Ethiopian refugees caught in dam impasse

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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

 

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Ethiopian refugees caught in dam impasse

13 Comments

  1. For all the social chaos in Ethiopia could be tracked to Egypts hidden hands, now Ethiopias anchor enemy ( Egypt ) on the hook. Finally Ethiopians awaken from long slumber, Egypt is shaking in total fear.

  2. My Oromo brothers,Its gonna take some time before egyptians to know who is Ethiopian and who is not.I n the mean time,pain is inevitable.

  3. Desperate Egypt is forcing poor helpless economic refuges oromos to denounce their citizenship.
    I as soon as we finish building the hydro dam the fact of economics will change and all economic refuges can come back to Richer Ethiopia.

  4. My sympathy goes to my Oromo brothers facing inhuman and disgraceful treatment of idiot Egyptians. Some stupid Woyane cadres here on the internet would like to take you as economic refugees rather than political. Deniel of the facts is main characterstic of Woyane/TPLF.

    It is not only the Oromos but all and the entire ethinic groups with excemption of Tigrains are victims of Woyane/TPLF injestice.

    That is great and necessary to let the people of Egypt and the international community know that you have nothing to do with the current minority Tigray dominated regime in Ethiopia. So you must get immediate protection from the UNHCR which is suppose to do this job properly.

    Ethiopia will be free from Woyane through our unified struggle against Woyane and citizens would live in harmony after the demise of Woyanes.

  5. What is the point here?why should we need this story on Ethiopian web site.they are telling us they are not part of Ethiopia.what a crap.

  6. i am oromo,im muslim and and above all support the DAM 100 %.
    call jawar mohammed and cry on his butt..

  7. I had sympathy for these poor uneducated Oromo until I saw the sign that says “Oromo Not Ethiopians” I hope the Egyptians will kick the shit out of them.Your organization is so stupid you don’t get no where……….The ZeHabesha website should not put this video out.

  8. Most of these innocent uneducated oromos came from country side did not know better or they are scared and playing the game to play the dummy Egyptian extremists.
    We all oromos support the dam project since it will benefit all oromos and all Ethiopians.
    I am glad we have a government who is smart enough to know how to use the country natural resources.

    Long live Ethiopia!

  9. Most of these innocent uneducated oromos came from country side did not know better or they are scared and playing the game to play the dummy Egyptian extremists.
    We all oromos support the dam project since it will benefit all oromos and all Ethiopians.
    I am glad we have a government who is smart enough to know how to use the country natural resources

    Long live Ethiopia !!!’

  10. Woyanes very well know they are despicable and abandoned by oromos and amharas but they are making dramas to claim they are concerned ethiopians. they are the first to acknowledge the independence of eritrea;dividing citizens along ethinic lines and proposing article 39. yet again they pretended to be worried for ethiopian integrity. the same people (tigrians) did attack and sabotages amongst sudanes,egyptians and somalies on ethiopia. with all these crime or treason acts they keep making nonsense rehitoric about fake dam construction for the benefit of the people they are condemning since 1991 what a controversial issue is that.

  11. Let Amhara love thier TPLF mafia, Oromo has showed them red card 22 years ago. TPLF is the worest for us. Slowly the southern people and other subjugated people has seen what evil these two ethnic elites brought to the country and will abanondon them. As for Amhara elites they are being exploited but they think also the TPLF is strong to keep the country intact because they have gun. I dont know what make them belive this because the very dergu fall because people stop supporting them.To save the country you side with oppressed not oppressor. Every people is knowing what is going on.

  12. I did comment on your web site on June 10, 2013. My comment was the first on your news. After you post it for one day I belive it was removed. Can you give me a valid reson for the removal on the same public forum? I do not need a reply to me.

  13. Some critics are not interested to speak the truth out loud. nothing you would gain from speaking lies except humiliation. amharas never and ever been afraid of tigrians,and we donot even convinced ourselves that tigrians are really ethiopians let alone They would maintain integrity of ethiopia knowing that they are dissecting our country along fake regional boundary lines. the fact of the matter is it is woyane and olf including eriterians who are scared of amhara.

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