Posted by: Lister | May 7, 2008

Somalia

Amnesty accuses Ethiopia of crimes, Ethiopia denies:

“We have said repeatedly that our soldiers are the most disciplined soldiers in the world,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wahide Belaye.

“They have never cut anybody’s throat, never gang-raped any women, never deliberately shot civilians in Somalia.”

[…] People who have visited the capital, Mogadishu, recently say parts of it are a ghost town, but Amnesty says residents fleeing the city are prey for armed bandits on the road who rape women and girls and steal whatever they have taken with them.

Even in refugee camps, Somalis face attack, Amnesty says. It says no-one is offering them any protection.

The group says more than 6,000 civilians have been killed in Somalia in the past year.

[…] In one case, “a young child’s throat was slit by Ethiopian soldiers in front of the child’s mother,” the report says.

But this was strongly denied by the Ethiopian government, which says “the cutting of throats of even enemies is not in the tradition of Ethiopian troops”.

Amnesty accuses all parties of committing crimes. Reuters.

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