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Ethiopia: A former MP says drought, mysterious epidemic claiming lives in Somali region  

  ESAT News (March 24, 2017) A former member of the Ethiopian parliament representing the Somali region says over 20 people have died in just two weeks in one district alone due to a mysterious epidemic, on top of the cholera and worsening effects of drought. Jamal Khalif told ESAT that 90% of the cattle have died due to the ...

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Rights group censures EU official over one-sided statement on Ethiopia

  ESAT News (March 24, 2017) The Human Rights Watch says it is disappointed by the one-sided statement by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs last week on Ethiopia. HRW says the statement by the Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, after meeting Ethiopia’s Prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn focused only on “the ...

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U.S. Congressman urges Sec. of State to review aid to Ethiopia

ESAT News (March 24, 2017) A U.S. congressman urges the Secretary State to review current aid program in Ethiopia in light of extrajudicial killings, arrest of journalists and dissents as well as the overall human rights violations perpetrated by the regime. Congressman Mike Coffman of the 6th district of Colorado wrote a letter to Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, ...

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Ethiopia: Three killed in Bahir Dar as authorities demolish houses  

  ESAT News (March 23, 2017) Security forces shot and killed two people who were among hundreds of people protesting against the demolition of their houses. A little girl has  also lost her life in the stampede. A pregnant woman was taken to the hospital after she was brutally beaten by security forces. About  2500 houses are slated for demolition ...

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Ethiopia: Political prisoner exposes horrific torture in prison

  ESAT News (March 23, 2017) A former political prisoner says TPLF investigators inflict unimaginable physical and psychological torture on prisoners including but not limited to damaging their reproductive organs and making them sterile for life. In an interview with the VOA Amharic service, Habtamu Ayalew, former spokesperson for the opposition Andinet Party said not only he had endured physical ...

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Gambella: Former president says indifference by regime encourages cross border raid

  ESAT News (March 22, 2017) The former president of the Gambella region says cross border raid by the Murle of South Sudan has continued unabated due to indifference by the Ethiopian regime that repeatedly fails to protect its citizens from foreign attacks. In an exclusive interview with ESAT, Omot Obang Olom said it has been a long held strategy ...

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Ethiopia: Capital hit by shortage of fuel, water  

  ESAT News (March 22, 2017) Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has been hit by a serious shortage fuel and water outages. Residents say they spent hours at taxicab stands and bus terminals while drivers were forced to stay the night at gas stations waiting for the next delivery of fuels. Authorities deny any shortage of fuel except saying that there ...

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Ethiopia: Group claims responsibility for attack against military targets

  ESAT News (March 22, 2017) Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group fighting the ruling TPLF regime, said its forces were behind the series of attacks in the last two weeks against government targets in northern Ethiopia. PG7 said in a statement it sent to ESAT that the attacks against police stations, army barracks and operatives of the regime in ...

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Seven killed in car bomb near Somali Palace

ESAT News (March 21, 2017) At least seven people are reportedly killed, and several wounded in a car bomb attack near the gate of Somalia’s Presidential Palace in Mogadishu on Tuesday afternoon. Shabelle News reported that the car bomb went off at a busy security checkpoint outside the National Theatre, next to the second gate of Villa Somalia. Seven people, ...

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Ethiopia: Political prisoners on hunger strike

  ESAT News (March 21, 2017) High profile political prisoners languishing at the notorious Qilinto prison refused food brought to them by family in protest against abuses they are subjected to at the hands of prison administrators. Bontu Bekele, daughter of Bekele Gerba, Vice Chair of the Oromo Federalist Congress, told the VOA Amharic service that her dad refused the ...

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