Possible Civil War In Ethiopia, Using Art To Support Trees, And Empowering Women In Rural Africa

n this June 10, 2005 file photo, members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after recent clashes with protesters. Violent weekend clashes between protesters and security forces have claimed the lives of more than a dozen people across Ethiopia. The government announced Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 that seven protesters died in the northern Amhara region’s capital, Bahir Dar. Witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press anonymously for fear of reprisals said anti-riot police also used force Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesters in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after recent clashes with protesters. Violent weekend clashes between protesters and security forces have claimed the lives of more than a dozen people across Ethiopia. Karel Prinsloo
n this June 10, 2005 file photo, members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after recent clashes with protesters. Violent weekend clashes between protesters and security forces have claimed the lives of more than a dozen people across Ethiopia. The government announced Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 that seven protesters died in the northern Amhara region’s capital, Bahir Dar. Witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press anonymously for fear of reprisals said anti-riot police also used force Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesters in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after recent clashes with protesters. Violent weekend clashes between protesters and security forces have claimed the lives of more than a dozen people across Ethiopia. Karel Prinsloo

Possible Civil War In Ethiopia, Using Art To Support Trees, And Empowering Women In Rural Africa

On today’s show:

  • Ethiopian security forces shot and killed dozens of Oromo protesters over the weekend. We talk about the ongoing conflict with Getachew Begashaw, professor of economics at Harper College and Seenaa Jimjimo, a Chicago-based writer and campaign director for the Oromo Advocacy Group.
  • We speak with environmental artist Jenny Kendler, who wants people to care about trees – especially tree roots. Her installation, See the Forest (For the Trees) is on view at the Naperville Park District’s Knoch Knolls Nature Center during its “Nature Art Week.”
  • The non-profit Mpanzi works to empower women and girls in education, health and sustainable livelihoods. For our Global Activism segment, Mpanzi cofounder and president, Jackie Ogega, tells us how her group assists women and girls through microlending, storytelling and vocational training.