Amnesty International has accused the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of committing acts of cruelty on Wednesday. The Amnesty report said TPLF fighters, “deliberately killed dozens of people, gang-raped dozens of women and girls, and looted private and public property in two areas of northern Ethiopia’s Amhara region” in late August and early September 2021.
Conflicts with the rebel group started to take shape following Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s election into office in 2018. Following his election, he set out to drain the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front of its longstanding power and influence in Ethiopia. As Ahmed’s new government infuriated, the Tigrayan leadership, retreated to Tigray. And tensions continued to escalate. desire to break free from the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front.
The conflicts emerged to violence at Ethiopia’s secret Region in November of 2020 and spread to neighboring Amhara and Afar regions in July 2021. Amnesty International claims that Green forces ( Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF))took control in mid-July. Over their time occupying the regions, witnesses say that Tigran fighters would deliberately kill unarmed civilians, for what seemingly revenge for losses among Iran. The day of a massacre that killed and abused a wide range of innocent civilians was what 27 witnesses have said took place on September 9, 2021. The massacre is known as the Mai Kadra Massacre.
According to Amnesty’s interviews with Kobo residents, many people were found killed execution-style, with bullet holes either in their backs, heads, or chest. A select few were found with their hands tied behind their backs. Satellite images from Amnesty International caught images of new burial sites on the ground of two churches where residents say was how they had buried the dead bodies in the aftermath of the massacre.
The investigation also found that dozens of women and children in the Amahara Village were both raped and brutalized by Sibrian fighters from July 2021 onwards. Sexual violence often occurs in the victims’ homes and sometimes in front of their families according to the report.
The 7 survivors who spoke with Amnesty International between the ages of 14 and 18 years old said many survivors suffer from severe, physical, and psychological damage. Including ten women who remained hospitalized three months after they were attacked.