The death and injury of several unarmed Ethiopians by security forces in the city of Moyale, Ethiopia is sparking outrage.
On March 10, 2018 more than 15 innocent civilians were killed at the hands of Ethiopian government security forces. The number of causalities is expected to rise. According to reports coming from the region, in addition to those killed, several more innocent civilians have been injured from gunshot.
The victims of this 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 tensions in the city were high following the death of some of the city’s residents at the hands of government forces and an investigation is underway to find out the cause for the massacre.
It all started when a motorist by the name of Gollo Wako was stopped by security forces and was 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 government soldiers and was 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, in Oromia region for burial services.
The director of Moyale hospital acknowledged the wounded that arrived at the hospital following the actions of the security forces all have 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 hands 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 fleeing the violence unleashed by government forces of Ethiopia. Kenyan Red Cross has already received over 2000 refugees displaced from Ethiopia.