Oromo people protest harassment and attacks in Egypt
Ethiopian refugees gathered for a second day outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office near Cairo, protesting alleged harassment from Egyptians and calling for greater protection. They say the mistreatment stems from Egyptians who oppose the Ethiopian government’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam.
The protesters, mainly from the Oromo ethnic group, left Ethiopia due to political and ethnic oppression. They emphasised their detachment from and displeasure with the Ethiopian government.
The following video is from the demonstration on Sunday. Protesters held signs that said “We have no home except UNHCR” and “We are Oromo refugees”.
Oromo Refugees in Egypt staged amazing Demonstration of UNITY in front of UNHCR Cairo on 09/06/2013
In the following video, the Oromo can be seen chanting, “We need a solution. We need protection. We are not part of the Ethiopian government.” One protester says, “Several Oromo refugees living in Egypt, their rights have been violated. They’re being attacked on the street by Egyptians because the Egyptians they don’t understand that we are refugees living in Egypt.”
Ahmed Aboughazala, a UNHCR employee, tweeted several pictures and quotes from the protests:
Mulis Debelee, young man wearing red, leading the chants for Oromo refugees, Ethiopians, protests at UNHCR. #Egypt http://pic.twitter.com/L6j6yzien8