The standing director-general of the World Health Organization is a man named Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Tedros, as he is frequently called, was elected to the position of director-general on May 23, 2017, becoming the first WHO director-general in history to not be a medical doctor. Instead of having been a medical doctor, Tedros served ministerial positions for Ethiopia under the regime of the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF), a prolifically violent Marxist organization of which he was a prominent (top three, per the Ethiopian Registrar (https://web.archive.org/web/20200329123333/ https://www.ethiopianregistrar.com/tedros-adhanom-played-key-role-kidnapping-prominent-dissident/) member of the politburo.
TPLF is currently designated a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian government, and was designated a Tier III terrorist organization by the US Department of Homeland Security on the basis of its violent quest to become the main party of the ruling coalition of Ethiopia, a position it held on to with an iron fist [https://www.hrw.org/report/2013/10/18/they-want-confession/torture-and-ill-treatment-ethiopias-maekelawi-police-station] for the better part of three decades. The US has issued a statement lamenting TPLF’s post-reign violence as well.
After holding regional and state positions in the early 2000s, Tedros was promoted to Minister of Health of Ethiopia by Prime Minister and chairman of the TPLF, Meles Zenawi, in October of 2005. Per the Washington Post, during his tenure as health minister, the government referred to Cholera as “acute watery diarrhea”, preventing the country from receiving international medical resources, potentially protecting tourism and/or other sources of revenue dear to party leadership.
As the Post put it wryly:
“In the past 10 years, Ethiopia is also the only country in the Horn of Africa that has not been touched by cholera — according to the government.
Since a cholera outbreak in 2006 in the Oromia region, Ethiopia has referred to the disease as “acute watery diarrhea” (AWD), essentially a symptom of the deadly waterborne cholera, which is caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. Tests at the time by the United Nations confirmed that it was actually cholera.”
Responsiveness was severely limited by the government’s refusal to declare a Cholera epidemic on multiple occasions, and many Ethiopians became sick and succumbed to the disease.
TPLF’s manifesto labelled the Amharas, one of the two largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia, the enemy of the Tigray people (https://zenodo.org/record/2544650#.Y7SG8cZMG3U). Their history of participating in genocide against the Amhara people is well-documented.
According to the Amhara Professionals Union, Tedros appears to share the inclination of the party of which he was third most important member of the standing committee of the politbureau. The organization released a lengthy research document, which will be touched on briefly, as it is too extensive to detail in full here, although readers are encouraged to review it in full on their own time.
Using demographic and health survey data, the researchers showed contraceptive use roughly on a par between the Amhara region and Tigray in 2005 when Tedros began his tenure as health minister. By 2011, use in Tigray had gone up by a modest degree, whereas usage in Amhara had nearly doubled. The discrepancy in terms of injectable contraceptives was even starker, dropping slightly in the Tigray region at the same time as it more than doubled in Amhara. The researchers showed that those in the Amhara region were less informed about family planning methods than those in Tigray, thereby casting doubt on the level of uptake being the result of the dissemination of information. In fact, the researchers showed that this high use of contraceptives in the Amhara region was a considerable anomaly by demonstrating that in terms of other health services, uptake in the Tigray region was substantially higher, indicating routine preferential treatment.
[Author’s note: The document also links to testimonies from Amhara women, but the videos appear to have been scrubbed from YouTube. This video, titled “Amhara women being sterilized by TPLF Regime”, courtesy of the Amhara Youth Solidarity Movement, remains up for now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdqCctSsfa4. If anyone can translate please reach out.]
The Amhara Professionals Union further accused Tedros of being responsible for a de facto “chemical genocide” during his tenure on account of presiding over “poorly treated and handled chemical waste” in the region.
While this accusation of a secretive depopulation agenda under the guise of family planning and/or poor waste-handling may seem outlandish to sheltered readers, it is far more humane and less incredible than the other more brazen methods of achieving the same end that appear to have been carried out in the region. As reported to Genocide Watch, the means of ethnic cleansing that have been perpetrated on the Amhara are often of a spectacularly gruesome character. A link to one of the reports follows. Except in the event that the reader is feeling in a exceptionally resilient state of mind, even a causal perusal is cautioned against:
Apropos of nothing, census data is sometimes a real head-scratcher in Ethiopia, and occasionally comes up with oddities like 2.5 million Amharas having conspicuously gone missing. https://www.youtube.com/watch? app=desktop&v=ndSzSPskwAw&t=913s
Opt: additional substantiation: https://amharacouncil.wordpress.com/portfolio/census2007/ Probably just a typo.
The APU’s treatise also references an audit report from the Global Health Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (https://www.theglobalfund.org/media/2685/oig_gfoig10014auditethiopia_executivesummary_en.pdf)), stating, “Dr. Ghebreyesus frequently mentions his role as Chair for Global Fund to fight AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria from 2009-2011 but instead of being proud he should rather have been ashamed given the mismanagement of the fund and poor accounting found during his tenure as Minister of FMOH. Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria granted Ethiopia $1,306,035, 989 over the years. However, according to the 2012 audit report of the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General, the office led by Dr. Ghebreyesus and other partner organizations actually inappropriately used the money generously donated by tax payers and requested the Ethiopian government to refund $7,026,929.00. The inappropriate actions include misappropriation of funds and use of donor funds for unsound programs most of which were used for political purpose, substandard quality of constructed health facilities suggesting Dr. Ghebreyesus government plays with numbers not with quality and ineligible expenditures. The report stated over $5.5 million was advanced by HAPCO to the FMOH and was still outstanding by February 2011 although the grant expired in August 2010. Overall, the organization led by Dr. Ghebreyesus was noted to have weakness in accounting, poor budget preparation and monitoring, inadequacies of internal audit and overall poor financial management”
Late in 2012, Tedros became Minister of Foreign Affairs, operating with the same level of integrity as he had as Health Minister. A subset of the highlights follow.
Early in his tenure at the position, Saudi Arabia sought to repatriate foreign workers in response to unemployment of native Saudis. Nearly a million Bangladeshis, Indians, Filipinos, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis are estimated to have left the country. The Ethiopian government failed to respond, despite a deadline extension.
When violence broke out against the Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia, the Ethiopian government didn’t bother to respond until Ethiopians started to protest peacefully outside the Saudi embassy in Ethiopia’s capital, at which point protesters were promptly beaten and arrested.
“Whilst thousands of its nationals are detained, beaten, killed and raped, the Ethiopian government hangs its negligent head in silence in Addis Ababa, does not act to protect or swiftly repatriate their nationals, and criminalises those protesting in Addis Ababa against the Saudi actions.”
In 2014, Tedros personally orchestrated the kidnapping of Andargachew Tsege, as well as reportedly north of 760 additional dissidents by colluding with Yemeni leaders. (https://web.archive.org/web/20200329123333/https://www.ethiopianregistrar.com/tedros-adhanom-played-key-role-kidnapping-prominent-dissident/ Article worth reading in full.)
Then when civil war broke out in Yemen, the Ethiopian prime minister unsurprisingly publicly backed the Yemeni government (https://ko-kr.facebook.com/ethiopianews/posts/852101844830935) leaving the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians in the country (https://ethioreference.com/archives/4120) in an acutely dangerous situation.
As the stellar documentary “Tedros Adhanom Incompetency, Politics & Imorality” points out, while countries like India (https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/government-expected-to-wrap-up-yemen-evacuation-operation-today-4000-indians-rescued-so-far-753135), Sudan (https://ethioreference.com/archives/4120), and Somalia (https://www.hiiraan.com/news4/2015/May/99655/somalia_evacuates_95_nationals_from_yemen_official.aspx , https://theworld.org/stories/2015-09-04/somalis-used-flee-yemen-escape-war-now-its-other-way-around) repatriated their citizens, the Ethiopian government, for its part, appeared not to care. “Many countries such as Sudan have responded quickly and pulled out their citizens from Yemen. Unfortunately, the Ethiopian government has not responded to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian citizens scattered throughout Yemen.”
When South Africans began killing foreigners on 11 April 2015, including victims from Ethiopia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe, other notable African nations sprang into action, with Malawi and Kenya evacuating their citizens (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32316731) (https://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/kenya-to-evacuate-citizens-from-south-africa-as-xenophobic-attacks-rage/), Zimbabwe dispatching police (http://www.africametro.com/eastern-africa/zimbabwe-dispatches-its-police-to-aid-in-xenophobic-attacks), and Nigeria issuing a 48 hour ultimatum threatening to shut down their South African operating businesses (https://www.lusakatimes.com/2015/04/17/nigerian-government-issues-48-hours-ultimatum-to-stop-xenophobic-attacks-threatens-to-shut-down-sa-businesses/) all within a week of the violence.
For his part, Tedros put out a self-and-party-aggrandizing Facebook post.
On April 20th, in lieu of any real response from the Ethiopian government, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians, which had formed in response to the government’s lack of response to the Saudi situation under Tedros (https://ethioreference.com/archives/4120), put out a statement both acknowledging that the “grim socio-economic and political situation in Ethiopia is driving thousands of young girls and boys from their home land and exposing them to inhuman treatment abroad” and pleading that the government “take responsibility and take appropriate and immediate action to protect the rights of its citizens”.
In November, when Ethiopians were again attacked in South Africa, resulting in half a dozen Ethiopian being murdered in particularly brutal fashion, the response was similarly apathetic.
Aboye said the Ethiopian embassy has not given enough help."We see our brothers getting killed, doused with a three-liter jerrican of kerosene, and no one is helping us when this happens," he said. "We haven’t seen anyone sticking up for Ethiopian citizens here.”"
After a number of Christian Ethiopians were famously beheaded or shot by ISIL extremists in Libya, the government facilitated a rally at the nation’s capitol. First decrying what it presents as the government’s original repressive response toward the families of the victims, E-Veracity (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aEOUXrilhw&t=3281s) summed up the event’s conclusion succinctly, “As it always does, the government started attacking Ethiopans.”
Then at the Ireecha Cultural Festival of 2016, the government did some more of what “it always does”, attacking and firing into the crowd. Tedros went on record to state “Indeed, it is quite clear from the videos that there was no shooting and the police were unarmed” (https://mfaethiopiablog.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/human-rights-watch-encourages-opposition-violence-in-ethiopia-article-drtedros/) despite that the video provided by Human Rights Watch showed precisely the opposite. (https://www.yaacovapelbaum.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Irreecha-cultural-festival.mp4)
In 2017, Forbes put out an article showing that though the TPLF-led government received close to $30 billion since coming to power, the same amount, roughly $30 billion, was stolen by TPLF-led government officials (https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/03/03/ethiopias-cruel-con-game/?sh=5bc5df8529d0). Its author was David Steinman, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated economist who directly advised Ethiopia's democracy movement for nearly three decades until it finally broke free of the shackles of the TPLF-led government regime in 2018.
Having a uniquely qualified understanding of the situation among westerners, Steinman lodged a complaint with the International Criminal Court in Hague calling for Tedros to be prosecuted for genocide.
Per British publications The Times and the Daily Mail, Steinman stated that Tedros “was a crucial decision maker in relation to security service actions that included killing, arbitrarily detaining and torturing Ethopians” and that the WHO chief oversaw the "killing, and causing serious bodily and mental harm to, members of the Amhara, Konso, Oromo and Somali tribes with intent to destroy those tribes in whole or in part” along with “intimidation of opposition candidates and supporters”, including “arbitrary arrest . . . and lengthy pre-trial detention”.
This is only a partial resume of the storied pre-WHO career of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Sure it’s odd that the same Health Minister leading the only country in the horn of Africa not to have cholera was also the Foreign minister of what was routinely the only country uninterested in repatriating its distressed citizens, and sure kidnapping dissidents and lying about events with publicly available video footage looks bad. And sure providing disproportionately high levels of healthcare for your native region for virtually every indicator except for injectable contraceptives used in unprecedented abundance for the ethnic group your party has appeared to be hellbent on genociding since its inception looks suspicious, but have you seen this face?
Come on; it was time for #Africa! Just ask the Ethiopians! (https://globalvoices.org/2017/05/21/ethiopias-cholera-denying-candidate-to-lead-the-worlds-top-health-body-is-taking-a-battering-online/)
After all, being critical of Tedros is just indicative of a “colonial mind-set”.
Clearly, when it came to the brutal crimes and methods of Tedros’s party, including those perpetrated under the divisions of the government he was head of, he should have been told—only then could he have truly known! Of course, if he didn’t know the methods used by his own regime, that would imply that he was a half-witted lackey who mindlessly did the bidding of whoever pulled the levers of power. This presents the uncomfortable binary whereby he was either a genocidal thug, or a half-witted lackey somehow unwittingly complicit in brutality, and one would think in neither circumstance would it make any sense to put this non-medical-doctor at the helm of something like the World Health Organization.
In fact, to anyone with any neural activity at all it appears unmistakable that the only reason to hire Tedros for anything would be in the event that one planned on grotesquely trampling ethical and/or legal standards and needed a lieutenant who could be relied on for unwavering complicity.
Thankfully, there’s never any corruption at UN agencies...
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