Ethiopia: Tigray – How many massacres are there?

The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is aware of a distressing video that has been circulating on social media over the last few weeks showing the alleged “massacre” of civilians in Mahbere Dego, Tigray. The aforementioned video is now the centre of recent reports by international media” (Embassy of Ethiopia, London – ‘Statement on the Alleged Massacre in Mahbere Dego, Tigray’ 03.04.2021).

Since the 4th November 2020 the Law Enforcement Operation came into full effect. With every drip drop of information coming through the grapevine. The more we see the hurt and pain, the suffering and the costs of lives. That the Tripartite alliance of armed forces are putting on the region.

The Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF), Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) and Amhara Paramilitary Group Fano is really assaulting and inflicting harm, which will take years to uncover and resolve. The sort of systemic destruction of a region and usage of force, which will be written about for years to come.

I have been seeing the massacres of Maikadra and Axum creating headlines. The reports and the horrific witness reports from these. However, it seems to be much worse and more atrocities that goes under the radar.

That is why I drop these words of enlightenment from Yosief Ghebrehiwet:

Despite all the efforts, the information is slowly but steadily filtering out of Tigray. Through words of mouth of witnesses, family members, relatives and images through pictures and videos, the true picture is emerging. So far, here are some of the villages, towns, cities and districts (in alphabetical order) where massacres, ranging from few individuals to dozens to over a hundred, have happened. I have compiled from social media:

Abiadi, Abraha-Atsbaha, Adiabun, Adidaero, Adigrat, Adihageray, Adihano, Adikeyih, Adinebried, Adiqeweylo, Adiaweshi Adwa, Agula’e, Ahferom, Ala’isa Alitena, Axum, Ba’eker, Beles, Bizet, Chercher, Dahwan, Dibdibo, Digum, Edagahamus, Endabaguna, Finariwa, Gebezya, Gijet, Guya, Halah, Hawzien, Hiwane, Hitsats, Humera, Koraro, Maikadra, Maitsebri, Mariam-Dengelat, Mekelle, Menji, Mekhoni, Nebelet, Negash, Rawyani, Raya, Seharti, Semema, Shire, Tembien, Tashi, Welkait, Werkamba, Wukro, Wushti-Gulti, Zalambesa, Zara, etc.

In all these areas, the massacres are being conducted by the Ethiopian army, Amhara forces, and Eritrean troops. The most horrendous massacres are being conducted by the latter two. Yet the world remains focused on Maikadra, where the consensus of the media seems to be that both parties are involved. But the latest one points the finger at Ethiopia: the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights suggests that evidence is pointing that Fano and Amhara militias conducted the massacre while the army stood by, allowing it. But even if the former happens to be true, the narrative that ‘both sides are to be blamed’ by the media is very deceptive, given that all the massacres in the rest of Tigray – amounting to thousands killed, at a minimum, and still counting – are being done by the tripartite partners. There is no sense of proportion in such reporting” (Yosief Ghebrehiwet – ‘The war in Tigray: Abiy, Isaias, and the Amhara elite’ 29.01.2021).

This shows the sinister side of the civil war in Tigray. When people calls for ethnic cleansing or genocide. They are speaking the truth. As there are now so many recorded massacres going on. It is so deliberately done and with such precision. That we cannot grasp the amounts of them and neither the amount of civilian casualties. There are so many unknown and unreported fatalities, where we don’t know or don’t have access to the full information. As it is hidden… though the amount of places and various scopes estimated killings in the massacres puts it into a huge figure of mortalities.

The atrocities and massacres have to be bloodstains on the Prime Minister Abiy’s legacy. It is a reflection of the despotic ruler Afwerki. While Fano will forever be aligned with these crimes of war. That is just the reality of it all.

What has been unleashed in Tigray is showing no bound and not stopping. The armed forces are continuing their brutality and its ending in the deaths of the innocent bystanders. The citizens who happened to be caught in the battles or be meeting the fury of vile invading troops. There is no mercy and only apparent death. They are only ensuring of more massacres and more fatalities to come.

That is what Addis Ababa and Asmara is giving Tigray at the moment. Peace.

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