The Las Vegas Ethiopian community is speaking out after the prime minister of Ethiopia declared war on Tigray, the country’s northernmost region, on Nov. 4.
“It’s looking like an ethnic cleansing and a genocide of our people,” said Jerusalem Girmay, youth coordinator of the Las Vegas chapter of Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia. “We have to be the voice for the voiceless. They are completely limited in how they can communicate with us right now.”
In front of the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday, protesters held signs that read “The U.S. Government Should Stop This War” and “Stop Bombing Our People.” SJTE leaders spoke to the crowd, with many protesters holding Tigray and American flags and women dressed in red and yellow traditional dresses.
A protester, Genet Amare, said she hadn’t spoken to her sister, who’s stuck in Tigray, for three weeks.