'We don't know if they're alive': Protest in St. Louis over crisis in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's prime minister unleashed a deadly crackdown on the Oromo ethnic group.

Kevin Killeen
July 08, 2020 - 9:49 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Among the recent protests around the area is a group of Ethiopian immigrants in downtown St. Louis that are worried about the safety of their relatives back home.

A group of about sixty Ethiopian immigrants here say they're worried about a crackdown on their ethnic group, the Oromo people by the U.S. supported prime minister there, Abiy Ahmed.

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Nasi Kamer worries about her grandfather back home.

"The Ethiopian government turned off the internet, so there is no way for us to talk to our family back home, and we don't know if they're alive or not. I was told my grandfather is still hiding. It's really sad to know your family might not be alive, just because of their culture and ethnicity." 

Family members say the leader of Ethiopia has been rounding up protestors and killing them.  They want the U.S. to put pressure on Ethiopia to stop it.

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