New video of Ethiopia massacre shows soldiers passing phone around to document their executions of unarmed men
New video of Ethiopia massacre shows soldiers passing phone around to
(cnn)–A few scattered human bones lay on the rocky ground, along with a broken skull and several half-burned identification cards.
CNN used geolocation to verify that the video of the bullet casings was from the same massacre site. CNN also obtained images taken on June 21 that show bones, charred remains, clothes and ID cards at site of the attack. Some of the clothes were also seen in the original video clips investigated by CNN.
Families brought the remains they could find to Mariam Megdelawit church, a few kilometers from the massacre site, for an emotional ceremony where they prayed for justice, and to heal their loss on June 21. Video sent to CNN by family members of the victims show the bones of victims being carried into the service in large jute bags and placed together while crowds gathered in a circle around them to mourn and weep. “The village couldn’t wait any longer, [they were] saying ‘we can’t get peace unless we bury them,'” he said. CNN geolocated the footage of the ceremony by matching it to satellite imagery of the area that showed the same church structure, vegetation layout, soil color and topography.