TASSC's Advocacy Consultant, Andrea Barron, spoke on the Kojo Nnamdi show on August 25th. The show discussed the civil unrest in Ethiopia and the persecution now facing Ethiopian Olympic Marathon Medalist, Feyisa Lilesa. Lilesa's symbol of protest while crossing the finish line in Rio has brought much needed attention to the Ethiopian government's human rights abuses and the widespread killings and arrests of its citizens.
Barron mentions TASSC and the prevalence of Ethiopian survivors seeking asylum in the DMV area. She described how Lelisa's symbolic statement resonated with many of the Ethiopians TASSC serves, including one survivor who was a famous long-distance runner who had been training for the Olympics before being persecuted and forced to flee Ethiopia to the US. This particular survivor had participated in a peaceful demonstration in December of 2015, where he was singled out for being a famous athlete, arrested and tortured. Stories like this are not uncommon amongst TASSC survivors. TASSC applauds Lilesa's bravery and the subsequent media attention brought to the human rights situation in Ethiopia.
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