A short story for a Documentary Portrait
(A4O, 28 June 2014) In April 2004, Ethiopian security forces arrested former ETV journalist Dhabasa Wakjira. After three years in prison without trial, Dhabasa fled the country to escape further persecutions. His wife, Lelisee Wodajo, was then arrested and sentenced to 10 years without parole in Ethiopia due to her identity.
Lalisee was later on released on 8 July 2011 and finally reunited with her family and friends in Melbourne on 8 August 2013 after more than 8 years of separation.
Here is a short story for a Documentary Portrait with the permission of the family.
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 9 years of 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.