ESAT No. 1 Ethiopian news website. Esat, Ethiopian news, daily Ethiopian news, ESAT tv, ESAT Radio Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:18:19 +0000 en hourly 1 Ethiopian Premier says border demarcation with Sudan starts next month Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:37:12 +0000 ESAT (November 24, 2015)

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariamn Dessalegn said border demarcation between Ethiopia and Sudan would start in December, Sudan Tribune reported.

Previously, Ethiopia and Sudan reached an agreement to solve border disputes, patrol the area, and control human traffickers. The two sides have however been putting off the implementation of the agreement largely due to a strong objection it faced by Ethiopian farmers who would not to give up the land that they believed is legitimately theirs. Border conflicts between Ethiopian and Sudanese farmers claimed lives from both sides. In October 2015, clashes at the Ethio-Sudanese border in El-Gadaref state claimed the lives of at least 16 Sudanese nationals. Two weeks earlier, eight Ethiopians were brutally executed by Sudanese bandits at the joint border in Fashaga area.

Hailemariam Dessalegn, who held discussion with Sudanese Foreign Minister Kamal al-Din in Addis Ababa said that border demarcation would start in December 2015. Previous agreement signed by Hailemariam Dessalegn and Omar Hassan al-Bashir regarding the delineation of border between the two countries would now be implemented, according to Sudan Tribune. Critics say it is not clear on what historical ground the Ethiopian government agreed to implement the border demarcation.

Ethiopian scholars accuse their government of conspiring against its own citizens and favoring the Sudanese government, an ally of the Ethiopian rulers in their days as rebel fighters, by giving away huge tracts of fertile land and territory. Political analysts say Sudan must have agreed in return not to host Ethiopian rebel fighters that oppose the regime Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian government, in a way, admitted that it is giving away some of its territory to Sudan. In June 2015, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen said his government “has returned” the land Ethiopia occupied in 1896. He however did not give details about the location and size of the land that was returned to Sudan.

Analysts say it is likely that a 100 years old colonial agreement reached between Italy and Great Britain may have been used as a historical benchmark to delineate the border between the two countries. Ethiopians say the agreement should not be implemented for two reasons: first, Ethiopia did not participate when the colonial powers agreed to delineate the border, and second, the agreement did not take Ethiopia’s current interest into consideration.

Ethiopian scholars said the agreement that is based on colonial treaties would harm Ethiopia’s interest and may give millions of acres of Ethiopia’s land to Sudan.

The fate of Ethiopian settlers who cultivate the fertile land is not clear. Reports indicate that in eastern part of El Gedaref state alone, more than 2,000 Ethiopian farmers now cultivate the land.

The Ethiopian government has so far been mute regarding the land controversies as well as the numerous skirmishes between Ethiopian farmers and Sudanese soldiers.

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Farmers in Wollo say children die as a result of hunger, current drought no less in magnitude than 1984 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:43:44 +0000 ESAT news (November 23, 2015)

Farmers in Kobo and Wag Himra, Wollo have rebutted government reports that there were no children killed as a result of the calamity. They said the ongoing drought is no different from the 1984 as they have left with nothing to live on.

They told ESAT’s stringer in the region of their horrific story of children dying as a result of hunger. They also said they were forced to feed their surviving cattle with straw from the roof their hut.

They have also confided their fear to ESAT’s stringer that if it fails to rain in the next few months, they will all be vanished.

Meanwhile, USAID Ethiopia representative, John Graham, in an op-ed he wrote to the Herald Sun published in Australia, called on the world not turn away from Ethiopia despite calamities that need attention in other parts of the world. He said the country is faced with a drought unprecedented in the last 30 years. “Amid all the international crises, Ethiopia is facing a crippling drought, with 15 million people predicted to need food aid by next January,” John Graham noted.



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Police chief, two farmers killed in fighting in East Gojam Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:50:03 +0000 ESAT News (November 23, 2015)

Information ESAT received from sources in Ethiopia revealed that fighting between Ethiopian government soldiers and rebel farmers broke out in Shebel Berenta, East Gojjam, Amhara regional state.

Eyewitnesses who wish to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal said that government forces fired at farmer-cum-rebels who came to attend a St Michael religious festival at Ambi Shena Kebele.

“The regional police and militia ambushed the farmers who were gathered to celebrate St. Micheal’s religious festival; then they indiscriminately fired at the congregation,” the source said.

It was reported that the rebel farmers quickly launched a major offensive against the government security forces.

The commander-in-chief of the Woreda police, Abatyihun Asres, was reportedly killed during exchange of fire; two more soldiers were severely injured.  On the farmers’ side, Asnake Yemiwedew and an unidentified farmer were killed, sources told ESAT on the phone from Shebel Berenta, East Gojjam zone.

According to eyewitnesses, massive regional and federal police reinforcements were deployed in the area to control the movement of the rebels.

Several farmers have left their families and joined armed resistance forces. Sporadic attacks on government forces are common in the area. Deep-rooted corruption and maladministration reportedly made the farmers launch an armed resistance against the system, sources indicated.

Sporadic anti-government movements are prevalent in many parts of Ethiopia. In Gonder, Chilga Woreda tension has remained high after a heavy fighting between government forces and Qimant farmers claimed the lives of at least 16 farmers and 48 soldiers. It is not clear who supplies the farmers with weapons and ammunition to fight regional government forces. Analysts, however, say the conflict in Gondar might have been orchestrated by Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) to annex parts of the Amhara region inhabited by Qimant ethnic groups.

Videos clips widely circulating on social media showed some Qimants saying they were not interested in negotiating with the Amhara Regional State.

Similarly, in Southern Ethiopia, the people of Konso who demanded self-administration were brutally attacked by the regional security forces. Likewise, similar conflicts were observed last week in Kambatta Tembaro zone where the Donga ethnic groups demanded self-administration. Authorities responded violently, killing 10 people and wounding others.

Political analysts say such movements may escalate into a full scale civil war and may endanger the sovereignty of the nation.



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UN says more than 200,000 Ethiopians at risk of flooding Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:17:20 +0000 ESAT (November 23, 2015)

The United Nations in its weekly humanitarian bulletin released today disclosed that   210,600 people are expected to be affected by El Niño flooding. The report citing Flood Contingency Plan said that at least 105,300 people are “at risk of displacement.”

According to the report, El Niño has caused drought in the north, central and eastern parts of Ethiopia. It also may trigger flooding in south and south eastern areas, particularly Somali region of Ethiopia. “The overflow of the Wabishabelle River in October flooded communities along the river banks in East Imy, Kelafo and Mustahil Woredas,” the report said.

To mitigate the impact of more flood-induced damages, displacements and health risks during the last quarter of the year, according to the report, UN, government agencies and NGOs put in place emergency shelter and non-food items in strategic warehouses, including Addis Ababa, Adama, Dire Dawa, Gambella, Harar, Hawassa, Jijiga, Kombolcha and Nekemt.

Meanwhile Ireland’s Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock said Irish aid would grant 2 million euros to meet urgent needs affected by the drought. “Ireland has over 26 million euros through bilateral aid program in Ethiopia to address poverty, vulnerability and hunger,” he said.

Green Climate Fund announced at an international climate conference in Paris, France that Ethiopia is to receive $50 Million from Green Climate Fund for climate resilience projects. The amount will be used to mitigate climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and resilience or adaptation strategies.

Ethiopia needs more than 600 million dollars to cope with the crisis. ESAT citing the UNOCHA earlier reported that more than 15 million people might need food aid by January 2015. Reports also warn more than 350,000 children require treatment for acute malnutrition by the end of 2015.


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ESAT Radio Mon 23 Nov 2015.mp3 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:55:48 +0000 0 ESAT Radio Hule Addis Sat Nov 21 2015 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:55:08 +0000 0 Conflict at Ethio-Kenyan border claimed the lives of three Kenyan police officers Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:35:41 +0000 ESAT (November 23, 2015)

Tension escalated between Ethiopia and Kenya after the Ethiopian militia pursuing OLF militants killed at least three Kenyan policemen at Sololo, Marsabit County, near Ethio-Kenyan border.

Kenyan press reported that 16 Kenyan police officers who were patrolling the area were ambushed by some 200 Ethiopian militia. During the gun battle that lasted for more than two hours, three police officers were killed, three injured, and five officers went missing, reports indicated.

The Ethiopian security also destroyed a police vehicle and seized firearms, according to the report.

The bodies of the slain police officers were reportedly flown to Nairobi.

Earlier reports showed that the Ethiopian military police reportedly abducted 10 Kenyans at Ramole and Anona villages. Mail and Guardian Africa said it was for the 5th time that the Ethiopian security forces crossed into Kenyan territory in the last nine months.

Kenya said it would seek an explanation from Ethiopia as to why it invaded a sovereign country.

The most circulated Kenyan newspaper, the Nation citing Moffat Kangi, the county commissioner of Marsabit said, “All cross-border issues are supposed to be addressed at diplomatic level, hence we will be seeking an explanation from Ethiopia on why this happened.”

Ethiopian officials were not available for comment.

The TPLF/EPRDF-dominated Ethiopian parliament proscribed OLF, along with Ginbot 7 and Ogaden National Liberation Front for “terrorist activities.”


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