Monthly Archives: August 2013

Death in Ethiopian custody of Tesfahun Chemeda, after refoulement from Kenya

(A4O, 24 August 2013) In his Open Letter to the UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commenwealth Affairs), Dr Trevor Trueman of the OSG clearly concludes by saying “the authoritarian regime in Ethiopia is a major cause of instability affecting the whole of the Horn of Africa. Supporting it and investing in it is a short-sighted policy.”

Dr Trevor further  states “Tesfahun Chemeda was a student activist in Ethiopia and a political activist among refugees in Kenya, where he was granted refugee status by UNHCR. He was arrested with a colleague, Mesfin Abebe, by Kenyan anti-terrorist police on 2 April 2007. Although cleared by the anti-terrorist unit and by the FBI, the men were subject to refoulement to Ethiopia at the request of the Ethiopian authorities. Tesfahun was transferred from Zeway prison to Kaliti, where he had been held in solitary confinement for nearly two years before he was killed. This is not the first time young Oromo men have been killed in detention. For example, Alemayehu Garba, partially paralysed with polio, was shot dead with 18 others in Kaliti prison in November 2005.”

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Oromia Family Reunion

For 3 years, Lalisee Wadaajoo was imprisoned in Ethiopia due to her identity and her political views. On October 30, 2008, the Ethiopian security forces had confiscated their property and belongings without any court warrant.

Lalisee was released on 8 July 2011 and finally reunited with her family and friends in Melbourne on 8 August 2013 after more that 9 years separation. On 10 August 2013, a welcoming ceremony was held in commemoration of Dhaabasaa (her husband) and Lalisee’s wedding as the Ethiopian Militia had also confiscated their wedding video.

Jiituu Dh. Wakjira exposed political suppression and oppression in her story of love, perseverance, resilience and courage.

(Oromo News, 18 August 2013)  Jiituu Dhabasa Wakjira was only five years old when Ethiopian security forces took away her father, Dhabasa Wakjira, from their home in April 2004 and nine years old when her mother, Lelisse Wodajo, was arrested four years latter in 2008.

SONY DSCJiituu understood very little at the time, but remembers missing her father, whom she visited at Ethiopia’s notorious Kaliti prison every weekend – for nearly three years.

On Saturday Aug. 10 2013, Jiitu, 14, described her family’s ordeals, in a heartfelt speech that read much like a movie script, before a captive Oromo and Australian audience.

Exposed to politics, suppression, oppression and loss at a young age, Jiitu’s is a story of love, perseverance, resilience, and courage.

The following is a speech written by Jiituu Dhabasa on welcoming night for Lelisse Wodajo, organized by Oromo community on 10/08/2013, Melbourne.

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