For one family, Ethiopian referendum reverberates through generations

HAWASSA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Government forces displayed the severed heads of Yerusalem Kawiso’s relatives in the market after the two men fought to carve out a state for Ethiopia’s Sidama people. Forty years later, the Ethiopian mother rose before dawn on Wednesday to vote for the referendum her family dreamed of. Yerusalem Kawiso, 48, a government employee who lost a brother, a brother in law and a great uncle to Sidama struggle, holds a picture of her two years-old niece, Amen Teferi, and her deceased brother, after voting for the Sidama autonomy during the referendum vote in…

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