Shock, Grief and Rage in Addis Abeba


The news of the brutal murder of 30 Ethiopians (possibly including Eritreans) by militants of Islamic State (IS) on the shores of Libya has sent an utter shockwave in Addis Abeba as elsewhere in the country, beginning with the release of a footage of the horrific scene on Sunday.
Two of the victims, Iyasu Yekunuamlak, 35, and Balcha Belete, 35, were identified as residents of the Cherkos neighbourhood, Kirkos District, Wereda 10, off Sierra Leone Street (DebreZeit Road). Family members of the two young men who had left home two months ago on a journey to Europe, trekking the rather dangerous route of Sudan-Chad-Libya, were grieving on Monday and today, while their friends and thousands of others in the District demonstrated their rage against the perpetrators as well as a government whose response to the national tragedy they see as passive.
While trying to show their rage before officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Menelik II Avenue, members of city police cordoned their way near the headquarters of the UNECA, creating a human chain. Demonstrators have returned to the homes of the victims.
Ethiopia’s Parliament has denounced the atrocious act during its session on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, and declared a three-day period of national mourning, beginning on Wednesday.

Photo_5Paying tribute; the residents of Addis Abeba have gathered at the house of Iyasu and Balcha to express their condolences.

Photo_2Aheza Kassaye, mother of Iyasu, heartbroken by the death of her son who was the source of income for the family, is seen being comforted by her neighbours.

Photo_7Angry youth carrying a slogan that says sovereignty is a principle that goes beyond once boundary and protecting citizens aboard.

Photo_3Shown in the middle, Meaza Belete, the sister of one of the deceased Balcha Belete, weeping in the middle of her neighbors who try to comfort her.


Photo_4Meaza Belete, Balcha’s sister, caressing the photo of her brother who left two months ago and remained in the shores of Libya.

Photo_6The weeping people of the city marching down from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) crying and showing the photos of the deceased. Police are seen at the back following the marchers.

Photo_1Appeal to whom? Here one of the mourners seems calling for the supernatural to hear their shouts and cries.


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