Ethiopia to give ID cards to Rastafarians long stateless

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ADDIS TIBEB

Ethiopia will issue national identity cards for the nearly 1,000 Rastafarians who long have been seen as stateless in the East African nation, the government announced Thursday.

The decision means they can enter without visas and live without residence permits. The move also affects Ethiopian Jews and foreign nationals who have made positive contributions to the country.

rastacommunityinshashamane“These individuals have long been unable to enter and leave the country easily,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Meles Alem told The Associated Press. “In the case of Rastafarians, we have three generations of people residing here that have blended well with our citizens. But sadly they were neither Caribbean nor Ethiopians so were somehow stateless. This national ID will address this problem.”

Close to one thousand Rastafarians live in Ethiopia, especially in the capital, Addis Ababa, and a southern town called Shashamane. Ethiopia’s last emperor, Haile Selassie, granted land for the Shashamane settlement for…

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3 Responses to “Ethiopia to give ID cards to Rastafarians long stateless”

  1. D.A. Simmons Says:

    ECELLENT! IT’S TIME FOR ALL BLACK FOLK TO GET BACK/CLOSE TO AFRICA, PARTICULARLY NORTH AFRICA=ISRAEL.

  2. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    BACK TO AFRICA IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL FAMILIES WITH MALE CHILDREN TO SAVE THEM FROM KILLINGS/POLICE/PRISON! LIVE IN BLACK FREEDOM IN THE BLACK MAN’S LAND!

    • D.A. Simmons Says:

      Surely it’s safer in Mother Africa than in USA. America is just frightening with its police brutality towards black folk and now the new president has a KKK background. Yikes. The is why AMERICA is the anagram: I AM RACE. So it remains. Shalom.

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