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  • At Least 89 People Killed in Targeted Attacks in Western of Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    Benishangul-GumuzSeptember 18, 2020 ( -- At least 89 ethnic Amhara, Agew and Shinasha people were killed in targeted attacks in Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia.

    Eyewitnesses told that the civilians were killed by ethnic Gumuz militia in arranged attacks starting from September 4, 2020.

    “The attacks were carried out in three localities of the Bulen district, Metekel Zone, by a militia composed of ethnic Gumuz which comprise about 34 percent of the population in Bulen,” the eyewitnesses said.

    The militias seized the victims from their homes during the night in three localities namely Eipare, Koshe Gonjie and Moji and took them to Eipare primary school. The militias handcuffed the victims, took them one by one to a shed they built nearby, and then shot them execution-style. Some were

  • Hope as an Affirmation of Life

    By Abel Merawi

    Hope-Affirmation-LifeSeptember 14, 2020 ( -- Human beings occupy the same physical space and time in this world. However, the defining description of the world is numerous. These differences in understanding the same world have less to do with intellect and more with perspective. Even if you ask intellects from the same field of study, you may get a strikingly different definition. The same is true of the uneducated, politicians, religious people, artists, and even the children. Sometimes, the difference is so wide that it makes you wonder whether they are defining the same planet or not.

    I contend that we perceive and understand the world based on the past and future in the context of the present. Hope occupies an integral part of this process. When our experience and present condition is filled with adversities, we often imagine a bleak fut

  • TPLF Gets 98.2 Percent of Tigray Vote

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-gets-98.2-voteSeptember 12, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said it won the elections in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in a landslide victory, securing 98.2 percent of the vote. The TPLF has ruled Tigray for more than 30 years, often with 100 percent of parliamentary seats in the region.

    Four small and new political parties competed during the elections, namely, Baytona, Salsay Weyane Tigray, Tigray Independence Party, and Asimba Democratic Party took part in the controversial elections which the federal government referred it to as “illegal.”

    The region’s election commissioner Muluwork Kidanemariam on Friday said TPLF secured 152 seats out of 190 seats in the regional council while competing political parties shared the remaining 38 seats.


  • Tigray Region Conducts Elections Defying Federal Government

    By Staff Reporter

    Tigray-Region-electionSeptember 9, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia's Tigray region on Wednesday conducted regional elections in defiance of resolutions by the House of Federation who called the vote “unconstitutional.”

    Muluwork Kidanemariam, a regional election commissioner, told local media the turnout was 98 percent -- out of more than 2.6 million registered voters.

    Voters queued up before dawn at polling stations and there were long lines at voting centers with strict safety measures against coronavirus infections, has learned.

    "Now we have to count the whole night so we can have the preliminary results by tomorrow," Muluwork was quoted as saying.

    Ethiopia was supposed to hold national elections in August, but the House of People Representative po

  • Government Blocks At Least Ten Journalists from Covering Tigray Elections

    By Staff Reporter

    Tigray-ElectionsSeptember 7, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian federal government banned at least ten journalists from covering the controversial elections in the Tigray region by preventing them from flying to the region’s capital.

    Members of the security force barred the journalists at Addis Ababa International airport from flying to Mekele city and confiscated their ID, laptops, and video and photo cameras, learned on Monday.

    The Ethiopian House of Federation on Saturday declared the planned election in the Tigray regional state and its subsequent results as “null and void.”

    According to the house’s resolution, the region’s election scheduled to take place on Wednesday will be considered as if they are not conducted, unjustified and invalid based on Ar

  • TPLF Accused of Engaging in Forced Assimilation of Raya People

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-Amhara-disputeSeptember 4, 2020 ( -- Raya Rayuma Democratic Party accused the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) of engaging in forced assimilation and causing an identity crisis against the people of Raya in a move to strengthen regional autonomy.

    The party has called on the federal government to deploy a national defense force in southern Tigray to defend the rights of those people who resisted partaking in Tigray’s controversial election.

    The federal government did not respond yet amid growing complaints about the identity of people in Raya and Walqaite Tegede in southern and western Tigray who claimed to belong to the Amhara region.

    “TPLF cadres are going door to door and insisting the people of Raya to acquire new IDs as Tigrayan nationals and participate in

  • Flood Displaces over 92,000 People in Ethiopia's Afar, Oromia Regions

    By Staff Reporter

    Awash-River-FloodSeptember 2, 2020 ( -- More than 92,000 people in Ethiopia's Afar and Oromia regional states have been displaced by floods as the Awash River flows out of its riverbank due to heavy rains.

    Head of the Afar Region’s Disaster and Risk Management Commission Mahi Ali told local media that 14 districts in the region are hit by the flood as the river runs out of its scheme.

    According to the head, the flood has affected at least 120,000 people and displaced more than 72,000 of them.

    The head, however, affirmed that human fatalities did not occur as a result of the ongoing flood, which was exacerbated by the torrential rains in the rivers’ tributary areas.

    The Awash River is among the biggest rivers in Ethiopia whose course is entirely contained within the boundaries of Et

  • Former City Mayor Rubbishes Land Grabbing, Illegal Transfer of Condos

    By Staff Reporter

    Addis-Ababa-City-Land-GrabSeptember 1, 2020 ( -- Former Deputy Mayor Addis Ababa city Takele Uma rubbished reports that the city government allowed land grabbing and transferred condominium houses illegally.

    Takele described the report by Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (ECSJ) as “fake” which is aimed at gaining political profit and demolishing the nation.

    In a report on Monday ECSJ revealed that more than 213,000 square meters of land have been illegally appropriated in the form of land grabbing across five sub-cities of the capital Addis Ababa.

    “We have been fighting the land grabbing activity in the city and taking harsh measures since the first day we assumed office,” Takele said

    “Those groups, who criticized us, had been accusing the city administration of

  • More Than 2.6 Million Voters Registered: Tigray Election Commission

    By Staff Reporter

    Tigray-Region-CouncilAugust 28, 2020 ( -- More than 2.6 million people have been registered as eligible voters to take part in the upcoming election scheduled to take place on September 9, 2020, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the region’s election commission has announced.

    The number of people registered for the election is reported as the highest ever, said Muluwork Kidanenariam, Tigray Election Commissioner.

    The commission concluded voters’ registration effective on Thursday but according to the commissioner those voters, who could not make it for the last five days, can get registered over the coming weekend.

    The federal government in March this year postponed parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for August due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.


  • Pro-Jawar Mohammed Protests Hit Multiple Oromia Towns

    By Staff Reporter

    Jawar-MohammedAugust 19, 2020 ( -- Multiple Oromia towns of Ethiopia saw disturbances on Tuesday as police clashed with protesters who were demanding for the release of an activist turned politician Jawar Mohammed.

    Dozens of people were killed and several others wounded amid the clashes as a number of shootings took place in a still deeply divided Oromia region.

    Getachew Balcha in a briefing said the region’s security forces managed to foil the planned violence on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, in Oromia’s Arsi and Harargae zones which are believed to be Jawar’s stronghold.  

    The protests came after Jawar Mohammed who is a prime suspect of July’s violence announced his illness during a court hearing and demanded a personal doctor treat him. The Federal First Insta

  • Military Dismisses Reports of Delayed Response to Killings in Benishangul Gumuz

    By Staff Reporter

    Major-General-Mohammed-TessemaSeptember 18, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian National Defense Force has dismissed reports that it deployed troops too late to stop targeted killings in the Metekel zone of Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz regional state.

    Major General Mohammed Tessema on Thursday said members of the national defense forces had to travel more than 100 kilometer by car and another about 55 kilometer on foot to arrive at the areas where armed men execute several people in the Benishangul Gumuz region.

    “After the regional government made a helping call, troops of the national defense force who were discharging responsibilities in another front were shifted to Metekel zone and managed to control the attack and stabilize the areas immediately,” Mohammed said  

    He said the att

  • Hundreds of Thousands Rally in Solidarity with TPLF

    By Staff Reporter

    Tigray-RallySeptember 16, 2020 ( -- Hundreds of thousands of people rallied on the streets of Mekele city, capital of Tigray region of northern Ethiopia in solidarity with the recent elections and the governing party of the region.

    Similar demonstrations were held in Wuqiro, Alamata, Shire, Humera and other towns of the region in a show of support for the ruling the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) which won the region’s recent elections against infant political parties.

    TPLF won last week’s election in landslide victory securing 98.2 percent of total votes and 189 seats out of 190 seats of the regional parliament. The federal government referred to the election as “illegal.”

    Addressing the demonstrators on the premises of Mekele martyrs center, TPLF chairperson Debretsion Gebremicha

  • Dawud Ibsa Dismissed as Chairperson of OLF

    By Staff Reporter

    Dawud-Ibsa-DismissedSeptember 14, 2020 ( -- The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has dismissed Dawud Ibsa as chairperson of the front for alleged involvement in armed struggle and for making repeated attempts to split up the front’s unity.

    The chairperson’s dismissal aims to rescue the party from a breakup, Public Relations Head of the front Kejela Merdassa told local media.

    The front’s executive committee in a statement issued on Sunday stated several disciplinary offenses that Dawud Ibsa has committed while serving as chairperson of the front.

    The executive committee accused the chairperson of forming opposing forces within the front and threatening the unity of the party for the fourth time and that has dragged the party's move towards peaceful political struggle.

  • Free but in Chain, Part IV: Personal Bondage

    By Abel Merawi

    Free but in Chain, Part IV: Personal BondageSeptember 10, 2020 ( -- Sounds and images are streaming from the screen in front of you. You are not watching anything in particular; you are just watching TV! You keep flicking the remote control, glued to your hand, and appearing to be part of it. Your other hand scrolls through social media on your ‘smart’ phone, operating with the same objective like the other. The sole purpose is filling the void of silence and killing time. The dreaded silence is unbearable since it represents life – the real world. Time no longer represents life; it rather is a prison sentence that ends with each day. You crave the media for entertainment, but not for content. Your friends too serve the same purpose of detaching you from reality. It is not intimate companionship that you seek in friendship. You

  • Ethiopian Upper House Declares Tigray Election as “Null and Void”

    By Staff Reporter

    House-Federaion-EthiopiaSeptember 7, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian House of Federation on Saturday declared the planned election in the Tigray regional state and its subsequent results as “null and void.

    The upper house’s decision came after it deliberated on the resolution proposed to it by the Constitutional Interpretations and Identity Affairs Standing committee of the house.

    In its extraordinary meeting, the house said the decisions passed by the regional government to hold separate polls and the establishment of an election commission referring to article 351/2012 of the constitution violates the country’s constitution.   

    Accordingly, the house decided that based on Article 9(1) of the constitution, the planned elections in the Tigray region will be co

  • Any Attempt to Stop Tigray Elections Tantamount to Declaration of War: TPLF

    By Staff Reporter

    Tigray-electionsSeptember 4, 2020 ( -- The Tigray regional government said any decision the House of Federation (HoF) would pass in connection to the Tigray region’s elections is tantamount to declaring war.

    The warning comes a day before the House of Federation is to hold an extraordinary meeting on undisclosed discussion agendas.

    Officials of HoF on Thursday confirmed the Identity and Geographic Restoration of Raya and Wolkait-Tegede committees and Raya Rayuma political party that the house would dwell Tigray’s election and related matters in e

    The Tigray council in a letter sent to HoF said MPs representing the Tigray region in HoF would not attend the extraordinary meeting unless otherwise the discussion points are disclosed.

    The discussion agendas were supposed to re

  • Free but in Chain. Part III: Economic Bondage

    By Abel Merawi

    Economic-BondageSeptember 2, 2020 ( -- When the people cry for economic relief, the leaders speak of ethnic solutions. When despairing farmers require modern technological solutions, the leaders disguise it in racial inequality. The youth demand employment while leaders preach of regional separatisms. Without identifying the root of economic problems, we cannot begin to solve it. The individual, who is born free, faces the difficulty of even properly identifying and formulating one’s demands. It goes without elaborate discourse that individual freedom is an illusion without economic freedom. Let us be bold enough to admit that Ethiopians have economic agendas but certainly not ethnic or racial agendas. However, the incessant false doctrine of leading and opposing ‘politicians’ attempts to create it.

    Freedom comes

  • At Least 12 People Killed in Ethnic Attacks in Southern Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    SNNPR-EthiopiaSeptember 1, 2020 ( -- At least 12 people were killed and 10 others wounded in ethnic-based clashes over forest ownership rights in Ale special district in South Nations Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia, an official has said.

    “Gunmen killed 12 persons and wounded several others in pre-arranged attacks in Gerama and Guroze localities in Ale district,” Government Communication Affairs Head of the district Sawra Gebeyehu told local media.

    This is the second time that clashes broke out between ethnic Konso and Ale communities over land ownership right in the district.

    “There has been major property damage, mainly the burning of several houses and a religious institution in the area,” said Sawra who blamed the regional government for failing to resolve the conflict in the

  • Huge Tracts of Land Illegally Taken in Addis Ababa: Opposition Party

    By Staff Reporter

    Takele-Uma-former-Addis-Ababa-MayorAugust 31, 2020 ( -- The Addis Ababa City Administration has faced allegations that it permitted land grabbing and illegally transferred condominium houses in a politically motivated decision.

    In a briefing on Monday, Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (ECSJ) said thousands of square meters of land have been taken illegally over the past months.

    Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (ECSJ) said the land grabbing and illegal transfer of the condominiums have reached a “critical level” based on a study it conducted on the matter.

    “Key places, roads, and public areas have been fenced illegally in five sub-cities of the metropolis with officials in the Oromia region were the major actors in the land grabbing,” it said in a r

  • Court Finds 5 Guilty of Plot to Kill PM Abiy Ahmed

    By Staff Reporter

    Meskel-square-bomb-blastAugust 28, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian High Court on Friday passed a guilty verdict on five defendants who were charged for attempted assassination against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a rally held in support of the premier’s sweeping reforms.

    A bomb that was thrown at the stage while Abiy waved to the crowd of tens of thousands in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square on June 23, 2018, killed two people and wounded more than 163 others.

    Accordingly, the court passed a guilty verdict on the defendants namely Getu Girma, Berhanu Jafar, Tilahun Getachew, Bahiru Tolla, and Desalegn Tesfaye for trying to kill the premier in the grenade attack.

    The prosecutor accused the defendants except for the fifth defendant Desalegn Tesfaye based on the Ethiopian crimina

  • Thousands of Ethnic Amharas Flee from Tigray Region over Identity Matters

    By Staff Reporter

    wolkiteAugust 28, 2020 ( -- Thousands of ethnic Amhara people have fled their homes in Wolkait-Tegede area from Tigray region to Amhara region due to clashes with security forces over matters of identity.

    Identity and Geographic Restoration of Wolkait-Tegede committee said the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) has detained at least 300 ethnic Amhara people who refused to register for a controversial regional election.

    Speaking to local media, chairperson of the committee Colonel Demeke Zewedu accused Addis Ababa and Amhara region of failing to intervene and stop the human rights violations against the people.

    He said TPLF has forced the Amhara people in Wolkait-Tegede to alter their identity as Tigryans or leave the area. “The TPLF is also recruiting the young people of Amhara as soldiers by force,” D

  • Free but in Chain. Part II: Social Bondage

    By Abel Merawi

    Omo-Valley-EthiopiaAugust 19, 2020 ( -- Our identity seems to be forever entwined with the society we join during the lottery of birth. We are nurtured by parents who are also a part of society. From this coincidence, we drive the definition of our identity with reference to race, culture, ancestral history, religion, and holistic societal values. The freedom we are born with quickly fades away as we get dressed and suffocated in layers of the aforementioned identities. In this manner, we play no role in the facts that surround our birth and must live out the rest of their lives displaying and even defending this identity. Years of educational indoctrination only tighten the social bondage because it is fashioned to uphold the social values by adjusting young minds to existing reality. This endless cycle continues from one generation to

  • Lemma Megerssa Dismissed as Ethiopian Defence Minister

    By Staff Reporter

    Team-LemmaAugust 18, 2020 ( -- In an extraordinary move, PM Abiy Ahmed has dismissed Lemma Megerssa as Ethiopian Minister of Defence for undisclosed reasons.

    Prime Minister Office on Tuesday in a Facebook post said Dr. Kene’a Yadeta replaced Lemma Megersa as Defense Minister. Lemma Megersa was a key ally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from day one to the extent that many called the duo 'Team Lemma' to show the elder leader status of Lemma Megersa.

    The cascading turn of events against Lemma Megersa started several months ago when he opposed Abiy 's move to form the Prosperity Party (PP).

    Lemma Megerssa was dismissed as a member of the central committee of the Oromia branch of the ruling party for alleged failure to meet the party’s discipline and long absence from work.

    The office al

  • Amnesty International Demands the Demobilization of Special Forces in Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    special-forces-oromiaAugust 18, 2020 ( -- Amnesty International has asked the government of Ethiopia to demobilize the Liyu (Special) force which is accused of violating human rights of citizens in violent hit areas of the country. Amnesty International

    The first Liyu police unity was established in 2004 by the Ethiopian Somali government in a counter-attack to the then insurgent of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

    Amnesty International's demand comes following the killing of at least 16 people in the Wolaita Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) by the Liyu force.

    “There is never a justification for the use of lethal force when it is not to protect lives. This unnecessary force has claimed so many lives in recent days, including proteste

  • Violent Oromia Groups Threatening Locals Warns Ethiopian Human Rights

    By Staff Reporter

    Violent-Oromia-GroupsAugust 16, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said violent groups in Oromia of Ethiopia are threatening for another round of massacre and killings in several towns.

    In a report issued on Friday, the commission said its investigative teams have found looming warnings against the lives of survivors and destruction of their properties in violence-hit Oromia towns.

    According to the commission’s report, survivors are warned to leave their living areas as soon as possible or face death.

    Facing considerable pressure, many non-Oromo ethnic groups have already left the regional state in the last two years or so, often without the protection from regional security bodies. Unique to Oromia, local security agencies in the state are often criticized for failing to protect the

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  • Ethiopia Introduces Birr 200, Replaces 10, 50, 100 Currency Notes

    By Staff Reporter  

    New-Bank-Notes-EthiopiaSeptember 14, 2020 ( -- In a dramatic move, the government of Ethiopia has introduced the first 200 Birr note and replaced Birr 10, 50, and 100 notes with new ones.

    Governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia Yinager Dessie said the introduction of the new banknotes aims to fight corruption, counterfeiting, and money laundering.

    The new banknotes have unique security features and designs and the new 200, 100, 50, and 10 banknotes feature peace, history, economy, and unity respectively.

    The existing birr 5 note will remain unchanged for some time until it is replaced by a coin in the near future.

    “The majority of our people transact in cash and so a huge amount of money circulates out of banks. The situation created a fertile ground for financing illegal activities including escalating contraband trade and c

  • Amnesty International Apologizes for Posting Erroneous Report

    By Staff Reporter

    Amnesty-International-EthiopiaAugust 18, 2020 ( -- Amnesty International has apologized to Ethiopia for posting erroneous media report about the country, as reported on its Twitter page.

    “Our communication team recognizes the negative impact of our recent media output and apologizes for posting it in error,” it said.

    Last June, Ethiopia dismissed Amnesty’s May 2020 report regarding human rights violations in Amhara and Oromia regional states as fundamentally flawed.

    Amnesty International had accused the Ethiopian government of committing “grave violations between December 2018 and December 2019 in some parts of Amhara and Oromia regions".

    The government had called on the organization to review its report which it dismissed as “lacking impartiality”.

    Yet the Attor

  • Foggy Weather in Addis Ababa Diverts Incoming Flights to Nearby Airports

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-Airlines-FogAugust 4, 2020 ( -- Foggy weather in the Ethiopian capital disrupted air traffic as several flights coming to Addis Ababa Bole international airport were forced to divert to nearby airports, the Ethiopian airlines said in a statement.

    Fog enveloped the central capital and its adjoining areas in the morning and the situation deteriorated in the afternoon.

    According to the airline, the cloudy weather and fog had reduced visibility at the runway of the airport at noon, forcing authorities to reschedule flights leaving the capital.

    The foggy weather condition has disrupted several scheduled flights until late on Tuesday but the airline did not mention the number of flights interrupted.

    It also did not specify where the incoming flights are landing in other airports of the country.

    Meanwhile, Police told the federa

  • Ethiopia Announces Completion of 1st Phase GERD Filling

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-first-filling-completedJuly 22, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Office on Wednesday announced the completion of the first phase water filling activity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD).

    The office said there has been adequate rainfall and running water from the highlands of Ethiopia and the Abay (Nile) river has begun overflowing the dam.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has sent congratulatory messages to the Ethiopian public and extended gratitude to former Prime Ministers, engineers, workers, water experts, negotiators, and others who have had roles for such a success.

    Accordingly, the dam has contained 4.9 billion cubic meters of water and will begin generating power next September with two turbines.

    He said the dam will be fully completed over the coming three years if joint efforts are exerted and

  • Ethiopia Begins Filling Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-FillingJuly 16, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has begun filling the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the country’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Sileshi Bekele has confirmed.

    “The dam filling is now underway in conformity with the normal process of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam,” Dr. Sileshi told local media.

    The Minister’s confirmation comes after the African Union (AU) led negotiation between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt over the filling and operation of the GERD ended without agreement.

    The three countries negotiated virtually on the first filling and annual operations of the dam for the last couple of weeks as led by the Bureau of the African Union Assembly but ended without an agreement.

    According to a press release issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, I

  • Four Arab League Member States Reject Egypt’s Position on GERD

    By Staff Reporter

    4-Arab-League-members-GERDJune 24, 2020 ( -- Djibouti, Somalia, and the State of Qatar have defied Arab League’s resolution requiring Ethiopia to delay the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) until a comprehensive deal is reached with Egypt.

    The refusal by the three-member states of the Arab League comes after the UN urged Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to "work together" to resolve differences on the GERD project that Ethiopia is undertaking on the Nile.

    The three countries refused to follow the Arab League Resolution that supports Egypt stance’s on GERD during the league’s urgent meeting on issues related to the GERD and the standoff between Libya and Egypt.

    The resolution submitted by Egypt and approved by Arab foreign ministers was passed on Tuesday in a virtual conference requested by Cairo.

    The League&#

  • Ethiopia Accuses Egypt of Conducting Cyber Attacks on Key Institutions

    By Staff Reporter

    Egypt-cyberattack-EthiopiaJune 24, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has accused Egypt of conducting state-backed cyberattacks against its key institutions in an attempt to disrupt economic and political activities.

    The Ethiopian Intelligence office said Egypt based hackers namely Cyber Hopes Group, Anubis Hacker, and Security bypass conducted a coordinated attack to disrupt critical infrastructure activities including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

    The Information Networks Security Agency (INSA) in a statement said it foiled all the attempted attacks particularly those which were conducted on June 17, 19, 20, and 21, 2020 by Egypt backed hackers.

    The attackers were believed to have been working on behalf of the Egyptian government, an indictment the Ethiopian government has made for the first time against the North African nation.

    INSA claimed the c

  • Ethiopians Will Die Defending GERD Project: Deputy Army Chief

    By Staff Reporter

    Berhanu-JulaJune 12, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Deputy Army Chief Lieutenant General Berhanu Jula said the people Ethiopia will not fear to die and defend their sovereignty over the hydropower dam project.

    In an interview with the state-run Addis Zemen newspaper the deputy chief of staff said “Egyptians and the rest of the world know very well how Ethiopians manage and win war whenever it happens,”

    The army chief accused Egyptian authorities of holding distorted views and threatening Ethiopia and others who want to make fair use of the Nile water.

    The general’s comments come after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told lawmakers earlier this week that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam  (GERD) project is a matter of life and death to the Ethiopian people and diplomacy should take center stage to resolve outstanding issues.

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