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Ethiopia most-worsened fragile state: Index reveals

ESAT News (June 9, 2017) The annual Fragile States Index (FSI) compiled by the Fund for Peace revealed that Ethiopia has become the most-worsened fragile country over the past year owing to economic disparities, poor access to internet and communications as well as failing health infrastructure, among others. “Ethiopia’s overall Fragile States Index (FSI) score has been incrementally worsening over ...

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Ethiopia: Spread of cholera in the Amhara region affects hundreds

ESAT News (June 9, 2017) Over 250 people have reportedly fell victim to the cholera epidemic in 12 localities in the Amhara region, reports reaching ESAT reveal. The World Vision warned on Monday that cholera outbreak in the Horn of Africa is likely to worsen after recent rains, as 1,400 deaths have already been reported since January 2017. Cases of ...

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South Sudan convoy ambushed ‘leaving 14 dead’

ESAT News (June 9, 2017) Gunmen in South Sudan have ambushed a convoy travelling from Uganda to the capital, Juba, leaving 14 people dead including a number of soldiers. A military spokesperson has confirmed the numbers who were killed and added that nine others were wounded. He told the BBC that some of them are being treated in Juba. The ...

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Ethiopia: Ambo students say protest against regime will continue

ESAT News (June 8, 2017) Students and residents of Ambo who spoke to News 24 say they expect protest against the regime will continue. “It’s a fire under ashes,” a judge in a district near Ambo told News 24. He believes the lull in protests against the government is just temporary and could be reignited like a fire covered with ...

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Forty Ethiopian rounded up in Kenya for illegal entry

ESAT News (June 8, 2017) Kenyan media reported that forty Ethiopians were rounded up in a house in Kayole on Thursday for being in the country illegally. The Star reported that the Ethiopians aged between 10 and 25 , could not speak English or Kiswahili, but told police through a translator that they were headed for South Africa. According to ...

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Al-Shabab fighters storm military base in Somalia

ESAT News (June 8, 2017) Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has carried out a major assault on a military base in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the BBC reported on Thursday. Its fighters killed 61 government troops and seized 16 vehicles in the dawn raid, the group said. A Puntland government minister has denied the high death toll, ...

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Cholera outbreak claims lives of over 1400 children: aid agency

ESAT News (June 7, 2017) World Vision warned that cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhea outbreak in the Horn of Africa is likely to worsen after recent rains, as 1,400 deaths have already been reported since January 2017. “Recent rains could lead to spike in child cholera cases across Horn of Africa,” the aid agency warned on Monday. The report by ...

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UN Commissioner brings Ethiopian rights violations in spotlight

ESAT News (June 7, 2017) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said attack on dissenters and social media shutdowns by the Ethiopian regime is a “considerable concern.” “The recent sentencing of opposition leaders, apparently for expressing dissenting views, is of considerable concern to me, as are the periodic shutdowns of social media,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said addressing the ...

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Egypt negotiating with Ethiopia over mega dam’s impact

ESAT News (June 7, 2017) Egypt is currently negotiating with Ethiopia the period of time over which the latter’s hydroelectric dam’s reservoir should be filled after construction is completed, Al-Ahram online reported quoting Egyptian officials on Tuesday. “Egypt is still discussing with Ethiopia an initial report issued by two firms tasked with assessing the impact of the under-construction Grand Ethiopian ...

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Ethiopia: Drought victims face malnutrition as Ethiopia runs out of emergency food

ESAT News (June 6, 2017) The United Nations warns that malnutrition looms in drought affected communities as food pipeline is breaking. About 8 million people currently receiving food assistance face malnutrition as Ethiopia runs out of emergency food aid from July 2017, according Relief web, the information wing of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Malnutrition rates ...

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