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World Bank Suspends $500m Emergency Financial Support to Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

World-Bank-Ethiopia-Aid-SuspendedJune 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The World Bank has suspended the $500 million it had pledged for Ethiopia as emergency financial support.

Local media reported that the Bank cited two reasons to suspend financial support; the first was the country’s sluggish effort to improve its currency exchange rate against the dollar.

Both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) had recommended the government of Ethiopia to devalue the Ethiopian birr against the dollar as a remedy to rectify a shortfall in foreign exchanges.

In March this year, the World Bank’s Board

Ethiopia Trashes Reports on GERD Filling

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-JulyJune 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has trashed reports that it will delay the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country sticks to its schedule to begin filling the dam after two weeks while trying to resolve disputes with Egypt and Sudan.

“The position of the Ethiopian government is clear. Ethiopia is building the dam in line with international laws and does not need the approval of a third party to fill the dam,” Dina told local media.

Al-Haram, Al Jazeera, and Reuters as well as Egyp

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

By Staff Reporter

4-Arab-League-members-GERDJune 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- 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 m

Ethiopia Accuses Egypt of Conducting Cyber Attacks on Key Institutions

By Staff Reporter

Egypt-cyberattack-EthiopiaJune 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- 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 b

Ethiopians Will Die Defending GERD Project: Deputy Army Chief

By Staff Reporter

Berhanu-JulaJune 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- 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

Ethiopia to Commence Filling GERD Reservoir Next July: Minister

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-JulyMay 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Tensions have gone up between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after Egypt rejected Ethiopia’s new proposal on the filling of the dam.

Ethiopia reaffirmed that it would commence filling of the GERD’s reservoir next July during a ministerial meeting chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday.

The water filling strategy for the dam has long been the most controversial issue and yet unresolved in the Nile talks between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan.

Recently, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sammy Shoukry submitted a 15-page c

Ethiopia Denying Entry to Eritrean Migrants

By Staff Reporter

Eritrean-Refugees-EthiopiaApril 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has denied entry permits for Eritrean migrants who want to cross to its territory, Ezega.com has learned.

UN agencies that are working on migration and aid organizations told VOA Amharic service that Ethiopia has denied Eritrean migrants access to its territory in secret since January 2020 against international law and its open-door policy.

The closure of borders for asylum seekers could subject the Eritrean migrants to use unsafe routes in trying to reach Europe and the US, the UNHCR warned.

Eritrean migrants in Ethiopia have had better chances to

Ethiopia to Close Refugee Camp Despite Outcry of Eritrean Migrants

By Staff Reporter   

Hintsats-refugee-campApril 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) has announced the decision to shut down the Hintsats refugee camp in Tigray regional state of northern Ethiopia and relocate the over 18,000 Eritrean refugees to other places.

ARRA public relations head Yassin Ali said the decision was made to help the refugees get better services and access to live in their favorite cities of Ethiopia.

Although the Ethiopian government did not disclose the real motive, many observers believe this is being done to satisfy demands from the Eritrean government

Over 300,000 Africans Could Lose Their Lives due to COVID-19: UNECA

By Staff Reporter

Covid-19-AfricaApril 16, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in a new report on the coronavirus pandemic, says over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19.

This, as the pandemic continues to impact on the Continent’s struggling economies whose growth is expected to slow down from 3.2 percent to 1.8 percent in a best-case scenario, pushing close to 27 million people into extreme poverty.

The Report, which will be launched virtually on the 17th of April and is titled, COVID-19: Protecting African Lives and Economies says Africa’s fragile health systems could see additional costs b

The Plague by Albert Camus: Fiction Becomes Reality!

By Abel Merawi

The-PlagueApril 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Fiction is not always make-believe and imaginary. As the saying goes, it can be a reflection of reality. Classical literary works go even further by depicting reality with a human touch. The 1947 novel titled ‘The Plague’ by the Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus, is a classic work since it transcends time and relates to our current predicament. It portrays the reality of an epidemic in the port city of Algeria, Oran. The report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Oran was actually ruined by epidemics, especially in the first half of the 20th century, after European colonization. Camus u

Ethiopian Airstrike Kills 17 Al-Shabaab Troops

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Airforce-Bombs-Al-ShabaabApril 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Defence Force said it has killed several members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab extremist group with airstrikes in Somalia.

“A total of 17 al Shabaab troops who were members of the explosive crew were killed by the airstrikes at two places called Kortole and Hirkut,” the Ministry of Defence Forces said on Monday in a statement.

Colonel Habtom Zenebe, deputy commander of the eastern division of the Ethiopian airforce said the extremist force was about to launch attack on Ethiopian army which was escorting artillery from

Human Struggle Against Pandemics: Historical Perspective

By Abel Merawi

Black-DeathApril 1, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The history of human beings has been a constant struggle for survival. The war, from past to present, has been fought on three major fronts: against other human beings, against natural accidents such as earthquakes, and against epidemics. Of the three, most human lives were taken by epidemics caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites. In explaining the reason, Bryan Walsh in the article, ‘Covid-19: The history of pandemics’ states, “But when a virus – like the novel coronavirus – infects a host, that host becomes a cellular factory to manufacture more viruses.” It is by making us bot

UN Expresses Concerns over Communication Shutdown in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

UN-HRMarch 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The UN High Commission for Human Rights expressed its concerns over the sustained shut down of Internet and telephone lines in western Oromia amidst the spread of COVID-19.

“We are very concerned by the continued communications shutdown in parts of Ethiopia, and more broadly call on all countries to ensure that everyone has ready and unhindered access to the internet and phone services, all the more in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Geneva-based UN Rights Commission said.

It mentioned Ethiopia imposed an Internet and communications blackout on 7 January, citing security concerns, bloc

Amnesty International Calls on Ethiopian Authorities to Rescue Abducted Students

By Staff Reporter

Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsMarch 26, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Amnesty International is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to disclose measures it has taken to rescue 17 Amhara students of Dembi Dolo University in Western Oromia, who were abducted by unidentified people in November 2019 and have been missing since.

The anguish of the students’ families is exacerbated by a phone and internet shutdown implemented in January across the western Oromia region further hampering their efforts to get information about their missing loved ones, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.

“The

Ethiopian Airlines Suspends Flights to Over 30 Countries Due to COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Airlines-suspend-flightsMarch 20, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday announced that the Ethiopian Airlines will suspend international flights to over 30 countries due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The flag-carrier has been facing low demand for its travel services even though it introduced various prevention techniques including the disinfection of its airplanes before take-off, after landing and onboard.

Abiy did not mention the names of the countries nor spoke about the duration of the suspension and if the ban has to do with those high-risk countries affected by the coronavirus.

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Anti-Foreigner Sentiment Rising in Ethiopia Due to COVID-19: US Embassy

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-US-EmbassyMarch 18, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The US Embassy in Addis Ababa said it continues to receive reports regarding a rise in anti-foreigner sentiment revolving around the announcement of COVID-19 in Ethiopia.

In a statement it issued on Wednesday, the embassy said typical derogatory comments directed at foreigners, the terms “China” and “Ferengi” (foreigner), have been reportedly coupled with the label “Corona,” indicating a disparaging view on the link between the outbreak of COVID-19 and foreigners in Ethiopia.

Incidents of harassment and assault directl

Was Ethiopia the Victim in a Foolhardy Middle East Peace Plan

By Staff Reporter

Kushner-NetanyahuMarch 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- According to a report on Al Jazeera, Ethiopia may have been a victim of a Middle East diplomacy unrelated to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. The dam negotiations may have been taken over by an ambitious, if foolhardy, project to settle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute by Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump..

According to the report, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, and senior advisor, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli

Ethiopia Arrests Suspected Ringleader of Human Trafficking Gang, Five others

By Staff Reporter

NISS-ethiopiaMarch 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian police said they have arrested a six-member migrant-smuggling gang including one of Interpol’s most wanted human traffickers - Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam.

Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam, the suspected leader of the smugglers in the Horn and North Africa and others were captured between March 3-13, 2020, during a joint operations conducted by federal police and the country’s intelligence Security Services and the-telecom, the federal police said on Friday in a statement.

Kidane and associates were allegedly engaged in the smuggling of migrants in coll

Ethiopia Working on New Proposal on Filling, Operation of GERD

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-EthiopiaMarch 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia is to come up with a new proposal on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which will be tabled for discussion shortly with the downstream countries of the Nile.

The new proposal is drafted jointly by members of the Ethiopian negotiating group, water engineers from different universities and legal experts drawn from the federal attorney general and ministry of foreign affairs.

A PR expert in the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy told Ezega.com that Ethiopia’s new proposal will be tabled for discussion with Egypt and Sudan but othe

Ethiopia Makes Largest-Ever Seizure of Smuggled Weapons

By Staff Reporter

Arms-seized-ethiopiaMarch 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has made the largest ever seizure of weapons while being smuggled into its territory by International Arms Trafficking Gang from neighboring Djibouti, the Ethiopian intelligence official has said.

The National Information Security Service (NISS) on Tuesday said in a statement that more than 18 thousand Turkish made pistols and other ammunition valued at more than half a billion birr were seized while being smuggled into the country in two containers.

“If the firearms had entered the country and distributed, they would have caused critical security damage against the pe

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