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‘We fear for our lives’: how rumours over sugar saw Ethiopian troops kill

8 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Tom Gardner in Ambo, The Guardian
It began with a rumour. On 25 October, residents of Ambo, 120km west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, heard word on social media that a shipment of smuggled sugar was due to pass through town.

“Sugar is so expensive now, the price has tripled,” explains 18-year-old Israel, a first-year undergraduate at Ambo University. “And they’re exporting it to other parts of the country but the people here don’t have any. It’s not fair.”
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