Kenya's Red Cross is giving aid to people fleeing the Ethiopian border town of Moyale amidst an ongoing military operation, according to its Twitter account. The Red Cross said 2,000 people have arrived in Kenya so far. It said family kits were immediately released including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, bar soaps, thermal blankets and jerrycans. That unrest, which spread to the neighbouring Amhara region and caused hundreds of deaths, pushed the government to declare a 10-month state of emergency in October 2016. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned last month saying he had done what he was able to do to solve the problem in the country.
March 13, 2018 13:10 UTC
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has so far received 2,000 Ethiopian asylum seekers in the northern border town of Moyale following their displacement in a shootout at the common frontier. The society said the asylum seekers began streaming in on Saturday night, most of whom were women and children. Ombati noted that security has been reinforced on the side of Kenya in Moyale town to deal with the arriving refugees. The fleeing civilians said a military unit had been deployed to Moyale to intercept anti-government elements belonging to the OLF. According to Daily Nation, the Ethiopian military mistakenly opened fire and killed civilians, which prompted the exodus from the Ethiopian side.
March 13, 2018 12:33 UTC
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March 13, 2018 12:16 UTC
Qeerroo – young Oromo activists – drove the mass strike that helped topple the prime minister of one of Africa’s most autocratic governmentsToday, Desalegn is a banker. Since then he has married and, like many of his generation in Ethiopia, mostly avoided politics. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Police fire teargas to disperse protesters during the Oromo festival of Irreecha, in Bishoftu, October 2016. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Bekele Gerba waves to his supporters after his release from prison in Adama, on 13 February. Some analysts fear further repression will push members of a still mostly peaceful political movement towards violence and extremism.
March 13, 2018 11:52 UTC
At least 38 die in Ethiopia when bus plunges into ravineDeadly traffic accidents are common in Ethiopia, where driving standards are poor and many vehicles badly maintained. ADDIS ABABA - At least 38 people, mostly students, were killed when a bus plunged into a ravine in Ethiopia’s mountainous north on Monday, police said. Ten people survived the crash that took place in the Amhara region, police commander Mohammed Ahmed said. “The majority of victims were students,” he told Amhara Mass Media Agency. Deadly traffic accidents are common in Ethiopia, where driving standards are poor and many vehicles badly maintained.
March 13, 2018 11:37 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, March 13 (Xinhua) -- A bus fell off a cliff leaving 38 people dead in Ethiopia's northern Amhara regional state, a regional bureau said on Tuesday. The accident occurred on Sunday in Legambo district, South Wollo zone of Amhara, involving a bus carrying 48 people that was travelling from Mekane Selam city to Dessie city, said a statement from Legambo district government communication affairs office. Ten other passengers who were injured are receiving treatment in nearby health stations. Despite Ethiopia having a low car ownership, deadly traffic accidents are common in the country with blames put on bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety rules. Traffic accidents during the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2016/17 that ended on July 8, 2017 led to the deaths of 4,500 people, according to Ethiopia Federal Transport Authority.
March 13, 2018 10:30 UTC
Ethiopia in Suspense as Ruling Party DeliberatesBy Guest WriterMarch 13, 2018 – The EPRDF Executive Committee is currently in meeting evaluating party performance of the last six months. In normal circumstances, electing one of OPDO members Prime Minister of Ethiopia wouldn’t have been a big issue. It is this background that put in doubt whether an OPDO member will be elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Should an OPDO member gets elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia against this backdrop, especially someone who is believed to have defied party rules, it will be revolutionary. So elevating him to Prime Minister of Ethiopia appears to be a less drastic step and entirely logical.
March 13, 2018 09:56 UTC
Nairobi: About 8,500 members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group fled to neighbouring Kenya after the military said it “mistakenly” killed nine civilians and injured 12 others in a market town that straddles their border. The ethnic Oromo refugees, mostly women and children, began arriving in northern Kenya on March 10, Halkano Halake, spokesman for the governor of Marsabit county, said by phone. Combined, they pose the largest challenge to Ethiopia’s ruling coalition since it took power a quarter-century ago. Five members of Ethiopia’s military including a commander have been “disarmed and kept in custody for investigation,” Hassen said. Ethiopian forces closed the border with Kenya on March 10 and Kenyan police are patrolling entry points along the border, Halake said.
March 13, 2018 09:33 UTC
But what are the real internal and external pressures that prompt the control-freak EPRDF regime to launch this political reform? It was clear from the face of the politicians at the time that they don’t like his nationalist (one Ethiopia) comment. Converting friends to TerroristsThe other challenge the EPRDF regime is still facing has come from the groups, which were part of the transitional government between 1993 -1995. Based in Eritrea, Patriotg7 has been launching gorilla attack and became another headache to the EPRDF regime. This bill has also been another headache for the EPRDF regime, which has been denying criticism of several human rights organizations for years.
March 13, 2018 09:33 UTC
Thirty-eight people were killed in northern Ethiopia on Monday when the bus carrying them veered off the road, state radio Fana reported on Tuesday. Lagambo, which is part of the Amhara regional state, is located some 482 km north of Addis Ababa. A total of 38 people (28 men and 10 women) were killed in the accident. The bus, carrying a total of 48 passengers, reportedly tumbled off a five meter cliff in the specific area called Genete Selam Ber, Kebele 07, in Legambo. It is not yet clear what caused the bus to derail off the cliff.
March 13, 2018 09:25 UTC
No fewer than nine civilians have been killed and 12 others injured by the Ethiopian army by mistake in Moyale town in Shoaber District. The Army explained that the incident happened on Saturday while enforcing the state of emergency. Critics say the sporadic anti-government protests were the consequences of the 2015 national election in which the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), declared 100 per cent parliament win, along with a few supporting parties. The EPRDF executive committee has started consultations to appoint its party chairman, who will replace Mr Hailemariam and become prime minister by default after being sworn-in in parliament. So far, there were no indications of when the consultations would be concluded and a new prime minister named.
March 13, 2018 04:30 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP):Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants demonstrated outside Israel's parliament yesterday, demanding the government fulfill a pledge to bring some 8,000 of their countrymen remaining in Ethiopia to Israel. Israel's government agreed in 2015 to bring the remaining Ethiopians to Israel, but it has not authorized funding for their move. Her family is one of hundreds that have been split between Israel and Ethiopia over what they say is an inconsistent immigration policy. Many accuse the state of discriminating against the Ethiopian minority and fear the 2019 budget will fall short. About 140,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel today, a small minority in a country of over 8 million.
March 13, 2018 04:07 UTC
Kenyan authorities are receiving Ethiopians fleeing violence back home after security forces killed nine people and wounded a dozen others in a mistaken anti-terrorism fight. Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) the lead government agency receiving the people said it had so far “received at least 20,000 Ethiopian asylum seekers in Moyale Town following their displacement from Ethiopia. The statement said asylum seekers had been streaming into Kenya since Saturday 10th March 2018 around 10 PM with the majority of them being women and children. According to KRCS, it had provided the Ethiopians with necessary family kits among others Tarpaulins, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, bar soaps, thermal blankets and jerrycans. “A medical unit of 12 people was further dispatched consisting of nurses, clinical officers, public health officers as well as water and sanitation hygiene officers.”Photos courtesy @KenyaRedCross
March 13, 2018 03:00 UTC
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) joins the International community to condemn the ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression rights in Ethiopia. AFEX calls on the government of Ethiopia to uphold freedom of expression rights of journalists, bloggers and ordinary citizens in the country. AFEX denounces the killing of protesters by security agents and calls on the authorities to ensure that citizens' lives and rights are protected at all times. This is the second time security agents have arrested Teshome within the last year. We call on the government to uphold freedom of expression and assembly rights of journalists and citizens as guaranteed by Ethiopia's national constitution.
March 12, 2018 19:07 UTC
JERUSALEM: Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants demonstrated outside Israel’s parliament on Monday, demanding the government fulfill a pledge to bring some 8,000 of their countrymen remaining in Ethiopia to Israel.Israel’s government agreed in 2015 to bring the remaining Ethiopians to Israel but it has not authorized funding for their move.Most of the stranded Ethiopians have close relatives in Israel. Although the families have Jewish roots, Israel doesn’t consider them Jewish, meaning they need government approval to immigrate.“I have two sisters in Ethiopia still waiting for 13 years... (Our) mother is crying day and night, let’s stop this pain,” Sefi Bililin said at the protest Monday.Her family is one of hundreds that have been split between Israel and Ethiopia over what they say is an inconsistent immigration policy. Many accuse the state of discriminating against the Ethiopian minority, and fear the 2019 budget will fall short.Alisa Bodner, spokeswoman for the protesters, said Tuesday the families have had enough and feel “their lives are worth just as much as any other lives here in Israel.”Israel clandestinely airlifted thousands of Ethiopian Jews from the country in the 1980s and 1990s, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the ancient community to the Jewish state and help them integrate.About 140,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel today, a small minority in a country of over 8 million. But their assimilation hasn’t been smooth, with many arriving without a modern education and then falling into unemployment and poverty.
March 12, 2018 18:11 UTC