Author: Kalkidan Yibeltal


Tragedy struck when Bekele’s sister, a student at Debark University in Ethiopia, went missing along with dozens of bus passengers, mostly students, who were kidnapped by gunmen last week. Bekele received a chilling ransom call demanding 700,000 Ethiopian birr for his sister’s release. In recent years, Ethiopia has seen a rise in kidnapping-for-ransom, especially in Oromia, the largest region in the country. The abductees were taken to a remote area believed to be controlled by the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebel group. Some managed to escape, sharing harrowing tales of beatings and fear. One student still in captivity relayed witnessing…

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