Thursday 17 August 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
In what appears to be a concrete answer to the preoccupations of the public, the Ethiopian government is undertaking its large scale anti-corruption investigation and arrest during the past few weeks. During the crack down, 56 senior government officials, businessperson and middlemen were arrested in less than a month. The Ethiopian Ministry of Government Communication Affairs Office has indicated that the large-scale anti-corruption investigation and arrest of high-profile individuals is part of the Ethiopian government's reform agenda, which was started at the end of 2016 following mass protests in different parts of the country. The Ethiopian government has since then stressed bad-governance and corruption among the major reasons for the preoccupations of the public that...
(Voice of America 08/16/17)
Food insecurity in the Somali region of Ethiopia has worsened, putting 700,000 people on the verge of starvation, according to Oxfam International. The humanitarian organization says that about 8.5 million people across the country face a high risk of hunger, a 30 percent increase since the beginning of the year. Food shortages and hunger have led to displacement and negative coping mechanisms such as increases in child labor, early marriage and school dropouts, according to a recent joint report by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners. “Sex for food and child labor were reported in some woredas [districts],” the report said. Much of Ethiopia is now in the midst of its lean season, and some people at risk have not...
(Nazret 08/16/17)
Gishen Pharmacy says they will publicly apologize if it is proven their pharmacists sold medicine without a prescription. An article in the Guardian entitled: “Inside the doping hotspot of Ethiopia: dodgy testing and Erythroprotien (EPO) over the counter,” which came as a result of a joint investigation by the German broadcaster ARD and Holland Media, suggests that it is easy to obtain doping products in the country and that the anti-doping agency tasked with testing athletes is disorganized. The writer...
(Nazret 08/16/17)
The number of people that are in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia has increased to 8.5 million; well surpassing the 5.6 million estimated in January 2017. According to the newly revised Humanitarian Document (HRD) in order to respond to the emergency, USD 1.25 billion is needed of which USD 487.7 million is outstanding. According to the Document an additional of 4 million people targeted by the Government’s food pipelines will also require a total USD 300 million in sustained...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters that the rebels were seeking to regain Pagak, which was captured by government forces on Aug. 7. "We decided to launch an attack on them because Pagak is our base. They took it from us and we want to take it back," Gabriel said. "We...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Swiss prosecutors have charged an Ethiopian imam with inciting violence and other offences, they said on Friday, alleging he called in a mosque sermon for followers to kill Muslims who did not pray in the community. The step by prosecutors in the northern town of Winterthur comes amid heightened sensitivity to the risk of Islamist violence in Switzerland, whose spy agency warned about the threat in May. Prosecutors did not name the imam, one of four people they said were...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
Multimillion dollar project aims at turning dirty river banks of Addis Ababa into attractions Rivers in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa have become increasingly polluted, but a rehabilitation effort hopes to replenish them. The capital's six rivers and streams meander across irregular terrain towards the south or southeast, crossing the capital for a total of over 600 kilometers (373 miles). Too small to be navigable, too polluted to support life, they can be turned into an aesthetically satisfying area of repose,...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
Dr. Zhang Xiaoyang, aged 53, is a man on a mission as he paces briskly through the corridors of Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital (TBGH) on the southern outskirts of this city on a hot August day. Named after Tirunesh Dibaba, a well-known Ethiopian runner and champion of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races, the hospital built with Chinese finances and expertise showcases the multifaceted Ethiopia-China ties. Opened in March 2012, the hospital has been offering health services...
(Hrw 08/08/17)
Ethiopia's parliament has just lifted the country's 10-month-long state of emergency. The government's emergency powers brought mass detentions, politically motivated criminal charges, and numerous restrictions on people's movement and communication. While the end is welcome news, thousands remain in detention without charge, none of the protesters' underlying grievances have been addressed, and politically motivated trials of key opposition leaders, artists, journalists, and others continue. In October 2016, at the beginning of the state of emergency, the government promised "deep reform"...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Ethiopia's parliament on Friday lifted a nationwide state of emergency decreed last year after Africa's second most-populous country was rocked by months of protests. The state of emergency was allowed to expire, ending 10 months of heightened restrictions and greater police powers. Siraj Fegessa, the defence minister, told an emergency meeting of parliament that, "even though there are a few situations that are happening in some areas, we have understood that it can be handled by the local security and administration." "We have assessed the general situation and we have provided...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food...
(AfricaNews 08/04/17)
Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday voted to lift a state of emergency imposed since October last year. It was imposed to quell spreading anti-government protests in the country. Originally imposed for a six-month period, the state of emergency is in its tenth month after it was extended by four months upon the first expiration in March 2017. Since January 2016 the human rights situation in Ethiopia has stagnated according to a Human Rights Watch reports which said security forces have killed...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
The Trump administration gave $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya, USAID said on Thursday, adding to earlier assistance for those suffering from drought and conflict in four other nations. USAID, the U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency, said in a statement that it would provide $137 million in aid for Ethiopia and nearly $33 million for Kenya. The latest wave of funding comes after Trump pledged $639 million last month in urgent food assistance for those in...
(APA 08/03/17)
The number of government officials, businesspersons and brokers detained on suspicion of corruption in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has hit 48, reports said on Thursday. Meanwhile, three others detained last Tuesday on suspicion of corruption appear before the country’s Federal High Court on Thursday. The suspects are Brigadier General Ephrem Bangie, Yosef Begashaw former general manager of Tendaho Sugar Factory and Kassaye Kachi, materials supply team leader of the Ethiopian Roads Construction Corporation. They were taken into custody three...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Ethiopia's foreign ministry said Friday it will issue identification cards to Rastafarians, granting rights to a community that has long complained of living in limbo in their "promised land". Rastafarians began immigrating to Ethiopia in the 1950s after Emperor Haile Selassie, whom they consider their messiah, set aside 500 acres (1,200 hectares) of land in the southern city of Shashamane for descendants of African slaves seeking to return "home". But the community shrank after Haile Selassie's overthrow and eventual murder...
(Andalou Agency 07/28/17)
British authorities to step up training, detection efforts at Ethiopia's main airport. The U.K. and Ethiopia will work closely on a series of measures to curb human smuggling from the eastern African country, the British government announced on Friday. According to the new initiative, British embassy staff in Addis Ababa will provide training to Ethiopian immigration officials in a bid to tackle human smuggling. The embassy, which has already worked closely with Ethiopian Airlines by providing its staff with regular...
(AfricaNews 07/28/17)
The Ethiopian government on Thursday put over 30 persons before a federal high court on charges of high-level corruption, the state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting corporate reported. The 37 persons were arrested on Tuesday for their involvement in deals that allegedly led to the embezzlement of an estimated 1.1 billion birr – which translates to over $47.2 million. The detained persons include senior government officials, business people and brokers. The court denied all of them bail and granted police prosecutors 14 days...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
More than 3,600 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia between July 3-27, after serving prison sentences for violating Saudi rules and regulations. Speaking to Xinhua on Friday, Asmelash Gebrehiwot, senior official at Ethiopia's National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), said the deportees are separate from the 70,000 Ethiopians that have returned to Ethiopia ahead of a Saudi amnesty deadline for undocumented migrants to leave. "The Ethiopian deportees were in Saudi Arabia jails over offenses ranging from being caught without...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Thirteen people were killed in fresh inter-ethnic clashes between the Gujji clan of the Oromo ethnic group and the Koore group in southern Ethiopia, a local official said. In addition to 13 dead, scores of people were injured and an unspecified number of houses were set alight, southern regional state communications office Chief Solomon Hailu told the state owned Ethiopian News Agency on Friday. The situation has calmed down, with a taskforce identifying the cause of violence and suspects accused...

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