When 26-year-old Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa crossed his wrists at the finish line as he took second place in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Mohammed Ademo knew it was a moment he had to seize.
Ademo, a journalist based in Washington DC, had for years strived to tell the world about the issues faced by his people, the Oromo, in Ethiopia. In 2008, he founded OPride, a website aimed at telling the stories of the growing Oromo diaspora and advocating for social justice in Ethiopia. In 2011, with the site’s readership growing, he went to study at the Columbia Journalism School, not because he wanted to become a journalist, but because he understood the power of the media as a tool to advocate for the Oromo cause......See More
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