(OPride) – Egyptian officials on Tuesday denied receiving discrimination complaints as Oromo refugees in Cairo protested for the 10th straight day. The protesters say they are facing increasing backlash from Egyptians angry over Ethiopia’s controversial dam on the Nile.
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(OPride) – On a recent Sunday morning a friend called and asked me to tune-in to an online discussion forum on one of the Ethiopian Paltalk forums. 500 attendants, the maximum allowed per room, packed the voice chatting room. After several attempts, I was able to join the room, which was managed by a postmaster named Aba Mela whose civil tone was pleasing.
(OPride) – As Oromo refugees protested mistreatment by Egyptian nationals for the second day, some of them camping overnight in front of UNHCR office near Cairo, the UN body called on Egyptian authorities to provide better protection and other guarantees in accordance with its international obligations.
(OPride) – At least 100 Oromo refugees living in Cairo gathered outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday to protest against increased harassment from Egyptians angry over Nile dam.
(OPride) – An Oromo interpreter for UNHCR in Cairo was beaten, denied police services, and subsequently charged extra for medical care on Thursday in retaliation for Ethiopia’s diversion of the Nile River to build a $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam, according to locals.
(OPride) – In its first political act, Ethiopia’s opposition Semayawi (Blue) Party drew a large crowd to a peaceful protest rally held on Sunday. At least 10,000 people participated in the procession that took place in Addis Ababa, according to Reuters.