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Afar People facing multiple catastrophic situations in the Region!

Afar 1Statement of Afar UGUUGUMO Q. A. R.D. SAMARA

Afar People facing multiple catastrophic situations in the Region! Date: 28/07/2021

Ref: 0042/ARP/21

On 18/07/2021, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) invaded the Afar Region occupying four districts in Fanti-Rasu (zone 4). The main objective of TPLF invasion of Afar Region was not only to create conditions for ceasefire negotiations with the Ethiopian government by taking control over the strategic high road linking Addis Ababa to Djibouti and Assab as they claimed, but the real motive behind their invasion is to forcibly occupy Afar forcibly occupy Afar Region by killing anyone who dares to resist, dissolving the existing regional authority by establishing interim administration that is loyal to them as they did in 1991, when they organised Afar Democratic Organisation (ADO) or (QAADE), and finally to gain full control over the Afar land.

Afar UGUUGUMO strongly condemns in the strongest possible terms, the deliberate and planned invasion of the Afar Region and the intentional and indiscriminate attacks on civilians by the TPLF, which reportedly killed and wounded many civilians, including children, women, and the elderly. The deliberate targeting of Afar civilians has already led to serious and widespread human rights violations, the crime of starvation and displacement that might constitute crimes against humanity. TPLF has not only violated international humanitarian law and basic human rights but also destroyed the good neighbourliness and cooperation that existed between the two People. Such wrongful action of TPLF against the Afar People is clear proof of TPLF’s blatant disrespect for the Afar People. In the last 28 years, the Afar people had been marginalised and denied basic rights including a genuine self-rule. It has to be noted that many Tigrian civilians escaping the war zone sought refuge in the Afar Region where they have been welcomed and supported.

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The Afars thought TPLF would ask pardon for all their misdeeds against the Afar people and pave way for a new pact among the two peoples. If the TPLF leadership think they can use the roads in Afarland ether to Red Sea or to the central Ethiopia it must be still led by leaders like Ato. Abay Weldu and not Gen.Tsadkan Gebretensae.

On the other, the Afar people are facing territorial expansionist war led by Djibouti-Issa mercenaries, Somali Regional State, and proscribed terrorist groups, such as ONLF and Al Shabab to forcibly occupy Afar land with the objective of controlling the Awash River and the strategic main highway connecting Addis Ababa with ports of Djibouti and Assab. These forces have now intensified their attacks on the Afar people with the objective of exploiting the situation as Afars are currently engaged with defending themselves against the TPLF invading forces.

 

Afar UGUUGUMO consequently: –

  • urgesthe Afar people to defend their land, their integrity and freedom by all means necessary.
  • callson the TPLF to immediately and unconditionally stop the war against Afar, end occupation and withdraw its forces from Afar Region, and seek a peaceful political solution to end the crisis.
  • callsupon the Government of Ethiopia to discharge its responsibility and protect Afar civilians against the planned and deliberate massacres and gross violations of human rights by TPLF.
  • callsthe peace-loving peoples of Ethiopia, political parties, and civil societies to call on the TPLF to immediately stop its aggression against the Afar People.
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  • callsupon the international community to act immediately to stop TPLF aggression against the Afar people, withdraw its forces from the Afar Region immediately and unconditionally.
  • We believe that the deteriorating situation in Ethiopia not only matters to us but also matters to the whole world.
  • callson the international community to send an Independent International Fact-finding Mission to the Afar Region of Ethiopia to establish the facts and circumstances of the alleged crimes, serious violations, and abuses of human rights committed, and hold perpetrators to account.
  • appealsto the international community, all relevant humanitarian organisations, and governments to provide the urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Afar civilians affected by the TPLF invasion of Afar Region.

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3 Comments

  1. I’m not sure about the TPLF and its terror mission ton the Denakil lands., but I don’t tthink other allegations leveled against other communities like the Somali Region and its community are well founded, if not misconstrued .. The best way UGUUGUMO group (,ARUF?) and the likes can help its community is peace and constructive way among brotherly communities but not belligerent rhetoric and by hyper politicization of issues in order to kill chilten and innocent civilians. And this is not the first I rI came across in somewhere your inflammatory material. BTW, I thought, as former tribal faction, you guys made a peace agreement wth the government of Ethiopia, its land and people without exception

  2. The goons of TPLF are said to be the ones that played the instigating role that culminated in the killing of innocent civilians in the Afar region. They will try to duplicate that either in the Amhara and Oromia regions so these two upright people will go after each other throats. They had tried that when they were in full control of central government and they now are trying to strike the match leading to an all out mayhem. Then they will go out and fish in the troubled waters. They believe in their minds and cursed hearts that the only way they can sustain a living in their worn out forsaken joint is by keeping others tied up killing each other. That is called governance principle by a drunken minority. They know they have trashed their region by getting it overworked beyond repair. They know they can’t survive by going it alone. They know that more than anyone else. They also know that survival and flourishing possibility is next to none when sandwiched between their hostile neighbor to the north and fire spitting giants to their south, west and east. This scenario is the creation of their own cruel behavior and how they treated everyone around them. They used to mow down peaceful citizens for just going out in the streets to make their problems. They made citizens disappear without a trace. They hauled people into stinking prisons without due process in a court of law. The looted the nation’s coffers like there was no tomorrow. I did not make all this up. They are backed up by the numerous reports by their today’s bosom buddies Amnesty International in all!!! Now they are pitching their unfortunate youth against more than 115 million people. A few years ago someone tried to tell me that his region is like Israel. His people are surrounded by hostile people like Israel. I was like ‘Am I hearing a mad man talking or what?’ I was down on the floor laughing my mouth off. I bet you Debre and his lieutenants will tell you the same if you pull them by the side and just tickle them. Yes Israel has been surrounded by hostile neighbors numbering into hundreds of millions but the difference is its hostile neighbors want to wipe its citizens off the face of the earth and take the land. If you ask every Oromo, Amhara and the rest of the 80 ethnic groups if he/she is interested in taking Debre’s region he/she will tell you like ‘No thank you. I am not interested. I would like to help but no sir I don’t wanna own that piece of you know what’.

  3. I want to be in the records that when I say ‘they’ I am talking exclusively about the thugs in the leadership positions of the TPLF. The common citizen of that region is itself the victim of these smart alecks. The goons there have been riding on the backs of those upright people for more than 45 years where they have successfully kowtowed the residents to utter submission.

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