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New Video of Ethiopia Massacre Shows Soldiers Passing Phone Around to Document Their Executions of Unarmed Men

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 27, 2021

A few scattered human bones lay on the rocky ground, along with a broken skull and several half-burned identification cards.

That is all the villagers could find, six months after Ethiopian troops rounded up their loved ones and shot them at point-blank range, throwing the bodies off a rocky hillside deep in the mountains of central Tigray in Ethiopia.

An April 2021 CNN investigation, in collaboration with Amnesty International, examined video clips of the January massacre and used geolocation techniques to verify the video was filmed on a ridge near Mahibere Dego in January 2021. The investigation revealed at the time that at least 11 unarmed men were executed, and 39 others were unaccounted for.

CNN was sent the gruesome footage in March this year by a pro-Tigray media organization, the Tigrai Media House (TMH). TMH told CNN at the time that the video was filmed on a mobile phone by an Ethiopian army soldier turned whistleblower involved in the mass killing.

An additional longer video clip of the massacre has now been shared with CNN by TMH, revealing new details about the atrocity and the soldiers behind it.

CNN used geolocation techniques to determine the extended footage was also filmed at the ridge near Mahibere Dego. A voice at the end of the new clip identifies the Ethiopian soldier filming the video as “Fafi.” He also reveals his military brigade and division.

In the extended video seen by CNN, Fafi swaps the phone with another soldier, takes the gun and shoots. The phone is then swapped back as others clamor to be filmed executing the captives, brazenly documenting their crimes.

This extended footage has all the hallmarks of a trophy video and yet — despite the evidence — the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office dismissed the findings of CNN’s original investigation saying, “social media posts and claims cannot be taken as evidence.”

Six months after the attack, two people in Mahibere Dego told CNN they had collected the national identification cards of 36 people who were killed, but another 37 people remain missing, indicating the toll of the massacre could have been more than double what was initially reported.

CNN reached out to the Ethiopian government but it did not respond.

Ethiopia is under growing international pressure over a number of reported atrocities in its war-torn northern Tigray region that could amount to war crimes.

Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed since early November, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a major military operation against the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), sending in national troops and militia fighters from Ethiopia’s Amhara region.

CNN has previously compiled extensive eyewitness testimony that Ethiopian soldiers and soldiers from neighboring Eritrea were perpetrating massacres, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence and other abuses in the region.

Since January, families of the victims in Mahibere Dego say they have been unable to access the ridge due to the continued presence of Ethiopian troops in the area — leaving them without a way to bury their loved ones.

They thought they’d be safe at a church

But last Friday, the soldiers departed for nearby Axum, giving locals a long-awaited opportunity to search for any remains, according to nine people CNN interviewed who had visited the massacre site.

Over a period of days, family members of the victims filmed the church burials, documented evidence of bullet casings at the massacre site and took photographs of skeletal remains which they sent to CNN. We are not naming the family members who fear for their safety.

One family member told CNN that even while villagers were gathering up the remains of their loved ones, the area came under attack. Violence in Tigray has once again intensified in recent weeks after Tigrayan forces launched a renewed offensive last week.

Even after Ethiopian soldiers withdrew, the massacre site remained under attack.

“The soldiers from Axum started to bomb the area with artillery [fire] around 9-10 p.m. Everyone scattered and ran back home,” the family member said.

But the villagers refused to stay away, he said, waiting a few days to come back at night to finish what they had started.

In images too graphic to publish, it’s clear the remains were too decomposed to allow for identification of the victims — for some there were only metal belt buckles. Families said they instead relied on items of clothing and ID cards to identify their relatives.

Villagers told CNN the continued presence of soldiers in the area was an attempt to hide evidence of the killings.

Images of bullet casings found by villagers as they scoured the area for their relatives’ remains, were shared with CNN. An arms expert told CNN these would normally be used in light machine guns and assault rifles like those seen in the massacre video.

“The village couldn’t wait any longer, [they were] saying ‘we can’t get peace unless we bury them'”

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.

Sunlight in the footage indicates that the burials took place at approximately 9 a.m. This corresponded to the timings stored in metadata, which some of the footage retained.

Many of those targeted in the extrajudicial executions were young men of so-called “fighting age.”

One of the young men executed in the massacre was 23-year-old Alula. His brother told CNN he discovered Alula’s ID card amid the remains.

CNN first reported on Alula in April when his brothers discovered his fate while watching a TV report about the massacre. At the time, another one of Alula’s brothers told CNN it was hard to accept.

Though the family says they have been unable to find his remains, Alula’s ID card is enough, they say, to give them some closure.



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#ChristianGenocide | A Massacre in Abuna Yemata Guh, at The Foot of The Famous Rock-Hewn Church

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 24, 2021

✞✞✞የአቡነ ይምዓታ ጉህ ቤተክርስቲያን ጭፍጨፋ ✞✞✞

ዓርብ ሚያዝያ ፳፱/፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.ም ፤ ፲፱/19 ክርስቲያን አባቶች፣ እናቶች እና ሕፃናት/ጨቅላዎችን ጨምሮ ባሰቃቂ መልክ ተገድለው የሰማዕትነትን አክሊል ሲቀዳጁ፤ ሁለቱ ደግሞ ክፉኛ ቆስለው ሕክምና እየተደረገላቸው ነው።

✞✞✞ነፍሳቸውን በቅዱሳኑ ዕቅፍ ያኑርንል ከማህበረ ፃድቃን ይደምርልን!✞✞✞

💭 እየተገድሉ ያሉት ክርስቲያኖች ብቻ መሆናቸውን እየመዘገብነው ነው፤ ኢትዮጵያዊነት የሌለው አብዛኛው “ኢትዮጵያዊ” የተባለ ብሔር ብሔረሰብ ይህን በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ እየእካሄደ ያለውን ጭፍጨፋ ይፈልገዋል፤ ፺/90% . ባይፈልገው ኖሮ ይህ በኬሚካል መሳሪያዎች ሳይቀር እየተፈጸመ ያለው ጭፍጨፋ በአንድ ቀን ውስጥ በቆመ ነበር፤ ግን የኦሮሞዎች፣ አማራዎች እና የደቡብ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦች ፍላጎት ይህ አይደለም፤ ዋናው ዓላማቸው የትግራይን ክርስቲያኖች ከምድረ ገጽ ማጥፋት ነው። ከዓመታት በፊት ሲሰማኝ የነበረ ስሜት ነው፤ ኦሮሞዎች እና ኦሮማራዎች የኑክሌር ቦምብ ወይም ተመሳሳይ የጅምላ ማጥፊያ መሳሪያዎች ቢኖሯቸው በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ወዲያው ከመጠቀም ወደ ኋላ አይሉም፤ የምጽፈውንን በደንብ አውቀዋለሁና በዚህ ፻/100% እርግጠኛ ነኝ። ኢትዮጵያ በጎሳዎች እንድትከለል መደረጉ ያበረከተልን ትልቅ ነገር ቢኖር በጎሳ ደረጃ ማን ማን እንደሆነ፣ ምን ምን እንደሆነ ለይተን እንድናውቅና ለውደፊቱ እንድንጠነቀቅ መፍቀዱ ነው። አዎ! የመንፈስ ማንነትና ምንነት ያላቸው ጎሳዎች የስጋ ማንነትና ምንነት ካላቸው ጎሳዎች ጋር፤ ወደ መንፈሳዊ ሕይወት እንዲመጡ እስካልተደረጉ/እስካልተገደዱ ድረስ፤ እንኳን በአንድ አገር አብረው ሊኖሩ፤ በጉርብትናም እንኳን መኖር አይገባቸውም፤ በተለይ በዚህ በምንገኝበት በዘመን ፍጻሜ!

Gebrehiwet Gebreanenya and Abraha Gebreanenya are two married brothers who live in the house of their parents with their elderly father Gebreanenya Gebreegziabher, their wives and children. Gebrehiwet and his wife Tsegu Gebremichael had two children, Samrawit and Yordanos; and Abraha, his elder brother, and his wife Hiwet Birhane, had four children: Mahlet, Zufan, Rahel and a not-yet-christened baby. Both of them are farmers and everyday they move with their cattle to grazing lands and waters, only coming back to spend the night at home.

On Friday, May 7, 2021, a fighting took place between Eritrean and Tigrayan forces in the village of Abune Y’ma’eta Guh, at the foot of the famous rock-hewn church. The village residents all fled to the mountains and spent the day in caves. In the evening, when the fighting stopped, they came down to their village to spend the night in their homes. The next day, on Saturday, Gebrehiwet and Abraha discussed the plan for the day and as usual left with their cattle. The plan was for their wives, their children and their elderly father to join the other village residents and flee to the caves as they did the day before. Everyone was preparing food, water and other essentials for the day and early around 8 AM, just when they were about to leave the village, Eritrean troops unexpectedly came to the village, visited the houses, dragged the civilians out and massacred them in their farmlands. They shot 21 people in total and 19 of them died, two survived but in severely wounded condition. Seven of the killed are children under the age of 10, one of them a one-month-old baby. They killed everyone they found in the village.

The victims included 9 members of the Gebreaneneya family and 12 others. These are: Akebom Gebresilassie, Amit Abadi, Gidey Gebreqorqos , Awetash Tsadiq, Tsegu Gebreegzibher with her son, Tekle Gebrehiet, Alemtsehay Gidey (her son severely wounded). Birhan Abraha (with her two children). Alemtsehay’s father, Gidey, was killed by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers back in November.

When Gebrehiwet and Abraha came back in the evening, they found 8 members of the household massacred in a field some 20 minutes-walk away from their house. Their father Gebreanenya, Abraha’s wife and his four children including the not-yet-christened baby were all killed. Gebrehiwet’s wife Tsegu and his 2-year-old daughter Yordanos were also killed. His daughter Samrawit was wounded by bullets and machete, but she survived.

The troops first shot Samrawit on her right thigh and leg. When they knew she was not dead, they used machete to injure her right thigh and leg. Samrawit is four and half years old. Her father brought her to Ayder on foot through Agoza-Tsigereda route because the Megab – Abraha we Atsbeha route was occupied by the troops. Some other men from the village helped him carry her in an improvised stretcher. They started the journey on Thursday May 13 (05/09/2013 ዓ/ም) and arrived at Ayder Referral Hospital on Saturday May 15. They were lucky to find a car on the way from Tsigereda to Wukro, which brought them to Mekelle.



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ልዩነቱ ይህ ነው | ትግራዋያን እኝህን አባት “ለምን ለአማራ ብቻ?” ሲሏቸው በጭራሽ አልሰማንም

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 14, 2021

👉 ንስሐ ገብቶ በመመለስ ለመዳን በመትጋት ፋንታ እራሱንና አጋሮችን ያለማቋረጥ እያታለለ መኖሩን የመረጠው የአህዛብ ጠበቃ እና’ዲያቆን’ ሃብታሙ አያሌው ይህን የአቡነ ቂርሎስን መልዕክት በአንድ ወር ውስጥ ሁለት ጊዜ አቀረበው…

❖❖❖እግዚኦ መሐረነ ክርስቶስ”❖❖❖

ተዋሕዶ” ነን ለሚሉት “አባቶች” ሳይቀሩ ከተዋሕዶ ክርስትና ይልቅ ጎሣቸውበልጦባቸዋል። የያዙትን መስቀል ከፍ ማድረግ ሲገባቸው የመስቀሉ ጠላት ከሆነው የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ ጎን ተሰልፈዋል፤ አክሱም ጽዮን ስትደበደብ “ጭጭ” ማለቱን መርጠዋል።

የግራኝ ኦሮሞዎች ከእስማኤላውያን እና ኤዶማውያን ጋር አብረው አማራውን ጨፈጨፉት፥ አማራው ከግራኝ ኦሮሞዎች ፣ እስማኤላውያኑ እና ኤዶማውያኑ ጋር አብሮ ተዋሕዶ ትግራዋይን እየጨፈጨፏቸው ነው። ታዲያ አማራ ዛሬ በዳይም ተበዳይም የመሆን መብት አለውን?

ኦሮማራዎች በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ጭፍጨፋውን ከጀመሩ ከ፮ ወራት በኋላ፤ ፱ መድኃኒት ፩ መርዝ፤ “አማራና ትግሬ አንድ ሕዝብ ናቸው” ቆየት ብለው፤ የትግራይን እናቶች እንባና ጩኸት ለመንጠቅ፤ “በአማራ ሕዝብና ተዋሕዷውያን ላይ ብቻ ነው ጭፍጨፋ እየተካሄደ ያለው”።ይህ እንግዲህ ከሁለት ሳምንታት በፊት አማራዎች፤“ለአጣዬ የተቃውሞ ጩኸት”ለማሰማት ከወጡ በኋላ መሆኑ ነው።

(ታዲያ ተቃውሞው ዛሬ ምነው ቆመ?)እንግዲህ ይህ ሁሉ የትግራይን እናቶች እንባና ጩኸት መንጠቂያ ብሎም የትግራዋያን ልብ ማለሳለሻ ስልት ነበር ማለት ነው።

ልብ እንበል፤ ሁሉም “የአማራ” የተባሉት “አባቶች” ተመሳሳይ ነገር ነው የሚናገሩት፤“ወንድማማቾች ነን” ግን “አማራ፣ አማራ፣ አማራ ብቻ”፤ እግዚኦ! እግዚኦ! እግዚኦ!

አባቶች”፤ እንደው ለመሆኑ እነዚህ አሰቃቂ ጭፍጨፋ የተደረገባቸው ቦታዎች በአማራ ክልል ነው እንዴ የሚገኙት? ወይንስ “ትግራዋይ” የሚባል ጎሣ የለም/እንዲኖር አይፈለግም? እግዚኦ! እግዚኦ! እግዚኦ!

የአክሱም ጽዮን ጭፍጨፋ፣

ሺህ የዋልድባ አባቶች በሑዳዴ ጾም ከገዳም መባረርና መደብደብ፣

የደብረ አባይ ጭፍጨፋ፣

የደንገላት ቅድስት ማርያም ጭፍጨፋ፣

የደብረ ዳሞ አቡነ አረጋዊ ድብደባ፣

የውቅሮ አማኑኤል ጭፍጨፋ፣

የገዳም ማርያም ውቅሮ እምባስነይቲ ጭፍጨፋ

የዛላምበሳ ጨርቆስ ድብደባ፣

የእንዳ ማርያም መድኃኒት አዲ ዳዕሮ ጭፍጨፋ

በማይካድራ፣ ዳንሻ እና ሁመራ የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋና ማፈናቀል (ሚሊዮኖች በኦሮማራ ቃኤላውያኑ ተፈናቅለዋል)

የቸሊ/ግጀት ጭፍጨፋ፤ ከሁለት መቶ በላይ ተዋሕዷውያን ሕፃናትና ወጣቶች ተጨፈጨፉ!

በራያም ሁለት ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናት ተጠቅተዋል

አዬ ወንድም ሃብታሙ፤ ወዴት? ወዴት? ትግራዋይን እንደ ሕፃን ለማታለል? እናንት ኦሮማራዎች ኢትዮጵያን ላለፉት መቶ ሰላሳ ዓመታት አፍናችሁ ለመግዛት በታጋሹ የትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ የተጠቀማችሁት አህዛባዊ የማታለያ ስልት አላረጀባችሁምን? ‘ዲያቆንሃብታሙ እስኪ በትግራይ ላይ ጦርነቱ ሊጀመር አካባቢ፣ ሲጀመርና ከተጀመረም በኋላ ለብዙ ወራት በተድጋጋሚ የሰራችሁትን ፕሮግራም በድጋሚ ተመልከቱትአይይ!ኢትዮ360ልክ እንደ ኢሳት በጦር ወንጀለኝነት ይጠየቅበት ዘንድ ግድ ነው!

ወንድም ሃብታሙ፤ እናንተ አይደላችሁም እንዴ ፋሺስት ፋኖን ወደ ትግራይ ልካችሁ የሃያ ሺህ ተዋሕዶ ትግራዋያንን መጨፍጨፍና ሚሊዮኖችን ለስደት መብቃት ስታጨበጭቡ የነበራችሁት? እስኪ ቪዲዮችሁን መልስ ብላችሁ ተመልከቱ! ለመሆኑ “መቼ ነው ፋኖ ከትግራይ ይውጣ!” የምትሉት? በግድ ይወጣታል፤ እናንተ ግን ግብዞች ናችሁ። በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ የአማራ ፋሺስት ፋኖ ሚሊሺያ የፈጸመውን ግፍ ለማረሳሳትና ከወንጀሉ እጃችሁን አጥባችሁ ለማለፍ የማትሰሩት

ድራማ የለም። ኦሮሞ እና አማራ ለትግራይ ጀነሳይድ በዚህም ዓለም በወዲያኛውም ይጠየቃሉ።

በጣም ደም የሚያፈላው ነገር ደግሞ፤ እኛ በኦሮሚያ ሲዖል ለሚጨፈጨፉት ተዋሕዷውያን እና ለምስኪኖቹ የደምቢዶሎ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ተማሪዎች ጎሣ ሳንመርጥ ስንሟገት፣ ስንጮኽና እንባ ስናነባ እናንተ “አማራ፣ አማራ! አማራ” የምትሉት ግብዞች ግን ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት የትግራይን ሕዝብ ለማፈናቀል፣ ሴት ልጆቿን ለመድፈር፣ ለማስራብ፣ ለመጨፍጨፍ፣ ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናቷንና ገዳማቷን ለመደብደብ፣ ቅርሶቿን ለመዝረፍና ለማጥፋት በስውር ከአህዛብ አራዊቶች እና ከአረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ ጋር በስውር ሴራ ስትጠነስሱ መቆየታችሁ ነበር። አይ ኦሮማራ የዋቄዮአላህ ባሪያ!

ዛሬም፤ ከስድስት ወራት በኋላ፣ ከኦሮሞ ጋር ሆናችሁ በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ስንት ግፍ ከሰራችሁ በኋላም እንኳን የሰራችሁትን ከባድ ወንጀል እንደ ቁንጫ ክብደት ምንም እንዳልተሰማችሁ አድርጋችሁ በመቁጠር፣ በንቀትና ትዕቢት እስካሁኗ ሰዓት ድረስ ለትግራይ ሕዝብ በጣም ተፈላጊ የሆኑ እርዳታዎች እንዳይገቡ መንገዶቹን ሁሉ ከሁሉም አቅጣጫ (ኦሮሙማ ኤርሚያስ ለገሰ ትግራይን ሳንድዊች አድርጓት ብሎ መክሯችሁ አልነበረ!) ልክ እንዳለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት ዘግታችሁ፤ ከረሜላ እያላመጣችሁና በግማሽ ልባችሁ፤ “ተዋህዷውያን እናብር፤ ኦሮሙማ መጣብን!” ለማለት ደፍራችኋል። ምን ዓይነት ቅሌት ነው፤ ጃል!? እንዴ፤ ሁሉን የሚያየውን እግዚአብሔርን አትፈሩትም እንዴ?!

በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ፤ ላለፉት ስድስት ወራት ከአማራዎች ጎን ሆነው የትግራይን ሕዝብ ሲያፈናቅሉ፣ ሴት ልጆቹን ሲደፍሩ፣ ሲያስርቡ፣ ሲጨፈጭፉ፣ ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናቱንና ገዳማቱን ሲደበድቡ፣ ቅርሶቹን ሲዘርፉና ሲያወድሙ የቆዩት ኦሮሞዎች፤ በምዕራብ ትግራይ በኩል ወደ ሱዳን በመፈርጠጥ ላይ ናቸው እየተባለ ነው፤ ለዚህ የተሰጠው ምክኒያት፤ “አይ፣ ኦሮሞዎች እንዲሁም ደቡቦችና ሌሎች ብሔር ብሔረሰቦች የኢትዮጵያ ሰራዊት አባላት የትግራይን ሕዝብ መጨፍጨፍ አንሻም በማለት መሳሪያዎቻቸውን አስረክበው ወደ ሱዳን መሸሹን መርጠዋል፤ ለትግራይ ሕዝብ አዝነዋል!” የሚል ነው። BS! እንዲህ እያሉ የትግራይን ሕዝብ በድጋሚ እንደ ሕፃን ልጅ ለማታለል? እርግጠኛ ነኝ የትግራይ ሰራዊት ትግራይን ሙሉ በሙሉ ነፃ ሲያደርግ፤ ልክ እንደ አደዋው ድል ኦሮሞዎቹ አሁንም “እኛም ፈረሰኞችን እንላክ ብለን ወይንም ልከን ነበር!” ይላሉ። በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ስንት ግፍ ሰርተው ከጨረሱ፣ ሰሜኑን እርስበርስ የማባላት ህልማቸው እውን ከሆነ በኋላ፣ የጠበቁትን ያህል ባይሆኑም ዓላማቸውን ሁሉ ካሟሉ በኋላ፣ ትግራይን ካራቆቷት እና የሚያልሙላትን ኦሮሚያን የማትፈታተንበት ደረጃ ላይ እንድትወድቅ ካደረጓት በኋላ፤ “አይ፤ እኛ በጀነሳይዱ ላይ አልተሳተፍንበትም!” ብለው ልክ እንደ አማራዎች እጃቸውን ለማጠብ ይሻሉ።


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Tigray Hospitals Vandalised & Looted by War Criminals Ahmed & Afewerki

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 13, 2021

የሳምሬ ከተማ የጤና ማዕከል በጦር ወንጀለኞቹ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ እና ኢሳያስ አፈቆርኪ ሰአራዊቶች በዚህ መልክ ተዘርፈዋል፤ ፈራርሰዋል።

The army of dictator Esayas Eritrea & that of Fascist Abiy Ahmed intentionally destroyed Samre Health Center, Tigray. Here is the situation of the pharmacy of the center at the moment. All medical supplies were taken by those evil forces.


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