Tatek’s case is by no means the exception; rather, it is a norm among the former fighters of the TPLF that toppled the brutal regime known as the Derg. The road to victory was not easy for it took the lives of more than 60,000 martyrs. The families of these martyrs have not received any meaningful compensation, if any, and still languish in abject poverty. To add insult to injury, these very people are being blamed for leading a lavish life style at the expense of their Ethiopian compatriots under the utterly baseless “ Hulum neger wede-Tigray ” mantra. This type of unsubstantiated claimis nothing new to most of us who have been following the political discourse of the Ethiopian state for the last 26 years, and we had largely assumed such assertions as the propaganda ploy of the few extremist adversaries of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
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