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Ethiopia: Search for bodies at landfill disaster could take months

  ESAT News (March 20, 2017) The search for dead bodies at the site of a landfill in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa could take months, emergency workers told Reuters news agency. Residents say at least 80 people are still missing after the landslide, according to the report. At least 117 bodies were dug out of the garbage, official figures show. ...

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Ethiopia: Officials accused of embezzling millions of dollars flee country

  ESAT News (March 20, 2017) Two government officials accused of embezzling millions of dollars have reportedly left the country, according to ESAT’s sources. Director of the Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency, Meskele Lera and his deputy Wondwossen Ayele  were accused of squandering close to 100 million dollars obtained from donor countries for the purchase and distribution of pharmaceuticals ...

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Ethiopia: Andargachew Tsige spends 1000th day in detention

  ESAT News (March 20, 2017) Ethiopia’s prisoner of conscience, Andargachew Tsige, has now spent 1000 days on Ethiopia’s death row, after the country’s security forces kidnapped and rendered him there in June 2014, Reprieve, an international human rights organization following his case said in a statement. An Ethiopian born British citizen, Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege, a vocal critic of Ethiopia’s ...

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Ethiopia: Hailemariam contradicts himself on food security

  ESAT News (March 17, 2017) Agricultural productivity has declined to 2.5 % from 7% due to the severe drought in the country but food security has been achieved, Hailemariam Desalegn said in a contradictory statement. Addressing the parliament on Thursday, the prime minister said the drought in some regions of the country has negatively impacted agricultural production. But he ...

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Ethiopia: Rights group says partial lifting of bans under martial law not enough

  ESAT News (March 17, 2017) The Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that now is the time for Ethiopia to give the UN Working Group access, and stop hiding its rights record from scrutiny. Senior researcher with the right group, Felix Horne, said although the regime announced this week that some of the restrictions of the state of emergency ...

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Ethiopian envoy in South Sudan in search of abducted children

ESAT News (March 17, 2017) South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that gunmen from the Murle tribe in Boma State had carried out an attack on Ethiopia’s Gambella region and fled along with dozens of children. An Ethiopian envoy was in Juba on Thursday to find the abducted children and discuss security issues along the common border between ...

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Ethiopia: Over five mln USD to help displaced people embezzled

  ESAT News (March 16, 2017) Over five mln USD that was allocated for the resettlement of people uprooted due to government projects was embezzled by officials and clan leaders. Presenting a six-month report to the House of People’s Representatives, Hailemariam Desalegn, the prime minister, said the money has been stolen by officials at various levels and clan leaders of ...

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Appellate court blocks a US citizen from suing Ethiopian regime over  hacking his computer

ESAT News (March 16, 2017) A US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday blocked an Ethiopian American from suing the Ethiopian government over hacking his computer and using spyware to monitor his activity. Early in February, lawyers for the plaintiff had presented their arguments at an appellate court in DC for their client to be ...

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Somali pirates release vessel without ransom

ESAT News (March 17, 2017 Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker have released it without condition, the BBC reported quoting officials. The announcement came hours after the pirates and naval forces exchanged gunfire over a boat believed to be carrying supplies to the hijackers, according to the report. The tanker, which was en route from Djibouti to the Somali ...

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Death toll reaches 113 in Ethiopia’s landfill disaster

  ESAT News (March 13, 2017)The death toll from a landfill landslide in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa reached 113, local media reported quoting city administration. Mayor of Addis Ababa, Diriba Kuma told reporters that 75 of the victims were women. Residents near the landfill who spoke to reporters however say the number is much higher than official estimates. The search ...

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