Amnesty: Tigre rebels raped in battle
several women were raped, robbed, and assaulted by Tigran rebels during an attack on a town in Ethiopia's Amhara region.
Amnesty's investigation is based on interviews with 16 victims of sexual assault in the city of Nifas Mewcha Is. The investigation follows an earlier report by the rights group that documented the rape of hundreds of women and girls by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers in the Tigre region. The report, submitted on November 9, focused on attacks during an August attack by the Tigre People's Liberation Front, in which 14 of the 16 women interviewed by Amnesty told they were gang-raped by rebels. In some cases, they were raped at gunpoint, the incident was carried out in front of children. Amnesty's Secretary General Agnes Callamard said, "We have heard survivors' testimony describing ghastly acts committed by TPLF soldiers that are war crimes and potentially crimes against humanity". disregard any part." In one of the many horrific incidents described in the report, the victim Gbayenesh (name changed) was gang-raped by TPLF soldiers while her nine and 10-year-olds were crying. The 30-year-old victim said, "Three of them raped me while my children were crying." The woman said, "They slapped me and kicked me. They were raising their guns as if they were going to shoot me."
The rights group said most of the women interviewed were suffering from health problems as a result of sexual assault but were not getting the help they needed after the Niphas Mewcha hospital was damaged in the TPLF attack. The war in Tigre between government forces and the Tigre People's Liberation Front began in November last year. The Tigre People's Liberation Front has ruled Ethiopia for three decades and now controls Tigre province. Due to this fight, more than two million people have had to leave their homes and run away. More than 50,000 people are living as refugees in neighboring Sudan. In June, the government imposed a unilateral ceasefire so that farmers could sow in the fields. But after the rebel front captured the capital Mekele, the government is now appealing to the people to take up arms.