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  • Ethiopia Awards GERD Pre-commissioning Work to Chinese Company

    EEP-awards-GERD-Project-CGGCFebruary 18, 2019 ( - The Ethiopian government has signed up a contract with a Chinese company to execute the pre-commissioning activities of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) at a cost of 40.1 million US dollars.

    The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) signed the agreement with China Gezhouba Group Co. Ltd (CGGC), which is expected to work aggressively in partnership with other companies in order to complete the project on schedule.

    CEO of EEP Dr Abrham Belay and Representative of China Gezhouba Group Co. Ltd Ethiopia, Mr Wang, signed the agreement in Addis Ababa.

    During the occassion, Dr Abrham stated that the agreement would have a significant contribution to speed up construction activities of the dam.

    Mr Wang on host part promised that his company will work with other companies

  • Ana Gomes, Long-Time Critic of Ethiopian Government, Arrives in Addis Ababa

    Ana-Gomes-Addis-AbabaFebruary 16, 2019 ( - The long-time critic of the Ethiopian government and Portuguese member of the European Union (EU) Parliament, Ana Gomes, arrived in Addis Ababa today.

    She was European Union's chief observer during the 2005 disputed Ethiopian elections. She became very critical of both the 2005 Ethiopian election and the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in general since 2005.

    Following the elections, Ana Maria Gomes stated that "indeed there were massive human rights violations" during and after the election. She endorsed calls for the creation of national unity government as well as new elections.

    The late Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, wasted no time attacking her harshly.

    In a lengthy letter that appeared on Ethiopian Herald, Meles accused Ana Gomes of being

  • Ethiopia, Djibouti to be Linked by 767km Gas Pipeline

    Ethiopia-Djibouti-PipelineFebruary 15, 2019 ( - The Horn of Africa neighbors Ethiopia and Djibouti plan to build a pipeline that connects the two countries, according to FBC report.

    The 767 km pipeline is meant to carry natural gas from Ethiopia for export through Djibouti ports.

    Ethiopia and Djibouti signed an agreement in Addis Ababa yesterday to construct the 767km pipeline project linking the two countries.

    About 700 km of the pipeline stretches from Calub Hilala fields in Ethiopia to the Djibouti border, while the remaining 67 Km will be within Djibouti.

    The agreement was signed by Ethiopia’s Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Dr Samuel Hurcato, and Mr Yonis Guedi, Minister of Energy in Charge of Natural Resources of Djibouti.

    Dr Samuel said the agreement, which was signed after extensive negotiat

  • Former OLF Fighters in Training Camps

    OLF-fighters-trainingFebruary 14, 2019 ( - Afrer months of standoff between the federal government and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), more than 1,000 armed members of the OLF have entered rehabilitation camps.

    As reported before on this site, the OLF had refused to disarm its forces until recently, saying that there was no agreement that required it to disarm.

    Since the OLF forces entered Ethiopia from Eritrea, they have been accused of cross-border raids into neighboring regions, blockage of roads and supply lines, and, recently, of armed bank roberries inside Oromia regional state.

    According to the report, the soldiers are currently receiving training in camps located in Oromia regional state, including in Tolay military camp.

    The trainees told media outlets that they chose to engage in a peaceful struggle because a

  • Zimbabwe Unable to Pay Ethiopian Airlines a Debt of US$18 Million

    Air-ZimbabweFebruary 13, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Airlines is finding it difficult to repatriate monies amounting to US$18 million from Zimbabwe as per All Africa news outlet. This is because Zimbabwe is facing a deficit of foreign currency.

    President Mnangagwa met with the airlines' executives, who demanded the more than 18 million stuck in Zimbabwe. The president had a session with the airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam last Saturday, in an attempt to secure a deal for the struggling Air Zimbabwe.

    In his part, Tewolde offered to explore the possibility of assisting Air Zimbabwe, as well as helping the country maintain its hub for airlines.

    “It’s true, they touched on that and that is worth about $18 million which is stuck in Zimbabwe, but that was not so much of an issue because they believe that if they establish a partnership w

  • Inside FIFA President Maiden Speech to the AU

    Gianni-Infantino-AU-Addis-AbabaFebruary 11, 2019 ( - The 32nd edition of the African Union Summit kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday with the theme “ The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.”

    Among the notable guests who addressed the summit include; Doctor Tedros Adhanom - the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Bill Gates- the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mr. Gianni Infantino - FIFA President.

    As per a media release by FIFA, Infantino’s speech was historic in that it was the first time a FIFA president was addressing the AU, which comprises of 55 countries and now chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of Egypt.

    Mr. Infantino said: “Africa is a continen

  • Former TPLF Official Plans to Join Another Party

    Zadig-Abraha-TPLFFebruary 10, 2019 ( - Former spokesperson of the Office of the Prime Minister and Deputy Head of Government Communications Affairs Office, Zadig Abraha, said that he will join another political party upon his return from the UK, where he is pursuing his master's degree.

    Zadig Abraha was a member of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) until he resigned recently on February 5, 2019.

    In his resignation letter, Zadig cited the handling of the Raya issue as one of the differences he had with the TPLF. “The way the Raya issue is being handled is not democratic,” he said in the letter.

    Following his unprecedented resignation from the TPLF, Zadig Abraha said he is planning to come back to Ethiopia to pursue his political activities.

    Zadig Abraha joined the TPLF in 2008/09. Sinc

  • Somali Regional State of Ethiopia Lifts Immunity of 12 Officials

    Somali-Regional-LeadersFebruary 7, 2019 ( - The Somali regional state of Ethiopia has been going through some unusual political developments in the last month or so. The chief administrator of the region, Mustafa Omer, who replaced former Somali strongman Abdi Mohamed Omer, also known as Abdi Illey, in August last year all but accused the chairman of the Somali People’s Democratic Party (SPDP), Ahmed Shide, of plotting to remove him from office.

    Further, Mustafa Omer accused Ahmed Shide and others of working with forces loyal to former Somali President Abdi Illey. This is strange given the fact that Abdi Illey is in federal custody and Ahmed Shide is not only the SPDP leader but also the federal Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation within the Abiy Ahmed cabinet.

    Ahmed Shide was called to the Somali region for consultati

  • Ethiopian Tobacco Law Strongest in Africa

    Tobacco-Law-EthiopiaFebruary 6, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s parliament passed what experts consider the “strongest” tobacco legislation on the continent. The law aims to limit tobacco use in the second most populous country in Africa.

    Dubbed the Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation, the law was passed unanimously by the legislators and they’re optimistic it will help safeguard lives and protect the country’s huge population.

    It requires public and work environments to be 100% free from smoking, prohibits campaigns and publicity, limits the sale of laced tobacco products and mandates pictorial warning labels in 70% of the front and back covers of tobacco merchandises.

    The law also prohibits the selling of e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products, shisha, and bans the sale of tobacco products to persons be

  • We Should Accept Criticism to Build Nation - PM Abiy Ahmed

    PM-Abiy-AhmedFebruary 5, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was the guest of the parliament, where he held a question and answer session with the legislators. The Premier once again made it known that he’s true to his reform ideology when he urged the ruling coalition to accept criticism for the sake of nation-building.

    “Many political parties have returned home from all over the world, some 20 of them, who’d been unable to engage in any political activity in the last 15, 20 or 30 years, some of them 40 years old; this is a major victory for this parliament,” said Abiy.

    According to the prime minister, the country should not be derailed from realizing its reform agenda, which offers a way forward for the nation.

    “If we argue too much about the problems related to the return of political par

  • TPLF Issues a Strong Statement Criticizing Abiy Ahmed Leadership

    TPLF-statement-2019February 17, 2019 ( - The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) celebrated the 44th anniversary of its foundation today in Mekelle, Tigray, and other cities around the world.

    Marking the occasion, the organization released one of the strongest statements it issued to date criticizing the way the country is going under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

    The Organization all but condemned what it called the erosion of constitutional order in broad day light and vowed that it will not sit idly while the country is going into anarchy.

    The statement, which came at the end of the Central Committe meeting of the TPLF, claimed both internal and "external forces" are working in tandem to undermine Ethiopian unity and stability and condemned the "external interference."

    The statement al

  • Ethiopian Federal Forces in Amhara Region to Quell Unrest

    Unrest-in-Amhara-2019February 17, 2019 ( - Ethiopian National Defense and Federal Police Forces have entered parts of Amhara regional state to stabilize the deteriorating security situation in the state.

    The Amhara regional administration formally asked the Ministry of Defense and federal police forces to help stabilize the situation in western and central Gondar. The Ethiopian Army and Federal Police has taken over the security matters of the two zones, according to the report.

    The army and federal police has already issued warning to potential violators that they will take serious measures against armed individuals or groups, who have been causing problems in the area, according to Ethiopian TV.

    It is believed that some 45,000 people have been displaced in the area because of the conflicts and dozens of deaths.

    Armed gangs

  • Shaking Up the Government Risks Intensifying Ethnic Friction

    Ethnic-tensions-EthiopiaFebruary 15, 2019 ( - Disagreement over resources between the various ethnic groups in the country has been the source of conflict and mass displacement, but shaking up the government which is led by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed risks intensifying ethnic friction according to experts.

    Tewodrose Tirfe, the chairman of the Amhara Association of America, a U.S based advocacy group says presently ethnic tensions are a fundamental problem for Ethiopia. Millions have been displaced in a humanitarian crisis that could get out of control.

    In the first half of last year, Ethiopia's rate of 1.4 million internally displaced persons exceeded that of Syria. By the end of 2018, the IDP numbers had bourgeoned to about 2.4 million.

    Tigrayans comprise just six percent of the population but according to author

  • Ethiopian National Defense Forces Undertaking Deep Reform

    National-Defense-Forces-ReformFebruary 14, 2019 ( - The chief of staff of Ethiopian Defense Forces, General Seare Mekonnen, said Ethiopia's National Defense is carrying out deep institutional reform to build a well trained, strong, and professional army, according to FBC news report.

    The chief of staff said this on the 7th Ethiopian Defense Force Day in a panel discussion that was held in Adama city, Oromia regional state.

    The Ethiopian Defense Force Day has been celebrated every year since January 9, 2019.

    The event was attend by Defense Minister, Aish Mohamed, chief administrator of Oromia regional state, Lemma Megersa, and other officials.

    In the ongoing reform process, it was disclosed that the priority is to build a professional defense force that is loyal to the constitution.

    According to the

  • UNHCR Boss Lauds Ethiopian Kindness to Refugees

    UNHCR-Boss-Lauds-EthiopiaFebruary 14,2019 ( - On a four-day visit to the country, UNHCR Commissioner Filippo Grandi has lauded Ethiopia’s kindness in hosting the refugees, as well as its candidness in adopting new and inventive methods of improving the lives of more than 900,000 emigrants and the communities hosting them.

    According to the UNHCR, Ethiopia hosts more than 900,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan as well as a small number from Syria and Yemen.

    Mr. Grandi spent two days in Melkadida, an area bordering Somalia that hosts more than 200,000 refugees. He witnessed first-hand how a US$100 million investment by the IKEA foundation over a period of seven years has changed the fortunes of the semi-arid area into a prospering community.

    He inspected various projects financed by the foundatio

  • Reconciliation Commission, Boundary & Identity Commission Held First Sessions

    Reconciliation-Commission-EthiopiaFebruary 12, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission held its first meeting in Addis Ababa yesterday.

    The groipd showed up for a photo session along with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.

    The commission elected Cardinal Berhaneyesus chairman of the commission and Yetnebersh Niguse deputy chairman.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged members of the National Reconciliation Commission to work for national cohesion.

    “You are now tasked with nurturing and sustaining national cohesion,” he said during the orientation session.

    Heencouraged them to create a system that can be a model for other countries, according to Office of the Prime Minister.

    In a related news, the newly formed Administrative Boundary and Identi

  • Leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt Meet During AU Summit

    GERD-meeting-AUFebruary 11, 2019 ( - A meeting between the leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Sunday resolved to provide a high-level political umbrella to sustain the deliberations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

    The three leaders; Omar al-Bashir, Abiy Ahmed and Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi met on the sidelines briefly during the African Union (AU) summit held in the capital.

    Bassam Radi, the Egyptian presidential spokesperson stressed the importance of adopting a cooperative and balanced vision for the filling and operation of the dam to find a way of serving the interest of the three nations.

    He suggested the three heads of state underscored the importance of adopting a unified view on the dam based on the declaration of principles agreed upon in Khartoum. He further revealed the leaders deliberated on the ways and means o

  • EU to Help Rebuild Roads Connecting Eritrean Ports to Ethiopia

    EU-rebuild-roads-Eritrean-PortsFebruary 8, 2019 ( - The European Union (EU) will help rebuild roads connecting Eritrean ports to Ethiopia border towns, according to report from FBC.

    The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development of EU, Neven Mimica, is visiting Eritrea today. He met President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea to launch a project to rebuild the road connecting Ethiopian border with Eritrean ports with initial investment of €20 million.

    The project will be financed by EU Trust Fund for Africa and through the United Nation’s Office for Project Services (UNOPS), according to the report.

    During his visit, Neven Mimica is met with the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki to discuss the situation in the region and explore ways for the EU and Eritrea to step up political relations and dialogue

  • 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 successful by overcoming those very challenges. Emama Fishka who was born in 1938 in Harar town is one of the most notable ones at hand. When she was a child, she had a dream of becoming a business woman a

  • Ethiopia Forms Reconciliation and Boundaries and Identity Commissions

    HoPR-EthiopiaFebruary 6, 2019 ( - Following extensive consultations, the Ethiopian government has established two commissions this week, the Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission, and the Reconciliation Commission.

    The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HPR) approved the formation of the two commissions and the proposed members for the two commissions.

    The candidates were selected based on age, experience, gender, religion, educational background, region, and representing three generations, among others, according to the report.

    Members of the Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission were approved by a majoriy vote with 22 against and 4 abstentions.

    Members of the Reconciliation Commission were approved by a majority vote with 16 against and 8 abstentions.

    The members of the two commissions are as

  • Ethiopia Finalizing Reforms in Mining Sector

    Mining-sector-EthiopiaFebruary 5, 2019 ( - According to a statement by the Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Samuel Urkato, Ethiopia is in the final stages of reforming the underdeveloped oil and mining industries. In the next two months, it will have finalized everything as the country hopes to attract more foreign investors.

    Regarding the changes instituted, the government has already cut taxes for mining companies as the government aims to ease the dollar deficiency in the country. Urkato said promoting the sector is a priority for the country and they’ll further adopt other tax incentives.

    Mining Industry Overview:

    The mining industry is important to the economy of Ethiopia, especially at a time when it is looking at ways of diversifying its agriculture-based economy

  • Ethiopia Pledges to Strengthen Women Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions

    Ethiopia-UN-Peacekeeping-MissionsFebruary 4, 2019 ( - President Sahle-Work Zewde has said that Ethiopia is committed to enhancing the participation of women in the police, military and civilian divisions of the UN’s peacekeeping mission.

    While speaking at the official opening of the 3rd UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Preparatory held at the UNECA conference hall in the capital, she emphasized that any mission must give priority to the protection of women and the vulnerable.

    She further said that the mainstreaming of women participation in the UN peacekeeping mission necessitate proper organization among the parties involved.

    The President, however, appreciated that more needs to be done to enhance women participation in the peace and security agenda, saying “Ethiopia welcomes the progress made in mainstreaming the agen

  • Ethiopian Leaders Must Get Direct Votes of the People

    Ethiopian-political-parties-meetingFebruary 3, 2019 ( - Leaders of Ethiopian political parties met this week to exchange ideas on the way forward for Ethiopia. During the meeting, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Ethiopian leaders must get direct votes of the people.

    Numerous political parties were represeneted in the meeting, incluidng the ruling party, EPRDF (Ethiopian People's Revlutionary Democratic Front), Ginbot 7, Semaywai Party, as well regional parties from Oromia, Tigray and elsewhere.

    During the discussion Prime Minister Abiy stressed the need to make sure that the country will be led by the leader who got direct votes of the people, and not by political elites who often claim representing the people without getting direct votes of the people. Ethiopian politics must transcended beyond the limits of o

  • 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 floods and droughts. At the moment, more than 8 million Ethiopian’s are in need of emergency food aid. More alarming is that they are chronically vulnerable.

    Of the 3 million IDPs, mo

  • Ethiopian Airlines Revamping Network; Increasing Flights to Chicago, Washington

    Ethiopian-Airlines-Revamping-NetworkJanuary 29, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Airlines that’s the largest aviation entity in the continent and a SKYTRAK licensed 4-star carrier, stated it will revamp its operations in America; opening up new destinations, increasing flights and changing entryways by the summer of 2019.

    The new U.S. network intends to offer travelers between America and the rest of Africa the shortest routes and the best connectivity, whether they are on official state visits, vacation or business.
    Consequently, flights to Washington D.C. will be increased to ten per week. The three additional flights will depart Addis Ababa in the morning, pass through Abidjan and arrive in Washington in the evening.

    The weekly flights to Chicago are set to increase from three to five. From the scheduled daily flights to Ne

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    Nigerian-Eissa-Muhammad-Bole-International-AirportFebruary 18, 2019 ( - A Niger national, who was expelled from Israel has been stranded at Bole International Airport since November as his home country is unwilling to accept him back.
    24-year-old Eissa Muhammad has been staying at the airport under inhumane conditions, as reported by the BBC.

    His predicaments began last April after he was apprehended for being in Israel illegally. He had been residing in the Middle East since 2011, having fled his home country at the age of sixteen in search for better fortunes.

    He informed the press that he’d paid traffickers to take him across Egypt and Libya before entering Israel on foot. In Tel Aviv, he survived by doing odd jobs in a sweet factory and hostels until his arrest in April last year for lack of the necessary documentation.

    He was detaine

  • Statue of Emperor Haile Selassie Unveiled at African Union HQ

    Emperor-Hailesilassie-Statue-AUFebruary 10, 2019 ( - The statue of Emperor Haile Selassie was unveiled in the premises of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

    The unveiling ceremony of the statute was attended by Heads of State and Government attending the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.

    The statue is in recognition of Emperor Hale Silassie's contribution to Africa’s liberation and unity, leading up to the founding of the Organization of African Unity OUA) in 1963.

    Emperor Haile Silassie of Ethiopia was one of African leaders who, in the early 1960s, when independence was sweeping throughout the continent, spoke about a united Africa that will end colonization in the whole continent.

    Along with Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the second president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Tanzania’s first presi

  • African States Use Internet Shutdown to Silence Dissent

    Internet-shutdown-AfricaFebruary 2, 2019 ( - As an avid internet user, what would you do if your government deliberately shuts down the internet? That’s the question many people in Africa have had to answer time and time again over the past years as internet blackouts continue mushrooming.

    The last three years have been grim for internet users in Africa and it’s bound to worsen. Last week, Zimbabwe’s High Court ordered internet operators to restore the internet back as the shutdown was illegal. President Mnangagwa’s administration wanted to prevent protestors from sharing information and planning their next move.

    The country had experienced protests following the increase of fuel prices from $3 to $12 per gallon, but critics argue the main goal of the shutdown was to prevent the international community from knowing about the violent crackdown on dissenting voices

  • African Union to Unveil Statue of Emperor Haileselassie

    OAU-establishedFebruary 1, 2019 ( - The African Union (AU) will unveil the statue of Emperor Haileselassie in its compound as a founding fathers of the Organization of African Union (OAU), according Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs.

    In briefing journalists, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nebiat Getachew said preparations are underway for the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Africa Union whereby the statue will be unveiled.

    The Spokesperson said “it will reflect the history of African liberation, integration, and Emperor Haileselassie’s indisputable role in the evolution of Africa’s development agenda.”

    Emperor Hailesilassie of Ethiopia was one of African leaders who, In the early 1960s, when independence was sweeping throughout the continent, spoke about a united Africa that will end colonization in the whole continent.

    Ghana’s first pre

  • Africa Love for China Explained

    Africa-Love-for-ChinaJanuary 25, 2019 ( - There’s an ongoing debate among economic experts and politicians regarding the merits of the Chinese dealings in Africa. For instance, late last year Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad expressed his fears against what he termed a new form of colonialism, which he regards as a rebuke to China’s increasing political and economic influence in Africa.

    However, these claims have been refuted by different African leaders. While addressing dignitaries at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing in September last year, South Africa’s head of state, Cyril Ramaphosa refuted such accusations. He said the fact that the forum was taking place “refutes the view that new colonialism is taking hold in Africa.”

    At the same event, African Union (AU) chairperson, who’s also the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagam

  • Trends Shaping Business in Africa in 2019

    Business-in-Africa-TrendsJanuary 14, 2019 ( - The economic outlook of some of Africa’s signature economies didn't inspire confidence in 2018. Angola and Nigeria have just recovered from a recession triggered by a decline in oil prices. And for the first time in a decade, South Africa experienced a recession.

    But away from these economic giants, there are emerging global trends and emerging powers that provide the prospect of new stories in the continent.

    In 2018, Countries like Ethiopia, Djibouti, Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Tanzania featured among the fastest growing economies globally. According to the World Bank, sub-Saharan Africa is likely to witness a growth of 3.6% in 2019-2020.

    The global consulting company, Mckinsey and Company suggest the region is at the same stage China was before its explosive economic transformation. They say African countries sho

  • Ethiopia Bears the Burden after Peace with Eritrea

    Ethiopia-Eritrea-Border-OpeningJanuary 12, 2019 - Since the signing of the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea in July, Eritreans have crossed over into Ethiopia in huge numbers. This has not only overwhelmed Ethiopian authorities but also has put the country under a lot of pressure due to the huge influx of asylum seekers.

    The country is struggling to cope amid fears the recent partial closure of the border crossing on Eritrea’s side could again be made permanent.

    Local authorities estimate more than 25,000 Eritreans have crossed into Ethiopia since the border was opened in September 2018. Those who arrive in Ethiopia cite different reasons. Top among them is the compulsory military service, whereas others are looking for better lives or long-lost families.

    The UNHCR reports the number of refugees in Ethiopia increased upon the opening of the border crossing. The numbe

  • Gabon Failed Coup: A Sign of Underlying Problems?

    Gabon-Coup-AttemptJanuary 10, 2019 ( - On Monday morning, the world woke up to news of an attempted coup in Gabon. But the government forces acted swiftly, killing two suspects and arresting eight others in the process. They took over the state-owned radio station in an attempt to end Bongo’s family dynasty that has lasted 50 years.

    The government spokesperson -Guy-Bertrand Mapangou- announced the loyal forces regained control of the radio station after killing two and detaining other perpetrators of the heinous act of treason.

    The coup organizers claimed they intended to restore democracy in the oil-rich country, where the ailing president’s family has ruled for 50 years.

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