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Ethiopia: TPLF using famine to obliterate and break the political will of people

By David Merga*

The Tigre Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) regime of Meles Zenawi, a tribal rebel group which represents less than 6% of the Ethiopian population, come to power in 1991 with the help and support of the United States and the United Kingdom after Ethiopia’s military junta backed by Soviet Union collapsed.

Ever since, the Western powers including the Breton Wood financial institutions, European Union and the United Nations nurtured, protected and kept the ethnic minority regime in power knowing very well that all the development and humanitarian assistance they give to the regime in the name of Ethiopian people goes only to the tribal homeland of TPLF in northern Ethiopia.

The Western Powers consistently approved and funded ethnic apartheid economic, educational and political policies of the regime. The tribal junta used these financial, political and military supports to control and subjugate multiethnic and multicultural Ethiopia particularly the two political rivals, the Oromo and the Amhara, which jointly constitute about 75% of the Ethiopian population.

Same Western Powers, on the other hand, consistently refused and declined to condemn war crimes, crimes against humanity and other gross violation of human rights the tribal junta committed against the Oromo, Amhara, Ogaden, Anuak and other people of Ethiopia.

Now, with about 35 million Ethiopians facing serious malnutrition and famine according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the West and their international institutions are yet to recognize and condemn this brutal ethnic minority regime despite the continued call from Ethiopians, international humanitarian and human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to do so.

Two decades later, the ethnic apartheid policies of the regime the West supported and nurtured have achieved what it was designed to achieve. The TPLF ethnic apartheid rule of Mr. Zenawi, West’s aid darling, is on the verge of reaching its goal of obliterating the rival ethnic groups– namely the Oromo and the Amhara, and break their political will of jointly ruling and living in Ethiopia using the weapon of famine.

Yet again, to the dismay of millions of voiceless Ethiopians suffering under the brutal tribal junta, the U.K Secretary for International Development, Mr. Douglas Alexander is asking permission the very regime who caused the famine to allow international humanitarian assistance to reach dying Ethiopians in Oromia, Amhara, Ogaden and other parts of the country.

It is high time for the international community to heed the call of 80 million Ethiopians and stop supporting this ethnic apartheid regime in Ethiopia; and channel humanitarian and development assistance to needy Ethiopians through international humanitarian organizations, Ethiopian non-governmental organizations and opposition political groups operating in the famine affected regions of Ethiopia.

The ethnic apartheid regime of Meles Zenawi does not represent the Ethiopian people; and should not be supported by all friends of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people and the rest of international community.

Ethiopia on brink of famine disaster once again, says Minister – Yorkshire Post.

David Merga can be reached at davidmerga@gmail.com.

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