At least 2000 ethnic Amharas displaced from Benishangul region

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borkena
July 31, 2020

Days after armed groups killed at least 14 civilians in the Guba area of Benishangul Regional state in Western Ethiopia, at least 2000 ethnic Amhara are reportedly displaced from the same area. It is the area where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is located.

Residents of Almehal locality in Guba district told Voice of America Amharic service that they were attacked because of their ethnicity, as reported on July 31, 2020. 

It was in broad daylight, around 11 a.m in the morning local time that gunmen attempted to attack them while they were in their farm fields. According to the residents, they managed to escape from them, but their properties were burned down.

Benishangul regional state Administration and Security Affairs deputy head, Abdulaziz Mohamed, said that he has not received information regarding the displacement of residents from the Guba district.

Six people were wounded this past Monday, apart from the killings of 14 members of the ethnic Amhara community in the district, and victims said that the attackers are known to the victims.

Security authorities denied that the attack that happened this week was not an ethnic-based one. They called it “an attack organized by Egyptian mercenaries in the aftermath of the filling of the first phase of GERD.”



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5 Responses to "At least 2000 ethnic Amharas displaced from Benishangul region"

  1. rezen   August 1, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Subject: “At least 2000 ethnic Amharas displaced from Benishangul region” borkena
    July 31, 2020

    Brief Comment, 31 July 2020
    Ethiopia will go on with the process of dealing with racial issues for some time to come.
    It is an an age old accumulation of societal structure of Ethiopia by the era of Emperor Haile Selassie and even beyond where FAIR TREATMENT of various races were consciously and deliberately denied. A mass of volume can be written on societal treatment in Ethiopia, portraying shocking treatment of various races. IT IS NOW HAUNTING ETHIOPIA. Let us hope YOUNG ETHIOPIAN GENERATION, with understanding of past history, will be able to CRAFT NEW ETHIOPIA with sensitivity to the various races in Ethiopia. Less than that, it is a sure way of disintegrating the oldest independent nation in Africa. The KEY is to admit the sociological cruelty that was imposed on various races based on superiority of others. BLIND DENIAL of past history will only accelerate the division of Ethiopia into -pieces. THE END

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  2. Amsale Tulu   August 1, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I doubt this news is true . What evidence is there to suggest this was done by Egyptian mercenaries ? I suspect it is the Geda Construction Plc. genocidal mercenaries who got contracts without a bid on the GERD construction replacing METEC in looting GERD who have executed this recent attacks on the Amara farmers, not Egyptians.

    Amara farmers would not have run without major resistance if they knew they were being attacked by Egyptian invaders, Amaras would stood their ground expecting back up to arrive for them soon if they knew they were foreign invaders attacking them. That is why I say It must be the genocidal Oromo Geda Construction Plc usual genociders who are attacking the Amaras in Guba area , the Amara farmers from experience knew they are not getting help or back up from Abiy’s military so that must be why the Amaras escaped with little casuality runing for safety. Time will tell. Truth shall come out.

    If by some reason this news is true and Egyptian mercenaries are roaming near Guba killing farmers claiming their turf, it means Ethiopia has failed beyond already perceived.Ethiopia is not only a failed state as previously percieved but is continuing on failing deeper and deeper into a deeper ditch if Egyptian gunmen mercenaries are truly in Guba, all these taking place because :
    -Abiy Ahmed did not want to form a transitional government giving Ethiopia the chance to use all her resources as one , for two years Abiy worked on advancing the Oromos interest rather than all Ethiopians interest while disregarding other Ethiopians interest especially those Nephtexenya were victimized with him covering the severity of the genocide the Amara’s are suffering.

    -During the past Irrrecchaa celebration in Addis Ababa, President of the Oromia region Shimelis Abdissa claimed Oromos broken the Nephtegna and the Oromo politicians with their psychopathic mouths insuring to the Ethiopian people that the Oromo dominated military leadership of Ethiopia is literate in military science which is highly capable of performing it’s duties.

    The Ethiopian people including the “nephxenya” are not able to monitor the safety of our villages as Ethiopians did for centuries because the Ethiopian people are currently unable to know the identities of their neighbors, the issuance of ID cards to five or six hundred Oromo individuals per one residence address is becoming a common practice across Ethiopia especially in Guba and in Addis Ababa during Abiy Ahmed’s administration time. In Abiy Ahmed’s Ethiopia you find many people mostly Oromo individuals who each got hundreds of ID cards each with hundreds of different names . They each got at least ten different address locations in every region , making it hard for the locals to differentiate between foreign insurgent militants and OPDO sent spies who got ID cards from the local government administrations .

    BUYING AND INSTALLING DIFFERENT EXPENSIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY “SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES” IS NOT WHAT MAKES A MILITARY LEADER A CAPABLE MILITARY LEADER. IF THAT WAS NOT THE CASE USA WOULD HAVE DECLARED TOTAL VICTORY IN VIETNAM , IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN IF IT WAS ONLY EXPENSIVE WEAPONS WHICH BRING SECURITY, since the year 1945 USA did not win any war even though USA got the weapons.
    SAME AS EXPENSIVE GADGETS LAPTOPS AND CELLPHONES DO NOT MAKE POLITICIANS CAPABLE POLITICIANS.

    -Release all political prisoners and form a transitional government ASAP!!!

    Note : Not forming a transitional government is making the Covid-19 spread faster not slower as PP claimed forming a transitional government will spread Coronavirus more , plus more man made disasters are emerging because PP refused to form a transitional government , the failed in a ditch state is not able to handle this disasters without creating more disasters itself. Mass Arresting thousands is not the solution.

    wire.farmradio.fm/farmer-stories/ethiopia-dont-mention-the-evictions-apo/

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  3. Abeshaw   August 1, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Please backup your articles with evidence

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  4. Alex   August 1, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Hello Rezen,

    This statement of yours caught my eye
    “The KEY is to admit the sociological cruelty that was imposed on various races based on
    superiority of others. BLIND DENIAL of past history will only accelerate the division of
    Ethiopia into -pieces. THE END”

    Inadvertently perhaps you are falling into the guilt by association trap?

    The article indicates that 2000 ethnic Amhara are displaced from Benishangul region. Nothing in the article presupposes the underlying cause, e.g. if/whether these people begot their properties unfairly or whether they happened to be just poor migrant laborers (mind you in their own country). I am all for national dialogue as a means to build bridges across our community divides but respect should not mean tolerance for crime. In almost all cases all it took for the manifestation of genocide is to:

    1) Convince people that their problems are caused by group X; often historical. In a similar vein looking the other way when such violence is perpetrated, justified in the interests of keeping harmony.
    2) Convince them that group X are not really humans so don’t have rights and killing them is OK
    3) Convince them that their problems would go away if group X is eliminated regionally and/or entirely.

    Once hatred of this kind takes shape individuals are chosen as victims purely, simply and exclusively because they are members of the target group X, and not because of anything that the individual has done.Therefore the worst mistake all we others can make is when we fail to call it out for what it is and instead mix it up with other things such as the need for national peace and reconciliation. The latter is sorely needed but should not be a substitute for unequivocal denunciation of the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.

    Regards!

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  5. Tamrat Layne   August 2, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Alex

    FACT : Like it or not, for the last half a century the aristocrat feudal bourgeoisie’s children or grand children are always considered aristocrat feudal bourgeoisie in many Ethiopians’ eyes, that view did not change even today.

    You cannot find one “aristocrat feudal bourgeoisie’s child/ grand child” in EPRDF or PP leadership , noway . Maybe EPRDF PP put one or two puppets which others pull the strings.

    The systemic attack on the Aristocrat Feudal Bourgeoisie and their children is so embedded for 50+ years in the society’s culture it will take the mother of all reforms to bring lasting reconciliation , so far nothing has been done to address the issue head on by EPRDF or PP except as you said PP and EPRDF choose to look the other way or window dress the issue.

    Remember :
    Meles Zenawi said ” we killed Amara and burried Amara “, when he killed Professor Asrat Woldeyes.

    Shimelis Abdissa said “We broke nephtegna”

    Inferiority complex is what they both got in common.

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