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U.S. warns citizens risk of travel to Ethiopia

ESAT News (August 25, 2017) The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Ethiopia due to “the potential for civil unrest and arbitrary detention.” Replacing its travel warning issued in June the Department said “there continue to be reports of unrest, particularly in the Gondar region and Bahir Dar in Amhara State, and parts of ...

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Ethiopia: Rights watchdog demands Saudi halt deportations of Ethiopians

ESAT News (August 25, 2017) The Human Rights Watch says Saudi Arabia should halt the deportations of Ethiopians from the Kingdom until it can establish refugee status determination procedures for those at risk of persecution, who are fleeing repression back home. “Should expulsions be carried out—as during an earlier expulsion of irregular migrants in 2013, many thousands of Ethiopians who ...

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Ethiopia: Business in Mercato slows due to strikes in Oromo region

ESAT News (August 24, 2017) The main market district in the capital Addis Ababa was quiet today due to business and transportation strikes in the larger Oromo region that entered second day today. No merchandise was arriving in Mercato, which receives most of its produce from the Oromo region. Trucks that deliver produce to retailers were also seen parked idle. ...

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Ethiopia: Bomb explosion injures 13

ESAT News (August 24, 2017) A bomb explosion in Jimma, 300 miles south west of the capital Addis Ababa injured 13 people, FBC, a state affiliated media reported today. The explosion took place at noon between two buildings and the injured including a 10 year old child and two women were taken to Jimma University Hospital, FBC quoted police as ...

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Canada updates Ethiopia travel advisory

ESAT News (August 24, 2017) The Canadian government on Wednesday updated travel advisory to Ethiopia due to security incidents in parts of the country over the last two days. “On August 10, 2017, there were inter-communal clashes on the road between Harar and Babile in eastern Ethiopia. Similar incidents occurred on the road between Harar and Dire Dawa, and between ...

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Ethiopia: Business, transportation shut down in Oromo region as five day strike begins

ESAT News (August 23, 2017) A five day strike called in the Oromo region began today paralyzing businesses and transportation in the entire region as major towns known for their bustling activities turned eerie quiet on Wednesday. Stone throwing protesters in Holeta, Guder and Harmissa shattered the windows of buses that ignore the strikes. One bus was set ablaze in ...

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Ethiopia: Inter-regional bus transportations disrupt ahead of strikes

ESAT News (August 22, 2017) Bus transportations to the Oromo region from the rest of the country disrupted ahead of the five day stay at home strikes in the region that begins tomorrow as the regime deploys massive troops. Buses serving the oromo region have been parked at stations in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar and in a number of towns ...

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Ethiopia: Bank records of corruption suspects show money might have been sent offshore

ESAT News (August 22, 2017) Bank accounts of corruption suspects who run multi-million dollar projects show only few thousands of dollars in balances, according to a source, who said the money might have been sent offshore. ESAT learnt that the largest money available in the balances of the over 50 suspects was about 15,000 dollars. The assets and bank accounts ...

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Ethiopia: Call for stay home strike in Oromo region

ESAT News (August 21, 2017) A five day stay at home strike has been called in the Oromo region of Ethiopia to demand the release of political prisoners and in memory of those who lost their lives at the hands of security forces as well as to oppose tax hikes. The Oromo Federalist Congress, an opposition party, called on the ...

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Ethiopia: Waste of billions of dollars in gov’t projects

ESAT News (August 21, 2017) Major government projects that cost billions of dollars have failed due to inefficient and unprofessional management, corruption and nepotism, according to a government sponsored study obtained by ESAT. The 327 pages document prepared by the Policy Study and Research Center (PSRC) and obtained by ESAT revealed that 73% of the government sugar projects were not ...

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