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Canada Ethiopia: the Mayi-Kadra massacre would have left around 600 dead

06:50  25 november  2020
06:50  25 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Sudan: in El Hashaba camp, three doctors for 15,000 Ethiopian refugees

 Sudan: in El Hashaba camp, three doctors for 15,000 Ethiopian refugees © AP Photo / Marwan Ali Ethiopian refugees gathered in Qadarif, in eastern Sudan, on November 15, 2020. Fleeing a war Fratricidal ongoing since early November, more and more Ethiopians are taking refuge in neighboring Sudan. In less than a week, 25,000 refugees arrived in Sudan (SUNA agency). At the moment, they are crowding a few kilometers from the border, in the village of El Hashaga. The vast majority are Tigrayans. Some did not cross the border unscathed.

600 civilians were killed in massacre in Tigray, Ethiopia ’s rights commission says. Tens of thousands of people have fled the conflict in Ethiopia , sometimes so quickly they had to leave family behind. There is not enough to feed them in the remote area of southern Sudan that they rushed to.

The massacre in the town of Mai- Kadra is the worst-known attack on civilians during Ethiopia 's ongoing internal conflict pitting federal forces against A local youth group aided by police and militia killed at least 600 people in a "rampage" on November 9 in Ethiopia 's northern Tigray region, the

Des réfugiés éthiopiens ayant fui les combats dans la province du Tigré attendent devant un centre de soins à Hamdayet, au Soudan, le 22 novembre 2020. (Photo d'illustration) © AFP - ASHRAF SHAZLY Ethiopian refugees who fled the fighting in Tigray province wait in front of a health center in Hamdayet, Sudan, on November 22, 2020 . (Photo illustration)

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has estimated that 600 people have been massacred in the town of Mai-Kadra, in the western part of the region. These crimes were allegedly committed by a Tigrayan militia.

With our correspondent in Addis Ababa, Noé Hochet-Bodin

Amnesty International had already raised the case of this village located along the Sudanese border, victim of violence between civilians on November 9th. But according to the latest investigation by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, at least 600 Amhara individuals were massacred in Mai-Kadra by a Tigray militia.

Ethiopia: attempts at mediation in the conflict in Tigray

 Ethiopia: attempts at mediation in the conflict in Tigray © Ebrahim HAMID An Ethiopian refugee builds a shelter in a camp in Gadaref in Sudan on November 15, 2020 Various mediations tried to organize on Monday to put an end to the conflict that Since November 4, the Ethiopian federal army has been opposing the forces of the dissident region of Tigray, after a weekend marked by a dangerous escalation.

Read more: Massacre in North Ethiopia Leaves Scores Dead , Amnesty Says (1). Federal troops invaded Tigray after months of tensions between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, with Abiy accusing the region of attacking an army base.

The Mai Kadra massacre was a series of ethnic cleansing and mass killings carried out on 9–10 November 2020 in the town of Mai Kadra

Crimes planned and then committed in cold blood by the Samri, a brigade of young Tigrayan militiamen, based on interviews with survivors.

► Read also: Refugees in Sudan, survivors of the Mai-Kadra massacre testify

The story of the events is unequivocal, the inhabitants of the city would have had no chance to escape their executioners. The massacre is taking place in these lands in the western part of the province, the scene of territorial claims between Amharas and Tigrayans for decades.

However, the current situation calls for caution. Because contradictory testimonies are pouring in from neighboring Sudan, where more than 40,000 Ethiopians have taken refuge. It is still impossible to fully shed light on these crimes today. And these question marks will remain as long as the Tigray remains in the dark, cut off from all contact with the outside as it has been for twenty-two days.

Ethiopia: Uncertainty hangs over the start of the Battle of Mekele .
© Wikimedia Commons Copyleft A. Savin The capital of Ethiopia's Tigray province, Mekele, January 25, 2018. (Photo illustration) Thursday 26 November, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched hostilities on Mekele, the provincial capital of Tigray, which he wants to retake from the TPLF. 24 hours later, it’s impossible to find out more because the province is still under a telecommunications blockade. The progress of the fighting that threatens the 500,000 inhabitants of Mekele is not known.

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