SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: June 09, 2018

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Dilla University

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Ethiopia

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On June 9, 2018, an unidentified individual carried out a grenade attack against students studying in the Dilla University library, injuring at least nine. As of this report, little information is available regarding the motivation behind the attack, or the identity of the perpetrators. Authorities indicate that an investigation remains ongoing.

Scholars at RIsk is concerned about violent attacks on campus. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom and institutional autonomy. State officials have a responsibility to ensure the security of higher education communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators accountable.