Crimes against Eritrean Refugees in the Tigray region of Ethiopia
Ever since the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) launched its disastrous attack on 4th November 2020 on Ethiopian Federal Army bases in a futile bid to control Ethiopia again, a vile propaganda campaign has been launched against Eritrea in a bid to change the focus from the atrocities committed by the TPLF onto the Eritrea.
In the narrative that has been spun with the aid of the western media and western human rights organisations, Eritrean forces have been accused of unspeakable crimes against civilians and massacring Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
However, as the dust begins to settle, new evidence is beginning to immerge that paints a different picture to the one that the TPLF and their associates have been drawing over the past few months.
It is worth remembering that the TPLF, with the full consent of the UNHCR, had established refugee camps in Ethiopia which was only 20Km ( 13 Miles) from the Eritrean border. This was a flagrant breach of international law which sets the minimal distance of a refugee camp from the border at 50 km ( 30Miles).
Eritrean refugees are now beginning to share their experiences during November of 2020. The refugees in a short YouTube piece, describe how the UNCHR had abandoned them and how the TPLF had tried to starve them. They go on to testify that it was the Eritrean government forces that had provided them with food and supplies when everyone else had left them for dead.
They also mention that once the Eritrean army had left after delivering supplies, local militia and TPLF forces had gone into the UN refugee camps and opened fire, killing several refugees. They say that when the Eritrean army became aware of the attack on the camps, the Eritrean soldiers had returned and chased away the armed militia, averting a horrendous massacre
But the local militia had attacked once the Eritrean army had withdrawn, with many Eritrean refugees either killed or fleeing from the UN camps.
by Yafet Zerou