Ethiopian outcry

Journalist and social activist Tsega Melaku anticipated the cauldron of young Ethiopian protest that has just bubbled over; Now, she explains why we are only at the beginning of the chaos.

May 12, 2015 13:35
Siddartha Kaul

Siddartha Kaul (center) with staff and students at Kfar Neradim.. (photo credit: KATERINA ILIEVSKA)


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As a storm of protest by Ethiopian youth unfolded in Jerusalem last Thursday, preceding the clash between demonstrators and police that followed in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, Tsega Melaku stood among the protesters, torn between three identities: journalist, mother and social activist.

Melaku, a senior journalist on Amharic-language Radio Reka and former director of Israel Radio’s Reshet Alef, was promised a seat on Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu list, but her candidacy was rejected at the last minute for technical reasons. She came to the demonstration to report what was happening for her radio audience.


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