Eritrean Regime kidnapped eighty five Ethiopians: What if this happened in Israel? (+Audio)
VOA Tigrigna program reported Eritrean soldiers or armed groups affiliated with the regime in Asmara kidnapped over 85 civilians from Tigrai state northern Ethiopia. Two other individuals were killed when they tried to escape from the armed kidnappers the report added. The civilians who came from all over Ethiopia were working in a traditional gold mining which the government doesn’t approve and consider it illegal, but authorities don’t take any serious measures to prevent illegal mining.
In an interview conducted by VOA Tigrigna program with eye witnesses, the alleged kidnapping took place on January 29, 2008 (E.C) in Wereda Kafta, Humera in the village of Tsirga Girmai.
On the above mentioned date about 400 traditional gold miners were surrounded by a group of armed group who spoke Tigrainga and were wearing Eritrean soldiers uniform. An eyewitness to the horrible event a young man by the name of Halefom Girmai who claims he has escaped from the hands of the Eritrean soldiers said, “The Eritrean soldiers forced the unarmed civilians beating and terrorizing them to cross the Mereb River in to the Eritrean side. Once they were on the Eritrean side the people realize what was happening they were trying to run that is where the Eritrean soldiers shot one of the men killing him in the spot ” Halefom added it was in the middle of the day about 7:00pm in the afternoon in Ethiopian time. A young man named Tiku died drowning in the water when he tried to run to safety.
Another witness Mr. Gebreabizgi Nayu a 57 years old local man said the kidnapped people are about 110 people including his nephew Shumwendi Zerai Desta were kidnapped by Eritrean soldiers.
Gebre Gebremedhin, the VOA journalist said VOA tried to get a reaction from the Ethiopian government, but they were not successful. Click here to listen VOA report