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Ethiopia to Purchase 400,000T of Wheat for Humanitarian Assistance

Ethiopia-Wheat-TenderOctober 19, 2017 - Ethiopia recently announced a tender for 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat for use in humanitarian assistance programs throughout the country. Bids are due Oct. 24, with delivery expected by February 2018, reports world grain. The tendered amount will be divided into three tranches, totaling 200,000 tonnes, 125,000 tonnes and 75,000 tonnes.

The primary source for the wheat is expected to be the Black Sea region, the USDA said, noting that the region “is generally one of the least expensive options.”

“With the exception of food aid, nearly all wheat coming into the country in 2016 came from the

US Embassy Issues Security Alert for Ethiopia

US-Embassy-EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017 - The United States embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security alert for its citizens in Ethiopia citing violent protests and road closures south of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.

“The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violent protests and road closures in and around Shashamane, approximately 250 km south of Addis Ababa. 

“There are reports of casualties. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Shashamane at this time,” the embassy’s statement read.

Six people have been killed according to Oromo government official. They quoted an official of the Or

Road Accident Kill Eight in North Shoa, Ethiopia

Car-Accident-EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017 - A road accident in North Shoa zone, Ethiopia's central Oromia regional state, killed eight people, reports Xinhua. Ethiopian officials stated that the accident happened at around 7 p.m. Wednesday when two passenger buses collided.

Seven other people who were injured in the accident have been taken to health clinics and hospitals. Ferede said police is investigating the cause of the car crash.

Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownerships in the world, deadly traffic accidents in Ethiopia are fairly common with bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road

Ethiopian Law Student Wins International Red Cross Competition

Rahel-Alemayehu-Ethiopia-ICRCOctober 6, 2017 - Ethiopian law student, Rahel Alemayehu, from Mekelle University, won the 2017 East African competition organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). ICRC has recognized the Ethiopian student for an essay competition on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL).

Rahel received a certificate and prize from the head of the ICRC delegation in Ethiopia, James Reynolds, at a ceremony on Oct. 3 at the ICRC office in Addis Ababa.

“Prior to the competition, my knowledge about IHL was insignificant. But ever since I read an article dealing with last year’s essay competition

US Diversity Visa Lottery Registration for 2019 to Begin October 3

US-DV-Lottery-2019September 25, 2017 - The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa announced that the 2019 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2019) Registration will open on Tuesday October 3, 2017, Noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and will be closed on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Noon Eastern Standard Time (EST).

According to commication sent to, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa will brief journalists on the Registration Program and provide updated information for DV eligibility and application procedures on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Entoto Road, at 10:45 AM local time. Select media outlets are invited to attend the briefing.

Ethiopia Makes Largest-Ever Micro-Insurance Indemnity to Pastoralists

Ethiopia-pastoralist-payoutSeptember 19, 2017 - Ethiopia has made its largest-ever micro-insurance indemnity for the loss of approximately 300,000 livestock lost due to the recurrent drought, reports the cattle site. The insurance payouts of more than Ethiopian Birr 5.233 million (US$220,000) was the largest-ever micro-insurance indemnity made in Ethiopia. Each insured Ethiopian pastoralist received an average of ETB 2,255 (US$96), which will allow the herders to purchase feeds for their surviving animals and to restock their herds.

Pastoralists in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia have been insured by an index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) scheme devise

Ethiopians Marking New Year Celebration on September 11

Ethiopian-celebrating-New-YearSeptember 10, 2017 - Ethiopians are getting ready to mark the Ethiopian New Year, which starts on September 11. The Ethiopian calendar is unique, and derives from the earlier Egyptian calendar which influenced the Julian calendar. On September 2007, Ethiopia celebrated its bi-millennial year, or year 2,000, from annunciation of Christ. This means there is a seven years difference between the Ethiopian calendar the Gregorian calendar. 

As part of the New Year celebration, Ethiopia has declared 10-day long nationwide celebrations, starting September 1, 2017, to usher in the upcoming Ethiopian New Year. As part of the Ethiopian cultur

Ethiopian Economist Wolday Amha Dies in Traffic Accident

Wolday-Amaha-deadSeptember 7, 2017 - Wolday Amha (PhD), a renowned Ethiopian economist serving as an executive director of the Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions, has died in a car crash on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, reports Ethiopian weekly English newspaper Addis Fortune. Wolday was travelling from the town of Modjo, 76Km east, to Addis Abeba when his vehicle collided with another truck branded Euro Truck at about 2:00pm, according to family members.

Wolday was an assistant professor at the Addis Ababa University (AAU), and served the association as its head for close to a decade. He was also a director of the board of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (C

Deadly Fire Causes Controversies between Chinese Contractor and Ethiopian Workers

Fire-Stadium-EthiopiaSeptember 6, 2017 - A fire accident that engulfed workers' dormitory at the construction site of Ethiopia’s largest stadium, Adey Abeba Stadium, claimed the lives of seven people so far while almost a dozen were burned severely, reports Addis Standard. Around 20 day laborers who came from various parts of Ethiopia in search of jobs were believed to have been inside their dormitory when the fire broke out on Saturday August 8, 2017. Some of them were readying to sleep and others were preparing dinner when a gas cylinder exploded at about 8:00 PM local time.

Officials from the Chinese State Engineering Corporation Ltd (CSCEC), whic

Victim of Acid Attack Ethiopian Mom in Bangkok with Severe Injury

Acid-victim-AtsedeSeptember 2, 2017 - Atsede Nigussiem, 26, was at home in Tigrai, Ethiopia, when she opened the door to estranged partner Haimanot Kahsai, 29, on July 15, when she was attacked with acid leaving her in agony as their five-year-old son Hannibal Kahsai slept inside.

Such is the severity of her injuries, she has to eat and drink through a straw and spends all day crying - one of the few things she can still do.

After the attack, Atsede ran screaming into the street for help from neighbours while Kahsai  fled into the night.

Two months later Astede is still in pain, her mouth has been melted together so she cannot talk, she is bl

USAID Administrator to Visit Ethiopia

Mark-Green-USAID-EthiopiaAugust 29, 2017 - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator, Mark Green, will arrive in Ethiopia on Wednesday for a two-day visit. The administrator will visit multiple USAID-funded projects in Ethiopia that contribute to strengthening community resilience and economic development in Ethiopia. Green will also visit a programme supported through the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which aims to reduce the economic vulnerability of families affected by HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.

In meetings with senior officials, Green will encourage the Ethiopian government to increase its own investments in humanit

Power Transmission Lines in Place for Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

GERD-distribution-linesAugust 27, 2017 - 1400 km long 500kV high power transmission lines and distribution stations are in place that will carry electric power when the Great Ethiopian Renaissance dam begins power generation, according to Ethiopian Electric Power.

Ethiopian Electric Power External and Public Relations Director, Misikir Negash stated that 500 kV distribution stations built from GERD-Dedesa-Holeta and Dedesa-Holeta are waiting the power generation of the Renaissance Dam.

Over 28 billion birr has been expended on the construction of the power distribution stations, it was learned. According to the Ethiopian power PR, the capacity to build these

Bomb Explosion in Ethiopia’s Southwestern Town Injures 13

Bomb-Jimma-EthiopiaAugust 24, 2017 - A bomb explosion in the Ethiopian southwestern town of Jimma has injured about 13 people, local media reports. Jimma town’s police commander, Inspector Fadil Mohammed confirmed the incident. Jimma is one of the main towns in Ethiopia, a fertile region where the Ethiopian government in 2004 had planned to resettle hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian farmers.

The injured persons were receiving treatment at a specialized referral hospital. Among them were a 10-year-old boy and two women. The attack comes on the second day of a five-day stay-at-home strike called by Ethiopian opposition activists. The attack is said to have occurred

Ethiopian Maid Thrown Off from 7th Floor by Kuwaiti Employer Returns Home

Ethiopian-Maid-victim-returns-homeAugust 23, 2017 - Adesech Sadik, an Ethiopian maid who was forcibly thrown from the seventh floor of a building in Kuwait, has returned to Ethiopia four months after the incident that sparked outrage in her home country Ethiopia and abroad. The Ethiopian maid made international headlines when her employer ostensibly filmed a video of Adesech holding on to a window frame with one hand and subsequently falling on a metal canopy seven floors below.

Kuwait media reported that her employer was arrested for not helping the Ethiopian maid, who was rescued by health professionals and rushed to the hospital

Ethiopian Afar State Relocates 15,000 Pastoralists

Ethiopian-Afar-StateAugust 21, 2017 - As part of Villegazation program Ethiopia’s northeastern state, Afar region, will relocate 15,000 pastoralists, reports the Ethiopian news agency. The relocation is scheduled to be conducted in the current Ethiopian fiscal year. 

According to Usman Mohammed, Office Head at the Afar regional Basin Development and Villagization office, the resettlement will be based on availability of water and the needs of the community. Usman also stated that preparation work including identifying potential areas is being underway in 30 woredas of the region.

According to Usman over 60 million Birr has been allocated for th

Ethiopia Sentences 370 Human Traffickers to 25 Years

Ethiopia-sentences-370-TraffickersAugust 17, 2017 - A total of 370 human traffickers and facilitators were detained and brought to justice over the last Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ethiopian News Agency reports. Yebeltal Walelen, Office Coordinator at Office of the Secretariat for Anti-Human trafficking Taskforce told ENA that the individuals were sentenced up to 25 years of rigorous imprisonment. Apart from arresting traffickers, awareness creation programs on the dangers involved in illegal migration was also conducted throughout Ethiopia.

Through the monitoring activities, 8,500 Ethiopians who were to be smuggled out of the country through th

Ethiopia’s Central State Faces Challenges Relocating Farmers

European-Food-CattleAugust 16, 2017 - Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state, has faced a challenge in relocating 600 farmers from the 335 Ha of land out of the total 800ha leased to European Food and Cattle Plc in East Shoa, Liben, Chukana Wereda, near Ziway.

The French company, European Food and Cattle, obtained the land a year ago to establish a company which will process animal fodder and dairy products in Ethiopia. With a 681 million Br investment capital and working capital of 50 million Br, the company obtained a license in 2014 from the region's Investment Commission. According to Addis Fortune’s report, the French company leased the land after ge

Two Million Animals Lost to Drought in Ethiopia - FAO

2M-annimals-lost-EthiopiaAugust 12, 2017 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) disclosed that two million animals have been lost to a “devastating” drought in Ethiopia. The drought had devastated Ethiopian herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources. It also said the current food and nutrition crisis in Ethiopia was significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods.

“For livestock-dependent families in Ethiopia, the animals can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for children, pregnant and nursing mothers, for whom milk is a crucial source of nutrition.

Lightning Strike Kills Six People in Ethiopia

Ethiopia-lightning-strike-killsAugust 10, 2017 - Lightning strikes kill six people in Ethiopia’s northeastern region. The incident happened in Afar regional state, one of Ethiopia’s developing regional states, with majority arid and semi-arid climate conditions, a state prone to negative weather conditions, including the recent El Nino driven drought that hits Ethiopia since 2015.

The tragedies occurred amid the Ethiopian Meteorology Agency’s latest warning over the prospect of above-average rainfall with a probable thunderstorm.

Two people were killed as a result of the first lightning accident in Afar’s Ewa district, while f

Nigerian Passenger Dies on Ethiopian Airlines Flight

Nigerian-DiedAugust 3, 2017 - A Nigerian passenger, who was on Ethiopian Airlines flight 606 en-route Addis Ababa to Guangzhou, died abroad. The reason for his death is yet unknown. According to Vanguard’s report, when the Nigerian slumped, the Ethiopian professionals had administered first aid on him.  

It was also learned that the corpse had been taken to the Aviation Hospital’s mortuary within the Baiyun International Airport complex for a post-mortem. Nigerian Consul General to China, Ambassador Wale Oloko said the mission is not restricting investigations on its part, noting that it had gone ahead to advise the m


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