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Building National Identity

By Abel Merawi

Ethiopia-UnitedSeptember 19, 2019 ( -- Imagine how you would feel if you wake up one day and absolutely no one recognizes your existence. People pass you by without even glancing at your direction, as if you don’t exist. You try to speak to people, but people do not hear or respond to you. You become invisible to the world. You no longer have friends or family members for you to be part of society. Let us stretch the point in a realistic manner by assuming that you are visible but have no one with whom to identify yourself with. You have cut ties with your family, you have no friends, and you do not belong to any religious, ethnic, politic

Irreecha Celebrations to be Held in Addis Ababa, First in Over 150 Years

By Staff Reporter   

Irreecha-CelebrationSeptember 19, 2019 ( -- The Oromia cultural and tourism bureau is preparing to celebrate Irrecha in Addis Ababa early next October. Head of the bureau Girma Hailu said the exercise is to restart the irrecha celebration in Finfine currently known as Addis Ababa city after about 150 years.

Some politicians, however, claim that the move has to do with pushing the claim by the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) on the ownership of Addis Ababa city, which almost all other ethnic groups living in the city oppose.

Irreechaa is the annual Oromo people Thanksgiving Day that is celebrated every year i

Demonstrators Denounce Government for Failing to Protect the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

By Staff Reporter

Demonstration-Ethiopian-Orthodox-ChurchSeptember 16, 2019 ( – In a sign of potentially explosive situation, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in several towns of Ethiopia this weekend to denounce what they say government’s failure to protect Ethiopian Orthodox Churches. Demonstrations took place in Gondar, Deberetabor, Dessie, Woreta, Estie, Mekaneeyesus and Nifas Mewicha towns in northern Ethiopia denouncing the Ethiopian government for doing nothing when churches are being attacked in various places.

The demonstrators called on the government to protect the constitutional rights of

Adey Abeba and the Spirit of Change

By Abel Merawi

Adey-AbebaSeptember 10, 2019 ( -- I am going to deviate from the usual line of writing I follow and place my hand on the keyboard to describe the cheerful feeling shared by all during a New Year. It is a time of year that marks a transition, a metamorphosis of the soul. Even the gloomy ones whisper New Year resolutions when no one is watching. It is common to hear and see radio and TV programs talking about a brighter tomorrow, with people calling to announce a better version of themselves for the world to heed. Hope brings light to the dark alleys of our heart. And what better time could there be for hope than a New Year, a time when the cosmos flow

Non-Communicable Diseases Account for 52 Percent of Deaths in Ethiopia - Study

By Staff Reporter

WHO-EthiopiaSeptember 5, 2019 ( – Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs) are the cause of high causality in Ethiopia, accounting for 52 percent of annual deaths, a study has revealed.

According to a study conducted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of five Ethiopians die prematurely, before the age of 70 years due to NDCs.

The study estimates that NDCS are costing Ethiopia at least 31.3 billion birr or $1.1 billion per year, which is equivalent to 1.8 percent of the country’s GDP.

The main causes NDCs are tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy d

Mob Violence

By Abel Merawi

MobSeptember 5, 2019 ( -- A discussion on mob violence or aggression takes a different route than violence on an individual level. The later requires distinct case studies or psychoanalysis for each individual. However, mob violence requires an integration of psychological and sociological analysis. For a better understanding, it is important to raise some core questions regarding the mob: Can a mob be rational or is it mostly driven by emotion? Or is it a combination of the two? Can the individuals in the mob continue to act autonomously or do they succumb to a collective mentality guided by others to act like a machine on auto pilot? Does the one (the l

What Do Addis Ababa Beggars Say About the Draft Law?

By Biruktayet Bihon

Beggars-Addis-AbabaSeptember 2, 2019 ( -- Begging is a common sight in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The moment you stop your car at a traffic red light, you will see a woman with a child in her arms running towards you, or a little boy banging your car window, or a handicapped man lying on side streets asking for changes.

You will find many of these people around the junctions, traffic lights, taxi stops, in churches and mosques, and so many other popular places.

At times you see people giving them a change or two out of humanity and social norms, or, more commonly, due to religious beliefs. At other times,

Living the Truth as a Human Being

By Abel Merawi

EthiopiaAugust 28, 2019 ( -- Once upon a time, there was a king who did the most ridiculous things you can imagine. These things were known to the people he ruled, yet no one dared to speak about it out loud. Waking up one day, the king took all his clothes off and ran around the streets naked. As usual, no one said a word about it, let alone remark that it was wrong. Though words were not spoken, the thought in everyone’s mind was the same. Suddenly, someone amidst the crowd said, “The king is naked!” Then, the veil that covered the people’s eyes disappeared, and all joined the chorus: “The king is naked!” In fact

More than 1.3 Million Ethiopians Exposed to Flooding - Officials

By Staff Reporter

Flooding-EThiopiaAugust 22, 2019 ( -- More than 1.3 million Ethiopians are exposed to flooding catastrophe due to overflow of river banks in the following two months of rainy season, Ethiopian Officials have said.

According to the report, 1,336,355 Ethiopians could be affected by the flood in this rainy season. Further, 335,818 of these people could be displaced due to flooding and landslides, Damena Darota, Deputy Commissioner of Disaster, Risk Prevention and Management said in a joint briefing on Thursday.

According to the deputy commissioner, 23,990 people have so far been displaced and are receiving humanitarian assi

Hubris* - The Tragedy of Not Learning from Others

By Abel Merawi

HubrisAugust 19, 2019 ( -- There is a parable narrated in the Easter world’s lifestyle called Zen, with a deep yet so simple lesson. Once upon a time, there used to live an unhappy man, who set out on a quest to find the true meaning of life. He went through mountains and valleys, talked to all the sages known to the world for their great wisdom. Yet it was all in vain for he deemed their knowledge unworthy compared to what he assumed he already knew. After years of tiresome journey, he finally went to an old Zen monk, who lived in a monastery in the forest. Upon hearing the desire of this miserable person, the monk offered him tea. The man held th

Chikungunya Outbreak Sweeps Dire Dawa City in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

ChikungunyaAugust 16, 2019 ( -- An outbreak of Chikungunya disease has swept Dire Dawa city in easern Ethiopia. Chikungunya is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes.

The city's health bureau disclosed that about 4000 cases of Chikungunya disease have so far been reported in the city, mainly in Dechatu district.

The chikungunya virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The disease, which is common in Tanzania and Mozambique, was first reported in Ethiopia in 2016 at Keberidhar and Dolo Ado towns, near Kenya and Somalia borders.

The disease was also reported in March this year in the Afar Regional

Ethiopia Launches National Roadmap to End Child Marriage, FGM

By Staff Reporter

Child-marriageAugust 14, 2019 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has launched a National Roadmap to end child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) which are widely practiced in almost all rural parts of the country.

The roadmap to end child marriage focuses on enhancing the capacity of girls through providing life skill training, information about their rights and available services as well as enhancing the responsiveness of schools and legal services. It also targets families and communities to change their attitude towards ending the practice and show support to alternative life options for girls such as education.

The Era of Group Mentality: Us vs Them

By Abel Merawi

Us-vs-themAugust 13, 2019 ( -- Human civilization flourished as settlements took hold, when animal husbandry and agriculture became the primary ways of life. This became possible with the development of human language. Without it, human civilization would not have been possible. Language is essential to the formation of society, because society exists and continues to exist through communications. The more developed animals such as apes, which are considered our closest relatives, didn’t evolve for lack of more expressive languages. Even if it is a distinctively human quality, the way we use it makes a big difference in how we live and thrive

Addis Ababa to Celebrate Its First Ashenda

By Biruktayet Bihon

AshendaAugust 13, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism addressed the Media this week about its preparation to host the traditional festival of Ashenda or Shadey in the capital city, Addis Ababa. This marks the first time the city is officially holding celebration of the festival, which has its roots in northern Ethiopia.

In a press briefing, the Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Minister Hirut Kassaw said the celebration in the capital would create significant opportunities for the promotion of cultural exchange and mutual understanding among various ethnic groups.

The Minster said that the festival being celebrat

Addis Ababa City to Prohibit Prostitution, Begging in Public Places

By Staff Reporter

Prostitution-Addis-AbabaAugust 12, 2019 ( -- The Addis Ababa City Government is to introduce a new criminal law prohibiting prostitution, begging and refuge on the streets of Addis Ababa.

Sex tourism and begging continue to be a major social problem in the capital city, Addis Ababa, and other cities of the country, mainly driven by poverty and unemployment.

The procuring of sex (on the streets, in brothels, benefiting from prostitution, etc.) is illegal under Article 634 of the Ethiopian Penal Code, as revised in May 2005. However, these laws are rarely enforced. Ethiopia has become a magnet for sex tourism, inclu

Hawassa: The City We Know and Love

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Hawassa-CityJuly 29, 2019 ( -- The current insecurity and conflicts in Sidama zone of the Southern Ethiopian region has significantly affected investment, business, and tourism in the regional capital city of Hawassa. At the heart of the conflict is the quest for statehood by the Sidama ethnic groups, who have demanded a referendum to become an autonomous region. The conflict intensified over the last few weeks after some groups tried to declare Sidama as a region, claiming that the government failed to hold a referendum on a timeline stipulated in the constitution.

As expected, the deadly clashes invited heavy mi

Recent Cholera Outbreak in Ethiopia Stopped - Official

By Staff Reporter

Dr-Amir-EthiopiaJuly 19, 2019 ( -- The cholera outbreak infecting some parts of Ethiopia has been put under control, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Dr. Amir Aman has announced.

Out of 871 people  who were diagnosed to have been infected by Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD), 50 of them were infected with Vibrio Cholera outbreak which hit Addis Ababa city, Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and Somali regional states of Ethiopia since late May this year.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Dr. Amir said the Vibrio cholera, that killed 17 people in Amhara and Tigray states alone, have been put under control and no case o

The Failed Promises of College Education in Ethiopia

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Graduation-EthiopiaJuly 19, 2019 ( -- Ten years ago, in the Ethiopian Parliament, the then Trade and Industry Minister Girma Biru was presenting the success of opening multiple universities in the country. This magnificent achievement being cited did not impress the then outspoken parliamentarian Lidetu Ayalew. Lidetu asked about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of youth who will graduate from these universities. The question was rather clear. Industrial development in Ethiopia is very slow and the nation was (and still is) heavily dependent on traditional agriculture and foreign aid. And both were not promising

New Ethiopian Law Gives Women Longer Maternity Leave

Maternity-LeaveJuly 10, 2019 ( -- The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on Thursday revised the existing labor law to give women longer maternity leaves and extend new employee probation period.

The newly revised bill grants female workers an extended period of maternal leave, according to the Reporter. It also extends the period of probation for employees who are newly recruited.

The revised bill, reviewed by the Women, Youth and Social Affairs standing Committee, gives female employees at least 120 days of maternal leave, including a one-month pre-natal leave and a three-month post-natal leave, making it one

Cases of Cholera Reported in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Vibrio-choleraJune 2, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Public Health Institute has reported cases of Cholera in several parts of the country, including the capital city, Addis Ababa. The type of cholera detected is believed to Vibrio Cholera.

Vibrio cholera cases have been detected on eight people so far out of 360 people who were diagnosed to have been infected by Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) in Amhara, Tigray and Somali regional states, the institute said in a statetment on Sunday.

Vibrio cholerae is a Gram-negative, comma-shaped bacterium. The bacterium's natural habitat is brackish or saltwater. Some strains of Vvibrio choler


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