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Ethiopian Minister Visits the Displaced Amid Mounting Criticism of Neglect


March 15, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil visited internally displaced people in Gedeb district, Gedeo zone, in Southern Ethiopian region, amid mounting criticism of not doing enough to tackle the problem.

The minister told the displace people who are sheltered at the Gedeb stadium that the government will increase its efforts to find lasting solution for the problem.

Ethiopian News Agency estimates that there are more than 96,000 displaced people currently sheltered at the stadium.

The current Ethiopian government is being criticized for not giving the attention the grave

Khat, the Leaf Causing Liver Disease

Khat-liver-diseaseFebruary 20, 2019 ( - To many Ethiopians, life revolves around the ‘leaf.’ Chewing khat - commonly known as ‘Miraa’ in east and central Africa- is the norm. You’ll observe groups of men and in some cases women, laying papyrus grass on the floor of their homes, they burn frankincense and brew coffee, which they drink while chewing khat. They say frankincense sets the mood necessary for chewing khat.

But do you know that chewing khat causes liver disease?

A group of medical researchers is calling our attention to their findings, which established an association between liver disease in sub-Saharan Afri

The Incredible Strength and Determination of Emama Fishka

By Gosaye Feyissa

Emama-FishkaFebruary 8, 2019 ( - The courage someone builds in his heart at young age will not diminish with old age. Starting any kind of business would be a challenge for anyone, but particularly difficult for Ethiopian women. Despite the pressure from home, Ethiopian are always struggling to move out and engage in small business activities everywhere. For women, this also includes taking care of their children. This is particularly true of patriarchal society like Ethiopia that keeps women at home in subordinate positions, using religion and culture as an excuse.

But, in spite of these ordeals, many ambitious women have become succe

First Lady Zinash, PM Abiy Ahmed Adopt a child from Ethiopian Orphanage

First-couple-adopts-childFebruary 2, 2019 ( - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and First Lady Zinash Tayachew adopted a child named Million from Kibebe Tsehay Orphanage, according to press report.

The federal first instance court granted permission to the first couple for the adoption.

First Lady Zinash attended the court proceedings in person, and later said her family will provide the love and care the child needs. The first couple has three children of their own, all daughters.

According to the report, Meaza Ashenafi, President of the Supreme Court, sent a congratulatory message to First Lady Zinash and Prime Minister Dr Abiy.

Ethiopian Internally Displaced: A Crisis Forgotten

IDP-EthiopiaFebruary 1, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed has adopted new reforms that challenge the status quo; both economically and politically. They come at a time when ethnically motivated violence is intensifying across the country. The continuous cycle of violence presents a huge humanitarian challenge, not only for Ethiopia but to the rest of the world. The country needs to adopt strategies that lessen ethnic tensions and facilitate assistance to the IDPs.

The Displacement Predicament:

Presently, there are more than 3 million internally displaced persons in the country. Two-thirds have fled the violence, but the remainder were affected by the

Fourth Population Census of Ethiopia to be Conducted in April

Ethiopia-Population-Census-2019January 31, 2019 ( - The fourth population and housing census of Ethiopia will be conducted beginning from April 7, 2019, According to the National Planning Commission of Ethiopia.

“Preparations have been completed to carry out a transparent and credible census after two months,” Dr Fitsum Assefa, Commissioner of the National Planning Commission, told reporters today.

According to her, tablet, Global Positioning System (GPS), and other technologies will be used in the census.

General-Director of the Agency, Biratu Yigezu said the fourth census will be conducted using digital technol

Maternal Deaths Down by 70 Percent in Ethiopia

Ethiopia-maternity-death-riskJanuary 10, 2019 ( - Ethiopia has reduced the rate of maternal mortality by more than 70% according to a statement by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia.

The health officials cited the 1990 World Health Organization (WHO) report where the mortality rate for mothers was 1,250 in every 100,000, but now stands at 353 in every 100,000. A drop of about 70%.

In a research published in the Lancet covering the period from 1990 to 2013, it was reported the most causes of maternal deaths are complication arising from unsafe abortions (15%), obstructed labor (6%), hypertensive disorders during pregnancy (10%), postpart

Government Considering Salary Raise for Educators - PM Abiy Ahmed

Abiy-Ahmed-EducatorsJanuary 5, 2019 ( - The Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed disclosed his government is considering revising salaries and incentives for educators.

The premier disclosed this while meeting with 3,696 educators from across the country today.

During the discussion, he addressed several questions regarding creating a conducive education environment.

He said his government is committed to investing in education and restructuring of the Ministry of Education.

The Prime Minister stressed that educators have a responsibility to nurture critical thinking, so people can separate what is relevant and make informed

400,000 Displaced People Returned to Their Homes in Oromia

Oromia-displaced-resettledJanuary 3, 2019 ( - Ethiopia has returned more than 400,000 people displaced people to their respective places in Oromia, according to Oromia Disaster Risk Management Commission.

The people were displaced due to a series of conflicts along the border between Oromia and Somali regions states.

They were returned to their former homes in Moyale, Borena, Guji, Bale, East and West Hararghe bordering woredas and kebeles.

“Resettlement of the displaced took place as the security situation stabilized and peace prevailed in the border areas of the two regional states,” he added.

Ethiopia Revises Civil Organizations Law

Charities-law-EthiopiaJanuary 1, 2019 - The Ethiopian civil society organizations (CSOs) proclamation has been revised and sent to the Council of Ministers, according to the Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia.

The Federal Attorney General, Berhanu Tsegaye, said a new draft bill was presented to the House for approval and will come into effect once it is approved.

He did not disclose details of the new of law, but he said the draft law took into consideration constitutional and international conventions which focused on the right to organize, he said.

The Attorney General also disclosed that Ehiopia is amending the anti-t

Ethiopia in Peril, Say Conference Speakers at Mekelle University

Mekelle-University-conference-December-2018December 18, 2018 ( - A peace conference was held at Mekelle University this week, in Tigray regional state, northern Ethiopia.

The conference, dubbed “Amhara-Tigray” peace conference, was attended by representatives from different political parties, some known personalities, invited guests and people from Mekelle University.

In attendance were some of the leaders of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), including Getachew Reda and Alem Gebrewahed. Also in attendance were former leader and founder of the TPLF, Sebhat Nega, as well as former senior leader o

EU, Ethiopian Airlines to Start MBA Program in Addis Ababa

EU-Ethiopian-MBA-ProgramDecember 06, 2018 - The European Union (EU) and Ethiopian Airlines just announced that they will start an MBA program in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines will deliver the MBA program at the Ethiopian Aviation Academy in the capital, Addis Ababa, with financing from the EU. Below is the full press release received from Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, and European Union Delegation to Ethiopia signed a letter of intent to establish Ethio-European International Business School (EEIBS). The letter was signed by H.E. Ambassador Johan Borgstam,

Gender Equality in Ethiopia: Good Beginning, but Much Remains

By Staff Writer

Gender-Equality-EthiopiaDecember 3, 2018 ( – In Africa, gender equality has always been elusive. Women still play minor roles in all the major sectors of the economy and politics. However, it seems there is a new wave that is sweeping across Africa. A change is coming, and Ethiopia appears to be determined to be at the forefront of this transformation.

According to data from the United Nations, Ethiopia has always performed poorly when we look at its gender equality performance indicators. While there has been tremendous progress made in the Millennium development goals (MDGs), the country still lags behind in the sco

USAID Builds Three Health Centers in Amhara Regional State

USAID-health-clinics-EthiopiaNovember 1, 2018 - The United States USAID Built three health centers in Amhara regional state of Ethiopia, according to FBC report.

The three newly constructed health centers were handed over to the Amhara health bureau this week, according to the report.

The project was funded by U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) using U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), according to a statement sent by the US embassy.

PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and represents the largest commitment by any nation to address a single dise

Ethiopia to Celebrate Nationalities Day in December

Keria-Ibrahim-EthiopiaOctober 24, 2018 - Ethiopia will celebrate Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day on December 8, 2018 in Addis Ababa, according to ENA report.

At a press conference, the House of Federation Speaker Keria Ibrahim said the 13th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day will be celebrated with special emphasis on Ethiopian unity more than ever.

She said the event will help to further strengthen people-to-people relations. Plan is under way to create awareness on balancing ethnicity and Ethiopian identity. she added.

The 13th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day will emphasize on bringing attitudinal change that has been negle

Three Protesters Killed in Tigray Regional State

Tigray-3-killedOctober 22, 2018 - Three protesters were killed in Tigray regional state in a standoff between regional security forces and what the regional state called 'a group operating under the guise of identity politics,' according to the state’s public relations bureau and as reported by FBC.

The incident in question is believed to have happened in Alamata town, in Raya area, according to social media reports.

Earlier reports had disclosed at least six people were killed when Tigray region security forces opened fire on protesters. Several others were wounded and in a hospital, according to these reports. The disclosure by the state media

Ethiopian Religious Leaders Call for Tolerance

Ethiopian-New-Year-2011September 10, 2018 - In a new year greetings, Ethiopian religious leaders called on fellow Ethiopians for tolerance and to live up to their history of living together in harmony, and avoid any acts of hatred and evil deeds in the New Year.

The religious leaders extended their best wishes to all Ethiopians in the coming New Year. Ethiopia’s new year 2011 starts on tomorrow, Tuesday.

Abune Mathias, Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, said “new year celebration creates a positive attitude towards transformation and new goals in the new year,” according to FBC report.

Deputy President of the Et

Abune Merkorios Returns to Ethiopia After 27 Years in Exile

Abune-Merkorios-returnsAugust 1, 2018 - The 4th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Merkorios, returned to Ethiopia on Wednesday after spending 27 years in exile in the U.S.

Merkorios arrived in the capital Addis Ababa along with high-level Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that was visiting the U.S.

When the EPRDF came to power in Ethiopia, the former patriarch was forced to abandon his title and subsequently left the country. Several high level clergy members also left the country with him and established Synod in exile.

Following the reconciliation process ongoing in the country, the cu

Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Exiled Synod Agree to Unite

Abune-Mathias-EthiopiaJuly 25, 2018 - Following reconciliation talks between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the exiled synod that operated abroad for nearly three decades, the two sides have agreed to end their animosity and join to work together.

After the end of the Derg regime, top church officials left the country and founded foreign-based synod that has been operating independently of the main church in Ethiopia. As a result, Ethiopian in the diaspora have been served by two synods. Some followed the breakaway synod, others continued with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church serving the rest of the country.

According to sources the two sides ha

The Number of Ethiopian People Needing Aid Reaches 7.8 Million

Food-aid-needed-7.8MMarch 13, 2018 - Aid organizations working inside Ethiopia have disclosed that the number of people needing assistance has reached 7.8 million. This was announced today at the launching of the 2018 Ethiopian Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners.

The current numbers indicate an increase of 37 percent compared to the same period last year.

According to the report, the increase was due to the recent failure in rain mainly in southern and eastern parts of the country, as well as conflict-related displacement in the border areas of Oromia and Ethiopian Somali region


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