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Internet access restored to western Oromia in Ethiopia
Internet connectivity has been restored to a part of Ethiopia’s Oromia region which has been without connection for about three months.
In January this year, is a partial internet cut was imposed across several towns in western Ethiopia. President of the region confirmed early Tuesday that due to improvement in the security situation in the region, connection was to be restored. State-run FBC confirmed that connectivity had returned.
Activists, press and human rights groups had actively campaigned for government to restore internet access in the affected areas. The campaign got a fresh impetus with the coronavirus pandemic as campaigners insisted that people in the region risked not getting enough information of the public health crisis.
At the time of the blackout, government defended the move as necessary to curb rising insecurity in the area where the army was engaged in exchanges with a former rebel group. Over a dozen officials of the region have been killed in the last few months by suspected rebels in the area.
The BBC confirmed back in January that “in some areas mobile call services were also not working.” The state monopoly EthioTelecom stayed away from commenting on the situation.
The outfit twice last year cut the internet; first over national level examinations and in the wake of a foiled coup in the Amhara regional state.
— FBC (Fana Broadcasting Corporate S.C.) (@fanatelevision) March 31, 2020