A day in the life of a neurosurgeon in Tigray, Ethiopia battling a deadly brain tumor
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by Professor Tony Magana
7M ago
The author assisted by a Mekelle University neurosurgery resident performing microscopic brain tumor resection at Ayder Hospital in 2018 The neurosurgical team of Mekelle University’s Ayder Hospital struggles to save the life of a poor farmer from a deadly brain tumor. A critically ill patient who faced death unless he underwent emergent brain surgery.  An intense multi-hour confrontation with a brain tumor.  This became an almost everyday occurrence for our team.  I had come to Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia in 2015 to start a neurosurgery progra ..read more
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Neurosurgical consult for snake bit in Ethiopia
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by Professor Tony Magana
8M ago
Artist rendition of Ethiopian puff adder about to bite the leg of a passer by. His CT of the brain upon presentation to Ayder Hospital, Mekelle University showed multiple sites of intracranial hemorrhage.    A case from 2019 in Mekelle, Ethiopia at Ayder Hospital. A neurosurgical consult for snake bit (not too common) causing brain hemorrhage.   This 21 year old man was bitten in the foot by an unknown viper, we latter determined it was most likely an Ethiopian puff adder, three days before being referred to our university hospital for sudden onset of coma after two days in a l ..read more
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An experience with a Palestinian doctor I will not forget
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by Professor Tony Magana
8M ago
A Palestinian doctor feels lost in the modern world which ignores him I had an experience with a displaced Palestinian which has never left me. A  doctor who felt his life and that of his community was seen as irrelevant by the whole world. A little over 20 years ago I was consulting in Abu Dhabi with a UAE military hospital which in part involved caring for many victims of Isis being transferred from Iraq for medical treatment.  Our medical team consisted of European, American, Pakistani, North African, Indian and other nationalities working together. Included in our group was a Pa ..read more
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The paradox of Eritrean children of refugees supporting an authoritarian regime
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by Professor Tony Magana
10M ago
Eritrean diaspora are caught between the conflict of their national origin and the their new home in Western democracy Many ask why sometimes 1st generation Eritrean diaspora support the authoritarian government that their parents risked their lives to leave? I have known many 1st and 2nd generation over the past 13 years and have reviewed academic studies one of which is linked below. Like most immigrants to western democracies they want to keep a link to their national origin.   The Eritrean government budget depends upon 1/3 of its funding from diaspora remittances. They have extensiv ..read more
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Ethiopia persecuted intolerable terror not concern for the welfare of Tigray civilians
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by Professor Tony Magana
1y ago
There was no attempt by the Ethiopian government to try the traditional approach of winning hearts and minds instead the strategy was one of one intolerable terror. A review of the actions of military forces supporting Ethiopian invasion of Tigray since November 2020 demonstrates a strategy of persecuting intolerable terror to the civilian population to force an unconditional surrender contradicting the latest pronouncement from the Ethiopian government is that they have deep concern for the welfare of the Tigray. All the while  paradoxically calling for them to bare the sacrifice of suf ..read more
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Howard University venue for Ethiopian government healthcare claims claiming Tigray inclusion
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by Professor Tony Magana
1y ago
Open Letter to Howard University October 13, 2022 Subject: Use of Howard University Venue to promote Ethiopian government healthcare achievement while Tigray under  medical blockade Dear Sir/Madamn, Many of us who are concerned with the dire situation in Tigray and are concerned about the use of a Howard University venue for the promotion of a government deeply involved in the deprivation and violations of a minority. Howard University is a historic and important institution in American history which was created to offer those who were denied opportunities a chance to reach their potenti ..read more
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Ethiopian evil debtera magic versus Tigray Christian mercy in war
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by Professor Tony Magana
1y ago
Daniel Kibre, a “deacon” and Social Affairs Ethiopian Minister defames Tigrayans as demons and subhumans worthy of extinction. He and other EOC followers tell their recruits that special blessings are upon to protect them from harm and punish the Tigray. While the Tigray leadership treats POWS with mercy and has EOC priests from Tigray pronounce forgiveness for Ethiopian POWS after their rehabilitation. In the background is a rare photo of a secret book of spells used by debtera. Religious belief and custom are affecting the Ethiopian Tigray conflict. Ethiopia is relying on ancient beliefs of ..read more
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Tigray famine has higher death rate then 1980s Ethiopian famine
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by Professor Tony Magana
1y ago
The severe restriction of aid shipments to Tigray may result in higher percentage of deaths of those affected by famine then occurred in the 1980s Ethiopian famine. Ethiopian blockade of Tigray has caused a famine creating a higher percentage of death of those affected then the Ethiopian 1980s famine. Considering the similarities of the 1983 to 1985 famine of Ethiopia under the Derg Regime to that of the current Tigray siege we can estimate that at least 125,000  may actually have died so far. In the following analysis one striking difference is that the percentage of the population seve ..read more
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Medical blockade prevents life saving c-sections for Tigray mothers and infants
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by Professor Tony Magana
1y ago
A nurse midwife at Mekelle University Ayder Hospital tends to mother and a newborn prior to the invasion of Tigray in November 2020 and subsequent medical blockade. Source WHO Destruction of health care facilities and blockade of medical supplies to Tigray by Ethiopian government cost the lives of Tigrayan mothers and newborns who need caesarian section. International guidelines indicate at least 5% of births should be done via caesarian section (c-section) to preserve the life of the mother and/or infant. This is actually the most common operation done globally. Over the past two decades the ..read more
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Ethiopia National Bank foreign currency control reduces real spending for human needs
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by Professor Tony Magana
1y ago
The National Bank of Ethiopia decides when and if any government payment or even private entity payment to a foreign supplier. Foreign currency payments can only occur with its approval. While the Ethiopian government touts big increases in spending for things like agriculture, education, health care the reality is that this is a farce. Real spending is actually much lower due the hidden way approval for expenditures which require foreign currency payments are tightly controlled by the Ethiopian National Bank under the control of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. As an advisor to Mekelle University ..read more
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