We see daily one or two dead bodies with their hands tied behind their backs floating on the river Tekeze

Western Tigray is a scene of crime: ethnic cleansing, forced removal, massacres, executions and throwing people to the Tekeze river. The land is being changed through burning, confiscation and severing infrastructure connections to the rest of Tigray. In many towns, no Tigrayan is left. “There are no Tigrayans here,” said an Amhara contact in Dansha when asked if there are Tigrayans left in there.

Two young men who crossed from Adebay, Western Tigray and two young men in Hamdayit

We present testimonies of two young men who crossed from Adebay, Western Tigray and two young men in Hamdayit (Sudan) who help the newcomers to cross the Tekeze river. Their testimonies was broadcast by Dimtsi Weyane TV

Bisrat Gidey and UnqiBahri Gebremedhin are among 32 refugees who made it to Sudan out of 75 who fled from Adebay recently. The whereabouts of the 43 remain unknown.

The young men say life in Western Tigray has become very bad for Tigrayans. Fanos attack boys as young as 15 years old. They say the young from central Tigray have been fighting the military and so they don’t spare even young boys. Every night they knock at houses and loot money and gold and they harass women and beat and arrest men. 

Bisrat Says “They are Amhara. I don’t know if they are Shifftas or not. They call themselves Fano. They knock at houses every night and loot money and gold. They harass women and beat and arrest men. I know Tigrayans who lived on the fields outside Adebay who were killed by Fano using axes. Their bodies remained unburied. 

When we arrived at Tekeze, there was nothing for crossing the river and soldiers were shooting at us. Those who could swim jumped into the river. Those unable to swim remained. They might be shot and dead.”

UnqiBahri Gebremedhin says “We have crossed two rivers. It took us hours to cross Rawyan river. Early morning about 4 am, we reached Tekeze and they shot at us but we continued anyway. We were 75 when we started the journey in Adebay but only 32 of us made it to Sudan. I don’t know what happened to the remaining 43.

In Adebay, I know two people who were killed by Amhara militia. One was an old man. They accused him of his children being in police or Tigray forces. It’s the Amharas that are killing Tigrayans. They wear uniforms and they carry RPG and snipers. They say ‘We are Fano, Amhara and the land up to the TekeZe river belongs to us.’”

Amanuel Gebrehiwot and Samuel Berhane are among Tigrayans who crossed to Sudan earlier. They are skilled swimmers and they help new arrivals to cross the river. They said it has become common to see dead bodies, with their hands tied behind their back, floating on the Tekeze river. 

Amanuel Gebrehiwot says “Today was difficult. We went to help but there were a lot of shootings and we had to run away leaving our clothes and mobile phones. Some of those who were trying to cross the river were shot and some taken by the stream.  The soldiers kill whoever they capture. If we are not able to get them across, they would be killed. We hear shooting daily.”

Samuel Berhane said “There were a lot of people from Adebay and Humera. They were young, old, children and women. They were 95 in total. After we helped the 21 cross the river, around 15 soldiers came. We told the kids to hide but the soldiers didn’t spare them. They killed four. Another one was shot while he was in the water. We see daily one or two dead bodies with their hands tied behind their backs floating on the river Tekeze. This is genocide. In Humera all the grain stores are now packed by Tigrayans.”

Photos and Images

Images of people that are said to have been thrown to the Tekeze river are appearing on social media. The images are said to have been retrieved in Sudan.

Early on, an estimated 1 million Tigrayans had been removed from Western Tigray, with 70, 000 fleeing to Sudan and the rest to Shire and other parts of Tigray. The current crimes are on those that are left and seems a final attempt to remove any Tigrayan from Western Tigray. The area is occupied by Amhara forces with the help of the Ethiopian National defence Forces and the Eritrean Defence Forces.

Western Tigray needs urgent attention.


Tigisti contributed by translating the interviews.

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  1. Amhara is not an ethnic but set of killers

    የሀሳብ ግድፈት ፥ከላይ የተገለፀው ሀሳብ ኮረኔል መንግሥቱ ሥለተናገሩት ብቻ ሳይሆን ከዚህ በፊት ከኮረኔል መንግሥቱ በእድሜ የበለፀጉ ታሪክ አዋቂና ተመራማሪዎች ያሰፈሩትና ሲገልፁት የቆየ ሀቅ ነው፥፥አምሐራ ማለት በተራራማ ቦታ የሚር ህዝብ ከተባለ ይህ ቃል ዛሬ መጠነ ሰፊ የሆነ ጥቅል ገላጭ ቅፅል ነው፤፤ተራራማ አከባቢዎችን ተገን አድርው የከተሙና የሰፈሩ ብሎም ለዘመናት የኖሩ የተለያዩ ብሔሮች መግለጫ ሊውል ይችላል፥፥

  2. Amhara is not an ethnic but set of killers

    Amhara elites are terrorists and the world failed to understand the fact that Amhara is inexistent in the form of an ethnic but only does exist as a group of political elite who coerce the ordinary people to accept a genocidal ideology against the neighboring nations and nationalities and turn this notion into a total human disaster. They should be arrested and thrown behind bars/Jails. If their hidden agenda and organizational structure is not dismantled and thwarted as soon as possible, they could expand further and destroy a geographical area larger than they have affected so far and enormous victims will be displaced and massacred. Act as fast as possible against these mercenaries!

    Last but not least, showing bodies of these men thrown to Tekeze river like the one shown on twitter, is inhumane by itself , extremely incomfortable, and disturbing and damaging to family members and beloved ones, even if it could also show the reality on the ground and pro-life causes.
    עַם(ዓም=people=ሕዝብ), הַר(ሐር=mountain=ተራራ) According to the speech delivered by Col Mengistu Hailemariam, Amhara is not an ethnic but made use of to designate people living in the mountain or Mountainous region. Amhara is not an ethnic, but made use of to designate people living in the mountain or mountainous region. This could lead to a conclusion that is contradictory to the conventional and the most prevailing connotation we had erroneously developed for years on the account of those habitual liars, butchers, and heirs ofMenilik dynasty. Besides, these genociders are reportedlyis the power behind the throne in the prosperity party.

    ሁለት ባላንጣዎች ከጎረቤት የአጥር ሽምጠጣ (አጥር በርጥብ እንጨት የማጠር ሥራ ተጠርተው)ሥራ ላይ ሳሉ አንዱ የባላንጣውን እጅ በአጥር ማጥበቂያ ገመድ ከአጥር እንጨት ጋር አጣብቆ አሰረው፥፥እጁን በባላንጣው የተጎዳው ሰው ባንድ በኩል ህመሙ ከአቅሙ በላይ ሆና በዝምታ ሊልፈው ስላልቻለ፥በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ ቢጮህ የበለጠ አጥብቆ ሊያስረውና ሊያሳምመው መሆኑን ስለተገነዘበ የጌትየው ቤት ተበላሸ ሲል ቀጥተኛ እና ህመሙንና ተጎጅነቱን ሳያሳውቅና ሳይገልጥ በአካባቢው ላሉት አመለከተ፥፥በትግራይ ዝብ ላይ ጦርነትና የጅምላ ጭፍጨፋን ያወጁ መሰርያን የብልፅግና ካድሬዎችና ጀሌዎቻቸው ሽንፈታቸውን ላለመግለጥ ትዕቢት ተናንቆቸው (እንደ ሳጥናኤል ዝሁራን ዕቡያን ስለሆኑ)ሕውሓት ሕፃናትን እያስጨፈጨፈ ነው በማለት ያለመታከት ሌት ተቀን ፕሮጋንዳቸውን ሲነዙና የሀሰት መረጃ ሲያሰራጩ ይውላሉ፥፥አንዴ የትግራይ እናቶች ልጆቻቸውን ለጦርነት አንሰጥ ስላሉ በአደባባይ በህውሓት እየተገረፉ ነው ሲሉ በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ ጨለማን ተገን አድርገው ሕናትንና እናቶችን ሲደፍሩና ሲገድሉ ይታያሉ፥፥በተለይም አቤል ብርሃኑ(የወይኗ ልጅ)፥የተባለ ግለሰብ ፀረ ትግራይ መልዕክቶችን ማሰራጨቱን ከተያያዙት መካከል አንድ ነው፤፤እሱና መሰሎቹ ለፍርድ መቅረብ አለባቸው፤፤ዮኒ ማኛ ተብዬው ብቻ አይደለም፥፥ይታሰብበት፥፥ትግራይ ስዒራ ትስዕር!

  3. Stop the victim card playing and fake pity:to habitual liars from Oromia

    Kichuu , Oromo webiste staff,and many Oromo elites playing the victim card , but fully taking part in the genocide in Tigray. They want to see Tigray forces destroyed and expand their territories, stealing land from Tigray, kobo, raya and most part of Wollo etc

    Th majority of PP troops are Oromos and they killed many Tegaru in Lybia and while smuggling in the desert and throwing them to the sea. Many youngsters from Erob were throwing to the sea by Oromo smugglers.

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