Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has dispatched soldiers to the troubled region in Benishangul-Gumuz following an attack that left more than a hundred dead. “The massacre of civilians in Benishangul-Gumuz region is very tragic,” Abiy wrote on Twitter on Thursday. He said that in order to tackle the root of the problem, the government has sent troops to the area. According to Fana TV, fighting broke out and 42 gunmen were killed. Bows and arrows and other weapons had been recovered. The station left open when the fighting occurred. According to local authorities, these men would have participated in the attack on Wednesday.
According to Amnesty International, more than 100 people had previously been killed in a massacre in western Ethiopia. On Wednesday morning, gunmen attacked several members of the Amhara, Oromo and Shinasha communities in villages in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, the human rights organization said. People were stabbed and shot, and houses were set on fire.
Amnesty said it spoke to five survivors of the attack by telephone. It said there were reports of at least 100 dead so far, but the number was likely to rise. The Amhara region’s regional news agency, the Amhara Mass Media Agency, reported that eyewitnesses told of several dozen dead and houses burned down.
This brutal attack underscores the “urgent need for Ethiopia’s government to act to stop violence against ethnic minorities,” said Netsanet Belay of Amnesty International. According to the report, there have been several waves of violence against members of the Amhara, Shinasha, Oromo and Agew in the region since September.
There are quite a few tensions between population groups in Ethiopia, a multi-ethnic country with a population of about 112 million. They have increased under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has been in power since 2018. There is currently conflict in the northern region of Tigray between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which has been in power there, and the central government in Addis Ababa.
Ethnic groups play a major role in the conflict in the North African country. Ethiopia, a federation of ten ethnic regions, was dominated by Tigray for decades until Abiy became prime minister. He himself belongs to the majority Oromo population and also has family roots in Amhara.
by Basit Abbasi – NN