Author Archives: Engidu Wolde

Ethiopia: Flooding displaced over 30,000 in Somali region

ESAT News (May 23, 2018) Flooding caused by Tropical Storm Sagar has displaced 31,300 people in the Somali region of Eastern Ethiopia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report today. The humanitarian organization said in Somali region alone, flooding affected more than 52,170 households (313,000 people), of whom 31,300 households are displaced. The report ...

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    Ethiopia: Exiled opposition party returns home for further talks with govt

    ESAT News (May 23, 2018) Leaders of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) have arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to continue talks with the government. The Front announced a week ago that it had held talks with representatives of the Ethiopian government in an undisclosed location outside Ethiopia and that the two sides have agreed to continue the talks in ...

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      Ethiopia: Mizan Teferi protests unfair distribution of resources

      ESAT News (may 22, 2018) Residents of Mizan Teferi in Southwestern Ethiopia have taken to the streets to denounce what they called the unfair distribution of resources and to demand that the youth be given access to resources to curb the growing unemployment. They were however met with federal and military forces whom the residents said carried out beatings and ...

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        Ethiopia: Elders from Somali region denied access to PM

        ESAT News (May 22, 2018) About 150 elders from the Somali region who came to the capital Addis Ababa have reportedly been unable to address their grievances to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as army generals allied with president of the Somali region used their influence to deny them access to the PM. The elders came to the capital a month ...

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          Ethiopia: Truly democratic transition, not reform needed to move the country forward, says opposition group

          By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 21, 2018) A leader of an opposition political party says what Ethiopia needs is a truly democratic transition, but not superficial reform if the intention is to move the country forward. Speaking to a gathering of his supporters in Washington, DC, Chairman of Patriotic Ginbot 7, an opposition group based in the Diaspora, Professor ...

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            Ethiopia: Thousands uprooted as demolishing continues to pave way for investors in Addis Ababa

            ESAT News (may 18, 2018) At least 3,000 residents of Addis Ababa have been left homeless as their houses were demolished to provide land for investors. Authorities say the houses were built illegally. But residents of a subdivision in the capital locally known as Hanna Mariam have protested the move by authorities saying they had legally built their houses and ...

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              Ethiopia to issue citizenship to thousands of South Sudanese refugees

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 18, 2018) Ethiopia is to issue citizenship to hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in line with the government’s commitment to the New York Declaration. But the news does not bode well for the Anuak community in Gambella. There are about 485,000 south Sudanese refugees in Gambella, the largest number of refugees in ...

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                Ethiopia: Unions push for garment workers wage increase

                ESAT News (May 16, 2018) International trade unions have launched campaigns to demand and secure decent wages for Ethiopian garment employees producing for major European and American brands. The report by Just Style said the campaign is aimed at securing better wages and worker rights for employees of Ethiopia’s textile and garment industries. The report said Industrial Federation of Textile, ...

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                  Security forces kill eleven protesters in Somali region of Ethiopia

                  ESAT News (May 16, 2018) Somali region Liyou police and militia in Eastern Ethiopia have shot and killed eleven people yesterday as protest against the regional president and his administration intensified. The killings took place in the towns of Bussa and Lagahida in Fiik zone. Nine of the victims are women. Three members of one family were also among the ...

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                    Ethiopia: PM says govt officials with offshore accounts under investigation

                    ESAT News (May 15, 2018) Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, said government officials who have offshore bank accounts are under investigation. The news by the Ethiopian News Agency did not say if the Premier had mentioned the countries where the monies were allegedly stashed, but quoted Dr. Ahmed as saying that countries are cooperating in the investigations. According to the ...

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