By Addis Moges
The president of Tigray Interim Administration Getachew Reda while remarking the end of the three days national mourning today emphasized that the people of Tigray can only be healed from their grief when Tigran’s together work day in day out to fulfill the dreams and promises of the martyrs and now onwards families of the martyrs, the disabled, and the heroes will be the center of all political, social, and economic activities of the region.
Addressing the closure of the three days of national mourning and remembrance of the Martyrs to the people of Tigray, he underlined that the task cannot be a responsibility left to one body rather all of us, civilians, soldiers, adults, the youth, the Diaspora, entrepreneurs, laborers and others should be come together and contribute our best level to create a favorable organization and stable political base in the region.
He also underscored that the guidelines and laws which have been used for past decades will be amended in a way that can reflect the martyrs and Tigray must immediately introduce a situation where the families of martyrs and war disabled heroes would be at the center of its agenda. “As long as we fight with our heroic people and work around the basic interests of Tigray, there is no reason why our future will not be bright and we need to move forward knowing that this is the only way to be saved from destruction”.
“We will build a system that involves everyone equally. The way in which the people as a nation plunge into existential danger while saying that so-and-so party, so-and-so leader is sick and destitute must be closed, he said, adding the politics where the mistake of one person, the mistake of one group, the mistake of one area is decisive because it is not appropriate for our people and the legacy of our martyrs”.
The president emphasized that they remember the martyrs with many unfinished businesses that require their full-time attention. “First of all, we must make unremitting efforts to preserve, deepen and expand the threshold of peace that has now been achieved thanks to the sacrifices of our children and comrades,”
He added, “Over the past few days, we have understood the sacrifices of our brothers, comrades and children both as individuals and as a people as members of the same family, we all cried together for all our martyrs”.
We were able to understand even in part the price paid for the depth and breadth of our existence. We remembered father and son, young men and women of the same womb, babies who paid their lives for our existence without being satisfied with life, he sadly explained.
The region has lost its farmers, engineers, doctors, students, laborers, and the active force tasked with building the future of Tigray to defend the existence of their people.
“We gathered to remember that we paid for the existence of Tigray, a parent who carried the fighters who lost their eyesight, reconciled his house, blessed his children and sacrificed himself for the struggle, a Tigrayan who suffered all kinds of suffering from the enemies; every Tigrayan who has been deprived of his natural right to life and victimized by all kinds of problems has paid sacrifices,” he added.
As leaders, the issue of what we have done, or have not done, in this danger of extinction should be our main issue to examine openly, above all to repent and learn but discuss and confront it in a way that ensures regular accountability, he underscored. “We should immediately introduce a system that uses all resources properly while remembering our martyrs who are not greedy in sacrifice,” the president said.
He also said that it is of paramount importance to look inward and the politics they have been following for decades if it is found to be the cause for the sacrifice of the recurring conflicts upon the people. “ If we are to correct the situation where our existence as a people is in danger due to decisions made or should not be taken by a few; if we are to eliminate the worrying situation where tens of thousands have died due to seemingly minor mistakes; If we are to eliminate the evil cycle where the shoulder of the youth who should bear the burden of the people while the dream should be realized up and down, above all, the slime that follows us every thirty years and pays thousands to bring us to the brink of destruction If so, we must work to change our politics once and for all.”
“Let us have a policy that gives due respect to this our human resource”. We only bury our martyrs by showing that we have no shoulder to tolerate the side that quickly gets into a quarrel about its seat, its inheritance when we are not sure whether tomorrow will be better or not when we remember our martyrs; we can ensure that the suffering we are now going through will not be repeated in this way, he added.
President Getachew also emphasized that it would be a mistake to expect change in the usual way without even making some effort to address our leadership weaknesses that have contributed to us getting here. Above all, we can fulfill the legacy of our martyrs only by working seriously with our people and peace at the center but without compromising the inherent rights of our people.
“Tigray must recover and must ensure lasting peace. The hope of existence that Tigray has gained through the sacrifice of its children must sprout. We are in a situation where all the weaknesses and crises that can be seen in a post-bloody war – post-war of destruction society are widespread, and more than anything else, the organized and coordinated efforts of all of us are necessary”.