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Armed Men Kill At Least 8 People in Benishangul-Gumuz Region

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-Gumuz-killedApril 9, 2020 ( -- At least eight people were killed in Gilgel Beles town of Benishangul Gumuz regional state in western Ethiopia due to ethnic-based attacks.

Residents of the town told that members of the government security forces were deployed in the town but were not willing to stop the ethnic skirmishes.

The clashes which began last Friday have expanded in rural localities of the region and continue to claim more lives and destroy properties.

The clashes reportedly were critical in 01 and 02 Kebeles (localities) and around at a place called China Camp where three ho

Historical Lessons for Fighting Pandemics

By Abel Merawi

COVID-19-EthiopiaApril 8, 2020 ( -- Facing reality is not always easy, yet it is necessary for survival. There are some facts we try to avoid for we fear the changes that accompany them. There is a philosophical scenario used to examine how people deal with reality; it runs as follows: Imagine yourself in bed surrounded by nothing except the deep darkness and windy rain outside. Suddenly, you heard footsteps lurking and stealthily stepping closer. You are gripped with utter dread as your mind rushes to assign meaning to the sounds you heard. Will you comfort yourself saying it was just a dream? Will you pretend it was the sound of wind and r

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-State-of-EmergencyApril 8, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has declared a five-month state of emergency in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a statement announced the state of emergency under Article 93 of the constitution as the pandemic is getting worse in the country.

"I call upon everyone to stand by the side of the government but any actions that will undermine the fight against the pandemic will be met with grave legal actions," he said

The premier said the government will take even tougher measures in a bid to res

History of Pandemics in Ethiopia

By Abel Merawi

Epidemics-EthiopiaApril 6, 2020 ( -- In talking about the isolation of Ethiopia from the world, the British historian Edward Gibbon has said, “Ethiopians slept nearly a thousand years, forgetful of the world by whom they were forgotten.” Accordingly, one would assume such a country to be free from the pandemics that threatened the world. This is a common yet mistaken assumption shared by both foreigners and Ethiopians. The lack of documentation and inaccessible is also another contribution to this view. In truth, pandemics are not new to Ethiopia for they have managed to creep into the country time and again. As Richard Pankhurst

Ethiopia Reports First Death Due to COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-reports-first-deathApril 5, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Sunday reported the country's first death due to deadly coronavirus.

The fatality comes as Ethiopia reports five additional cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 43.

The latest patients are three Ethiopians, an Eritrean and Libyan nationals.

The 60 year old Ethiopian deceased has been in a treatment center where she was in critical health condition after she was diagnosed for the virus on March 31, 2020.

Prior to the death report,

Ethiopian Government Lifts Telecom Ban on West Oromia Amid International Outcry

By Staff Reporter

Wollega-EthiopiaApril 1, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has lifted telephone and internet services ban it imposed on four zones in Wellega in Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

The government had suspended mobile phone networks, landlines, and internet services in western Oromia’s Kellem Wellega, West Wellega, and Horo Gudru Wellega zones since it launched a counterattack in mid last year against the rebel force known as “Shene.”

In a briefing on Tuesday, President of the Oromia region Shimeles Abdissa blamed the rebel group for the destruction of telecom infrastructures and facilities in t

Ethiopian General Elections Postponed Due to Coronavirus: NEBE

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-elections-postponedApril 1, 2020 ( --- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has postponed the much anticipated general elections which were set to be held late August this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The board in a statement said coronavirus situations and the series of measures taken by the federal and regional governments infringed the board’s schedule to carry out pre-election activities.

In February this year, the board announced the national elections would take place on August 29, 2020, following consultations with political parties and concerned stakeholders

Ethiopian Regional States Impose Travel Ban to Halt Spread of COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-statesMarch 30, 2020 ( -- Several regional states in Ethiopia have imposed a travel ban in the hope of slowing down the spread of coronavirus, while cases in the country slowly but steadily increased.

The horn African nation has reported a total of 23 cases so far and most patients have been infected with the virus when traveling overseas, but five cases of local transmissions were now also under investigation.

Accordingly, the Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, Benishangul Gumuz and South Nations Nationalities Peoples States have imposed lockdown and travelers cannot go into the regions effective Monday, March 30, 2020.

Adama City Freezes Transportation Services over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Adama-city-EthiopiaMarch 30, 2020 ( -- The Oromia Region Communication Bureau announced a total suspension of transportation services in Adama city after three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region’s capital.

Gizachew Gebissa, Deputy Head of the Bureau said human movements also were restricted in the city in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday in a statement said five more people have tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 21.

According to the statement, all the five confirmed cases are Ethiopians na

Ethiopia Announces 1st Recovery from COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

CoronaVirusMarch 29, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has announced the first patient who was recovered from the deadly (COVID-19), the country’s ministry of health said.

“Out of 16 confirmed cases for coronavirus, the country reported the first recovery from the deadly virus,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Friday reported four more confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 16.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had expressed concern over the spread of the virus and anticipated that fast in the coming days.

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Ethiopia Suspends More Flights, Introduces Local Medicine to Contain COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19March 29, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has announced further measures ranging from suspension of additional flights to the invention of local medicines in order to contain the deadly (COVID-19).

Announcing the government’s decisions, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Ethiopian Airlines has suspended flights to a total of 72 destinations, up from 30 what it did early last week.

The Prime Minister said more than 134 facilities have been identified for quarantine, isolation and treatment centers including the Grand Millenium Hall with varying levels of equipment.

The government a

Fano Will Not Lay Down Arms If Demands Are Not Met: Chairman

By Staff Reporter

Fano-AmharaMarch 28, 2020 ( -- An armed group in Amhara state of northern Ethiopia known as "Fano" has accused the regional and federal governments of joining hands to get rid of its structure by force.

The Chairman of Fano Solomon Atanaw said the “Fano” will not lay arms down before the demands of the Amhara people are met.

In an interview with local media, Solomon said the demands include the return of Welqait, Raya, Dera, and Metekel zones to be part of the Amhara region.

The Chairperson also said members of the national defense forces and security forces of regional government have launched

Administrative, Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city Gunned Down

By Staff Reporter

Nekemte-Oromia-EthiopiaMarch 25, 2020 ( -- Teshome Genti, Administrative and Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city in Oromia region in western Ethiopia, was shot dead.

Teshome was killed on Wednesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen near his house in Nekemet city, eyewitnesses told

Administrative and Security Bureau Deputy Head of the regional government Abebe Geressu told local media that he heard Teshome was shot but did not know if he was dead.

It is recalled that last month Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town, Solomon Tadesse, was shot by unidentified gunmen.


Ethiopia Shutdowns Universities, Releases Prisoners over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19March 25, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the temporary closure of higher learning institutions in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) among university communities.

The announcement came a day before the over 40 universities denied students to leave campus in a circular amid growing concerns of overcrowding in dormitories and lecture classes.

The universities will cover transportation fares of the students back to their families but did not give clear information as to when the students will restart classes.

A month and a half ago,

Crisis Profiteers

By: Abel Merawi

Birr-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2020 ( -- The COVID-19 global epidemic has continued to be the saddest and most threatening concern of the entire human race. At a time when global action and solidarity is crucial, the inhumane and ignorant measures taken by some people is incomprehensible. Though there are many aspects to consider, I am specifically going to address the case of crisis profiteers in my own country – Ethiopia. As soon as the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Ethiopia, the price of some goods started to increase. It began with medical kits including sanitizers, disinfectants, antibiotics, face masks, and rubbing alcohol. After a s

Ethiopia Orders Public Servants to Stay Home over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Civil-servants-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has ordered the country’s public servants to stay and deliver services at home as part of efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, the council of ministers passed the decision that government employees will work from home effective March 25, 2020, until further notice.

The government offices will select employees who will carry out tasks from home based on criteria to be set by each office, the council of ministers said in a statement.

The decision was to ease overcrowding in

New Rebel Movement Emerges in Northern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Rebel-GondarMarch 24, 2020 ( -- A new rebel movement has emerged in Gonder city of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia with members made of ethnic Amhara people who seek to overthrow the regional and by extension central government.

The Gondar city administration on Tuesday accused the rebel forces of killing and kidnapping people, confiscating private and public properties including buildings, collecting money from investors by force as well as breaking checkpoints and grabbing state-owned lands.

The administration in a statement said the armed group has also released hundreds of legal prisoners and looted weapons from po

Ethiopia Closes Borders to Control COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-BorderMarch 23, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the closure of borders prohibiting humans crossing into the country as measure to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The premier directed the National Defence Forces to halt the movement of people along all borders, with the exception of incoming essential goods to the country.

In a live broadcast on Monday, the premier said several people have failed to maintain the recommended social distance between one person to another particularly in churches, transportation services and public places across the country.

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PM Abiy Hints Postponement of National Elections Due to Coronavirus

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-ElectionsMarch 20, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has hinted that the 6th national elections would be postponed if the spreading of coronavirus is not contained in time.

Speaking to journalists on Friday Abiy said the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is undertaking its own assessment if the country can conduct the elections on August 29, 2020.

Several political parties, including the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), are insisting the government conduct the elections as per the constitution.

They claimed failing to conduct the elections wi

You Can Make a Difference

By: Abel Merawi

MLKMarch 18, 2020 ( -- The amount of information a person accesses presently is unimaginably high as compared to previous times. The amount of data you get from the internet and from the news can be overwhelming. If you are a sort of person who actually cares, you are bound to pay attention to the reality of the world, and it is not always pretty. You hear about wars breaking out in different parts of the world, claiming the lives of millions. You observe the deceit and false promises of politicians. You witness the horror brought by religious, ideological or ethnic conflicts. Even more, you see the terrible crimes committed by individuals that make you qu


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