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Genocide 2008Part I
Under the above title, horrifying and shocking reports and revelations, of untold crimes committed upon the Eritrean people in general and upon the members of theKunama ethnic-group, in particular, have been made by an ex-member of the PFDJ regime’s “intelligence group” who was also an eye-witness. The regime’s crimes have crossed over all levels.
The VKP/KAM’s team is here giving only a brief summary of his report, with more and specific details and our editorial comments to follow.
That person’s textual statements:
“let us now see the genocide committed by the 3rd and 5th operational zones after they have changed and exchanged their places on Jan. 2007. The commander of the fifth Operational zone Colonel Wedi Welela came to replace our station from Asmara and we went to Mendefera. The 4th commander of the third operational zone Major General Omer Tewil and his cronies were so eager to resume the unfinished ethnic cleansing plan that has been on function by the previous commander Major General Philipos W/yohanes and zonal administrator Mustafa Nurhussien.
As soon as the shifting of places is finalised, our command leaders brought all the containers (prison cells) from Dekemhare loading them in heavy trucks and put them in a place called Adi Tsetser some 3 kms from Mendefera. They put the containers in private garage. After the transformation of the prison sites, they resumed hunting members of the Kunama ethnic group. Under the previous plan and order of Mustafa and general Philipos, around 70 Kunama ethnic members were already in custody under horrific conditions in Barentu. Their crime is said to be nothing but their actual and practical resentment and rebellion against the PFDJ regime.
Surprising enough, leaders of the 3rd operational zone had come up with a new mechanism and pretext to proceed with the brutal gunning down and detention of the Kunama labelling them as members and supporters of the Kunama resistance movement – for the Liberation of Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK.)
Under the pretext of the state accusations, around 300 Kunama ethnic members were already in prison.
The age limit of the detention ranges from 9 to the doddering ages.
The prisoners were bloodily harassed, molested and tortured to say yes to the accusations which are alien to them and know nothing about. Here, the main motive behind the curtain was to paralize and to put an end or stoppage to the ongoing struggle being waged by the Kunama movement-DMLEK. Since DMLEK was getting strong backing and had intensified small scale military operations through which it became popular in the Gash-Barka regional administration; and to retaliate and foil the resistance, the regime has piled all the crimes and punishments up on the innocent civilian Kunama. The calculation of the regime was to cripple the movement of DMLEK by revenging up on the parents, close relatives and wives of the fighters. The purposes of the torture, harassments and killings are nothing but emanated from the frustration the regime is getting on daily bases for which it has failed to keep up with the opposition’s pace.
Detailed cases abuses on the spot were as follows:
1. 10 children ranged 9-13 years old were sentenced for 6 months at Halhale rehabilitation centre of the third operational zone;
2. 13 individuals aged 13-18 were sentenced 1-4 years in Adi Quala languishing up to the present;
3. Around 250 Kunama of all ages including mothers with their little ones were sentenced 1-20 years in Adi Quala;
4. 12 individuals were used for propaganda purposes;
5. 2 individuals died during interrogation;
26 people were poisoned and killed, and
28 Kunama ethnic members were brutally executed.”
(Awate-EHRAG: Translated by EDA, English unit – Oct. 20, 2008)
The details of this report will be fully commented upon and posted in www.baden-kunama.com in the future.
The VKP/KAM’s team has long been stating and sustaining that the regime, through the brutal hands of its regional administrators, zonal commanders and their subjects, has been and is practising a very clear and open ethnic-cleansing against the Kunama people. The detailed reports will further reveal and confirm our claims. The individuals, like the Information Minister, Ali Abdu, said to be the major masterminding force of the ethnic-cleansing activities against the Kunama people;
Major General Philoppos W/yohannes, the commander of the regime’s military forces in “Gash-Barka region”; the ex-regional administrator of the Gash-Barka region, Mustafa Nurhussein; his successor Kahsai Gebrehiwet, the present regional administrator and the groups of individuals and “zonal operational leaders”like “Colonel Wedi Welela, Major General Omer Tewil, Major Teklebrhan Hagos (wedi Ayney) and Kibrom,” all said to have been and are being directly and actively involved in the ethnic cleansing operations against the Kunama populations, remain the main persons responsible for such atrocities who will be called to respond in courts of justice, in the future.
The VKP/KAM: (October 25, 2008.)