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You and President Biden have shown the world how democracy and dignified respect for all people looks.
I am proud to be an American because of President Biden. Ethiopia, our ally and longtime friend, was attacked like Fort Sumter in 1861
by separatists in the Tigray Region. Ethiopia responded as we did when our Capitol was recently attacked. All human rights abuses must be investigated and justice must be sought. But there are lies being spread just as Trump spread lies. The biggest is alleged #Axum "massacre"
It started out as a false story in NY Post. That should let you know how reliable this story is. I have had the honor of seeing Ethiopia myself and know the city of Axum to Ethiopia is like the Vatican and Independence Hall all wrapped up in one. If emotionally explosive lies
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This week Be’aman Netsere, a seasoned Orthodox Church scholar, & Yared Shumete, a humanitarian, published their travel experiences about the war in #Tigray.

Both raised facts Ethiopia needs to reckon with.

Most important, Be’aman confirmed the #Axum & #Dengolat massacres. Image
He also captured pics of Eritrean forces freely roaming near the Axum obelisk.

But it’s what he said about the deafening silence of the EOTC both on the massacres & the wanton destruction of its own holy sites that needs to be paid the at most attention, imo! Image
Yared too raised important factors that need a collective reckoning: the psychological trauma the people of #Tigray are enduring as a result of this senseless war & his fear on whether they will make the annual walk to Adewa in connection with the March 02 Adwa Victory Day. ImageImage
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On p 5 of @Amnesty report alleging @Axum massacre, it says ““This briefing is based on 11 days of research by Amnesty International at the refugee reception center in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, in January 2021, as well as on numerous phone interviews with witnesses in Axum”.
Those are the words in the @amnesty report, not mine. So here are the conclusions we can make from that statement: First, no personnel or “investigators” from @Amnesty visited or saw first hand the city of Axum either shortly after the alleged 28-29 November “massacre” NOR
did they visit the “crime scene” before writing their report! They based an accusation of a massacre in one of the world’s holiest Christian cities on phone interviews! Not one photo, video, copy of text message, phone records of people calling for help or to report the incident.
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War crimes: UN, US demand Eritrean troops leave Ethiopia’s Tigray region

To rescue of the people suffering from hellish ordeal in the hands of Eritrean troops, the @UN and US have told the melancholic armies to leave #Tigray region.

#Thread 📌

The @UN on Friday said that it is "now abundantly clear to all" that Eritrean troops are operating throughout Ethiopia's northern #Tigray region and "well-corroborated" reports suggest they are responsible for atrocities. @amnesty too has been calling for #justice #freedom

"Eritrean Defence Forces must leave Ethiopia, and they must not be enabled or permitted to continue their campaign of destruction before they do so," U.N. aid chief @MarkLowcock @UNReliefChief told the @UN Security Council.

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I wonder how many of us have read the full PDF report of @AmnestyEARO's 'investigation' re #Axum and tried to connect the dots?

It is disingenuous that those that rejected #MaiKadraMassacre as biased now accept this & visa versa. I for one believe that the tragedies unfolding/1
in our nation, ironically, have given us opportunities to empathize with each other no matter our politics. I hope we seize the opportunity to reach out to those that hurt.

Nonetheless, I love #Ethiopia and I am not going to sit around and watch as @amnesty and the West/2
spreads their viscous disinformation re Ethiopia.

@AmnestyEARO begins their report by asserting that there were no #TPLF forces in #Axum on Nov 19. This is an OUTRIGHT AND BLATANT LIE. News coming out at the time was that Axum saw fighting Nov 19-20./3…
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Brief history of #Amharic

(I kinda did this during my sophomore year for a Linguistics paper so...... “just trust me bro”🙏🏿)
During the #Axumite Kingdom, the official language was Ge’ez, an ancient Ethio-Semitic language. Despite reaching vast areas (upto Yemen) during its heyday, Axum proper was considered to range from Northern #Eritrea in the north to #Shewa in the south
In the 10th century, #Axum was destroyed and replaced by the Cushitic-speaking #Zagwe kingdom, led by #Agaws. Ge’ez speakers were separated north and south with the Agaws taking up the territory in between. Worth noting that Agaw is called “Bilen” in #Eritrea.
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@MSF was allowed to enter #Mekelle on 16 Dec & here is their account 👇

"no basic supplies. The local hospital was running at 30 to 40 %, with very little medication"

This is why one of the reason why we demand unfetters #HumanitarianCorridor
#Adigrat "The situation was very tense & its hospital was in a terrible condition. Most of the health staff had left, there were hardly any medicines &there was no food, no water and no money"
After 1 month since @AbiyAhmedAli declared victory

"#Adwa & #Axum. There we found a similar situation: no electricity & no water. All the medicines had been stolen from #Adwa general hospital & the hospital furniture & equipment were broken"

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A Glimpse of a Ruined #Tigray - Report

Below are 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗽𝘁𝘀 from the latest Needs Assessment Mission conducted by some Eth. ministries, @UNICEF @UNmigration @UNOCHA @WFP @UNFPA .... It covers from Alamata to #Mekelle, relatively least affected parts of #Tigray 1/20
“all people from Besober, Ulaga, Bala, Chamaro, Hawelti and May Mekden kebeles were displaced due to the conflict. #IDPs and the affected communities lost their belongings, mainly household items, food stock, jewelry, & cash. Most of those belongings were looted or destroyed 2/20
According to the regional authorities in #Mekelle, 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝟰.𝟱 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 currently require some sort of humanitarian assistance... In Alamata and nearby areas only, about 𝟳𝟵𝟮,𝟱𝟬𝟬 require urgent food assistance. 3/20
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