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  • UK Expresses Interest to Work with Ethiopian Airlines

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    Emma-Wade-SmithSeptember 17, 2019 ( -- 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 ( – 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( – 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 ( -- 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 ( 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 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 ( -- 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

  • Referendum for Sidama Statehood to be Held on November 13, 2019

    By Staff Reporter

    Sidama-ReferendumAugust 30, 2019 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has announced date for referendum on statehood request by Sidama Zone in South Nations Nationalities and People’s state of Ethiopia. The referendum will be held on November 13, 2019.

    In a statement it issued on Thursday, the election board noted that it received a letter from the council of the South Ethiopian People Democratic Movement (SEPDM), requesting preparations be made for a referendum by the electoral board and concerned bodies.

    The statement said the council of the regional state agreed on a proposal to share resources of Hawassa city, which is currently serving as the state’s capital and zonal city of Sidama zone in the event the referendum favors statehood for Sidama zone.

    The council has also submitted de

  • At Least 40 People Drowned off the Coast of Libya - UNHCR

    people-drowned-off-LibyaBy UNHCR

    August 28, 2019 -- At least 40 people are estimated to have drowned off the coast of Libya in the latest boat disaster on the Mediterranean. This shocking incident has prompted UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to renew its urgent call for action to save lives.

    Some 60 survivors have been rescued and brought to shore in the coastal town of Al-Khoms, around 100 kilometres east of Tripoli. A rescue operation, carried by the Libyan Coast Guard and local fisherman, has been underway since this morning and is ongoing.

    “We must not simply accept these tragedies as inevitable,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean. “Sympathies must now become actions that prevent loss of life at sea, and prevent the loss of hope that motivates people to risk their lives in the first place.”

  • Interview with South Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    Ambassador-Lim-HoonminSeptember 17, 2019 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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.

  • EPRDF Was Issuing Rosy Statements, Not Real Deliberations - Getachew Reda

    By Staff Reporter

    Getachew-RedaAugust 29, 2019 ( -- Executive committee member of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) Getachew Reda said the ruling party has been issuing ‘rosy’ press statements which did not reflect the actual deliberations of its meetings.

    In an interview with Tigray TV, Getachew said he was tired of EPRDF’s statements which he described them as “shallow” and “frustrating.”

    “The statements were more of self-appreciating and it would be good if they were not issued, Getachew said. “I was happy that the latest meeting of the front did not issue a press statement.”

    According to the official, EPRDF executive committee has once again admitted that its governance problems led the nation into violence and displacement of milli

  • Living the Truth as a Human Being

    By Abel Merawi

    EthiopiaAugust 28, 2019 ( -- Once upon a time, there was a king who did the most ridiculous things you can imagine. These things were known to the people he ruled, yet no one dared to speak about it out loud. Waking up one day, the king took all his clothes off and ran around the streets naked. As usual, no one said a word about it, let alone remark that it was wrong. Though words were not spoken, the thought in everyone’s mind was the same. Suddenly, someone amidst the crowd said, “The king is naked!” Then, the veil that covered the people’s eyes disappeared, and all joined the chorus: “The king is naked!” In fact, the king was naked both before and after someone spoke the truth. However, the unwritten agreement among the people hid the fact from their eyes. It was only when an honest person decided to speak a

  • Should Ethiopia Sell Ethio Telecom?

    By Staff Reporter

    ethio-telecomAugust 23, 2019 ( – Last year, the government of Ethiopia announced plans to sell some key sectors of the economy, including Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Airlines, and 13 sugar factories.

    Following the announcement, some foreign companies have shown interest in these ventures, especially in Ethio Telecom. They include Vietnam's state-owned telecom company, Viettel, Johannesburg-listed MTN, and France's Orange.

    The state-owned telecom monopoly has been earning the government hundreds of millions of dollars annually, contributing to the lion’s share of the country’s annual budget, which has been subsidized for decades with foreign loans and assistance.

    The late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was quoted as describing Ethio Telecom as money-printing machine. And former Prime Minist

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

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    AU-Addis-AbabaSeptember 17, 2019 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( -- 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 ( – 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 ( -- 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

  • Ethiopia Condemns Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    Mob-south-africaSeptember 5, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the heinous act of violence and looting of properties perpetrated against foreigners including Ethiopians living in South Africa.

    In statement published yesterday, the Ministry has expressed appreciation for the strong response made by the Government of South Africa.

    “We are encouraged by the statement of the President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E Cyril Ramaphosa, in denouncing these acts of violence and his promise to arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice,” the ministry said in the Statement.

    The ministry in its announcement also stated Ethiopia would like to see continued and robust measures taken by South African authorities to contain the violence and ensure the safety of not only Ethiopians but all Africans.

    It has also bee

  • Reintegration Support Eases Return of Displaced Families in Ethiopia - IOM

    By Biruktayet Bihon

    IOM-ethiopiaSeptember 4, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia has one of the highest numbers of displaced people in the world driven out of their homes due to various conflicts across the country.

    Old conflicts became more entrenched and new conflicts escalated along various state borders, prompting the Ethiopian government to establish a new Ministry of Peace with Mrs. Muferiat Kamil appointed as Minster.

    In the past one year, the Ethiopian Oromia region is involved somewhat in all the hotspots. The entire stretch of its common border with the Somali region is marked as an area most affected by the conflict.

    Conflict and displacement were recorded along three of the Oromia region’s borders, with the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) region in the south-west, the Benishangul-Gumuz region in the north-west, and the Somali region in the east.

  • Climate Disasters Affecting Millions Across Africa - AU Officials

    By Staff Reporter

    Africa-Climate-SummitAugust 29, 2019 ( -- The prevalence of climate-related disasters is unrelenting and has already affected 180 million people across Africa and resulting in loss and damages of over $22 billion and counting, African officials said.

    Speaking at a special session in the preparation for African inputs to the climate Action Summit to be convened in Paris on 23 September 2019, Rural Economy and Agriculture Director at AU Commission, Godfrey Bahiigigwa said the threat of climate change to the progress of economic prosperity in Africa looms larger.

    Godfrey Bahiigigwa said even though Africa has the least carbon emission, it is the most affected continent due to its low adaptation capacity for climate change impacts.

    53 African countries have so far committed to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) identifying the need for an estimated

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