Ethiopia Headlines

Date 04/11/20

Ethiopia Prohibits Company Layoffs Under State of Emergency

Ethiopia prohibited companies from laying off workers and terminating employment in measures introduced as part of a state of emergency to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The rules announced Saturday also ban meetings of more than four people for religious, government and other organizations, including political gatherings, Adanech Abiebie, the attorney general, said in a statement.


Date 04/11/20

Egypt Building Strategic Partnership With Countries Neighboring Ethiopia

Egypt to build dams in South Sudan, Uganda: Egypt will begin construction of a number of water projects in South Sudan and Uganda, the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Ati announced yesterday.

“Egypt has started the construction of six underground drinking water stations in the Republic of South Sudan,” Abdel-Ati told reporters, adding that the projects were contracted in 2019.

He pointed out that the projects were being funded by Egypt, explaining that they had come as part of a government-initiated developmental strategy in the water sector.


Date 04/11/20

Ethiopia to Press Ahead With Africa’s Biggest Hydropower Dam

Ethiopia’s government vowed to continue work on a massive dam that’s stoked tensions with Egypt, even as the Horn of Africa nation contends with the growing spread of the coronavirus.

Completing what would be Africa’s largest hydropower reservoir, filling it and producing electricity is a top priority for Ethiopia, State Minister for Finance Eyob Tekalign said on a conference call Thursday. The government on April 8 declared a state of emergency over coronavirus, which has so far infected 56 Ethiopians.

“We might reprioritize projects because of this crisis, but the GERD, I assure you, is not one of them,” Eyob said. “We are going to keep the timeline. We will fill the dam and start generating power.”


Date 04/11/20

Ethiopia coronavirus cases reach 69; medics join Jack Ma's virtual seminar

As of April 11, cases in Ethiopia had reached 69 according to Health Minister Lia Tadesse’s updates. The number of new cases were four, three of whom had travel history. 54 patients remain in treatment whiles recoveries have reached 10. three deaths and two repatriations complete the fact sheet.

Meanwhile, the first China-Africa virtual seminar took place on Friday involving exchanges between an Ethiopian team and counterparts from a Chinese university. The session was facilitated by the Jack Ma Foundation.


Date 04/11/20

COVID-19: Ethiopia to quarantine over 20,000 street dwellers

One day after Ethiopia declared a five-month long state of emergency, the country on Thursday began activities to rehabilitate thousands of homeless people in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among the homeless living outdoors.

Currently there are around 86,000 homeless people across the country.


Date 04/08/20

Ethiopia declares state of emergency to fight coronavirus

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency in the country to help curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.


Date 04/02/20

Ethiopia using traditional medicine to f-19ight COVID

Ethiopia has been coordinating the distribution of Jack Ma`s gift of essential supplies across the continent. The country is also looking to tap into the capability of traditional medicines to tackle COVID-19. Mikael Arage, Technology and Politico-economical Analyst joins CNBC Africa for more.


Date 04/02/20

Ethiopia Opens Up Mobile Money Services to Local Non-Financial Firms

Ethiopia's central bank will allow locally-owned non-financial institutions to start offering mobile money services as it seeks to boost non-cash payments in the country, it said. The Horn-of-Africa nation is in the midst of massive economic reforms led by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, including the privatization of state-owned telecommunications monopoly Ethio Telecom. The new directive would allow Ethio Telecom, as an Ethiopian-owned company, to move into mobile money. Any foreign-owned companies, however, would remain locked out, according to the new regulations that were published on Wednesday. Foreign telecom operators, including Kenya's Safaricom and South Africa's MTN, have expressed interest in bidding for telecoms licenses in Africa's second most populous country. But without further changes to the regulations, they will remain unable to offer mobile financial services business, analysts said.


Date 03/31/20

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Hit 26 in Ethiopia as of Tuesday

Ethiopia has 26 confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus, which has swept around the world since originating in China at the turn of the year and triggered a global economic slump. The East African country has closed its land borders and deployed security forces to control the spread, while Abiy has called on G-20 leaders to assist Africa with $150 billion in emergency funding and write off or convert debts of low-income countries.


Date 03/31/20

Ethiopia To Postpone General Elections

Ethiopia will postpone general elections that were scheduled for the end of August because of the coronavirus outbreak, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to suspend a nationwide vote due to the pandemic.


Date 03/29/30

የድሬደዋ ነዋሪዎች አንድነት ፓርቲ መንግሥትን ከሰሰ

በቅርቡ በድሬደዋ የተቋቋመው የድሬደዋ ነዋሪዎች አንድነት ፓርቲ ሊቀመንበር ያላግባብ ሊቀመንበሬ ላይ ድብደባና እስር ተፈጽሞበታል ሲል መንግሥትን ከሰሰ።

የፓርቲው ሊቀመንበር ሰሞኑን በድሬዳዋ እየተከሰቱ ባሉ ግጭቶች እጃቸው አለበት ተብለው መያዛቸውን የፓርቲው ምክትል ሊቀመንበር አቶ ጌትነት ገነቱ በተለይ ለቪኦኤ አስታውቀዋል።


Date 03/29/20

የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ ሰማኒያ ዓለምቀፍ በረራዎችን አቋረጠ

የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በኮሮናቫይረስ ወረርሽኝ ስጋት ወደ 80 ዓለምቀፍ በረራዎቹን ማቋረጡን ባወጣው መግለጫ አስታወቀ።

በዓለምቀፍ ደረጃ የሚደረጉ የካርጎ /የዕቃ ማመላለሻ/ በረራዎች እንደቀጠሉ ጠቁሞ፣ ዕርምጃው የተወሰደው የኮሮናቫይረስን ለመከላከልና ለመቆጣጠር መሆኑንም አስታውቋል።


Date 03/29/20

Haile Gebrselassie Donates for Coronavirus fight in Ethiopian

Ethiopian athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie has donated nearly $50,000 to a committee set up to fight the spread of coronavirus in his homeland.

The Covid-19 National Resource Mobilisation Committee was launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday in Ethiopia, where there are currently 21 reported cases.

"It's not time to profit but to save lives," said Haile. "We need to support the government at this crucial time and support one another."

Haile donated one million Ethiopian birr ($30,213) from a range of his businesses while half a million birr (USD 15,106) came from the Great Ethiopian Run, which was founded by the two-time Olympic champion.


Date 03/28/20

«ከአቅም በላይ የሆነ የለይቶ ማቆያ ሆቴል ወጭ ተጠየቅን» - ኢትዮጵያዊያን መንገደኞች

ወደ ሀገራችን ለመመለስ ያደረግነው ጥረት ከሀቅም በላይ የሆነ ክፍያ በመጠየቃችን እየተስተጓጎለ ነው ሲሉ በቱርክ የሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ለአሜሪካ ድምጽ ቅሬታ አቀረቡ።

ሰኞ ዕለት የነበራቸው በረራ ፣«ለለይቶ ማቆያ የሆቴል ወጪ የሚሆን 1750 ዶላር ካልከፈላችሁ» በሚል ተሰርዞብናል ያሉት ቅሬታ አቅራቢዎች ፤ኢትዮጵያ ወደ ግዛቷ የሚገቡ መንገደኞች ለ14 ቀናት ተለይተው እንዲቀመጡ ያስተላለፈችውን ደንብ እንደሚደግፉት ገልጸው፣ ከቲኬት ዋጋ በተጨማሪ እንዲከፍሉ እየተጠየቁት ያሉት ገንዘብ ግን ምክንያታዊነት እንዳነሰው እና በእጅጉ እንዳሳዘናቸው አውስተዋል።


Date 03/28/20

የኮሮናቫይረስ ወረርሽኝን ለመከላከል

የኮሮናቫይረስ ወረርሽኝን ለመከላከል በሚል የአዲስ አበባ ጎዳናችዎ ታጠኑ። ሰሞኑን ቫይረሱን ለመከላከል ከተማይቱን የማጠን ሥነ ሥርዓቱን ያካሄደችው የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋኅዶ ቤተክርስቲያን ነች። የማጠኑ ሥራ የተካሄደው ሀይማኖታዊ ሥርዓቱ በሚፈቅደው መሰረት ነው።


Date 03/24/20

At Least 60 Migrants Believed to be Ethiopians Found Dead in a Truck in Mozambique

More than 60 undocumented migrants believed to be Ethiopians were found dead in a cargo truck in northwestern Mozambique on Tuesday.

The truck, which had entered Mozambique from the neighboring country of Malawi, was stopped at a checkpoint in Moatize, near the Zambezi River in Tete Province, according to the online site Zitamar News.

According to the authorities, the driver was ordered to open the truck when officials heard bashing noises coming from the container, and 14 survivors were also found inside. The victims were said to have died from a lack of oxygen.

Mozambique is a transit route for African migrants trying to reach South Africa, one of the continent’s largest economies, according to the International Office on Migration, a United Nations body.


Date 03/24/20

Nigeria records chloroquine poisoning after Trump endorses it for coronavirus treatment

Health officials in Nigeria have issued a warning over chloroquine after they said three people in the country overdosed on the drug, in the wake of President Trump's comments about using it to treat coronavirus.

US President Donald Trump claimed at a White House briefing last week that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the "very powerful" drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus.


Date 03/24/20

Man Dies After Trying Chemical Touted by Trump to Treat COVID-19

American man died after he and his wife ingested a chemical in an attempt to prevent a coronavirus infection, Banner Health said in a press release. His wife is in critical care. Both are in their 60s.

During a press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump touted chloroquine as showing "very, very encouraging early results" in treating COVID-19 and falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was working "to be able to make that drug available almost immediately." The drug has been used to treat malaria.


Date 03/24/20

30 Year Old Dies of Coronavirus

A prominent 30-year-old television journalist has died in Zimbabwe after contracting the new coronavirus infection, the first person to die in the country from the virus.

He was admitted to hospital in the capital Harare after exhibiting flu-like symptoms last Thursday, the health ministry said in a statement.


Date 03/23/20

Ethiopia Closes Land Border, Deploys Troops to Combat Virus

Ethiopia closed its land borders and deployed security forces as it steps up measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, with 11 confirmed cases in the Horn of Africa nation.

The restrictions don’t apply to the movement of essential goods, the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement


Date 03/22/20

Recruiting Tech Volunteers to Fight COVID-19 in Ethiopia

A Washington-based software developer is recruiting other techies to combat the spread of the new coronavirus in his native Ethiopia, following the lead of countries such as China and South Korea with early experience in what is now a global pandemic.

“We need an army of tech volunteers to help the Ethiopian Ministry of Health collect, analyze and report to the agency so that we can assist them in the time of need,” Mike Endale wrote in his online solicitation.


Date 03/21/20

Millions of Ethiopians Can’t Get COVID-19 News

Every time you place a call in Ethiopia, you get an educational message about coronavirus prevention – but that only helps if you can make a call.

Millions of Ethiopians living under a months-long government-imposed shutdown of internet and phone services in western Oromia are being left in the dark about the health risks.

Even before Ethiopia confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 13, people in the western Oromia region, where the military has conducted operations against a rebel force, faced significant challenges. Access to health care is severely limited, especially for those in rural areas.


Date 03/21/20

Ethiopian Airlines Losses From Coronavirus Reach $190 Million

Ethiopian Airlines Group has lost over $190 million as the impact of the coronavirus on global travel hurts Africa’s only consistently profitable airline.

The carrier has suspended flights to 30 destinations as demand collapses and some countries impose travel bans to try and contain the deadly pandemic. Aviation is one of the hardest hit industries by the virus, facing billions of dollars of lost revenue.

In Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, the coronavirus will be a “huge burden” on the economy, Abiy said, adding that the government will impose economic measures to help the most vulnerable.


Date 03/20/20

Ethiopian PM urges tolerance as anti-foreigner sentiment rises over virus

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday urged citizens not to discriminate against certain nationalities as virus cases rise, after reports of anti-foreigner sentiment in the country.

Ethiopia has recorded six cases of the novel coronavirus over the past six days, and the United States embassy on Wednesday said there were a number of reports of verbal and physical harassment of foreigners deemed to be bringing in the virus.


Date 03/20/20

Ethiopia To Lose $1b In Case It Exits Somaliland’s Berbera Port

Ethiopia stands to lose close to USD 1 Billion should the country move ahead and halt its new development and partnership with Somaliland over the Port of Berbera.

There have been unconfirmed reports in the Ethiopian and Somaliland media that the Horn of Africa nation is considering developing a port in Sudan that will be an optional sea outlet.

While the reports are not conclusive, Ethiopia Minister for Transport  Dagmawit Moges said that owning a port is part of the Ten Years National Logistics Strategy issued a few months ago


Date 03/19/20

Africa sees ‘extremely rapid evolution’ of pandemic, UN says

More African countries closed their borders Thursday as the coronavirus’ local spread threatened to turn the continent of 1.3 billion people into an alarming new front for the pandemic.

WHO’s Africa chief Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said she did not believe that large numbers of infected people are going undetected in Africa. However, she did acknowledge a challenge in the shortage of testing kits. Forty-three countries have testing capability, up from two when the outbreak began.


Date 03/19/20

Ethiopia to spend $5.7mln to acquire ICT tools

Ethiopia awarded Imperial ICT Solution, National Marketers, Bridgtech and Maxi Tech the 188 million birr ($5.7 million) contract to provide ICT equipment to the country's 187 federal institutions. The four companies won the tender launched on 23 August 2019.

Imperial ICT won the contract to supply scanners and network cables for 88.1 million birr ($2.7 million); National Marketers will supply color printers and copiers worth 75.3 million birrs ($2.3 million); Bridgtech was awarded a contract for 2.3 million birr ($70,100) for the supply of light copiers and Maxi Tech will supply separators, flash drives and maintenance kits for 22.2 million birr ($676,800).


Date 03/19/20

Heated Interview with Former Ethiopia PM


Date 03/19/20

COVID-19: Reports of Anti-Foreigner Sentiment in Ethiopia

Embassy continues to receive reports regarding a rise in anti-foreigner sentiment revolving around the announcement of COVID-19 in Ethiopia. Typical derogatory comments directed at foreigners, the terms “China” and “Ferengi” (foreigner), have been reportedly coupled with the label “Corona,” indicating a disparaging view on the link between the outbreak of COVID-19 and foreigners in Ethiopia. Incidents of harassment and assault directly related to COVID-19 have been reported by other foreigners living within Addis Ababa and other cities throughout the country. Reports indicate that foreigners have been attacked with stones, denied transportation services (taxis, Ride, etc.), being spat on, chased on foot, and been accused of being infected with COVID-19.


Date 03/18/2020

Mystery Illness Kills Ethiopian Nomads

More than 2,000 nomads in Ethiopia’s Somali region have died since 2014 after falling ill from a mysterious disease that caused bleeding from their mouths and noses. Other reported symptoms include swollen limbs and green or yellow eyes. Residents of Calub, Ethiopia, have accused a Chinese project that includes construction of a pipeline from Ogaden to Djibouti of destroying the environment where their animals are grazing.   Chinese firm Poly-GCL has been prospecting for natural oil and gas in Ogaden since 2014. 


Date 03/17/2020

የክልል ልዩ ኃይሎች አነጋጋሪ ምስረታ እና ስጋት(ውይይት)

የሀገር እና ህዝብን ደህንነት ለማስጠበቅ ከተቋቋሙት የሀገር መከለከያ ሰራዊት ፣ የፌዴራል እና ክልል ፖሊስ ኃይሎች በተጨማሪ ፣ በየክልሉ የሚገኙ የልዩ ኃይል እና ሚሊሺያ ተቋማት ይጠቀሳሉ። የልዩ ኃይል እና ሚሊሺያ ተቋማት ምስረታ ህገመንግስታዊነት እና ተልኳቸውን የሚያከናውኑበት መንገድ የሙግት መነሾ ከሆነ ሰነባብቷል። ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ግጭቶች መበራከታቸው፣የተለያዩ ክልሎች የልዩ ኃይል ስልጠናዎችን ማከታተላቸውን ተከትሎ ሙግቱ እንደ አዲስ ተቀስቅሷል።


Date 03/17/2020

Why would US side with Egypt? If that's the case

The Trump administration has reportedly shown readiness to side with Egypt in its dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance dam being built on the Nile River in return for President Abdelfattah el-Sisi's support for the DoC... This has alienated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, an evangelical Christian ally, who reluctantly accepted US mediation.


Date 03/17/2020

Chinese billionaire to donate coronavirus test kits to Africa

Chinese billionaire and co-founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, has pledged donate 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 protective suits to each African country to help the fight against coronavirus. The supplies for Africa would be delivered to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed overseeing distribution to the rest of the continent, he said in a statement.


Date 03/16/2020

Africa is a very diverse place. But why are some countries in Africa very susceptible to this particular disease?

Early on -- particularly at the start of this outbreak -- there were certain countries that had direct flights with China. That is Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa. Those were the first countries with high risk, and most of those countries stopped flying to China. But Ethiopian Airlines is still continuing, though they have reduced to two flights a day going to China.


Date 03/16/2020

Egypt’s FM Shoukry to embark in African tour to deliver message from Sisi

CAIRO – 16 March 2020: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will embark on an African tour starting, Tuesday to deliver a message from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to his African Counterparts regarding the latest developments of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). According to Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Ahmed Hafez, the tour will include South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo, South Sudan, Burundi, Niger, and Rwanda.


Date 03/15/2020

List of African countries with coronavirus grows as Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan report cases

Africa had until now largely been spared the rapid spread of COVID-19, which has infected at least 135,000 people and killed around 5,000 worldwide. Most of Africa’s reported cases were foreigners or people who had travelled abroad. Rapid testing and quarantines have been put in place to limit transmission. But concerns are growing about the continent’s ability to handle the disease.


Date 03/15/2020

Ethiopia's missing students: Families' pain and the unsolved mystery

"We are grieving. I can't stop thinking about her. The entire family can't eat," a visibly pained Mare Abebe told the BBC. She is worried about Belaynesh Mekonnen, a first-year economics student at Ethiopia's Dembi Dolo University, who was kidnapped last December, along with 17 of her colleagues. As Belaynesh's guardian, Ms Mare is distraught for the girl, whom she said she had raised despite many challenges. "We are in pain. She is a good girl, so caring, but now we don't know where she is. We don't know whether she is alive.


Date 09/07/2018

Ethiopia Police: Engineer Simegnew 'took his own life'

After more than a month looking into the engineer's death, the authorities found "that he used his own gun and killed himself," police chief Zeinu Jemal told journalists.

Mr Simegnew's fingerprints had been found on the gun and the doors of the vehicle were all locked from the inside, the police chief added.

He also said that the engineer had left messages for his secretary and child explaining that he might be going away for a while.

Commenting on what could be behind the suicide, Mr Zeinu said preliminary investigations suggested that Mr Simegnew may have been under pressure because of the delays and the increasing cost of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

But, he said, more investigations need to be carried out.


Date 09/06/2018

Ethiopian commercial ship to carry 11,000 tonnes of Eritrean zinc exports to China

An Ethiopian ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades on Wednesday and Eritrea announced plans to upgrade a road to its neighbor, local media said, in further signs of strengthening ties between the former foes.

The announcements came as Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in their second face-to-face encounter since a July peace deal ended two decades of enmity.

Abiy and Isaias traveled the entire 70-km (40-mile) road that links Assab's port along the Red Sea to the town of Bure just across the border in Ethiopia, which had not been used since a two-year war broke out between the neighbors in 1998.

Earlier on Wednesday, an Ethiopian commercial ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time since 1998, entering Massawa. State outlets said it planned to carry 11,000 tonnes of Eritrean zinc exports to China.


Date 09/05/2018

Egypt strikes deal for greater investment from China

Egypt signed a number of agreements and contracts with Chinese companies for new projects worth $18.3 billion, Egyptian Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

The projects include the construction of a pumping and storage station in the Mount Ataka area in northeastern Egypt, and a power station in Hamrawein.

Rady added that the Chinese investments will also include a textile industrial project as well as a refinery and a petrochemicals complex in the Suez Canal corridor area.


Date 09/04/2018

More than 1,600 died or missing while attempting to reach Europe so far this year

More than 1,600 people have died or gone missing while attempting to reach Europe so far this year, UNCHR's new Desperate Journeysreport shows.

According to the report, people smugglers are taking greater risks in the journey due to increased surveillance.

A total of 2,276 people died last year while trying to cross, this represented one death for every 42 arrivals.

This year, it is 1,095 deaths, or one out of every 18 arrivals. In June alone, the proportion hit one death for every seven arrivals. About 500 people have gone missing.



Date 09/03/2018

የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተደደር ወደ ፌዴራል መንግሥት ተዘዋውረው የነበሩ መሥሪያ ቤቶቹን መሰብሰብ ጀመረ

ከአወዛጋቢው ምርጫ 97 በኋላ ከአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ወደ ፌዴራል መንግሥት እንዲዛወሩ የተደረጉ ተቋማት ነበሩ፡፡ ከእነዚህ ውስጥም የአዲስ አበባ ፖሊስ ኮሚሽን፣ የአዲስ አበባ ትራንስፖርት ባለሥልጣን፣ እንዲሁም አንበሳ የከተማ አውቶብስ ድርጅትና ከትራንስፖርት ጋር የተያያዙ የተለያዩ አሠራሮች ተጠቃሾች ናቸው፡፡

ምክትል ከንቲባ ታከለ ሥልጣን ከተረከቡ በኋላ በወሰዷቸው የተለያዩ የሪፎርም ሥራዎች ወደ ፌዴራል ሄደው የነበሩ መሥሪያ ቤቶችንና አሠራሮችን ለመመለስ በወሰዱት ዕርምጃ፣ በተለያዩ ችግሮች ተተብትቦ የሚገኘው አንበሳ አውቶብስ ድርጅት እንዲመለስ ተደርጓል፡፡

የአንበሳ አውቶብስ ድርጅት ቀደም ሲል በመንግሥት የልማት ድርጅቶች ሚኒስቴር ይተዳደር ነበር፡፡ የሚኒስትሮች ምክር ቤት በወሰነው ውሳኔ መሠረት ወደ አዲስ አበባ እንዲመለስ፣ ከዚህ በተጨማሪ በሥሩ ሲተዳደር የቆየው የጅማ ከተማ አንበሳ አውቶብስ ድርጅትም ራሱን ችሎ እንዲደራጅ ተወስኖ ነበር፡፡

ነገር ግን ውሳኔው በተለያዩ መሰናክሎች ተግባዊ ሳይደረግ ቆይቶ፣ በሥራ አመራር ቦርድና በፌዴራል ትራንስፖርት ባለሥልጣን ሲመራ ቆይቷል፡፡

አዲሱ ካቢኔ ግን የአንበሳ አውቶብስ ድርጅት ወደ አዲስ አበባ ከተማ እንዲመለስ ውሳኔ አስተላልፏል፡፡



Date 09/03/2018

በምዕራብ ጎጃም ዞን አንድ ግለሰብ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ውስጥ በደቦ ፍርድ ተገደለ

በአማራ ክልል በምዕራብ ጎጃም ዞን ቡሬ ከተማ ቤተ ክርስቲያ ግቢ ውስጥ በተፈጸመ የደቦ ፍርድ የአንድ ግለሰብ ሕይወት አለፈ፡፡ ግድያው የተፈጸመው ቅዳሜ ነሐሴ 19 ቀን 2010 ዓ.ም. ከቀኑ 10፡30 እስከ 12፡00 ሰዓት መሆኑን ሪፖርተር ከፖሊስ ያገኘው መረጃ ያመለክታል፡፡

ከቀኑ 10፡30 ሰዓት ላይ ከቡሬ ከተማ ወጣ ብሎ በሚገኘው የአቡነ ተክለ ሃይማኖት ቤተ ክርስቲያን የእሳት ጭስ መታየቱን፣ እሳቱን ለማጥፋትም ከቤተ ክርስቲያኑ በቅርብ ርቀት ከሚገኘው የቡሬ አግሮ ኢንዱስትሪ ፓርክ ሠራተኞችን ጨምሮ የከተማዋ ነዋሪዎች ወደ ቤተ ክርስቲያኑ መትመማቸውን፣ ሪፖርተር ያነጋገራቸው የምዕራብ ጎጃም ዞን ፖሊስ ጽሕፈት ቤት ዋና ኢንስፔክተር አበበ አጥቁ አረጋግጠዋል፡፡

ነገር ግን በሰዓቱ ግለሰቡን ‹ፀጉረ ልውጥ› ነው ብለውና ቃጠሎውን እንደፈጸመ አድርገው ቤተ ክርስቲያን ቅጥር ውስጥ በድንጋይ ቀጥቅጠው መግደላቸውን ከዓይን እማኞች ለመረዳት ተችሏል፡



Date 08/31/2018

Libya: Mainly Ethiopians, Eritreans and Somalis, detainees evacuated from Libya prison

Hundreds of migrants have been relocated from government-run detention centers in Libya after being trapped by clashes between rival groups, U.N. and aid sources said on Thursday.

The migrants were abandoned when their guards fled from the fighting, which killed almost 30 people. It pitted rival groups vying for power and state funds, a recurring theme in Libya since the chaotic overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

The U.N refugee agency UNHCR said in a statement it facilitated the transport "in coordination with other agencies and the Department for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM)".

The migrants, mainly Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis, were taken to a separate detention center away from the fighting. A few were still waiting to evacuate from Ain Zara, an official at another international organization said.



Date 08/30/2018

18 Killed as Ethiopian Military Helicopter Crashes

Police official Aschalew Alemu tells the Ethiopian News Agency that the crash occurred Thursday morning in the Oromia region. The helicopter was traveling from the eastern city of Dire Dawa to an air base in Bishoftu town southeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

Aschalew says the cause of the crash is under investigation.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports that 15 military personnel and three civilians are dead.



Date 08/28/2018

PM Abiy Ahmed demanding release of Al-Amoudi

Ethiopia will continue to pressure the Saudi Arabian government to release the Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi, Reuters reported yesterday quoting the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

In May, Abiy Ahmed demanded the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to release Al-Amoudi during his two-day visit to the kingdom.

The Ethiopian official pointed out that Al-Amoudi’s release was expected to happen “soon.”

“Sheikh AL-Amoudi’s detention is a national issue, Abiy Ahmed stressed.



Date 08/28/2018

Ethiopia government cancelled  METEC contract from GERD (አባይ ግድብ)

Ethiopia has ousted state-run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) from a $4 billion dam project on the River Nile due to numerous delays in completing the project.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said at the weekend that the government had cancelled the contract of METEC, which is run by Ethiopia's military, and would award it to another company.

Italian firm Salini Impregilo remains the main contractor building the dam, while METEC was the contractor for the electromechanical and hydraulic steel structure divisions of the project.

"It is a project that was supposed to be completed within five years, but seven or eight years later not a single turbine is operational," Abiy said during a news conference in Addis Ababa on Saturday.

"Salini has even demanded compensation because of the delays. We decided to cancel a contract with METEC and offer companies with experience. Otherwise, it will take even longer," he said.



Date 08/28/2018

Former Somali region president Abdi Mohammed Omar arrested

Clashes in the Somali region of Ethiopia led to the burning of churches, looting and rape. Police and PM Abiy Ahmed stepped in, calling the chaos shameful, and arresting a former regional president.

Abdi Mohammed Omar, known as Abdi Illey, was shown on television being led out of his villa in the Ethiopian capital on Monday and into police custody, reportedly on human rights charges.

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported that the attorney general said Abdi Illey was allegedly behind the human rights violations as well as ethnic and religious clashes in the Somali region, the second largest in Ethiopia.



Date 08/27/2018

Mustafa Omer, nominated acting president of Ethiopia’s Somali region

Earlier this month, Mustafa Omer lived in exile. Now, he’s the acting president of Ethiopia’s Somali region and one of the country’s most powerful people.

The dramatic turnaround comes less than three weeks after federal forces stormed the regional capital, Jijiga, and forced the previous regional president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, also known as Abdi Illey, to step down.

With no political experience and no mandate from the 4.5 million people he will lead, Mustafa faces formidable challenges addressing ethnic tensions and balancing Somali peoples’ desire for self-determination with their role within Ethiopia’s federalist government.

But Mustafa’s popular rhetoric and personal history have raised hopes that he’s the right person to lead the Somali region through a period of challenging transition.



Date 08/27/2018

Egypt's FM, intelligence chief to visit Ethiopia for Nile dam talks

Egyptian senior officials will visit Ethiopia on Monday to discuss developments of the giant dam under construction by Ethiopia on their shared Nile River, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and head of the General Intelligence Directorate Abbas Kamel will meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, conveying a verbal message from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

 "The visit aims at following up the course of Egyptian-Ethiopian relations and the ways of enhancing them as well as the developments regarding the negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)," the statement added.

Upstream Nile Basin country Ethiopia and downstream Sudan eye massive benefits from the GERD construction, while downstream Egypt is concerned it might affect its 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of the river water.



Date 08/27/2018

"Massive Tariff Reduction"

Ethiopian telecommunication said "massive tariff reduction" on Mobile Voice, Mobile Internet/Data, Mobile SMS, M2M Package and Fixed Broadband usage:



Date 08/24/2018

US Delegation to visit Ethiopia to Discuss Reforms, Human Rights

A U.S. delegation is heading to Ethiopia on Wednesday to talk about the country's reform efforts since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.

Republican Congressman Christopher Smith, who led the congressional delegation, said he "is cautiously optimistic" about the political reforms in the country.

In an interview with VOA's Horn of Africa, Smith says he will meet Prime Minister Abiy and Foreign Minister Affairs Minister Workineh Gebeyehu and push for continued reforms, as well as reinforcing human rights issues.

"We are going to meet with him [prime minister] and encourage him and try to get our own sense of how well the reform process is moving," Smith said.

The congressman is the architect of H.R. 128, legislation condemning human rights abuses in Ethiopia and outlining a number of reforms that Ethiopia must take to promote peace and democracy. The resolution was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year.



Date 08/23/2018

Ethiopians urge Britain to return bones of ‘stolen’ prince after 150 years

For 150 years, Ethiopians have been asking when Prince Alemayehu will come home. The orphan prince, a descendant of Solomon, was taken to England – some say “stolen” – after British soldiers looted his father’s imperial citadel following the Battle of Maqdala in 1868.

He died at the age of 18, after an unhappy childhood, and was buried at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at the request of Queen Victoria. Now, as discussions take place with the Victoria and Albert Museum about the return of royal treasures taken by British forces during the battle, the Ethiopian government told the Observer it is “redoubling” its efforts to finally bring back the prince’s remains. Last week there were celebrations in Addis Ababa to commemorate the life of the prince’s father, Tewodros II, on the 150th anniversary of his death in the battle. A selection of the objects in the V&A’s possession went on display last week.

Lemn Sissay, the poet and author, has joined the campaign to repatriate the young prince’s remains. Sissay, whose birth mother was Ethiopian, has been invited to speak about Alemayehu by the Ethiopian goverment in June.

“It’s my goal, my sincere hope that in my lifetime [Alemayehu] will go back to Ethiopia,” Sissay told the Observer. “This isn’t going away because I’m not going away.”

Sissay, who was fostered then put into care in Lancashire despite the wishes of his mother, feels there is a resonance between Alemayehu’s life and the widespread international adoption of Ethiopian children, a practice which was banned by the Ethiopian government earlier this year.

“The first corrupt theft of an Ethiopian child was this one in 1868,” Sissay said. “He was taken from his family. He deserves, too, for his remains to go back to Ethiopia, back to where he was stolen from.”


Date 08/23/2018

Ethiopia arrests over 170 anti-peace elements in Oromia region

Ethiopian authorities have arrested over 170 people in the country’s Oromia regional state following a spate of deadly ethnic clashes, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting corporate reports.

Security officials say the suspects are accused of various crimes including incitement to violence, illegal land grabbing, looting and ethnically motivated attacks.

In responding to the incidents last week, the PM warned that the government was not going to tolerate lawlessness stressing that it was the rule of law that is the glue and foundation that keeps the Ethiopian society united.

Human Rights Watch in a recent statement noted that Abiy’s reform ambitions could be gravely affected by the rising insecurity situation.



Date 08/22/2018

Ethiopia not withdrawing troops from Eritrea front lines yet

The Ethiopian government has officially spoken to reports about alleged withdrawal of its troops from the frontline with neighbouring Eritrea.

Some media reports late last week said Ethiopian troops were seen leaving the town of Shiraro, a key front in the Ethio-Eritrea war, the town is close to the town of Badme, a central contention of the war.

But Defense Minister, Motumma Mekassa in an interview on Saturday with the Reporter newspaper said the movement of troops was a “normal routine for the military and nothing else.”

He added that: “there are no formal agreements between the two countries as far as withdrawing of troops is concerned.”



Date 08/21/2018

Ethiopia: Probe Years of Abuse in Somali Region

The government of Ethiopia should commit to an in-depth, independent fact-finding mission into many years of rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali region, Human Rights Watch said today. This should include specific investigations into the responsibility of senior Somali region officials, including the former regional president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, and the current head of the region’s paramilitary Liyu police force, Abdirahman Abdillahi Burale.

On August 6, 2018, after the Somali region’s notorious Liyu police and a youth group loyal to Abdi Mohamoud Omar (known as “Abdi Illey”) attacked residents and burned property, in Jigjiga, Abdi Illey resigned.

“To break with the past, Ethiopia’s government needs to ensure justice for more than a decade of horrific abuses in the Somali region,” said Maria Burnett, East and Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reform agenda should include that those responsible for serious human rights violations, however powerful, no longer avoid justice.”

The Somali region, a strategically important border area between Somalia and Ethiopia, has been the site of over a decade of widespread abuses against civilians, both by the Ethiopian army and by the Liyu police force. Scrutiny of developments in the region has been severely limited since 2007. Access for journalists, aid organizations, human rights groups, and other independent monitors is restricted.

The abuses have been particularly egregious since 2007, when armed conflict between the insurgent Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Ethiopia’s Defense Force escalated. Ethiopian authorities created the Liyu (“special” in Amharic) police, which by 2008 had become a prominent counterinsurgency force reporting to Abdi Illey, the regional security chief at that time, who went on to serve as the regional president for eight years.

In a 2008 report, Human Rights Watch found that Ethiopian security forces and the insurgent group had committed war crimes between mid-2007 and early 2008, and that the Ethiopian armed forces were responsible for crimes against humanity based on the patterns of executions, torture, rape, and forced displacement documented. Human Rights Watch found that Ethiopian troops forcibly displaced entire rural communities, destroyed and burned dozens of villages, and summarily executed more than 150 people, some publicly to terrorize the local community. Security forces also unlawfully detained hundreds of civilians, many of whom were tortured, beaten, raped, or otherwise sexually abused.

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly pressed for an independent investigation into the crimes committed in this period. In 2008, Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry initiated an inquiry in response to the Human Rights Watch report, but that exercise lacked both credibility and independence and primarily whitewashed the truth about the government’s role.

A new investigation is needed and should look into the roles and responsibilities of Ethiopian military personnel who ordered or participated in attacks on civilians at the height of the conflict, Human Rights Watch said. In addition, senior military and civilian officials who knew or should have known of such crimes but took no action may be criminally liable as a matter of command responsibility.

Under international law, Ethiopia has an obligation to investigate and prosecute those responsible for war crimes, including members of its armed forces. Anyone responsible for crimes against humanity or other serious violations of human rights should not be granted amnesty.



Date 08/20/2018

Aida Muluneh: Changing the narrative on Ethiopia, one photo at a time

When you look at Aida Muluneh's work, it's clear where her passion lies: Ethiopia. The photographer has been telling the story of Ethiopia long before it started trending this year.

Muluneh's work has garnered international attention and her photographs have been displayed at MoMA, at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum and at the largest European photography festival in Baden, Austria.

Muluneh was born in Ethiopia, a child of the diaspora. As a youth, she lived in Yemen, England and Cyprus, before finally settling in Canada. Her education brought her to the United States, where she graduated from Howard University, in Washington DC. Later, she became a photojournalist with the Washington Post, before finally moving to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, in 2000.

"My work often starts with a sketch, and I approach each image as a film production in which the character, set design, lighting and styling come together," she said in an email interview. "I utilize face painting as a form in which the inspiration is driven by body ornamentation, not only in my country, but also various parts of the world. I am deeply influenced by various traditional cultures, hence in a sense, I am bringing the past into the future through various forms."

In 2010, she established Desta for Africa Creative Consulting, a private company dedicated to educating and developing society through art in Ethiopia. The organization spearheads Addis Foto Fest, a photography festival featuring international photographers.



Date 08/18/2018

Message to PM Dr Abiy Ahmed: Ethiopia's Information darkness, lack of transparency

There is electricity shortage in Ethiopia, no question about that. But, Ethiopians darkness is not from electricity shortage, it's rather darkness from lack of information. Ethiopians lives in deep information darkness. No, or little means of getting information from their officials.

The new PM wants to improve freedom of speech, which is nice. But, what's really missing from his government, and very important for the people is - transparency . He is traveling the world making deals with other leaders. But the people know nothing about his trips (well, maybe just about the trip.) His administration should find a way to release all transcripts from his trips and the deals he is making.

He traveled to Eritrea and said deal has been made, but what kind of deal? Where is the transcript? Where is the transcript of the deal with United Arab Emirates? What are we going to give away when we get something from them?

Because there is no or little transparency the people easily fall for fake news. People start to speculate, and when speculations passed from one person to another they become stories, then later ended being false "real" stories and become fake news.

PM Abiy's administration should modernize itself. His administration should use the Internet, local TVs, radio stations or government papers to brief the people daily on matters the government is working on.

The PM is founder of Information Network Security Agency (INSA). He should know the importance of information. He recently said, “fake news" is fuelling Somali regional crisis, and urges people to calm. The main solution for the problem is for his administration to create a medium for the people to get real information from the administration. The governments' websites should be used for more than just to promote "vision”, “mission", or "value" statements.


Date 08/17/2018

በቦምብ ፍንዳታው ተጠርጥረው የታሰሩ የፖሊስ አመራሮች በዋስ ተለቀቁ

የአዲስ አበባ ፖሊስ ኮሚሽን የቀድሞ ምክትል ኮሚሽነር ግርማ ካሳ የ15 ሺሕ ብር ዋስትና ተፈቅዶላቸዋል

ሰኔ 16 ቀን 2010 ዓ.ም. በመስቀል አደባባይ ለጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዓብይ አህመድ (ዶ/ር) በተዘጋጀው ድጋፍና የምሥጋና ሠልፍ በወጡ ሰዎች ላይ ቦምብ ተወርውሮ ካደረሰው የሞትና የአካል ጉዳት ጋር በተያያዘ፣ ላለፉት 52 ቀናት በእስር ላይ የቆዩት 11 የፖሊስ አመራሮች ማክሰኞ ነሐሴ 8 ቀን 2010 ዓ.ም. በዋስ ተፈቱ፡፡

ከፌዴራል ፖሊስ ወንጀል ምርመራ ቡድን የምርመራ መዝገቡን ከአሥራ ሁለት ቀናት በፊት መረከቡን ያረጋገጠው የፌዴራል ዓቃቤ ሕግ የተረከበውን መዝገብ መርምሮ ያጠናቀቀ ቢሆንም፣ ውሳኔ ለመስጠትና በሚከሰሱ ተጠርጣሪዎች ላይ ክስ መሥርቶ ለማቅረብ ጊዜ እንዳጠረው ለፍርድ ቤቱ ገልጿል፡፡ በመሆኑም ክስ መሥርቶ ለማቅረብ ተጨማሪ የ14 ቀናት ጊዜ እንዲፈቀድለት ሲጠይቅ፣ ክሱን እስከሚመሠርት ድረስ በእስር ላይ የሚገኙት 11 የፖሊስ አመራሮች በበቂ ዋስ ቢለቀቁ፣ የማይቃወም መሆኑን ነሐሴ 7 ቀን 2010 ዓ.ም. ለፌዴራል የመጀመርያ ደረጃ ፍርድ ቤት ልደታ ምድብ አንደኛ ወንጀል ችሎት አስታውቆ ነበር፡፡


Date 08/16/2018

Athlete Feyisa Lilesa who went into exile after protesting at Rio Olympics invited home

The Marathon runner athlete Feyisa Lilesa who went into exile after protesting against oppression in his country while winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been asked to return home.

Feyisa Lilesa captured international attention when he raised his arms above his head and crossed his wrists at the finish line in Rio in protest against the Ethiopian government. Now, he’s been invited back by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation and the country’s Olympic committee.

The invitation came after reformist prime minister Abiy Ahmed assumed power.

An open letter from athletics federation head Haile Gebrselassie and Olympic committee chief Ashebir Woldegiorgis says they are ready to give Feyisa “a hero’s welcome.”

Feyisa has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2016 and hasn’t returned home since the Olympics. His family joined him in the U.S. in 2017.


Date 08/15/2018

Emperor Tewodros II's Lock of Hair to Return Back Home From London Museum

Braid at National Army Museum is among artefacts looted during British invasion in 19th century

The National Army Museum has quietly removed from display a 19th-century looted braid of hair which the Ethiopian government has requested back as a national treasure.

It came from the head of the Emperor Tewodros II, who killed himself at the end of the British invasion of Ethiopia in 1868 rather than being taken prisoner. He shot himself with a pistol that had been a gift from Queen Victoria.

His clothes were torn from him and the braid was cut off and taken to the UK, along with hundreds of objects pillaged by an expeditionary force under the command of Lt Gen Sir Robert Napier.

It was a military expedition to save British hostages, including the British consul, Charles Cameron, who had been kept in chains for more than two years.

The army destroyed the emperor’s Maqdala mountain fortress in northern Ethiopia. It brought back treasures, transported on 15 elephants and 200 mules, that were eventually deposited in various British institutions.

For years, the braid has been held at the National Army Museum in Chelsea. It was removed from view following a visit in April by the Ethiopian ambassador, who made an official call for its return. Ethiopia wants the braid to be interred with the rest of the emperor’s remains at his final resting place at the monastery of the Holy Trinity at Quara.


Date 08/14/2018

Somali Region's Notorious Special Police Force (Liyu Police) kills 41, Official Says

An Ethiopian official says a notorious special police force in the country’s Somali region killed 41 people and wounded 20 others as ethnic violence poses a challenge to the reformist new prime minister.

Local spokesman Miski Mohammed says the Liyu Police attacked Sunday in East Hararghe while people fled fearing further attacks. Regional spokesman Negeri Lencho has said those targeted were ethnic Oromos.

Months of tensions between Somalis and Oromos in Ethiopia have displaced more than a million people.

The Somali region’s president, Abdi Mohammed Omar, resigned in recent days after deadly violence in the regional capital, Jigjiga, between Somalis and local ethnic minorities destroyed churches and businesses.


Date 08/14/2018

Shashemene Authorities: Suspects who beat a man to death hanging him upside down on a utility pole arrested

Authorities have arrested suspects of a mob killing over the weekend in Shashemene, a town sitting 160 miles south of the capital Addis Ababa.

Spokesperson for the Oromo regional government, Negeri Lencho, told reporters that arrests were made in the brutal mob killing of a young man at a public rally in Shashemene. Three people have also lost their lives in the stampede.

The rally was held to welcome Jawar Mohammed, an Oromo activist who was based in the United States. The mob attacked the young man, accusing him of carrying a bomb on his person. He was hanged upside down on a utility pole and beaten to death.

The regional police condemn the killing saying there were no bombs found on him and the car set ablaze by the mob and thought to be carrying explosives belonged to a local government bureau.


Date 08/11/2018

Be in the Know: Ethnic Distribution Map of Ethiopia

Ethnic Distribution Map of Ethiopia

Regions and Cities

Source: Univeristy of Texas, USA


Date 08/11/2018

Gedeo-Oromo: Approximately Total of 970,000 People Fled Their Homes Seeking refuge

Tensions between the neighboring ethnic groups in Ethiopia have spiraled into a growing humanitarian crisis. Although the conflict is based on traditional grievances, sweeping government reforms may also play a role.

Ethnic violence between the Oromo and Gedeo ethnic groups in Ethiopia shows little sign of ending just over four months since reformist Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed took office.

Although the government has not given an official death toll, Gedeos claim dozens have been killed in the clashes, with many forced to flee their homes as tensions between the two ethnic groups intensify.

Ethiopia is no stranger to ethnic violence — with over 80 different ethnic groups and Africa's second largest country based on population, it is extremely diverse and disagreements between various groups often spiral into communal violence.

The ongoing conflict is quickly creating a humanitarian crisis in the region, with aid workers warning of grim conditions and a shortage of shelter as those fleeing their homes seek refuge from the seasonal rains.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), approximately 820,000 people have been driven from their homes in Gedeo and 150,000 in the West Guiji zone of Oromia — many in the few weeks following the inauguration of Abiy.

Age-old grievances

Ahmed Soliman, a research fellow on the Horn of Africa with the Africa Program at the London-based think tank Chatham House, says the tensions between Gedeos and Oromos are similar to those that are rife among other borderland groups in Ethiopia who have lived side by side for years.

"Many of these tensions relate to land and resources," he told DW. "Complaints often center around governance issues and on ill-treatment and secondary treatment by the authorities against Gedeos in the area."

Many Gedeos farm coffee on the Oromia side of the border, but claim the Oromo authorities discriminate against them. A complaint letter sent earlier this year from the Gedeo community to a regional administrator was allegedly misconstrued as an attempt to claim Oromo land, sparking a wave of violence.


Date 08/09/2018

As Crude Tests Begin, Ethiopia Touts Nascent Oil, Gas Industry

Ethiopia’s nascent energy industry is gathering pace, with a unit of China Poly Group Corp. starting test output of crude oil in a volatile border region and the government estimating initial annual income of $1.2 billion when gas exports begin from the area.

Oil and gas income will be a major boost to the landlocked Horn of Africa nation’s economy, bringing in much-needed foreign exchange as well as saving on imported fuels, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said late Wednesday in a televised address. The United Arab Emirates this month pledged $3 billion in aid and investments to Ethiopia.

Earnings from estimated natural gas reserves of 8 trillion cubic feet from the Ogaden Basin may be as much as $7 billion a year once it can produce at full capacity, Abiy was cited by the state-owned Ethiopian Herald as saying on Thursday. Beijing-based China Poly that day began crude testing in three areas of the Hilala and Calub localities of Ogaden, which borders war-torn Somalia.

Ethiopia’s economy -- the fastest-growing on the continent -- is state-planned and focused mostly on agriculture, export-led manufacturing and large-scale infrastructure projects. Since Abiy took office in April, the ruling party has announced plans to open up state monopolies including airlines and telecommunications to foreign investors, while oil- and gas development, planned for years, is gearing up.

Starting Pipeline

Ethiopia plans a natural gas pipeline from the Ogaden to a port complex on the Red Sea in neighboring Djibouti. Abiy said on Wednesday that construction will start in September and exports will begin in 2021.

Poly-GCL Petroleum Group, a partnership between China Poly and closely held Hong Kong-based Golden Concord Group Ltd., signed five production-sharing agreements with Ethiopia in 2013 to explore in the Ogaden.

After Abiy met Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in mid-June, they announced they’d develop four seaports in unspecified locations to serve the Red Sea and Indian Ocean as well as highways linking the two countries.

Abiy also talked about increasing security cooperation with Somalia’s federal government, referring to forces that may try to halt the project in the disputed area.

In April 2007, an Ethiopian rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front, attacked a site operated by China’s Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau in the area, killing nine Chinese workers and 65 Ethiopians. The insurgents have been fighting for self-determination since 1984.


Date 08/08/2018

Security forces in eastern Ethiopia kill four protesters: witness

Security forces in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region on Monday shot dead four people protesting against the looting of their shops and homes in weekend unrest, a witness said.

Violence broke out in the provincial capital Jijiga on Saturday, with mobs looting properties owned by ethnic minorities, in unrest that the government said had been stoked by regional officials at odds with central authorities.

The attacks forced thousands to seek refuge in an Ethiopian Orthodox church from Friday, residents told Reuters. On Monday, some of them staged a protest.

“They blocked a road surrounding the church to demonstrate, before security forces arrived and began firing indiscriminately,” one resident of the town told Reuters.

The witness, who declined to be named, said he saw four bodies on the ground after the crowd dispersed. Gunfire rang out throughout the day.

At least two Ethiopian Orthodox churches were also burned down over the weekend, other residents told Reuters.


Date 08/07/2018

Ethiopian government signs deal with Oromo rebels to end hostilities

Ethiopia’s government has signed an agreement to end hostilities with the Oromo Liberation Front, which it had previously declared a terrorist movement, state television reported on Tuesday.

The deal appeared another step in a drive by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to improve security and diplomatic relations, reform institutions and open parts of the state-controlled economy.

Since the 1970s, the rebels have fought a low-level insurgency for self-determination for the Oromiya region, which is Ethiopia’s largest and home to the Oromo ethnic group.

The OLF was initially part of a transitional government set up in 1991 by rebels from the EPRDF coalition who had driven Mengistu Haile Mariam from power, but they soon fell out with the coalition.

On Tuesday, the government signed a reconciliation agreement to end hostilities with the OLF’s exiled leader Dawud Ibsa, who lives in exile in Asmara, the capital of neighbouring Eritrea, said Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel.

“The agreement further states that ... the OLF will conduct its political activities in Ethiopia through peaceful means,” he said on Twitter. The deal was signed in Asmara.

The group declared a unilateral ceasefire last month after parliament removed it from a list of banned terrorist groups that it had been part of since 2008.



Date 08/07/2018

Ex-president of Ethiopia's Somali region arrested, flown to Addis Ababa

Former president of Ethiopia’s Somali regional state, Mahamoud Omar, a.k.a. Abdi Illey, is being held under federal custody barely twenty-four hours after he resigned his post.

“Officials from Ethiopia’s Somali region told the Ethiopian Somali region media that Abdi Mahmud Omar who resigned yesterday [6 August] as a governor, was arrested by Ethiopia’s federal military,” the state-run ESTV website reported.

“Officials from the Somali region in Ethiopia have confirmed to us reports of the arrest of Abdi Mahmud Omar,” the report added.

Privately-owned Addis Standard added that the former leader and top military officials had been rounded up by federal forces deployed on Monday on request of the Somali regional authorities. They are due in the capital Addis Ababa.

Illey who has been president of the region since 2005 agreed to step down in the wake of a face off between federal forces and notorious regional paramilitary unit, the Liyu police.

The region’s head of finance Ahmed Abdi Sheikh Mohamed was appointed to replace him. Despite his resignation, the former leader according to reports maintained his position as leader of the ruling party in the region, Somali People’s Democratic Party (SPDP).

The Somali region has been plagued by violence for the last two decades. The government has fought the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) since 1984 after the group launched its bid for secession of the region, also known as Ogaden.

Since 2017, clashes along the province’s border with the Oromiya region have displaced tens of thousands of people.


Date 08/04/2018

Violence as troops deploy in Ethiopia's Somali region

Violence has broken out in an eastern city in Ethiopia after federal troops took over key positions including the local parliament

Soldiers were deployed in Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali region, after an apparent rift between local authorities and the national government.

Protesters set fire to a church and looted shops and targeted non-Somalis.

The government recently accused regional officials of carrying out human rights abuses.

There has also been disagreement over the distribution of the region's oil wealth.

What is behind Ethiopia ethnic clashes?Ethiopia country profile

According to Reuters, soldiers arrived in the city on Friday night, where they fought regional paramilitary forces.

These forces have been partly responsible for ethnic violence with the neighbouring Oromia region, which has claimed hundreds of lives.



Date 08/03/2018

Names of the five main suspects charged in direct  connection with grenade attack on a political rally in June

Names of the five main suspects charged in direct connection with grenade attack on a political rally in June:

  • አብዲሳ ቀነዒ / Abdisa Qenehi
  • ደሳለኝ ተስፋዬ / Desalegn Tesfaye
  • ጌቱ ግርማ / Getu Girma
  • ህይወት ገዳ / Hiwot Geda
  • ባህሩ ቶላ / Bahiru Tola

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    Date 08/03/2018

    Ethiopia to charge five over attack at PM Abiy rally

    Addis Ababa court has granted federal prosecutors 15 days to arraign the suspects for their role in a deadly blast.

    Federal prosecutors in Ethiopia are to file charges against five people suspected of being involved in a grenade attack on a political rally in June for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, state-affiliated media said on Friday.

    Two people died and scores were wounded in the explosion in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

    "The prosecutors requested the court to give them 15 days to file charges against the suspects," the report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation said.

    "The court granted them 15 days by rejecting request of the suspects for bail," it added.



    Date 08/01/2018

    Ethiopia's exiled patriarch Bishop Merkorios returns

    The exiled patriarch of Ethiopia's powerful Orthodox Church, Bishop Merkorios, has returned home to the capital, Addis Ababa, after 27 years.

    Ethiopia's reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met him in the US last week and persuaded him to reconcile with a rival faction of the church.

    He was greeted by his followers, who sang and ululated in welcome.

    The church split in the early 1990s after Mengistu Haile Mariam's communist regime was overthrown.

    Politics and the church are closely intertwined in Ethiopia - and Bishop Merkorios was perceived to represent the diaspora and opposition in exile.

    As there are now two patriarchs, Bishop Merkorios will be responsible for the spiritual aspects of the church, while Bishop Mr Mathias will be in charge of the day-to-day affairs.

    Ethiopia's Orthodox Church split

    Bishop Merkorios was forced to abdicate after the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) overthrew the communist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

    His followers objected, saying the role of patriarch is held for life. The cleric escaped to the US, where a rival synod was established.

    In his place Bishop Paulos was elected as patriarch in 1992, becoming the first person from the Tigray ethnic group to head the church. When he passed away in 2012, Bishop Mathias was elected to replace him.



    Date 08/01/2018

    Ex-Ethiopian dictator Mengistu meets former leader in Harare

    The former Ethiopian dictator Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam has met with Ethiopia's former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Zimbabwe's capital Harare on Wednesday.

    The surprise meeting between Hailemariam, who was Ethiopia's Prime Minister until he resigned in April 2018, and Mengistu has stunned many in Ethiopia who had a rare glimpse of Mengistu since he fled the country in 1991 as rebels, who now make up the ruling coalition, approached the capital, Addis Ababa.

    A photo of the meeting between Mengistu and Hailemariam, who was in Zimbabwe as head of the African Union's election observers' mission, was widely shared on social media and many Ethiopians expressed amusement at the former strongman's appearance.

    "Mengistu has gained weight and looks very old. I'm very surprised to see that photo," Seyoum Teshome, a prominent blogger in Ethiopia, wrote on Facebook.

    Others said Mengistu should still face justice in Ethiopia. "Looks like he's living comfortably in Zimbabwe when he really should be in an Ethiopian maximum security prison or at The Hague. I certainly wouldn't have met him, let alone taken a photo," another Facebook user, Samuel Gebru, wrote.

    Mengistu was head of the military junta that overthrew the last Ethiopian emperor, Haileselassie, in 1974. He ruled the country in an iron grip for 17 years during which he implemented a crackdown named "Red Terror" in which tens of thousands of Ethiopians were allegedly killed. Some estimates put the number of killed in hundreds of thousands.



    Date 08/01/2018

    Eskinder Nega: I've Spent a Fifth of my Life in Prison Just for Doing the Work of a Journalist

    Nega is a renowned Ethiopian journalist, who has been imprisoned nine times simply for doing his job. He was released earlier this year after spending his longest stint in prison.

    I became a journalist by accident. I was in my twenties. For the first time in Ethiopia’s history, we had independent magazines. I knew we had to venture into freedom of expression and push the boundaries, so I wrote articles criticizing the Ethiopian regime’s abuse of power. My newspaper became the first to be charged under the press law; my editor and I the first to be imprisoned.

    I am 48 now. Since 1993, I’ve been imprisoned on nine separate occasions on various charges. I’ve spent almost one fifth of my life in prison—simply for doing the work of a journalist. This year I was released after spending more than six years in prison. Even though I am a peaceful person, the Ethiopian government convicted me on terrorist charges. Throughout the world, such charges are frequently leveled against dissident journalists like me who challenge their governments.

    I’ve seen every side of prison life. I have been kept in dark cells, measuring less than two square meters. As I slept it was as though my head was touching the wall and my feet were touching the door. It was so dark I couldn’t see my hand. I was allowed to go to the bathroom twice a day. A shower was out of the question.

    Once, when the state had locked me up for my journalism, the authorities tortured me. They beat me on the inside of my feet, the most common type of torture in the world. But I didn’t experience the worst of it.



    Date 08/01/2018

    አንጋፋው አርቲስት ፍቃዱ ተክለማርያም ከወሎ ሲሪንቃ አርሴማ ጠበል ሲከታተል ቆይቶ ትናንት ከዚህ ዓለም በሞት ተለይቷል

    አርቲስት ፍቃዱ ተክለማርያም በትናንትናው ዕለት ከዚህ ዓለም በሞት ተለየ፡፡ የሙያ አጋሩ አርቲስት ቴዎድሮስ ተስፋዬ ከታናሽ ወንድሙ ግርማ ሰማሁ ብሎ ለሸገር እንደተናገረው አንጋፋው አርቲስት በገዳም ባለበት ነው ከዚህ ዓለም በሞት እንደተለየ የሰማው፡፡



    Date 07/31/2018

    The piercing eyes of Ethiopia's elders: Stunning portraits


    Photographer Roberto Pazzi, 44, of Mallorca, Spain, travelled to Lalibela, in north Ethiopia, where he spent two weeks with a tribe - learning about their culture and taking their photographs.


    'To make them feel comfortable around me, I approached them with a smile and spoke to them about their lives and culture before taking any pictures,' he said.


    Photographer Roberto Pazzi travelled to Lalibela, in north Ethiopia, where he spent two weeks with a tribe, learning about their culture and taking their photographs


    'They welcomed me into their homes, introduced me to their family members and invited me to have meals with them.


    'This was important for me because I love to try to make the soul of my subjects 'touchable' to the observer.



    Date 07/31/2018

    Professor Birhanu Nega's speach on current situation in Ethiolia


    Professor Birhanu Nega gave speach on current situations in Ethiolia. He is calling for Ethiopian people to be cautiously  support of the change.



    Date 07/30/2018

    Police fire tear gas at protesters during state funeral for Ethiopia's Grand Dam engineer

    Police fired tear gas Sunday at demonstrators in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, where tens of thousands had gathered to mourn a national hero.

    The unrest occurred at a state funeral for Simegnew Bekele, lead engineer on the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project, who was found slumped at the wheel of his car Thursday with a gunshot wound to his head.

    Bekele's body arrived in the city's Meskel Square about 11 a.m. local time in a hearse adorned with garlands, followed by about 50 white cars. Witnesses told CNN that some members of the crowd became angry after they were prevented from following Bekele's coffin to the church where he was to be laid to rest.

    "For about 20 minutes, they were chanting that this government is not yet democratic," said Bisrat Teshome, 35, an economist who was at the square.

    Several protesters then attempted to climb a pole and replace the current Ethiopian flag, which bears a star, with an older version without the emblem, in an act of political defiance.

    The star is a symbol of diversity and unity, but there has long been public annoyance that it was added to the flag without proper consultation, Teshome said.

    "They (the police) started throwing tear gas in between people. Then everyone ran away. It was the first time I had seen tear gas," Teshome said.

    A handful of people were rushed to a hospital after being sprayed with tear gas, witnesses told CNN.



    Date 07/29/2018

    Readout of USA's Vice President Mike Pence's Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed

    "The Vice President met today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ longstanding partnership with the people of Ethiopia and applauded the historic reform efforts by Prime Minister Abiy, including improving respect for human rights, reforming the business environment, and making peace with Eritrea. The Vice President encouraged continued Ethiopian leadership in resolving regional conflicts in the Horn of Africa, as well as strengthening U.S.-Ethiopia trade and investment."

    "The two leaders underscored their countries’ shared values and their commitment to building an even stronger partnership in the days ahead."



    Date 07/27/2018

    Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy meets 'ex-terrorist' [Dr Birhanu Nega]

    On his trip to the US, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met Berhanu Nega, who in 2009 was sentenced to death in absentia for trying to overthrow the government.

    Mr Berhanu was regarded as a terrorist and his Patriotic Ginbot 7 movement was outlawed.

    But Ethiopia's parliament lifted the ban on the group in May and a new amnesty law should clear the way for him to be pardoned.

    The changes were part of a raft of reforms introduced since Mr Abiy became prime minister in April.

    The two men held a brief meeting in Washington and discussed an agenda for a longer meeting scheduled for later on Friday, Patriotic Ginbot 7 executive committee member Tadesse Biru Kersemo told BBC Africa Live.



    Date 07/27/2018

    Ethiopian Nile dam manager was shot dead hours before planned news conference

    Mr. Semegnew, 57, a short, loquacious man with a salt-and-pepper beard, was the project’s engineer and unofficial ambassador. He explained the dam’s benefits to the Ethiopian taxpayers who funded it, and sought to assure nervous Egyptians that it would cause them no harm.

    "This is our baby,” he told The New York Times in May during a tour of the dam in the Ethiopian highlands, five miles from the border with Sudan. “This is what we are saying. Not just me — all Ethiopians.”

    His sudden death sent ripples of sorrow across Ethiopia on Thursday. Grief-stricken citizens scuffled with the police as they attempted to lay flowers near the bloodstained vehicle where Mr. Semegnew was found. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was “saddened & utterly shocked,” his chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, said in a Twitter post.


    Mr. Semegnew was in Addis Ababa on Thursday to give a news conference at a time of growing public unease over delays in the project and concerns about corruption and mismanagement, officials said. He died hours before he was scheduled to speak.


    Standing atop the dam in May, Mr. Semegnew offered his usual optimistic assessment of the project, which he said was about two-thirds completed, and he played down the fears of downstream countries, notably Egypt.


    The dam had turned Ethiopia into “the power hub of the region, of the continent,” he said, and it would be used only to generate electricity, and not for irrigation.


    He declined to say why the project’s completion date had been repeatedly delayed over the past year. “I cannot comment to you on this,” he said.


    Those delays, and the dam’s generally opaque finances, have become matters of considerable speculation in Ethiopia in recent weeks. Some people who posted messages on social media sites suggested that Mr. Semegnew was killed because he was planning to name corrupt officials who were making money from the project or that Egypt had somehow played a role in his death.



    Date 07/26/2018

    Ethiopian Nile dam manager found shot dead in his car

    The project manager of a $4 billion Ethiopian dam was found shot dead in his car on Thursday, police said.


    “We have confirmed that engineer Simegnew Bekele was shot dead,” Zeinu Jemal, head of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission, told reporters. “He had a bullet wound behind his right ear,” Zeinu said, adding a Colt pistol was found inside the car.


    Zeinu said police had gathered forensic evidence and were talking to witnesses. “Police are undertaking an investigation as we speak,” he said.

    Earlier on Thursday, a Reuters photographer observed blood stains along an arm rest inside his car - a Toyota Landcruiser - before an ambulance took away the corpse. State media also reported the death, without disclosing the cause.



    Date 07/26/2018

    TPM appoints opposition leader to the board of state broadcaster

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has appointed Merera Gudina (PhD), the chairperson of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), as a member of the board of the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

    In a letter signed on Thursday July 6, 2018, the PM appointed four members to the board of the state broadcaster including Merera.

    In a similar move, the PM has appointed eight individuals to the board of the Ethiopian Press Agency among whom is a renowned personality Daniel Kibret.

    In its extraordinary meeting held on Saturday July 7, 2018, the House of Peoples’ Representatives has approved the appointments for the EBC and postponed the appointment for the Press Agency for the next session.


    Date 07/26/2018

    Two prisons set ablaze in Amhara region

    Two prisons in the Woldia and Finote Selam towns of the Amhara Regional State have been set on fire following “commotion” inside the prisons. Other harms have also been caused, according to Nigussu Tilahun’s Facebook account, the regional communications bureau head.

    The commotion inside the prisons was caused by prisoners who demanded that the recent pardon proclamation approved by the House of Peoples’ Representatives should also benefit them.


    Date 07/26/2018

    Blue, Patriotic Ginbot 7 to discuss cooperation, merger

    Following the decision by the House of People’s Representative (HPR) to delist the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Patriotic Ginbot 7 from the terrorists list, the executive committee of the Blue Party (Blue) announced that the president of the party, Yeshiwas Assefa, is currently visiting the US to discuss with the leaders of Patriotic Ginbot 7 on matters ranging from working together to merger.

    The party announced its decision during a press briefing organized at its headquarters located around Ambassador Theatre on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

    In this regard, the executive committee of the party has decided for its president to hold discussions with the leaders of Patriotic Ginbot 7. The president, who is on tour in the US, will discuss on how to expand the political landscape in the country and on the establishment of independent political and democratic institutions.

    Apart from this, the two sides will also discuss on how to incorporate those members in the armed struggle to the Ethiopian national army or dwell on various activities in the country as they wish.

    It is to be recalled that the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) unanimously voted on a motion to resend the designation of three political groups – the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), and Patriotic Ginbot 7 from its “terrorists list”. The three organizations were among the five designated ‘terrorist’ groups back in 2010 in line with the much controversial bill dubbed ‘the Anti-terrorism Proclamation (Proc. 652/2009)’.


    Date 07/25/2018

    Blue Party demands “star” be removed from Ethiopia's flag

    Blue Party (Blue) in its press briefing held at its headquarters on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 officially requested the star emblem in the middle of the national flag to be scrapped and extended its question to use the older version of the flag without any additional emblem.

    The party disclosed that the flag with the colors of horizontally arranged green, yellow and red is the longstanding symbol of the country’s history and it is the source of the national pride and identity. Hence, the party extended its request for the concerned government body to scrap the star emblem which is incorporated to the national flag following the regime change in 1991.

    The party also stated that the emblems in the flag during the past successive regimes including the imperial and the military era were a point of contentions within the community. Therefore, so as to avoid any kind of contentions and confrontations, the emblem in the flag should be scrapped.

    Furthermore, the party also stated that the current emblem of the star is incorporated to the flag without proper deliberation with the public. Due to this, the emblem is still a point contention between and among the public and officials and as witnessed in the recent rallies, many waved the flag without any emblem to show support for the new PM in different parts of the country.


    Date 07/21/2018

    Ethiopian migrant brings Italian hills alive with the sound of goats

    VALLE DEI MOCHENI, Italy (Reuters) - Agitu Idea Gudeta has built up a thriving business in her adopted Italy making goat’s cheese and beauty products in just a few years since fleeing her native Ethiopia in 2010 over a land dispute.

    Her experience is a shining example of what migrants can achieve, given half a chance, though Gudeta fears growing hostility to newcomers in Italy will make it harder for outsiders to contribute in the future.

    “I created my space and made myself known, there was no resistance to me,” she told Reuters. “But (the experience) of those who are coming now ... is obviously being conditioned by ideologies based on lies that can create fear and resistance.”

    Gudeta, 40, has made her home in the mountains of the Trentino region in Valle dei Mocheni, a stronghold of the far-right League party, which is led by Matteo Salvini, Italy’s new hardline interior minister.

    Some opinion polls say the League is now Italy’s most popular party, its support fueled by its uncompromising stance against the arrival of more than 650,000 migrants, many from sub-Saharan Africa, over the past five years.

    Gudeta escaped from her home town of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, after her protests against so-called ‘land-grabbing’ — whereby huge swathes of farmland were sold to foreign investors — raised the ire of the local authorities.


    Ironically, in Italy she was able to use common land in the northern mountains to build her new enterprise, taking advantage of permits that give farmers access to public land to prevent local territory from being reclaimed by wild nature.

    “While I was holding down another job, I started to recover the land and animals, starting off with 15 goats. Today I have 180 goats,” she said.

    She employs a fellow-migrant to help out at her business, La Capra Felice (The Happy Goat), and is looking to hire two more people, who will almost certainly also be foreigners.

    Italians, she said, struggle to keep up with the grueling work day, with milking starting at 5.00 a.m., followed by long hikes through the mountain pastures.

    “The refugees fit this job better, because it is very tiring,” she said. “Someone who has crossed the desert, crossed the sea, has physical resilience and also the motivation to redeem themselves.”

    Interior Minister Salvini complains that Italy has taken in too many migrants and has accused European Union allies of doing nothing to share the burden by refusing to distribute asylum-seekers evenly around the continent.

    While locals appreciate Gudeta’s efforts, many also support Salvini’s pledge to put Italy first.

    “It is right to use an iron fist for a while to wake up the rest of Europe,” said local resident Diego Detassis.


    Date 07/20/2018

    Ethiopian parliament approves amnesty for political prisoners

    New law makes it possible to grant amnesty for crimes against the constitution and involvement in armed struggle.

    Ethiopia's parliament has passed an amnesty for thousands of political prisoners, thousands of whom have been freed in recent months.

    "The law grants amnesty for individuals and groups either under investigation or convicted on treason, crime against the constitutional order and armed struggle," state-affiliated news agency Fana reported on Saturday.

    The new legislation also makes it possible to grant amnesty for crimes against the constitution and involvement in armed struggle.

    The law is expected to enable hundreds of exiled opposition activists and groups to return home from countries such as Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and the United States and pursue peaceful political careers in Ethiopia.

    The parliamentary approval comes two weeks after the cabinet approved the bill on July 5. Every lawmaker in the 547-seat parliament is from the ruling EPRDF coalition.

    The parliament also ruled that the Oromo Liberation Front and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, two secessionist groups, and the Ginbot 7, an exiled opposition movement, were no longer terrorist groups.


    Date 07/20/2018

    Ethiopia or Eritrea? Border community fears split. Fear the return of the Eritreans who abused them.

    Peace process means Irob community could be rent in two with some ending up in Eritrea and others remaining in Ethiopia.

    "This place is definitely Ethiopian," said farmer Haise Woldu, 76, gesturing to a church with an ornate brick facade in Engal, set to the backdrop of a jagged mountain range.

    His town, Engal, lies along the arid frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea, whose exact border has been a subject of debate for over a century and the cause of a deadly war between the two nations which ended last week.

    A breakneck peace process between the former foes over the past six weeks hinges on Ethiopia's vow to finally abide by a 2002 United Nations ruling on the frontier, which states that Engal is in fact Eritrean.

    This means Haisie's minority ethnic Irob community, spread across the region, could be rent in two, with some ending up in Eritrea while others remain in Ethiopia.

    "This decision will divide the population," Daniel Hagos, a Catholic priest in Alitena, an Irob town 10km northeast of Engal, told AFP news agency. "If brothers are divided, that will be a problem. I don't think peace will come."

    'Disintegrate the Irob'

    Eritrea captured the Irob areas early in the conflict and held the territory for almost the duration of hostilities.

    The region is one of the few centres of Ethiopian Catholicism, introduced in the 19th century by Italian Saint Justin de Jacobis. It is dotted with Catholic and Orthodox churches perched on cliffs and hills.

    Ethiopia's rejection of a 2002 UN ruling on the demarcation of the border threw Addis Ababa's relations with Asmara into deadlock, prompting Eritrea to seal its borders.

    The stalemate appeared destined to continue indefinitely until Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April, announcing an aggressive reform agenda - and stunning observers by agreeing to respect the boundary ruling.

    Huge crowds turned out in Asmara to welcome Abiy and in Addis Ababa to greet Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.

    But in the Irob district, accessed by a narrow dirt track dotted with military checkpoints, residents protested Abiy's announcement.

    Irob people guard their rights jealously and fear the return of the Eritreans who abused them during the occupation, according to district administrator Niguse Hagos.

    "This decision will disintegrate the people of Irob," he warned, adding that the land ruled Eritrean by the UN is home to one-third of the district's 33,000 people.


    Date 07/19/2018

    Ethiopian reunited with long-lost daughters in Eritrea after 16 years

    Ethiopian journalist Addisalem Hadigu has met his daughters Asmera and Danait in Eritrea for the first time in 16 years.

    He was among many families kept apart by decades of war and conflict between neighbours Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    They were reunited in scenes of tearful joy and relief after the first commercial flight between the two nations in 20 years landed in Eritrea's capital, Asmara.

    "My suffering has ended - I have met my daughters and kissed them, and poured my tears," Addisalem told local media.

    His reunion with his daughters, who are not twins as reported earlier, filled him with "so much peace and hope", he added.

    The 58-year-old had told BBC Tigrinya last week that he had become separated from his Eritrean wife in 2002 when she crossed the border into Eritrea with their children.

    "I was like a dead man walking. My life was without meaning, without taste. The border was closed to Ethiopians, so I could not go after her. I felt like I had died," Addisalem said.

    Air and road travel is now opening up between the two nations, after their leaders this month declared the "state of war" over and agreed to restore diplomatic ties.


    Date 07/15/2018

    Ethiopian Shelves Plane Deals, Maps Out Privatization Plan

    Ethiopian Airlines Group has shelved plans to establish a fleet of smaller jetliners as gains in demand suggest that the routes where they’d be deployed would be better served using larger planes.

    Africa’s biggest airline had been looking at Bombardier Inc.’s C Series aircraft -- since taken over by Airbus SE and renamed the A220 -- together with Embraer SA’s E195. An order, which had been mooted as likely at this week’s Farnborough air show, is now off the agenda, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam said in an interview.

    “We have decided to suspend the evaluation of the 100-seater regional aircraft acquisition project, since the market size of the selected regional routes is growing faster than we expected,” he said. Boeing Co. 737 jets from the current fleet will instead be used while the airline studies passenger trends.

    Outside Help

    The CEO said that privatization plans, sanctioned by Ethiopia’s ruling politburo last month, are more likely to see foreign involvement in various operating units than an outright stake sale, given that Ethiopian Air already makes a significant economic contribution to the nation while being efficient, competitive internationally and able to raise capital for growth.

    Of the group’s seven or eight business units, some will be “very attractive” to investors and could also benefit from outside involvement, he said. He cited the airline’s hotel business, airports and aerospace manufacturing division where negotiations are underway with companies including Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier. The carrier’s logistics arm, which has a venture with Deutsche Post AG’s DHL brand, could be transformed into a joint holding giving the German company a 49 percent stake “within weeks.”

    Ethiopian has been in talks with the chairman of Djibouti Airlines over potentially swapping shares, Tewolde said. A stake in Eritrean Airlines would also be a “logical step,” the CEO said, after direct flights between the countries resume later this year. Ethiopia has already reactivated a bilateral air services agreement with its neighbor to fly over airspace and save fuel costs, one of several new agreements struck amid a thaw in relations.

    Ethiopian, which has turned Addis Ababa into Africa’s equivalent of the Persian Gulf hubs, linking almost 70 global cities with close to 60 across the continent, already owns stakes in Malawi Airlines in the south and Togo-based Asky Airlines in the west. The new initiatives are aimed at consolidating its lead over rivals Kenya Airways Plc and state-owned South African Airways.


    Date 07/15/2018

    Are Ethiopians blinded by Abiymania?

    Since Abiy Ahmed was appointed Ethiopia's prime minister in April, he has been rolling out one reform after the other with breathtaking speed. This unexpected turn of events made him so popular so quickly in his country and beyond that, some sort of an "Abiymania" seems to be sweeping through the continent.

    From Kenya to South Africa, Africans are hailing Abiy's premiership and celebrating his achievements. After only three months in office, the young prime minister managed to give millions of Ethiopians - and many other Africans - a reason to feel optimistic about the future of their country and the region.

    On April 2, Abiy, 41, the youngest African leader currently in office, took over the premiership of a country on the brink of a major catastrophe. Three years of incessant protests, violence and deteriorating economy had brought Ethiopia on the verge of collapse.

    The speed and scale of Abiy's reforms have uplifted Ethiopians at home and encouraged many who had been in exile for years to make their way home. In the wider Horn of Africa, there is talk of an "Ethiopia dividend", with many expecting Abiy's democratic reforms to have a spillover effect on neighbouring countries.

    But African nations have succumbed to this type of hasty optimism before only to be bitterly disappointed. In the 1980s and 1990s, a number of revolutionary African leaders came to power talking of reform and democracy, too.

    In 1986, Yoweri Museveni came to power in Uganda after helping overthrow two dictators.

    In 1991, Meles Zenawi became Ethiopia's president after toppling Mengistu Hailemariam's military junta.

    In 1993, Isaias Afwerki became the first president of Eritrea after fighting for its independence in a decades-long war.

    In 1994, Paul Kagame became the vice president and de-facto ruler of Rwanda after helping end the genocide.


    Date 07/14/2018

    Eritrea's Isaias Afwerki in historic Ethiopia visit

    Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki is visiting Ethiopia for the first time since the start of the two countries' border war in 1998.

    The three-day visit aims to cement ties just days after the two neighbours declared their "state of war" over.

    Mr Afwerki was welcomed on arrival by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

    Thousands of people, many waving Eritrean flags, lined the streets of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to mark the historic visit on Saturday.

    Mr Afwerki, whose visit is the latest in a string of moves towards reconciliation between Africa's erstwhile bitter enemies, was also greeted by dozens of traditional Ethiopian dancers while a brass band performed for him as he walked the red carpet.

    Along the main road from the airport, thousands of Ethiopians gathered to celebrate with both Ethiopian and Eritrean flags waved side-by-side.

    Speaking at a lunch hosted by Mr Abiy, Mr Afwerki said history was being made following an agreement that will see diplomatic and trade relations restored and lead to the resumption of flights between the two countries.

    "Words cannot express the joy we are feeling now," he said.

    Last week Mr Abiy travelled to Eritrea's capital, Asmara, where the two leaders signed a pact formally ending the state of war while agreeing to re-establish diplomatic and trade ties after two decades of hostility.


    Date 07/13/2018

    Ethiopian Lost His Legs in Prison, Rebuilds Life as Free Man

    When Kefyalew Tefera emerged from Ethiopia's Kaliti Prison last month after 12 years of confinement, it was in a wheelchair — with both of his legs missing, but with an overwhelming sense of gratitude intact.

    Kefyalew, now in his early 30s, serves as an extreme symbol of the suffering inflicted in Ethiopian prisons. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office April 2 promising an array of changes, told parliament in June that the ruling party's security forces had committed "terrorist acts" against citizens, unlawfully "torturing, causing bodily damages and even putting inmates in dark prison cells."

    A devastating surprise

    When Kefyalew caught the attention of security forces, he had just finished his third year of studying plant science at the Southern region's Harwassa University. He was visiting his older sister in Addis Ababa and expecting to go on to their parents' home in Oromia.

    "It could have been easily treated," he said of that wound.

    At the Federal Police Hospital, Kefyalew was told his left leg was so damaged that part of it would be amputated, he said. But when he awoke from surgery, his right foot was missing.

    Related video: Watch Kefyalew's interview with JTV:

    "Every time I asked for an explanation, they put me to sleep," the young man said.

    Later, his left leg was cut off above the knee. When gangrene infected his right leg, it was cut twice more — to roughly 10 centimeters below his pelvis. A month after the shooting, Kefyalew was transferred to the capital's notorious Maekelawi detention center and given a mattress on the floor of a crowded cellblock.

    "I was a good student. I never even missed classes. But they kept asking us who sent us to explode bombs," he said of his prison interrogators.

    They tried to coerce a confession by hanging Kefyalew from his wrists and poking at his wounds, or by dropping him for sport, or subjecting him to "unspeakable" barbarity, he said. He was convicted of the charges and sentenced to life in prison.

    The young man is staying with his sister and her husband in the capital city. Their bed-ridden mother still lives in Oromia; their father, grief-stricken over Kefyalew's incarceration, died in 2011.

    Kefyalew doesn't expect restitution for his 12 years spent in detention or for the permanent loss of his legs. He said it would be compensation enough to prevent the kind of abuse he experienced.

    "I hope we will build a system where people no longer face extrajudicial punishment. I hope to see the rule of law prevail in Ethiopia," he said.


    Date 07/09/2018

    Shortage of foreign currencies threatens Ethiopia's economy

    Ethiopia's economy grew at a faster rate than any other African country in the past 10 years.

    But foreign investors and local businesses complain that a shortage of foreign currencies like the US dollar are stifling the private sector.


    Date 07/09/2018

    Yemeni refugees build new life in Ethiopia

    Some Yemenis fleeing the war are starting new lives in Ethiopia. Officially, 1,500 Yemenis have moved there but the number could be as high as 4,000.


    Date 07/09/2018

    Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared end of war

    Former sworn enemies Ethiopia and Eritrea Monday signed an agreement to end the war between the countries, according to Eritrea's Information Minister. Yemane Meskel tweeted that the "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end."

    The minister added in the post that "a new era of peace and friendship has been ushered. Both countries will work to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas." The declaration was signed Monday during an unprecedented summit between the leaders of the countries in Eritrea's capital, Asmara

    The brutal border war was fought from 1998 to 2000 and at least 70,000 people were killed.

    Prime Minister Abiy -- the first Ethiopian leader to set foot in neighboring Eritrea during the current millennium -- was welcomed Sunday at the airport by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and other senior officials. Photos posted by members of the delegation on social media appear to show the streets of Asmara lined with crowds and flags of both countries.


    Date 07/08/2018

    Abiy Ahmed a 'painkiller, not a cure' for Ethiopia's problems

    Ginchi, Ethiopia - A group of young men from the town of Ginchi took to the streets in late 2015, unhappy with the reallocation of land, which had belonged to a school in the town, to a private developer.

    After days of demonstrations, the government, in a rare move, rescinded the decision. News of the government's retreat spread to other parts of Oromia, where people, unhappy with the government decision to extend the boundaries of Addis Ababa, took to the streets.

    The young men from Ginchi who organised the first protest could not believe what they were seeing. "It is as if everyone else was waiting for a trigger," Obsa Abdisa, a political science student at Addis Ababa University, told Al Jazeera. "The planned expansion of Addis City, which would take away land from many farmers, provided the perfect grievance to rally upon. And then we started calling for more freedoms," the 22-year-old added.

    The protests then spread to Amhara region - home to the second-largest ethnic group in the country making up about 27 percent of the population. As the protests showed no signs of ending, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned in February this year.

    "Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many. I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy," Hailemariam said in a televised address when he announced he was stepping down.

    Abiy Ahmed succeeded Hailemariam as the country's prime minister, the first from the Oromo ethnic group. Many in Ginchi could not believe one of their own was now the most powerful man in Africa's second-most populous country.

    The youths who first started the street protests are eagerly awaiting to see if Abiy will bring about a lasting change in their country. "We consider him just a painkiller and not the cure to what actually ails Ethiopia. The future of Ethiopia depends on the next elections and whether they are free and fair," Obsa, the political science student, said.

    Ethiopia is scheduled to hold elections in 2020.(Europian Calendar)


    Date 07/07/2018

    Pope Francis singles out ‘good news’ about Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is hailing the “good news” that Ethiopia and Eritrea are willing to discuss peace prospects for what has been one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts.

    Francis told the Catholic faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that “in the midst of so many conflicts, it’s dutiful to point out an initiative that can be called historic.”

    Ethiopia’s foreign minister said Thursday that the leaders of the two countries would meet soon. The countries broke off relations when a border war began in 1998, five years after Eritrea won independence from Ethiopia.

    Francis expressed hope that having the governments “speak together of peace” after 20 years would “turn on a light of hope for these two countries in the Horn of Africa and for the entire African continent.”


    Date 07/06/2018

    Landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy

    When Eritrea gained independence in 1993, Ethiopia suddenly found itself without a coastline and so it took the logical step of disbanding its navy. Now, it is reconsidering its decision and its latest manoeuvres in the region suggest it could be shopping around its neighbourhood to find a naval base it can use.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently said on state TV: "We built one of the strongest ground and air force in Africa... we should build our naval force capacity in the future."

    His comments revealed the country's naval ambitions but his plans for how to achieve this goal have not been made public. However, Ethiopia's latest push to enter into deals with its coastal neighbours signals something is afoot.

    What is behind the move?

    After Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a bitter border war from 1998-2000, there was little chance that Ethiopia could carry on using Eritrea's ports as it had done previously. So it had to find alternatives.

    Ethiopia recently signed a deal to take a stake in the port of Djibouti, which now handles roughly 95% of all its exports and imports. It is also connected to its small neighbour by a new 472 mile (759 km) railway line - opened last year - which links the capital Addis Ababa to the port of Doraleh, an extension of the port of Djibouti.

    Roba Megerssa Akawak, head of the state-owned Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE), told Bloomberg that Ethiopia was concerned that Djibouti was controlled by foreign naval forces. US, China, Japan and France all have military bases there. "We are afraid perhaps in the future that even Djibouti may not have its own say to really decide on its own fate. This is quite a threat to Ethiopia," Mr Roba said.

    He added that a navy would also help protect the 11 Ethiopia commercial ships in a "very volatile" Red Sea area where Ethiopia has other economic interests "and there are conflicting political interests". These ships are currently based in Djibouti, from where they sail to ports in the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, and Indonesia.


    Date 07/05/2018

    Claims of 'non-stop cycle of torture' involving top officials in Ethiopian jail

    Ethiopia’s new prime minister has been urged to investigate a raft of gruesome torture and abuse allegations involving senior officials in the country’s most notorious prison. Jail Ogaden, officially known as Jijiga central prison, is home to thousands of prisoners and lies at the heart of Jigjiga, the capital of Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region.

    According to a report by Human Rights Watch, published on Thursday, prisoners are routinely brutalised and denied access to adequate medical care, family, lawyers, and sometimes food. The report alleges that many have never been convicted of any crime. Former prisoners claimed they saw people dying in their cells after being tortured by officials. The report provides the most extensive catalogue to date of human rights abuses in eastern Ethiopia under Somali regional president Abdi Mohamed Omar, commonly known as Abdi Iley, who has governed Ethiopia’s second largest province since 2010.

    A spokesman for the regional government dismissed the allegations as “baseless”. Based on almost 100 interviews, including 70 former prisoners of Jail Ogaden, the study documents alleged abuses including rape, sleep deprivation, long-term arbitrary detention, collective punishment and forced confessions between 2011 and early 2018.


    Date 06/26/2018

    Eritrea delegation arrives in Ethiopia ahead of landmark talks

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - A high-level Eritrean delegation led by foreign minister Osman Saleh arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for talks on ending the decades-long conflict between the two countries.

    The delegation - which was received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday - also included Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki's right-hand man Yemane Gebreab. It is the first time in more than two decades that a top-level delegation from Asmara visits Ethiopia.

    The visit comes a week after President Afwerki said the East African country would dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa to "gauge current development" in the region. "We will send a delegation to [Addis Ababa] to gauge current developments directly and in depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action," he said.

    Earlier this month, Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Addis Ababa would fully accept and implement the terms of a peace agreement between the countries.

    For the first time since the start of the conflict, the Eritrean flag hung side-by-side with Ethiopia's on the streets in downtown Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Many in the Ethiopian capital welcomed the arrival of the delegation and the recent thawing of tensions between the two neighbours.


    Date 06/01/2018

    British national Andargachew Tsege 'overjoyed' to return to UK after years on death row in Ethiopia

    A British national who spent four years on death row in Ethiopia has arrived back in the UK after being pardoned last month. Supporters surrounded Andargachew Tsege, known as Andy, as he walked through arrivals at Heathrow Airport. He told Sky News he was "overjoyed" to be home and "overwhelmed" by the reception he received. Mr Tsege said he did not think the campaign to free him and the welcome he got would be "as large, as emotional, as effective as this". Being away had been "terrible", he added, and very hard on his family. Missing four years of his children growing up had been the "most painful thing". "The price they paid, the kids, that's very painful," he said. Were he not a father, Mr Tsege said he would not have minded dying in prison for a "cause I believed in". While in detention, he said he was "completely sealed off" from any information.


    Date 06/01/2018

    Ethiopia: Who is new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali?

    Ethiopia's new prime minister is the first Oromo to head the ruling EPRDF coalition in the country's 27-year history. Some observers believe he can bring about change in conflict-ridden regions. After weeks of negotiations behind closed doors, Ethiopia finally has a new prime minister. 41-year-old Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali is set to be confirmed on Saturday, but he has already become something of a sensation. He is the first Oromo chairman of the ruling four-party coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Although the Oromo ethnic group makes up a third of the country's population of 105 million, so far they have always had a disadvantage against the older ruling Amhara group and the minority Tigre group. The latter have determined the country's political and economic fortunes for a quarter of a century and control both the military and intelligence services. The multilingual Abiy was born in 1976 in the Jimma region of western Ethiopia, the son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother.


    Date 04/2/2018

    Ethiopia's parliament swears in new prime minister

    The country's ruling coalition appointed Ahmed the new leader after weeks of uncertainty and protest. He succeeds former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who unexpectedly resigned February 15. Hailemariam took power in 2012 and was chairman of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which has ruled since the fall of the Derg regime in 1992. Ahmed, 42, is Ethiopia's first Oromo prime minister. The Oromos, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, make up around a third of the nation's 100 million population. The swearing in of Ahmed is seen as an attempt to calm divisions. The nation has been in an official state of emergency since February 16 and has experienced two years of protests. The country has witnessed rising tensions amid protests from Oromo groups in the Oromiya region, and a crackdown from the government which, human rights groups say, has suppressed basic rights and freedoms. Speaking on state television after the ceremony, the new prime minister also appealed to the Eritrean government to solve "years of misunderstanding." Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1992, and between 1998-2000 the countries clashed. The two nations have had poor relations since.


    Date 03/20/2018

    Egypt, Sudan vow to cooperate as Ethiopia builds Nile dam

    CAIRO - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir met his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Monday, as the two countries look to repair ties that were recently frayed over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia. At a joint press conference, al-Bashir and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed to cooperate in managing the effects of the dam, which Egypt fears will cut into its share of the river. The Nile provides virtually all of Egypt's freshwater, serving as a lifeline for the country's 100 million people. Tensions had risen in recent months, when Sudan appeared to take Ethiopia's side in the dam negotiations and revived a longstanding border dispute with Egypt. Ethiopia has vowed to go ahead with the dam despite Egypt's concerns, saying it is vital for the east African country's development.


    Date 02/24/2018

    Ethiopia federal forces detain recently released Oromo leaders

    Reports from Ethiopia indicate that leading opposition chiefs, Merera Gudina and Bekele Gerba are among a group detained by federal security forces in the country’s west. The recently released duo who are leaders of the main opposition Oromo Federalists Congress (OFC) were held near the town of Nekemt, OFC’s youth league secretary, Addisu Bulala told the Addis Standard portal. “After addressing our supporters in other small cities on our way to Nekemt, when we reached Gute, few kilometers outside of Nekemt, we were stopped by federal security forces. “We have been held for the last four hours and no one is explaining to us what would happen next,” he said in a phone interview.


    Date 02/24/2018

    Ethiopia's Command Post issues details of State of Emergency

    The command post established to oversee the new state of emergency in Ethiopia, has issued the much awaited details of how it will work. In his press briefing today, Secretariat of the Command Post and Minister of Defense, Siraj Fegessa, announced details of prohibited actions and measures to be taken against anyone if found violating the directives. Nevertheless, the state is determined to implement the state of emergency, which is yet to be endorsed by the national parliament that is currently in recess. Other than banning protests and publications inciting violence, the state of emergency seeks to outlaw the following:

    • The State of Emergency forbids any action in breach of the constitution and constitutional order, or activities that erode tolerance and unity of the people as well as having link with and providing support for terrorist organizations.

    • It also prohibits obstructing transport services, carrying out attacks on infrastructure and development institutions, hampering activities of law enforcement bodies, and staging unauthorized demonstrations and meetings.

    • It also forbids hindering teaching learning process at schools, strike at sport fields, violence inciting actions, hindering distributions of basic goods as well as obstructing cultural, public and religious festivals. It also forbids promoting political agendas.

    • Possessing firearms at public areas or transferring firearms to a third party as well as providing support to activities which affect the peace and wellbeing of the people are also prohibited by the State of Emergency.

    • The decree also prohibits issuing statements on security matters without the permission of the Command Post, distributing erroneous and information which contradict with the law and the directives issued by the Command Post.

    • It also forbids carrying weapons in unauthorized regions.

    • The State of Emergency also prohibits movement of any individual around infrastructures, investment areas and other related places within the time put under curfew by the Command Post.

    • Security officers are authorized to take measure against an individual if found in breach of the curfew.


    Date 02/17/2018

    Ethiopia vows no military takeover amid latest emergency

    Ethiopia’s defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The United States said it “strongly disagrees” with the new declaration that effectively bans protests, with a U.S. Embassy statement saying the answer to Ethiopia’s sometimes violent unrest is “greater freedom, not less.” The state of emergency will last for six months with a possible four-month extension, similar to one lifted in August, Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa said. He also ruled out a transitional government. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn remains in the post for now after making the surprise announcement Thursday that he had submitted a resignation letter to help planned political reforms in one of Africa’s best-performing economies succeed.


    Date 02/17/2018

    Ethiopia under state of emergency after prime minister resigns

    A state of emergency installed after the resignation of Ethiopia’s prime minister Thursday will continue for the next six months, a high-ranking official said Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Siraj Fegessa, country’s defense minister, also said the emergency declaration could be extended for an additional four months, and that the military would not attempt to take over the government during this time. Earlier in the week, widespread protests in Ethiopia’s Oromia region shut down traffic as demonstrators held rallies calling for reforms and opposing the imprisonment of an opposition leader, who was released from custody on Tuesday.


    Date 02/17/2018

    This brief history explains why Ethiopia has been in upheaval since 2015

    In 1991, years of civil war came to an end and Ethiopia’s previous communist dictatorship toppled. Meles Zenawi stepped in as strongman, backed by his ethnic guerrilla organization, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, and ruled for years as part of the multi-ethnic coalition called the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). While the coalition included parties who represented three other ethnic groups, the Amhara, Oromo and the Southern nationalities, the minority Tigrayan ethnic group was firmly in control.


    Date 02/17/2018

    Ethiopia’s Refugees Unsafe in Kenya and Elsewhere

    “Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government. In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortured, before being released. He fled to Kenya a second time. When I spoke to him in Kenya, he said he planned to travel overland to South Africa. He hoped for better safety there...


    Date 02/17/2018

    Pilgrimage to Ethiopia's 12th-century iconic churches

    The 11 medieval churches hewn from solid, volcanic rock in the heart of Ethiopia were built on the orders of King Lalibela in the 12th century. Lalibela set out to construct a "New Jerusalem" in Africa after Muslims conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Legend has it that the design and layout of the churches mimic those observed by the king in Jerusalem, which he had visited as a youth. Many place names across the town are also said to originate from the king's memories of the Biblical city. The churches were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. The blocks were chiselled down, forming doors, windows, columns, various floors, trenches and ceremonial passages - some with openings to hermit caves and catacombs. Seven of the churches are organically embedded in the rock, while four are self-standing. The sacred site is a place of pilgrimage for those in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is said the churches were built in only 24 years.