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US News The former athlete gebrelassy ready to engage "until death" in the armed conflict in Ethiopia

12:15  25 november  2021
12:15  25 november  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Haile Grassia, Doubled Olympic Champion 10,000 meters in 1996 and 2000, announced his willingness to take arms in the armed conflict that ravages his country Ethiopia. "Do you expect me to say to death? Yes, it is the ultimate price of a war, "he says.

Haile gerbreassia decided to take up arms. The Doubled Gold Medalist over 10,000 meters at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics announced Wednesday to join the fight against rebel forces in Ethiopia after the country's prime minister, Abiy Ahmed said to lead the war since forehead.

For a year Ethiopia has been in the grip of internal conflicts between the forces of the Government of Addis Ababa and the People's Liberation Front of the Tiger. The latter threatened the last month of "walking on the capital" and have done everything to cut transport routes connecting Ethiopia to Djibouti, the main port of the region.

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Gebrebelassie does not "Fear"

The 48-year-old retirement champion told Reuters to feel obliged to engage because the existence of Ethiopia was threatened. "What would you do when the existence of a country is at stake? , he interviewed. "Do you expect me to say to death? Yes, it is the ultimate price of a war. I can not sit here in my office because of fear. Because it will come to my door. She will come to my house. We do not know when it happens. We do not know who will do what.

Gebrelassie is not the only athlete to furnish in the conflict. The Silver Medalist of the Rio Olympic Marathon, Feyisa Lilesa also stated that he would go to the forehead.

2 million displaced

The Ethiopian police formed about 147,000 civilians in the capital to form neighborhood defense groups and help detect potential infiltrated, said the police in Reuters.

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The conflict killed thousands of people and more than two million were forced to leave their home. 400,000 people are also facing famine in the Tiger, the main area of ​​clashes.

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