Ambo Protests: A Personal Account

Please read and share this eyewitness account! The government has control over media and telecommunications in Ethiopia and has been largely successful so far in keeping the story of the student protests quiet. Two brave Peace Corps volunteers who were stationed for 1 1/2 years in Ambo but left this week because of the violence have asked for our help in spreading the truth about what is happening.

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Large truck overturned during protest Large truck overturned during the protests

This account of events in the Oromia town of Ambo–events which began exactly one month ago, on April 25–was originally posted on the blog Jen & Josh in Ethiopia: A Chronicle of Our Peace Corps Experience.

Barricade on main road in Ambo Barricade on main road in Ambo

Disclaimer:  We are no longer Peace Corps Volunteers, and the following is a personal story, not a news report, and does not reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, the Ethiopian Government, or the people of Ambo.

Friday, April 25th, the protests began in Ambo. We heard the sounds of a big crowd gathering at the university, walking east, yelling and chanting. The single paved road in town was barricaded, and traffic was diverted around the outskirts of town.

“What is going on?” we asked a group of high school boys.

“Oh, the students are angry…

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3 thoughts on “Ambo Protests: A Personal Account

  1. Thanks for sharing Jennifer! This is interesting especially since me and Elizabeth are headed to Ethiopia this June. I will be curious to learn more about what is going on there. There has been the recent arrest of the Ethiopian bloggers and this event. Will see what I learn.


  2. Yes, there has been a crackdown on journalists and bloggers, with many still detained. Most international journalists have been kicked out of the country, as have international human rights NGOS and some humanitarian NGOs. The government has been very effective in suppressing the news coming out of Ethiopia. I suspect that you will be perfectly safe but that you will see only what the Ethiopian government wants you to see. Hopefully, the organizers of your trip will brief you up before you go on the situation and how not to put the Ethiopians you meet in danger. Send me an email if you want me to put you in touch with Jen and Josh (who wrote this piece). They’re now back in MN.


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