Author Archives: Engidu Wolde

Ethiopia hosts second largest refugee population in Africa, says UNHCR

ESAT News (October 18, 2018) The UN refugee agency said Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018. The UNHCR said between January and August 2018, 36,185 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea. The agency said it requested a funding of ...

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    Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed says protesting special commandos came to kill him

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 18, 2018) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said few among the soldiers who came to his palace last week to demand pay raises had actually came to kill him. The Prime Minister told the Parliament today that the aim of those who organized last week’s march to his office by some 240 special commandos ...

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      Ethiopia: Eight injured in protest demonstration in Afar region

      ESAT News (October 17, 2018) Special forces of the Afar region in Northern Ethiopia have shot and wounded eight people in a demonstration that was called to denounce the regional government for failing to respond to public demand for development and respect for human rights. Residents who spoke to ESAT on the phone from Afar said demonstrations were held in ...

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        Ethiopia: OLF disarming residents in East and West Wollega

        ESAT News (October 17, 2017) Reports reaching ESAT say combatants of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a separatist ethnic front, has been disarming non-Oromo residents in East and West Wollega. Resident who spoke to ESAT said the OLF soldiers had confiscated their weapons that they said have owned legally. The residents said the administration in West Wollega has been taken ...

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          Ethiopia to release hundreds of youth detained in military camp

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 16, 2018) The federal police commissioner said 1,204 youth rounded up in the capital Addis Ababa last month and detained in a military camp would be released on Thursday. The youth were detained last month as police carried out arrests following ethnic motivated attacks in the outskirts of the city that left dozens dead ...

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            Ethiopia: Gender parity in Abiy Ahmed’s new cabinet

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 16, 2018) Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister appointed women in half of his cabinet positions in a move to ensure gender parity in a government hitherto dominated by men. “Of the 20 cabinet members, 10 or 50% are women,” Abiy Ahmed told MPs as he announces his cabinet to the Ethiopian Parliament today. But the ...

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              Ethiopia cracks down on illegal military training facility

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 15, 2018) Police in Ethiopia’s western restive region of Benishangul-Gumuz say they have cracked down on an illegal military training facility in the region. The regional police commissioner told the Ethiopian Television that about 400 trainees, mostly teenagers, were undergoing military training at the illegal facility in Asossa district. According to the statement by ...

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                Ethiopia arrests leaders of special commandos for violating constitution, military discipline

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 15, 2018) Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces said the special commandos that showed up at the National Palace last week and demand to speak to the Prime Minister have violated the country’s constitution and the military discipline that they were highly expected to strictly adhere to. Last week a group of ...

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                  Six killed in violence in western Ethiopia

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 12, 2018) Six people have been killed as violence continues in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul- Gumuz. According to ESAT sources, the attack has also left 50 households displaced. The new wave of attack in Tepi district of Sheka zone brings the death toll to 48 since the ethnic motivated violence began two weeks ...

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                    Italy applauds Ethiopia reforms, grants $25M

                    ESAT News (October 12, 2018) Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who paid a two day visit to Ethiopia has said his country would support economic and political reforms in Ethiopia. Mr. Conte has also applauded the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea that has ended two decades of enmity. He said he would encourage Italian investors to do business in ...

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