Ethiopian PM on tightrope over abducted Dembi Dollo University Students

Massive protest rally planned in several cities of Amhara regional state of Ethiopia over abducted Dembi Dollo University students. Activists demanding Abiy Ahmed to break his silence.

abducted Dembi Dollo university students
#bringbackourgirls campaign poster for abducted Dembi Dollo University students

borkena
January 27, 2020

Several weeks after the Ethiopian government claimed that it had secured 21 abducted students (most of them are female) from “unidentified abductors” in the Oromo region of Ethiopia,  parents say they have not yet heard from their children.

Activists, celebrities, and politicians are expressing anger over the silence of Abiy Ahmed led Ethiopian government in connection with the abduction of students. Some brace for the worst.

On Sunday, US-based former talk show host and now activists, Tamagne Beyene released a video message demanding Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. “…why are you silent about it, and why is your government failing to rescue the students?…,” he asked.  

Global Amhara Coalition, a non-for profit organization, condemned the abduction in the strongest term, demanded PM  Abiy Ahmed explain about the situation – as reported by Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA).

Outraged Ethiopians launched an online campaign this past week with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls several days ago, and the drive is still underway to pressure the Ethiopian government.

In addition to the online campaign, a street protest is in the making and will take place in most cities and towns in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian government could have a severe political crisis over kidnapped Dembi Dollo University students. They were detained in late November 2019 from a passengers’ bus as they were returning to their parents’ places following the closure of the university due to what appeared to be a security problem that affected students, mostly from the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

On Tuesday, January 28, a protest rally will take place in many towns in Amhara  region of Ethiopia; relevant authorities have given permission.

Oromo regional state linked the abduction with the militant wing of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF – Shane).  But the ethnic-nationalist group has not claimed responsibility officially.

On January 11, 2020, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration announced that it has rescued 21 students and that negotiations are underway to secure the release of the rest of the abducted students.

Parents say they have not heard from them. They reached out to government authorities hoping to hear something about their children but to no avail, as reported by BBC Amharic service. BBC reporter said that he noticed a sense of despair and sad faces.  

Merigeta Yeneneh Adugna is Girmash’s father; she is one of the abducted students. He said, “we were happy when we were told on January 11 that they are released. But we have not heard from our children yet. We are worried that maybe the abductors killed them…let them [the government] tell us if they are killed…”  

Mare Abebe, Belaynes Mekonen’s mother – also abducted, told BBC Amharic that she does not have a cellphone, and she gets news about her daughter from other people. “I can’t eat; I groan day and night hoping God would answer, hoping compassion from the government to help release our children,” she is cited as saying.

The government’s silence seems to have triggered speculation that the abductees are killed, perhaps shockingly, given the abductor’s manifested  violent behaviors.

On Monday , Muferiat Kami, Minister for Peace, the most powerful office in the country, next to the office of the Prime Minister, led a delegation to Dembi Dollo. She consults with the University, community members, elders, and security forces in the region, according to state media, but the outcome of her meeting is unknown yet.  

Over 35,000 university students are said to have returned home following recurring killings of university students in the region.

The abductors demand that ethnic Oromo university students studying in the Amhara region of Ethiopia should return to the Oromo part of the country – which seems to be inspired by radical ethnic Oromo nationalist creed.



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17 Responses to "Ethiopian PM on tightrope over abducted Dembi Dollo University Students"

  1. Bilene   January 28, 2020 at 10:11 am

    It is a matter of time before Ethiopia’s government submit to the terrorists demand and pay all the ransom money as requested, as soon as the 9 + Billions USD dollars is all received from the international lenders . Paying the ransom money before all the money is received is not possible since paying terrorists with the money is not part of the loan agreement deal.

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  2. Abeshaw   January 28, 2020 at 10:56 am

    1 – Woyanne loses power to Abiy and team
    2 – Then funnels money to so-called Oromia fighters to kidnap Amhara students
    3 – Amhara vs Oromo friction starts
    4 – Woyanne claims their region is the only one in peace and Abiy can’t handle the rest!

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  3. Reya   January 28, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    This is the result of Amhara people. They poisoned Oromo students in the cafeteria at weldia university Oromos students were sick couldn’t get access to hospital…they wanted to go home they couldn’t they were blocked by Amhara and police liyu worked with them . They killed and Oromo Christian and Muslim student after watching soccer in weldia dorm…they killed several other students. Oromo students had to escape to Addis secretly. Now u read Oromo demands the Oromo students to return back to their families! All this time Oromo students were blocked to even leave as if they r in prison! Amhara started this war its because of them. They cry when it happens to them…but don’t care about others…it’s called KARMA keep causing casualties karma will keep coming back

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    • Abeshaw   January 29, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Please wake up and understand where this problem started. Oromo and Amhara students lived in peace before. This problem started now. Why? There are outside groups who want to create hate between the two. They want you to say the above things.

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  4. Alexu   January 28, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Abiy is not a leader . he may be a comedian or reality tv personality , I don’t know what to say but I know that for sure he doesn’t have a leadership quality. he is narcissist only care about his image which is very dangerous for the country like Ethiopia with quit a lot of ethnic groups with different need and demands. his ignorance is out there to see. I was his supporter in the beginning now I am not.

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    • Hannichu   January 29, 2020 at 9:04 am

      Abeshaw you are always inciting violence and blaming TPLF for every conflict out there . Calm down bro . I am very worried for you did you forget your medicine today ? I guess your cretaker is ignoring yu. Since you are not obedient adgi among orthers! try to behave like other peacefull and respectful amharas!

      Babilon “ፍትህ ዛሬ ለተረኞች ሁኗል! ተማሪ እያገቱ ዲሞክራሲ ማስፉት ምን ማለት ነው?” best statement

      only poor and ill_omend people face the consequences of thier act , but pile of criminals escape it. this is taking all those criminals who hold power in and out. A guy who call names the entire moslem and belittle the entire continet lives freely and control the entire media , while poor people stay behind bars for no reason. I was reading how hens are killed, smothered using gas chamber , but Cnn donot want to disclose this act to th wolrld and rather prefer to dessiminate partail info theworld in a passive form. 300, 000 chicks were set on fire and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Let alone the crminals who abducted and kill innocent people, we donot even hear people taking resposnsibility for killing birds and chickens.
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      They always build nice image around them. migrants and poor peope are always scapegoated . It is only God the Almighty who respond to this act even if it takes time for us to b able to repent and stay aside from our devilish act. . Time will tell thugs will pay the price and face the music. But, I donot believe this judge or athorney will do something considerable .

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  5. Aschalew   January 28, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    1. The abdactors , TPLF who is behind the scene, as we have seen being involved in most of the conflinict in the country, one good example is ,in the conflict b/c Kemant and Amhara, one Kemant militant being treated in Gonder hospital for loosing his hand being amputated after gun shoot said ” for 20,000 birr I lost my hand, thanks to Weyanees who promised me to give me 20,000 Birr for killing one Amhara”.
    2. Failer by the federal goverement to labele TPLF as terrorists organization and deal with them.
    3. Failer by the federal government to respond to the girls Abduction on time, including telling lies ” they have been
    Realesed ” just like the old days TPLF is good at lies all the time now the prime minister is laying,
    4. Due consideration was not given by the Prime Minister rather unfit, shame full respones was heard, he replied ” this abduction could be solved by local militants, not by prime minister level”. This is not fair, suppose these girls was the PM daughters, he would have felt the pain, in that case all federal forces all reginola forces would have been mobilized, That should have been done the day the girls was missing.
    5. Conclusion:
    To avoid similar problems in the country, and esp. Upcoming election the federal has to identity the responsible organization for this issues(we have seen so many clues on TPLF).
    With all regional and federal forces the abductors and other millitants circulating in all the country has be cleaned before the election date. At the same time the abducted girls would be found dead or alive, we pray they are all safe and be with their family, we pray.

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  6. Hannichu   January 29, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Abeshaw and Aschalew

    you are always inciting violence and blaming TPLF for every conflict out there . Calm down bro . I am very worried for you did you forget your medicine today ? I guess your cretaker is ignoring yu. Since you are not obedient adgi among orthers! try to behave like other peacefull and respectful amharas!

    Babilon “ፍትህ ዛሬ ለተረኞች ሁኗል! ተማሪ እያገቱ ዲሞክራሲ ማስፉት ምን ማለት ነው?” best statement

    only poor and ill_omend people face the consequences of thier act , but pile of criminals escape it. this is taking all those criminals who hold power in and out. A guy who call names the entire moslem and belittle the entire continet lives freely and control the entire media , while poor people stay behind bars for no reason. I was reading how hens are killed, smothered using gas chamber , but Cnn donot want to disclose this act to th wolrld and rather prefer to dessiminate partail info theworld in a passive form. 300, 000 chicks were set on fire and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Let alone the crminals who abducted and kill innocent people, we donot even hear people taking resposnsibility for killing birds and chickens.
    *
    They always build nice image around them. migrants and poor peope are always scapegoated . It is only God the Almighty who respond to this act even if it takes time for us to b able to repent and stay aside from our devilish act. . Time will tell thugs will pay the price and face the music. But, I donot believe this judge or athorney will do something considerable .

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    • Sara   February 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      That is all Amharas do they r brain dead and don’t know anything lol they blame Oromo one day then tigray ….Amhara r weak and unproductive…it was meles who brought the economy and to the light.. did u know Oromo could not even speak our language until meles allowed it ?? Amhara are poisoning our abbysinia!

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  7. Bireda   January 29, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Students had been told anyone outside their ethnic group is their enemy since Meles Zenawi and Shabiya took over the country in 1991. Children students were born and raised listening to how each ethnic group should dominate another constantly all their lifetime. For what they had been predisposition it is amazing how peaceful they turned out to be because the Ethiopian youth were predespotioned for much worse hatred to each other more than what we see now.

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  8. Ittu Aba Farda   January 29, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Such heinous act as kidnapping of students particularly female students is not nipped in the bud with telling blows, it is going to spreading like wild fire. We know kidnapping of young girls for forced marriage in one of our sick customs and this incident could have been used to deal it a crushing blow and make a statement both by the federal and regional governments. Such savage act is the result of the poison that fiefdom mongering bigots have been spewing around since the 1970’s. They were spitting hatred from their missionary canteens first, then from the dump sites in Asmara and Al-Qahirah and now there on site since returning to the old country. We all notice that these ‘new republic’ planners are not talking about the plight of these innocent young girls just because they see them ‘not belonging to one of their own’. For them ‘mum is the word’!!!! You know why? It is because they are ‘over burdened’ with their sinister work to yank away a territory just to claim it as their personal fiefdom and then take their turn at looting!!!! These modern day black Neo-Nazis have contaminated the environment there so much that they have left behind many toxic ‘super-fund’ sites in several regions. It will take more than a generation to clean up.

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  9. Melaku   January 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I’m confident Abiy will not let them get away with such a mischief. There is no politics in this…it is poverty pure and simple.

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  10. Almaz   January 30, 2020 at 12:38 am

    PM Abiy is may be so quiet but we have to show him our support in order to punish and destroy those trouble makers. They want us to hate him so that they will get the advantage. If they got the advantage more violence murders and looting are the results.

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  11. Melaku   January 31, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Caputre these bandits and castrate them..

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    • gaddissa   February 1, 2020 at 5:37 am

      MELAKU WE WILL LET YOU PUT YOUR YOUR BAG OF TRICKS OR BANANA WHEVER YOUR CALL IT IN YOUR POCKET ; IF NOT YE WILL BE SUBJECTED TO CASTRATION LIKE THAT FEROCIOUS DONKEY, ABIY;

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      • Melaku Teshome   February 6, 2020 at 1:48 pm

        gaddisasa…you said ‘WE’? do you know something…is that the case? However you look at it…it is a shameful act. An action that emanates from poverty…material and and faith. What is gained by abducting these unsuspecting Innocent students? Why? To what end? Were the abducted…foreign nationals?

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  12. Al mariam   February 9, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    They will fail(The abducters+All enemies of the Prime minister.)

    God bless our Prime minister H.E.DR.PM ABYI AHMED!!!

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