In an abominable terrorist attack, over 200 people were slaughtered and 75 more injured in Western Ethiopia on Friday. The attackers were from South Sudan, and not only did they come to kill, but they came to collect human slaves. At least 100 children were kidnapped after their parents’ slaughter.
The heads of 2000 livestock were also taken from the scene of the massacre for reasons unknown. Al Jazeera reported this:
“The attack happened on Friday in the Horn of Africa nation’s Gambela region which, alongside a neighbouring province, hosts more than 284,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled a conflict in that country.”
The raid was led by up to hundreds of South Sudan terrorists, and at least 60 of the terrorists have been killed by Ethiopian military, according to spokesperson Reda. It is believed they were “Murle tribesmen from South Sudan’s Jonglei and Upper Nile regions.” The terrorists have no affiliation with the Sudan government. A government spokesperson gave this statement to the media:
“208 dead and 75 people wounded. Ethiopian Defence Forces are taking measures. They are closing in on the attackers.”
There have been attacks involving these same two groups before, however, this has proven to be the deadliest of them all. Worst of all are the child victims who will face very short or very long lives of pain and injustice.
The past frays between the differing governments led to a civil war last year, a war so terrible, it caught the attention of the U.S. and the United Nations. This led to an eventual peace treaty promised by both sides. With the treaty being signed in August and further compromises being made in January of 2016, it is unknown what led to this brutal attack that claimed the lives of so many.