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TPLF Crimes Exposed

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TPLF Crimes Exposed

The frontline voices: Tigrayans speak on the realities of life under an insurgency regime

By Ann Fitz-Gerald

“All respondents interviewed at the Jarra camp argued that there could be no peace in Tigray as long as the TPLF existed.”

“TPLF’s wealth accumulation had catered for their direct family members, most of whom were living in the United States;”

Poor Tigrayan fighters “being sacrificed while TPLF leaders’ families and extended families were safe from any of the repercussions and violence and were referred to by some respondents as “helping to continue the war.”

“strong consensus that the TPLF’s ideology, network and governance system must be eradicated is also an indication of a lack of interest in its radical agenda and resentment towards what has been described as a small group of leaders accumulating both power and wealth.”

“38 % of the respondents interviewed in the Jarra camp raised the issue of their ‘Eritrean brothers and sisters’ whom they ‘loved’ but whom the TPLF had tried to convince the population of being “poison.”

“Numerous respondents referred to the inter-marriages between ethnic groups, … persecution of non-Tigrayan members of their families … and even forced divorce …. [elderly man] said that he was forced to divorce his Amhara wife.”

“All civilian respondents felt that, no matter how much aid flowed into Tigray, priority was given to the TPLF leaders, and some select TPLF-linked businessmen to sell in their shops), … [it] was all handed over to the TPLF leaders.“

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Ann Fitz-Gerald is the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Political Science Department. She has worked at both at King’s College, London University’s Centre for Defence Studies in the International Policy Institute, and at Cranfield University, where she was the Director, Defence and Security Leadership.

Ann’s research focuses on national security and the governance of the security sector. She is widely published on these issues and has extensive experience working in graduate teaching and research capacities in Ethiopia and in the wider Horn of Africa region where she has also supported internationallysponsored peace talks. In 2013, the Government of Canada awarded Ann the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her efforts to support conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding in Africa. Ann is a Board member of the Canadian
Ditchley Foundation, a Senior Research Associate for the Royal United Services Institute in London,
and a Research Fellow at McLaughlin College, York University.

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