Mai Khadra, A massacre of Tigrean ethnics

Eritrea Tigray

(Source: Hayet-alem.medium.com, 21 December 2020) –

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Bethlehem, 21, an ethnic Tigrayan survivor from Mai-Kadra, Ethiopia, kisses her daughter’s hand as she cooks for her family inside a temporary shelter at Village 8, the transit center near the Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Many Tigrean survivors, who fled to Sudan camp recounts that hundreds of Tigreans were slaughtered in a single Tigray town, Mai Khadra. In this short article, I will highlight some of the witnesses from the refugee camp in Sudan.

These witnesses say Amhara Militia or Fano attacked civilians in Mai Khadra with machetes and knives or strangled them with ropes. The stench of bodies lingered for days in the Tigray region last month. Several mass graves have been reported.

Tigray and Tigrayans have been subjected to extreme devastation and agony. Tigrayans are not only under an invasion and occupation, psychological warfare, ethnic profiling, and targeting but also their cries, agony, and pain are in the darkness of communications blackout in order for the rest of the world not to hear. Abiy is enraged that some have escaped to Sudan and are exposing the atrocities of the war. He is now trying to portray them as criminals.

It is to stop the truth about the war from being told that the enemy forces have now blocked Tigrayan refugees from fleeing to Sudan. If we are shocked by the condition and stories of the Tigrayan refugees in Sudan, imagine the condition and stories of those blocked and trapped in western Tigray, without food and at the mercy of bloodthirsty Amhara militias.

The Amhara militia or Fano is a fanatic Amhara nationalist group that claims historical land ownership in different regions. They are notorious for instigating unrest across different regions of Ethiopia.

The conditions for genocide against Tigrayans are ripe, and there really are intentions and deeds to destroy Tigray and cleanse and exterminate Tigrayans. International intervention is needed to avoid a 21st-century genocide of Rwandan proportions and a silent massacre of millions of Tigrayans by starvation.

Survivor refugees recount ethnic slaughter

“Anyone they found, they would kill,” Tesfaalem Germay, an ethnic Tigrayan who fled to Sudan with his family, said of Ethiopian and Amhara militia. He said he saw hundreds of bodies, making a slicing gesture at his neck and head as he remembered the gashes.

Samir Beyen, a mechanic, said he was stopped and asked if he was Tigrayan, then beaten and robbed. He said he saw people being slaughtered with knives and dozens of rotting corpses.

“It was like the end of the world,” he recalled. “We could not bury them because the soldiers were near.”

 

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Ashenafi Hailu was attacked by a group of Fano militia members. After they learned that he was ethnic Tigray, they robbed him, tied a noose around his neck, and dragged him until he passed out.

After Mr. Ashenafi awoke and saw the bodies around him, he trudged through a nearby forest to reach the home of his friend, Haftamu Berhanu, who took him in.
“I didn’t expect in our life that our government would kill us,” Mr. Ashenafi said. “I am frightened so much. I am not sleeping at night.”

“The Amhara militia cut people’s heads,” said a Humera resident named Meles, who wanted to be identified by only his first name out of fear of retribution.

“I saw the bodies of people who had been slain thrown in the streets. Others who were injured were dragged with a rope tied to a rickshaw. What happened is frightening and terrible, and the Tigrayans are being killed and chased down. Anything is looted, and our area was attacked with tanks,” said Araqi Naqashi, 48.

They killed anyone who said they were Tigrayan. They stole our money, our cattle, and our crops from our homes and we ran with just the clothing on our backs,

Elias, a 48-year-old farmer from the same town, said he was horrified by what happened there

I saw gunmen killing and slaughtering people in the streets… and I fled on foot until I got here two days ago.

“The Amhara militia [Fano] came and I was shot in my leg with a bullet and as I fell on the ground the blood of the other wounded bodies splashed onto my face,” Huyeet said.

“The Amhara [militia] cut off the heads of four children. They cut the babies out of pregnant women. I saw it with my own eyes,” says Burani, a 35-year-old man who has just trekked two days across mountainous terrain with no water…

 

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