Author Archives: Engidu Wolde

USAID suspends food aid in Southern Ethiopia

ESAT News (December 12, 2018) The United States Aid for International Development (USAID) says it had to suspend its food aid program in Southern Ethiopia due to ethnic violence in the area. USAID Ethiopia director, Leslie Reeds told the Ethiopian Television that the suspension will affect 140,000 recipients of food aid in Kercha, Bule Hora and Gelana areas. Last week, ...

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    Ethiopia: Documentary exposes heinous torture of prisoners by TPLF interrogators

    Kefyalew Tefera Yonas Gashaw by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 12, 2018) Yonas Gashaw trumbles as he speaks. He is now paraplegic and both legs shiver constantly. He has gone through hell. His father died in exile after he was forced out of his country due to his association with the previous regime. His mom was also jailed for six ...

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      Ethiopia: New report shows progress in expanding HIV treatment

      ESAT News (December 11, 2018) A new report released in connection with the World AIDS day shows Ethiopia has shown significant progress toward achieving epidemic control. “70% of HIV-positive adults in urban Ethiopia are virally suppressed. This encouraging result is close to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) target of achieving viral suppression of 73% by 2020,” according ...

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        Ethiopia lost $36B in illicit financial flows

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 11, 2018) Ethiopia has lost about $36B in illicit financial flows in the past 27 years, according to a new study by an Ethiopian macroeconomist. Dr. Eyob Tesfaye, a macroeconomist consultant, told FM 102.1 Radio in Addis Ababa that misinvoicing was one of the schemes money made its way out of the country, which ...

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          Ethiopia: Businessman charged with illegal contracts with MeTEC

          ESAT News (December 10, 2018) A businessman was arraigned before a court in Addis Ababa today accused of signing illegal contracts worth over 36 million dollars with the Metals and Engineering Corporation (MeTEC), a military industrial complex at the center of a corruption probe in Ethiopia. Police said they have documented evidence that Aklilu Girmay, the owner of Anona Techno, ...

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            Saudi releases hundreds of Ethiopian prisoners

            ESAT News (December 10, 2018) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has released 900 Ethiopian prisoners following negotiations between the two countries. Four hundred fifty prisoners have arrived in Addis Ababa today while another 450 are expected to be flown into Addis on Friday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia meanwhile says about 1,500 Ethiopians who are illegally in the ...

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              MP filed motion to impeach Somali President over Ethiopia, Eritrea pact

              Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a.k.a. Farmajo PHOTO/REUTERS ESAT News (December 10, 2018) An MP in Somalia has filed a motion with the speaker of the country’s parliament to impeach the president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a.k.a. Farmajo. The Reuters report said the motion filed to impeach the president was over his deal with neighboring Ethiopia and Eritrea. The three countries have recently ...

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                MP filed motion to impeach Somali President over  Ethiopia, Eritrea pact Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a.k.a. Farmajo PHOTO/REUTERS ESAT News (December 10, 2018) An MP in Somalia has filed a motion with the speaker of the country’s parliament to impeach the president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a.k.a. Farmajo. The Reuters report said the motion filed to impeach the president was over his ...

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                  MP filed motion to impeach Somali President over Ethiopia, Eritrea pact

                  ESAT News (December 10, 2018) An MP in Somalia has filed a motion with the speaker of the country’s parliament to impeach the president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a.k.a. Farmajo. The Reuters report said the motion filed to impeach the president was over his deal with neighboring Ethiopia and Eritrea. The three countries have recently agreed to work together for security ...

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                    ‘Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist,’ says Foreign Policy mag

                    ESAT News (December 7, 2018) Foreign Policy Magazine says critics’ depiction of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, as populist was wrong. “One of the most common – and at times most compelling [critiques] – is that Abiy is a populist in the mold of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, India’s Narendra Modi, and U.S. President Donald Trump. It’s a critique worth ...

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