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Two Ethiopians have been gunned down in what was believed to be another xenophobia attack in South Africa, authorities confirmed yesterday.

The two victims, who ran a truck shop, were shot dead on Monday night by a group of armed men in Inchanga, west of Durban in eastern South Africa, said Willis Mchunu, a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Community Safety and Liaison in Inchanga.

Abused, trafficked and abandoned.
The troubling tale of underage female Ethiopians

Kalkidan Yibeltal
Mekdes Teshome does not have a distinct memory of her birth place. She was of humble age when she left her rural village in Gondar area of the Amhara Regional State, some 800 km north of Addis Abeba. Her mother, too poor to offer her a proper childhood, gave her daughter up for a relatively better off aunt residing in Addis Abeba. An above average student, Mekdes was performing well academically in the public school she was enrolled. Then, things took an abrupt wrong turn when her aunt’s husband, a night guard, started abusing her sexually at her tender age. She was a fourth grader when she left her village.