Written by Elizabeth Blunt
BBC News, Awassa
In a bamboo and matting shelter on the edge of the town of Awassa, rows of tiny children are struggling with Ethiopia’s fiendishly complicated Amharic alphabet.
“Huh – HUH! Hoo – HOO! Hee – HEE! Ha – HA!” they chant in unision after their teacher.
Their teacher is a small boy, scarcely older than they are, but he moves his pointer confidently along the chart showing the 256 different characters, and the children shout back.
“Ma – MA! Meh – MEH! Mi -MI! Mo – MO!”
Children being taught the Amharic alphabet Read more →
Written by Administrator
Government Outlaws Most Human Rights Work, Imprisons Opposition Leaders In the space of just eight days, the Ethiopian government has outlawed independent human rights work and jailed one of the country’s most prominent opposition leaders for life.
Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch
Written by Jason McLure
Ethiopia’s leading opposition politician is in her 10th day of a hunger strike after she was jailed for life on Dec. 29 following a dispute with the government, according to her mother.
Birtukan Mideksa, 34, has been taking only juice and water and is being held in solitary confinement in a windowless 3-meter by 4-meter (10-foot by 13-foot) cell in Ethiopia’s Kaliti prison, said her mother, Almaz Gebregziabhere, who visited her in prison yesterday. Read more →