‘Their bodies were torn apart’: Ethiopian and Eritrean troops accused of massacre in Tigray

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Ever since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Nobel Peace Prize winner, sent Africa’s most powerful army to the country’s northern Tigray region to oust his ruling party in November, all hell unleashed itself on the ethnic tabby people.

Mr. Abiy sided with Eritrean forces and ethnic militias in the neighboring Amhara region of Tigray to crush forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in a three-pronged attack.

Today, a deluge of credible reports pointing to a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing, rape and man-made starvation are emerging.

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Survivors told the Telegraph that civilians, mainly farmers, had been massacred in Abi Addi and in the villages of Adi Asmiean, Bega Sheka, Adichilo, Amberswa, Wetlaqo, Semret, Guya, Zelakme, Arena, Mitsawerki, Yeqyer and Shilum Emni.

Four brothers in their twenties were among those killed at Adi Asmiean. Gebremedhin, Kibrom, Gueshaya and Tesfamariym Araya were at the family farm, harvesting their sorghum crop when Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers arrived.

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Witnesses told the Telegraph they were shot and their bodies dumped in a nearby crater. It took their father, Araya Gebretekle, and his eldest son, Mebrahten Araya five days to find the bodies of their loved ones.

“When they took my sons away, I was in town with Mebrahten to buy goods. When I returned home, I heard neighbors say that Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers had taken many young men from the village. It was then that I also learned that my sons were among those abducted, ”says Araya.

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Mr. Araya could only identify his sons by their clothes. “They asked me if I was sure the bodies belonged to my sons. I told them I was sure. How can I not know my sons? ” he says.

In the village of Adi Asmiean near Abi Addi, parents and elders say they pleaded with Ethiopian soldiers to allow the burials.

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