By Emily Wax
April 1, 2012 (Washington Post) – On a windy Saturday afternoon at a small Petworth cafe, Taha Tuko orders a round of celebratory macchiatos for three of his countrymen and tells them their 38-year armed struggle for secession from Ethiopia is over — fighters back in Africa have laid down their arms.
The dream of an independent Oromia long cherished by Tuko and other Oromo Ethiopians might never be realized. Their revolution is being repurposed with a new goal: uniting with other Ethiopian opposition parties in the Washington region against the regime of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, which they all accuse of being autocratic and corrupt.
“The violence is over, and this is good news!” insists Tuko, the Washington region leader of the now retooled Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), one of the factions that fought for an independent Oromia. “But our mission is no longer for independence. We’ll be one with the Ethiopian community now. Both back home and here in Washington.” Read more…
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April 1, 2012, CARLSBAD, Calif. (Competitor) — If there were any doubts as to whether or not reigning Olympic 5,000 and 10,000-meter champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia was on track to defend her gold medals from Beijing, she laid them to rest this morning at the Carlsbad 5000.
Averaging 4:50 per mile on a windy day on the southern California coast, the 26-year-old Dibaba broke away from a top-heavy elite women’s field to win the 27th running of the Carlsbad 5000 in 15:01. She finished 12 seconds ahead of fellow Ethiopian Werknesh Kidane, with Kenya’s Pauline Korikwiang taking third in 15:22. Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia was fourth in 15:32, while two-time Carlsbad champion Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia was fifth in 15:41. The top American finisher was 23-year-old Allie Kieffer of Tempe, Arizona in 15:57.
“I’m happy about the race but I didn’t run a fast time because of the wind,” Dibaba said after the race. “I enjoy racing in Carlsbad.”
The victory was Dibaba’s second here, her last being in 2005 when she won in a then-course (and world) record 14:51. In this race Dibaba was part of a pack of five that came through the mile in 4:49. She stayed tucked behind Korikwiang and Kidane until just before the 2-mile mark before making her move — one no one else in the 12-woman elite field could match.
Dibaba, who has won all three races she’s entered so far this year, is finally rediscovering her form after missing 16 months with a shin injury. And even though she is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Dibaba still has to qualify for the Ethiopian team that will compete in London later this summer. Uncertainty aside, Dibaba is happy with her recent progress and feels that after today’s victory she’s finally back on track to defend both of her Olympic titles. Read more…
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April 1, 2012 (Housing Struggle Worldwide) – March 30 is International Domestic Workers’ Day. Around the world domestic workers, overwhelmingly women, work to clean households, cook, mend, care for children, for elders, for the sick, for those with disabilities. Around the world, domestic workers, millions upon millions of women and girls, travel to or wake up in other peoples’ homes and take care of their employers’ emotional well-being. Around the world, domestic workers organize and struggle with denial of payment, denial of social security, unpaid extended workdays, mistreatment, exploitation, abuse. So, when Ai-Jen Poo, of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, wishes her sisters happy international domestic workers’ day, the wish is as aspirational as it is of the present moment. It’s as hopeful as it is courageous.
Alem Dechasa-Desisa’s life story demonstrates that all too well. On March 8, a video started circulating. The video showed a young Ethiopian woman, presumed to be a domestic worker, pleading for help outside the Ethiopian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. A car pulls out. Men jump out, attack the young woman, kick her, knock her to the ground, and worse, and then force her into the car and disappear. All this was caught on video and then shown on Lebanese television news. Read more…
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SANAA, March 29 (Reuters) – Yemeni police have freed 21 Ethiopian illegal migrants who were tortured by armed men to force their relatives in Saudi Arabia to send ransom money, the government said on Thursday.
The group, which included 14 women, were held in a house in Hajja province near the border with Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
“Security forces stormed the building, arresting three of the kidnappers, including two who were torturing the Ethiopians with electric cables and iron chains,” it said.
“The Ethiopians said during investigations that their kidnappers wanted to force them to contact their families who are in Saudi Arabia to send money to secure their release.”
It said the Ethiopians had been transferred to a U.N. refugee centre ahead of repatriation.
Yemen, which has been in turmoil over the past year as protesters forced veteran leader Ali Abdullah Saleh from power, is a destination point for refugees from Horn of Africa countries although it is one of the world’s poorest nations. Read more…
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April 1, 2012 (VOA News) – Baqatonni mooraa UNHCR Sana’aa Yemen jiru fullee baatilee darban kudhaniif dahatanii turan Bitooteessa 27 bara 2012 irraa kaasee humnaan iddoo adda addaatti geessamaa kan jiran ta’uu dubbatan.
Kanneen gara mooraa Al-Qaras geessaman baqattoonni 202 “nyaata, bishaan, dahannaa tokko ituu nuuf hin kenniin UNHCR gammojjii Sahaaraa keessatti nu gatee deebi’e” jedhu.Kanneen 400 ta’an immoo konkolaataan gara immigireeshiina Yemen kan Sana’aa keessaatti geessamnee gamoo jala hidhaa keessa ka’amnee guyyaa tokko booda Waldaan Fannoo Diimaa Ruuza nuuf kenne, jedhu. Read more…
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