Tigray remembers its martyrs in Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa, July 9 (WIC) – The 24th anniversary of Tigray Martyr’s Day was marked here in Addis Ababa on Sunday in the presence of Tigray regional state president Abay Woldu.

Speaking on the occasion, Abay said the day should be marked by striving to realize the martyr’s vision and cognizant of the changes and developmental activities underway in the region.

Abay said concerted efforts are being undertaken to fully realize the visions and objectives of Tigray martyrs by bringing about good governance and development.

Taking the opportunity, the president noted some of the achievements in agriculture, irrigation and preservation of natural resources in Tigray region.

According to the president, 154,000ha of land is developed through irrigation and 90 per cent of farmers in the region are now using water banking system.

Efforts to provide employment opportunities have resulted in the creation of 348,000 jobs for the youth, he said. He added that investment permits worth 5.3 billion birr capital had been issued.

Vice board chairman of Tigray Martyrs Self-Help Association, Woldesilassie Woldemichael on his part said the association is providing health services, loans, education and trainings to veterans.

He said 251 of its members have received free education in the 8th grade to degree programs category while 191 members received vocational trainings.

Woldesilassie said the association has trained 336 members in agriculture and 245 in various business fields while 1,543 members are employed in governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Tigray Martyr’s Day is marked every year on June 22 where Ethiopians and, Tigray region in particular, remember martyrs who lost their lives during the 17-year struggle to topple the military Dergue regime. In Addis Ababa the day was marked on Sunday July 8, 2012 at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center.

Organized by Tigray Martyrs Self-Help Association, the ceremony was attended by leaders and former fighters of Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) and natives of Tigray drawn from Sub Cities in Addis Ababa.