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  • 8Kg of Cocaine Seized at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

    By Staff Reporter

    Bole-International-AirportSeptember 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Customs Intelligence Team on Thursday announced the seizure of 8kg of cocaine which was on transit at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

    The Counter Narcotics Operations Unit of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission recently announced that more than 186 kilogram of cocaine, 9 kilogram heroine and 1104 kilogram cannabis were seized over the past one year, mostly trafficked through the Addis Ababa Bole International airport.

    According to the commission, 80 suspects from 17 countries are being charged with trafficking the stated volumes of drugs. Nigerians, Brazilians, Venezuelans and South Africans traffickers constitute the majority of the detainees.

    The 8kg of cocaine worth of 19 million Ethiopian Birr had been smuggled b

  • Addis Ababa Closes over 600 Businesses to Fight Inflation

    By Staff Reporter

    grain-addis-ababaSeptember 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Addis Ababa City Government’s Trade and Industry Bureau has shut down more than 609 businesses and warned 2000 others allegedly for contributing to soaring inflation in the capital city.

    In a briefing on Thursday, the head of city bureau, Engineer Emdaweq Abate, said shortage of basic goods, involvement of illegal brokers and businesses, as well as soaring contraband trade have caused galloping inflation in the metropolis.

    According to the bureau, the contraband trade is widely going on in Addis Ababa where fruits and vegetables are sold at the heart of the city from trucks by illegal traders.

    Emdaweq said the bureau has assessed the trading activities of some 5700 businesses in grain markers and vegetables markets and found out that almost half of them wer

  • UK Expresses Interest to Work with Ethiopian Airlines

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    Emma-Wade-SmithSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- UK’s trade commissioner for Africa Emma Wade-Smith expressed Britain’s desire to work with the Ethiopian Airlines in the aviation industry.

    The trade commissioner who arrived today in Addis Ababa for an official visit to Ethiopia made her remarks during discussion with Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

    UK’s Trade Commissioner for Africa emphasized about the need to collaborate with one of Africa’s prestigious Airlines in aviation expansion as well as management sector.

    Recalling Ethio-Britain long standing diplomatic ties, the commissioner stressed the need to explore Ethiopia’s potential based on mutual understandings.

    ‘Ethiopia will be UK’s main developmental partner; it is important for us to strengthen b

  • Demonstrators Denounce Government for Failing to Protect the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

    By Staff Reporter

    Demonstration-Ethiopian-Orthodox-ChurchSeptember 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) – In a sign of potentially explosive situation, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in several towns of Ethiopia this weekend to denounce what they say government’s failure to protect Ethiopian Orthodox Churches. Demonstrations took place in Gondar, Deberetabor, Dessie, Woreta, Estie, Mekaneeyesus and Nifas Mewicha towns in northern Ethiopia denouncing the Ethiopian government for doing nothing when churches are being attacked in various places.

    The demonstrators called on the government to protect the constitutional rights of the Ethiopian Orthodox Churches and defend followers from attacks by armed groups in different parts of the country.

    Sunday’s demonstrations were held without the knowledge and permis

  • Ethiopian Economic Reform Agenda Very Ambitious - UN Official

    By Staff Reporter

    Vera-Songwe-UNECASeptember 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said Ethiopia’s plan to grow from GDP per capita of 865 to 2219 is “very ambitious,” but doable, citing the success stories of China, Laos, and Vietnam.

    Vera Songwe was speaking while the government of Ethiopia unveiled on Monday what it described as a “Homegrown Economic Reform” agenda aimed to unlock the country’s development potential and address the macroeconomic imbalance the nation has faced for some time.

    However, Ms. Songwe cautioned that "Ethiopia currently has a $10 billion gap - $6 billion in new investments and $4 billion of annual debt reduction - that must be bridged in order to achieve its reform aspirations." 

  • UNHCR, AU, Rwanda to Begin Airlifting Stranded Migrants in Libya

    By Staff Reporter

    Migrants-in-LibyaSeptember 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Government of Rwanda, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to set up a mechanism for evacuating refugees and asylum seekers out of Libya.

    Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will provide protection to the refugees and others identified as particularly vulnerable and at-risk, who are currently being held in detention camps in Libya. They will be transferred to safety in Rwanda on a voluntary basis.

    “The parties signed an agreement on the establishment of the facility to be established for refugees who are stranded in Libya. The refugees and asylum-seekers will be airlifted out of Libya and brought to Rwanda and they will be processed for onward movement to third countries. Some may de

  • Non-Communicable Diseases Account for 52 Percent of Deaths in Ethiopia - Study

    By Staff Reporter

    WHO-EthiopiaSeptember 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) – Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs) are the cause of high causality in Ethiopia, accounting for 52 percent of annual deaths, a study has revealed.

    According to a study conducted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of five Ethiopians die prematurely, before the age of 70 years due to NDCs.

    The study estimates that NDCS are costing Ethiopia at least 31.3 billion birr or $1.1 billion per year, which is equivalent to 1.8 percent of the country’s GDP.

    The main causes NDCs are tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical in activity.

    Urgent action is needed against NDCs, otherwise called the silent killers, which are posing a threat to social development and economic progress in Ethiopia, sa

  • Africa, Latin America Lag Far Behind in Digital Economy - UNCTAD

    By Staff Reporter

    David-LukeSeptember 4, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Africa and Latin America are trailing considerably far behind in wealth creation through digital economy, the first-ever United Nations Digital Economy Report 2019 revealed on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.

    The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) report said Africa and Latin America together account for less than five percent of the world’s collocation data centers. If left unaddressed, this gap can exacerbate existing income inequalities between people living in these continents and the rest of the world, says the report.

    According to the report, digital wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few US and Chinese-based platforms.

    US and China account for 75 percent all patent related block chain technologies , 50 percent of the global spending on I

  • Ethiopia Launches First Ever Bamboo Development Strategy

    By Staff Reporter

    Bamboo-EthiopiaSeptember 3, 2019 (Ezega.com)-- Ethiopia has launched the first ever well-organized bamboo development and utilization strategy to exploit its bamboo resources, discloses an official and expert in the field.

    Ashebir Wondimu, Senior Forestry Expert and Bamboo Focal Person of the Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission told Ezega.com during a relevant meeting, the strategy aims to reduce poverty by creating job opportunities, ensuring green economic development and restoring degraded lands due to climate change.

    The International Bamboo and Rattan organization (INBAR) has been implementing a bamboo development program titled “Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Program” supported by the Dutch and Chinese governments in East Africa. Ethiopia is one of the beneficiaries of this pr

  • Ethiopia to Conduct Headcount of Endemic Wild Animals

    By Staff Reporter  

    Waliya-Ibex-EthiopiaAugust 30, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Wild life Conservation Authority will conduct headcount on the country’s endemic animals mainly the Waliya Ibex, Simien fox and the Gelada "baboon" as of next month, official of the authority said.

    The second round counting of the endemic animal is to catch on their population size and follow up their well-being, Abebaw Azanaw, head of the authority told reporters on Friday.

    The Waliya ibex is an endangered endemic animal in Ethiopian highlands. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Alpine ibex. Threats against the species include habitat loss, poaching, and restricted range. Only about 500 of this species survived in the mountains of Ethiopia, concentrated in Semien Mountains

    The Simien fox also known as Ethiopian wol

  • Building National Identity

    By Abel Merawi

    Ethiopia-UnitedSeptember 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Imagine how you would feel if you wake up one day and absolutely no one recognizes your existence. People pass you by without even glancing at your direction, as if you don’t exist. You try to speak to people, but people do not hear or respond to you. You become invisible to the world. You no longer have friends or family members for you to be part of society. Let us stretch the point in a realistic manner by assuming that you are visible but have no one with whom to identify yourself with. You have cut ties with your family, you have no friends, and you do not belong to any religious, ethnic, political or social group. The question is, when there is no one or nothing to associate your existence with, can you have an identity?

    The fear of being oblivion to others can play a dominant role

  • Irreecha Celebrations to be Held in Addis Ababa, First in Over 150 Years

    By Staff Reporter   

    Irreecha-CelebrationSeptember 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromia cultural and tourism bureau is preparing to celebrate Irrecha in Addis Ababa early next October. Head of the bureau Girma Hailu said the exercise is to restart the irrecha celebration in Finfine currently known as Addis Ababa city after about 150 years.

    Some politicians, however, claim that the move has to do with pushing the claim by the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) on the ownership of Addis Ababa city, which almost all other ethnic groups living in the city oppose.

    Irreechaa is the annual Oromo people Thanksgiving Day that is celebrated every year in Birraa near the river bank or water and tree. Irreechaa is celebrated every year in September in Bishoftu Hora Harsadii and other Oromia major cities.

    The place of the celebration has not

  • Ethiopia Rejects Egyptian Proposal on Filling of Renaissance Dam

    By Staff Reporter

    Dr-Seleshi-BekeleSeptember 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has rejected Egypt’s new proposal demanding to release 40 billion cubic meters of the Nile water annually to downstream countries.

    Egypt’s new proposal, which was forwarded during the recent tripartite talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt in Cairo, also requests Ethiopia to fill the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) more gradually, but not in less than seven years.

    Briefing journalists on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr Engineer Seleshi Bekele said Ethiopia rejected the proposal as it breached the previous agreement signed between the three countries in Khartoum on the fair utilization of the Nile waters.

    The proposal is against the transboundary law and best practices that gove

  • Interview with South Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    Ambassador-Lim-HoonminSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia and South Korea have experienced a very long and special relationship. The dispatch of Kagnew Battalion to South Korea during the Korean War is considered to be the beginning of a stronger link between Ethiopia and South Korea.

    To South Korean people, Ethiopia is more than just a friendly country. The historical support Ethiopia provided to the country showed Ethiopia's firm commitment to the strong ties with the Far East Asian nation.

    Based on this historical bond, the bilateral relationship between two countries has gradually developed into cooperation that now covers economic, social and cultural areas.

    In an exclusive interview with Ezega News, the 18th South Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to AU and UNECA, Mr.

  • IGAD Regional Center of Excellence for Cancer to Be Built in Addis Ababa

    By Staff Reporter

    IGAD-CancerSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- A regional center of excellence for cancer treatment and research which will serve IGAD member states is to be built in Addis Ababa with a projected cost of $500 million.

    The cornerstone for the construction of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence (IGAD RCCE) will be laid next January. The government of Ethiopia has already pledged to provide the land and the seed money for the construction of the comprehensive regional cancer center, said Dr Melaku Game, the lead program officer of IGAD cancer center.

    The burden and magnitude of the problem from cancer has reportedly increased as life expectancy increased in IGAD region that comprises of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda, experts said during mobiliza

  • Ethiopia Will Remain United - PM Abiy Ahmed

    By Staff Reporter

    Abiy-Ahmed-ShegerSeptember 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is optimistic that Ethiopia will remain united and will become prosperous in few decades.

    In an interview with Sheger Radio over the weekend, Abiy said the people of Ethiopia have no option but unity.

    He hopes Ethiopia will have more than 80 nations and nationalities after 15 years as many people from different walks of life begin to live and invest in the country.

    Abiy claimed Ethiopia is not that much ethnically diverse nation as compared to the US and UAE. He said with whatever diversity the country has, it will remain united.

    He said the obstacles did not stop the nation from its journey and the public along with the government will transform the nation into a higher level.

    “During the just ended Ethiopian year,

  • Organizing Committee Hints Postponement of Nationwide Demonstrations

    By Staff Reporter

    Abune-MathiasSeptember 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Nationwide demonstrations planned to take place next Sunday September 15, 2019 to protest mounting attacks against the followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church could be canceled, the organizing committee of the demonstrations has hinted.

    Ten associations under the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have been calling for demonstrations next Sunday across the country to protest mounting attacks against the church, including killings and burning of Ethiopian Orthodox churches.

    “Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have been slaughtered as thousands of others were forcefully displaced. Rule of law has not been respected, and several churches have been intentionally demolished. The government has been neglectful while all these were happening,” said Seifu Alemayehu, member of the

  • Adey Abeba and the Spirit of Change

    By Abel Merawi

    Adey-AbebaSeptember 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- I am going to deviate from the usual line of writing I follow and place my hand on the keyboard to describe the cheerful feeling shared by all during a New Year. It is a time of year that marks a transition, a metamorphosis of the soul. Even the gloomy ones whisper New Year resolutions when no one is watching. It is common to hear and see radio and TV programs talking about a brighter tomorrow, with people calling to announce a better version of themselves for the world to heed. Hope brings light to the dark alleys of our heart. And what better time could there be for hope than a New Year, a time when the cosmos flow in rhythm once again?

    As others who grew up in Ethiopia, New Year ignites various memories in all my senses. I can taste the “Doro Wot’ (chicken stew) with uniquely strong peppe

  • Ethiopian Mining Sector Registers Dismal Performance

    By Staff Reporter

    Mining-Revenue-EthiopiaSeptember 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Mineral exports which Ethiopia considers as one of its main foreign currency earners has registered a dismal performance this past budget year, which ended in July 2019, an Ethiopian official has said on Friday.

    The country earned only $50 million against projected earnings of $450 million in the stated period, according to the Public Relations Head of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

    Michael Mengesha, Public Relations Director at the Ministry said only 11.1 percent of the target amount was attained. He blamed contraband trade in the mining business as the main reason for the low performance.

    As part of their effort to rectify this huge mismatch, the director said the ministry had embarked upon deep institutional reform at all levels in order to maximi

  • Heroin Shipments from Afghanistan to Africa Rising - Report

    By Staff Reporter

    Heroin-shipment-AfricaSeptember 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The volume of heroin being shipped from Afghanistan along a network of maritime routes in east and southern Africa appears to have increased considerably, a report has revealed. In its 2019 report, a group called Enhancing Africa’s Response to Transnational Organized Crimes (ENACT) said Africa is experiencing the sharpest increase in illicit drug market. Heroin use and a spectrum of criminal networks and political elites in east and Southern Africa are substantially enmeshed in the trade.

    According to the report, most of the heroine is destined for western markets, but there is a spin-off trade for local consumption.

    “The increasing illegal drug use poses a formidable problem to governments both from law enforcement perspective and a public health standpoi

  • Mob Violence

    By Abel Merawi

    MobSeptember 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- A discussion on mob violence or aggression takes a different route than violence on an individual level. The later requires distinct case studies or psychoanalysis for each individual. However, mob violence requires an integration of psychological and sociological analysis. For a better understanding, it is important to raise some core questions regarding the mob: Can a mob be rational or is it mostly driven by emotion? Or is it a combination of the two? Can the individuals in the mob continue to act autonomously or do they succumb to a collective mentality guided by others to act like a machine on auto pilot? Does the one (the leader of the mob) continue to guide them, or do they form a collective meaning through a singular interpretation of the leader’s rationale, which may lead to a misunderstanding beyond the leader

  • No One Is Meddling With Electoral Board of Ethiopia - Birtukan Mideksa

    By Staff Reporter

    Birtukan-MideksaSeptember 4, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- No one is meddling with with the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), says board chair Birtukan Mideksa. Neither the government nor any party is meddling with the NEBE which she is in charge of, she stressed.

    Briefing journalists on Wednesday, Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa said “the board is working independently and I have not seen any interference from the government or any party over the issue of the board which I am in charge to lead.”

    “We are operating within the powers and responsibilities bestowed to the board which is to strive to conduct free and fair elections. We are working to ensure the political power of the country falls on the hands of the public,” Birtukan said.

    Chairperson Birtunak Mideksa is responding to public fear t

  • What Do Addis Ababa Beggars Say About the Draft Law?

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    Beggars-Addis-AbabaSeptember 2, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Begging is a common sight in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The moment you stop your car at a traffic red light, you will see a woman with a child in her arms running towards you, or a little boy banging your car window, or a handicapped man lying on side streets asking for changes.

    You will find many of these people around the junctions, traffic lights, taxi stops, in churches and mosques, and so many other popular places.

    At times you see people giving them a change or two out of humanity and social norms, or, more commonly, due to religious beliefs. At other times, you will see people shooing them away out of frustration.

    To many, begging is one of the most serious social issues in Addis Ababa. Despite Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth, it is stil

  • Ethiopian Political Parties Council Opposes New Electoral Law

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopia-electoral-lawAugust 31, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Council of Ethiopian Political Parties has opposed the recently approved electoral and political parties' proclamation. The council said the proclamation has not been participatory enough and deliberated well.

    In a meeting it held on Friday, the joint council of the political parties said the new electoral and political parties’ proclamation has made the political space tougher than it was even before.

    The new electoral and political parties' proclamation which was endorsed last Saturday requires political parties to secure 10,000 signatures to run for seats at the national level and 4000 signatures for regional offices.

    The Chairperson of the Ethiopian Political Parties Council, Mussa Adem, commented that the law draftin

  • Ethiopia Introduces New Economic Reform to Rectify Macroeconomic Imbalance

    By Staff Reporter

    Eyob-TekalegnAugust 30, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian government has introduced a home-grown economic reform as part of a solution to rectify the macroeconomic imbalance the nation has faced for some time.

    Officials from the Ministry of finance and cooperation have disclosed that the country has faced critical macro-economic imbalance which is being exhibited through record high debt burden, critical shortage of foreign currency and rising inflation.

    The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) claimed that the Ethiopian economy has been growing by double digits annually for about a decade now, a figure that has been doubted by independent scholars. Nevertheless, the government in Addis Ababa has been lauded for growing the country's GDP by around 10 per cent per year for the last decade.



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  • Ethiopia to Co-host Internet Freedom in Africa Forum

    By Staff Reporter

    Internet-Freedom-AfricaSeptember 20, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) will be hosted this year by the Collaboration on Internet Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) alongside the Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation and Technology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The forum will take place at the Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, from September 23-26, 2019.

    According to a press release by ministry, the partnership is part of the Ministry’s digital transformation effort and aims to engage stakeholders on strategies for harnessing the benefits of new technologies. “We are thrilled to collaborate in hosting the 6th FIFAfrica in the diplomatic capital of Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As a ministry we are working to ensure the country’s sustainable development through creating an ecosystem that harnesses innovation and transformation

  • Ethiopia, Norway Commit to Support Gender Empowerment

    By Staff Reporter

    Norway-EthiopiaSeptember 20, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia signed an agreement with The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation on Gender Equality for Development Program on September 18, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Acknowledging Gender Equality as fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, the two parties agreed to work together for strengthening the Ethiopian System towards gender equality and female empowerment.

    Taking such agreement as an important milestone, the two parties agreed that empowering young girls and boys to be able to make informed decisions for their lives would be essential to create a protective and enabling environment.

    Ethiopia is one of 12 focus countries for Norwegian Development Cooperation worldwide and a pilot country for Norway's global education assistance through the Norwegi

  • Horn African Region Seeing Increasing Number of Refugees - UN Official

    By Staff Reporter

    Refugees-EthiopiaSeptember 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The number of refugees in the horn of Africa is increasing currently, with over four million in the region and another eight million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) sheltered over several camps, mainly in Ethiopia and Uganda, said an official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

    “The IGAD region is host to four million refugees, 80 percent of whom are children. Refugee hosting areas are pressured by the influx of communities and strained by dwindling resources, said Clementine Nkweta Salami at the 2nd Ministerial Stocktaking Meeting held on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.

    While other regions are closing their borders and imposing restrictions on refugees and migrants, the Horn of African region has opened its borders and allowing in those who are running away from conflicts and other adverse situa

  • Addis Ababa Hosting 2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    AU-Addis-AbabaSeptember 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The 2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition kicks off yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    The congress is being held under the theme “Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing: Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in Africa.”

    The Congress which is organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the University of Nairobi, Stellenbosch University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology aims to address pertinent issues of postharvest loss reduction in the African context.

    In a welcoming remark, AUC’s Commissioner for rural economy and Agriculture, Ambassador Josefa Sacko said the congress is part of AUC’effort to institutionalize the agenda regarding Postharvest Loss Reduction and make it as one of the platforms of the African Union biennial mutua

  • IGAD to Take Stock of the Nairobi Declaration and Action Plan on Refugees and Returnees

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    IGADSeptember 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Two and a half years after the IGAD Special Summit on Durable Solutions for Refugees and Returnees, the second stocktaking meeting is to kick off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16th to 18th of September.

    The meeting is reported to deliberate on the progress made since the historic Summit in 2017 that came up with the Nairobi Declaration.

    The refugees’ situation in IGAD region presents an overbearing to the IGAD Member States and international community to urgently take action and share responsibility with hosting countries to respond comprehensively to the refugee crisis and of (re) integrating refugees and returnees into the host countries development plans and programs.

    The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants and its Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) adopted in September 2016, was the initial milestone for gl

  • IGAD Announces Readiness to Support Peace Between South Sudan Parties

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    South-Sudan-PeaceSeptember 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) welcomed the meeting of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the leader of SPLM/A-I.O., Dr. Riek Machar Teny, in Juba, South Sudan, as part of the effort to iron out issues related to transitional security arrangements and the number of states and boundaries.

    The remark was made after President Slava Kirr decided to have final face-to-face meeting with his longtime opponent and leader of SPLM/A-I.O, Dr.Riek Macher, on September 9 2019.

    The East African regional body, IGAD, has been pursuing peace negotiations to resolve the conflict in South Sudan. The regional body was successful in facilitating the September 12, 2018 peace agreement between the conflicting parties operating in the country.

    Despite obstacles, IGAD, through its special envoy to South Sudan Dr.Isma

  • African Union Celebrates the AU Day

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    African-UnionSeptember 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) – The African Union Commission celebrated the African Union Day (AU Day) today at its Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    The African Union Day which is held annually on the 9th of September commemorates the decision by African Heads of State and Government, to transition from the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to the African Union.

    The Sirte Declaration which paved the way for the establishment of African union has brought various amended or new agendas to be included in the system.

    With a main focus of solidifying the continent with common economic structure, AU Day reflects on the Union’s transformation and achievements in the continent.

    With common call for uniting the continent, African Union has also adopted continental agendas since the transformation of OAU to the African Union.

  • Action Against Hunger Staff Members Killed in Gambella, Ethiopia

    Action-Against-Hunger By Biruktayet Bihon

    September 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Action Against Hunger has confirmed that two of their staff members were killed in the Gambella region of Ethiopia early Friday morning.

    Team members were in transit from the organization's 24-hour pediatric Nutrition Stabilization Center in Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp when they were ambushed by armed individuals.

    Two employees were killed at the scene. Action Against Hunger has suspended full operations in Gambella, but is maintaining the provision of life-saving assistance. "We are coordinating with the authorities who are investigating this attack," said Action Against Hunger in a press release.

    The organization added "Every day, humanitarian workers around the world risk their lives as they provide life-saving assistance to civilians. Our thoughts are with the families of our deceased co



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