Jun 15, 2021

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Analysis: Horrifying accounts of violence in Amhara region; Fed. Ombudsman slams regional govt. performance, says 303 killed so far

– Reports of the extent and extent of the violence that wreaked havoc in the Oromo Special Zone and North Shewa Zone in the regional state of Amhara emerge, showing a picture of violence that has caused heavy losses. Such a report is presented by the communications office of Jile Timuga woreda, which issued a statement to local and international media coverage in Ethiopia on April 7, 2021, requesting immediate media coverage and detailing the extent of the violence. It read: “Jile Timuga woreda was attacked recently. The attack was so devastating that 65 people were killed, 114 others injured, 813 houses burned down and 40,000 were displaced. “The communications office also released a video of a school burned down and photos of a burning health center, both in Wossen Qorqor kebele; The school that provided the Afaan Oromo curriculum was set on fire during the violence, according to witnesses on the tape.

On Friday March 19, 2021, violence broke out for the first time in the Oromo Special and North Shewa Zone after an imam was killed in front of a mosque in the city of Ataye, despite attempts by the Elders to resolve the conflict escalated. Eyewitnesses Addis Standard spoke to claimed that the fighting was between Amhara residents, supported by Amhara Special Forces, and Oromo residents of the area. As part of a campaign of conflicting narratives and polarization of the conflict, the Oromia and Amhara regional chapters of the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) waged a war of words in which each accused their counterpart of inciting violence in the region.

On April 4, 2021, a graphic video showed a mob attacked an ambulance. In the attack, the attackers pulled injured people out of the ambulance, beat them and stabbed them to death. Addis Standard was able to locate the location of the attack as Shewa Robit, North Shewa Zone, Amhara Regional State and get in touch with the victims’ families.

Aliye Mohammed, a relative of one of the victims who lived with Addis Standard telephoned: “One of the deceased is my cousin. It all started in Ataye when the first fighting broke out and my brother and I were injured. We were taken to a health center in a nearby town called Senbete, but the doctors there treated us badly. “At some point my cousin died, so I asked that we be taken to a larger hospital. Since my injury was not severe, they took my cousin away after they referred him to a hospital in Shewa Robit City. It has been relocated and two of them, our distant relatives, have accompanied them. “Aliye was left behind at Senbete Health Center but later heard of the incident from a survivor who told him,” The injured were put in two ambulances when we entered the hospital. They were met by a crowd of people and soldiers belonging to the Amhara Special Forces, the attackers who attacked and assisted the two ambulances and the injured people who were carrying them. “He continued,” The mob, under the supervision of the Amhara Special Forces, did everything in their power to help the injured and as a result 12 people died. “

Mohammed Ahmed, also a relative of one of them The victims confirmed Aliye reports, adding, “When we heard of the attacks, we wanted to collect the bodies of our relatives, but the streets are closed due to the ongoing fighting at the time.” Mohammed, who lost a brother, held back his tears: “Their bodies were left there and we had to ask officials to bring their bodies back so that we can give them proper Islamic burials and offer funeral prayers (janaza). They brought the bodies days after the incident and we buried them. “Aliye confirmed Muhammad’s reports of the collection of the deceased’s bodies.

Ahmed Aliye, a medical professional who escorted the motorcade with two ambulances and one police car, spoke to the BBC Afan Oromo service and confirmed Aliye and Mohammed reported the events, but gave them Number of dead, adding, “When we got to Yifat Hospital there were only a few nurses and no doctors at all, and they told us to move them to another hospital when we left the site. The road was blocked and we could not continue our journey. “He continued,” When we were discussing the next steps, the Amhara Special Forces came and surrounded us. They pointed their guns at us and we told them we were men of peace. A city official came and accused us of scaring doctors and when this happened we started to be surrounded by a huge crowd. A man shouted, “They are one and the same thing with the people who kill us, kill us,” and the attack began. They first shot a man named Ishmael who got out of the ambulance and ran for safety, and the crown threw stones at us and hit us. “

Describe how he and others managed the onslaught of. Mob survived: “A man who saw me running with the two drivers and three policemen called us and hid us in a hut and closed the door on us. We later heard him send the angry mob to follow us. “They went from there,” he said when they asked where we were. We left after the mobs disappeared and we went to the federal police and from there we were taken to safety. “Ahmed lost three of his uncles and one cousin in the attack.

The Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman (EIO) discussed conflicts across the country where civil death occurred in a statement published on its Facebook page. The EIO statement recognized the failure of the Amhara regional government to manage the conflict in the Oromo Special and North Shewa zones of the region. It read: “The situation has worsened due to the removal of the security apparatus from the area and the failure to arrive on time to aid civilians when asked to do so. The statement also revealed that, according to EIO investigations, “303 people were killed, 369 injured, 1,539 houses were set on fire and over 50,000 people were displaced based on information we received from the administrations of the two zones. Aid delivery is ongoing and is relatively better in the North Shewa Zone than in the Oromo Special Zone. Nevertheless, the provision in both zones is not satisfactory. “

The statement stated that the region’s government efforts were ineffective and recommended that stricter measures be taken to uphold the rule of law in a timely manner. “81 suspects were arrested in connection with the violence, but were released shortly after receiving” orders from above “. In similar acts of violence between 2018 and 2019, the perpetrators were not identified or brought to justice. “