Vigil for killed Ethiopians
A memorial service was held on May 3 to mourn the nearly 30 Ethiopians killed by ISIS in Libya.
The terrorist group executed two groups of Ethiopians, according to a video entitled Until There Came to Them Clear Evidence, which was released on April 19.
One group was reportedly beheaded on a beach along the Mediterranean, while the other was said to be shot in Southern Libya.
Ethiopian Community of Auckland president Dagninet Shiferaw says it was an appalling act of violence.
‘‘They had been asked by ISIS to change their religion from Christian to Muslim.
‘‘They refused to do that so about 28 Ethiopians were killed,’’ Shiferaw says.
Gemal, who was an Ethiopian Muslim, was also senselessly killed while trying to save his fellow Ethiopians, Shiferaw says.
More than 70 people gathered at Wesley Community Centre for the memorial and candlelit vigil.
There were tears while watching the video, Shiferaw says.
‘‘We were really angry at the Libyan Government for not responding quickly to what happened.
‘‘Even when they did acknowledge it, the Government didn’t strongly denounce the actions of ISIS.’’
The community also paid respect to the several Libyans who were set alight in a xenophobic attack in South Africa in April.
‘‘We really want to create awareness among the New Zealand Government and people about the fact that Ethiopians are being targeted in Libya and other African countries.
‘‘We want the New Zealand Government to bring [in] more Ethiopian suffering countries.’’
There is no freedom of expression in Ethiopia, Shiferaw says.
‘‘Recently when people protested against ISIS they were beaten by the Ethiopian police.
‘‘They don’t want them to protest because there is an election coming up.’’
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A show of solidarity against ISIS violence at Wesley Community Centre.