Tuesday , June 22 2021

News Alert: Rights Commission says Armed Men control almost all parts of Sedal Wereda in Benishangul Gumuz

Addis Ababa, 21/2021 The Ethiopian Commission on Human Rights (EHRC) said in a statement that armed men have control over almost all parts of Sedal Wereda, in the Kamashi zone of the Benishangul Gumuz regional state, where an estimated 25,000 people living.

The commission said the armed group had killed civilians, including local officials, officials from the state administration and residents, and had destroyed both private and government properties. The EHRC has expressed concern for the safety of citizens fleeing the area out of fear for life and said it was in discussion with relevant federal and local authorities.

Quoting local residents, the Commission said the situation was beyond the control of local security and that no additional security measures had been taken since the publication of the report.

Kamashi Zone is where the killing of four of its senior officials in September 2018 sparked one of the deadliest violence that killed hundreds and thousands of people from the region and the nearby West Wollaga zone of the regional state of Oromia expired.

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