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Stories about Ethiopia

25 January 2016

17 Children Killed by Authorities in Ethiopia Land Protests

Most children killed were between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. Citizen media reports also show that many more school children have been injured in the protest movement.

5 January 2016

Inside Ethiopia's Self-Defeating Crackdown on Oromo Musicians

As government threatens and arrests Oromo artists while booting them off the airwaves, growing numbers are turning to the internet as their only avenue for self-expression.

22 December 2015

Countries Declare States of Emergency in the Face of El Niño

“This El Niño and human-induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways which we have never before experienced. El Niño is turning up the heat even further.”

20 December 2015

Ethiopia Faces Famine Despite ‘Unprecedented’ Economic Growth

"According to some inside Ethiopia, NGO’s are being warned not to use the words “famine, starvation or death” in their food appeals."

16 December 2015

Netizen Report: Tales of Torture from Ethiopia’s Jails

Global Voices Advocacy

Netizens give chilling account of inhumane treatment in Ethiopia's prison system. Meanwhlie, sedition laws levy strict penalties for netizens in Thailand, Malaysia.

14 December 2015

Ethiopian Netizens Defend Themselves in Court After 525 Days of Detention

Global Voices Advocacy

Left to defend themselves in court, Ethiopian netizens reject charges of anti-government activity and describe torture and ethnic discrimination in prison.

9 December 2015

Why Are Students in Ethiopia Protesting Against a Capital City Expansion Plan?

"Going forward with the current plan, which ends up displacing tens of thousands of poor farmers, destroying their livelihood and depriving their identity, is a tragedy. It deserves attention."

26 October 2015

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

25 October 2015

The Story of an Ethiopian Girl Who Fought Abduction, and the Lawyers Who Saved Her Life

"Difret" means "courage" in the Amharic language. A new film by that name tells the story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped by men to enforce a "traditional" marriage.

16 October 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

23 September 2015

Zone9 Bloggers Are Not Alone: More Ethiopian Netizens Face Terrorism Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside the now-famous case of the Zone9 bloggers, there are so many detained Ethiopian bloggers, online activists and politicians, whose names are not yet on the map. Last year on July...

5 September 2015

Inside the Trial of Zone9 Bloggers: 16 Months and Counting

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9 bloggers' trial continues, with relatives prevented from documenting the proceedings, and frequent adjournments in court obstructing the progress of justice. Read Endalk Chala's latest report.

17 August 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

2 August 2015

To Ethiopian-American Singer Meklit Hadero, ‘Home Is Always in Flux’

Ethiopian-American musician Meklit Hadero talks about landing in US state of Iowa, an ode to the Afro, and how her music is not so easily defined.

30 July 2015

“Ethiopians Should Not Wait for Obama to Give Them Democracy”

"The united hands of our people are stronger than that of Western world! Let us do that and reign the democracy we are longing for!"

29 July 2015

Africans Take Jabs at One Another With #IfAfricaWasABar Hashtag

"If Africa was a bar, what would your country be drinking/doing?," Siyanda- Panda, a writer from Botswana, asked on Twitter.

17 July 2015

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia v. Zone9 Bloggers: Verdict Expected July 20

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers have appeared in court 30 times in 15 months, and been adjourned each time. "This is no anomaly in Ethiopia’s highly compromised judiciary system," says Endalk Chala.

13 July 2015

Ethiopians React to Bloggers’ Release With Compassion, Criticism

Global Voices Advocacy

Supporters of the Zone9 blogging collective are expressing both joy and bitterness at the release of some -- but not all -- of the bloggers from prison last week.

8 July 2015

Five Ethiopian Journalists Freed From Prison, But Others Remain Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside an outpouring of joy and disbelief over the bloggers' release, supporters urged each other to keep "tantrummin" until there are no more journalists jailed in Ethiopia.

7 July 2015

Edom Kassaye: An Ethiopian Journalist Jailed for Her Integrity

Global Voices Advocacy

"I believe it was Edom’s willingness to bring about change in Ethiopia’s polarized political environment that suggested an affinity between her and the Zone9 blogging collective. We shared common principles."

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