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Ethiopia: In the shadow of the elections, Amharas are massacred in silence

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In the shadow of the national and regional elections and behind the smokescreen of the Tigray conflict, Amharas are victims of repeated massacres in total silence and impunity, several Amharas said at a press conference held on 16 June at the Press Club in Brussels.

Quite a number of such incidents already took place well before the war between the federal and the Tigray regional governments started but failed to sufficiently mobilize the international community. Examples:

In November 2019, 18 Amhara students – 14 young women and 4 young men – from Dembi Dollo University in Kelam Wellega Zone of the Oromia Region were abducted by unidentified people as they fled by bus a fatal ethnic-based attack on Amhara university students. They’re still missing, and we can fear the worst. This stoked anger at the federal government over its inaction and lack of transparency.  

Ethnic violence including rape then affected more than 20 other university campuses in 2019 in the Oromia region and continued in 2020 prompting an estimated 35,000 students to flee.

In early November 2020, at least 100 people from the Amhara ethnic group were killed in an attack by suspected members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) group.

The attack on Gawa Qanqa village in Guliso District of West Wellega Zone took place just a day after Ethiopian Defense Forces troops surprisingly, unexpectedly & without explanation withdrew from the area. This abrupt withdrawal has raised several questions that have remained unanswered by the government. Witnesses said dozens of men, women and children were killed, property looted and what the militants could not carry away, was set on fire.

In the last few months, a spate of deadly attacks particularly targeted civilians of ethnic Amharas.

On 25 February 2021, at least 12 people, including a seven-year-old child, were hacked to death in two particularly brutal attacks in the villages of Boka and Nechlu, in the eastern part of Oromia, multiple sources told Al Jazeera. 

On 6 and 9 March, 42 people were killed in two separate attacks that targeted Amhara civilians in Oromia’s Horo Guduru Wellega zone, according to Ethiopian state media.

On 31 March, gunmen killed at least 30 civilians in an attack on a village in the West Wellega Zone of Oromia. The victims were ethnic Amharas. A resident of the Babo-Gembel district where the attack took place told AFP news agency that gunmen arrived after 9pm, forced residents to gather outside in a group and shot them dead. The place had no security cover from government security forces at the time.

On 4 April, suspected OLF militias killed more than 17 Amharas in two separate attacks in the Oromia region.

On 16 April, Ataye and surrounding towns in the Amhara Region were destroyed resulting in 300 deaths and 256,000 people becoming homeless.

On 30 April, an armed group identified as the OLA (Oromo Liberation Army) attacked a transport bus traveling from Bure to Nekemte. The attackers rerouted the bus towards the Abay river gorge, took the passengers out and killed 15 of them.

Tewodrose Tirfe, chairman of the Amhara Association of America based in Washington DC, said “in the month of March well over 300 Amharas, including women and children, have been massacred by the OLA”. He also accused the government of being silent and inactive on killings.

Amhara victims frequently testify the massacres on fighters belonging to the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) and regional special forces that are well armed and coordinated.

Societal violence is now undoubtedly on the rise. President of the Genocide Prevention in Ethiopia (GPE) Dr. Senait Senay says, “From 2 September 2020 to May 2021 alone, 2024 ethnic Amharas were targeted and horrifically killed and 2 million displaced in different regions of Ethiopia”, mainly in the Benishangul-Gumuz & Oromia regions. The list also includes over 1000 ethnic Amharas that were murdered in Maikadra by a retreating pro-TPLF militia, a few days after the war between the federal government of Ethiopia and the regional Tigrayan forces broke out, as Amnesty International has reported. 

The successive federal governments of Ethiopia since the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) assumed power in 1991, Ethiopia was transformed to nine new regional states designed according to Article 46 of the 1995 constitution, but the borders of the new regional states crisscrossed former administrative delineations and were simply imposed without popular consent through a referendum or election. The result was Ethiopian citizens were ethnically identified on government issued residence IDs.

The elections in Ethiopia will not be held in 102 of the 547 constituencies, including the 38 constituencies of Tigray due to war, but also in parts of Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia and Amhara regions, due to the massacres and massive displacement of Amharas.

In the meantime, the EU has withdrawn its Electoral Observation Mission accusing the Ethiopian authorities of not giving assurances on the independence of the mission. After the election, the EU should increase the implementation of its peace-making policies & humanitarian aid in Ethiopia and urge the “new federal government” to address the structural sources of the targeted ethnic attacks, the Amharas said at the Press Club in Brussels.

See press conference here:

(c) AmharaGenocide.net – CASE_7: THE ACT OF GENOCIDE IN MAI-KADRA, NORTH ETHIOPIA
Ethnic Amharas were Selectively Slaughtered with Machetes, Axes and Knives!Posted on  Apr 6, 2021Happened on Nov 9, 2020
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Willy Fautre

Willy Fautré, former chargé de mission at the Cabinet of the Belgian Ministry of Education and at the Belgian Parliament. He is the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, an NGO based in Brussels that he founded in 1988. His organization defends human rights in general but also the rights of persons belonging to historical religions, non-traditional, and new religious movements. It is apolitical and independent from any religion. He has carried out fact-finding missions on human rights and religious freedom in more than 25 countries He is a lecturer in universities in the field of religious freedom and human rights. He has published many articles in university journals about relations between states and religions. He organizes conferences at the European Parliament, including on freedom of religion or belief in China. For years, he has developed religious freedom advocacy in European institutions, at the OSCE, and at the UN.

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30 Comments

  1. El Nour Katgerine 25 June 2021

    Thank you so much Mr Fautré this really means a lot.God bless

  2. Fasil Alehegn 22 June 2021

    Thanks Sir Willy Fautre for being voice for inoccent Amhara. You will prevail in the hearts of Amharans. No enough words to praise your good deeds.

  3. Fasil Alehegn 22 June 2021

    Thanks Sir Willy Fautre for being voice for inoccent Amhara. You will prevail in the hearts of Amharans.

  4. Selam 22 June 2021

    Thank you for being a voice for a voice less innocent farmer who killed their Amhara identity

  5. Abebe Assefa 22 June 2021

    It has been over 30+ years since Amhara atrocities has started supported by laws (such as the current constitution) and institutions. Amhara has become stateless on its own land as the current constitution has segregated Amhara by granting full and exclusive autonomy to some so called ethnic groups. Accordingly, Amhara is considered as settler with no political and civil rights. Amhara cannot own property in other states nor it can live. Due to this legally supported segregation, rebelles together with government forces have continued massacring Amhara wherever it lives. Hundreds of thousands children, elderly and pregnant women are butchered, disappeared and displaced with no shelter and subsistence at this rainy season.

    It is a recent memory that the Ethiopian Parliament asked excuse for the loss of five million Amhara from the national census and it has been Amhara that was forced, in the country, to take family planing forcefully.

    Wolkait is one of the many places where Amhara has been killed and deciplaced just because TPLF wanted the place to get connected with Sudan though the proper Tigray is boarded with Amhara with the natural boundary of Tekeze River. In history, Wolkait never have been part of Tigray except since TPLF came to power a d annexed it by force after killing and displacing and even silencing native Amhara in Wolkait. Mai Kadira is a continuation of the 30+ years Amhara atrocity in Wolkait. Yet, the Western media has been reporting by twisting the facts on the ground. Wolkait is not a matter of land but identity and a matter of past atrocities. There is no partial human right!!

    Despite the fact the fact that Amhara is paying the ultimate price of losing dignity, no one has been interested to hear the voices of Amhara who is subjected to sustained genocide.

    Thank you-The Brussels Press club for siding with the truth and for being the voice of voiceless Amhara.

  6. Selam 22 June 2021

    Thank you

  7. Dawit Teka 22 June 2021

    Thank you so much Mr. Willy for being a voice for Amhara people. The systematic oppression and genocide against the Amhara people in Ethiopia which embedded in the whole structure of the country during the TPLF regime, are now becoming worsen during Abiy Ammed’s regime. I really appreciate your initiative to tell the truth about the suffering the Amhara people to the world.

  8. Abraham 22 June 2021

    We Amharas have been suffering for the last 30 years, and in more intensified way in the last 3 years. The gruesome atrocities committed against our people made us to feel like we don’t belong to this world. However, our hope is coming back when we see such voices to our suffering. Thank you. It means a lot for a society who have been neglected by the world for so long. What you have reported is just the tip of the iceberg. We are appealing to the international community to investigate in detail of all the atrocities committed against Amharas. Above all, we call for a scientific study to explore how the current awkward ethnic federalism Ethiopia is following wrongly framed the Amharas and causing all these suffering. We are being killed by the constitution and it will never end unless the system is changed with robust state of the art system without dividing the citizens by race or religion.

  9. Bewmam 22 June 2021

    Thank you? God bless you Sir??
    Our World was totally deaf to Amhara genocide.
    #We love you Sir.

  10. Bitew Tisase 21 June 2021

    God bless you for being your voice. The genocide and killings in Amhara are horrific. The world does not want to know the truth.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IkBUi8IgDBrgCrMnRfCKd5RRWUUI93QI/view?fbclid=IwAR1-JzFI6WwgZ-r8WoHcaA6x2WoERMXo9r7gpLORQ4OLHZgAKmE0furZ-9g

  11. Rahel 21 June 2021

    Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless….

  12. Alemayehu Teferra 21 June 2021

    Thank you for being a voice for the neglected but terrible genocide on Amhara people.

    1. Emiru 23 June 2021

      Thank you for exposing the state sponsored massacre of the Amhara people in Ethiopia.

  13. Dawit Melaku 21 June 2021

    Thank so much Mr.Willy.It so much for the Voice less Amhara.You are special among 1000 or millions who really sence the sorrow of Amhara.
    We need like you who are committed to Humanity.
    The on going Amhara Genocide must be stopped soon with collective effert with the International community and Amhara people .
    May God Bless You and your family Mr.Willy.

  14. Shanko 21 June 2021

    Thank you, Sir for your insightful article.
    The Amharas had been targeted by TPLF for 27 years and now, for the past 3 years, by the party led by the country’s Prime Minister Abyi Ahmed’s OPDO, that trains and works closely with OLF. Of course that is vehemently denied by him and his OPDO.
    Sad to say, but the reality is, as long as they stay in power, the ethnic cleansing of Amharas will NOT stop.

  15. Lisanework Yirsaw 21 June 2021

    Thank you so much for being voices for voiceless Amhara in which western medias are deaf eared and blinded to the atrocities. The inaction of Abiy Ahmad government indicated that the federal and oromia regional government is behind the scene of Amhara ethnic cleansing. It is much better to be voices of Amhara Genocide even though it is too late. Thanks a lot for being the voices of the Amhara people whom their corpse is pushed by graders in an inhuman way by the ethnic based leaded central government. It was such a dire situation for Amhara for the last thirty years and it is/was worsening by Peace Prize winner Abiy Government’s government.

  16. Bekele E. 21 June 2021

    Thanks to all who made it possible to inform the world about the silent and active genocide of the Amhara people of Ethiopia for the last 30 years. Once again, thank you all who participated at a press conference held on 16 June at the Press Club in Brussels.

  17. gmulu@hotmail.com 21 June 2021

    Thank you for being voice for victims.!

  18. Haimanot Knüppel 21 June 2021

    Thank you so much Mr Fautré.

  19. Biniam A 21 June 2021

    My words don’t have enough wait to being to thank you – The European Times. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for reporting the truth and being a voice for the innocent Amharas being slaughter by OromoExtremist – OLA/OLF and Gumuz militia. Thank You So Much Willy Fautre – you will always have a special heart in Amhara people and in all Ethiopians who care about the dignity of human lives. At the heart of Ethiopian politics is identity politics – PM Abiy Ahmed is an Oromo extremist who is working to establish a Cushitic empire, and he’s displacing what he considers as Semitic Amharic speaking Amharas from Oromia and Metekel region. Close to 2 million Amharas have been internally displaced, and more than 4000 have been killed. PM Abiy Ahmed pretends to act like a peacemaker in an ethnically divided country, but he’s the actual perpetrator. At every innocent killings, and including top Amhara generals like: Asaminew Tiseqe and former regional president – Dr. Ambachew, were all planned/executed/ and killed by Abiy Ahmed Ali. Abiy Amed Ali along with Adergachew Tiseqe and Dr. Berhanu Nega are also destroying Tigray and Tigreans. These leaders believe that Ethiopian power center should move from the hands of Tigreans and Amharas down south to Oromos/Gurages/ and other ethnic Ethiopians, although this may seem noble in idea, they doing it by killing and fragmenting innocent Tigreans and also killing innocent Amharas. The evil of Ethiopian politics is perpetrated by Abiy Ahmed Ali Prosperity Party, Dr. Berhanu Nega, Andergachew Tiseqe, OromoExtremist, and Gumuz militia.

  20. febenewket 21 June 2021

    thankyou….

  21. Fitsum 21 June 2021

    Thank you for being voice to the voiceless Amhara people. Thousands have been killed Oromia, Maikadra, Metekel and Guraferda just because of their identity. Displaced Amharas are still suffering without any help from the government. Their houses and properties were looted and burned down and they are left with nothing. Those who committed the massacre must held responsible. We need justice!

  22. Abebe Belay 21 June 2021

    I thank all of you for your relentless efforts to attract the attention of the genocide campaign against the people of Amhara. The government-backed OLF must be held accountable for its atrocities against the Amhara people. Displaced people need to be provided with food and shelter and returned to their homes, as well as compensation for their suffering, abuse and death.

  23. Demelash Anberber 21 June 2021

    Thank you for your voice for voiceless!

  24. Asay Abebe Kasa 21 June 2021

    Thank you for being voice for victims.
    Amhara people are endangered by government supported military forces and political groups. Severe abuses of human rights; illegal grabing & looting of ptoperties upto total demolishing of towns; mass displacements, mass killings, ethnic cleansing and genocide are being committed on them based on their religeous & tribal identity symbolically characterized as ” Neftegna”

  25. Azmeraw 21 June 2021

    The world is not informed of this horrific tragedy on Amhara people. Besides on open shooting genocide on Amhara people, Amharas are nationally systematically discriminated and targeted. One of the discrimination is made through ethiopian media outlets which deliberately discriminates Amhara, they usually do not recognise Amharas. They, if must , Adress amharas as “ethiopians” to create ambiguity among audiences so that amharas will be left unidentified. in addition to that Amharas are not represented in the outside world who can tell their story. Their story is misguided to international medias and reversed

  26. ethiodocs 21 June 2021

    Dear Willy Fautre, God bless you for reporting the silent genocide on Amhara people in Ethiopia while the world is ignoring this silent and active genocide of Ethnic Amharas in Ethiopia

  27. MK 21 June 2021

    more than 1000 were also killed in Maikadra by TPLF simply because they are Amhara

    1. Alemayehu Teferra 21 June 2021

      Genocide againsr Amhara has clear intent, started since tigray people liberation front wrote its anti Amhara manifesto, enabled with the so called constitution and ethnic based feseralism. When TPLF led EPRDF in power, 2.4 million Amhara were lost, appeoved by the paeliament. It was numerical genocide deliberately done by Meles led government. All budget since then cut for tese millions pwople, no development, no health care, no education, no vaccine for 14 years. We as Amhara understand this number is deducted from the actual numerical genocide. According to estimates about 5 to 6 million Amharas are deducted by the government. Amhara was also the victims of NON STOP genocide in Oromo, Sourhern, B/Gumuz, Tigray regions mainly Wolkiyte, Raya, Harar area, Arsi, Shashemene, Guraferda, Wellega, Metekel, Ataye, Addis Ababa and towns near by.
      We loudly shout to the world to know this hiddenong term and non stop government led genocide. And still going on. Stop Amhara genocide.

    2. Dawit Teka 22 June 2021

      Thank you so much The European time for being a voice to the Amhara people. The atrocities happening on Amhara people are non stop and started from the previous government. The previous government TPLF(Tigrai people liberation front), who ruled the country for the past three decades, created the platform of genocide against Amhara in a systematic way. They created a false narratives to mobilize their people based on hatred towards Amhara and ititiated other ethnic groups too. The TPLF itself admitted in its parliamentary meeting few years back that 2.5 million Amharas are disappeared( the number of Amhara people reduced by 2.5 m during the national cencus). The genocide is multifaceted; they even disimprignate women. The current regime continued the platform and prepared hundreds of thousands armed groups whom he claims he has no control on them. However, the prime minister Abiy himself was the one who brought them from where they were a rebel during TPLF regime decriminalized from the terrorism list . After Abiy brought them with their Arm in the name of National integrity and gave them a camp in wollega western Ethiopia, they also got full logistic to publicly recruite hundres of thousands new members. Their sniper refles only seen in the hands of the prime minister’s republican guards only. Any international research group can confirm by directly going to Ethiopia and observe what’s happening. They kill anyone as long as the ethnicity is from Amhara. Children, women, pregnant women, elderly and those who couldn’t escape are the most victims. The survivors are also suffering with life threatening starvation. The worst of all, the international community knows little to no about the active #state #sponsored genocide against the Amhara people in Ethiopia.

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