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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 11:59 AM

Massacre In The Mountains...warning: graphically describes killing in Ethiopia..

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/26/africa/ethiopia-tigray-dengelat-massacre-intl/index.html



Editor's Note: All of the witnesses to this massacre have been given pseudonyms at their request due to fears of retribution

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Abraham began burying the bodies in the morning and didn't stop until nightfall.

The corpses, some dressed in white church robes drenched in blood, were scattered in arid fields, scrubby farmlands and a dry riverbed. Others had been shot on their doorsteps with their hands bound with belts. Among the dead were priests, old men, women, entire families and a group of more than 20 Sunday school children, some as young as 14, according to eyewitnesses, parents and their teacher.

Abraham recognized some of the children immediately. They were from his town in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, Edaga Hamus, and had also fled fighting there two weeks earlier. As clashes raged, Abraham and his family, along with hundreds of other displaced people, escaped to Dengelat, a nearby village in a craggy valley ringed by steep, rust-colored cliffs. They sought shelter at Maryam Dengelat, a historic monastery complex famed for a centuries-old, rock-hewn church.

On November 30, they were joined by scores of religious pilgrims for the Orthodox festival of Tsion Maryam, an annual feast to mark the day Ethiopians believe the Ark of the Covenant was brought to the country from Jerusalem. The holy day was a welcome respite from weeks of violence, but it would not last.

A group of Eritrean soldiers opened fire on Maryam Dengelat church while hundreds of congregants were celebrating mass, eyewitnesses say. People tried to flee on foot, scrambling up cliff paths to neighboring villages. The troops followed, spraying the mountainside with bullets.

A CNN investigation drawing on interviews with 12 eyewitnesses, more than 20 relatives of the survivors and photographic evidence sheds light on what happened next.

The soldiers went door to door, dragging people from their homes. Mothers were forced to tie up their sons. A pregnant woman was shot, her husband killed. Some of the survivors hid under the bodies of the dead.




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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 12:59 PM

1. K&R for visibility. nt

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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 01:28 PM

2. K & R

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Sat Feb 27, 2021, 04:29 PM

3. There are times when violence is the appropriate response, and I do believe this is one. I read

this post earlier this am and decided not to post what I just said. I watched a talk by Sadhguru who spoke of lessons on how to carry oneself, and confusing gentleness with weakness. He mentioned lessons by Vivekananda, Krishna and Arjuna. Yes, at times it is the proper response.

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