Members of Australia’s Ethiopian community are calling on the Australian government to help stop what they call a Rwanda-style genocide committed by Ethiopia’s government.

By Gary Cox (SBS World News) |

Members of Australia’s Ethiopian community are calling on the Australian government to help stop what they call a Rwanda- style genocide committed by Ethiopia’s government.

After a vigil held in Sydney last night they say an ongoing campaign of threats and intimidation here in Australia won’t silence them anymore.

It comes after fifty people were killed in a stampede at a religious festival overnight in the Oromia Region.

“They are terrorizing the Ethiopian people, they are killing our people, you know genocide, they’re killing indiscriminately,” Tesfaye Engdawork Maru, chairman of the NSW Ethiopian Association told SBS.

He says if the West was moved to act in Syria or Rwanda – it should intervene in Ethiopia.

He wants to see a truth and reconciliation commission, similar to that held in post-Apartheid South Africa.

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“We are trying to bring to the world’s attention to what is happening in Ethiopia and to bring those people to justice.”

For Ethiopians enjoying the relative safety of Australia, the bitter reality of what is happening back at home is hard to leave behind.

‘Mona’ is a refugee from Ethiopia, she said her father was killed for his political views, and soon afterward her brother went into hiding.

“Always he was hiding at home, wearing a dress and he no go, no going outside,” Mona explained to SBS through tears.

Mona recounts that fateful night he did venture out. By morning he hadn’t returned and Mona went looking for him.

She never saw him alive again.

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