The truth about child soldiers is slowly coming out

The most infamous image of child soldiers in Tigay taken by Finbarr O’Reilly.

First, the photos and video were published, and the media operations who took them or accepted them and spread them around didn’t hesitate for a moment to glorify children used as weapons.

Now the gory details are starting to trickle out. It was inevitable.

Bekele (not his real name), 35, is a U.S. citizen of Ethiopian descent, a professional working in Addis Ababa. He phones virtually every day to his parents in “what the terrorists call South Tigray” and what the rest of the country knows as Raya. He shared with me what his family members have disclosed to him.


I’m just wondering…When Alex de Waal goes to parties with his TPLF buddies, do things get awkward because of all his aw-shucks gushing and practically humping their legs?

Here is Alex Mango on the late Seyoum Mesfin: “…Seyoum and his comrades, ‘revolutionary justice’ meant a transformation in the practice of killing your defeated enemies.” I somehow don’t think that memo reached the fifty (and still counting) interim administrators summarily murdered in Mekelle after the TPLF claimed victory with the unilateral ceasefire.

And here is the Director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University singing the praises of General Tsadkan…


by Gemechu Aba Biya

The author is a prominent Ethiopian diaspora individual who is offering this column under a pseudonym because of the severe threat, intimidation, and vilification strategies used against high-profile figures in media, academia, publishing, and entertainment.

Like most Ethiopians, I was stunned when the Ethiopian government announced on June 28 that it was leaving Tigray. Just as I was elated when the TPLF was defeated, I was disappointed to hear the news that the TPLF has reentered Mekelle.

I understand how the relentless pressure from the U.S. and the EU forced the Ethiopian government to declare a…


In 2015, while the war with ISIS was still going on, I had the opportunity to visit a Peshmerga base where I leaned on sandbags, and my fixer pointed out a village two kilometres away, held by one of the most despicable terrorist organizations on Earth.

To the world at the time, the evil of ISIS seemed a horrible yet seemingly permanent fixture of world politics. I met refugees from Mosul in a camp not far away from Erbil, people who lost practically everything. But in about three years, coalition forces would plow into Mosul and liberate the town.

And…


Dealing with Aid Providers, Handling the Media, and Laughing at the Devil

Notice the bunch of self-congratulatory white leaders sitting around discussing an African nation with no Ethiopian representative to make its case. The New Colonialism smells like the old.

Dear Prime Minister Abiy:

Hi! How are you doing? I know you’re busy, and we don’t talk much, but I thought I’d drop you a line. I’ve tried writing other people, but I didn’t get many responses. …


Before The Idiots Lie About Another War

The biggest problem with Western reporting on Ethiopia is nobody ever learns a damn thing.

Take two of the worst examples when journalism had a direct impact on events in the country. In 1973, when Jonathan Dimbleby covered the Wollo famine with a British TV crew, he mixed the horrors of skeletal starving victims with shots of Emperor Haile Selassie at a state banquet in the palace. How subtle. The contrast naturally sparked disgust in Europe and stirred more resentment among student radicals in Addis.

Except the shots were misleading. The explorer Wilfred…


After months of being overlooked by the Western media, TPLF soldiers make a cameo… And neither they nor the reporter can impress.

I don’t know about you, but I feel that this war is missing something. It’s got moral indignation, alleged and sadly real atrocities, it has the unintended surrealism of Alex de Waal mourning lost and very fictional fruit, and it has the sheer buffoonery of Tigrai Media House’s Stalin Gebreselassie believing that bullets can shoot through tanks. But something’s missing… Something, I don’t know…

Oh, yeah. Actual fighting.

Keep in mind that when this whole thing began last November, we heard the expression “battle-hardened troops. ” We heard so often from reporters and crisis merchants about the TPLF, their “battle-hardened…


You can’t smell the chemical weapons, but that scent of manure is coming from the West…

Here is how Lucy Kassa tweeted yesterday about her story in UK’s Telegraph about alleged chemical weapon use in Tigray: “Ethiopian and Eritrean armies may have used powerful incendiary weapons in civilian areas.” I quote-tweeted this to observe dryly, “I may have had fried chicken for dinner last night.”

But it took only a few hours for the Zombie Army of trolls to achieve their goal, for the allegation to move from may to supposedly established fact.

Here is Faisal Roble, who bills himself as a “widely read essayist” and a member of the Horn of Africa Journal editorial board…


A GUEST ARTICLE from a Source for “A Morally Bankrupt Institution”: How the UN is Betraying Ethiopia

A couple of days ago, I published on Medium a story with multiple sources over how senior UN officials are lying, threatening and harassing Ethiopian aid workers and colluding with the TPLF. One of the sources works in the education cluster of the international aid initiative in Tigray. This person, frustrated and appalled over what’s going on, prepared a long letter originally intended to be sent to the federal government on how the TPLF is still able to instill a climate of fear…


How to Con a Superpower and Make the Media Your Accomplice

The idea of a proxy war is fairly basic, and you don’t need to have a degree in International Studies to grasp the concept. You’re the U.S., Russia or China, and you back a side fighting a civil war or insurrection in a foreign country, supplying arms, military advisors, whatever’s needed. Syria comes to mind. Then there’s hybrid war, which uses a combination of conventional military resources with propaganda, cyber-attacks and proxies. Russia has used all of these in Ukraine, backing its separatist elements.

What is truly scary about Ethiopia is that maybe in the first time in history, the…

Jeff Pearce

Writer person. Books - Prevail, The Karma Booth, Gangs in Canada; in June 2021, Winged Bull, a bio of Henry Layard, the Victorian era’s Indiana Jones.

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