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Dereje Gonfa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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About Dereje
Dereje Gonfa is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has been a freelance journalist and language translator for more than 10 years. He has worked as a senior journalist at Addis Standard and communication coordinator at one human rights advocacy organization.
I was also  involved in research, interviewing sources and writing reporting and analysis.
He has have in-depth knowledge of East Africa and the rest of the country's situation, especially political issues in the world and writes reports, analyses and features.
Amharic English Oromo
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Ethiopian journalists Dessu Dulla and Bikila Amenu face death penalty on anti-state charges

02 May 2022  |  Committee to Protect Journalists
Ethiopian journalists Dessu Dulla and Bikila Amenu, associated with the Oromia News Network, have been charged with 'outrages against the constitution' and face severe penalties, including the death penalty. They were arrested in November 2021 and are being held at Daleti Prison, with their court hearings repeatedly adjourned. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for their immediate release, stating that the charges are retaliatory in nature. The journalists are being tried alongside 15 co-defendants linked to opposition parties. CPJ has criticized the Ethiopian authorities for the arbitrary detention and has highlighted the lack of credible charges. Previous attempts to contact local police and government communications offices for comments on the detentions have been unsuccessful.

Severe food shortages in Southern Oromia's Borana zone lead to starvation deaths

29 Sep 2021  |  Addis Standard
The article by Dereje Gonfa, published on September 29, 2021, in Addis Standard, reports on severe food shortages in the Borana zone, Southern Oromia, Ethiopia, particularly in Wachile woreda. Eyewitnesses claim that starvation has led to deaths, especially among the elderly, who rely on the youth for support. Local authorities are accused of conscripting youth, forcing contributions to the defense force, and cracking down on suspected Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) supporters. A civil servant and residents describe a climate of fear and repression, with services being blocked and salaries forcibly deducted. However, local administrators deny these claims, stating that there is no disruption of services or conscription, and that aid is being provided. The article highlights the conflicting narratives between residents and officials regarding the humanitarian situation in the region.

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