Ethiopian Movement #BringBackOurStudents Demands Answers from the Government
The growing online movement wants the Ethiopian government to account for at least 18 students from Dembi Dollo University who were reportedly abducted two months ago.
AfricaNews reports that numerous Ethiopians on social media are calling for the government to provide answers for at least 18 students from Dembi Dollo University who were reportedly abducted two months ago.
Similar to Nigeria's 2014 online campaign #BringBackOurGirls which was a response to the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, the #BringBackOurStudents movement is Ethiopia's attempt to do the same.
Tensions are mounting as the whereabouts of the Ethiopian students abducted two months ago remain unknown.
Please let the world know that 17 Ethiopian University students (13 girls) are kidnapped for 53 days. @liyakebede… https://t.co/HXZlyJJfP7— Dessalegn Chanie (@Dessalegn Chanie)1580026559.0
It was thanks to journalists that the news of 17 Dembi Dolo University students being kidnapped reached the public.… https://t.co/jUARCJQ4cx— Zecharias Zelalem (@Zecharias Zelalem)1579912925.0
There seems to be conflicting reports about the exact number of the abducted students with the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia placing the number at 18 while Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's press secretary Nigussu Tilahun claims it is 21. What is a constant, however, is that the majority of the abducted students are female.
While Tilahun has since disclosed that only 6 of the abducted students remain captive, a number of family members have told various media outlets that they are yet to hear from their loved ones.
Yeneneh Adugna, told Associated Press that she has last heard from her own daughter a month ago after youths from the local area allegedly took [students] to the forest in the Amhara region of the country. "I don't know what happened to her since." Adugna added that, "We are living in an anguish every day. We are crying every day. We want to know whether they are alive or dead. No one is giving us any information."
No one has claimed responsibility for the abductions although officials within the Oromia region of the country have pointed the finger towards the Oromo Liberation Army. The army has denied the accusations and instead shifted the blame to Prime Minister Ahmed's government and continued inter-ethnic violence in the country.
Below are just some of the many calls by Ethiopians on social media to have the students released:
At a time when #Ethiopia, for the first time in history, has a cabinet dominated by women ministers, it remains in… https://t.co/7JpFENM3tQ— Getachew T. Alemu (@Getachew T. Alemu)1580192946.0
#BringBackOurStudents Tens of thousands Ethnic Amhara youths are demanding Justice for the kidnapped University st… https://t.co/pHO3CBKKHf— Ayalew Menber (@Ayalew Menber)1580211107.0
Big protests are going on right now in major cities of the Amhara region. The citizens want to express their discon… https://t.co/yi9HHbB3Uf— Obang Metho (@Obang Metho)1580196401.0
Students are missing. The government is not taking action. There is no information about them. Protection is the pr… https://t.co/kR2PdJsa0E— Hiwot Teshome (@Hiwot Teshome)1579955177.0
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