Ethiopia: Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Tigray Region, Round 8: November to December 2017
Tigrai Online, updated feb. 8, 2018
The State of Tigrai released this video in Sept. 2016 regarding the deportation of Tigraians from Gonder, Mettema, Armachiho, some parts of Bahirdar, and many small villages in Gonder.
LOCATION AND CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT: 20,752 displaced individuals comprising 7,621 households in 61 displacement sites were identified in Tigray region. These figures represent an increase of 1,317 in the total individuals (4%), households (4.8%) and sites (3%) since round 7 (September/October 2017). Only 7 of the 61 sites opened in 2017. Conflict was the primary cause of displacement for an estimated 93% of the displaced population.
DEMOGRAPHICS: 46% of displaced individuals were female and 54% were male. 46% were younger than 18 years old. 5% were over 60 years old.
SHELTER: Only one sites reported that households were living in shelters that were below standard. In this site, less than 25% of households were living in substandard shelter arrangements.
WASH: Only 28 sites meet SPHERE standards of access to over 15 liters of water per person per day. 13 (21%) displacement sites reported having no toilets.
FOOD, NUTRITION AND LIVELIHOODS: 36 (59%) sites, representing 9,474 individuals, reported no access to food. 80% of sites reported that IDPs did not have access to income generating activities.
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TOL says, Why is the government hiding this internally displaced Tigraian Ethiopians? Over 20 thousand Tigraians displaced in less than two month period of time. Why are they not talking about the people on EBC, FANA broadcasting, and Tigrai TV? to protect Ethiopia at the expense of the people of Tigrai. The report from Reliefweb the numbers are higher than the previous months of September and October, that means at least about 20 thousand Tigraians have been displaced in those months.
Ethiopia in Polarity
The article below is By Haile TsaEda
Looking at the current Ethiopian situation, from my own personal perspectives at least, there are two forces head-on placing the country at a critical junction for its very survival as conglomerate of ethnics.
On the one hand, the country is seeing several and varied social and economic expansions. Absent the quality, education, healthcare, and hospitality centers are expanding in all corners of the country. The infrastructure is improving. Manufacturing of both private and public of various sizes is growing. Energy supply is showing encouraging signs of improvement. Communication and transportation, land transportation being at the forefront, are spreading out. Agricultural industry and productivity is compounding. The groundwork for all the changes is the growing influx of domestic and foreign capital into the economy. The aforementioned changes made possible for the external image to show a healthy sign.
One the other hand, the internal fracture of the country is alarmingly deepening and widening. There is frightening lack of cohesion and consensus within the country’s top leadership despite the media hypes and footages. The country is divided politically and administratively along ethnic orientation. This orientation has become a hatching ground and recipe for the widespread discontent and violence and has a bedrock garrison for several disgruntled ethnocentric politicians.
The widespread social and economic expansion offers a golden opportunity all the various ethnic groups of enrich their perception of inclusiveness and belongingness. Higher education centers have been mushrooming astoundingly in many parts of the country. Hence, monumental opportunities for students to go to schools and locations of their choices throughout country. It is a no-brained that this would be an enormous advantage for stronger, educated, and peaceful interaction among the different Ethiopian nationalities. The increasing number of higher education graduates would in turn provide the entire country with educated and responsible men and women who can advance the unity and peace of the country.
The huge transportation and communication expansion would have given people the freedom to travel in search of better opportunities across ethnic borders thereby making language and cultural frontiers less significant and less of a threat.
However, people are shockingly denied from enjoying their constitutional rights and economic and social progress in the country. Tigraians residing in the Amhara and Oromia regions are particularly selected and targeted against. They are being murdered, their bodies dragged on streets, displaced, and their properties are ransacked, set on fire.Tigraians living and working in those regions including Addis Ababa are coming under constant harassment, threats and discrimination in work place, streets, public places, residential quarters and what have you. Despite the unfettered injustice perpetrated against them, no official including the prime minister and the very organization that claims represents them has come forward and denounce the violence committed against them. It is very unfortunate that increasing number of them have felt that the Oromia and Amhara regions have become unsafe and dangerous place to do business, to go to school, to raise children and to enjoy their rights as Ethiopian citizens. In addition to this the government has repeatedly cancelled budgets and construction projects. Th Raya agricultural development project, the Weldiya Shire train project, the Meqelle water supply projects and the Ashegoda wind generated power source are suffice to mention. If the the life the people of Tigrai continues to deteriorate, they will have no confidence in the current leadership and will look for better alternative and Ethiopia with out Tigrai will no longer be Ethiopia but Amaromia or Oromhara and will cease as a country.