Men are marched out of prison camps. Then corpses float down the river

Veröffentlicht: Montag, 06. September 2021 Geschrieben von CNN

Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT) September 5, 2021

A body recovered from the Setit River is carried by stretcher to a boat.

Wad El Hilou, Sudan (CNN)The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. As the river's path narrows, the drifting bodies become wedged on the silty clay bank and their forms appear more clearly; men, women, teenagers and even children. 

The marks of torture are easily visible on some, their arms held tightly behind their backs.
On a trip to Wad El Hilou, a Sudanese town near the border with Ethiopia, a CNN team counted three bodies in one day. Witnesses and local authorities in Sudan confirmed that in the days after the team's departure, 11 more bodies arrived downstream.
Evidence indicates the dead are Tigrayans. Witnesses on the ground say the bodies tell a dark story of mass detentions and mass executions across the border in Humera, a town in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
CNN has spoken with dozens of witnesses collecting the bodies in Sudan, as well as international and local forensic experts and people trapped and hiding in Humera, to reveal what appears to be a new phase of ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia's war.

Ethiopia: Troops and militia rape, abduct women and girls in Tigray conflict – new report

Veröffentlicht: Freitag, 13. August 2021 Geschrieben von Amnesti International
  • Forces aligned to the Ethiopian government subjected hundreds of women and girls to sexual violence
  • Rape and sexual slavery constitute war crimes, and may amount to crimes against humanity

Women and girls in Tigray were targeted for rape and other sexual violence by fighting forces aligned to the Ethiopian government, Amnesty International said today in a new report into the ongoing Tigray conflict.

The report, ‘I Don't Know If They Realized I Was A Person’: Rape and Other Sexual Violence in the Conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia, reveals how women and girls were subjected to sexual violence by members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), the Eritrean Defense Force (EDF), the Amhara Regional Police Special Force (ASF), and Fano, an Amhara militia group.

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'Practically this has been a genocide'

Veröffentlicht: Montag, 22. März 2021 Geschrieben von cnn.com

Doctors say rape is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia's conflict

Updated 1100 GMT (1900 HKT) March 20, 2021

Hamdayet, Sudan -- More evidence of sexual violence being used as a deliberate weapon of war is emerging from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, where an armed conflict has been raging for months.
Women are being gang-raped, drugged and held hostage, according to medical records and testimonies from survivors shared with CNN. In one case a woman's vagina was stuffed with stones, nails and plastic, according to a video seen by CNN and testimony from one of the doctors who treated her.
CNN has spoken with nine doctors in Ethiopia and one in a Sudanese refugee camp who say they've seen an alarming increase in sexual assault and rape cases since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military operation against leaders in Tigray, sending in national troops and fighters from the country's Amhara region. Forces from neighboring Eritrea are participating in the military campaign on the side of Ethiopia's government, as CNN has previously reported.

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The Eritrean Political Forces Towards Crafting Grand Strategy

Veröffentlicht: Sonntag, 07. März 2021 Geschrieben von Fesseha Nair

What is Grand Strategy? Why do we need it?

Any organization needs a sound strategy to compete successfully, manage the performance of its activities and strengthen its prospects for long term success. The Eritrean political forces realized the importance of crafting a grand strategy and assessed their present situation, where to go from here of mismanagement and how to move towards a competitive advantage outcompeting the one-man rule system in Eritrea.

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U.S. Calls for International Probe Into Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis

Veröffentlicht: Montag, 01. März 2021 Geschrieben von bloomberg.com
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Ethiopian refugees celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Tigray People's Liberation Front at Um Raquba refugee camp, Sudan, on Feb.  19. 

Ethiopian refugees celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Tigray People's Liberation Front at Um Raquba refugee camp, Sudan, on Feb.  19. 

Photographer: Hussein Ery/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for an end to fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and an international investigation of reported atrocities there.

In a statement Saturday, Blinken appealed for a cessation of hostilities between Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the removal of forces from neighboring Eritrea and Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The African Union and regional partners should then address the situation, he said.

Almost four months of conflict in Tigray have left thousands dead and forced millions to flee. Amnesty International last week accused Eritrean troops of massacring civilians in the Ethiopian town of Axum, killings that the independent Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is also investigating.

“We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray,” Blinken said. “We are also deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis.”

Unrest emerged after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018 and began consolidating power under his new Prosperity Party, sidelining the TPLF, which had been the pre-eminent member of the ruling coalition for decades.

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Eritrea’s Anti-forced conscription campaigners demand accountability in the war in Tigray

Veröffentlicht: Freitag, 29. Januar 2021 Geschrieben von Super User

As a campaign we actively supported the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry (COI) Eritrea Report in 2016 that found Isaias Afwerki and the PFDJ regime guilty of crimes against humanity, committed in Eritrea and state sponsored slavery. Whilst we continue to demand the end of slavery in Eritrea and support peace in our region, today we vehemently oppose the war in Tigray and Isaias’ involvement. Eritrea has no parliament or rule of law and the ruling party has no mandate to govern or represent Eritrea.

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Ethiopia’s War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says

Veröffentlicht: Sonntag, 28. Februar 2021 Geschrieben von www.nytimes.com

Ethiopia’s War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says

Ethiopian refugees who fled the Tigray region at a United Nations compound in Sudan in December.An internal U.S. government report found that people in Tigray are being driven from their homes in a war begun by Ethiopia, an American ally — posing President Biden’s first major test in Africa.

 

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US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray “immediately”

Veröffentlicht: Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2021 Geschrieben von eritreahub.org/

Source: Associated Press

By CARA ANNA

 
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.”

A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other human rights abuses.”

“There is also evidence of Eritrean soldiers forcibly returning Eritrean refugees from Tigray to Eritrea,” the spokesperson said.

The statement reflects new pressure by the Biden administration on the government of Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and the anchor of the Horn of Africa, and other combatants as the deadly fighting in Tigray nears the three-month mark.

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