Deliberate Damage to Public Institutions in the Village of Digum due to the War on Tigray

Dugum (or Digum) is a rural village with only a few public institutions. And yet, these institutions have been deliberately damaged/destroyed by the invading Eritrean and Ethiopian forces. Some of them are deliberately shelled. The Rock-hewn Monastery of Mariam Yerefeda was shelled in three different times. The following table shows the institutions that have been destroyed by the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies. Below the table are videos showing damages to the monastery, the preschool, the elementary school and the health center.

No.Company NameType of property Type of damage Address Source/s Remark 
1.Dugum complete primary school – two rooms house 
– 28 class rooms 
– 15 computer 
– 3 laptop 
– 1 big copy machine
– 1 Gestetner 
– 2 printers 
– 4 radios 
– 4 radios 
– 1 microscope 
– 4  mattresses 
– 400 books 
– library 
destroyed 
destroyed
– broken  
– looted 
– broken 
– broken
– broken 
– broken 
– looted 
– looted 
– destroyed 
– looted 
– looted 
Dugum Kilte Awlaelo– eyewitness 
– school principal 
– school property head
Eritrean and Ethiopian troops 
2.Dugum Preschool– three rooms with all property – destroyed and looted Dugum Kilte Awlaelo-eyewitness -Eritrean troops 
3. Dugum health center – two rooms house
– five rooms’ mirrors and doors
– one fridge 
– one property container 
– four thermos
– two pans 
– three sterilizers  
– destroyed 
– destroyed 
– broken
– broken
– broken
– broken 
– broken 
Dugum Kilte Awlaelo-eyewitness-Eritrean troops 
4.Dugum Saint Mariam Yerefeda church  – one room full of sacred treasure
– two generators
– two speakers
– one building  
– destroyed 
– brunt
– broken 
– damaged  
Dugum Kilte Awlaelo-eyewitnessEritrean and Ethiopian troops 
5.Dugum administration office – one room house
– one computer 
– full property with its files  
– burnt 
– burnt 
– burnt 
Dugum Kilte Awlaelo-eyewitnessEthiopian troops 
6.Police community office – one room house with all its property – burnt Dugum Kilte Awlaelo-eyewitness Ethiopian troops 
7.Union work association – three rooms house with one computer– destroyed and looted Dugum Kilte Awlaelo-eyewitness Ethiopian troops 
8.Dedebit microfinance – one room house with its full property – destroyed and looted Dugum Kilte Awlaelo-eyewitness Ethiopian troops 
9.Land administration office – one room house with its full property – destroyed and looted Dugum Kilte Awlaelo– eyewitness Ethiopian troops 
10.Farmers training center– one room house with its full property – looted Dugum Kilte Awlaelo– eyewitness Eritrean troops 
11.Tsebkley youth association – six rooms house – all properties – doors broken
– looted 
Dugum Kilte Awlaelo– eyewitness 
– members of the association 
Eritrean and Ethiopian troops 

Videos Showing some of the damage to of some of the public institutions

Below are some videos recorded in May showing the damage to some of the village’s public institutions.

1. Digum Complete Primary School

2. Digum Preschool

3. Digum Health Center

4. The Rock-hewn Church of Mariam Yerefeda


See also

  1. What I witnessed about the war in Gulle, Kilte Awla’elo, Tigray
  2. Gheralta Mountains: from attractive tourism destination to a raging battlefield (a rare footage)
  3. Damage Assessment in 52 households in the village of Dugum due to the war on Tigray
  4. ብ ኲናት ኣብ ልዕሊ ትግራይ፡ኣብ ጣብያ ድጉም ዝበፅሐ ዝርዝር ዕንወት
  5. ፎቶታትን መብርህታትን ኣብ ድጉም ክልተ ኣውላዕሎ ዝተቐተሉ ወገናት

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    The Genocide Convention has been ratified or acceded to by 152 States (as of July 2019). Other 42 United Nations Member States have yet to do so. From those, 19 are from Africa, 17 from Asia and 6 from America. Ethiopia , which is administered by a prosperity party hell bein on massacring its own people, is officially famed to be the part of the convention.Ethiopia became the first state to deposit the treaty on 1 July 1949. The treaty came into force and closed for signature on 12 January 1951.
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