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Ethiopia Can Hold Elections with Necessary Precautions - Health Minister

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-ElectionsSeptember 20, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse told parliament that the country can hold the 6th general elections any time soon after the necessary precautions to prevent coronavirus are in place.

The House of Federation in June this year postponed the 6th general elections, which was slated for last August, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The upper house also recommended the elections shall be held after the Health Ministry and other relevant organizations approve the pandemic does not pose any threats on health of voters.

Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tades

Military Dismisses Reports of Delayed Response to Killings in Benishangul Gumuz

By Staff Reporter

Major-General-Mohammed-TessemaSeptember 18, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian National Defense Force has dismissed reports that it deployed troops too late to stop targeted killings in the Metekel zone of Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz regional state.

Major General Mohammed Tessema on Thursday said members of the national defense forces had to travel more than 100 kilometer by car and another about 55 kilometer on foot to arrive at the areas where armed men execute several people in the Benishangul Gumuz region.

“After the regional government made a helping call, troops of the national defense force who were

At Least 89 People Killed in Targeted Attacks in Western of Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-GumuzSeptember 18, 2020 ( -- At least 89 ethnic Amhara, Agew and Shinasha people were killed in targeted attacks in Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia.

Eyewitnesses told that the civilians were killed by ethnic Gumuz militia in arranged attacks starting from September 4, 2020.

“The attacks were carried out in three localities of the Bulen district, Metekel Zone, by a militia composed of ethnic Gumuz which comprise about 34 percent of the population in Bulen,” the eyewitnesses said.

The militias seized the victims from their homes during the night in three localities namely Ei

Hope as an Affirmation of Life

By Abel Merawi

Hope-Affirmation-LifeSeptember 14, 2020 ( -- Human beings occupy the same physical space and time in this world. However, the defining description of the world is numerous. These differences in understanding the same world have less to do with intellect and more with perspective. Even if you ask intellects from the same field of study, you may get a strikingly different definition. The same is true of the uneducated, politicians, religious people, artists, and even the children. Sometimes, the difference is so wide that it makes you wonder whether they are defining the same planet or not.

I contend that we perceive and understand the world based

Free but in Chain, Part IV: Personal Bondage

By Abel Merawi

Free but in Chain, Part IV: Personal BondageSeptember 10, 2020 ( -- Sounds and images are streaming from the screen in front of you. You are not watching anything in particular; you are just watching TV! You keep flicking the remote control, glued to your hand, and appearing to be part of it. Your other hand scrolls through social media on your ‘smart’ phone, operating with the same objective like the other. The sole purpose is filling the void of silence and killing time. The dreaded silence is unbearable since it represents life – the real world. Time no longer represents life; it rather is a prison sentence that ends with each d

Free but in Chain. Part III: Economic Bondage

By Abel Merawi

Economic-BondageSeptember 2, 2020 ( -- When the people cry for economic relief, the leaders speak of ethnic solutions. When despairing farmers require modern technological solutions, the leaders disguise it in racial inequality. The youth demand employment while leaders preach of regional separatisms. Without identifying the root of economic problems, we cannot begin to solve it. The individual, who is born free, faces the difficulty of even properly identifying and formulating one’s demands. It goes without elaborate discourse that individual freedom is an illusion without economic freedom. Let us be bold enough to admit that Ethiopians

Flood Displaces over 92,000 People in Ethiopia's Afar, Oromia Regions

By Staff Reporter

Awash-River-FloodSeptember 2, 2020 ( -- More than 92,000 people in Ethiopia's Afar and Oromia regional states have been displaced by floods as the Awash River flows out of its riverbank due to heavy rains.

Head of the Afar Region’s Disaster and Risk Management Commission Mahi Ali told local media that 14 districts in the region are hit by the flood as the river runs out of its scheme.

According to the head, the flood has affected at least 120,000 people and displaced more than 72,000 of them.

The head, however, affirmed that human fatalities did not occur as a result of the ongoing flood, which was ex

Former City Mayor Rubbishes Land Grabbing, Illegal Transfer of Condos

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-City-Land-GrabSeptember 1, 2020 ( -- Former Deputy Mayor Addis Ababa city Takele Uma rubbished reports that the city government allowed land grabbing and transferred condominium houses illegally.

Takele described the report by Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (ECSJ) as “fake” which is aimed at gaining political profit and demolishing the nation.

In a report on Monday ECSJ revealed that more than 213,000 square meters of land have been illegally appropriated in the form of land grabbing across five sub-cities of the capital Addis Ababa.

“We have been fighting the land grabbing

At Least 12 People Killed in Ethnic Attacks in Southern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

SNNPR-EthiopiaSeptember 1, 2020 ( -- At least 12 people were killed and 10 others wounded in ethnic-based clashes over forest ownership rights in Ale special district in South Nations Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia, an official has said.

“Gunmen killed 12 persons and wounded several others in pre-arranged attacks in Gerama and Guroze localities in Ale district,” Government Communication Affairs Head of the district Sawra Gebeyehu told local media.

This is the second time that clashes broke out between ethnic Konso and Ale communities over land ownership right in the district.

“There has be

Thousands of Ethnic Amharas Flee from Tigray Region over Identity Matters

By Staff Reporter

wolkiteAugust 28, 2020 ( -- Thousands of ethnic Amhara people have fled their homes in Wolkait-Tegede area from Tigray region to Amhara region due to clashes with security forces over matters of identity.

Identity and Geographic Restoration of Wolkait-Tegede committee said the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) has detained at least 300 ethnic Amhara people who refused to register for a controversial regional election.

Speaking to local media, chairperson of the committee Colonel Demeke Zewedu accused Addis Ababa and Amhara region of failing to intervene and stop the human rights violations against the people.

He said

Free but in Chain. Part II: Social Bondage

By Abel Merawi

Omo-Valley-EthiopiaAugust 19, 2020 ( -- Our identity seems to be forever entwined with the society we join during the lottery of birth. We are nurtured by parents who are also a part of society. From this coincidence, we drive the definition of our identity with reference to race, culture, ancestral history, religion, and holistic societal values. The freedom we are born with quickly fades away as we get dressed and suffocated in layers of the aforementioned identities. In this manner, we play no role in the facts that surround our birth and must live out the rest of their lives displaying and even defending this identity. Years of education

Violent Oromia Groups Threatening Locals Warns Ethiopian Human Rights

By Staff Reporter

Violent-Oromia-GroupsAugust 16, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said violent groups in Oromia of Ethiopia are threatening for another round of massacre and killings in several towns.

In a report issued on Friday, the commission said its investigative teams have found looming warnings against the lives of survivors and destruction of their properties in violence-hit Oromia towns.

According to the commission’s report, survivors are warned to leave their living areas as soon as possible or face death.

Facing considerable pressure, many non-Oromo ethnic groups have already left the regiona

Several Protesters killed in Sodo Town of Southern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Sodo-EthiopiaAugust 10, 2020 ( -- At least ten people were shot dead by security forces and dozens others wounded in Sodo town, the capital of the Walayita zone in southern Ethiopia as thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding the government to release the zone’s officials.

The protests began late on Sunday after the federal police had arrested at least 25 high-level officials, activists, and elders in the Welayita zone including Dagato Kumbe, Wolaita Zone administrators.

The officials were arrested while they were holding a meeting inside the city’s Gutera conference hall. Members of the council wh

Sudden Flood Displaces At Least 30,000 Residents in Afar State

By Staff Reporter

Flood-Afar-EthiopiaAugust 9, 2020 ( -- A sudden flood caused by heavy downpour and overflow of the Awash River has displaced at least 30,000 residents in Afar regional state of Ethiopia.

The region’s disaster prevention and food security coordinating committee said the flood was severe in the region’s Asayita, Afambo, Dubti, and Mile districts.

No human causality is reported yet but the flood has washed away thousands of cattle chiefly goats.

The residents in those districts were going to nearby towns leaving their cattle there as the heavy downpour and flood continued.

The federal gover

Alleged Killer of Hachalu Hundessa Pleads Guilty

By Staff Reporter

Tilahun-YamiAugust 8, 2020 ( -- Tilahun Yami, the prime suspect in the killing of the popular Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa has pleaded "guilty".

Tilahun has been maintaining innocence since his arrest early last month along with other four suspects.

“I have been maintaining innocence because those people who hired me to murder Hachalu had warned to kill my family members if I pled guilty,” he told the federal First Instance Court on Friday.

Tilahun, as a hired killer, was accused of shooting Hachalu to death on June 30, 2020, near the Gelan Condominium site in Addis Ababa. The deaths of th

Recent Mob Attacks Were Not Ethnic or Religious Based: Oromia Official

By Staff Reporter

Getachew-BalchaAugust 6, 2020 ( -- Oromia Region Communications Bureau Head Getachew Balcha dismissed reports that the recent mob attacks in Oromia towns and Addis Ababa were “ethnic and religious centered”.

The official’s remark came as survivors testified that their family members were brutally attacked to death and in some instances beheaded just because of their ethnicity and religious background.

The assertion by Getachew Balcha is also contrary to what has been happening in Oromia (and surrounding areas) over the last few years when many non-Oromo citizens became victims of mob violence with littl

Police, Residents Foil Another Mob Attack in Oromia Towns

By Staff Reporter

Ambo-EthiopiaAugust 4, 2020 ( -- Residents in Ambo and Ginchi towns have foiled an attempted mob attack aimed at causing ethnic and religious-based violence and to obstruct economic activities.

Eyewitnesses in Ambo town told that police apprehended quite a lot of violent youth groups as they were attempting to instigate unrest.

According to eyewitnesses, town residents managed to stop the attempted mob attack ahead of police arrival.

The mob is believed to be directed by radical Oromo groups who are mainly based in the US and Canada who are followers of the Oromo Media Network (OMN).

The planned

Police Charges Jawar Mohammed as Architect of Recent Violence

By Staff Reporter  

Jawar-in-CourtJuly 30, 2020 ( -- Police on Wednesday charged an opposition leader Jawar Mohammed as an architect of the latest inter-ethnic and religious conflicts which left more than 200 civilians dead in Oromia towns and in Addis Ababa.

Presenting its investigative report to the Arada Federal 1st Instance Court, an investigation team under the federal police charged the defendant of plotting a coup and attempting to demolish the Monument of King Minilik II.

As a leader of the Oromia Media Network (OMN), the suspect is also charged for conveying a message that incites conflict among ethnic an

At Least 14 People Killed in Ambush in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Metekel-Benishangul-GumuzJuly 29, 2020 ( -- At least 14 people were killed and six others wounded in an ambush in Benishangul Gumuz regional state of western Ethiopia.

The dead are among ethnic Amhara people who used to live in Sekela locality of the Amhara region, the region’s Communication Affairs Director Gizachew Muluneh told local media.

The director blamed none but “bandits” in the area to assassinate the civilians in the Metekel zone, Guba district, Abujar locality. “The armed men disappeared into the nearby dense forest,” he said.

According to the director, the arme

Violent Oromia Groups Threatening More Attacks: Victims

By Staff Reporter

East-Hararghe-EthiopiaJuly 26, 2020 ( -- The recent ethnic and religious-based attacks in Oromia towns of Ethiopia left residents fearful and threatened, questioning when the attacks will end.

The victims and survivors, mainly non-Oromo ethnic people, are not the only individuals affected, but so are other people who are exposed to the violent attacks in other towns and cities, including the capital Addis Ababa.

The fear among ethnic Amhara people in east Hararghe of Ethiopia is serious because the attackers commonly known as “Qeerroo” torched three other houses after police declared the violence had bee


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