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The U.S. government calls for “impartial investigation” on Merawi Massacre 

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The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa


Toronto – The U.S. government on Friday said it is “deeply concerned” about reports of killings in Merawi town of the Amhara region. The reaction came days after the Ethiopian Human Rights Council released a statement earlier this week confirming that at least 80 civilians who have no involvement – including women, elders and children – were killed on January 29, 2023 in Merawi shortly after a battle between Fano Forces and government troops. 

The statement from the U.S. The Embassy in Addis Ababa, attributed to Ambassador Ervin Massinga ,  shared on X (formerly Twitter) , highlighted the need to ensure justice by bringing perpetrators to justice. The statement said : 

“The U.S. government is deeply concerned by the reports of targeted civilian killings in the town of Merawi In Amhara regional state. We call for unfettered access by independent human rights monitors as well as an impartial investigation to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. These Follow numerous disturbing reports of other violations and abuses in Amhara, Oromia and elsewhere in Ethiopia, reports which implicate government and non-state actors alike. Dialogue – not violence – is the only way forward.” 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed deployed senior party officials and his cabinet members to the Amhara region to engage the public in `15 towns in the region days after the massacre in Merawi. 

There are omens that seem to suggest that the Ethiopian Prime Minister could be leaning to more violations of rights as he has entirely lost legitimacy. During his parliamentary appearance on Tuesday this week, he said “it is human nature that when you kill ten, hundreds would go silent.”  His view does not seem to reflect the reality on the ground as far as resistance to his government is concerned. More and more young people are reportedly joining Fano forces in the Amhara region. 

The Prime Minister was entertaining the idea of further repressive measures. He was drawing a comparison of his government to the military government of Colonel Mengistu and with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated government which came to an end in 2018. In his parliamentary speech he implied it was easy to kill. He made a reference to impunity that someone would be shot in the evening and will be announced through government media the next day. He also made a reference to the TPLF era whereby TPLF forces were freely killing civilians. “We do not kill. Let alone killing,  it is not even easy to arrest,” he said. His administration has been criticized, including by Human Rights Organizations, for arresting tens of thousands of ethnic Amhara civilians in the capital Addis Ababa soon after introducing a state of emergency in August 2023 and detainees were taken to detention camps outside of the capital where they were kept for months under harsh circumstances. 

Last week, the Ethiopian Parliament extended the state of emergency for another four months in connection with the security situation in the Amhara region. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has expressed its concern about it. 


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  1. The U.S. government said on Friday it is “deeply concerned,” but it has not taken a single measure thus far to demonstrate its deep concern and put an end to the mass killing of innocent people. Leaders in the West Bloc have been excessively employing the phrase “deep concern” for more than three years now.
    People say, “Fine words, butter, no parsnips.”
    “Actions as a True Reflection of Intentions,” source linkedin.

    • Subject: “The U.S. government calls for “impartial investigation” on Merawi Massacre”
      February 9, 2024

      Humble Commentary, 10 February 2024

      1) Fantastic, Sober, Gentlemanly Commentary, including the title

      2). The commentary is a challenge to the GOOD OLD USA as it applies to our dear
      brethren black dictatorial Africans.

      3). Is the GOOD OLD USA really, ready, and face the challenge of SINCERELY
      helping the good honest black African people ?

      4). Or is it a gimmick that we know very, very, very . well >>> because
      needless to say, the WORLD is expecting us to exist (not live).

      5). After all OUR DEAR AFRICA is a ‘play ground’ of colonial forces around the
      Globe >>for time immemorial.

      6). It is also SAD that Dear Black Africa is NOT helped by its own citizens who have
      the enviable ultimate education with the top most DEGREE of EXCELLENCE.

      7). In the saying of Dear Africans, the above statement is simply a CURSE, but
      sadly without explaining ‘why’.


      9). IT IS NOT DIFFICULT. TO ACHIEVE. After all, others did it.

      10). OF course, needless to say, the above suggestion is assumed that WE BLACK


      12). Failure to achieve the above (No.11) , NO FORCE ON EARTH CAN LISTEN TO
      US TO BE OTHERWISE. By the way, when will the admirable modern
      education results, as testified by ultimate PH Degrees. come to the rescue of
      our Black Africa ????????

      —— THE END ——-

  2. I second the call by Good Ole USA demanding an impartial investigation of this barbaric crime. Killing innocent citizens and defenseless POW’s is a crime against humanity as it is etched in stone in the Geneva Convention where Ethiopia is a signatory. But as usual this call in gonna fall on deaf ears. It is sad but true.

  3. Meanwhile, there was another earthquake near Obock, Djibouti yesterday that registered 4.4 on Richter’s scale. Earthquakes are now frequenting that part of Africa recently. 4.4 May seem small but even that can cause damage if it is under residential areas and close to the surface. I have been worried about the possibilities of bigger earthquakes under heavily inhabited areas in The Horn of Africa for quite some time now because that area is sitting on an active plate. I am not sure if all those three countries, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti have the readiness to deal with a disaster caused by such sudden disastrous calamity. I’m not sure if they even have building regulations with earthquakes in mind. One countryman who hails from Addis/Finfine had once told me there was such building regulation during the late Emperor’s time. I hope they still have it on the books. It gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. Damaging earthquakes are the last thing those citizens need.


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