AAU Says Examinations Start Tomorrow

AAU Says Examinations Start Tomorrow

Addis Tribune July 13, 2001


     Students Languishing in Kenya


The Addis Ababa University announced that this year's final examination would start tomorrow July 14, 2001. The

announcement came as a considerable number of students are still boycotting classes while others flee the country to

neighboring Kenya.


Reports from Kenya say the students have sought asylum there. Representatives of the 200 students appealed to the

government of Kenya to facilitate ways to enable them continue their education there. The students reportedly refused to live in

refugee camps for fear of persecution by what they called "Ethiopian security forces."


A Kenyan newspaper meanwhile said the students would not be granted refugee status as 30 percent of their demands have

been rejected by the UNHCR office in Kenya.


Some of the students who took part in the hunger strike in Kenya a week ago are now in hospitals for treatment, it was learnt.


Last week students who attended a meeting presided over by the newly appointed AAU president Prof. Eshetu Woncheko,

were not allowed to express their views. Students were told that "they were there simply to listen to whatever was being said at

the meeting". The students then walked out of the meeting.