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UNAMID staff paid their last respects to three Ethiopian peacekeepers

Published: Oct 25, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
UNAMID staff paid their last respects to three Ethiopian peacekeepers

UNAMID staff paid their last respects to three Ethiopian peacekeepers that were killed in an attack by an unidentified group near Korma, North Darfur, on Thursday the 16 October.

This happened when a patrol of Ethiopian peacekeepers guarding a water borehole came under sudden attack. The perpetrators seized a patrol vehicle and fled the scene.  
 
The memorial ceremony took place at the Mission's headquarters in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. It was led by UNAMID Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Paul Mella, and attended by outgoing Joint Special Representative (JSR) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Acting JSR Abiodun Bashua, and other senior UNAMID personnel.
 
This incident brings the number of peacekeepers who lost their lives in hostile action in Darfur to 61 since the inception of the Mission in December 2007.

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Meet the Tour Operator: Yohannes Zeleke

Published: Oct 24, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
When you hang with somebody, when you get down, travel around, eat meals together, hike around, discuss, argue, dance, drink, sing, laugh and various other things, you don’t often think about the initials after people’s names. But in truth Yohannes Zeleke, a member of the party that traveled to Ethiopia on the recent NTA Product Development trip, is a Ph.D.

As remarkable as those initials are, it’s one of the least interesting things that comes to mind about Dr. Zeleke. He is an anthropologist, an archaeologist with decades of digs in Europe, Asia and Africa under his belt. He’s an author. He’s a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution. He’s an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley, The Russian Academy of Sciences and St. Petersburg State University. He teaches anthropology at the American University in Washington DC. He’s the president of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Africa Travel Association and he’s a tour operator.

The problem is where to begin. Any attempt to sum up his multi-faceted existence would fall short.

Yohannes Zeleke’s own long, winding journey began at Gondar, where he was born in one of Ethiopia’s largest cities and the site of Gondar Castle, a cluster of impressive stone structures built in 1636 by King Fasilides.

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Ethiopia should wake up and smell the coffee

Published: Oct 24, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
Ethiopia should wake up and smell the coffee

Ethiopia, Africa’s biggest coffee producer, will benefit from unusually dry weather in Brazil that has lowered the output and helped lift the price of Arabica beans. Arabica prices surged to a three-year high – to over 200 US cents per pound – in October, which is expected to lift Ethiopia’s coffee export earnings by 25 per cent to $900m this year.

But Ethiopia is missing an opportunity to make a lot more money from arabica, which originated in the country’s highlands, and is considered the superior of two main varieties of coffee bean (the other, robusta, is more bitter and tends to be used to make instant coffee).

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Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

Published: Oct 24, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

(Reuters) - When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa.

Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as he seeks to attract tourists three decades after images of famine and communist purges filled TV screens and shaped the world's view for a generation.

Yet Solomon's Ethiopian Tourism Organisation is making headway in the battle to change attitudes. Visitor numbers have risen 12 percent a year in the past decade to reach 600,000 in 2014. His target next year is one million.

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36 Countries Ethiopian Citizens Can Travel to Without Visa

Published: Oct 24, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
36 Countries Ethiopian Citizens Can Travel to Without Visa

To Visit another country from Ethiopia, most countries would require a valid visa which they must have issued before you are allowed in however, there are a lot of countries you can travel to without visas as long as you have Ethiopian Passport. dire-tube.

Most of these countries would grant you access without visa or they would issue visa on entry which can be valid for a specified number of days. Such a length of stay is given based on policy revolving around the reason for you travel and in some cases, it would be determined by the immigration officer and there could be the option of extension when you run out of time.

Below is a list of countries that would allow you access without visa but only your Ethiopian passport but make sure that you check with the embassy or consular office for the country you are intending to travel to very close to the time of your travel because visa policy changes every now and then.


Saudi police raids illegal Ethiopian workers in Riyadh

Published: Oct 24, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Saudi police raids illegal Ethiopian workers in Riyadh

Riyadh police arrested 247 illegal workers on Tuesday in the Malaqa and Manfouha districts in the capital.

Acting on the orders of Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, security officers arrested the workers in the two districts located in the north and south of the capital. According to an official, most of the workers in Manfouha were from Ethiopia, and the majority in Malaqa were from Yemen.

“Most of these expatriates were working as truck drivers, construction workers, taxi drivers and vendors. Others were freelancing in various other jobs,” the official said.

He said most of the pavement hawkers were illegal workers, who were also engaged in hiring out domestic workers to make extra money. The majority of those arrested were runaway workers whose residency permits had expired.

The Ministry of Interior had earlier advised illegal expatriates in the Kingdom to correct their status following the end of the amnesty period on Nov. 1, 2013 or leave the country.

The official said those arrested would be investigated and subject to fines and repatriation. Riyadh police in cooperation with the other wings of the security forces carried out the operations.
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