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War and Rape in Northern Ethiopia: A Dialogue About Healing and Justice

Monday, March 27, 2023 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Brown Hall, Brown Lounge
Brown Hall, St. Louis, MO 63130

War and Rape in Northern Ethiopia: A Dialogue About Healing and Justice is a discussion focused on the atrocities committed in northern Ethiopia during the recent regional war with a view to advancing healing and the fight to obtain justice for its victims.

Hon. Abdellahi Abdi and Kebede Mekonen, PhD, will share their insights on the impact of the war, the use of rape as a weapon of war, the psychological trauma faced by survivors, and the need for justice and healing even after the implementation of a fragile peace agreement. This discussion will be moderated by L. Lewis Wall, DPhil, MD, and Kim Thuy Seelinger, JD.

Following the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and converse with the speakers and moderators during a dinner reception.

This event will be held in the Brown Lounge, located in Brown Hall on the Washington University Danforth Campus. Seating is limited; please register by Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to attend.

Warning: Some may find the content of this discussion to be distressing.

Event Type



Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health



Here and Next
Institute for Public Health
Event Contact

Emily Hickner | ehickner@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Speakers include the Honorable Filsan Abdellahi Abdi — former Minister for Women, Children and Youth of Ethiopia — and Hayelom Kebede Mekonen, PhD — former head of Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital in Tigray.

Hon. Abdellahi Abdi resigned from the Abiy government due to its censorship of her reports of government involvement in conflict-related sexual violence. Dr. Kebede Mekonen provided publicity and mobilized medical support for thousands of survivors of this conflict during a devastating humanitarian blockade imposed by the Abiy government.

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