AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - The army releases a hundred children kidnapped during the Gambella massacre

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 armed groups  

UNICEF Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) – Ethiopia’s military entered the territory of South Sudan to try to save hundreds of children abducted from Ethiopia by a group of southsudanese armed men. According to Ethiopian radio station Fana, children were taken when suspected ethnic Murle fighters attacked villages in Ethiopia's southwestern Gambella region. More than 200 people were killed in those attacks. The Army surrounded the place where the children were kept prisoners and intervened to release them. According to the Ethiopian government, in the raid which took place on April 15 near the town of Gambella, western Ethiopia, at least 208 people died and 102 children were abducted. The attackers killed all those who opposed resistance and stole about 2,000 head of cattle. This area is scene of ethnic clashes, especially between the two major tribes: the Nuer and the murle. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 27/04/2016)