This account of events that took place in early May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was originally posted on the blog Jen & Josh in Ethiopia: A Chronicle of Our Peace Corps Experience. As the authors note in their first post in their series about the Oromo student protests, they are no longer Peace Corps Volunteers. … Continue reading Ambo Protests: Spying the Spy?
This account of events in the Oromia town of Ambo--events which began exactly one month ago, on April 25--was originally posted on the blog Jen & Josh in Ethiopia: A Chronicle of Our Peace Corps Experience. This post is the first in a series from Jen and Josh about their experiences in the wake of … Continue reading Ambo Protests: A Personal Account
When students in Ethiopia started protesting last month against the Ethiopian Government's proposal to annex territory from the state of Oromia to facilitate the expansion of the capital city Addis Ababa, diasporans mobilized to show their solidarity. As federal "Agazi" security forces cracked down, opening fire on peaceful protesters, placing students on lock-down in their … Continue reading Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos; Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review
On Mother’s Day, I spoke at a local march and rally to show support for the nearly 300 school girls abducted a month ago in Nigeria. Here’s what I said: Bring Back Our Girls Twin Cities March May 11, 2014 "Thanks to organizers and to all of you for being here. "I’m here as … Continue reading Raising My Voice to #BringBackOurGirls
Like many other people, I am outraged by the April 14 abduction of hundreds of young girls from their school in northeastern Nigeria by the insurgent group Boko Haram. The group attacked again on May 6, kidnapping eight more girls–this time from their homes–to prevent them from attending school. While we do not know exactly … Continue reading Take Notice: Nigeria Abductions Are Not an Anomaly
Lack of access to a driver’s license forces many to hide in the shadows and steeps their every day lives in fear. We have an opportunity to make a change for the better, and the time to take action is NOW! Lack of ability to apply for a driver’s license is one of the pressing … Continue reading Call Legislators Today; Move People Out of the Shadows