Ethiopian detainees call for help from remote Egyptian military camp

February 9, 2011

ASWAN, Egypt – At least 17 Ethiopians have been detained for over two years in a military camp cut off to the outside world and where conditions are appalling, eye-witnesses reported from Canada.
The camp is out of town, and has never been visited by human rights groups and is a prison of pain and suffering, the witnesses said.
The detainees, who had lived in Sudan between two and 20 years and left for Egypt only to end up in the highly secluded military camp include five children (of which two are orphans) and eight women.
The prisoners have appealed to the Ethiopian Diaspora to take their case to human rights organizations and help them leave the camp for a settled life in a third country.
Source: ecadforum

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Pakistani driver in Dubai jailed for five years for raping an Ethiopian passenger

January 26, 2011

A 27-year-old taxi driver was jailed for five years yesterday for raping a female passenger.

The Pakistani driver, BK, picked up HM, an Ethiopian maid, as she left her sponsor’s house on the way to a police station.

HM testified that she noticed the driver was taking her to a remote spot in Ras Al Khor. BK stopped the car in a sandy area and told the woman to have sex with him and when she resisted he raped her, prosecutors said.

HM told investigators that her attacker then drove her to the Naturalisation and Residency Department in Al Aweer. Before she got out of the taxi, they began fighting, which led to the driver’s arrest.Forensic reports presented in court supported the rape allegation.

BK told the Criminal Court of First Instance that the incident on March 23 last year had been consensual.The driver will be deported after serving his jail term.

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Ethiopia: Angelina Jolie’s adopted girl conceived during rape , birth mother claims

January 23, 2011
By Tsegaye TadesseAWASA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – The Ethiopian baby adopted by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie was conceived after her mother was raped, the woman said this week. 

Mentwabe Dawit, mother of two-year-old Zahara, described how she was attacked one evening in 2004 after a day’s work at a construction site in the southern Ethiopian town of Awasa.

As she walked home in the darkness, a man approached.

“He pulled a dagger, put one hand on my mouth, so that I could not scream. He then raped me and disappeared,” Mentwabe told Reuters in an interview, tears streaming down her face.

The 24-year-old decided to keep the assault a secret.

“I feared the consequences of being raped in a community where rape is considered a taboo, even if what happened happened forcibly,” she said.

As her belly swelled, Mentwabe could no longer hide her pregnancy and confided in her mother.

“It was not as I feared. I found my mother understanding and consoling. She urged me not to do anything rash, which might endanger my life.”

Mentwabe gave birth in the family’s earth-floored house and she named the little girl Yemsrach which means good news in the Amharic language.

However, she soon found she was unable to feed the baby.

“My baby was on the verge of death. She became malnourished and was even unable to cry,” Mentwabe said. “I was desperate and decided to run away, rather than see my child dying.”

Mentwabe’s distraught mother searched for her for months around Awasa, 270 kms south of the capital Addis Ababa. She eventually put Yemsrach up for adoption, in the belief her own daughter had died.

Mentwabe said her mother did what she thought was best, and denied newspaper reports in the United States and Europe that she wanted Yemsrach, renamed Zahara, back.

“My mother was not misled by anyone, as was alleged by some media outlets. Her motive was to save the child from dying which I fully understand.

“I have never disputed the adoption of my baby by Angelina Jolie.

“I think my daughter is a very fortunate human being to be adopted by a world famous lady. I wish them both all the success they deserve,” she said.


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