“In the Amhara region of Ethiopia, a war is underway that no one talks about. What is happening is tragic. The Tplf, Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or TDF, Tigray Defense Forces
as the armed wing of the party is called, it attacks and kills civilians, without sparing the elderly and children. Animals and raw materials are burned to impoverish even more farmers, already tried by the war that broke out in November. It is as if the TPLF were fighting a medieval battle, attacking the weakest and most defenseless population, bombing villages from the top of the mountains ”.
This is what a Tigrinya woman who maintains anonymity tells Affaritaliani, originally from Gondar, tired of the silence on the brutality of the conflict that, from Tigray, reached the Amhara region.
“The worst is happening”, continues the witness, “Amhara is a large region of north-central Ethiopia, impossible to completely control. In order to attack and not be attacked by the federal army and the Amhara militias, the TDF militiamen made human barriers with women and, above all, children.
They take a lot of them, even five thousand, six thousand people. They empty small villages that cannot be protected because the army cannot shoot at civilians used as shields. A child was found by his grandparents wearing the blood of his parents, not even thirty, both dead. These are the news coming from local televisions and from relatives ”.
In these days the news of the massacres in the Chena village, near the city of Dabat. At least 120 civilians were killed here, but the number, unfortunately, is not definitive, many are not found. There are now over 100,000 displaced people in the Amhara region. The images of the tombs of Chena arrive online.
Long lines of stones and green branches, graves to mourn the many civilian victims of the brutality of the TPLF.
But what is happening in Ethiopia after the 4 November attack on the national weapons depot of the North Barracks? The Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which represents the ethnic Tigrinya minority, which remained in power from 1991 to 2018, did not in fact accept the unilateral ceasefire, decided by the government for humanitarian reasons. A respite that coincides with the rainy season, which will end at the end of September.
Ethiopia, Chena, the town in the Amhara region bordering Tigray, where the conflict is taking place
The fear expressed by many analysts was that precisely such a truce could induce the TPLF to attack. And so it happened. Not towards Addis Ababa, as declared by the leaders of the Front for the triumphalistic recovery of the capital Mekellè, but towards neighboring regions, that of Amhara and Afar.
The rest the friction between the two regions, Tigray and Amhara has historical roots.