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Ethiopian government criticized for not taking action against hostage takers

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What Ethiopian government calls Oneg Shene – a radical ethnic Oromo Nationalists who are said to be behind ransom kidnapping – are seen on a pick up truck with United Nations license plate number ( Photo :file/ Social media)

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Families of drivers who were taken hostage at a locality  known as Alidoro  expressed dismay over the government’s negligence to track down captors and take actions. 

The complaints came following the release of the hostages after settling the required ransom money, Voice of America, Amharic service reported.  

A hostage who was released after paying half a million birr ransom told VoA that 79 drivers and assistants including him were taken hostage by the armed group which calls itself Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) in Alidoro, West Shewa Zone of Oromia Region on 7 June 2023.

A hostage who is from Amanuel Town of Machakel Woreda of East Gojjam Zone in Amhara Regional State said that his life was saved by his father who has been engaged in petty trading. To have his son set free, the father had to get a loan by giving his residential house on collateral. The young hostage expressed concern that if they cannot pay back the loan, his parents will lose their house.

A retired teacher whose son was taken hostage told VoA that he borrowed 900,000 birr from an individual and collected the difference from relatives to pay a ransom of one million birr to get his son released. If the retired teacher does not settle the loan on time, he will be forced to sell his residential house.

“We could not include the comments of senior officials of the government communications Service for failing to get response to the call we had made on their cell phones,” VoA said.

Asked recently about the issue, the international spokesperson of OLA, Oda Terbi, said that his organisation has not done such acts, according to Voice of America. 

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  1. Such cruel acts will be on the up tick in the coming weeks and months. I’m afraid they will stories we will hear on daily basis for quite some time to come. I tell you why. These bigoted armed gangs will not achieve their objectives of founding their handmade separate republics. They have terribly failed in that cursed objective. In the process they were able to rally up gullible youth in their thousands and have trained in how to kill others. So what will these miscreants do once they realized that their fantasized republic is gonna remain just that. They will blame everyone including the general public. They will turn on the very people they deafened us with as their people to liberate. They built up their fighting force by robbing government and civilian establishments. So they are primed for that already. Kidnapping for ransom and killing government officials to settle old scores, robbing banks, shops, peddlers, you name it, will be their working protocol. I advise my countrymen/women in the Diaspora to be careful when traveling to that country because they will see you as someone laden with wealth. Please note that these demons have no heart or compassion and are known to murder their captives if they can not pay the ransom. Stay safe.

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