The killing and maiming of several unarmed Ethiopians by security forces in Moyale, Ethiopia is sparking outrage.
Reports are showing that more than 15 innocent civilians were killed in the hands of Ethiopian government security forces. However, the number of people who have lost their lives in the recent attack by the security forces is expected to rise. According to reports coming from the region, in addition to those killed several more innocent people have been injured and wounded.
The victims of the massacre were simply going about their daily business when they were gunned down by security forces. Mr. Aschelew Yohannes, the mayor of Moyale acknowledged that some people were killed in the city and tension in the city is rising and an investigation is underway to find out the reason for the massacre.
It all started when a motorist by the name of Gollo Wako was stopped by security forces and gunned down without any reason. Following the killing of Gollo Wako the security forces start shooting people at random around the city. Temam Negesso, a school principal was stopped by the government soldiers and killed for no apparent reason. He was leaving to go home after attending parents teachers conference when he was killed. His body is transported to Asela for burial services.
The director of Moyale hospital acknowledged that the wounded that arrived at the hospital following the actions of the security forces are all suffering from gunshot wounds.
The command post established to implement the controversial state of emergency law that passed the Ethiopian parliament acknowledged its forces mistakenly shot and killed innocent bystanders in the city of Moyale.
The death of innocent civilians in the city of Moyale at the hand of security forces will further inflame the people’s ill-will against the government of Ethiopia.
Over fifty thousand Ethiopians from Moyale region are believed to have crossed to neighboring Kenya to flee the violence unleashed by government forces of Ethiopia. Kenya Red Cross has already received over 2000 refugees displaced from Ethiopia.