A new attack left nearly 80 dead in the western province of Benishangul-Gumuz. It was the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, an independent body affiliated with the Ethiopian parliament, that warned.
The incident took place at dawn in the town of Daletti near Metekel. “The victims are between 2 and 45 years old. We are still trying to understand the identity of the attackers and the nature of this attack, “said Aaron Masho, a spokesman for the Ethiopian Commission on Human Rights.
For almost six months, the Metekel region has been shaken off outbreaks of violence. In December, another attack claimed more than 200 lives, prompting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to surrender. A few months earlier, he had attributed these offensives to attackers from neighboring Sudan.
But some local leaders believe so this violence is interethnic. They blame militias that will particularly attack the Amhara community, the other ethnic group in the country, but who are not recognized as natives of Benishangul, according to the Ethiopian ethnic-federal constitution. That is, they are not considered to be from this region, which deprives them of certain rights.
“The problem is that the ethnic-federal constitution has never clearly defined what rights the indigenous people offer, especially over land,” explains a specialist in the region. Today, this federal system is called into question, and it is the gun law that takes the top. ”