Ethiopian army has started a campaign of mass detention and terrorized the community in Jarati and surrounding villages.

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Ethiopian army has started a campaign of mass detention and terrorized the community in Jarati and surrounding villages.

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In October 2017, many people including women, children and elderly people were arrested in Jarrati,Ogaden region,Ethiopia.

As reliable source confirmed to us, among the detainees, is an elderly mother whose name is Saynab Mohamed. It is said that this mother’s house had been attacked by Ethiopian military forces and arrested her. The reason of this terror campaign is unknown, but the Ethiopian armed force usually accuses villagers of being ONLF’s(Ogaden National liberation front) supporters or sympathizers.

Saynab Mohamed’s family has been facing problems from the Ethiopian army for a long time.In 2010,ethiopian military attacked her family in their farm, and tortured Saynab Mohamed and two of her children Ali Aden and Habsa Aden.

In August 2013 Ethiopian troops killed Aden Sahal, Saynab’s husband, . the military also arrested her son Abdi Aden, who later died of torture in prison cell in Ethiopia.
We have also confirmed that Saynab has been subjected to serious torture in the hands of the Ethiopian military.

In Ethiopia detainees are neither allowed to hire lawyers nor do they receive any legal assistance from the government . Similarly, people are not allowed to visit relatives in prison and police cells.in addition to these, the human rights organizations including the ICRC are expelled from the region.

By Mohamed Darwish

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