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24 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 12:32 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

Ethiopians voted Sunday in the country's first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012, with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn all but certain to stay in power.

Over 36.8 million Ethiopians registered for Sunday's polls, but analysts say the election in Africa's second-most populous nation falls far short of true democracy. The opposition also alleges the government has used authoritarian tactics to guarantee victory.

23 May 2015 description

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 07:26 GMT

Rights groups said elections on Sunday in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country, would not be free or fair due to a clampdown on freedom of speech.

Ethiopia on Sunday holds its first general election since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is almost certain to stay in office.

22 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 14:39 GMT

Voting in the only constituency in Ethiopia with an independent member of parliament were postponed Friday, two days before the general election, the government spokesman said.

Ashebr Woldegiorgis, the only independent MP elected in 2010, had been due to run for a second term against a candidate from the ruling coalition party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

20 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Marthe van der Wolf
May 19, 2015 11:45 AM

ADDIS ABABA— For the 2005 elections, Ethiopia’s government opened up the political arena. But when the united opposition received more votes than the ruling party expected, the government was accused of stealing back the elections and mass demonstrations against the final results turned violent. Now that there is a new prime minister, what do the opposition leaders from 10 years ago expect in the 2015 elections?

18 May 2015 description

Sixty-eight members of the Special Force of the Ethiopian federal police widened their knowledge of international human rights standards and humanitarian principles for policing. A two-day seminar organized mid-March in Addis Ababa also provided an opportunity for the members, who are also responsible for keeping peace & security during riots, violence and demonstration, to learn more about the ICRC.

18 May 2015 description

You probably don’t tune in to Days of Our Lives for health advice, but a Feed the Future project in Ethiopia is taking an out-of-the-box approach to improving nutrition through a new radio soap opera campaign that is capturing the attention of traditional pastoral families.

15 May 2015 description

JEWI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, May 15 (UNHCR) – The night after Nyadal Dak arrived in Nip Nip refugee camp from South Sudan with her three children and an orphaned niece, it began to rain. Soon the place was flooded. That was August 2014 and the 26-year-old recalled: "Every time it rained in Nip Nip, I feared that the place would be flooded again."

14 May 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Date: 14/05/2015

UNFPA handed over 9 forklifts and 4 vehicles to the Pharmaceutical Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) at a ceremony organized today. The forklifts and vehicles which are worth 10.4 million Birr were bought with funds made available by UNFPA's Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS).

11 May 2015 description

GAMBELLA, 11 May 2015 (UNHCR) - On 8 May the Government refugee agency, ARRA, and UNHCR launched the relocation of thousands of South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas in the Gambella region to a new refugee camp located about 18 kilometres from Gambella, western Ethiopia.

By the weekend, more than 4,200 refugees had been relocated from flood-prone Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps.

11 May 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Education and economic empowerment programmes are expected to begin in Sub-Saharan Africa after a new agreement was reached between Islamic Relief and Al-Asmakh Charity Foundation.

08 May 2015 description

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, May 8 (UNHCR) – Jacques Rogge, former president of the International Olympic Committee, has this week visited young South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia and pledged to help them play more sport.

08 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa May 06/2015

Some 11 additional Ethiopians have returned today to their homeland.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tewolde Mulugeta who welcomed them at Bole International Airport said 50 Ethiopians are also expected to come in the coming few days from Libya.

The Government of Ethiopia has brought back over 100 Ethiopian citizens from South Africa and Yemen last week, it was learned.

According to the spokesperson, integrated efforts are being exerted to safely bring Ethiopians from Libya with the support of Sudan and Egypt.

06 May 2015 description

Scarcity of water is commonplace in northern Ethiopia. However, a better access to clean and safe water will no longer be a problem for 6000 residents of district Miglabferes, in western Tigray. The ICRC has built a new reservoir and upgraded the distribution network. People, especially women and children, no longer have to make a long queue and travel faraway for drinking water.

05 May 2015 description

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams in the Gambella region of Ethiopia are expanding the vaccine package being provided to South Sudanese refugees to include PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) in order to reduce child mortality linked to pneumococcal diseases.

01 May 2015 description

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, May 1 (UNHCR) – The number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia since fighting broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has passed the 200,000 mark and more are expected amid fresh conflict across the border.

Some 199,000 of the refugees are in western Ethiopia's Gambella region while about 3,000 are in neighbouring Benishangul-Gumuz region.

01 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/1/2015 - 14:24 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

On the walls of homes in the poor Cherkos neighbourhood of Ethiopia's capital, the portraits of "martyrs" killed in their attempt to enter Europe offer a grim warning.

The murders of several Ethiopian Christians last month in Libya horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation, including from Pope Francis who expressed his "great distress and sadness".

30 Apr 2015 description
report Pact

For Nigisti Mokonen Niguse, nearly every morning is the same: She wakes early, says goodbye to her young daughter, and makes the grueling trek up a nearby mountain to the gold mine on which her livelihood depends.

Her husband, Aman Gebrehiwot, is usually already there. Because the trip from home is so exhausting, he sleeps on site most nights to save his energy for mining.

27 Apr 2015 description

By: Torbjörn Granrot, Swedish Red Cross and Katherine Mueller, IFRC

They fled conflict in South Sudan and are now committed volunteers as part of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society’s efforts to support the vulnerable refugee population. They clean toilets and keep the camp in Gambela, Ethiopia, where 48,000 fellow refugees have settled, clean to help reduce the spread of disease.

23 Apr 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) The Bosco Children Project in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, provides supportive and educational services to boys who are orphaned or live on the street. The program—although stretched financially—provides an outreach orientation center and a hostel.

22 Apr 2015 description

Jars of cactus pear jam produced in Ethiopia have now reached consumers in Rome, thanks to partnership effort

21 April 2015, Rome - Jars of cactus pear jam produced in Ethiopia thanks to a partnership between FAO and Italian food store Eataly have reached the shelves of the store in Rome.