Stories about Ethiopia from July, 2012
Messages of unity from Ethiopian Christians have gone viral in the Ethiopian digital public as Ethiopian Muslims persistently kept their peaceful protest in a bid to end government’s meddling in their religious affairs. A multitude of Christians have changed their Facebook status by announcing their allegiance with Ethiopian Muslims.
Ethiopian police resorted to physical violence against Muslim activists, transgressing sacred places in their mosques, the Muslim activist Facebook group, Dimtsachin Yisema (Let Our Voice Be Heard), reports. Since May, Ethiopian Muslims have been protesting the government’s meddling in their religious affairs.
Five days before his arrest, prominent Ethiopian dissident blogger Eskinder Nega wrote, “Freedom is partial to no race. Freedom has no religion. Freedom favors no ethnicity. Freedom discriminates not between rich and poor countries. Inevitably freedom will overwhelm Ethiopia."
Rumors about the health and whereabouts of Ethiopia’s Prime Minster Meles Zenawi have dominated the Ethiopian social media sphere for weeks. Netizens have been sharing their thoughts about the rumors wondering why this story has been overlooked by the mainstream media.
With a few days remaining before the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the whole world is revving up for this sporting bonanza. For Africa, there are many prospects and for some countries, these games will be a culmination of years of preparation as well as renewed rivalries such as the one between Kenya and Ethiopia.