On December 28, 2012, 147 members of the Suri tribe - most of whom were women and children - were massacred by Ethiopian government soldiers trying to evict them from their land.
The Suri people live in southern Ethiopia, in the Bench Maji Zone. The Suri are divided into three groups known as Chai, Tirmaga and Balessa, Suri is a united name of these three groups. These tribes are similar to the Mursi living on the other side, the east bank, of the Omo River. These four tribes have similar cultures and share the same language and customs. They practice stick fighting, pierce their lower lips and ears, herd cattle, cultivate sorghum and maize and are attractive to tourists. Today the land grabbing foreign investors, some western governments, and bad donors like DFID, USAID, China, India, European Union and Saudi Arabia; their actions are leading to disaster.
The reason for the massacres happening now is the resettlement plans. The Suri people were told to leave their place and go to a new government chosen resettlement site, because the area was leased to a gold mining company. These Suri resisted moving out of this area and the gold mining people were having difficulties to expand the digging.
In the morning, the Ethiopian army came to the Balessa Suri village called Beyahola (meaning white rock) and surrounded the villagers and the village. The army arrested all the people in the village, men, women and children, and they tied all of the villagers’ hands together and drove them deep into the Dibdib forest and shot and killed all of them, except seven young people who escaped. It was a small village of 154 people. This Suri girl in the middle in the picture above, was killed, see the below picture where she is dead. The government tried hard to control the people not to report this massacre, but thanks to God the news came out. These are human rights violations, in southwest Ethiopia. Why is the American government and the UK government supporting the Ethiopia government? Aren’t they supposed to be fighting terrorism not supporting it?
The dead bodies are buried in mass graves deep inside Dibdib forest and some bodies were transported to gold mining holes not far from the Dibdib forest. Some bodies were left out and eaten by vultures and predators. Most of the children were thrown into Akobo River. After the massacre, the army sent warnings all around the area that if anyone reports about this, the army will do things to these people who report, and more, even worse, things to the Suri.
The nonstop massacre of the Suri tribe is still going on and growing worse every month, but no one has reported about it. In the west, if a few people are murdered it will make the media headlines, but for the human beings living in southwestern Ethiopia no one really talks about it. What the Ethiopian government does to the pastoral people in southwestern Ethiopia, still has not become known.
Press Release: Africa Oil Corp. – Mon, Jan 14, 2013 2:00 AM EST VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan 14, 2013) - Africa Oil Corp. ("Africa Oil" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AOI) (AOI.ST) is pleased to announce the commencement of drilling operations on the Sabisa-1 well in the South Omo Block in Ethiopia. The well was spud on January 13, 2013 by the Operator, Tullow Oil Plc ("Tullow") and is currently drilling ahead. The well is expected to take approximately 60 days to reach the planned total depth of 2,600 meters. Africa Oil holds a 30% working interest in the block with Tullow holding a 50% interest and Agriterra Limited ("Agriterra") holding the remaining 20% interest. Marathon Oil Ethiopia B.V. ("Marathon") has announced a transaction to purchase Agriterra''s interest in the South Omo Block. This transaction is subject to Ethiopian Government approval.
The South Omo Block is located in the northern portion of the Tertiary East African Rift trend where Africa Oil and their partner, Tullow, have made two significant discoveries in the Lokichar Basin of Kenya. The Sabisa well is located on a similar structural feature as those two discoveries, along a major basinal fault trend. The basin that this well is located in is slightly younger in age than the Lokichar Basin. One of the primary goals of this well is to prove that the petroleum system extends to the north which could open up a new sub-basin if successful. There are numerous prospects and leads on trend with Sabisa. Partners are currently acquiring 1,000 km of 2D seismic data in the Chew Bahir Basin, located in the eastern portion of the block. Prospects identified from this newly acquired survey could provide future drilling candidates that would test another sub-basin within the Tertiary rift trend.
Africa Oil President Keith Hill commented, "This is an exciting well which has the potential to de-risk a large portion of our current portfolio of prospects. With the aggressive exploration campaign planned with our partners Tullow and Marathon in 2013, we will have the opportunity to dramatically change the profile of the Company in the upcoming year. With our recent financing completed, we are well situated to execute one of the most exciting exploration campaigns in the world class East African play fairway."
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