Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has initiated what is called “the GreatEthiopianHomeComing challenge” aimed at mobilizing about one million Ethiopian Diasporas to visit their country during next Christmas holiday.
“Ethiopians and friends of #Ethiopia around the world, join the #GreatEthiopianHomeComing Challenge: 1 million by January 7, 2022!” he tweeted.
The Press Secretariat of the Office of Prime Minister Billene Seyoum said the call is made with the intention to disprove the security situation in the country is not a problem.
The call came as the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa has issued “security messages” for the fifth time urging its citizens to evacuate Ethiopia by commercial flights from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
The US has also been calling for its citizens not to travel to Ethiopia. It is standing by its message even at a time when the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is suffering devastating defeats in all battle fronts.
Addis Ababa has been accusing the United States of employing different techniques to put economic, diplomatic and political pressure in connection with the war with the rebel forces.
The US has been expressing concern over alleged grounds of human rights violations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government also accused the US of intentionally ignoring the repeated genocides the TPLF and OLF troops committed in the country’s Afar and Amhara regions.