Brutal and Extrajudicial Killings by the ENDF in Oromia Intensified.
OLF Press Release
No. stm 006/stm/2021 No.stm 002/stm/2021
Brutality has never silenced the oppressed masses in history.
The Prosperity Party-controlled Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) has mercilessly
perpetrated another round of inhumane action against innocent young men. On 30 August 2023,
the ENDF illegally incarcerated four young men, namely Hunde Benti, Tamsegen Dhina (aka
Daangaa), Firomsa Biniyam, and Waqtola Dereje from the Sudii kebele of Anfillo District, Qelem
Wollega Zone. They took them to Dambi Dollo town and detained them at kebele 02 at ‘02
Electric House’. The military beat, flogged, and denied them food and drinks. Reports unveil that
the victims were pleading with the military to end their lives due to the severity of torture and
On September 08, 2023, it is reported that the military murdered Temsegen Dhinaa among those
four incarcerated innocent young men. The where abouts of the rest of the detainee is not known.
On the same day, reports indicated a young man by the name of Galasa Jifara Dhaba, who was
living in Ambo town, was taken to his birthplace, Ambo District, Galaan Waddessa Kebele was
extrajudicially executed by the ENDF. On the same day and place, the ENDF repeated its brutality
and murdered another boy, 17 years old, called Inchala Taye Ajjama. In Sibu Sire District, Eastern
Wollega, Jarso Wama Kebele, another young boy named Danu Malkamu Gammada was
assassinated and through on the street. The beast scavenged his body. All these shocking actions
were taken without any due process of law and all were unarmed.
This round of brutal killings is not the first of its kind. In 2021, the Ethiopian armed security men
extrajudicially and publicly assassinated a young man by the name of Amanuel Wondimu at
Dambi Dollo town on a public square while the mother and relatives of the victim were crying
and pleading to spare the lives of their innocent son. In 2022, six university students were rounded
up in Nekempt town while watching television in their own houses and hard-heartedly
assassinated, accusing them of the fictitious and bogus name ‘Abba Torbe.’ In Mana Sibu district,
in 2023, the security forces massacred six young boys and girls and buried them in one hole like
a pit. Again all these were unarmed and were under ENDF custody and actions were taken without
due process of law.
Currently, districts in Western Showa Zone such as Ada’a Barga, Metta Walqixe, Metta Robi,
Jaldu, Chobi, and Gindabaret are put under communication blackout, and heavy weaponry is being
launched from around Minare town to villages to kill and terrorize the citizens. Heavy causality
of innocent farmers is recorded in these areas. Our records and similar press releases show
hundreds of similar cases where innocent citizens are targeted and extrajudicially executed.
These kinds of killings are going across Oromia and other regions for the last four years. The
regime’s inhumane, irresponsible, and barbaric act has now reached a point of no return. The
ENDF, which is supposed to defend the nation from external threats, has now focused on
brutalizing its citizens, especially the young ones who are the foundation of future generations.
The international community and human rights organizations should spare innocent and helpless
citizens. The international community should stand against such vicious acts. Moral, political, and
financial support for such a brutal regime that dehumanizes its citizens breaches international
morality, human rights conventions, and established values pertinent to the humane treatment of
helpless and innocent citizens. The Oromos should intensify their struggle to liberate themselves
from these brutal killings, torture, mistreatment, incarceration, etc.
Victory to the Masses!
Oromo Liberation Front
September 09, 2023