An Oromo refugee athlete stabbed to death in South Gloucestershire, UK

Man found stabbed to death in South Gloucestershire was ‘close to getting refugee status’

close to getting refugee status

Mohammed Abdurezek ran the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Sunday 1 January 2017, UK (Gazette) — FRIENDS of 31-year-old Mohammed Abdurezek, who was found stabbed to death in South Gloucestershire, say he was close to getting refugee status when he died.

A second appeal for information has been made by police after the body of the 31-year-old was found in undergrowth in the village of Siston by a dog walker on Christmas Eve.

DCI James Riccio, who is leading the investigation for Avon and Somerset Police, said that they believed Mr Abdurezek was not killed where he was found and that a team of officers were “working tirelessly” on the murder investigation.

He was living in Swansea until three to four weeks ago when he returned to Bristol to search for his daughter from a previous relationships, investigating officers said.

Sean O’Donoghue, of Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Refugee Support Group, said that “Mo” came to Bristol from Ethiopia as a child stowaway around 2002, and became a man “taken to heart” by many in the community.

He said Mr Abdurezek’s solicitor had just revealed that he could have embarked on his full application for refugee status after vital papers had arrived from the Home Office

A talented athlete, he had completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in a time of 1.37, crossing the line with his arms crossed above his head in homage to the symbol of the Oromo people’s quest for justice in Ethiopia.

Mr O’Donoghue said the 31-year-old had fled from the east African country after he witnessed his father being beaten up by security forces, and had been living as an asylum seeker for the past 14 years.

He said: “When I offered my condolences a few months back on the slaughter of up to a 100 of his people at a festival, he shrugged his shoulders and said that this kind of thing happens regularly but doesn’t get reported.

“He wanted to go back home and help in the fight for justice and independence for his people.”

He added that being devastated “understates” the feeling he got when news reached him on Boxing Day that his friend had died.

Talgarth county councillor William Powell said that during a respite day organised by Hay, Brecon and Talgarth City of Sanctuary back in July, Mr Abdurezek ended up playing for the opposing team during a football match because he was so keen to get on the pitch.

“Mo was highly competitive in sport, and on that occasion, ran onto the pitch, so eager was he to join the action,” he said.

“Talgarth Town were happy to incorporate his talent into their side for the remainder of the game.

“Mo’s evident sporting talent, turbulent early life and proud identity with the struggle of his own people meant that he was taken to heart by some people in my community who got to know him during the respite visits that he took part in.

“The news of his violent death has caused genuine shock amongst those who knew him. I very much hope that Avon and Somerset Police will be successful in bringing to justice those responsible for his murder.”

Following new information, police have begun their searches at a property St George’s House in Church Drive, St George, where it is believed that Mr Abdurezek had been living recently, with the searches expected to last for a few days.

DCI Riccio said: “We’re working with residents living in the premises and nearby to ensure any concerns they may have are addressed.

“While the investigation is progressing, we still need more information from the public.”

In their appeal to the public, police have asked for anyone to come forward who might have heard a disturbance or witnessed an assault within the vicinity of St George’s House between Tuesday, December 6 and Sunday, December 11.

They have also asked for anyone who has seen any suspicious or unusual activity in that area, or if they know anything about where Mohammed was working during his time in Bristol to get in touch.

Anyone who could help with police inquiries are asked to call the Major Crime Investigation Team on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5216284767 or use the inquiry name Operation Neptune.


Three men arrested in connection with alleged murder of Mohammed Abdurezek in South Gloucestershire

Two men remain in custody over murder of Mohammed Abdurezek with third released on bail

January 3, 2017 (Gazette) —TWO men remain in custody for questioning in connection with the alleged murder of Mohammed Abdurezek, who was found stabbed to death in South Gloucestershire.

The body of the 31-year-old Ethiopian refugee was found in Gibbs Lane in Siston on Christmas Eve by a dog walker, with a post mortem confirming he had died from multiple stab wounds.

The men, aged 42 and 22, were two of three arrested on suspicion of murder, with the third man, aged 22, having been released on bail until February 15.

Search teams are continuing work at two properties in the St George area of Bristol, one in St George’s House, Church Drive, and the second in Craftes Court on Brook Road.

A car has also been seized and is undergoing a full forensic examination.

Police are continuing to appeal for information about Mohammed’s death or information about suspicious activity around the properties in St George, between Tuesday 6 December and Sunday 11 December.

Anyone with relevant information which could help inquiries area asked to call the Major Crime Investigation Team on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5216284767, or use the inquiry name Operation Neptune.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org


Police discover body of man stabbed to death in South Gloucestershire village


26 Dec 2016 (gazette) — THE BODY of a man stabbed to death has been discovered in a small village in South Gloucestershire on Christmas Eve.

Police have appealed to the public’s health in tracing the movements of Mohammed Abdurezek in the time before his body was found on Gibbs Lane in the village of Siston at around 10.10am on Saturday.

A post-mortem examination found the 31-year-old died from stab wounds.

DCI James Riccio, from the Avon and Somerset major crime investigation team (MCIT), said: “A full investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of this tragic incident in which a man has lost his life.

“As part of our inquiry we’re releasing a photograph of Mr Abdurezek in the hope that someone may recognise him and recall having seen him during the past few days.

“While we’re at an early stage, we’re confident Mr Abdurezek was based in Bristol and had links to a number of other places across the UK, including Swansea and Newcastle.

“Did you know Mr Abdurezek? Do you know where he lived and who he lived with? If you did know him, when did you last see him?

“If you have any information which could help us, or saw or heard anything suspicious in Siston in the 48 hours before his body was discovered, please call us. Every piece of information is important.”

DCI Riccio added: “House-to-house enquiries have been carried out in the local area while specialist crime scene investigators have examined the location where his body was found.

“We’re aware this will have an impact on the wider community and would encourage anyone with concerns to contact their local neighbourhood team.”

Officers have asked for anyone who recognises Mohammed Abdurezek, and either remembers having seen him in the past few days, or has any information that could assist in their investigation, to call MCIT on 101 using the reference 5216284767.

4 Responses to An Oromo refugee athlete stabbed to death in South Gloucestershire, UK

  1. Bingo January 4, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    If the great Oromos are able to exercise great unities within their equally great diversities and learn both in theory and practice the practical and pragmatic behaviors of mutual support and mutual protections at any time and any places then no one individual or group will be the target of direct and indirect systematic or random violence. FULL STOP!

  2. Gemeda January 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    When one looks into his refugee life and his determination to standby and help his society, his death, leave alone by act of criminals, even if it had been a natural death It is very disheartening. The culprits for his death may or may not be enemies of Oromo. Even if they are the enemies, there is no doubt as there will be a cover up so as to avoid further animosity and bloodshed. Whatever the outcome, we as per our culture should be cautious by not allowing our emotions to dictate us .

    However, it does’t mean we should be louzy passives. We should seek the right justice by further digging whether it is the direct act or indirect mischief of our enemies. If it is a direct act of the enemies, it will show how they still try to live enslaving the Oromo people by terrorizing not only internally but also externally.

    Although I agree with Mr Bing0’s dea of unity, I wandered why he used this name. We should never use this incidence as Bingo (good forttune) rather than saddening since had he survived it should have been a joy for us and he may also have contributed better. Let us be sensitive on what we talk and act.

    For instance, there is a lesson to be learned from what Mr. Assefa Chabo wrote recently about Oromos of Jimma, Wollega and Borena.I wish he wrote it at a time when Oromos and other societies have equal rights with the societies of their direct and indirect rulers. I read what he quoted aboutJmma slave trade. But Kaffa and other rulers were themselves slave owners and the jimma slave trade amounted 3 to 4000 annually and the figure 450,000 to 500,000 was an estimate of slaves that arrived at Massawa from various places during the entire period. It was an estimate made by the writer after  discussing with Prof. Pankhurst but Mr. Assefa stated as recorded figure which means actual than estimate.

    Mr. Assefa also stated the attachment of the Wollega Oromo to the Monarchy. He may have some truth in this respect, since OLF’s most recent statement is an evidence as it claims as sole leader of Oromo just as king Haile selaasie used to say as he was chosen by God to lead the people. However, I don't agree with Mr Assefa s view as  wellega and Jimma Oromo settled  by annihilating the Oromo tribes.Had it been true, at least one from he Oromo neighbours should have been told the history and the Oromo enemies had propagated it.

    That region is still sparsely populated. Why should anybody sit at one place to be annihilated rather than moving to another place. All I think is that the  Kaffa society may had been living around Gibe and being deafted by Oromo may have moved to its current position. The Wellega  Oromos may also have extended their territory likewise. I wish Mr Assefa did a good reading of what himself quoted before running for conclusion.

    Mr Assefa had also stated about Boorena  Oromo. I wish he also made some research like  the Japanese women who wrote a book "Oral chronicles of Boorena" on Oromo society. She has also stated as she is compiling a book about Raya Oromo from the information she got from elders. She said she even found in Raya those aged over 60 still able to speak oromifa.

    Although I appreciate her devotion I somehow disagree with her and Mr Assefa that speaking  the language doesn't evidence ethnic identity. Had it been , there were many who mastered Italian language during the five invasion. Should they be Italian . As I read it from books after the the Harar Amir was deafted and his army was running towards Harar,, the Oromos interfered along the way and snatched the ammunition. With the help of the ammunition, they were able to defeat the Habesha force and impose their influence. Since it take years to invade and pull out when defeated, the language may also have been dispersed accordingly. MY view may be an assumption but let somebody who really born and lived within our society make the true research.

  3. Daicay January 4, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

    It is very sad Oromo son been killed in this manner without any wrong doing. Oromo people unite and protect each others from such violence. May God give his blessing to his family and friends and to all Oromo people.

  4. Bingo January 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    Gemeda,

    Thank you for referring to me but still please refrain from creating your meanings from other people’s nicknames (Bingo) Bingo, is just a nick name which I have been using for a long time and has nothing to do with gladness or being fortunate.

    For example do you think that your name, “Gemeda” meaning, Glad, fits better to this sad occasion than Bingo and in that way wisely chosen to be used during this sad event? Hmmm…!

    That being the case I think that the death of this young man is one of the saddest events that can happen at this time. The main essence of my comment in that connection is that Oromos should care, nurture and protect each other since societies and governments can not protect every individual in the society. Here I meant that Oromos have to seek and develop the culture and practices of crossing borders with mutual support especially while in foreign countries even if they might have differences for any number of reasons back home. That is why I blamed divisions as a cause of weakness both at the communal and individual levels.

    To begin with and seen broadly, society have gone through the system of hunter gatherer stage, then slave owning stage, feudal agricultural stage, industrial capitalist stage, and currently, post industrial information society stage. The development of these stages are not even and uniform but uneven and not uniform.

    Concerning about the writing of Oromo history from different regions and clans I think that all of those regions should be seen within the context of the time and place of the era which made them act and behave the way they were behaving and acting. Adding positive and or negative values and then using them for the usual blame game just like those royal court clerks means that the writer researcher is inserting his/her own subjective personal values which then in effect renders the document as propaganda pamphlet rather than being an objective historical piece of study.

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