Two TASSC survivors, who were also elite Ethiopian runners before fleeing to the United States, were featured in the November 4th Buzzfeed article titled "One of the World's Best Long Distance Runner is Now Running for his Life" by Hannah Giorgis. The article describes Lilesa's experience after the Rio Olympics, when he displayed a gesture associated with the anti-government protests occurring in Ethiopia. While most world class runners would have been celebrating the win of an Olympic silver medal, Lilesa's gesture left him fearing for his life.
The article gives a good summary of the current situation in Ethiopia and what ultimately led to the turmoil. It also describes the way Lilesa's brave gesture has impacted and inspired Ethiopian asylum seekers currently living in the US, including TASSC survivors, Demssew Tsega and Ketema Amensisa,.
To learn more about the situation in Ethiopia, Lilesa's journey before and after relocating to the US, and the experiences of our brave TASSC survivors, read the full Buzzfeed article here.