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ESAT News in Brief2017 Thur 29 Jun

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Ethiopia exporting maize to Kenya despite millions facing starvation in country

ESAT News (June 29, 2017) Reports say Ethiopia is exporting maize to Kenya in accordance with an agreement between the two governments, in spite of the fact that aid agencies are warning 7.8 million people in Ethiopia face starvation as food pipeline is breakin at the end of July. The BBC reported that the export began earlier this month and ...

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Ethiopia: Seven members of Chamber of Commerce seek asylum in Europe

ESAT News (June 29, 2017) Seven members of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce have reportedly stayed behind in Europe after a 27 member delegation made a working visit in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. The seven individuals whom sources told local media might have sought asylum in Europe were also reportedly caught by Romanian police at the country’s border. ...

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Ethiopian regime requests extension of Saudi amnesty deadline

ESAT News (June 28, 2017) The Ethiopian regime says it has requested the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to extend the deadline for undocumented workers to leave the Kingdom as hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in the country. The deadline for the amnesty expired yesterday. Government spokesperson, Negeri Lencho told the BBC that his government has sent a ...

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Ethiopians arrested in Malawi for illegal entry

ESAT News (June 28, 2017) Malawian police say they have arrested 26 Ethiopians for illegal entry into the country. Police, following tip-off, chased a vehicle carrying the Ethiopians and arrested them, according to a report by Nyasa Times of Malawi. Karonga police deputy spokesperson George Mlewa confirmed to the newspaper that they swooped on the vehicle and arrested the Ethiopians. ...

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Ethiopia: Restrictive proclamation forces shut down of over 1000 civic societies

ESAT News (June 27, 2017) Over 1000 civic societies were forced to shut down following the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP), a law which among others restricts NGOs that receive more than 10% of their financing from foreign sources from engaging in human rights and advocacy activities. The Ethiopian regime came up with the restrictive law after a landslide ...

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Ethiopians stranded in Saudi Arabia call for help

ESAT News (June 27, 2017) Ethiopians, who wish to leave Saudi Arabia in line with the Kingdom’s amnesty for undocumented workers, have called for their government to speed up their departure. The Ethiopians who are stranded at Saudi airports speaking to ESAT said they have bought their tickets from the Ethiopian Airlines but were unable to board their planes due ...

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Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians face deportation in Saudi Arabia

ESAT News (June 26, 2017) Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia face monetary penalty and imprisonment as the Kingdom’s amnesty for undocumented workers expired on June 25. Ethiopian government spokesperson, Negere Lencho told local media that of the 85,000 who took travel documents, only about 35,000 have returned home. It is estimated that about 700,000 Ethiopians live in ...

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Ethiopia: Sixty-seven children die of acute malnutrition in Somali region in June

ESAT News (June 26, 2017) A humanitarian agency says 67 children have died of acute malnutrition in the Somali region of Ethiopia in the month of June alone, warning that an acute humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Doolo zone, as malnutrition reaches alarming levels. The number of affected children is tenfold compared to the same year last year. “The numbers ...

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Ethiopia: Prominent businessman says party conglomerates weaken fair business competition

ESAT News (June 23, 2017) A prominent Ethiopian businessman says ruling party conglomerates and businesses run under the guise of private ownership but actually belong to the ruling party have negatively impacted fair competition and are taking unfair advantages. Eyesuswork Zafu, the former president of the Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Chambers of Commerce, was speaking at a government sponsored forum ...

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