Ethiopian refugees Mahabuba Mohamed Bacar, 24, her husband, Shamshadin, and son, Hamdi, from Jarso, eastern Ethiopia, pictured in Nairobi, Kenya.
I fled because of political harassment. I was arrested with my husband by Ethiopian security agents who said I was supporting the OLF [Oromo Liberation Front]. They came during the night and took us from our home, they told us nothing, after we got to the prison they said to me, "you are washing the OLF soldiers clothes during the night and your husband is taking food to them in the bush". I don't know why they accused us but the only thing I know it that my husband had a small shop selling Khat, he takes Khat from Badeysa to Dire Dawa and whenever he goes to sell Khat they claim he was taking things to the OLF and bringing information back to the people.
The prison was a military camp called Badeysa Adrash. There were a lot of people there, all Oromo, I knew some. In the prison we were maltreated, during my arrest I was 4 months pregnant and because of the maltreatment my baby was aborted. I was raped by soldiers. It was four times. They would come at the night and say they are going to investigate me and then they take me to another cell and do what they want to me. They were 3 people turn by turn. We were released after 2 months with pre-conditions.
After this our niece was living with us and accidentally she passed away. When she passed away I got shocked and fainted so my husband took me to the hospital. Culturally if someone passes away the whole community gather to pay their condolences, one of the pre-conditions of our release was not to participate in any social gatherings. So instead the community came to our home for condolences and the security agents took this as a breaking the rules and they came to our home and asked for me and my husband. They wanted to arrest us but I was in the hospital and someone told us that the agents were searching for us so from the hospital we left Ethiopia and came to Kenya.