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The New York Times: As War Goes On in Ethiopia, Ethnic Harassment Is on the Rise

Ethnic Tigray people all over the country report an increase in discrimination and abuse from the authorities.

Lisanewerk Desta, a theologian, said that a dozen police officers burst into his home in Addis Ababa while he was at work, looking for anything that could incriminate him.
Credit…Mulugeta Ayene for The New York Times

Simon Marks and 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — On a bright day in mid-November, about a dozen police officers with machine guns barged into the home of Lisanewerk Desta, a theologian who is the head of the library and museum department at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and got to work.

The men, who had no warrant, Mr. Desta said, poured dried goods from his kitchen onto the floor, emptied his clothes drawers and even looked inside his clay coffee pot, seemingly searching for something to incriminate him. They confiscated only one item, he said: his Ethiopian identification card, which shows that he is from the Tigray ethnic group.


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