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South Sudan refugees in Gambella kill 13 Ethiopians

ESAT News (April 22, 2016) South Sudan refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia killed at least 13 Ethiopians on Thursday after a car accident claimed the lives of two of their own. The refugees at the Jawi camp in Gambella went on a killing spree, apparently motivated by revenge, after an Ethiopian driver struck and killed two refugees. At least 10 people ...

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Ethiopian government charges opposition politician, protesters with terrorism

ESAT News (April 22, 2016) The Ethiopian government on Friday charged a leading member of an opposition party, Bekele Gerba and 21 others with terrorism, quoting its anti-terrorism proclamation that the regime uses to silence dissent. According to the charges, the 22 defendants were accused of being a members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which the regime declared a ...

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Fate of Ethiopian migrants dumped at Kenya-Tanzania border still blurry

ESAT News (April 21, 2016) The fate of 74 Ethiopian migrants dropped by Tanzania at the Kenya border was still unclear as the two countries got into a diplomatic row. Tanzania dumped the Ethiopians at the border with Kenya after serving their time for illegal entry. Tanzania says the immigrants entered the country through its border with Kenya and dropped ...

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Assassination attempt on a jailed leader of Ethiopian Muslims movement for religious rights

ESAT News (April 21, 2016) An assassination attempt was made on Nuru Turki one of the jailed leaders of the Ethiopians Muslims movement, ESAT’s sources said. The source believe that last week’s assassination attempt was orchestrated by prison officials to coerce leaders of the Muslim community, who are languishing in jail on trumped up terrorism charges, to sign a pardon ...

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Senators condemn crackdown by the Ethiopian government on protesters, journalists and civil society

ESAT News (April 20, 2016)   PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution with 11 other Senators today condemning the lethal violence used by the government of Ethiopia against protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising ...

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Surveillance, harassment, violence and deportation by the TPLF regime on Ethiopian refugees in Kenya

ESAT News (April 20, 2016) Oromo community leaders in Nairobi, Kenya said that Ethiopian refugees are routinely subject to surveillance, harassment, violence and deportation from Kenyan police and border authorities, who they say work in close collaboration with the Ethiopian government, according to a report filed by Okayafrica.com. Okayafrica published a story of Tariku Debela an Oromo political leader residing ...

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Over 20,000 people displaced in Gambella following attack by armed group from South Sudan, death toll reaches 230

ESAT News (April 19, 2016) Over 20,000 people have been displaced in Gambella following Friday’s attack by armed men from South Sudan’s Murle tribe that killed 230 and abducted 140 women and children. Head of the Gambella Regional State, Gatluwick Tut told local reporters that the displaced were from three Woredas of the Nuer Zone – Malawe, Jikao and Lare. ...

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Ethiopian civic and political organizations call for the WHO to reject the candidacy of Dr. Tedros Adhanom for the position of Director General

ESAT News (April 19, 2016) Twenty civic and political organizations wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for the rejection of Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy for the position of the Director General of the WHO. In a letter to Ms. Malebona Precious Matsoso Chairman of the Executive Board of WHO, ...

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Death toll on the rise in Gambella, Ethiopia after attack by armed group from South Sudan

ESAT News (April 18, 2016) ESAT’S sources in Gambella said the death toll from the attack on Friday by armed groups from South Sudan against the Nuer of Gambella could be higher than the initial estimate of 208 people. The sources said bodies were still being collected on Monday in areas where the attack took place. Heavily armed South Sudanese ...

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More than 400 people, many of whom Ethiopians, feared dead in the Mediterranean

ESAT News (April 18, 2016) Several media outlets reported that over 400 people have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday after their boats capsized. The refugees from Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea were travelling from Egypt to Italy when the accident took their lives. Most of the dead were Ethiopians. Awel Abdulwahib, an Ethiopian who have lost four family members ...

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