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This Interactive Map Plots The Sites Of Possible Ethiopian Government Assassinations

How many protesters have been killed during the recent uprisings in Ethiopia? A new map helps us visualize the carnage.


How many protesters have been killed during the recent uprisings against the Addis Ababa master plan?

Two weeks ago in their in-depth primer on the Oromo protests for Okayafrica, Hassen Hussein and Mohamed Ademo wrote that 40 people had been killed in the government crackdown. Human Rights watch estimates that 140 Oromo protesters have been killed since November 2015. One thing’s for sure, the Ethiopian government’s figure of 5 deaths is, to put it mildly, too low.

Endalk on Global Voices has used the StoryMap tool to plot 111 reported killings, and counting, onto a map of Ethiopia. As much as they are about identity and standing up against repression, the demonstrations are, at their heart, a protest against the expansion of Ethiopia’s capital city into Oromia. It’s helpful, then, to see the killings laid out geographically alongside photos of the deceased. Seeing photo after photo of the mostly young men who have been disappeared, shot and hanged really drives home the high stakes of dissent and the current state of free speech in today’s Ethiopia. (Note: Okayafrica.com is blocked in Ethiopia.)

Endalk writes in the interactive map’s introduction:

Students in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest regional state, have been demonstrating against the government’s so-called developmental “Master Plan” to expand the area of the capital Addis Ababa, into Oromia. Students and other citizens, along with many Ethiopians living abroad, believe the move will result in direct persecution of the Oromo ethnic group, which has been systematically marginalized by the government over the last two decades, despite representing Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.

Check out the map on Global Voices. Or in full-browser mode here. A warning: some of the images are very graphic.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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