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Historical Lessons for Fighting Pandemics

By Abel Merawi

COVID-19-EthiopiaApril 8, 2020 ( -- Facing reality is not always easy, yet it is necessary for survival. There are some facts we try to avoid for we fear the changes that accompany them. There is a philosophical scenario used to examine how people deal with reality; it runs as follows: Imagine yourself in bed surrounded by nothing except the deep darkness and windy rain outside. Suddenly, you heard footsteps lurking and stealthily stepping closer. You are gripped with utter dread as your mind rushes to assign meaning to the sounds you heard. Will you comfort yourself saying it was just a dream? Will you pretend it was the sound of wind and r

History of Pandemics in Ethiopia

By Abel Merawi

Epidemics-EthiopiaApril 6, 2020 ( -- In talking about the isolation of Ethiopia from the world, the British historian Edward Gibbon has said, “Ethiopians slept nearly a thousand years, forgetful of the world by whom they were forgotten.” Accordingly, one would assume such a country to be free from the pandemics that threatened the world. This is a common yet mistaken assumption shared by both foreigners and Ethiopians. The lack of documentation and inaccessible is also another contribution to this view. In truth, pandemics are not new to Ethiopia for they have managed to creep into the country time and again. As Richard Pankhurst

Ethiopia Reports First Death Due to COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-reports-first-deathApril 5, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Sunday reported the country's first death due to deadly coronavirus.

The fatality comes as Ethiopia reports five additional cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 43.

The latest patients are three Ethiopians, an Eritrean and Libyan nationals.

The 60 year old Ethiopian deceased has been in a treatment center where she was in critical health condition after she was diagnosed for the virus on March 31, 2020.

Prior to the death report,

Ethiopian Regional States Impose Travel Ban to Halt Spread of COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-statesMarch 30, 2020 ( -- Several regional states in Ethiopia have imposed a travel ban in the hope of slowing down the spread of coronavirus, while cases in the country slowly but steadily increased.

The horn African nation has reported a total of 23 cases so far and most patients have been infected with the virus when traveling overseas, but five cases of local transmissions were now also under investigation.

Accordingly, the Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, Benishangul Gumuz and South Nations Nationalities Peoples States have imposed lockdown and travelers cannot go into the regions effective Monday, March 30, 2020.

Adama City Freezes Transportation Services over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Adama-city-EthiopiaMarch 30, 2020 ( -- The Oromia Region Communication Bureau announced a total suspension of transportation services in Adama city after three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region’s capital.

Gizachew Gebissa, Deputy Head of the Bureau said human movements also were restricted in the city in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday in a statement said five more people have tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 21.

According to the statement, all the five confirmed cases are Ethiopians na

Ethiopia Announces 1st Recovery from COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

CoronaVirusMarch 29, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has announced the first patient who was recovered from the deadly (COVID-19), the country’s ministry of health said.

“Out of 16 confirmed cases for coronavirus, the country reported the first recovery from the deadly virus,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Friday reported four more confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 16.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had expressed concern over the spread of the virus and anticipated that fast in the coming days.

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Ethiopia Suspends More Flights, Introduces Local Medicine to Contain COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19March 29, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has announced further measures ranging from suspension of additional flights to the invention of local medicines in order to contain the deadly (COVID-19).

Announcing the government’s decisions, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Ethiopian Airlines has suspended flights to a total of 72 destinations, up from 30 what it did early last week.

The Prime Minister said more than 134 facilities have been identified for quarantine, isolation and treatment centers including the Grand Millenium Hall with varying levels of equipment.

The government a

Administrative, Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city Gunned Down

By Staff Reporter

Nekemte-Oromia-EthiopiaMarch 25, 2020 ( -- Teshome Genti, Administrative and Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city in Oromia region in western Ethiopia, was shot dead.

Teshome was killed on Wednesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen near his house in Nekemet city, eyewitnesses told

Administrative and Security Bureau Deputy Head of the regional government Abebe Geressu told local media that he heard Teshome was shot but did not know if he was dead.

It is recalled that last month Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town, Solomon Tadesse, was shot by unidentified gunmen.


Ethiopia Shutdowns Universities, Releases Prisoners over COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19March 25, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the temporary closure of higher learning institutions in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) among university communities.

The announcement came a day before the over 40 universities denied students to leave campus in a circular amid growing concerns of overcrowding in dormitories and lecture classes.

The universities will cover transportation fares of the students back to their families but did not give clear information as to when the students will restart classes.

A month and a half ago,

Crisis Profiteers

By: Abel Merawi

Birr-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2020 ( -- The COVID-19 global epidemic has continued to be the saddest and most threatening concern of the entire human race. At a time when global action and solidarity is crucial, the inhumane and ignorant measures taken by some people is incomprehensible. Though there are many aspects to consider, I am specifically going to address the case of crisis profiteers in my own country – Ethiopia. As soon as the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Ethiopia, the price of some goods started to increase. It began with medical kits including sanitizers, disinfectants, antibiotics, face masks, and rubbing alcohol. After a s

Ethiopia Closes Borders to Control COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-BorderMarch 23, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the closure of borders prohibiting humans crossing into the country as measure to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The premier directed the National Defence Forces to halt the movement of people along all borders, with the exception of incoming essential goods to the country.

In a live broadcast on Monday, the premier said several people have failed to maintain the recommended social distance between one person to another particularly in churches, transportation services and public places across the country.

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You Can Make a Difference

By: Abel Merawi

MLKMarch 18, 2020 ( -- The amount of information a person accesses presently is unimaginably high as compared to previous times. The amount of data you get from the internet and from the news can be overwhelming. If you are a sort of person who actually cares, you are bound to pay attention to the reality of the world, and it is not always pretty. You hear about wars breaking out in different parts of the world, claiming the lives of millions. You observe the deceit and false promises of politicians. You witness the horror brought by religious, ideological or ethnic conflicts. Even more, you see the terrible crimes committed by individuals that make you qu

Ethiopia Reports 6th Case of Coronavirus

By Staff Reporter

COVID-19March 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has reported its 6th case of coronavirus, the latest being a 59-year-old UK diplomat, who arrived in Addis Ababa from Dubai last Monday.

She is now in an isolation center for medical follow up, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ethiopia reported its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) last Friday after a Japanese citizen tested positive. The other two Japanese and two Ethiopians tested positive for the deadly virus in the following days.

In a press release on Tuesday, Director General of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute Dr. Eba Abate sa

Ethiopia Suspends Academic, Sporting Activities Due to Coronavirus

By Staff Reporter

Abiy-Ahmed-CoronavirusMarch 16, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has suspended academic activities in schools and universities as well as large gatherings effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until end of the month in a bid to reduce the risk of infections of the deadly coronavirus.

In a briefing on Monday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the suspension of academic and social activities after the horn African nation tasted five people positive for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 victims in Ethiopia consist of three Japanese and two Ethiopians who according to the premier are in a “stable condition”.

The decision has

More Cases of Coronavirus Reported in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter                                                              

COVID-19March 15, 2020 ( -- More cases of the novel coronavirus are being reported in Ethiopia including on two Japanese citizens and one Ethiopian, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health has disclosed.

The ministry said the newly infected people had contacts with the first Japanese ci

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Finally Secures Title Deed for Disputed Land

By Staff Reporter

Christian-deathMarch 15, 2020 ( -- The Addis Ababa City Administration has provided title deed to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church for the disputed plot of land on which three followers were killed as police were trying to demolish a structure on the land at kebele 24 in Bole Sub-city of the capital. learned that the church received the ownership title late on Friday, March 13, 2020, to the delight of all Ethiopian Orthodox Christians particularly to those who live nearby to the disputed plot of land and families of the victims.

Three parties including the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Ch

Ethiopia Reports Its First Case of Coronavirus

By Staff Reporter

Dr.Liya-TadesseMarch 13, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has confirmed its first case of the deadly coronavirus on a Japanese citizen, the country’s ministry of health announced on Friday.

Health Minister Dr. Liya Tadesse told journalists that the 48-year old Japanese national tested positive for COVD19 in Addis Ababa. He had arrived in Ethiopia on March 4, 2020, from Burkina Faso.

The patient has been quarantined at Bole Chefa isolation center in Addis Ababa and is in good health condition, she said.

“Those who have been in contact with the person were traced and quarantined as well,” the minister added.

Dozens of People Killed in Conflict Between Ethnic Oromo and Afar

By Staff Reporter

Awash-Afar-EthiopiaMarch 12, 2020 ( -- Dozens of people were killed in a conflict between ethnic Oromo and Afar people in Awash and Bordered areas in eastern Ethiopia.

It is not clear how the conflict started but Mussa Yesuf, the Administrator of the Kumbi Bordeda of west Harargae, said the Afar’s Liyu (Special) force killed ethnic Oromo people and wounded several others in “surprise attack”.

Kedir Ahmed, an Afar resident said the recurrent conflict occurred due to ownership right over pasture land in Bordered district which was part of the Afar regional state but taken over by the Oromo people recent

Hate Speech Sparks Anger Among Many Ethiopians

By Staff Reporter

Oromo-Woman-hateMarch 9, 2020 ( -- Anti-ethnic Amhara speech broadcast by the Oromo Media Network (OMN) sparked anger among many Ethiopians, especially with the ethnic Amhara people.

The video that became viral in various social media platforms displayed a young lady speaking in Afan Oromo language sending messages that all ethnic Oromo people must not live with other ethnic people and engaged in any form of social contracts, especially with the Neftegnas (nickname of Amhara).

“Our struggle starts with an Oromo husband who is married to Habesha (nonethnic Oromo) lady. An Oromo husband who is married with Habesha wif


By Abel Merawi

AdwaMarch 2, 2020 ( -- It was early Sunday morning on March 1, 1896. The place was Adwa. Two warring sides were holding position, ready to fight. On one side, there were the brave children of Ethiopia with their Emperor beside them. They were not all trained soldiers; they were people from all walks of life. Devoid of fear they stood there; ready to fight in a just war so as to defend their land and the freedom it represents. On the other side, there were the conceited Italian soldiers with their commanders. They were unwelcome visitors in the land of the free people. For them, justice has nothing to do with it for they were blinded


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