Media reports have indicated in December that six children who were kidnapped in northern Ethiopia have been shot dead by their captors after their families failed coming up with ransom money.
Media reports have it that unidentified outlaws abducted eight children near the Gondar zone of Amhara Regional State in late December and demanded that their families pay a ransom of 120,000 birr (around USD 3,700), as a local has reported. Failing to secure the ransom money, the kidnappers tied the children with ropes in pairs and shot them dead, the reports claimed. The victims were between the ages of 10 and 16.
The fragile conditions in Ethiopia have resulted in casualties and destruction of properties and the endless lack of peace. That has put Ethiopia the very third country next to Afghanistan and Yemen in the recent report list of the International Crisis Group. The report named conflict-ridden countries that should be looked seriously on 2020.