The Curse of Having Tigray as a Neighbor

Inflicted with “crab mentality”, the minority regime in Ethiopia and its mercenaries have undermined Eritrea’s development and food security policies. Today, instead of learning from Eritrea, which has managed to develop its war torn economic infrastructures using its own human and material resources, … and built the necessary agricultural infrastructures to ensure food security for its people, the regime, in what has to be the ugliest forms of jealousy, is now [dreaming] to strangulate Eritrea’s economy and prevent it from reaching its potentials.” – Sophia Tesfamariam

The minority regime's  “crab mentality” is an obstacle to regional peace, stability and security.  (Photo: Trigger happy barefoot Tigray Militia soldiers)
The minority regime’s “crab mentality” is an obstacle to regional peace, stability and security. (Photo: Barefoot Tigray militia men also known as ‘ክጠንን’ዬ’ )

By Bereket Kidane,

IN Deuteronomy 27:17, the holy bible tells us “Cursed is he who moves his neighbor’s boundary stone.”

To say having Tigray as a neighbor has been nothing but a curse to Eritrea is an understatement. It is enough to make you ask God, “What did we ever do to deserve a neighboring enemy like that?” 

It was Tigray’s attempt to push its boundaries north into Eritrea that has been the cause of all of the complications Eritrea has experienced in the last 15 years.

This week marked the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Algiers Peace Agreement. The current leaders of Ethiopia who hail from Tigray, in whose name an expansionist war was fought to cure an inferiority complex, show no sign of leaving sovereign Eritrean territory. But it doesn’t stop there.

If one considers the opportunity cost alone that has been lost to Eritrea and the region over the last 15 years is incalculable. The fact that Tigrayan leaders were willing to risk it all and gamble everything the Ethiopian State had as long as it meant that they could take Eritrea down with them is a very telling sign of the depth of the inferiority complex that they are afflicted with.

Having failed to militarily dismantle Eritrean sovereignty, they now seem to be pursuing a long-term stealth agenda that is aimed at reversing Eritrean sovereignty.

It is hard not to notice how Tigray seems to be co-opting Eritrean culture and symbols wholesale in the hopes of deliberately blurring the differences and staying close enough to the Eritrean heartbeat until the day Eritrea is weakened enough through sanctions that Tigray can walk-in and have its way with Eritrea.

If it were possible to change your geography, Eritreans would do it in a heartbeat. How nice would it be to trade Tigray for another Sudan that deals with its neighbors in good faith and doesn’t suffer from inferiority complex?

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