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Ethiopia: Army, police force to be deployed at Irreecha festival

ESAT News (September 29, 2017) The Federal Police Commission said the army and police force would be deployed at the Irreecha festival this coming Sunday despite earlier statements by the Aba Geda and authorities that said there would be no armed security at the site of the festival in Bishoftu. Police Commissioner, General Asefa Abiyou, told TPLF owned Fana Broadcasting ...

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Ethiopia: Flooding displaces 93,000 people

ESAT News (September 29, 2017) More than 93,000 people have reportedly been displaced by flooding in areas in Afar, Jima, South-East and South-West Shewa as well as in zones surrounding the capital Addis Ababa, according to a report by Centre for African Journalists (CAJ). The report said that over 18,600 households have also been affected by the extensive flooding. The ...

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Thousands more displaced in Eastern Ethiopia

ESAT News (September 28, 2017) Reports reaching ESAT from Eastern Ethiopia say about 10,000 Oromos displaced from Somaliland and the Ethiopian Somali Region were headed to Harar and Eastern Hararghe. It brings the total number of people displaced so far close to 80,000. Trucks loaded with the displaced have began arriving in Harar and Hamaresa today. Ethnic violence in Eastern ...

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Aba Geda bans gov’t officials at this year’s Irreecha

ESAT News (September 28, 2017) The Council of Aba Gedas, the cultural and religious leaders of the Oromos, has banned government officials from delivering speeches at this year’s Irreecha festival due to take place Sunday October 1, 2017, according to a report by the BBC Amharic. Hundreds were killed and injured at last year’s Irreecha, a festival to welcome the ...

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Eritrea says Ethiopia’s encroachment threat to security in Horn of Africa

ESAT News (September 28, 2017) Eritrea warned that Ethiopia’s continued occupation and encroachment on its territory is a threat to peace and security in the Horn of Africa. “Another impediment in front of Eritrea, indeed in front of the whole Horn of Africa region is the 15-year-old occupation of sovereign Eritrean territory by Ethiopia,” Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Osman ...

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Ethiopian regime says hundreds killed, thousands displaced in ethnic clashes

ESAT News (September 27, 2017) Ethiopian regime officials confirmed reports of the killing of hundreds of people in ethnic clashes in the Eastern parts of the country while close observers of the crises blame security forces of the regime for having a hand in the death and displacement of ethnic Oromos and Somalis. Spokesperson of the regime Negeri Lencho told ...

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Ethiopian, Eritrean Orthodox churches celebrate founding of True Cross

ESAT News (September 27, 2017) Ethiopian and Eritrean followers of the Orthodox Church today colorfully celebrated Meskel, the discovery of the True Cross. The celebration began on the eve Tuesday with the burning of bonfires, known as Demera, as the choir sang religious hymns praising the day, the cross and the creator. In Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa and Eritrea’s Asmara ...

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S. Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia fired over sexual harassment

ESAT News (September 27, 2017) The Foreign Ministry of South Korea relieved its top envoy to Ethiopia over sexual harassment allegations, Yonhap News Agency reported. “The government’s disciplinary board decided to relieve Ambassador Kim Moon-hwan in mid-September and notified the ministry of its decision on Tuesday,” the news agency quoted official sources as saying Kim is accused of making inappropriate ...

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Ethiopia: Road density, electricity concentrated in Tigray showing spatial inequalities in dev’t: World Bank study

ESAT News (September 27, 2017) Overarching policy solutions are needed to address spatial inequalities in development in Ethiopia, according to a study conducted by World Bank experts. In a three-part study document on spatial distribution and its implications for inclusive development in Ethiopia over the next five years, World Bank experts backed up their findings with data on development inequalities ...

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Ethiopian wins Right Livelihood Award

ESAT News (September 26, 2017) An Ethiopian, Yetnebersh Nigussie, has become one of the laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’ Yetnebersh Nigussie is recognised by the Jury “for her inspiring work promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities, allowing them to realise their full potential and changing mindsets in our ...

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