Intl Community Urged to Give Due Attention to Plights of North Wollo, Gondar Residents

ADDIS ABABA – The government of Ethiopia has called upon the international community to give due attention to the plight and needs of people in North Wollo and Gondar of Amhara region.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign affairs said the TPLF has continued with its dangerous attempt of holding on to political power by subjecting people to fear and want.

The sheer number of people still under a safety net program in Tigray, despite leading the country for 27-year, “is a demonstration of its utter disregard for the welfare of the people of Tigray”, the statement reads.

In areas of North Gondar and Wollo that the group has invaded by rejecting the Unilateral Humanitarian Ceasefire of the Government, it says the TPLF “has proved, once again, of its enmity to the Amhara people”.

Reports from occupied North Wollo and Gondar adjacent areas indicate that the TPLF is intent on devastating the economic lives of many households.

As farmers in occupied territories recently reported, the Ministry says “the terrorist TPLF soldiers and their co-opted peasant followers are stealing ready harvest”.

“What is worse is that the TPLF soldiers already having consumed the stockpiled food of farmers in occupied areas have destroyed the rest,” the ministry continues.

It says “the terrorist group did not even spare food-aid warehouses and forcibly took distributed assistance from recipients in these areas”.

The livelihood of farmers in Ethiopia is highly dependent on livestock for food, farming, and biofuel.
“Sadly, these also have not been spared from the destructive actions of the TPLF,” it says. “The destruction of the lives of people also goes beyond individuals, but communities as a whole.”

In many places, the ministry says the group destroyed Day Care centers, schools and colleges, banks, health centers, hotels, and other institutions as well as Awash Woldia/Hara Gebeya railway project.

“These deeds of the TPLF will not contribute to the advancement of the people of Tigray but rather foster hostility and resentment between the people of Amhara and Tigray,” the statement reads.

“The atrocities the TPLF has committed and still is committing in Wollo and Gondar could only be explained as a last-ditch attempt to stay politically relevant,” it says.

The government of Ethiopia has also called upon the international community “to give due attention to the plight and needs of the people in north Wollo and Gondar, as part of its repeated request for accelerated provision of humanitarian assistance to those affected by these acts of the TPLF in all the areas currently under occupation”.