Daily Archives: 19 November, 2012

Thousands of Muslims visit their incarcerated leaders at Kaliti

by Jawar Mohammed

On November 18, 2012, Ethiopia’s notorious Kaliti prison that houses countless political prisoners saw the largest number of visitors in its history. Starting at 6 am in the morning, wave of people started to arrive at the gate, and by the time prisoners came out to meet their loved ones, the line has stretched several blocks. This is part of the Ziyaraa campaign–the new tactic of the Muslim movement whereby protesters go to prisons en mass to visit their incarcerated leaders. Ziyaraa is a popular ritual tradition of visiting village elders, intellectuals and your parents to pay respect.

High time to support Ethiopian Muslims

Abebe Gelaw

For the last two decades, nonviolent struggle, or civil resistance, appeared to be highly misunderstood and confused in Ethiopia. The resultant effect of this confusion is that so many opportune moments to build a movement for change have been wasted. In fact, a number of leaders failed to provide the necessary leadership to mobilize the oppressed people of Ethiopia to confront their oppressors.