We’ll getchew: Ethiopians turn vigilante as rebels edge closer ...

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We’ll getchew: Ethiopians turn vigilante as rebels edge closer to capital

Thousands of volunteers have been trained to fight the group, but Tigrayans say they are being unfairly targeted

Reuters

Every afternoon, Getachew Megersa searches the Ethiopian capital for undercover agents. The 55-year-old construction worker says it’s not the first time he’s defended his country against rebellious Tigrayan forces.

“I am now safeguarding my city with a stick, but if it is required and they give me a weapon, I will do the same,” the former soldier said.

He is among tens of thousands of Addis Ababa residents who joined defence groups after Tigrayan fighters threatened last month to march on the capital...

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