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  • FAO Announced It Needs US 50 mln to Address Drought in Ethiopia

    The UN Food and AgFAO Announced It Needs US 50 mln to Address Drought in Ethiopia   riculture Organization (FAO) on Friday said 50 million U.S. dollars are needed for the Organization’s interventions of support to address the drought situation in Ethiopia, which has been caused by climate change.

    Speaking during a media event at FAO country office in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Amadou Allahoury, FAO Representative in the East African country, said out of the 10.2 million affected by the drought, about two million small-holder farmers and pastoralists are in need of immediate assistance.

    In addition to the support to the government in having drought-response plan in the agriculture sector, the Country Representative stated that FAO has embarked upon its interventions with resources at hand to deal with the situation.
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    Image: Drought Affected Areas.(google)

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  • “The Addis Ababa Master Plan is part of a larger land grab by the Ethiopian government around Addis Ababa”: Interview

    In an interview with DW,“The Addis Ababa Master Plan is part of a larger land grab by the Ethiopian government around Addis Ababa”: Interview a spokesman of the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum accused the government of abusing the country's constitution with its plans to expand the capital Addis Ababa.

    Violence and chaos gripped Ethiopia this week as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest against government plans to expand the capital Addis Ababa. Human Rights Watch said at least 75 people were killed in a bloody crackdown by heavily armed security forces. The demonstrations have spread to several towns since November, when students spoke out against plans to expand the capital into Oromia territory, a move the Oromo people consider a land grab. DW spoke to Merara Gundina, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federal Congress, in Addis Ababa.
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    Image: Dr. Merera Gudina of Medrek.

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  • Three Years After Meles’s Death Things Unchanged in Ethiopia

    Current Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has chosen to continue Meles’ policies without a flinch, but with a more collective leadership. RIGHTS gThree Years After Meles’s Death Things Unchanged in Ethiopiaroups say at least 75 people have been killed in a bloody crackdown on protests by the Oromo people, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.

    Bekele Gerba, deputy president of the Oromo Federal Congress, puts the toll at more than 80 while the government says only five have been killed. The demonstrations have spread to several towns since November, when students spoke out against plans to expand the capital into Oromia territory—a move the Oromo consider a land grab.

    But the Ethiopian government is not blinking. It never has, which is remarkable because three years ago many expected a change. It didn’t come. When former Prime Minister and strongman Meles Zenawi, and architect of Ethiopia’s aggressive “developmental state” model, died in 2012 after two decades of iron fisted-rule, many believed that the country was destined for chaos and power struggle within the ruling Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
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    Image: The late prime minister Meles Zenawi.(MGA).

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  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I: Book Review

    Haile Selassie is one of the most bizarre and misunderstood figures in 20th-century history, alternately worshipped and mocked, idolised and marginalised. This magnificent biography by the German-Ethiopian historian Asfa-Wossen Asserate (a distant relation of Selassie), and translated by Peter Lewis, is diligently researched and fair-minded; he is at last accorded a proper dignity. The book is manifestly a riposte to Ryszard KapThe Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I: Book Reviewuscinski’s The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, which portrayed the emperor, and indeed Addis Ababa’s entire Amharic elite, as a comic-opera laughing stock.

    Selassie came to power as regent of Abyssinia, later Ethiopia, in 1916, but many of the myths around him originated with Mussolini’s invasion of the country in 1935. Selassie and his armies resisted, but he was eventually forced into exile. In 1941, after six years of brutal occupation, the Italians were defeated by British and South African forces and Selassie was allowed to return to his throne in Addis Ababa, where he remained in power until 1974.

    One unexpected side-effect of the plunder of Selassie’s sub-Saharan state by a fascist power was to give Jamaica’s fledgling Rastafari movement impetus and a cause. The invasion became a dominant event in the Rastafarian narrative of black martyrdom. Selassie was seen as a manifestation of the one true God and a bulwark against “Babylon” (oppressive colonial society). The movement took its name from Selassie’s pre-coronation title, Ras Tafari Makonnen.
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    Image: Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, in Geneva in 1935. Photograph: Lucien Aigner/Corbis.

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  • UK Send £30mln Emergency Aid for Ethiopia’s Drought

    A £30 million emergency UK Send £30mln Emergency Aid for Ethiopia’s Droughtaid package is being sent to Ethiopia as the country faces a drought on a similar scale to the 1980s natural disaster that killed more than a million people. Some 18 million Ethiopians are suffering as the country is hit by food shortages as well as increased risk of disease, and an international appeal has been launched to raise £923 million.

    Around £15 million of British funding will go to the United Nations World Food Programme to help nearly two million people, and £14 million will be spent on providing emergency water and healthcare along with protection for vulnerable girls and women. A further £1 million will be used to send humanitarian experts to help deal with the crisis. The package is being allocated from the Department for International Development's Ethiopia budget.
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    Image: Nick Hurd warned the drought is on a similar scale to the 1984 disaster.

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  • Ethiopian opposition says more than 80 killed in four weeksof violence

    By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent
     
    (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)- An Ethiopian opposition party said more than 80 people have been killed by government forces during massive protests in the past four weeks in the country’s Oromia region, the biggest of the country’s federal stats. The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum, a coalition of four opposition parties, has blamed the government on Sunday for the killings and has called for a criminal investigation.
     
    “Trigger happy government forces have killed more than 80 peaceful protesters in Ethiopia during the past four weeks,” Beyene Petros, President of the party told reporters adding that hundreds others were wounded and arrested. “We are still discovering disfigured bodies in various locations. The government has continued its brutal killings so we call on the international community and donors to step in and force the government to stop these inhumane actions.”
     
    Officials of the party said a public demonstration they called for December 27 about the controversial Addis Ababa Master Plan has been rejected by the government for the second time.
     
    “The ruling party is the one that claimed to have won 100 percent in the May 2015 General Elections in Ethiopia,” Merara Gundian, Vice- Chairman of the party said during the press conference. “So, how come all these youths are now protesting against it now. How come the government is also now killing people who voted for it at point blank range?” Merara asked.
     
    Violent clashes between security forces and student protesters in Ethiopia has entered into its fourth week. The two sides began the confrontation after Oromo students in various parts of the country began protesting against the government’s new master plan for Addis Ababa which they call will incorporate lands into the capital city and displace thousands of Oromo farmers.
     
    The government charges that the protesters are working with “terrorists.” It claims that only five protesters have been killed and that the development plan for Addis Ababa will not deprive farmers of land. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn warned that the government “will take merciless legitimate action against any force bent on destabilizing the area,” speaking on Ethiopian state television.
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    Ethiopian opposition says more than 80 killed in four weeksof violence

    Image: Medrek Leaders on a Press Briefing.(VOA).

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