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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Obama in Ethiopia

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A note to diaspora leaders

(By Hirut Abay, Ethiopian Politics Contributor)

DireDawa is a city which in the 2005 elections unequivocally voted for Kinijit. As we all know, the citizens of DireDawa have fallen on hard times. The flood and its aftermath are having a devastating effect on the livelihood of Dire’s citizens. The elected Kinijit leaders, whom DireDawa voted for, are currently not in a position to help. Thus it is time for diaspora kinijit to show their unflinching solidarity with the people of DireDawa. Kinijit International political leadership has a responsibility to carry on the struggle in a manner that honors the legacy of the imprisoned leaders. As has been reported, Mr. Zenawi was recently in DireDawa. It is of course an apparent maneuver to win the hearts and minds of the people. Now, we all know that it is not possible for diaspora Kinijit to visit with DireDawa victims, but it can find a variety of ways in which it can extend a helping hand.

Obama visits flood-displaced Ethiopians

Sen. Barack Obama arrives in DireDawa

DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., visited a sprawling tent camp in eastern Ethiopia on Thursday for people displaced by devastating floods earlier this month, saying the U.S. military will continue to help the region. U.S. Navy personnel began relief operations two weeks ago in the eastern town of Dire Dawa, where the first flash floods ripped through the town on Aug. 6. In eastern, southern and northeastern Ethiopia, flooding caused by the heavy rains has killed more than 600 people and displaced tens of thousands of people, according to U.N. officials.(More...)

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