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Gates Open on Ethiopia’s Infamous Maekelawi Jail

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Expand People visit Ethiopia's infamous Maekelawi prison which was transformed into a gallery in Addis Ababa, September 6, 2019. © 2019 Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Today, Maekelawi, the infamous police station in the heart of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, was opened for the first time to the public. For years, Maekelawi has been synonymous with abuse and repression. It stopped being operational last year soon after Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, took office. Many of those detained in Maekelawi were political prisoners – arrested for their perceived political…

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