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Ethiopia: Drought risks developing into a humanitarian catastrophe, aid agency warns

ESAT News (June 2, 2017) Save the Children warned Friday that drought in Ethiopia could risk developing into a catastrophe if no immediate action is taken to avert the crisis. “The drought in southern Ethiopia has been going from bad to worse and risks developing into a humanitarian catastrophe if action is not taken immediately,” said John Graham, Country Director ...

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Ethiopia: Banking, businesses stalled due to Internet cut-off

ESAT News (June 2, 2017) Internet shutdown entered its fourth day Friday in Ethiopia with banks and businesses unable to function, negatively impacting the already struggling economy, an economy the regime and its allies like to call a miracle. Even the propaganda machines of the regime are not immune from the Internet cut-off. The online versions of all the major media ...

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Over 40 people ‘die of thirst’ in Sahara Desert, 30 others drown

ESAT News (June 1, 2017) Survivors say 44 people have died of thirst after their truck broke down in the Sahara Desert in northern Niger, the Red Cross has told the BBC. The six survivors, all women, walked to a remote village and are being looked after in Dirkou, Niger, Red Cross official Lawal Taher said. They say several children ...

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Ethiopian regime decline to give reasons for Internet shutdowns

ESAT News (June 1, 2017) Ethiopian regime authorities have yet to give official explanations to the nationwide shutdown of Internet services on Wednesday which continued in some areas on Thursday. The country’s deputy communication minister as well as the sole provider of telecom decline to give reasons. The country’s deputy communications minister, Zadig Abrha, confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that ...

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Ethiopia among bottom five in Global Peace Index 2017

ESAT News (June 1, 2017) Ethiopia is listed among the bottom five countries that have become less peaceful in the 2017 Global Peace Index released on Thursday. The report said the East African country ranked 134th out the 161 countries included in the study. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the index shows, “Ethiopia suffered the biggest decline, both in the region and ...

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Agencies warn food stock runs out leaving millions without food

ESAT News (May 31, 2017) Agencies warn that all available relief food stock will be depleted by the end of June, leaving at least 7.78 million people without food assistance post-June. Relief web, the information wing of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that given the deteriorating food security situation in the current drought belt, the ...

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Ethiopia: Internet shutdown to “prevent high school exam leaks”

ESAT News (May 31, 2017) Ethiopian authorities cut off the internet all across the nation due to what people close to regime officials said was to “prevent the leaking of a national high school examination.” Google Transparency Report also showed that the internet was down about 11:30 GMT Tuesday in Ethiopia. There were reports that some connection was back in ...

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Ethiopia: Convention recommends formation of national council to foster political change

ESAT News (may 30, 2017) An Ethiopian National Unity Convention held in Seattle over the weekend said in a resolution that a committee has been formed to work for the formation of a National Council that will make efforts to enhance the struggle for political change. The two day convention, which draws Ethiopians from different walks of life, says the ...

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Ethiopia: Civil society org’s urge UN Human Rights Commission to address pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia

ESAT News (May 30, 2017) Eleven international rights organizations wrote a letter to members and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council to address the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia. The civil society organisations said in a letter that they want the UNHRC “to draw its attention to persistent and grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia and ...

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Small plane crashes in Mogadishu

ESAT News (May 30, 2017) A small plane chartered by U.S. contracting firm Bancroft crashed at a Mogadishu airport on Tuesday morning, Xinhua, a chinese news agency, quoted witnesses as saying. A source at the Aden Adde International Airport said passengers who were aboard the plane survived but the incident caused flight disruptions at the airport, according to the report. ...

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