Ethiopia: Over 54 ethnic Amhara killed in attack on village by OLF-Shene

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2 November 2020

Amnesty International can reveal that at least 54 people from the Amhara ethnic group were killed in an attack late on 1 November by suspected members of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) armed group.

The attack on Gawa Qanqa village in Guliso District of West Wellega Zone took place just a day after Ethiopian Defense Forces troops withdrew from the area unexpectedly and without explanation. Witnesses said dozens of men, women and children were killed, property looted and what the militants could not carry away, they set on fire.

“This senseless attack is the latest in a series of killings in the country in which members of ethnic minorities have been deliberately targeted. The fact that this horrendous incident occurred shortly after government troops abruptly withdrew from the area in unexplained circumstances raises questions that must be answered,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.


“The Ethiopian authorities must investigate what happened and prosecute those responsible for the attack through fair trials.”

Amnesty International spoke to some of the survivors of the heinous attack who escaped death by hiding in a nearby forest. They said that the attackers had identified themselves as OLA and said that they “controlled” the area as soon as government troops left on 31 October.

The survivors said they had counted 54 bodies in a school compound where the militants gathered people who did not manage to flee, mainly women, children and the elderly, and killed them. One man told Amnesty International that three of his relatives were killed – his father, his sister and his wife’s grandfather. Another said he lost his brother, sister-in-law and three children including nephews and cousins. Their bodies were found in the school grounds with bullet wounds.

“The Ethiopian government must step up its efforts to end armed attacks on minority groups and protect their lives and stop the destruction of homes, not only in Oromia, but across the country,” said Deprose Muchena.

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  1. እንደ ዘገባው ከሆነ በቦታው እንኳን አማራ ወንድ ሰው አማራ ሴት ሰው አልነበረችም ። ከብት የሆነ አማራ ብቻ ነበር የነበሩት ቢባል አምናለሁ። እንደ ከብት የሚነዳ አማራ ሰው አይደለም/ሰው አይደለችም ከብት እንጂ። ወይንስ አማራ ጓዝህን ጠቅልለህ አማራ ክልል ገብተህ ከኖርክ አንነካህም ብለው በተደጋጋሚ ሲያሞኙት አሁንም እውነት መስሎት ነው እንደ ከብት ሲያግዱት አሳፍረው ወደ አማራ ክልል ሊልኩኝ ብሎ እስቦ ነው እንደ ከብት የሚታገድላቸው?

    አማራ ወይንስ ኦሮሞ
    ፡ ማን ነው የመከላከያ ሚኒስትሩ ? እብይ ? ለማ?

    ፡እነማን ናቸው ቁልፍ ቁልፍ ቦታ የያዙት ጄነራሎቹ? ኦሮሞዎች ብቻ?

    ፡እነማን ናቸው ገፈጥ ቀማሽ የመከላከያ ሠራዊት የበታች ታዛዦች? አማራዎች?

    ፡እነ ማን ናቸው መስዋዕት ከፍለው ሀገሪቱን ለዘመናት ያቆዩት? አማራዎች?

    ፡ማን ነው አባ ቶርቤን ሸኔን አስታጥቆ እማራን በያለበት ትጥቅ ሲያስፈታ እድሜ ልኩን የውሸት ቋት ሆኖ ያሳለፈ? ኢህአዴግ ሻዕቢያ ፕሮስፐሪቲ?

    ፡ማን ነው ሀያ ሰባት አመት ዘርፎ አሁንም ዘራፊን እሽሩሩ የሚል? ኢህአዴግ ፕሮስፐሪቲ ሻዕቢያ?

    ለአማራ ባለንጀሮች ፣ “ለምስኪን” አማራ አባወራ ፣ ተማርኩ አገናዘብኩ ለምትል አማራ በያለህበት:-

    የእራስህ አማራ ጎረቤትህ አማራ ወንድምህ እና አማራ ሚስትህ እና ልጆችህ ላይ ነጋ ጠባ ውሀ ቀጠነ በማለት እንደ ብራቅ በመጮህ ሌላው ሲገድልህ ዝም በማለት ያተረፍካቸው ነገሮች ቢኖሩ፡
    1)በውሸት በቤትህ ብቻ በጉራ መኮፈስ።
    2) ብሶት በዝቶበት የደነዘዘ ከብት አማራ ወጣት መፍጠር።
    3)ክብርህን አጥተህ መዋረድ በገዛ ቤተሰብህም ጭምር ቀጥሎም እንደ ከብት እየተነዳህ መጨፍጨፍ ነው ።

    ስለዚህ መፍትሄው፡1)አማራ ላይ መባረቁን ቀነስ አድርገህ አራጆችህን አጋፍጥ!!
    2) በጀግንነት አራጆችህን ለመጋፈጥ በተጠንቀቅ ነቅተህ ጠብቅ !!!
    መደራጀቱማ የአባት ነበረ ተሞከረ በተግባር አልታየም እስከ አሁብን ድረስ!!!

  2. This genocide is inhuman in nature. They are killing their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers & children’s which is a cruel & devil acts. By sacrificing all the things it has why the government of Ethiopia didn’t take serious measure to vanish them once for all? Those game players who incited and supported behind shall be investigated and has to be sued on International Criminal Court.

    International & local Human Right activities have to work on this as it is difficult to stop killing of innocent people and get justice.

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