A LIGHT OF TRUTH AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
As Tigrayan militia men were preparing to film.........,But God miraculosly saved the region.
In a new damming revelation from Tigray, European migrant advocate Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz, describes how the refugee hostages who became actors forced to dressed up in Eritrean army uniform made a daring escape in December.
According to Dr Paszkiewicz’s account, refugees who fled from Hitsats camp, the local Tigrayan militia held a group of 40 refugees hostage. “Then they selected 10 refugees and told them to wear Eritrean army uniforms.” Afterwards, the militia men gave them “knives and told them to cut breasts of women from the group.”
“As (TPLF) militia men were preparing to film the scene with their mobile” phones, fighting broke out with another refugee man who attempted to escape. “Others used this opportunity to escape. Some got killed. That’s when the boy I spoke to got shot in his hands,” said Dr Paszkiewicz, revealing a photo of the refugee witness who got shot.
Polish-European anthropologist Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz has been a well-known name among the tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees who crossed the border to the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia since 2002.
Since the war in Tigray broke out in November after the local Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) waged a coordinated insurrection against the Ethiopian government, Dr Paszkiewicz’s accounts have been one of the most dependable source of information.
In recent weeks, she recounted several refugee witnesses from Hitsats camp being shot at by TPLF-affiliated local Tigrayan militia and villagers.
Eritrean refugees have recently been caught up in the middle of both sides of the conflict since the outbreak of the war.
As TPLF faced defeat at the hands of Ethiopian forces and their Eritrean allies, desperate Tigrayan fighters pushed conspiracy theories that the innocent Eritrean refugees were “Shabiya” and brutally shot at them, according to Dr Paszkiewicz.
This independent account of TPLF-affiliated local militias using an Eritrean army uniform for sabotage purposes confirms previous reports of TPLF producing Ethiopian army and Eritrean army uniforms at its Almeda textile factory since the middle of 2020. However, this is the first independent corroboration on TPLF’s use of video recording devices to stage atrocities — or in this case commit atrocities — in an effort to frame the Ethiopian and Eritrean government forces.
Awasa Guardian (AG) cannot independently verify if all the videos of alleged atrocities in Tigray used by Western media and rights organizations have been manufactured in a similar fashion. However, CNN and other media outlets have also admitted their inability to independently verify if perpetrators of the atrocities are indeed Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, as claimed by TPLF’s media sources who provided the videos to CNN’s Sudanese journalist Nima Elbagir, among others.
Yet, this is not the first time CNN’s Nima Elbagir and other journalists reporting from afar, have been accused of using manipulated information exclusively from pro-TPLF Tigrayan sources in Sudan.
Further evidence gathered by Dr Paszkiewicz show the brutality of the Tigrayan militia.
Survivors said some of the militia viciously “raped women” and then executed the women refugees, according to Dr Paszkiewicz.
The Tigrayan militia also “rounded up other refugees, altogether 80, in a gold excavation ditch. Then they threw hand grenades into the ditch, killing some and injuring others.
“The man I spoke to had to make his way out removing dead bodies which surrounded him in the ditch,” understandlined Dr Paszkiewicz, adding that he waited about 30 minutes until the militia left.
It is unknown if this Tigrayan militia similarly photographed or filmed those dead bodies to be used for propaganda purpose against the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments.
Awasa Guardian sources confirmed that TPLF satellite tv & affiliated diaspora media operatives have repeatedly posted or broadcast tactics coaching their audience in Tigray on how to produce anti-government content, how to interact with foreign journalists and even where to meet those journalists.
Since the Tigray war broke out, Alex de Waal who was hired as Director of World Peace Foundation has allegedly disseminated military communique propaganda directly from TPLF leaders and published over 25 articles in various western media in defense of TPLF.
Recently, several diaspora pro-TPLF Tigrayans have also hired expensive lobbyists in the United States to push alternative facts about Tigray; including a Virginia based Tigrayan organization, while pro-TPLF groups have also paid tens of thousands of dollars for advertisement in Western media markets.
Consequently, critics have been quick to contrast the millions of dollars wasted by Tigrayan diaspora to help TPLF on the one hand; compared with the millions of dollars fundraised by Ethiopians to support Tigray relief efforts. In some cases, Tigrayan militia have been accused of ambushing passenger and humanitarian delivery vehicles in roads leading to towns. Accordingly, interim Tigrayan officials on the ground have confirmed that TPLF insurgents were intentionally blocking food aid routes and they have asked the international community to condemn these unlawful acts, instead of disseminating the narrative of TPLF insurrectionists.
According to BBC and other media, several former members of the TPLF and whistleblowers have revealed how TPLF fighters staged actors and merchants to “fool” western aid workers. The explosive reports disclosed that up to 95 percent of money raised for the famine was stolen by TPLF leaders in the 1980s, leading to the death of hundreds of thousands of their own people – ethnic Tigrayans. Consequently, many independent observers believe the key to reducing further humanitarian crisis and death toll in Tigray today is the international community condemning the TPLF insurgents whose leaders have been emboldened by the success of their propaganda campaign influencing Western media.