When our Observer Assif travelled to the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, to take part in the Ireecha festival held yearly by the Oromo ethnic group, he didn’t expect gunfire and blind panic. However, when Ethiopian security forces opened fire on the celebrating crowds, he found himself swept up in a deadly stampede that resulted in approximately 50 people losing their lives. This latest tragedy has inflamed tensions in the Oromo region, where a rebellion against the government has been ongoing for the past year..See More
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