Photos of the Amhara Democratic Movement Force

March 25, 2013 —The Amhara Democratic Movement Force is a rebel group created after thousands of people in the Amhara region were imprisoned and executed by the regime.

Claiming peaceful struggle and change has been closed off by the ruling party, the group's mission is to bring a democratic political process and independent institutions to Ethiopia.

Although not as big as Tigray Peoples Democratic Movement, or as well known as the Ogaden National Liberation Front, the ADMF is one of the fastest-growing rebel groups in the region.

In late September, ADMF, along with 5 other Ethiopian democratic rebel groups, formed an alliance to unseat the TPLF dictatorship in Addis Ababa through the use of force.

Established in 2002, the AMDF is headquartered in neighboring Eritrea, with clandestine support bases throughout Ethiopia, particularly in the Gonder region; where most of the fighters hail from.

Amhara Democratic Movement Force

Amhara Democratic Movement Force

Amhara Democratic Movement Force

Amhara Democratic Movement Force

Amhara Democratic Movement Force

29 Ethiopian commando soldiers defect to Eritrea

March 24, 2013 — A total of 29 Ethiopian commando forces, who were trained in Blaten Special Force Institute, have defected to neighboring Eritrea.

The soldiers vowed they will liberate Ethiopia from what they say is an oppressive and ruthless dictatorship, according to their communiqué released on Saturday.

Ethiopia is no stranger to high profile military defections. In 2005, eight Ethiopian air force pilots, who were training in Israel, defected and claimed asylum at an Eritrean embassy in Israel.

Similarly, in 2006, over 300 Ethiopian troops, including Brigadier General Kemal Gelchu, along with his trusted colonels, defected to Eritrea. 

Ethiopian commando forces defect to Eritrea and vow to unseat Ethiopian regime

Thousands of Ethiopian refugees held for ransom in Saudi Arabia

March 18, 2012 — Thousands of Ethiopian refugees are being held captive for ransom in the border regions of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, according to Mohammed Najad, a Yemeni security official.

Making the situation worse are Saudi news channels who have aired a series of documentaries in late February that depict Ethiopian refugees as gangs involved in illicit activities.

As a result, many Saudis and Yemeni vigilante groups have sprung up near their common border, under the guise of defending their territories but in reality, most are there to take Ethiopian migrants captive for ransom.

Fleeing from economic hardship and a repressive dictatorship in Ethiopia, the Middle East is seen as a place where young Ethiopians can earn a higher standard of living to support their families back home.

Despite the dangerous risks involved, over 84,000 Ethiopian refugees cross the traitorous waters of the Gulf of Aden each year, according to the United Nation’s refugee agency.

Once in Yemen, most Ethiopians head straight for the Yemeni-Saudi border, where bandits, vigilantes, and smugglers frequently hold migrants captive and demand thousands of dollars in ransom for their release.

A recent report by UNHCR reveals thousands of Ethiopian men, women and children are being held captive for extortion on both sides of the Yemeni-Saudi border by armed criminal gangs and vigilantes.

The gangs use rape and torture against their victims to make their families pay for their release. Those who fail to have their ransom paid are killed and their organs harvested for sale on the black market.

“It was horrible. If your ransom wasn't paid, they tortured and raped you,” recounted one of the victims, who requested anonymity. “I am lucky I was able to flee. My friends who came with me were killed."

Chuan Hui International Tower in Addis Ababa Fabrication

March 4, 2012

DURAME  —  Recently, the Ethiopian regime has been spreading misinformation about a 99-floor building proposal in Addis Ababa through social networking sites and websites loyal to the regime. According to report being circulated around the web, the proposed hotel tower will be a project developed by the Guangdong Chuan Hui Group (GCHG) and will consist of 99 floors and rise to a total height of 448 meters. Despite the report being described as a 'press release', no such press release was issued by the Chinese company in question. Strangely enough, the tower renderings used with this report was made by Lifang, a Chinese website that specializes in architectural visualization that has no connection to Ethiopia or GCHG.

If the story sounds too fishy, it should. This isn't the first time Ethiopians have been hoodwinked by the corrupt Ethiopian regime. In 2010, a similar 'press release' was presented through the same unofficial backdoor channels that claimed the GCHG had started construction on a 58-floor hotel tower in Addis Ababa that was later found out to be fabricated. In that press release, a Shanghai hotel building was used as the rendering for that report, which explains why the letters of the hotel tower were made in Chinese instead of Amharic (see second picture below).

The fact is, most of the development the government says it will build never materializes. Even the buildings it manages to complete usually fall short of international safety standards and have been described as being 'ugly steel-and-glass tower blocks' by western journalists. Unfortunately for the regime, adding 40 more floors to a lie originally created in 2010 doesn't make it true.This rehashed pie in the sky hotel tower is just another fabrication intended for political consumption.

A tower designed by Chinese company Lifang is used in latest 99-floor Ethiopian hotel fabrication

Chinese rendering used in the original 2010 58-floor hotel in Addis Ababa