Ethiopian Oromo Refugees Face Bribes, Harassment in Kenya (allafrica.com)

Nairobi — Ethiopian Oromo refugees fleeing to Kenya to escape persecution say they are finding life on the streets of Nairobi no better than the insecurity they left behind, as they are targeted by bribes and harassment and forced into vast camps with few prospects or protections.


The Oromo are Ethiopia's largest ethnic group but have long complained of political and economic marginalisation at the hands of the country's ruling party, which is dominated by a minority ethnic group, the Tigrayans.


Following 2016 protests demanding political reform, which resulted in a state of emergency and the deaths of more than 600 in the security crackdown, thousands of Oromo made their way to neighbouring Kenya seeking asylum and refuge.


But they did not escape the Ethiopian authorities. Human Rights Watch has reported "numerous cases of harassment and threats" against Oromo asylum seekers in Kenya by Ethiopian government officials.[...] READ MORE