| Ethiopia Makes Largest-Ever Micro-Insurance Indemnity to Pastoralists
September 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
September 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
September 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
September 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
September 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
August 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
| Ethiopia Recognizes Rastafarian; 1000 Granted National ID
July 29, 2017 - Rastafarians residing in Ethiopia will be given a national identity card, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Meles Alem disclosed. Nearly 1,000 Rastafarians, who have lived for many decades in the eastern African nations, have been stateless.
"We have three generations of people residing here (in Ethiopia) that have blended well with our citizens. But sadly they were neither Caribbean nor Ethiopians so were somehow stateless. This national ID will address this problem," said Meles.
The new Ethiopian government decision means they can enter without visas and live wit
| Elephant Kills Spanish Tourist in Ethiopia
July 24, 2017 - A Spanish tourist, who was visiting Ethiopia’s Chebera-Churchura Nature Park, died after being trampled and gored by an elephant in Chebera-Churchura Nature Park, located in Southern part of Ethiopia.
Ethiopian witnesses said the man did not follow the instructions and approached the elephant despite the danger. The victim reportedly climbed out of his vehicle to get a better shot but was then hit with the animal's trunk and stabbed in the body with its tusk. It is believed that the man was killed while attempting to get close-up images of the animal.
The Spanish government confirmed his de
| Ethiopia to Start New Railway Line
July 7, 2017 - Ethiopian Railway Corporation announced plans that it will start test run of Awash – Woldiya/Hara Gebeya Railway line next month.
The project, which is currently underway in the north-eastern part of Ethiopia, was started in June 2012. Unlike other Ethiopian infrastructure development projects constructed by Chinese companies, some part of this project is being constructed by Turkish construction firm, Yapi Merkezi.
In 2007, Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers established the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), with a mandate to develop an integrated and high-capacity railway
| Ethiopian News Agency Receives Donation from Turkey
June 24, 2017 - Turkey’s state aid agency on Friday made a donation of vital media equipment to the official Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
Fazil Akin Erdogan, Ethiopia coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), gave the donated equipment to Seifu Deribe, ENA’s deputy general manager.
After the handover, the TIKA official said the donation was part of TIKA’s unrelenting efforts to contribute to development in Ethiopia.
For his part, Seife thanked TIKA for the donation, which he said would greatly support the modern news and image production of the state news agency.
TIKA has been actively providing develop
| Ethiopia will Run Out of Emergency Aid Food Next Month
June 11, 2017 - Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid at the end of this month, leaving 7.8 million people affected by drought at risk of hunger, the UN has warned, according to the BBC.
Aid groups and the government are calling for help, but fear donor fatigue with other crises worldwide.
Ethiopia has been struggling following successive failed rains. The government allocated $381m extra over the last two years, but is unable to sustain it for a third year.
It has left Ethiopia in a "dire situation", according to John Aylieff of the World Food Programme, a UN agency.