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HUFFPOST news: Reports Emerging Of ‘Horrible’ Massacre In Ethiopian Holy City

Reports Emerging Of ‘Horrible’ Massacre In Ethiopian Holy City

Witnesses are sharing stories about a potential massacre at Axum’s Church of St. Mary of Zion that left hundreds dead in November.


Cara Anna

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Bodies with gunshot wounds lay in the streets for days in Ethiopia’s holiest city. At night, residents listened in horror as hyenas fed on the corpses of people they knew. But they were forbidden from burying their dead by the invading Eritrean soldiers.

Those memories haunt a deacon at the country’s most sacred Ethiopian Orthodox church in Axum, where local faithful believe the ancient Ark of the Covenant is housed. As Ethiopia’s Tigray region slowly resumes telephone service after three months of conflict, the deacon and other witnesses gave The Associated Press a detailed account of what might be its deadliest massacre.

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