Ethiopian refugees who fled Tigray region, sit inside a courtesy bus at the Fashaga camp as they are transferred to Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 13 2020. REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH
Ethiopian refugees who fled Tigray region, sit inside a courtesy bus at the Fashaga camp as they are transferred to Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 13 2020. REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH

It has become craven not to see that something horrific is happening  in Tigray, a province of Ethiopia. For good reason, there are 100,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray.

Eritrea is possibly even worse than North Korea as a totalitarian torture state. Escapees from Eritrean prisons (often dungeons) have their testicles smashed. Eritrean dictator Isaias Afwerki is not a nice man.

Yet it appears that Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed has formed an alliance with Eritrea to deport these terrified refugees back “home”. If true, this is a crime against humanity.

At the least, since the SA president is also the current chair of the African Union, the governing ANC should take a public stand against this repulsive behaviour.

Willem Cronje
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