By Amanuel Biedemariam
Between 1998-2000, over 80,000 Eritreans were forcibly evicted from their homes and deported from Ethiopia by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the most horrible ways. Children, elderly, and the very sick were forced to travel hundreds of kilometers via treacherous routs to be thrown away on the hottest parts of the world only because the minority regime from Tigray decided to teach Eritreans. The late genocidal tyrant Meles Zenawi said,
“If we say ‘go, because we don’t like the color of your eyes,’ they have to leave.”
TPLF then confiscated the properties and gave it to Tigrayans. Ethiopians who lived side by side with the deported Eritreans were shaken and in disbelief. It was a sudden shock that felt like death because these were friends for-life that respected one another and raised their families as one. The idea of ethnic cleansing was unprecedented, and many came to the aid of Eritreans and tried to help them any way they can.
The Tigrayans minority regime was vicious in its attempt to destroy Eritrea. In 30 years of struggle Eritrea lost nearly 70,000 martyrs. During the war with the TPLF however, over 20,000 Eritrean youth died to defend hard won independence. They displaced hundreds of thousands of Eritreans and pushed them out of their fertile farm land. They then littered the farms with landmines which in turn took many lives.
The TPLF’s aim is to destroy everything Eritrea. They dream, plan, strategize to annihilate Eritrea every second of their life. TPLF believes, Eritrea must be destroyed so they can dominate the region. No two ways about it. Nothing is off the table when it comes to Eritrea. If given a chance, and as evidenced by the past 20 years, Tigray People’s Liberation Front planned to destroy Eritrea from its roots. They planned for genocide or in the least, Eritrea becomes another Palestine.
To that end, they waged wars, tried to isolate Eritrea by collaborating with Sudan, Yemen and others. They displaced millions of Eritreans from their homes, tried to lure the youth to flee Eritrea so that Eritrea is left without her productive youth. TPLF campaigned to sanction Eritrea and worked hard to keep Eritrea in continuous state of war by occupying sovereign Eritrean territories. They tried to sabotage Eritrean currency, worked hard to stop remittances and attempted to stop mining companies from doing business in Eritrea.
TPLF’s campaigns against Eritrea is robust internationally. It is actively engaged in campaigns to vilify, destroy the image and history of Eritrea. It works with corrupt Eritreans that claim to be opposition and targets Eritreans in the Diaspora. TPLF pays large sums of money to infiltrate Eritrean communities, create discord along ethnic, religious and regional lines.
The TPLF is knocking on every aspect of Eritrean way of life to weaken and tear it apart. They are in universities reaching out to Eritrean youth to weaken their mindset with falsities. TPLF is recruiting Eritrean musicians and enticing them with money to work and sing against their government and sing for the agendas designed to weaken Eritrean nationalism.
Simply put, the resources the TPLF invests to bring Eritrea to its knees is in the billions. It is the largest and longest campaign waged against any group of people in the history of Africa. If the TPLF succeeded, Eritreans would have had to flee or assume other identities to survive. Because TPLF is amongst the deadliest regimes the world has ever seen. Moyale, the crimes against humanity in Gambela, and the genocides in Ogaden would pale in comparison had the TPLF finalized its wishes against Eritrea.
Their inferiority complex, willingness to serve as mercenaries against people of the region, their hegemonic ambitions, and jealousy against the people of Eritrea has lead them to a dark place. They must have believed, stripping Eritrea’s strength would make them stronger. They wanted to take the power from Eritrea, so they can be powerful.
However, and because of the strength and resilience of Eritrea, the TPLF is in shambles, losing grip and getting hit on many fronts in a manner it cannot overcome. All the international institutions it manipulated (UN, EU), regional and international bodies it exploited (IGAD, AU), money it earned in peacekeeping missions (AMISOM) and international agendas it exploited are no longer enough to sustain it. TPLF received half a billion dollars in one week in February of 2018. That money was stripped clean in a matter of days when the people of Ethiopia decided to shut down the country by stopping the free flow of goods and gas throughout the country. TPLF is bankrupt due to loss of earning from agro-industries in Oromia, Gambela and the imprisonment of Al Amoudi has also added to the financial crisis. The economy of Ethiopia is non-existent rocked by nonstop uprising.
Europe and North America are forced to reevaluate and change their asylum acceptance approaches in large part because Eritrea managed to skillfully turn the geopolitical developments to her advantage.
The Death of the Anti-Eritrea Camp
This is death sentence to the anti-Eritrean camp that operated as Eritrean opposition. They are anti Eritrea because they stand against everything Eritrea stands for.
They have no power, so they must saddle on TPLF’s back to march to Eritrea. They have no principled stands as their causes are based on regional, ethnic and religious issues motivated by self-aggrandizement, opportunism and attention. They are liars that sold their nation and people selfishly. They have stood on the way of development. They have tried to disrupt and create disharmony on behalf of TPLF and foreign agents.
They are members of the former Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) that never recognized Eritrean independence because it was won by EPLF. These mindless losers and cowards (those who work with TPLF) want to be cuddled to power by the hands of enemy. They are disgruntled members of the EPLF that betrayed their nation like Haile Menkerious. Or, like Dr.Bereket Habteselassie with identity crisis that finally admitted he is Ethiopian. These are personalities comfortable with the idea of Eritreans suffering, and working with the TPLF to be hoisted to power on the backs of Tigrayans.
Well, now, that agents of TPLF-Tigrayans are clamoring to make peace with Eritrea, where is it going to leave the sellouts? In the dust bins of history. The minority regime will have no problem discarding them to appease Eritrea not because of love to Eritrea but that is what they do. Betray. Eritrea gave TPLF life and propelled them to power. And how did they repay Eritrea?
You are TPLF, not Eritrean Opposition
At this point, any Eritrean that collaborates with the TPLF is not only enemy of Eritrea, they are in effect enemies of the people of Ethiopia as well. And no matter what they claim to be they are not Eritrean opposition they are TPLF.
The people of Eritrea in the diaspora are kind and forgiving to a fault. Eritreans find it easier to find reasons to look the other way. However, at this point, no two ways about it; you are either with us or against us.
At this point, it is irresponsible to do business with the TPLF in Ethiopia or anywhere. There is absolutely no justification for it. Therefore, those who work with the TPLF against Eritrea today, must realize they are also working against the millions of Ethiopians suffering in the hands of a brutal genocidal regime. Hence, if one is compelled to do business with TPLF based on a narrow self-interest, they are TPLF. At a time when Ethiopians are boycotting the regime’s businesses, urging people from sending money to Ethiopia and succeeding; any Eritrean that engages in business activities in Ethiopia to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else is a crime. That is blood money.
Thousands of Eritreans lost billions after they were forced out of their homes and pursued legal means to regain their properties, businesses and money using international laws. It is, therefore, shamelessness of the highest kind to betray your people at a time of war. It is cowardice and ultimate sign of greed to go behind fellow Eritreans to regain your property simply because you can afford a plane ticket to Addis and by kowtowing to those who humiliated your families in the worst possible ways. Therefore, you are no different than the Tigrayans that took over Eritrean businesses. YOU ARE TPLF!!!
This shows that these people are dumb, unable to see the future, careless and above all they underestimated the Eritrean resolve. They most certainly did not see this day coming. And of course, when one does business with the TPLF, they are betting on the TPLF. One must believe the TPLF will prevail. As the fool hearty Dr. Tekeste Asefaw said, PM Hailemariam Desalegn promised me, Ethiopia will not harm Eritreans. Like most, he believed the TPLF will unseat the GoE and place him on the throne. But one thing those who work to overthrow the government of Eritrea in collaboration with TPLF or other countries forget is that they are agents that serve at the mercy of these countries as mercenaries.
For example: On February 12, 2018 Gedab News released an article about the reappointment of Major General Salah “Gosh” Abdulla as chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) of Sudan. This is not the first time Gosh served as security chief. He held the position from 2004-2009. According to Gedab (Kezab),
“Since he became the chief of the NISS in 2004, Salah Gosh has been a staunch supporter of the Eritrean opposition. But once Sudan’s trouble with the ICC started, president Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea who hosted the Sudanese opposition parties, intensified his pressure on Sudan to gain security and economic concessions. Thus, in 2008, the Sudanese government terminated its support of the Eritrean opposition forces that it systematically pushed to the laps of the Ethiopian government.”
This is false and outright lie. The government of Sudan signed the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement in Asmara in 2006. That essentially stopped all hostile actions against Eritrea. After Omer Bashir’s indictment by the ICC, Eritrea was the first country that extended hands to Bashir in 2008. Abdulla “Gosh” was ousted from his post a year later.
The above quote demonstrates Awatista’s false hope that sympathetic Gosh may reopen doors and inability to learn from history. This shows how the pathetic-parasites rely on enemies of Eritrea to do their bidding. They are unprincipled, powerless and shameless servants of enemies. They are short-sighted and too dumb to realize that the people of Ethiopia will destroy the TPLF soon and what happened in Sudan will also happen in Ethiopia and they will be left with no place to go.
Salih Ghadi, Salih Younis and co have been crying to no avail. Everything they have done failed and out of frustration, on a piece, “Eritrean Opposition Faces an Imminent Ultimatum,” February 14, 2018 they penned,
“Since its formation in Hawassa in November 2011, the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) has been in a coma with no signs of waking up, though not yet declared dead. Many frustrated members and supporters of the ENCDC have all but formally withdrawn their enthusiastic allegiance.” Emphasis added. Folks, it is impossible to make this up. It continued,
“Notably, many opposition elements accuse the Ethiopian handlers of heavy-handedness and unwarranted interference in the Eritrean opposition affairs. They claim that they are more interested in their narrow future regional interests at the expense of the Eritrean cause. Ethiopia provides varying support to different Eritrean organizations, but most of the support it provides is token funds to cover sundry expenses and free office space and bearing the cost of the many meetings. An activist from England asked, what good is an office if not a single tangible contribution to the struggle against the PFDJ cannot be presented?” Emphasis added.
The Awate extremists admitted unwittingly that they work for TPLF’s agenda. There is nothing worse for anyone who claims to be Eritrean to depend on stipends from TPLF in the name of Eritrea, the land of SELF RELIANCE!
Ironically, in the backdrop, Tigrayans are trying to reconcile with Eritreans. The internet is full of campaigns advocating peace between the people of Eritrea and Tigray. As if nothing happened over the last twenty years, Tigrayans are saying, we want to make peace with Eritreans. They say, “even if Badme is Tigray we must hand it over for the sake of peace. We are brothers. We all speak the same language,” and on and on.
Of course, the people of Eritrea know what is going on. For clarification, Badme is Eritrean and not Tigray’s to give. The people of Eritrea have been working with all Ethiopians in all parts of Ethiopia and, Tigray alone cannot speak on their behalf. In other words, the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea are collectively working together to clean the region from the vermin that is the TPLF. Furthermore, Eritrea is comprised of Nine Nationalities, Tigre, Tigrigna, Saho, Rashaida, Nara, Kunama, Hidareb, Bilen and Afar. Eritrea is one.
So, the Game is over for those that enticed Eritrean youth to flee from their homes into life of uncertainty to the desert, open-seas and death. Game over for those that harassed Eritreans in the diaspora. Game over to those that defamed, vilified and denigrated the image of Eritrea. Game over for those that collaborated with the TPLF to harm Eritrea. Game over for those that tried to divide our communities in the diaspora.
Anyone dumb enough to betray the people of Eritrea, and dumb enough to cuddle in the bosoms of genocidal tyrants of the TPLF is not worthy to be called ERITREAN. Anyone who pursued his or her agenda, in collaboration, with means and ways provided by the TPLF directly or indirectly is TPLF and does not deserve to be called Eritrean. Anyone from the diaspora who travelled to Ethiopia for self-benefit and, or, anyone who collaborated and benefited from TPLF in the diaspora does not deserve to be called Eritrean. It is GAME OVER, you lost. Your gamble did not pay off.
And those Tigrayans who pretend to be Eritreans please wake up. You will soon realize that you are exposing yourself because people know who you are and how you got here.