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  • Up to 150 Migrants Flow through Metema Border a Day

    Up to 150 Migrants Flow through Metema Border a Day

    The Guardian has an insight look in to the border town of Metema and its migrant’s activity after the slaughter of 30 Ethiopian migrants in Libya by ISIS. It tries to look at what it would like the flow of migrants through the border.

    Metema, with a population of some 100,000 people, is one of a handful of towns across the region that serve as feeders for a booming trade in migrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, with many hoping to make their way to Europe. Life has become a cat-and-mouse game: the authorities are cracking down, yet the migrants just keep coming, often risking death.

    Since 30 Ethiopian Christians who passed through Metema were killed by the Islamic State (Isis) group in Libya a few months ago, the Ethiopian government has become much more vigilant. It claims to have detained 200 smugglers across the country, and police say about 28 of them are from Metema. In Metema, the effect of the crackdown is clear. But while the flow of migrants has dropped from about 250 a day, it’s still strong at 100 to 150, according to Teshome Agmas, the mayor. “It’s just a pity that people choose to endanger their lives in an effort to move out of their country and work in inhumane conditions abroad,” he said. Here is the report.
    Up to 150 Migrants Flow through Metema Border a Day
    A checkpoint in Metema, next to the border with Sudan. The town is now a centre of a booming trade in migrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. Photograph: Mulugeta Ayene/AP

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  • Cars in Addis Causes 47% of Green House Gas Emission

    Cars in Addis Causes 47% of Green House Gas Emission

    The Addis Ababa Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory of 2012 that was released last week shows that of the 4.8 million tons of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) the city emits, transport vehicles account for 47 percent of the total emission. This may not come as a surprise considering that Addis Ababa has 50 percent of the national vehicle stock.

    Within the transport sector the road transportation accounts for 1.4 million tons of CO2 emission while the aviation sector takes the remaining emission. Transportation needs in Addis Ababa are increasing, parallel to the city’s population growth and economic development. By 2020, the number of trips taken in vehicles across the city is expected to reach 7.7 million trips per day, nearly double the travel demand in 2010.   

    Passenger cars alone, however, are not to blame for the high level of emissions. About 34 percent of transport emissions originate from trips to and from the adjacent Oromia special zone, as well as heavy duty cargo trucks incoming from seaports in Djibouti. Though Addis Ababa consumes 49 percent of Ethiopia’s electricity, high usage of kerosene, and charcoal for domestic cooking and power needs is one of the largest and most significant sources for the emission, releasing 1.3 million tons of CO2. 
    Cars in Addis Causes 47% of Green House Gas Emission
    Living with pollution in Addis (image google)

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  • Number of Ethiopians in Food insecurity Increased to 4.5 M

    Number of Ethiopians in Food insecurity Increased to 4.5 M

    The country of 96 million people is one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, but failed rains have devastating consequences for food supplies Aljazeera reported. According to the report the number of Ethiopians who will need food aid by the end of this year has surged by more than 1.5 million from earlier estimates due to failed rains, UN agencies have said.

    Ethiopia needs an extra $230m from donors to secure aid for a total of 4.5 million people now projected to require assistance this year, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN children's agency UNICEF said in a statement on Monday the report added.
    Number of Ethiopians in Food insecurity Increased to 4.5 M
    Ethiopia needs an extra $230 million from donors to secure aid for a total of 4.5 million people according to the UN [Reuters]

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  • Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia's space programme

    Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia's space programme

    High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia's space programme.

    Perched on the top of the 3,200-metre (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a metre in diameter.

    Operational for only a few months, the specialized equipment -- the first in eastern Africa -- has propelled Ethiopia into an elite club of African countries to have embarked on a space programme.

    Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia's space programme

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  • Japanese company to hold coffee quality contest in Ethiopia

    The Japanese UCC Ueshima Coffee Ltd. Company announced today that it would organize coffee quality contest in Ethiopia in the middle of March, 2016.

    At a press conference he held here in Addis Ababa, Director of Supply-Chain Management Department of UCC Ueshima, Tetsuya Seki, said “we would like to hold the first contest in Africa and enhance the relationship between UCC and Ethiopia.

    The philosophy of UCC Coffee Quality Contest is “supporting coffee farmers”, according to the director.

    The contest would promote exchanges in local communities and provide opportunities to participate in seminars for technology improvement in the cultivation and sorting process, Tetsuya said, adding that winning the awards will bring honor to the producers too.

    Besides, the quality of coffee will be raised through the competition and the value of the coffee will increase and more sales opportunities will be created and the income of farmers will increase, the director elaborated.

    The company is reportedly targeting about 24,000 producers from Sidama Zone. Of these, six producers will be chosen.

    The coffee of the winner producers will be purchased by UCC with a premium of 10 to 30 percent added on the regular prices, he pointed out, adding that this will make a win-win relationship between the two countries.

    Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Kazuhiro Suzuki, said on his part this contest will create opportunity in agro-processing industry and technology transfer in areas of coffee production and manufacturing.

    He said “I am sure that it also provides good opportunities to improve export of coffee in Ethiopia as well as to expand Ethiopian coffee market globally.”

    Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Japan, Markos Tekle said this contest will contribute to promote and improve the quality of Ethiopian coffee at international level.

    The ambassador asked UCC to invest in coffee production in Ethiopia.

    UCC has been holding coffee quality contest in Asian and South American countries.

    Source: ENA

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  • Canadian mining company accused of exploiting Eritrea's forced labour

    The UN has accused a Canadian company of using forced labour at Eritrea’s only active mine in a hard-hitting report released in June.

    Nevsun Resources, which owns a majority share of the Bisha copper and gold mine and oversees its operations, has repeatedly come under fire over the use of conscripted labour since construction of the mine began in 2008.

    Sheila Keetharuth, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea who collected the evidence, said in July: “Forced labour was used, especially in the construction phase, for the simple reason that all construction [operations] are done under the government.”

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