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Ethiopia, Tigray : missing 16 years old girl confirmed dead 

Mahlet Teklay _ Missing _ Tigray region
Mahlet Teklay has been missing since March 19, 2024 in Adwa, the Tigray region of Ethiopia (Photo : BBC Amharic)

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Toronto – The family of the missing 16-year-old girl in Adwa, Tigray region of Ethiopia, finally heard the heartbreaking news that she was killed and buried by her kidnappers. 

It was the head of police in Adwa, Tesfaye Amare,  who confirmed the remains of Mahlet Teklay, who has been missing for more than three months now, exhumed from where it was buried. 

The police chief also said, according to a BBC Amharic report published on Wednesday, that the dress she was wearing and her shoe were found when her remains were exhumed. However, an examination is underway to definitively determine that the remains are that of the missing girl.   

She was kidnapped on March 19, 2024, in Adwa, central Tigray zone.  She did not make it back home from school on that day. She was reportedly taking tutorial classes as part of her preparation for the grade 8 examination. She was kidnapped as going to school on a bajaj. 

According to BBC report, which cited her sister Million Teklay, the kidnappers called her father on the phone. 

After the teenage girl went missing, her sister told BBC Amharic “We have not heard her voice…our father asked them what they need and how he can give them. They replied ‘prepare to give what we ask you’, and we have been waiting for their phone call.”  Later, the kidnappers phone the father using Mahlet’s phone and tell him “If you want to see your child alive, prepare three million birr.”  Her family has been attempting to locate where she was kept after he was kidnapped and as to who the captors are but it was without success. 

The suspects who were in custody confessed to police that they killed and buried her. They led the police to the place where they buried her. 

From recent news reports, crime has been on the rise in the Tigray region of Ethiopia especially after the end of the two-year war between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Abiy Ahmed-led Federal government. 

Opposition parties operating in the region have been making news headlines recently expressing their worries about the security situation in the region. Getachew Reda, the region’s Interim President, this year described the security problem in the region as a dangerous one even for government officials. He said there are prisons in the region that are not known to the administration.   

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Recent and constant killings and kidnappings underscore a troubling trend of fellow Tigrayans turning against their own brothers and sisters Recent and constant killings and kidnappings underscore a troubling trend of fellow Tigrayans turning against their own brothers and sisters

    Recent reports of kidnappings and violence perpetrated against Tigrayan women and children over the last three years have revealed connections among fellow Tigrayans, identifying them as the primary offenders in both past and recent high-profile crimes. While the involvement of Eritrean and Ethiopian army members cannot be discounted, these findings underscore a troubling trend of fellow Tigrayans turning against their own brothers and sisters. This is particularly concerning, as it is less likely to occur during times of external threats or interventions within one’s own community.

    It is essential to confront concerns like these openly rather than adopting an ineffective Blue Wall of Silence policy or indulging in rhetoric that enforces a code of silence. 

    Within war-ravaged Tigray, some people steal and even hide wheat and starve their own people in an attempt to maximize their profit, while others sacrifice their lives to save their fellow community members. The most perplexing story is unfolding in Tigray, and this cannot be ignored by claiming, “”There are crooks everywhere in the world; Tigray is not an exception, etc.”; rather, local authorities in Tigray should act accordingly and safeguard their own people, and this timely action of the authorities will save the next victims. These crimes have nothing to do with economic problems, food shortages, unemployment, etc., but are manifestations of an innate propensity for crimes. Many are biting their tongues, and these endless reports of killings have left them broken-hearted. May her soul rest in peace, and may comfort extend to her family and friends.

  2. I have said this so many times before. In absence of a well thought out plan to rehab returning former rebels, that country will turn into another El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala where rapes, kidnappings and killings will be daily news. This is just the harbinger.

  3. You think this is a rare occasion? Wait until those armed young men who are now roaming the wilderness of Amhara and Oromia regions start returning home. Both of them have proven to be ruthless to their victims. If something is not awaiting them that switch them to a productive and sustainable means to make a satisfactory living, that country will be El Salvador on steroid. Colombian, Chinese(faceless commies from Beijing) and African drug cartels will have a ready-to-slice hapless youth in its millions. You think Rio De Janeiro and Johannesburg are the most dangerous cities now but Addis, Mekele, Dire Dawa, Jimma and other cities will outdo them overnight. Rapes, kidnappings, random shootings, robberies, mugging and inter gang warfares between armed thugs will be so common that we will all say ‘So what? It is just another kidnapping, rape or murder!’ My dear Ethiopia! You gem of the colored, Ethiopia! You are duly forewarned!!!

  4. TPLF leaders, who are career and chronic criminals, are permitting the slaughter and kidnapping of Tigrayan women and children TPLF leaders, who are career and chronic criminals, are permitting the slaughter and kidnapping of Tigrayan women and children

    TPLF leaders, who are career and chronic criminals, are permitting the slaughter and kidnapping of Tigrayan women and children
    TPLF leaders, who are career and chronic criminals, are permitting the slaughter and kidnapping of Tigrayan women and children
    TPLF leaders, who are career and chronic criminals, are permitting the slaughter and kidnapping of Tigrayan women and children

  5. Mahlet Teklay the 16 year old teenager does not deserve such unimaginable cruelty. No human being on earth
    at this young age deserves such uncommon killings.

    I am sorry to listen this happen to our fellow Ethiopian children.
    If the kidnappers wants money the whole world and Ethiopians of all ethnic groups can pay if they have that amount.

    where are we heading as human beings?
    Who will benefit from this action????

    May God almighty receive and keep her in heaven,
    May God give strength for her family, friends, and the heroic Tigrai People?

    May God give strength for all Ethiopians of all ethnic groups,

    If Mahelet`s unjustified killings would not unite us all Ethiopians of all ethnic groups nothing would!!!

    Tamiru T.Inika
    from Colombo, Bogota

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