In Ethiopia, Tigray’s ousted rulers flee to the mountains

The Economist
December 1,2020

The battle is over. The war is not

THE BATTLE, in the end, was mercifully short. The 500,000 inhabitants of Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, were spared a large-scale bloodbath. On November 28th Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, declared victory over Tigray’s ruling party, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). A military operation started a few weeks earlier was complete, he said. This came two days after he announced an assault on the city that the army had earlier warned would brook “no mercy”. Shelling of the city began at about ten that morning, according to eyewitnesses. By the evening Tigray’s president, Debretsion Gebremichael, and other TPLF leaders had vanished into the mountains. Crowds in the national capital, Addis Ababa, and elsewhere broke into celebration.

But the fighting has not stopped. Only hours after Abiy’s announcement of victory, rockets were fired for the third time from Tigray into Eritrea, a country to its north that has been assisting Ethiopian forces. There have since been reports of sporadic clashes and airstrikes, as well as looting in towns including Mekelle. “We have a plan to retake our towns from the invaders,” Debretsion told The Economist by text message. The International Committee of the Red Cross says hospitals in the regional capital are flooded with injured people. Medical supplies for the wounded and body bags for the dead are running low.

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  1. አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    መላው ጠፋብሽ የህግ ማስከበርያ
    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    ሆንሽስ የውሸት ጀግኖች መቧረቂያ
    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    የቻይና ሳተላይቶች እና ድሮኖች አይንሽን ጋረዱሽ አሳጡሽ አጥፊዎችሽ ያሉበትን ማያ

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    በዛ ህዝብሽ ጫካን ያደረገ መኖሪያ
    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    እንደ ከርሞ እና ካቻ አምናው የእርስ በእርስ ጦርነትሽ ዳግም ሰደድ እሳቱ ተቀጣጠለ እጅ ቢሰጡም እነ ኬሪያ

    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    የቻይና ጠቋሚዎችሽ ፣ የኢንሳ አዝማችሽ ፣ ጋሎች ጄነራሎችሽ አረጉሽ ማፈርያ

    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    የአምባቸው እና የአሳምነው ፅጌ ገድዮች አሉ አስመለስን ወልቃይት እና ራያ
    በሌሊት ስንቅ እየተወሰደ ለጁንታ ተጭኖ በአህያ

    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    የእርስ በእርስ ጦርነት እገታ ረሀብ ስደት ቸነፈር ሆነ የአንቺ ቋሚ መታወቂያ
    ስንት ህዝብ እንደሚኖርብሽ ሳታውቂ አጥተሽ መቁጠሪያ

    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    ህግ አስከብራለሁ አለሽ ቀንደኛው ቀማኝያ
    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    እየዶለተ እንድትወረሪ ዳግመኛ በሺዕቢያ
    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    ብልጽግና ፓርቲ ማለት ነው የባንዳ መጦርያ
    ያዘጋጁሽ ሊሸጡሽ ያለመመርያ

    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    አዘነበለ ድሉ ለኢህአዴግ አጥፍቶ ጠፊዎች ላደረጉሽ መናኝያ
    ህዝብሽ ስቃይ ተባብሶበት አቅም አጥቶ ኢህአዴግን እውጥቶ መጣያ

    አይ ሀገሬ ኢትዮጵያ
    መላው ጠፋብሽ የህግ ማስከበርያ

  2. Poetry demands diction, cohesiveness and concentration. This is wailing about paradoxical emotion at Paradise lost , a loser’s self-pity about a hapless and helpless quagmire he / she finds him – or herself. Ethiopia is in better humane situation now

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