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Ethiopians Shave Heads to Mourn Fallen in Oromia, Amhara

As protests continued to engulf parts of Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromia regions this month, citizens have been shaving their heads as a sign of solidarity with jailed opposition leaders. People posted videos online of themselves shearing off their hair with electric razors in response to a letter smuggled out of prison by Oromo political leader Bekele Gerba and others.  In some Ethiopian cultures, a shaved head is part of the mourning process after the death of a loved one. “They’re...

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