-made adversary is TPLF that has a spy cell in each household.

Despite all these adversities, the people of Tigray work hard and pray to God. In some of the Woredas I traveled, many people do not even eat three times a day. Yet they thank God whenever they go to bed. They are very proud of their Ethiopian identity. Go to every church in Tigray and you will see the Ethiopian flag without the TPLF posted emblem. TPLF has tried so many times to force Tigreans to use the flag with its emblem but has horribly failed. That is why TPLF hates the Ethiopian Church, black Africa’s first church that originated from present day Tigray. Many Tigreans stay silent and live in fear because everyone knows the almost half a century of TPLF brutality.

This week, current leader of TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael said Tigreans are contemplating of succeeding from Ethiopia, in an interview with Reporter, owned and edited by a TPLF rebel veteran. But a proud man of Tigrean heritage, I know that Tigreans do not negotiate when it comes to Ethiopia and the Ethiopian flag. Tigreans do not flinch for a second to die for the two.

During WWII, British newspaper, the Guardian reported about the Tigre people being the center of the anti-fascist resistance in Ethiopia.

Speaking of the flag, to this day the TPLF flag is not accepted as the flag of Tigray by millions of Tigreans. For the last 40 years, the hard line Marxist rebel has brutally silenced the voice of 5 million people. The TPLF flag is waved as a flag of Tigray without consulting the very people that professed to liberate them from the so-called Amhara elites.

In 1975, TPLF mentioned how the people of Tigray were deliberately made to suffer economically by Amhara elites and how that led to unemployment, prostitution and migration, which in turn brought self-negligence to the Tigrean community and made them the politically separated and susceptible group in Ethiopia.

TPLF have been operating in Tigray for the last 44 years. Tigreans are migrating in all directions, as they cannot live in their land. We talk about the plight of Eritrean refugees. Yet nobody talks about Tigreans who are scattered everywhere. There are more than 200,000 Tigrean refugees. Many Tigreans continue to languish in various prisons in Tigray waiting for Ethiopians to help them be free.

Source: Dehai Eritrea Online