Ethiopia accused of war crimes in Mai Kadra massacre

Ethiopia accused of war crimes in Mai Kadra massacre

Ethnic Tigrayan survivor Abrahaley Minasbo, 22, from Mai-Kadra, Ethiopia, shows his wounds from machetes in a shelter in eastern Sudan, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, on December 15th 2020

(morningstaronline)—INVESTIGATIONS into potential war crimes committed during Ethiopia’s military offensive against the northern Tigray region must be impartial, thorough and transparent, the United Nations said today.

The UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) says an independent probe must take place to determine what took place in Tigray amid reports that civilians were targeted and massacres took place during the operation which started in November.

Between November 9 and 10, a massacre took place in Mai Kadre in western Tigray in which at least 700 men, women and children were brutally executed.

Government forces sought to blame the Tigray People’s Liberation Front for the atrocity. But subsequent investigations, including testimony from eyewitnesses have pointed the finger at the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF).

Those that fled the scene alleged that the killings were carried out by members of Fano – a government-affiliated youth militia from the Amhara region.

One witness said: “Fano from the Amhara region came, then took us all out from our homes. We saw our neighbours killed and slaughtered, in the same way as you cut wood, with an axe and knife.”

According to reports, Ethiopian government forces stood by as Fano fighters went door to door, demanding to see people’s identification papers in order to identify ethnic Tigrayans.

“Youths were sent to kill us. More than 70 [Fano militia] were trying to kill us. We hid ourselves in the fields. They hunted us. On the way many were killed. We passed many dead bodies.

“They checked the IDs of people…if they find someone with Tigrayan origin…[they] slaughter with a knife,” the witness said.

UNOG said in a statement: “If civilians were deliberately killed by a party or parties to the conflict, these killings would amount to war crimes.”

Elections are to be held in June, although Tigray has been excluded from the poll until a state of emergency is lifted in the region.

2 Comments

  1. Those words, The gov’t is closely following the incident with local militia on the Ethio-Sudan border. Such incidents will not break the bond b/n our two countries as we always use dialogue to resolve issues. Those fanning discord clearly do not understand the strength of our historical ties., are from illegal leader who won nobel prize and kill his people . he must be blood sucker ? dialogue with powerful enemies and killings with civilians ??

    Abiy is the crooked servant who serve bomb to kids just as a wicked servant who give serpents to hunger stricken children. Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! matt 7:10

  2. We remember how during the last Ethiopian Easter holiday the Covid-19 infected number of people spiked high in Ethiopia due to the fact at the sheep , goat and chicken holiday markets people were gathered close to each other in small unmonitored fields of markets where the CoronaVirus spread highly, months later we are about to embark on the Ethiopian Christmas holiday where once again people will go out to purchase Sheep , goats and chickens at markets. So far very little warnings and intervention is underway to protect the people from getting infected with Covid-19 which is too concerning , that is why we all should take into consideration the possibility of the mutated Covid-19 which is more contagious currently being present in Ethiopia, making it vital to take serious precautions when we try to celebrate the upcoming Ethiopian Christmas holiday.

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