Ethiopian Election 2015: TPLF security quietly & systematically eliminating young opposition activists: The case of BDU’s engineering student Yacob Boodey

21 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

One could consider the elimination squad at the TPLF security system like the ugly aliens that come to Earth, kidnap humans and vanish without traces.

The only difference is that their victims are seen dead, but their body is not for anyone to see or receive. It also vanishes without friends and campus associates reflecting even on the small impersonal encounters.

Killing is their profession. They are adept at what they are doing. They have capability for utmost cruelty. They could become invisible. One is alive when they leave. But move out with sense of certainty that their victim would be no more.

This time, they focussed on Bahir Dar University (BDU) campus. It would be recalled even the calmer of part of the country, i.e., Central Ethiopia, has for a while now not been so dull and docile.

When the security people hid themselves in the campus or left for a while, someone was badly ill. It was learnt later that he was found by other students lying on the ground. His friends say he had never been sick at all in the years they had known him.

While acknowledging his not being alright, the university clinic did not choose to take him to the nearby Felegeselam Hospital. He was kept lying there in the university clinic, whose administration is accused of being in cahoot with the ruling party and the security.

A little later, one clear sign emerged. Unlike the campus tradition – the administration did not allow, or ask, nor allow students to ask or come with flowers before a send off to one of them!

This time, third year engineering student Yacob Boodey’s body was spirited away by the security. A young textile-manufacturing student’s life was nipped in the bud just like that.


Ethiopia is now a country of concentration camps, where more than 3,000 students are being kept on open fields in the Rift Valley to the day this election passes with victory to the ruling party.

Hereunder is the Amharic rendition of the story, TEO found on ESAT page.

    ሚያዝያ ፲፪ ቀን ፳፻፯ ዓ/ም

ኢሳት ዜና

    :-ገዢው ፓርቲ ከመጪው ምርጫ ጋር በተያያዘ ህዝቡን አስተባብረው ህዝባዊ አመጽ ያስነሱ ይሆናል በሚል የሚጠረጥራቸውን ወጣቶች ሁሉ እያፈሰ ከማሰር አልፎ ፣ አንዳንዶች እየተገደሉ ሌሎች ደግሞ አሰቃቂ ድብደባ እየተፈጸመባቸው ነው።

በባህርዳር ዩኒቨርስቲ ዋናው ግቢ የሚማር አንድ የመድረክ አባል እንደሆነ የሚታወቅ የ3ኛ አመት ተማሪ ግቢው ውስጥ ወድቆ ከተገኘ በሁዋላ የተሻለ ህክምና ለማግኘት ባለመቻሉ ህይወቱ አልፎአል።

በቴክስታይል የትምህርት ክፍል የኢንጀሪንግ 3ኛ አመት ተማሪ የነበረው ያዕቆብ ቡዴ ከደቡብ ህዝቦች ክልል የመጣ ሲሆን ሰኞ ግንቦት 10/2007 ዓ.ም ከምሽቱ በ5 ሰዓት በግቢው ውስጥ ወድቆ በመገኘቱ በአካባቢው ሲዘዋወሩ የነበሩ ተማሪዎች አግኝተውት ፣ በዩኒቨርስቲው ክሊኒክ እንዲረዳ ቢያደርጉትም ወደ ተሻለ ህክምና ሊወሰድ ባለመቻሉ ህይወቱ ከሌሊቱ 8 ሰዓት ማለፉን የዩኒቨርስቲው ምንጮች ገልጸዋል፡፡

ተማሪ ያዕቆብ ቡዴ የመድረክ ፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ደጋፊ ሆኖ እንደሚንቀሳቀስ በቅርብ የሚያውቁት ተማሪዎች ይናገራሉ፡፡ የገዢው መንግስት ካድሬዎች በየጊዜው ይዝቱበት እንደነበር የሚናገሩት የልጁ ጓደኞች በዩኒቨርስቲ ቆይታው አንድም ቀን ታሞ እንደማያውቅ ያክላሉ። ወጣቱ በልብ ህመም እንደሞተ ተደርጎ የሚሰጠው መግለጫ ትክክል አለመሆኑን የሟቹ ጓደኞች ገልጸዋል።

የባህርዳሩ ፈለገ ህይወት ሪፈራል ሆስፒታል በሚገኝበት ከተማ እና በርካታ አምቡላንስና የዩኒቨርስቲው መኪኖች እያሉ ወደ ህክምና ማድረስ ሲቻል በዩኒቨርስቲው አነስተኛ ክሊኒክ በቂ እርዳታ ሳደረግለት ህይወቱ በማለፉ ከፍተኛ ንዴት ውስጥ የሚገኙት የሟች ጓደኞችና የትምህርት ክፍል አጋሮቹ ፣ ጓደኛችን ሆን ተብሎ እንዲሞት ተደርጓል በማለት ብስጫታቸውን እየገለጹ ነው።

የሟች አስክሬን ከሌሊቱ በ10 ሰዓት በዩኒቨርስቲው መኪና ተጭኖ በድብቅ ወደ ትውልድ ሀገሩ ሸኖ ከተማ መላኩን የውስጥ ምንጮች ገልጸዋል፡፡

ከአሁን በፊት በዩኒቨርስቲው ውስጥ የሚማሩ ተማሪዎች በህመምም ሆነ በተለያዩ ምክንቶች ሲያርፉ ተማሪውና የዩንቨርስቲው ማህበረሰብ በነቂስ ወጥቶ በዲፓርትመንቱ የአበባ ጉንጉን ተዘጋጅቶ እንደሚሸኝ የሚገልጹት ተማሪዎች፣ የተማሪው አስከሬን በድብቅ አንዲሄድ መደረጉ ከአሟሟቱ ጋር በተያያዘ ሌሎች ችግሮች እንዳይነሱ በመስጋት ነው ይላሉ።

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