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Ethiopia: Abductors kill six Children in central Gonder, one managed to escape

The children were in the wilderness looking after cattle as in the tradition in the region

Gondar _ Children

January 1, 2019

Six children between the ages of 10 and 16 who were abducted and killed in the Tegede, central Gondar region of Amhara regional state. They were said to be looking after cattle in the area.

Maru Fantahun is one of the children who managed to escape.  He was abducted along with his friends Jember Gobene, Eyayaw Adane and Eyayaw Fentahun as they were bathing in Maidara river. And then they were suddenly captured by abductors and taken to the forest side of the area, Maru recounts. Later, he said, he noticed that there were four other children captured from across the river.

“You will be questioned because you are feeding bandits,” they told us said Maru Fantahun as quoted by Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA). He managed to escape by throwing himself into a steep gorge near Maidara river – an area where there were kept after the kidnap.

Abductors are five in number, and one of them appears to be near his sixties and the rest are in their 20’s and 30’s, according to information from AMMA. Four of them are armed with AK 47 (two of them folding ones) and one is not armed.

Maru also said they kept them in a locality known as Korekora. The abductors get their food supplies from nearby villages. Sometimes they call people with a cell phone before they go to the village to pick up their order (but they do not call names).

Then they called the parents of the children to demand ransom, according to Maru. They were demanding more than 100,000 Ethiopian birr.  “My brother told them on Sunday that he would bring the cash,” said Maru. Then the abductors wanted to kill the children so that they will not expose who the abductors are. It was after this that these so-called abductors murdered all the children but Maru who managed to escape.

The news has shocked Ethiopia. Many are still trying to make it.  Apparently, there seems to be a tendency to see it as a manifestation of negligence on the part of the government to enforce the rule of law. 

Sisay Asemre, an assistant political science professor at Gondar University, sees the incident from a different trajectory too.  He says it could be something with intended political propaganda to make the point that the government is unable to protect the security of citizens.  The fact that the incident happened in the part of Gonder where there is a political demand suggests that there could be a political gamble behind it, said Sisay.

Still, others see the possibility that it could be part of a series of morally shocking actions intended to damage the social psychology of Ethiopians.

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  1. Gondare Gojam are worst than any human being I encountered in my life . I am from South Ethiopia, for the longest I thought Tigres including Shabiya and Woyane made up fake hatred against Amaras but now I cannot help it but to feel their pain and really start to think I was a fool all that time now I the no of every experience I remember it start bringing pain to me, I cannot imagine how painful it must have been living in North Ethiopia with Gondares and Gojams right next nearby as the Tigres did , we Southerners are blessed at least theyl Gondares and Gojams are distance away.
    Please don’t post this comment without moderation.

    • This is an heinous act committed by amhara even if you put the blame on TPLF or other . Let us say they are sent by TPLF, but still executed by amhara people. Donot try to brainwash your own people. I do know people who were accusing thier fellow amhara before TPLF officials to get some political and adminstrative position in those 27 years.

      Blame your own people , stop being obsessed in TPLF or other and try to change your country on your own. You told us TPLF is dead , why can’t you stand still and work for yourself other than demonizing others .

      It is all about hate , political propaganda making use of religion and pastors for political gain. Daniel Kibret was sent to LYbia to spy on muslims or other and he is still spying on muslims and other protesnt churches and any political party which stand against the party of Aby Ahmed, his master and god on Earth.
      We have demons like him in our church who want to have the best of the both worlds and who eat with a double-faced sword.

      Fake pastors who preach for thier belly in the guise of Christ-like laity.

      Drop dead mahibrekidusan and its banda preachers like Daniel kibret, and memire debtera who practice soreceries etc ….

  2. What is new?
    History repeats itself
    We were roped by bandit with Ak 47 (40 bullets) a TPLF sticker on its case
    20 minutes later the bandit sent his younger brother with same Gun plus 4 bandits with machetes
    They first bandit took the only spare pant i had and my friends military jacket
    His younger brother and his colleague took 20 Ethiopian Birr
    The most shocking was the first bandit took 3 bullets from our guide
    The first bandit was acting as TPLF member but he was local thief going after innocent people leaving to Sudan
    If it was not for the second guide who appeared when were hussled by the thieves the result would’ve been worse
    He furiously told them he is going put his life on line to defend us and make your guns ready for a battle
    We had to beg him not have blood shed over here just we want to continue our journey
    After walking overnight we arrived at TPLF camp in Arama Cheho
    It was 1985 Mengistu was visiting Tikel Dengai & the battle was raging to capture Dabat ? at that time
    Iy is very sad see this kind of stuff still exist
    May the kids soul rest in peace
    Shame shame shame

  3. What savagery!!! What shameful act!!! Barbaric punks are roaming free everywhere!!! How will you tell the mothers of those butchered kids what had happened to their baby boys? Where will you begin? Woe!!! Woe!!! Woe!!!

    May They Rest In Peace!!!

  4. Subject: “Ethiopia: Abductors kill six Children in central Gonder, one managed to escape” borkena, January 1, 2019

    Commentary, 2 Jan 2020

    ‘Six children killed in central Gonder’. Why? It is a very serious question — a reflection of deep problem facing Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia had been under a string of the so-called “modern” dictatorship governments for some seventy years. Ethiopia is one of the oldest independent countries in the World. Ethiopia was also a member of the League of Nations [later named United Nations] when the Continent of Africa was dominated by European Colonialists. In short, Ethiopia had an amazing extraordinary History.

    Now, let us go to a serious question. Was Ethiopia a DEMOCRATIC country, sensitive to its varied entities? Before answering the question, let me make it clear: I am NOT Historian, in the true meaning of the word. Hence my commentary is based on practical observation throughout my life from here and there. With this back ground, and recognizing that little knowledge is always dangerous, I say that the rulers of Ethiopia were all dictators. In crude words, they were never the “servants” of the people.

    So, with the above background, we can safely conclude that the eruption of sociological
    upheaval in all parts of Ethiopia is a reflection of inflated internal pressure as a result of absolute dictatorship governance. The people of Ethiopia – in the four direction of the country, wish to have political equality to identify themselves in their own languages, culture, belief and share in the development of Ethiopia. Gone are the DAYS when the Destiny of a country was determined by a single dictator to satisfy his own belief and discriminatory outlook.

    With the above minuscule pretentious quasi-analysis, it can be said, Ethiopia will be better off in facing the REALITY of the DAY and try to accommodate the awakened people from every direction in the territory of Ethiopia. There is NO other sensible choice. THE END

  5. በጎንደር ታግተው የተገደሉ ሕፃናት ለቤተሰቦቻቸው ስልክ ሲደወል የነበረው ከመቀሌ መሆኑን ፖሊስ አረጋገጠ::

    January 2, 2020 – Konjit Sitotaw — Comments ↓

    BBC Amharic : በማዕከላዊ ጎንደር ዞን፤ ጠገዴ ወረዳ ታግተው ከተወሰዱ ስምንት ታዳጊዎች መካከል ስድስቱ መገደላቸው ይታወሳል።

    ታዳጊዎቹ ማንነታቸው ባልታወቁ ሰዎች ታግተው የተወሰዱት ታህሳስ 10 ቀን 2012 ዓ.ም ከቀኑ 6 ሰዓት አካባቢ ማይዳራ በሚባል ወንዝ አካባቢ ከብት
    በመጠበቅ ላይ ሳሉ ነበር።

    እድሜያቸው ከ10-16 የሚሆኑት ታዳጊዎች፤ ለቀናት ታግተው አጋቾቻቸው የጠየቁት ገንዘብ ሳይከፈል በመቅረቱ በጥይት ተገድለዋል።

    ከሟቾቹ መካከል አንዱ ጥጋቡ ደሳለኝ የተባለ የ10 ዓመት ታዳጊ ነው። ጥጋቡ ለቤተሰቦቹ ሦስተኛ ልጅ ሲሆን የመጀመሪያ ወንድ ልጅም ነው። አባቱን በመስክ ሥራዎች ለማገዝም በተለያየ ጊዜ ትምህርቱን ቢያቋርጥም ሁለተኛ ክፍል ግን ደርሶ ነበር።

    ቢቢሲ ያነጋገራቸው የጥጋቡ አባት አቶ ደሳለኝ ማለደ “ልጄ በቤተሰቡም ሆነ በትምህርት ቤቱ የተወደደ፣ ታዛዥና ሰው አክባሪ ነበር” ሲሉ በሀዘን በተሰበረ ልብ ይገልፁታል።

    ጥጋቡ ከቤት እንደወጣ ባልተመለሰበት ታህሳስ 10 ቀን 2012 ዓ.ም ትምህርት ቤት አልሄደም ነበር። አባቱ ሰብል ለመሰብሰብ ወደ እርሻቸው ሄደው ስለነበር እርሳቸውን ለማገዝ እርሱም ከብቶቹን ይዞ ወደ መሥክ ሥራ ተሰማራ። ሰዓቱ ከቀኑ ከ8፡00 ገደማ ይሆናል።

    ጥጋቡ ግን ወደ ቤቱ አልተመለሰም።

    ማታ ወደ ቤት ይመለሳል ተብሎ ሲጠበቅ የነበረውን ጥጋቡን ትተው፤ ከብቶቹ ወደ ቤታቸው አመሩ። እርሱ ግን የውሃ ሽታ ሆነ። በሁኔታው የተደናገጡት ቤተሰቦች አመሻሽ 12 ሰዓት ጀምሮ ፍለጋቸውን ጀመሩ።

    “ከዚህ በፊት ህፃናት ተይዘው ባያውቁም፤ በአካባቢው ሽፍቶች በመኖራቸው ይዘውት ይሆናል፤ ምን የበደልኩት ነገር ይኖር ይሆን?” በማለት ሰው እየጠየቁ፣ በርሃና ጥሻውን እያቆራረጡ ሲፈልጉ አደሩ።

    በማግስቱም ታህሳስ 11 ቀን 2012 ዓ.ም ልጆቹን ያገቷቸው ግለሰቦች ደውለው “አስረናቸዋል” ሲሉ ነገሯቸው። ልጃቸው ከማን ጋር በምን ሁኔታ እንዳለ ቁርጡ የተነገራቸው አባት ታዲያ፤ ለወረዳው ፖሊስ ጣቢያ “ልጄ ታግቷል” ሲሉ አመለከቱ።

    አመልክተውም ግን ዝም አላሉም። የወለደ አንጀት አይችልምና በወረዳው እና በአጎራባች ወረዳ፤ ምዕራብ አርማጭሆ ድረስ ሲፈልጉት ከረሙ። በተለያየ ቦታ ስልክ እየደወሉ፤ እየጠየቁ ማፈላለጉን ቀጠሉ።

    በዚህ ሁኔታ ላይ ሳሉ ከአጋቾቹ ስልክ ተደወለ። ‘ስምንት ሕፃናት ይዘናል፤ ለእያንዳንዳቸው 120 ሺህ ብር ይዛችሁ ኑ’ ሚል ትዕዛዝ ደረሳቸው።

    “እኛ ድሆች ነን። ብር የለንም፤ ምንስ ተገኝቶ ነው? ፤ ምንስ በድለናችሁ ነው?” ሲሉ ይጠይቃሉ።

    “ብር ነው የምንፈልገው ሌላ ጉዳይ የለንም፤ ገንዘብ አላችሁ፤ ተካፍለን እንብላ” ሲሉ እቅጩን ነገሯቸው። በሁኔታው ግራ የተጋቡት ቤተሰቦች በተደወለበት ስልክ እየደወሉ “ብር አላገኘንም፤ እያሰባሰብን ነው፤ እባካችሁ ልጆቹን ስደዱልን” እያሉ ልጆቹ እንዳይጎዱና እንዳይገርፉ ሲለምኑ፤ አጋቾቹም ሲደውሉ ሰነበቱ።

    ገንዘብ ይዛችሁ ካልመጣችሁ እርምጃ እንወስዳለን እያሉ ያስፈራሯቸው እንደነበር አባት ይናገራሉ። ለልጆቹም ስልክ እየሰጡ “ገንዘብ ይዛችሁ የማትመጡ ከሆነ፤ አታገኙንም” ይሏቸው ነበር።

    “ልጆች ናቸው። ምን በደሏችሁ?፤ እኛ አልበደልናችሁ። እባካችሁ!” እያሉ እየተለማመጡ ነበር። ግን ይገድሏቸዋል የሚል ሃሳብ ፈፅሞ እንዳልነበራቸው አቶ ደሳለኝ ይናገራሉ።

    ያሳለፉትን ቀናትም “በአፋችን እሳት በሆዳችን እሳት እየወጣ ነው የሰነበትነው” ሲሉ የነበረውን ሁኔታ ይገልፁታል።

    በዚህ ሁኔታ ላይ ሳሉ ታህሳስ 19 ቀን ልጃቸው ከሌሎች ጓደኞቹ ጋር እንደተገደለ ከወረዳው ፖሊስ ተደውሎ ተነገራቸው።

    በልጃቸው ላይ ይህ ከሆነ በኋላ፤ እንኳን ለልጆቻቸው ለራሳቸውም ስጋት እንዳደረባቸው፤ ቀሪዎቹ ልጆቻቸውም ቤት ውስጥ እንደሚውሉ ይናገራሉ።

    የጠገዴ ወረዳ ፖሊስ ፅ/ቤት ተወካይ ኃላፊ ኢንስፔክተር እሸቴ ገ/ማሪያም ከግድያው ጋር በተያያዘ ዘጠኝ ተጠርጣሪዎች በቁጥጥር ሥር መዋላቸውንና አሁንም ፍለጋው ተጠናክሮ መቀጠሉን ያስረዳሉ።

    እርሳቸው እንደሚሉት ከቤተሰብ የልጆቹ መጥፋት ጥቆማ እንደደረሳቸው፤ አጋቾቹ ደውለውበታል የተባለውን የስልክ መስመር ለማጣራት ወደ አካባቢው ኢትዮ ቴሌኮም መሥሪያ ቤት ደብዳቤ ፃፉ።

    ተጣርቶም የስልክ መስመሩ ባለቤት ማንነት ተነገራቸው። ግለሰቡ በቁጥጥር ሥር ከዋለ በኋላ ሲጠየቅ “ለአጎቴ ሸጨለታለሁ” ይላል። የስልክ መስመሩ የተሸጠላቸው አጎት የሚገኙበትን ሌላ ስልክ ፖሊስ ከተቀበለ በኋላ ባደረገው ማጣራት፤ ግለሰቡ መቀሌ ከተማ እንደሚገኙ ማወቅ ችለዋል።

    ግለሰቡን በቁጥጥር ሥር አውሎ ለመመርመር የሚገኙት በሌላ ክልል ውስጥ በመሆኑ ጉዳዩን የፌደራል መንግሥት ጸጥታ አስከባሪ ኃይል እንዲይዘው በማድረግ እየተሠራ መሆኑን ኢንስፔክተሩ ገልፀውልናል።

    በሌላ በኩል በአካባቢው ‘ሽፍታዎች’ አልፎ አልፎ አሽከርካሪዎችን፣ ግለሰቦችን በማገት ገንዘብ የመጠየቅ ልማድ እንዳለ የሚናገሩት ኢንስፔክተሩ፤ ከዚህ ቀደምም በቁጥጥር ሥር የዋሉ ሽፍቶች መኖራቸውን ያስታውሳሉ።

    ኢንስፔክተር እሸቴ እንደሚሉት፤ ከህፃናቱ ግድያ ጋር በተገናኘም በአካባቢው ሽፍታ ተብለው የሚንቀሳቀሱ ግለሰቦች ቤተሰቦች በስጋት ተሰውረዋል።

    በአካባቢው በቀል ስላለ እርሱን ሽሽት መሰወራቸው እንዲሁም ከግድያው ከተረፈው ልጅ ከሰሙት ቃል ግድያውን የፈፀሙት ሽፍታዎች ሳይሆኑ እንዳልቀሩ ሌላ ፍንጭ እንደሰጣቸው ተናግረዋል። እስካሁንም ስምንት የሚሆኑ የሽፍታ ቤተሰቦች በቁጥጥር ሥር ውለዋል።

    በአካባቢው በተለያየ ምክንያት የሸፈቱ ‘ሽፍታዎች’ የሚታወቁ ቢሆንም፤ እነርሱን አድኖ ለመያዝ ግን የአካባቢው መልከዓ ምድራዊ ሁኔታና ግለሰቦቹ ከቦታ ቦታ ስለሚንቀሳቀሱ አዳጋች ሆኖ መቆየቱን ገልፀዋል::


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