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Ethiopia Mourns – But Mourns What, Exactly?

On Monday, Ethiopia declared three days of national mourning. But as debate rages about what exactly happened in Bishoftu, and who was responsible, it’s far from clear that everyone is mourning the same thing.

By Simon Allison | for Daily Maverick,

The government death toll from the Bishoftu disaster stands at 52. This is an extraordinary number. Even taken at face value, this makes the deadly stampede one of modern Ethiopia’s bloodiest episodes. But we can’t take anything at face value. This is a country where information is tightly controlled, and where casualty counts are routinely underplayed by government spin doctors. Continue reading Ethiopia Mourns – But Mourns What, Exactly?