EHRC Calls for Urgent Reinforcement of Security Forces in Kellem Wollega 

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) sounds alarm over reports of a new civilian killing in the Kellem Wollega Zone of Oromia region.

The Commission was unable to confirm the number of deaths in the attack that occurred in Mender (village) 20 and Mender 21 of Hawa Gelan Woreda in Kellem Wollega. 

The Commission is monitoring the situation and has spoken with survivors who have fled the area and local sources. 

Sources indicate that the perpetrators are members of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA- also known as Shane) and that the killings started in the early hours of July 4, 2022, said EHRC in a statement, stating that it has learned that the population of both villages is known to be primarily of Amhara ethnic origin. 

Government security forces are reported to have reached the area but residents continue to seek shelter elsewhere, the statement reads. 

“The continued insecurity in the area and what appears to be the ethnically targeted killing of residents must be put to a stop immediately,” EHRC Chief Commissioner Dr. Daniel Bekele said

Dr. Daniel reiterated the Commission’s call for an urgent reinforcement of government security forces in order to prevent further civilian deaths.