Over 600 Killed in Maikadra Massacre, says Right Body

ADDIS ABEBA – The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it has found that an atrocious massacre of civilians has been committed by TPLF supported group in Maikadra on Nov 9, 2020, which saw at least 600 people killed.

Experts of the commission visited Maikadra, Abrhajira, Sanja, Dansha, Humera, and Gonder between November 14 and 19 as part of its investigation into human rights violations.

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The preliminary findings described what transpired in Maikadra on November 9th, including the killings, bodily and mental injury, as well as the destruction that went on throughout the night.

These acts “strongly indicate the commission of grave human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes,” says EHRC.

Before retreating from the advance of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), the report finds that the “local militia and police security apparatus joined forces with members of the Samri group to carry out door-to-door raids and kill hundreds of people they identified as ethnic ‘Amharas and Wolkait origin’”.

The report claimed the forces beat “them with sticks, stabbing them with knives, machetes and hatchets and strangling them with ropes”.

They also severely injured many people and looted or destroyed properties. Based on testimony gathered so far, EHRC estimates that at least 600 civilians were killed.

Consoling story

The death toll could be higher still as there are reports of individuals unaccounted for at the time of the experts visit and bodies hidden in fields outside Maikadra, according to EHRC.

However, amidst the harrowing acts of the Tigrayan informal youth group, survivors of the massacre also tell many stories of humane actions where other residents also of ethnic Tigrayan origin, who saved many lives by hiding targets in their homes, in churches and in farms fields.

“The unimaginably atrocious crime committed against civilians for no reason other than their ethnicity is heartbreaking,” said Daniel Bekele, EHRC’s Chief Commissioner.

“Yet we are consoled by the stories of Ethiopians who saw beyond ethnic origin to come to the aid of their compatriots in their time of need. These stories keep the hope of a return to peaceful coexistence going,” he added.

“It is now an urgent priority that victims are provided redress and rehabilitation, and that perpetrators involved directly or indirectly at all levels are held to account before the law,” he said.

The full extent of the evidence and elements of the crime will be further examined in detail in the full report, EHRC officials said.


#Featured Image: EHRC’s Chief Commissioner Daniel Bekele. [Photo File]

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