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One Student Dead, Dozens Wounded in Ethnic-Based Attacks at Dembi Dolo University

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Dembi-Dolo-UniversityNovember 12, 2019 ( -- At least one ethnic Amhara student was killed and a dozen others wounded in what seems like a revenge attack in Dembi Dolo university of Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

Ethnic Amhara students told that three students of the university were kidnapped and their whereabouts are unknown.

The attack by ethnic Oromo students followed inter-ethnic clashes last Saturday at Woldia University where two ethnic Oromo students were killed and many others wounded.

According to reports, the tension is not limited to one university. Ethnic Amhara students in

At Least Five Greater Kudus Died in Undisclosed Disease Outbreak in Ethiopian National Park

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Greater-Kudu-EthiopiaNovember 10, 2019 ( -- At least five Greater Kudu have died due to undisclosed outbreak of disease in Kafta Sheraro National Park in eastern part of Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.

Solomon Worku, Public Relations expert with the Ethiopian Wild Life Conservation Authority told that the authority has deployed a team of experts who have confirmed the outbreak of the disease. The team also has taken samples from three infected Greater Kudus to identify the type of disease.

According to the public relations expert, the unidentified disease is affecting the wild animal’s soft part bo

Tension Running High in Oromia State After Fighting Broke Out in Western Ethiopia

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OLF-Fighting-EthiopiaNovember 5, 2019 ( -- Tension is running high after fighting broke out in Begi and Qondala districts in Wellega zone of Oromia state in western Ethiopia between the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and members of the Ethiopian Defense Forces, residents said on Tuesday.

The fighting has continued even a day after an agreement was reached by Oromo political parties, including OLF, in Addis Ababa to collaborate for peaceful political activities in the region.

Eyewitnesses told that the fighting has been going on since last Saturday after OLF soldiers dismantled a blockade by members of t

86 People Killed in Recent Unrest in Ethiopia - PM Abiy Ahmed

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Abiy-Ahmed-on-ViolenceNovember 3, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that 86 people were killed during the recent unrest in different parts of the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Sunday, November 3, 2019, PM Abiy Ahmed said 76 of the victims were killed amid inter-ethnic clashes or religious-based attacks, while ten of the victims were shot dead by security forces. “The dead includes 82 male and 4 female.”

According to the premier, 50 of the dead were ethnic Oromo, 20 Amhara, 8 Gamo, 2 Siltie, 1 Gurage, 2 Hadiya, and 1 Argoba and 1 ethnicity not yet known.

Tensions Remain High as Qeerroo Continue Deadly Attacks in Ethiopian Cities

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Qeerroo-violenceOctober 24, 2019 ( -- Tensions remain high in Addis Ababa, Adama and Dire Dawa cities of Ethiopia as ethnic Oromo youth, also known as Qeerroo, have continued blocking roads and attacking members of other ethnic groups and Christians.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega that gunshots are heard in Debre Zeit and Adama cities where several people died amid clashes between Qeerroo, on the one hand, and residents of the cities and security forces on the other.

According to the eyewitnesses, several vehicles were used to transport the attacking youth into Adama, the capital city of Oromia state, through all gates of the ci

Fresh Violence Hits Towns Surrounding Addis Ababa

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Qeerroo-ProtestOctober 23, 2019 ( -- A fresh outbreak of violence has hit some towns surrounding the Ethiopian capital after ethnic Oromo youth, otherwise called Qeerroo, blocked the roads leading to Addis Ababa.

Transportation services from Sululta, Alemgena and Burayu towns to Addis Ababa have been blocked as the Qeerroo, who carry sticks, protested and chanted in support of their leader activist Jawar Mohammed.

OMN director Jawar Mohammed on his Facebook page claimed that his security guards were told to leave his residence and that his residence has been surrounded by other security forces. His claim, however, has not

Masked Foreign Militants Carry Out Attacks in Afar State of Ethiopia

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Afar-AttackOctober 15, 2019 ( -- Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Awash Arba, Afambo and Gewane towns in Ethiopia’s Afar regional state, calling for the government to maintain peace and security in the region.

The demonstrations come amid non-deployment of defense forces by the central government at places where armed men on Sunday launched protracted attack in Afambo district, killing 17 innocent people including three children.

The state’s Peace and Security Bureau Head Ahmed Mohammed on Tuesday October 15, 2019 said masked foreign attackers who looked al-Shabaab militants carried out the offense.

At Least 16 People Killed in Protracted Attack in Afar State of Ethiopia - Police

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Afar-Attack-EthiopiaOctober 14, 2019 ( -- At least 16 people were killed, and several others wounded in protracted attack in Afambo district Megu locality of Afar regional state, the state’s police disclosed.

Deputy Commissioner of the state’s crime prevention department Ahmed Umed said well-organized attackers committed the offense killing 16 people, including three children and four women.

According to the deputy commissioner, the attackers were backed by military vehicles to launch the attack over the weekend starting 3PM until late evening. However, the police said, currently, they do not concrete evidence on t

Desert Locust Threatens Eastern Ethiopia

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Desert-LocustOctober 12, 2019 ( -- Desert Locust has threatened eastern part of Ethiopia and destroyed grass and shrubs in country’s Somali and Afar regional states, the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture has disclosed

Plants Conservation Director with the Ministry Zebdios Flato told journalists on Friday that the desert locusts have destroyed grass and shrubs on eight districts of Afar and three districts of Somali regional states since its appearance in July this year.

The desert locust has caused no serious damages on crops but ravaged grasses and shrubs in east Amhara, South eastern of Tigray an

At Least Five Killed, Four Wounded in Ongoing Attacks in Amhara State of Ethiopia

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North-Shoa-Amhara-EthiopiaOctober 8, 2019 ( -- At least five people were killed, and four others wounded in the ongoing attacks by undisclosed armed groups against civilians in Ataye town of north Shoa in Amhara regional state, eyewitnesses told Ezega
The latest attack, which began last Saturday, occurred after members of the national defense forces and regional security forces had been deployed in the town to counter the attacks.
Tefera Wendemagegn, administrator of the Northern Shoa, confirmed to the media the killing of five people and wounding of four oth

One Person Killed, Two Wounded in Fire Exchange in Amhara Town

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North-Shoa-Amhara-EthiopiaOctober 6, 2019 ( -- At least one person was killed and two others wounded in exchange of fire that occurred in Ataye town of Eferata Gidem district of North Shoa, in Amhara regional state of Ethiopia.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega that residents of the Ataye town have been told to stay at home as gun shots were going on in the area, including from heavy arms.

The guns shots can still be heard in places called Suni Mewicha and Abubeker mountain areas where the armed groups are reportedly hidden.   

According to the eyewitness, the security problem relapsed after an armed i

Millions Join Oromo Irrecha Celebrations in Addis Ababa

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Irreecha-2019-EthiopiaOctober 4, 2019 ( -- Millions of the people joined the eve of Hora Irrecha celebrations held in Addis Ababa through the five entry roads from all corners of Ethiopia yesterday.  

Hora Irrecha celebrations to be held on Saturday October 5, 2019, the first in 150 years as claimed by the organizers, is expected to host at least six million people, to be the largest number of celebrants in the history of the country.

Cultural troupes representing various Oromo people have displayed enlightening dances as they entered into Finfine as they called Addis Ababa. They were warmly welcomed by ener

Ethiopia Launches First Phase Riverside Green Development Project

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Riverside-Project-AAOctober 1, 2019 ( -- The government of Ethiopia launched the first phase riverside green development project in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  The project is underway to create a beautiful and healthy environment for residents of the metropolis and tourists, according to the government.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially launched the first phase with 12km long river side development of the planned 56km of ‘Beautifying Sheger Project.’

The $1 billion development project will run along the two biggest rivers in Addis Ababa – stretching 23.8kms and 27.5kms respectiv

Dozens of People, Policemen Killed in Ambush in Northern Ethiopia - Official

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Chilga-North-GondarSeptember 30, 2019 ( -- Dozens of people including policemen have been killed and several others wounded in an attack in Chilga town, North Gonder of Ethiopia, Official of the Amhara Region’s Peace and Security Bureau has disclosed

Head of the Bureau Agegnehu Teshager told Amhara Mass Media Agency that the Qimant Identity Regaining Committee carried out the attack that claimed the lives of security personnel and civilians, including six passengers who were killed in cold-blood due to their ethnic background.

”The extremist Qimant Identity Regaining Committee did the attack which was spons

Ethiopian City of Dire Dawa Still Facing Security Problems

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Dire-Dawa-ConflictSeptember 23, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia’s eastern city of Dire Dawa has witnessed a two-day security problem during which one person was killed and many others wounded over the last weekend.

In a briefing on Monday, Government Communications Affairs Bureau of the city administration said the security problems mainly involved fighting between organized youth groups, accompanied by knives in places called Qefira, Dechatuna and Amistegna.

Acting head of the Bureau Michael Endale said the fighting has now been put under control after the involvement of regional and federal police. The city is still tense an

Organizing Committee Hints Postponement of Nationwide Demonstrations

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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. Rul

Heroin Shipments from Afghanistan to Africa Rising - Report

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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

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 displacem

Ethiopia to Conduct Headcount of Endemic Wild Animals

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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 h

Desert Locust Hits Eastern Ethiopia - Official

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Desert-LocustAugust 21, 2019 ( -- East African Desert Locust Prevention and Controlling Institute said desert locust has hit parts of Afar, Ethiopian Somali, Western Oromia, north Wello of Amhara state, as well as Dire Dawa city in eastern Ethiopia.

Desert Locusts are short-horned grasshoppers that can form large swarms and consume crops, causing a serious risk to agricultural production, livelihoods, food security, and the environment and economic development.

FAO recently alarmed on desert locust outbreak in East African countries and Saudi Arabia induced by heavy rains.

“In our field assessment, we have fo


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