Saturday 25 November 2017
(Sudan Tribune 06/24/13)
Eritrean refugees crossing to neighbouring Ethiopia are on the rise, while the number entering Sudan has dropped compared to the previous year, according to the United Nation Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Eritrean refugees flee to Ethiopia in larger numbers via 16 entry points where they get primary assistance and provided with temporary shelters before they are transferred to one of the many refugee camps in the country’s two bordering regions, Tigrai and Afar. Since January, the UNHCR and the government’s refugee agency, the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), have registered over 4,000 Eritrean refugees. Currently Ethiopia hosts a record high nearly 72,000 Eritrean refugees in four camps in the northern Tigrai region and two others in the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/24/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Try trading Ethiopian birr (ETB) for American dollars (USD). You have to call one guy who calls another guy, says Messai, and then suddenly someone is at your door with the dollars you requested. New regulations on how many dollars a local bank can provide a person traveling outside the country has boosted the local informal market for dollars. Banking in East Africa can be an adventure in all sense of the word. In Tanzania, banking penetration sits just under 20 percent. In a working paper by the World Bank, 47 percent cited distance as a reason for not having an account. The country also ranked near bottom in bank branch penetration, averaging less than 0.5 bank...
(Africa Review 06/24/13)
At first it might not look like it, but the exchanges between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Renaissance Dam that the region witnessed these past two weeks, tell us a lot about the tensions defining what the East African Community will look like in the years to come. The dam on the River Nile, which Addis Ababa projects will cost $4.7 billion, will produce 6,000 Megawatts of power when fully developed, making it the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 14th largest in the world. Egypt, which has in the past threatened to go to war over its “rights” to the Nile’s waters, issued a stern warning. Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Bahaa-Eddin, arguing...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(Shabait 06/20/13)
Nationals in the Homeland and abroad today commemorate Martyrs Day with patriotic zeal. During the official ceremony in Asmara at national level, President Isaias Afwerki, Ministers, Army Commanders, Senior PFDJ Officials, religious leaders and thousands of participants conducted foot trek from Shida Square to the Martyrs Cemetery at 6 AM accompanied by the Marching Band. President Isaias, Gen. Sibhat Ephrem, Defense Minister, Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, Secretary of the PFDJ, and the Administrator of the Central region, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, laid flower coronets at the Cemetery. Speaking on the occasion, President Isaias expressed appreciation for the people and the national media outlets for demonstrating the prevailing honor of the martyrs through staging different activities. He further pointed out that the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Haaretz 06/18/13)
More than 1,400 African migrants held in Israeli detention facilities have filed asylum requests to date. Until two weeks ago, state hadn't responded to any, but since it started, it has rejected every claim. Israel has rejected 17 asylum requests by African migrants being held in detention facilities over the past two weeks. Not a single request for asylum has been granted since the state began processing asylum seekers' claims two weeks ago. The vast majority of the 17 rejected requests appear to have been filed by Eritrean citizens who either evaded military service there or left the country illegally. The claimants were informed by the interior minister's advisory committee on refugee affairs that they do not meet the criteria...
(Shabait 06/18/13)
Asmara — The Ministry of Health indicated that it is exerting endeavors towards enhancing service quality on the basis of human resource development. Mr. Yemane Haile, Acting head of policy and planning as well as human resource development in the Ministry, pointed out that the Associate Nursing Schools in Barentu, Mendefera and Ginda have been graduating more than 200 youths with certificate annually with a view to furthering health service outreach in remote areas. He further disclosed that such graduates are provided with opportunities to upgrade their academic portfolio to diploma and Bachelor's Degree levels, while more than 150 staff members have studied Nursing and Management based on distance learning. Accordingly, the Ministry is in a position to nurture health...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners work towards what they call an AIDS-free generation, which just a decade ago would have been unimaginable. Mother-to-baby transmission has long been a source of concern among governments and organizations working to control the spread of HIV. But more effective anti-retroviral drugs and regimens are now dramatically cutting the chances of an infected mother passing on the disease to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding...
(Shabait 06/18/13)
Massawa — The Federations' branches in the Northern Red Sea region have called for integrated efforts towards nurturing competitive sportspersons. They made the call at a joint assessment meeting that witnessed participation of sportspersons and sub-zonal Administrators. The participants of the meeting scrutinized the work accomplishments in various sports domains over the past 4 years, conducted an in-depth discussion and put forth views pertaining to several issues. In a report he presented on the occasion, Mr. Hisabu Gebresilasie, sports commissioner in the region, pointed out that the Federations have so far registered remarkable accomplishments in their respective domains, especially pursuing sports management, coaching, children's football and construction of beach volleyball fields, among others. In the same vein, the National Sports...
(Shabait 06/18/13)
Hagaz — The inhabitants of Hagaz sub-zone said that they have finalized preparations for rain-fed farming. Among the inhabitants, Mr. Mohammed Afa Abdalla, Mr. Ahmed Saleh Ibrahim, Mr. Osman Mohammed-Nur and Mr. Zeru Girmai disclosed that the task was accomplished on the basis of integrated community-based undertaking. They further expressed readiness to sustain the initiative involving implementation of soil and water conservation techniques, and called on the local Administration to continue collaborating with them. Mr. Kidane Kibrom, head of the Agriculture Ministry's branch in the sub-zone, indicated that the accomplishment was made through carrying out a 5-month undertaking involving 3 working sessions a week. Subsequently, terraces have been built on more than 1,000 hectares, in addition to the construction of...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/17/13)
The United Nations Human Rights Council condemns Eritrea as the situation of freedom of expression and human rights has continued to deteriorate in Eritrea since the adoption of the last resolution by the Council in July 2012. The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on June 14, 2013 adopted by consensus a resolution in which it renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea for a period of one year and strongly condemned the continued widespread and systematic violations of human rights committed by the Eritrean authorities. Yet the government of Eritrea has consistently refused to cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea. As a concerned member State, Eritrea again refuted today's resolution...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
Addis Ababa — Ethiopian-based Eritrean opposition group, the Eritrean Islamic Reform Movement, on Saturday reiterated allegations that Sudanese authorities have arrested eight of its leading members. The group's leader in Addis Ababa, Mohamed Nur, told Sudan Tribune that the movement's members and leaders were detained on 8 June from their homes in Kassala town. Nur said they were detained after Sudanese security forces raided their homes early on Saturday at about 7:30am [local time]. "We have no Idea why they were arrested and we don't know where they are being held", he said. Abdel-Gadir Mohamed, the group's military wing chief, was among those arrested, the opposition official further said. It is not yet clear why the members were detained, but...
(Shabait 06/17/13)
Asmara — Eritrean community members in Jeddah and its environ conducted on 13 June 6th regular congress. During the meeting Mr. Abdurahman Osman, General Council of Eritrean Embassy in Jeddah, explained that community strength would only be realized through active participation of members, and called on members to strive more efforts for the development of the community. The participants on their part, after thoroughly discussing on the reports presented, conducted extensive discussion and elected central community members for two years term. The Eritrean community in Jeddah and its environ was established in 1995 and involves in preserving Eritrean value and culture as well as participating in solving problems that members could face.
(Shabait 06/17/13)
Asmara — The Public Transport branch in the Central region stated that all villages have become beneficiaries of transport service following the import of new buses and opening of a number of new routes. Mr. Kibrom Segid, managing director of the branch office, pointed out that new routes were opened from Asmara to Arbe-Rebue, Beleza, Wekerti, Weki and Guritat villages last year, and that the current beneficiary villages of the new transport service reached 16. He further indicated that more than 70 buses and 25 minibuses are dispatched for rural transport by the office on daily basis, and thus serving more than 180 people a day. Among the inhabitants, Ms. Askalu Beyene, Mr. Amanuel Ande, Ms. Liya Negasi, Mr. Semere...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...

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