Ethiopians from Wolqaite reportedly arrested in Sudan

July 17,2016

Unconfirmed news on social media indicates that Ethiopians of Wolkaite origin are being arrested in Garadif area of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

Seemingly, the arrest is related to the development in Gonder which caused a battle like situation between security forces of government and residents in Gonder.

In an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Amharic service yesterday, interviewees from Gondar and Addis Ababa told VOA Amharic that government is arresting people from Wolqaite.

Sudan and the ruling party in Ethiopia signed a cooperative security agreement in the border area some time in 2015, according to which “security threats” along the border between Ethiopian and Sudan were to be fought by collaborative forces from both countries. Regime in Sudan and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have a longstanding relation since the guerrilla times of TPLF. Sudan authorities regularly attend yearly TPLF anniversary in Mekelke.

Sudan Tribune, Sudanese media, didn’t report on the arrest of Ethiopians from Wolqaite.

People in Wolqaite have been demanding recognition of their identity for years now; they demanded that they are not Tigre by ethnic identity and should not be part of Tigray regional administration.

This past week confrontation between people in Gondar and government forces caused serious tension in the region which caused at least ten deaths on both sides.

Foreign affairs minister Tedros Adhanom, who is from Tigray people’s liberation Front, wrote a celebratory like status update on Facebook claiming that his government managed to quell the movement in Gondar. He added that Ethiopians could live in Wolqaite which he think is a Tigray region. Until the coming to power of TPLF, Wolqaite has always been part of Gondar.

Cover Photo : Map of Sudan
Source: Sudan Tribune

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