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Ethiopians Shame Saudi Arabia On Twitter For Inhumane Treatment Of Migrant Workers

Twitter users have rallied around #SomeOneTellSaudiArabia as the kingdom launches a deadly crackdown on migrant workers from Ethiopia.

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Ethiopians have started a Twitter campaign, #SomeOneTellSaudiArabia, to protest the abuse of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.

Zelalem Kibret

@zelalemkibret

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

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The campaign began yesterday with this simple tweet.

#SomeOneTellSaudiArabia Stop killing our brothers & sisters #Ethiopia

Abdi Lemessa

@AbdiDis

#SomeOneTellSaudiArabia Stop killing our brothers & sisters #Ethiopia

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The hashtag has since ignited a Twitter storm of fury over Saudi Arabia's abuse of migrant workers.

This hashtag #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia is so powerful. Details abuses, attacks & police killing of #Ethiopia migrant workers in #SaudiArabia.

Semhar

@Semhar

This hashtag #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia is so powerful. Details abuses, attacks & police killing of #Ethiopia migrant workers in #SaudiArabia.

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Am an ordinary guy from #Ethiopia, I ask Saudi to stop killing & torture because am someone #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

Abel Wabella

@abelpoly

Am an ordinary guy from #Ethiopia, I ask Saudi to stop killing & torture because am someone #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

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#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia: Dear Saudi, how can you claim the first Muezzin of Islam is Ethiopian, while you rape, kill and torture Ethiopians?

Zelalem Kibret

@zelalemkibret

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia: Dear Saudi, how can you claim the first Muezzin of Islam is Ethiopian, while you rape, kill and torture Ethiopians?

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Profiling all Ethiopians as criminals is like saying all Arabs are terrorists & that is how offensive it's to us #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

Hizkias Wubshet

@Dr_Hizkias

Profiling all Ethiopians as criminals is like saying all Arabs are terrorists & that is how offensive it's to us #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

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Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom has said that so far this month at least three Ethiopians have been killed in Saudi Arabia, as raids and roundups have turned increasingly violent.

Over the weekend Saudi police forces clashed with Ethiopian and other African workers in Manfouha, a poor district south of the capital, Riyadh.

Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

At least two people were killed, and hundreds arrested in the unrest.

Graphic YouTube videos reportedly of Saudi police and citizens attacking Ethiopian laborers have also gone viral.

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia videos that's surfaced showed the police were apart of it but the citizens took the great part of discriminating us

Leoul K

@LKibrom

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia videos that's surfaced showed the police were apart of it but the citizens took the great part of discriminating us

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Another video allegedly of a Saudi man beating a migrant worker sparked outrage last month, CNN reported. In the video, the abuser says he is beating the victim because the victim inappropriately looked at his wife.

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About 50% of Ethiopian youth are unemployed, and millions of Ethiopians each year seek work opportunities abroad. Hundreds of thousands head to Saudi Arabia to work as laborers or domestic workers. Many are sponsored by Saudi families or companies. Others come illegally, often paying smugglers high fees to enter.

Foreign workers make up a huge percentage of the Saudi work force. Nine million of Saudi's 28 million inhabitants are reportedly foreigners. But Saudi Arabian law provides migrant workers virtually no legal protection from employee and police brutality.

In response to the latest outrage, activists started an online petition, calling on international human rights organizations to intervene. While the Ethiopian government faces it's own accusations of human rights abuses, it has been quick to express outrage at the Saudi government. An Ethiopian delegation is reportedly heading to Saudi Arabia today to facilitate the repatriation process and discuss the latest abuses.

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia Please stop killing ppl when all they sought is just a job you wouldn't do!

Mesfin Meshesha

@kobele

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia Please stop killing ppl when all they sought is just a job you wouldn't do!

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#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia : You have a right to address irregular migration, but not abuse, kill, persecute! #Ethiopia

Ziya Meral

@Ziya_Meral

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia : You have a right to address irregular migration, but not abuse, kill, persecute! #Ethiopia

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#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia Slavery ended a long time ago.

Jeff Mohammed

@jeffmohammed

#SomeoneTellSaudiArabia Slavery ended a long time ago.

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Tomorrow the UN General Assembly votes on new members for the UN Human Rights Council — and Saudi Arabia has been campaigning for a spot.

@TeBeyo Do you know Saudi is a candidate 4 #UNHumanRightsCouncil elections tomorrow? farce! http://t.co/O6C09OBwvl … #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

Alemayehu Odda

@Alemaye38289622

@TeBeyo Do you know Saudi is a candidate 4 #UNHumanRightsCouncil elections tomorrow? farce! http://t.co/O6C09OBwvl … #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

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Ethiopia is expected to vote no.

Stop violenece against #Ethiopia|ns in #SaudiArabia #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

የፀዳው Yetsedaw

@tsedaw

Stop violenece against #Ethiopia|ns in #SaudiArabia #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

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