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Kenya, Ethiopia Using Excessive Force Against Somali Civilians

ESAT News (April 28, 2017) Kenya and Ethiopia have used excessive force against Somali civilians amid efforts to halt cross-border attacks by al-Shabab, according to an internal report by aid agencies working in Somalia. The report, obtained by VOA’s Somali Service, says Kenya has carried out dozens of airstrikes targeting pastoral communities in Somalia’s Gedo region since June of 2015. ...

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    Ethiopia ranked 150th in world press freedom index

    ESAT News (April 27, 2017) Ethiopia ranked 150th out of 180 countries in the 2017 press freedom index rankings by Reporters Without Borders. The press freedom organization said the Ethiopian regime systematically  uses the country’s anti-terror law against journalists. “Terrorism charges have been systematically used against journalists ever since the 2009 terrorism law took effect. The charges carry long jail ...

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      Ethiopia: Authorities shift blame on local militia, opposition party members for killing of peaceful protesters

        ESAT News (April 27, 2017) Ruling party operatives are encouraging families who lost their loved ones in the anti-government protest last summer to register in a bid to receive compensations, while also telling them to be witnesses in charges to be brought against local militia and opposition party members, whom the regime would hold responsible for the death of ...

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        Ethiopia: U.S. Embassy warns of travelling to Gondar

        ESAT News (April 27, 2017) The Embassy of the United States in Addis Ababa on Thursday warned citizens of the dangers of travelling to Gondar where a series of grenade attack have been reported in recent weeks. “The Embassy recommends U.S. citizens carefully consider whether travel to Gondar is necessary at this time.  All U.S. citizens residing in or traveling ...

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          Ethiopia: Officials arrested for exposing drought, cholera in Somali region

            ESAT News (April 26, 2017) Regime security forces have arrested two former officials of the Somali region of Ethiopia for exposing the drought and the cholera outbreak that is ravaging the region. Mubashir Dubadi former head of finance in Somali region and Muhammed Mahmmed former head of communications affairs were arrested on Tuesday in Addis Ababa and taken to ...

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            Al Shabaab kills two Ethiopian soldiers

              ESAT News (April 26, 2017) Al-shabaab said its forces have ambushed Ethiopian soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) killing two. According to Garowe Online dozens of al-Shabaab fighters attacked a military convoy on Wednesday in a remote area of Burdar, located 40 kilometers east of Beledweyne town, the regional capital of Hiiraan region. ”We were ...

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              A bomb attack hit a lodge in Gondar

                ESAT News (April 25, 2017) A bomb was thrown at the Lodge du Château in the city of Gondar Monday night injuring five people. No party claimed responsibility for the attack. The injured include three security officers, a guard for the lodge and a foreigner. Sources say the lodge is frequented by tourists and expats. Gunfire could be heard ...

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                Eskinder Nega named world press freedom hero

                ESAT News (April 25, 2017) Eskinder Nega, journalist par excellence and blogger, imprisoned by the Ethiopian regime for criticizing the country’s anti-terrorism law, has been named world press freedom hero by the International Press Institute. The Vienna based International Press Institute announced on Tuesday that Eskinder will be the 69th recipient of the prestigious award. “The world press freedom award ...

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                  Ethiopia: Thousands hit by outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea

                  ESAT News (April 25, 2017) An outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea is sweeping through Doolo zone, in Ethiopia’s Somali region, exacerbated by one of the worst droughts in 30 years,  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned on Monday. The medical humanitarian group said on Monday that in response, teams from MSF are working alongside Ethiopian health authorities to bring the outbreak ...

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                    Dr. Merera Gudina defends bogus charges

                      ESAT News (April 24, 2017) Dr. Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, who is detained on cooked up charges of terrorism presented his defence on Monday. In an 11 page argument against the charges by the regime, Dr. Merera said his trip to Belgium and the subsequent speeches he gave at the European Parliament should not be ...

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