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Ethiopia’s Oromo Youth Will No Longer Stay Silent

The Qubee generation is ready to fight on until either all Oromos are jailed, killed and exiled, or until everyone is free.

Ethiopia is strangling its own future under a violent, repressive surveillance society.

By Uju Okoye,

Mohammed Ademo, an Ethiopian journalist and editor of the OPride news platform, had a difficult time choosing the 2016 Oromo Person of the Year. In fact, Ademo admits in his end-of-year essay that he originally planned to write about Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa’s courage, and how Feyisa’s protest at the Olympic Games made visible the oppression of Oromo people that the world didn’t yet know it ignored. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Oromo Youth Will No Longer Stay Silent

Ethiopia Stifles Dissent, Commits Serious Human Rights Violations with Impunity

Oromo leader Merera Gudina says Ethiopia’s “cut off the legs” strategy isn’t working and warns of an Ethiopian intifada.

By Gregory Warner | for NPR,

The Oromo Federalist Congress, an opposition party in Ethiopia, represents the largest ethnic group in the country, the Oromo.

Yet its office in the capital Addis Ababa is virtually deserted, with chairs stacked up on tables. A chessboard with bottle caps as pieces is one of the few signs of human habitation. In a side office, the party’s chairman, Merera Gudina, explains why the place is so empty: Almost everyone has gone to prison.

The deputy chairman? Prison. The party secretary general? House arrest. The assistant secretary general? In prison. Six members of the party’s youth league? All in prison. Continue reading Ethiopia Stifles Dissent, Commits Serious Human Rights Violations with Impunity