I have good news from Tigray. The Ethiopian Federal government and the Tigray regional state had met in Pretoria, RSA for peace. They signed a peace agreement on November 2, 2022, that will eventually lead to peace. Military commanders from Tigray and the federal government again met in Nairobi to detail the implementation of the peace agreement. The peace agrees for the unhindered delivery of humanitarian supplies to Tigray as well as the opening of the region from encirclement and blockade.
I believe that this is good news for our project. However, we need the complete implementation of the agreement and the quick withdrawal of non-Tigray forces from the region. Eritrean troops are still digging their presence in northern Tigray. It's high time that Eritrea also accepts the agreement and withdraws its troops. Many IDPs are also walking to the city of Adigrat. If the agreement is implemented by Eritrea and the Amhara forces in west Ethiopia can start reviving its economy and start its growth.
Once the peace treaty is implemented we would immediately travel to the region and restart the project.
We will keep you updated about the region and the project.
Thank you very much for being with us and for supporting our project. We have not made any progress to continue our activities in the Atebes victory gardens project. The only information we had was that Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers reached the area and took some domestic animals without paying anything. We have not heard about the state of the fruit trees. Fortunately, the houses of the farmers are dispersed and it is difficult to reach them. In general, we hear that the rainy season is very good and if it continues up to September food production will not be affected because of moisture. Only the lack of selected seeds as well as fertilizers will be the problem.
If we hear good news about the project we will share it in the next report. In the meantime please continue to contact your representatives so that the people of Tigray can be supported and peace be brought to the region.
I hope all is well with you during the new year. The war in the project region of Tigray that I reported several times continues. There is no communication and humanitarian disaster is being feared as the region continues to be blocked. No phone, no land, and air communication. Humanitarian aid is not arriving and there are fears by international humanitarian organizations that there could be a humanitarian disaster
Please tell your political representatives to do something about it.
Thank you all for your continued support. I hope and wish that there is peace in Tigray and share and report some good project news in the future.
I hope all is well with you and your loved ones during these holiday months. The war that started in Tigray where our project is located passed its 12 months mark recently. Thousands of people are displaced and their livilihood destroyed. The Region of Tigray where our project village is concerned is literlly blocked from the outside world. I have never talked directly to any one in the village since the beginning of the conflict. There are no air or road transportaiton, no bank services, no phone services, no power services from the national grid and no trade between Tigray and its neighboring people. I am sorry but I can't tell you any good news from the village.
There are some international activities to bring a ceasefire between the Ethiopian central government and the regional state of Tigray. It is our hope that this will be realized so that we can jump into the projet and work hard for a lost time.
I am sorry for not bringing good news but the people in the project villager will appreciate if you reach out to your natonal representatives and ask them to do something to stop the conflict.
It is my hope that I will bring some good news that heralds peace and development in my next report.
God bless and happy holidays to you and your loved ones!
The situation in Tigray where our project village is located has affected all ways of life. The war that started about nine months ago still continues. The international community had been pushing the Federal Ethiopian government and its foreign and local partners to withdraw from Tigray and respect basic human rights. We hear reports of the destruction of livelihood sources such as domestic animals. There had been some reversal of fortunes in the war front recently where the Federal Government was pushed out of Tigray leading to some hopes that there will be the restoration of peace in the region and all warring factions leave Tigray. The US and the EU had been pushing for that.
Even though the Ethiopian Federal Gov is out of Tigray there still is no telephone connection, power, banking system or free flow of goods and services with Tigray. Literally Tigray is under siege by all its neighboring states and Eritrea. There is fear of impeding famine unheard and unseen before in the region.
With the changes in local power and the pressure of the international community to lift the siege on Tigray, we hope that peace will previal in the area so that we can resume out project work and merge it with the post war reconstruction at the local level. More will needed to be done following this carnage.
Lets keep the people in the village and beyond in our prayers for peace and safety.
Again, thank you for your support and patience and I will keep you updated when major developments emerge. Peace.
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