A Member of Ethiopia’s largest opposition party UDJ blamed Egypt’s financial assistance to al Shabab militants in Somalia for spreading terrorism in the horn of Africa. According to MP Girma Seifu of the Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party, American aid to Egypt is being diverted to finance terrorists in Somalia as Cairo seeks to weaken Addis Ababa and stop construction of the Ethiopian Dam.
“American taxpayers should demand answers from the Obama administration on why billions of their money is going to a country that funds terrorism in East Africa,” said Mr. Girma. According to a New York Times report on June 6, 2013, several Egyptian government officials were secretly taped discussing ways to increase funding for militants in East Africa in order to destabilze upstream Nile basin countries.

 MP Girma cited several United Nations (UN) weapons Monitoring Group’s evidence that show Egyptian arms support to Somali militants, some of whom have killed western tourists in East Africa. The UN document states that Egypt is also providing “intensive military and ideological training” to al Shabab, the same active group with terrorists like Abu Mansoor Al Amriki who was on FBI’s Most Wanted terror list.
The Ethiopian opposition MP said he is calling on all the Ethiopian Diaspora in America to unite and “take legal action” and inform their local US congressmen.
The MP also said Egypt and creditors blocking finance for the dam project is a “crime against the poor people of Ethiopia.”  He urged the World Bank (WB) and IMF not to give in to “corrupt”Egyptian lobbyists who are blocking the loans for the Ethiopian mega dam. The official asked the West to help Ethiopia build the infrastructure needed to feed itself instead of making the country forever dependent on food aid.



  1. egypt has always destalised ethiopia using somalians—somali people need to understand that ethiopians and somalians are the same people we have common ancestary am ethiopian but here in london people think am somalian……but egypt on the other is a different people arabs who have evaded black egypt and made it white arab…..the ancient egyptian looked more like ethiopians or somalians……egypt is using islam to make somalis slaves of ARABS

  2. This is the core issue when it comes to Egypt's foreign policy toward the east African region. Not only Egypt most Arab countries in the middle east have been destabilizing the east African region in order to increase their influence to control the red sea. By supporting Islamism, theses countries tried to increase a Muslim population that spread terror and radicalism in the region killing law abiding Muslim and non Muslim citizens. From the coast of Eritrea to coast of Mombasa Islamic radical groups supported by the middle east oil rich counties are causing havocs in black Africa. The AU must investigate and come up with a resolution of this issue. I think the honorable member of parliament has a good point. I think the public should go out and demonstrate in front of USA embassy in Addis Ababa and the diaspora should demonstrate in new York IMF and World Bank head quarters for their racist stand of supporting Egypt over Ethiopia in connection to dams over the Nile. If the Egyptian want to take the Nile issue to the international stage the Ethiopian public should the same. I hope the honorable member of the parliament spear head
    this effort . .

    • I really appreciate the MP for such bold and vital comment and call. It shows political maturity- being opposition party doesn't mean selling the nation's interest and security for the sake of political authority. All Ethiopians must be one for our national interests and reject to be used for any destabilization efforts designed by countries like Egypt and the Arabs. To be muslim doesn't mean Arab. Islam shouldn't be the cover used by such countries to use Somalis and other neighboring countries for their evil agenda. What do Somalis gain from such acts? Mutual respect and cohesion for development come from trust and win win relationship. Ethiopia and Somalia have common culture and people. Somalis shouldn't consider and blame Ethiopia for their internal problems. Its presence is helping the country to regain peace, stability and unity, there by Ethiopia can secure its peace and security from that location. As a result, together with other African countries, Ethiopia is sacrificing to again the goal. Somalia has now its government after 20+ years-that is one achievement but Somalis should contribute and strengthen the process. They shouldn't allow to be used by others to execute their agendas. The sad thing they do not share their pain and sufferings.

  3. Ethiopia will be better off if they stay out of somali business. i believe ethiopia maybe riding the west sentiment against the al shabab. but ethiopia is crossing the line. if ethiopia think somalis are brothers, they should stop destabilising somalia and be a brotherly neighbour. as for somaliland ethiopia is friend and they should respect that by being honest.

  4. I don't think he should be regarded as an Ethiopian official.He is a member of the opposition reading his mind.There is a difference between Government official and law maker in the opposition.

    • Hey Brooks,
      He is Ethiopian. He is a MP. He represents the people. I think that is enough for him to speak out on an issue facing his country.

  5. Let's stop fighting in the Cafe's of USA cities on internal Ethiopia politics with regard to GRD. I respect everyone opinion. We must unite and forget our differences on this particular issue and country security. As Ethiopian, there are always two things that unite us: Security of our motherland and development of our beloved country. We must unite on GRD, and any threat against us. Ethiopia is for us, not for anyone else.Time comes, time goes, but we need to be visionary and strategic thinkers. Everyone need to ask her/m self – what is my legacy to my beloved country? cont'd

  6. Any threat against GRD has to be considered as crossing RED line for any nation that would try to destabilize the country. We are passionate, peaceful, lovely and patriotic people. We must do what we can where we live, ensure the American, European and follow officials support our development vision. Above all, we need to love each other and also our brothers in Somalia; we need to be accommodative than aggressor, work for peace; tackle any challenges diplomatically while preparing our self on defense to ensure economic growth in our beloved country. We must know that we are at the critical moment that we must support GRD. We must campaign and carefully review and be prepared on any development that will diminish GRD and try to address it timely and swiftly.

  7. Fanlly ethiopian caming to our commen sansse thank mr grema safu.

  8. The Egyptian are not only working to destroy Ethiopia. I can share u a secret. It is only Egypt, but includes Saudi Arabia. They have been running a mega underground project called building the Islamic nation. This islamic nation building is run underground and have network in the whole Europe, North America. The aim is to destroy USA and England. The rest is notthing they can defeat and conquer without any resistance. The Islamic nation project objective is to make all countries Islamic states and to form one Islamic government with one single religion. All people will be either killed or converted to Islam by force. Al-shabab and Alqueda is a small part of it. This project never use Radio or internet, but mosques and mosque to mosque communication because it is shared only between faithful muslims. The two victims will be USA and England because the rest is to conqure and islamize. This is a timely article , not too late.

    • Lalibela,you sound like a moron. USA and England can't be destroyed by Saudi arabia nor Egypt. Even the mighty Russia can't destroy USA. You are caught spewing your poison to attack Islam. Sorry Bro.Next time come with something credible.

      • So tell me why you have a jamat ungerground cells in USA, UK, …? tell me why you recruit the Jamat Islamic missionaries funded by Saudi Arabia and dispatched to Europe and North America for nation building project undeground? Can you tell me about the Nation building project underground where Islamicists are sent as students with student VISA across Europe and North America? Can you tell me why young muslim students recruits summer time and dispatched to Europe and North America in the name of summer holiday but send for Jamat mission underground of building an islamic nation project? Can you tell me why muslims gather across in 100s of thousands secretly without announcement. you will never hear on media muslims having meetings of islamic missions. They are communicated underground.

        • Lalibela,

          We know you are eritrean.

          We ethiopians are both muslims and christians. That is why we have religious tolerance in ethiopia, unlike eritrea.

          You are eritrean (pretending to be ethiopian)

          We know your kind….don’t hide

    • @Lalibela
      You are a sick individual. Electrocute self before poison others.We are all Ethiopians and nationality comes before religion regardless of faith.

  9. He is an officla; does he has to be EPRDF to be an official? Dear Seifu, this is the best article ever you have written, My hats off for you brother. Well done and Good job

  10. We should not talk about religion here, but politics, and if Egypt is against Ethiopia the people of Ethiopian can resist and defeat when proven guilty. I am sorry that person called him/herself Lalibela hate Islam, did not talk of the subject in discussion. Egypt is for both Islam and Christians in the history of this country, and I don't see why the conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia is labeled to religion.

    I am Muslim and I support Ethiopia right to use the God given waters that follows from its territories.

  11. Mr Tesfy:

    You did not understand me.

    He is Ethiopian.

    Yes he is Ethiopian.He represents his constituents.I am glad he support the GRD. My problem is the word "Official" used to give his statement as if he is an Ethiopian government tier structured official.No.

  12. why all this nonsense? Ethiopia enjoys a favorite place / mention in all three major religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. This is not about religion but geopolitical issues that matter to Egypt's survival. Ethiopia has the right to do anything it wants with its Nile water and Egypt, can cry foul all it wants. At the end of the day, Egypt will win because it has a strategic alliance/ relationship with Israel and Israel is influential in world politics including a say in international financial institutions. Peace with Israel's neighbor Egypt is paramount to Israel and paramount to all of us, yes all of us. The Ethiopian Dam project is Damn from the start. The best way forward is not to dump more money and resources to the Damn project but to end it with a negotiated settlement where no one side will win but where sides loose. Blow Back!!!

      • Lalibela,

        We ethiopians are both muslim and christian. So why you attack islam?
        We know you are eritrean pretending to be ethiopian. Nice try lol…we know how sick you eritreans are.

  13. Enterመልዕክቱ ላይ በሰፈረው ነገር ችግር የለብኝም፡፡ ይህን በሚመለከት ግን በዚህ ወቅት አስተያየት ለማንም አልሰጠሁም፡፡ የተጠቀሱት የአሸባሪ ሰሞችን ሆነ እኔ አሜሪካን ግብፅ ሰለ አላቸው የዕርዳታ ግንኙነትና ድጋፍ የማውቀው ነገር የለም፡፡ የአባይ ግድብ ግንባታን የምደግፈው እኔም ሆንኩ ፓርቲዬ አባይን መገደብ እና መጠቀም ተፈጥሮዋዊ መብት ስለሆነ ነው፡፡ ተፈጥሮዋዊ መብት ማለት ደግሞ በህገ መንግሰት የተሰጠ ማለት አይደለም፡፡ ከዚህም በላይ ከምንም ጋር የማይውዳደር መሆኑን ለመግለፅ ነው፡፡ ግብፆችን በተመለከተ የምወድላቸው የሀገራቸውን ጥቅም ልክም ባይሆን ለማስጠበቅ የሚሄዱበት ርቀት ሲሆን፤ ከግብፆች የሚያስጠላኝ ደግሞ ኢትዮጵያዊያንን ለማወቅ ምንም ጥረት ሳያደርጉ በሀገራቸው ጥቅም የሚደራደሩ አድርገው መውሰዳቸው ነው፡፡ በግሌ የሀገሬን ጥቅም ሃሳለፉ ለመስጠት የሚገፋኝ የመከራ ወይም የምንዳ ብዛት እንደሌለ ነው፡፡ መከራ ቢበዛም ሀገሬን ለድርድር አላቀርብም፡፡ ብዙ ምንዳ አቅራቢም ቢገኝ የሚሞከር አይደለም፡፡
    ሁላችሁንም አመስግናለሁ
    text right here!

  14. Abu Mansour al Amriki was killed by the blood thirsty al Shabab … They are like the khawarij (first deviant group in Islam), who deem it lawful to kill Muslims.

  15. Lol America does not care

    CIA have always supported terrorists as long as it fits their interests.
    Russia knows. Taliban was supported by cia.
    America has no values, only interests