It is now obvious that the terrorist who causes mayhem in Gambella have a different agenda other than the land scuffle which triggered the conflict. These terrorists are trying to turn Gambella into a wildly state by terrorizing innocent people.
It is advisable that the government of Ethiopia looks into the plans of these bandits because the lives that have been lost could not have been wasted if there was no underlying issue given that the dude who was the core of the dispute survived the gunshot.
Despite the fact that he was walking free while his opponent was saving time in the jail for the violence that the Anyuak man initiated as he was the one who fired the first shot, the Anyuak mob went on a killing spree. They butchered two sisters who were studying in Gambella Health Science College because they were Nuer defying the efforts made by the Police department in resolving the matter.
One of the sisters did not survive while the other one paralyzed of horrific trauma sustained after being attacked with machetes and knives. While the Nuer were mourning the death of their fellow sister and nurturing the other one in Jimma Hospital, an Anyuak terrorist went to a school compound where the Nuer students were studying.
The terrorist threw a bomb (hand grenade) at the students. Luckily enough the grenade detonated on the terrorist himself injuring him so badly.
That was how the situation became blemished as some of the Anyuak members in Liyu Haile (Special Force) as well as in the police force turned their guns at their fellow Nuer counterparts as well as other Nuer civilians who have no experience with the use of firearms.
That Thursday was a very bad day for the Nuer in Gambella. They were not prepared and unware about what the day unfolded. Many Nuer were going about their business while the terrorists from Anyuak ethnic group were hunting for them killing any Nuer they could find either be an armed man, a woman or a baby.
Hence, being from Nuer ethnic group was enough for them to justify what they did and continue doing.
An example was a high profile Nuer who works for the department of roads in Gambella. On his way back to Gambella, few miles pass Abobo, he was pulled out of his work vehicle and murdered in the bushes.
The Nuer who serve in the Liyu Haile in the woredas of Gog and Jor also met their fate in the hands of their Anyuak counterparts unware that such a unthinkable act would happen to them. For Anyuak who work in the Nuer areas, that is a different story for them.
The lives of those who worked in Nyinenyang, Jokow and Lare were spared and given to authorities who looked after their welfare. That is the way it should be because you cannot kill a person just because he is from a certain ethnicity which happens to be at odds with you. Imagine that Ethiopia and Eritrea go to war again.
Would that be justifiable to kill every Eritrean refugees and Eritrean civilians that we could find in our backyard?
If we do that then we have no different with animals. Indeed, these terrorists have no different with animals. While the Federal government was trying to oversee the situation to help bring a lasting peace by conducting meetings between the Nuer and Anyuak, the terrorists were still thinking like animals killing people wherever they found them.
The death in Gambella on this violence did not only confined to Nuer Ethiopians or everyone else in the region. But any Nuer and everyone who cherishes peace and calmness. For instance, the Sudanese Nuer in the refugee camp of Fugnido who had nothing to do with the Gambella political climax were entangled in this situation by Anyuak.
As recent as yesterday, three Sudanese Nuer were killed despite the peace effort which is being undertaken in the region by the federal government of Ethiopia.
The death continued further to other ethnic groups. Some members of the Ethiopian defense force were also killed in Jor for trying to investigate who killed the Nuer Special Force stationed in Jor barrack. Furthermore, some members of the Ethiopian defense force were also killed by Anyuak terrorists late last week for not adhering to their demands of killing Nuer who works for the UN in the Anyuak town of Agenge.
The act of these perpetrators is heavy to bear and an indicative of terrorism. Terrorists try to articulate their objective by terrorizing local population. If these terrorists were for peace, then the two people they killed four days ago in Gambella town and the three people they killed yesterday in Fugnido camp would have still be alive today because peace loving Anyuak and Nuer were on negotiation looking for modalities that could bring lasting peace in the region.
But because they had different agenda of creating carnage trying to drive anyone out of Gambella be a Nuer or highlander, then the Ethiopian defense force needs to wipe them out for peace to come. It is true that it is not every Anyuak that agree with these murders who are destabilizing our region. Those who agree with the norms of a peaceful Ethiopia and a peaceful state must live with us peacefully but those who seek destruction of our region must be eliminated.
The Ethiopian government needs to take this matter seriously. By the time of writing this article, a sad news came in about the shooting murder of three Nuer between Itang town and their villages. Prior to the killing, the residents of Itang both Nuer and Anyuak agreed to return to normal and live harmoniously again.
Thus, the Ethiopian defense force after advised them to go about their business but the Anyuaks did not mean it. They actually wanted to go and killed the vulnerable like what the did when these women were walking carrying their food items on their heads thinking that the situation was normal.
They were killed cold-bloodedly. This is such a low act that the Anyuak terrorist must stop doing otherwise they would be eradicated in Gambella.