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Dozens injured, two critically, in a grenade attack at Jimma University

ESAT News (January 11, 2016) Thirty-three students were seriously injured after a grenade was thrown yesterday at a group of protesters at Jimma University in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Two of the injured were in critical condition and were on life support, Jawar Mohammed, a political activist, said quoting hospital sources. All the injured have fragments of the blast ...

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    Over one hundred Ethiopian and Somali migrants die at sea as their boat capsize

    ESAT News (January 11, 2016) 133 illegal migrants being trafficked from Bosaso in Somalia have been confirmed dead after their boat capsized in the vicinity of Erigavo in Somaliland, Somaliland Sun reported on Sunday. 96 bodies, from the same vessel, were discovered ashore by locals on Friday having been washed in with the tide, Falay added. Dozens of Ethiopian and ...

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      Ethiopian government security forces detain several youth in Arba Minch, Southern Ethiopia

      ESAT News (January 11, 2016) News reaching ESAT from Arba Minch town, a key town in southern Ethiopia say government security forces were rounding up several number of the youth in the town for being suspected members and supporters of opposition political parties. Sources told ESAT that security forces have stripped and whipped Yosef Yishak and Endashaw Wondyifraw among others ...

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        Prominent Ethiopian scholar says protest by the people of Oromo legitimate, calls for support for armed struggle

        ESAT News (January 08, 2016) Prof. Getachew Haile, a prominent historian and human rights advocate, said   that the demand by Oromo students for economic and political rights was legitimate and need to be supported. Prof. Getachew said in an interview with ESAT that the expansion of cities have left farmers devoid of their land, which is their livelihood, making them ...

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          University students boycott food on Ethiopian Christmas as a show of solidarity with protesters in Oromia

          ESAT News (January 08, 2016) Students at the Addis Ababa University and a number of higher institutions of learning in Oromia region boycotted food yesterday, on the day of Ethiopian Christmas, to show their solidarity with protesters who are staging rallies for the second month in the Oromia region of Ethiopia against the repressive minority government. Higher learning institutions in ...

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            Human Rights Watch calls on Ethiopia to release unjustly detained opposition figures

            ESAT News (January 07, 2016) The Human Rights Watch called on the Ethiopian government on Thursday to release all political prisoners and stop the use of lethal force against protesters. It also demanded the regime to allow peaceful protest. “The Ethiopian government should release unjustly detained opposition figures including Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and ...

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              A Kenyan court sentenced 27 Ethiopian immigrants to prison

              ESAT News (January 06, 2016) A court in Kenya sentenced 27 Ethiopian immigrants and their traffickers to 9 months in prison or 15,000 Kenyan Shillings, according to the Star newspaper. The Ethiopians, whom Kenyan police say have entered the country illegally were on their way to South Africa in search of better economic opportunities. The court dropped charges to three ...

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                Technical talks over Renaissance dam kick-off in Addis Ababa

                ESAT News (January 06, 2016) A technical team from Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are holding talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa over the latter’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam, according to a report by Ahram online. The talks come after the three countries announced last Tuesday –following a week of discussions between top officials – that they came to an ...

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                  Death toll increases as security forces continue to unleash lethal force against protesters in Ethiopia

                  ESAT News (January 06,2016) The number of people killed by security forces in Ethiopia continue to rise as the regime’s forces killed a student at Wollega University and left his body in a ravine. The killing of Hora Benti, who hails from Illubabour, brings the death toll over 140, according to estimates by opposition political parties. The protest in the ...

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                    Ethiopia says 18 million people need immediate food assistance

                    ESAT News (January 05, 2016) Ethiopia said today that the number of people who need immediate food assistance has reached 18 million this month. Commissioner of the National Disaster Prevention Committee, Mitiku Kassa said at a press conference that 8 million of the people would have needed food aid regardless of the current drought. The United Nations meanwhile warned of ...

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