Isaias Afewerki saves particular genocidal hostility to minority Tigrayans: The Kunama People +The Irob People.
Why?The<10k Kunamas are defiant. They don't care for govt bodies.They resist undesirable assimilation.Their community-based privacy preserving sys eludes govts. 1/2
The Kunamas were hiding in the mountains of Northwestern Tigray under starvation early in the genocidal war & Eritrean troops were hunting them down. Not hope-inspiring about their survival unless some of them eventually managed to escape which is possible but difficult.2/
Afewerki has before tried to exterminate the Irob People during the Eri-Ethio "border war".
Why? The Irob people's penchant for autonomy and pan-Ethiopianism. The first modern school in Ethiopia was established in 1845 in Irob Land, Northeastern Tigray. 3/
Interestingly, Irob elites had an outsized role in Tigray and The Ethiopian Empire. They helped build the Ethiopian empire due to their scholarship while maintaining local autonomy. Strangely, they're deceptively lowkey. They don't care for visibility despite their impact. 4/
For example: Dr. Tesfay Debesay, a famous bolshevik of the 60s, was the leader of EPRP, a Marxist-Leninst organization which fought the Dergue. He died by jumping off the top of a building when Dergue assassins came after him. 5/
Besides starving them in the mountains as with the Kunamas, the Eri gov is committing atrocities against the Irob People.
Here is call to action in Saho ( Irob language) from 2 months ago: #IrobMassacre #KunamaStarvation #TigrayGenocide 6/6

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The atrocities have been seared into the skin and the minds of Tigrayans, who take shelter by the thousands within sight of the homeland they fled in northern Ethiopia.
They arrive in heat that soars above 38 C (100 F), carrying the pain of gunshot wounds, torn vaginas, welts on beaten backs. Less visible are the horrors that jolt them awake at night: Memories of dozens of bodies strewn on riverbanks.
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