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We’re Still Breathing: Amhara Genocide in Ethiopia

December 19, 2023


 

Ignored by western governments and largely overlooked by media a genocide is taking place in Ethiopia. The Amhara people, a large ethnic group, are being ethnically cleansed from the region of Oromia, the largest region on the country.

Tens of thousands of Amhara have been killed by Oromo fanatics, over three million have been displaced, homes, land and livestock stolen.

The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF or Shene) are responsible for the violence, with the support of the local authority (the Oromo Regional Authority), the regional militia, and the consent of the federal government.

In addition to mass murder and wholesale displacement, estimates claim that more than 30,000 Amhara have been arrested this year alone. Journalists, human rights workers, parliamentarians, academics, protestors and students, are all among those interned without trial, often in undisclosed locations.

Hundreds of Amhara men and boys have been herded into industrial detention centres (that some are calling concentration camps), where they are held without charge and reportedly injected with contagious diseases.

At the request of an Ethiopian human rights group (Amhara Association of America) I travelled to Ethiopia earlier in the year, spending time in Internal Displacement Camps and meeting people affected. Their stories were deeply distressing: children murdered in front of their parents; young men slaughtered en masse; pregnant women attacked, their bellies stabbed, the baby killed. Whole communities eradicated.

The purpose of the film is to raise awareness of this appalling issue, and to add to the many voices, mainly Ethiopian, calling on western governments (the US, EU and UK in particular), to apply pressure on the Government, led by Prime-Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Screenings of the documentary have taken place in Washington DC and Dallas, and on 19 December it will be shown in Toronto, Canada. More screenings in the US, Europe and elsewhere will follow in the new year.

Graham Peebles is a British freelance writer and charity worker. He set up The Create Trust in 2005 and has run education projects in Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and India.  E: grahampeebles@icloud.com  W: www.grahampeebles.org

3 Comments

  1. I read this paragraph with horror. It goes ‘Hundreds of Amhara men and boys have been herded into industrial detention centres (that some are calling concentration camps), where they are held without charge and reportedly injected with contagious diseases.’

    If this is the truth nothing but the truth I call upon the qualified lawyers among our Diaspora to file a law suit At The Hague right away. This is not just victimizing a group of people but a crime against humanity.

  2. Thank you Graham, you are the eyes of the world. The suffering is far more than you mentioned in your article, it is not clear why the world chose to be silent. In your part we would like to thank your endeavour to tell the suffering of human being in the other part of the world.

  3. Great Graham! Thank you so much for being the voices of Amhara victims of the most barbaric regime in the world. It is shameful indeed, that many so-called western democratic nations which make a mess everywhere and then claim themselves as if they are the guardian of human right and democratic system of government are the patrons of the brutal Abiy Ahemd’s regime in Ethiopia. Abiy Ahemed and his accomplice gonna pay a high price. Amhara People shall overcome!

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