By Yimer Alye Ayalew
Families, residents, and eyewitnesses told the BBC that more than 50 people were killed in an attack by government Soldiers on Monday January 28, 2024, in the town of Merawi in the Amhara region of the new North Gojjam zone.
Residents who spoke to the BBC said that several people were killed in an attack on residents following a battle between the Defense Forces and Fano militants in Merawi, which is approximately 35 kilometers from the regional capital.
The Bahir Dar office of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (ESMECO) informed the BBC that it has received information from various sources regarding the attack on innocent people in Merawi and is conducting monitoring and investigation.
Following the incident, the BBC interviewed five people, including a hospital source, and most of the residents reported that the killings were carried out on civilians in their homes and on the streets.
Residents say that there was a “heavy battle” between the Defense Forces and Fano forces from 06:00 a.m on Monday, January 28, 2024, before the attack. After the battle, between 50 to 100 people “disappeared”.
Eyewitnesses stated that the attack took place around five o’clock in the morning after Fano’s forces left the city.
They said, “the defense forces went house to house and killed the people they found on the road.” The attack lasted until one o’clock in the evening.
A resident, whose brother was killed, said, “Then they entered my brother’s house and took him away.
The residents, who were waiting for their brother’s return from questioning, witnessed their brother and others being taken away and killed.
“They killed a child with five bullets and dumped him on the cobbles in our neighborhood.
They also gathered them [their brother and other people] and together they took 13 people to the asphalt and killed them… We believed them because we saw it happen.”
A medical expert confirmed to the BBC that 13 people were killed on the side of the asphalt, adding that a total of 85 people were killed in the city that day.
The Amhara genocide continues to unfold in Ethiopia, yet the international community remains disturbingly silent.
This ongoing crisis demands immediate attention and action to put an end to the suffering of countless victims.
Reports and testimonies from survivors paint a horrific picture of widespread massacres, rape, torture, and destruction of villages.
Women and children have become particularly vulnerable, facing sexual violence and exploitation on an unimaginable scale.
It is estimated that hundreds, if not thousands, have lost their lives, with many more displaced from their homes and left in dire conditions.
The Amhara genocide demands the world’s attention and compassion. We cannot remain silent in the face of such blatant disregard for human life and dignity.
It is time for the international community to act, condemn the violence, and work towards a resolution that upholds justice, peace, and the fundamental rights of all people.
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