Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Ethiopia: Families of kidnapped university students distressed by overwhelming ransom demands

Ethiopia: Families of kidnapped university students distressed by overwhelming ransom demands

The family of one of about 100 university students who were kidnapped last week near Garba Guracha town in #Oromia’s North Shoa zone, while traveling from #Amhara region to Addis Abeba, said they received a ransom demand of half a million birr.

The sister of a kidnapped #Debark University student told Addis Standard, “We’ve been receiving phone calls from government officials, but until now, we didn’t see any action. Our only and best option appears to be raising funds and pay the money.”

Some students reportedly escaped on the day, while others were later released, “identified by their places of birth” according to the BBC. The location of those still in captivity is unknown. Parents described the kidnappers as “Shane,” a term used by officials to refer to the Oromo Liberation Army (#OLA).

On Monday, The US Embassy in #Addis_Abeba condemned the recent surge in kidnappings for ransom reported in the Oromia and Amhara regions. “Abductions of civilians and students for financial gain must stop.” The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission’s recent report noted an increase in kidnappings for ransom in both Oromia and Amhara regions.

https://addisstandard.com/families-of-kidnapped-university-students-distressed-by-overwhelming-ransom-demands-govt-inaction/


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