KANA TV marks a breakthrough in Ethiopian televised entertainment. It may also signal a shift in Ethiopia’s much criticised media environment.
In the numerous camps that have popped up and public buildings commandeered to absorb the displaced, Oromo and Somali tell equally convincing stories of ethnic violence, primarily carried out, they claim, by each region’s special police.
Crossing a border entitles refugees to international protection, whereas internally-displaced persons remain the responsibility of national governments – often falling through the gaps as a result.
Khat’s international reputation presented a particularly conflicting picture – it was legal in Britain, banned in the US, celebrated in Yemen and vilified in Saudi Arabia.