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Ethiopian guards massacred scores of Tigrayan prisoners, witnesses say

By Katharine Houreld

04 Dec 2022 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

This Washington Post exclusive reports on a shocking story coming from Ethiopia, in which 83 Tigrayan prisoners were murdered by guards. Discover the accounts of survivors in this article.

NAIROBI - The scent of coffee and cigarettes hung in the hot afternoon air in a makeshift Ethiopian prison camp, prisoners said, as detained Tigrayan soldiers celebrated the holy day of Saint Michael in November 2021. Some joked with friends outside the corrugated iron buildings. Others quietly prayed to be reunited with families they had not seen in a year, when conflict erupted in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

Then the killings began.

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