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  • Ethiopian dam deal ignores science, warn experts

    Ethiopian dam deal ignores science, warn experts
    Ethiopian dam deal ignores science, warn experts

    [CAIRO] Water scientists from Egypt have raised concerns over a declaration governing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that is meant to ensure fair access to Nile water for countries downstream.

    The Declaration of principles, which the leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed in Khartoum, Sudan, on 23 March, is meant to regulate Nile water use following political upheaval over the dam, which is about a third into its construction.

    Talking to SciDev.Net, scientists monitoring the declaration’s creation have warned that concerns over the dam’s impact on the environment and local people have been sidelined for gains in political negotiations.

    Nader Noureddine, a water resources and soil researcher at Cairo University, says the technical committee appointed by all three countries to oversee the dam’s construction will be allowed to study documents provided by the Ethiopian government, but “will not be allowed to visit the dam or to witness the work on the site”. This, Noureddine says, will seriously impact its ability to make an evidence-based assessment of the dam’s environmental impacts.

    “They are not even allowed to discuss issues like the width of the reservoir and specifications of the dam,” Noureddine says. A report from the committee is due to be issued in around 15 months.
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  • Ethiopians detained by human traffickers in Sudan freed

    Ethiopians detained by human traffickers in Sudan freed
    Ethiopians detained by human traffickers in Sudan freed

    April 12, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – Some 19 Ethiopian nationals who were being held by a human trafficking group in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, have beeb set free.

    The state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said the detainees – who are all women – have since returned home over the weekend.

    The Ethiopians believed that they would be taken to wealthy Arab and Middle Eastern countries, but were instead held in detention where they were subjected to various forms of abuse.

    Fantanesh Azmeraw, who was one of the returnees, said the traffickers had beaten them and denying the captives food. Another returnee, Adanech Kesiro, said the traffickers had promised to take her to Dubai.

    According to EBC’s report, the returnees had been under held detention for up to six months.

    The spokesperson for Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs, Tewolde Mulugeta, said the Ethiopian Embassy in Sudan, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), had been working behind the scenes for at least three weeks to secure the safe return of the 19 detainees.

    Human traffickers are particularly active in Eastern Sudan where hundreds are involved in the lucrative business.

    A large number of Eritreans who flee to Sudan to escape political oppression in their homeland are abducted by traffickers upon their arrival, while many others are abducted from refugee camps.

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  • Ethiopian maid found hanged in Jbeil

    BEIRUT: An 23-year-old Ethiopian maid was found hanged in an apparent suicide Monday at her employer’s house in Jbeil, the National News Agency reported.

    Dizzy Jerma Bifkado was found hanged at the apartment located in the Jbeil suburb of Blat Monday, NNA added.

    Accompanied by forensic experts, detectives arrived to the appartment to investigate the incident.

    The body was moved to Sayyidat al-Maounat University Hospital in Byblos.

    The incident came three days after another Ethiopian domestic worker had jumped from her employer’s house on the fourth floor in Bsalim, north of Beirut. She survived the fall but was severely injured.

    According to the International Labor Organization, Lebanon is home to over 250,000 female migrant domestic workers, the majority of whom come from Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Bangladesh to work as housemaids.

    Rights groups have complained that employers often withhold pay, lock workers in their homes and confiscate their passports, among other abuses.

    The harsh living conditions have pushed some migrant workers to commit suicide. Others have died or been seriously injured while trying to escape the employers’ residences.

    In 2008, Human Rights Watch recorded one migrant domestic worker death per week from unnatural causes, including suicide.

    Source: dailystar.com.lb/

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  • Child kills Ethiopian man in Saudi to avenge assault on brother

    Child kills Ethiopian man to avenge assault on brother

    Manama: A Saudi elementary school student has shot dead an Ethiopian man reportedly while trying to protect his older brother.

    The death report triggered a heated debate on social networks and netizens were sharply divided over how the authorities should act with the child, believed to be less than 12 years old.

    Details in the killing case indicate that three Ethiopians have assaulted the killer’s brother, a student in the intermediate school in the Aseer area, in the southwest of Saudi Arabia.

    The brother asked his siblings to assist him in confronting the assailants, and the elementary schoolboy brought a gun and fired at one of the men, killing him, local news site Sabq reported on Sunday.

    The victim was transported to a local hospital and the child was referred by the police to a social home in Aseer.

    A spokesperson for the police in Aseer confirmed the tragedy.

    “We received a call from the local hospital on Friday at around 6pm, informing us about a dead man killed by a gun,” Abdullah Bin Dhafran, said. “The police went to the hospital and then to the crime scene before detaining the suspect. All required procedures have been followed,” he added.

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  • Ethiopia's Lemma wins Vienna City Marathon after solo run

    Ethiopia's Lemma wins Vienna City Marathon after solo run
    Ethiopia's Lemma wins Vienna City Marathon after solo run

    Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia dominated the Vienna City Marathon Sunday, running on his own for the last 15 kilometers after other pre-race favorites struggled with the wind and injuries.

    Lemma surged ahead of the leading group after the final pacemaker had left the race and finished in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 31 seconds, missing out by 25 seconds on his personal best he set in Doha in January.

    "I had to go and run alone because they were not running for me," Lemma said about the pacesetters, who weren't fast enough to help reach a target time of 2:06:35.

    Despite fierce head winds on the final section, Lemma clocked the third-fastest time in the 32-year history of the event and comfortably beat second-placed Duncan Koech of Kenya by 4:43. Siraj Gena of Ethiopia was another 34 seconds back in third.

    Read More at Yahoo News

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  • Africa's Next Hegemon: Behind Ethiopia's Power Plays

     Africa's Next Hegemon: Behind Ethiopia's Power Plays
    Africa's Next Hegemon: Behind Ethiopia's Power Plays

    In 1991, as the Cold War drew to an end, the only African country that had never been colonized by European imperialists was but a pale reflection of the Great Ethiopia that generations of the kingdom’s monarchs had pursued. A million people lay dead following two decades of civil war. Secessionist movements in the provinces clamored for self-determination. The economy was in tatters, and another catastrophic famine loomed. The world came to associate Ethiopia with images hoards of starving children, and the country’s regional and domestic decline opened questions about its very survival.

    Nationalist historians trace the Ethiopian state’s roots to the second millennium BCE. With the story of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba as one of its founding myths, Ethiopia’s history has between entwined with the development of the Abrahamic faiths: the Jewish presence in the Ethiopian Highlands predates the destruction of the Temple; Ethiopian Orthodox Christians claim that the Ark of the Covenant is located in Axum; and the first Muslim hijra, or flight from Mecca to escape religious persecution, was to Ethiopia. Mystical ancestry and military greatness provided legitimacy to Ethiopia’s rulers for centuries as they controlled their formidably diverse empire through a policy of violent internal assimilation and external expansion.

    But ideas of that greatness lay shattered as rebel soldiers from the countryside marched on Addis Ababa in May 1991 and overthrew the (formerly Soviet sponsored) dictatorship of Mengistu Haile Mariam. The leftist liberation movement promised a constitution that would give self-determination to Ethiopia’s ninety-plus nations and nationalities and address the political-economic inequities that had torn the country apart, but observers were sceptical about the ability of the Horn of Africa’s once mightiest empire to reconstitute itself. When the northeastern territory of Eritrea voted for and got independence in 1993, it not only cut Ethiopia off from the sea, but also risked triggering cascading claims for self-rule.

    Read More at Foreign Affairs

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