|Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on June 10, 2013 at 7:20 AM|
Hundreds of Oromo refugees protested on Sunday against harassment in Egypt outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 6th of October City.The protesters, members of the Oromo Community who fled Ethiopia due to political and ethnic persecution, also spoke out against Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and instead release thousands of Oromo detainees languishing in Ethiopian prisons.
Abdel-Kader Goumy, one of the protesters, told Al-Ahram’s Arabic language news website that the Renaissance Dam is intended to generate electricity, and, as such, there is no reason it should be built on the Nile, rather than on Ethiopia’s other rivers.
“The Oromo Refugees Community has nothing to do with Nile issue and it supports Egypt’s right not to be adversely affected [by the dam]… Addis Ababa is not in need of water, rather it aims to build the dam for political purposes,” he added.
Yehia Mohamed, another Oromo refugee belonging to the Oromo community, said, “Sunday’s protest comes after we have suffered harassment by some Egyptians due to the Ethiopian government’s decision to build the Renaissance Dam.”
Mohamed explained that the Oromo have sought political asylum in countries such as Egypt, Kenya, and Somalia in order to flee sectarian persecution.
He also added that the Ethiopian government excludes the Oromo from all decision-making, including the decision to build the Renaissance Dam.
Protesters lifted Egyptian and OLF Oromo flags, declaring their refusal to support a dam that will “damage Egypt and will not help Ethiopia.” and in particular Oromia Nation.
The slogan inculded. Release oromo prisoners instead of building dam.....we are victim of Ethiopian government...and so on.