Detained: Three days in Ethiopia

The GW Hatchet
By Hadas Gold and Tamara El Waylly


On an early July morning in Awwadaay, Ethiopia, senior Emma McCormick was sick and contemplating the cancellation of her morning’s English class. As she lay on her bed in the eastern part of the country where she and six other GW students were volunteering for the summer, she heard a knock at the gate…Three Ethiopian military police officers stood in front of her, commanding McCormick to gather all her belongings – she was being detained.

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