ADDIS ABABA – BreakThrough (BT) News has recently broadcast the terrorist TPLF’s atrocities in Lalibela.
For instance, BT reported that expectant women died of childbirth complications emanating from lack of health facilities as terrorist TPLF has entirely destroyed health centers such as hospitals in Lalibela town.
As to the report, four women died due to lack of attendants’ treatment since the health center’s delivery room was used as an underground jail during terrorist’s invasion of Lalibela.
Having close interaction with residents, BT said that people in the town are highly suffering from lack of treatment. As the pharmacy has entirely been looted, many have been dying of lack of medical care.
One of the victims out of the town residents said: “I myself was one of those who was imprisoned in an underground jail and was about to be killed but luckily escaped. We were beaten and forced to provide TPLF members with food and drinks as we had no choice other than giving them food depriving our own children of food items.”
BT also reported that fundamental infrastructure like the Lalibela airport are immensely destroyed. Hence, people have no means of livelihood, and some are starving following the shutdown of the airport and the sluggish pace of tourism sector.
Another Lalibela resident said that they have been through misery, especially urban dwellers who have hugely depended on the income secured from the airport.
As Lalibela requires the combined effort of all to be rebuilt, local community, Ethiopians from all walks of life, the Diaspora as well as the international community are expected to contribute their share to the effort exerted in due course of rebuilding the town.
Tourists from around the world travel to Lalibela year round to experience the unique history, culture and architecture there in person. During the U.S-backed TPLF offensive act, Lalibela came under occupation as residents told BT.
The ancient city of Lalibela is a worldwide landmark known for its rock-hewn churches date to the 13th century.
BY ESSEYE MENGISTE
THE ETHIOPIAN SUNDAY EDITION 16 JANUARY 2022