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Report on Atrocities against Amhara civilians by a Coalition of TPLF, OLA and Gumuz militants

(In the Awjemis Desert of Wuzka Kebele in Dangur Woreda in Metekel Zone)



Executive Summary


The Amhara Association of America (AAA) has verified from its sources that at least six people have been killed while an additional five have been abducted (presumed dead) by a coalition of militant groups in the Awjemis desert in Wuzka Kebele (ward) of Dangur Woreda (district) in Metekel Zone (Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Ethiopia) on May 29th, 2022. AAA’s sources added that there was also at least one Amhara resident who sustained life threatening injuries due to the attack. Besides the killings, kidnappings, and injuries, millions (ETB) worth in victims’ property was lost to looting and destruction in the attack. AAA’s sources confirmed that the attack had been perpetrated by a coalition of militants from the Gumuz rebel groups, Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) affiliated Samri. AAA’s sources also reported active participation from government officials at various levels in the targeted attack against Amhara civilians.



Details of the Attack


The coalition of Gumuz rebels, OLA militants, and TPLF forces, specifically Samri militants, attacked Amhara civilians in Wuzka Kebele of Dangur Woreda (Metekel Zone, Benishangul Gumuz Region) on May, 29th, 2022. According to AAA’s sources, at least six Amhara civilians were killed, five were abducted (presumed dead), and another was injured. The residents of Wuzka Kebele, who witnessed the attack, described it as follows:


" It happened on May 29th, 2022, the day was Sunday. Around 3 PM local time, the alliance of Gumuz rebels, OLA, and TPLF forces called themselves Samri, started to attack on Amhara civilians in Wuzka Kebele of Dangur Woreda, in the Metekel Zone. The perpetrators were many, numbering between 150 to 200 armed forces. The alliance of these perpetrators was also supported by military-grade weapons such as biraen and dishqa. We were about 20 to 30 farmers. We tried to defend ourselves but we couldn’t cope with their attack which was supported by military-grade weapons. In the attack, at least six were killed immediately, which included four women and an additional two men. One of the women was pregnant. I couldn’t remember her name though I knew her husband’s name, Amanu. Another Amhara, whose name is Mersha, also faced life-threatening injuries due to the attack. We collected and buried six dead bodies of Amharas in Jawi Woreda’s Fendika town in a church called Ayima Gabriel."

The victims’ family members told AAA that were also Amharas who were abducted by the perpetrators. The sources reported that the abducted Amharas were presumed dead based on past trends in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region and particularly in the Metekel Zone.