June 21, 2021

A family’s tragic history mirrors Ethiopia’s struggle for freedom

By Dawit Endeshaw and Ayenat Mersie

Before unemployed labourer Ayalew Wedajo voted in Monday’s Ethiopian election, he prayed for the soul of his eldest son Getinet, killed in apro-democracy demonstration 16 years ago.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has billed the poll as Ethiopia’s”first attempt at free and fair elections”.

Rigging and repression marred most previous votes – except in 2005, when the opposition swept the capital and won an unprece…

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