Ethiopia Diplomat quits US post over atrocities in Tigray

A senior Ethiopian diplomat in the U.S has resigned in protest, accusing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government of carrying out human rights violations in the northern region of Tigray.

Berhane Kidanemariam, who was the deputy chief of mission at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington, DC accused Abiy of taking Ethiopia “down a dark path towards destruction and disintegration”

“I have loved serving as a diplomat for my country, but I cannot do so at the expense of my values, and certainly not at the expense of my people. There is a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.” said a statement posted on his twitter handle.

 “I resign from my post in protest of the genocidal war in Tigray, and in protest of all the repression and destruction the government is inflicting on the rest of Ethiopia.”

Kidanemariam, who is from Tigray, also lamented about the profiling of ethic Tigrayans calling it a “witch hunt taking place in Ethiopia and in the diaspora”

Ethiopian authorities have however not responded to his resignation and sharp criticism.  

Various reports from Ethiopia have raised concerns about the targeting of Eritreans within government insutitions who have been fired or harassed. They include at least a dozen Ethiopian peacekeepers who were beaten up in Juba, South Sudan and have now sought asylum in the country, claiming they fear reprisals back in Ethiopia.