ETHIOPIA: Twelve Traitors

It was necessary for Queen Victoria's campaigners to execute Afghans by blowing them from cannon mouths to impress other Afghans sufficiently with the horror of their death. In Harar last week it was necessary for Ras Nassibu, the Ethiopian Commander facing Italian General Rodolfo Graziani, to impress with similar horror the simple African mind. Twelve Ethiopian traitors, accused of being pro-Italian, were led chained into Harar's market place to the rattle of drums.

Twelve times a traitor was spread-eagled on the ground. Twelve times an executioner with a plaited bull whip laid...

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