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Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 Reported Cases in Ethiopia (01 August 2021)

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 Reported Cases in Ethiopia (01 August 2021)

AFRICA, COVID-19, ETHIOPIA, HEALTH, WORLD, World Health Organization
Ethiopia,Addis Ababa: Total:Laboratory Test: 3,023,600,Active Cases: 12,586,Total Cases: 280,5,Total Deaths: 4,390  Total Vaccinated: 2,220,183 Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia. Multimedia content Image: Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 Reported Cases in Ethiopia (01 August 2021)
Ethiopia’s Tigray forces say they freed 1,000 captured soldiers

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces say they freed 1,000 captured soldiers

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, REBELS, WAR
Officials in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office and a government task force on Tigray did not answer calls seeking comment.Tiksa Negeri/File Photo/Reuters Forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have released around 1,000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the West of the region. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone late on Friday that they have released 1,000 low-ranking soldiers. “More than 5,000 (soldiers) are still with us, and we will keep the senior officers who will face trial,” he said. He said the soldiers had been driven to Tigray's southern border with the Amhara region on Fri...
IOM Ethiopia Appeals for USD 40 Million to Assist Additional 1.6 Million People in Northern Ethiopia

IOM Ethiopia Appeals for USD 40 Million to Assist Additional 1.6 Million People in Northern Ethiopia

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, iom, UN Human RiGHTS
Addis Ababa – Nearly two million people affected by the crisis in northern Ethiopia desperately need life-saving assistance, including water, medicine and shelter, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today as it issued an urgent appeal for USD 40 million to help internally displaced men, women and children, including newborn babies.  Since the outbreak of the conflict eight months ago in Ethiopia’s Tigray Regional State, millions of people are enduring unimaginable suffering, including forced displacement, hunger, death, and destruction of private and public property.   In Tigray, IOM has been providing support to more than half a million people, including displaced children, women, men, and vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and persons...
Ethiopia: Communities in Tigray Hit Hard by Growing Food and Fuel Prices

Ethiopia: Communities in Tigray Hit Hard by Growing Food and Fuel Prices

ETHIOPIA
Commercial activity in the Tigray region of Ethiopia is hampered by the ongoing crisis that began with fighting nine months ago. Over the last two weeks, since commercial traffic ground to a halt, food prices are skyrocketing. Banks throughout the region are now closed, and people are running out of cash to cover basic needs. Factories sit damaged or destroyed. Many businesses are closed, leaving people out of work; and affecting the availability of essential goods and services, including healthcare. The only company producing oxygen went out of business and the few functioning hospitals – submerged with referrals from no longer functioning primary healthcare centers – are all facing shortages as the country continues to address the Covid-19 crisis. Healthcare facilit...
Families receive first Ethiopian crash $500 million Boeing settlement

Families receive first Ethiopian crash $500 million Boeing settlement

ACCIDENT, ADVOCACY, AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, Transport, TRAVEL
In 2019, the Ethiopian Airlines jet headed for Nairobi, killing all 149 onboard including 32 Kenyans. In Summary The payment comes barely a few months after Kenyan families agreed to drop the caseRibbeck Law Chartered, which represents more than 90 clients made the announcement after at least three years of litigation. L-R:Ribbeck Law Chartered Founding Partner Manuel von Ribbeck , Igeria & Ngugi Advocates Head of Litigation David Njoroge and Global Managing Director of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s Air Disasters Global Insurance Claims Deon Botha. Ribbeck Law Chartered is representing most of the victims of Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes against Boeing/COURTESY Families of victims of the two 737 Boeing Max crashes that killed 346 people in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019 have ...
Kenya backs AU role in resolving Nile dam dispute

Kenya backs AU role in resolving Nile dam dispute

AFRICA, African Union, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, Nature, RELATIONS, Sudan
The Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in EthiopiaDecember 26, 2019. PHOTO | AFP Summary Kenya told the Security Council that the UN should back the African Union to ensure Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, who are squabbling over the use of the Nile, reach an amicable solution.Says the countries on the Nile Basin have “legitimate rights” on the use of the Nile, and their differences and desires to secure waters for their people are not yet a threat to international peace and security. Kenya on Thursday called on the African Union to continue leading discussions on the Nile dam operations in Ethiopia, even as Egypt warned that Ethiopia’s mega hydro power project was “an existential threat.” At a session of the UN Security Counci...
Ethiopians hope for peace, economic stability as PM Abiy Ahmed wins election

Ethiopians hope for peace, economic stability as PM Abiy Ahmed wins election

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, PRIME MINISTER
Residents of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa say they hope Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government can ensure peace and economic stability after the incumbent's party won a landslide victory. The election result grants Abiy a five-year term despite a brutal war raging in the country's northern region of Tigray. Abiy hailed the outcome of what he described as a "historic" election -- the first time he faced voters since being appointed prime minister in 2018 following several years of anti-government protests. The winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize had hoped to frame victory at the ballot box as a mandate for political and economic reforms and military operations. But the poll was held in the midst of the gruelling conflict in Tigray that has battered Abiy’s global reput...
Statement during H.E Ambassador Alemtsehay Meseret’s press briefing on Current Developments in Ethiopia

Statement during H.E Ambassador Alemtsehay Meseret’s press briefing on Current Developments in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, UGANDA, WORLD
H.E. Alemtsehay Meseret has given a press briefing on Current developments in Ethiopia to journalists from major media houses in Uganda on July 9 , 2021. In the Press briefing, H.E. Alemtsehay Meseret focused on issues of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) , Ethiopian government’s unilateral ceasefire in Tigray region , the recently concluded general election and finally the role of media.  1.      The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issue is now irrationally being stretched into the Agenda of third parties and the international community. GERD is a flagship development project with extraordinary national significance for the future of its economic and energy security. 65 million Ethiopians, which accou...
China backs African Union effort to resolve Ethiopian mega-dam dispute

China backs African Union effort to resolve Ethiopian mega-dam dispute

AFRICA, African Union, China, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, Sudan, UN
In rare show of unity, UN Security Council members agree to not take the lead in mediation efforts between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia Members can still offer management help, incentives or sanctions to encourage parties to reach a deal, analyst says Work got under way on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam in 2011. Photo: Reuters China has backed an Africa-led mediation process to resolve a dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the operation of a massive hydropower dam on the Blue Nile.China’s envoy to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said Beijing supported efforts for the three countries to reach a deal through dialogue and consultation on the operation of the project.“China looks forward to the African Union’s continued due role,” Zhang said on Thursday in a meeting called b...
Tunisia pushing UN action on Ethiopia dam, Ethiopia opposed

Tunisia pushing UN action on Ethiopia dam, Ethiopia opposed

AFRICA, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, RELATIONS, Sudan
Tunisia has proposed the UN Security Council push for a binding agreement between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the operation of a giant hydropower dam within six months, according to a draft resolution on Wednesday. Tunisia circulated the draft text to the 15-member Security Council ahead of a council meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Thursday, though it was not immediately clear when it could be put to a vote. A senior Ethiopian diplomat in New York told Reuters the draft resolution would "effectively scuttle" an African Union-led mediation process between the three countries, and Ethiopia was working to make sure that it would not be adopted. "Africa is watching and watching closely because the precedence is huge to bear and disrupts African Unity," t...
UN urges Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to recommit to dam talks

UN urges Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to recommit to dam talks

AFRICA, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, Sudan
The United Nations called on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Tuesday to recommit to talks on the operation of a giant hydropower dam, urging them to avoid any unilateral action, a day after Ethiopia began filling the dam's reservoir. The UN Security Council will likely discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) this week after Arab states requested the 15-member body address the issue. Ethiopia says the dam on its Blue Nile is crucial to its economic development and to provide power. But Egypt views it as a grave threat to its Nile water supplies, on which it is almost entirely dependent. Sudan, another downstream country, has expressed concern about the dam's safety and the impact on its own dams and water stations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres backs the role o...
Ethiopian embassy in Kenya among 30 to be closed to save money

Ethiopian embassy in Kenya among 30 to be closed to save money

AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, PRIME MINISTER
Ethiopia on Monday announced plans to cut the number of embassies it has in other countries by at least half in a bid to save costs. In a briefing to Ethiopian lawmakers, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the country will shut down several embassies, including one in Kenya, to manage costs, with most diplomats working as non-resident ambassadors. “Ethiopia shouldn’t have 60 or so embassies and consulates in the present moment. Instead of throwing US dollars everywhere … at least 30 of the embassies should be closed. The ambassadors should instead be here,” he said. He said the Ethiopian ambassador to Kenya, for example, could be based in Addis Ababa and only make field trips to meet with officials, while following events in Nairobi through the media. "The Ethiopian ambassador...
Ethiopia begins second filling of dam

Ethiopia begins second filling of dam

AFRICA, DEVELOPMENT, EAST AFRICA, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, Nature, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS
A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on December 26, 2019 [EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images] The Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation said Ethiopia has officially notified it that it had begun filling the reservoir behind its giant hydropower dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), for a second year. The Egyptian ministry said in a statement that in response to Ethiopia's notification, the Egyptian Irrigation Minister, Mohamed Abdel-Aty, has sent an official letter to his Ethiopian counterpart, Seleshi Bekele, informing him of Egypt's categorical rejection of Addis Ababa's unilateral measure, which constitutes a "clear and dangerous breach of the Declaration of Principles agreement s...
Ethiopian retains top rank in Africa for passenger, cargo

Ethiopian retains top rank in Africa for passenger, cargo

AFRICA, Business, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, TRADE, Transport, TRAVEL
Ethiopian  Airlines, the  largest  Pan-African  airline,  has  been  ranked first for passenger and cargo traffic in 2020 retaining its leadership position in the continent, according  to  the  African  Airlines  Association’s  (AFRAA)  report. The airline carried 500,000 tons of   freight   and   5.5   million   passengers   through   its   main   hub,   Addis   Ababa   Bole   International Airport during the year. Ethiopian  Airlines  Group  CEO  Tewolde  Gebre Mariam  said: “We  are  honoured  to  continue  our  leadersh...
More than 400 000 people facing famine in war-torn Tigray – UN

More than 400 000 people facing famine in war-torn Tigray – UN

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, ETHIOPIA, WAR
Rebel fighters in Ethiopia's war-hit region, Tigray, seized control of more territory recently. This comes after rebels retook the local capital and vowing to drive all "enemies" out of the region.According to a UN official, more than 400 000 people are said to have crossed the threshold into 'famine'. Over 400 000 people have "crossed the threshold into famine" in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, a senior UN official said Friday, appealing for urgent humanitarian action to help the millions affected by the brutal eight-month long conflict. Fighting between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) was reignited last month when the rebels launched a major counter-offensive that saw them retake their regional capital of Mekele. This we...
Ethiopia selects 34 athletes for Tokyo

Ethiopia selects 34 athletes for Tokyo

Atheletics, ETHIOPIA, GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports
World record-holders Letesenbet Gidey and Gudaf Tsegay are among the 34 athletes named on Ethiopia’s team for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Although qualified in more than one event, Gidey and Tsegay – like all other members of the team – will focus on just one event each. Gidey will contest the 10,000m, the event at which she set a world record of 29:01.03 last month, while Tsegay will line up for the 5000m, having clocked a world-leading 14:13.32 in Hengelo on 8 June. The team also includes world indoor 1500m champion Samuel Tefera and world silver medallists Selemon Barega and Yomif Kejelcha. Ethiopian team for Tokyo WOMEN800m: Habitam Alemu, Workwuha Getachew, Worknesh Mesele1500m: Freweyni Hailu, Lemlem Hailu, Diribe Welteji5000m: Ejigayehu Taye, Senbere Tef...
TPLF calls for cease-fire to be ignored in Ethiopia

TPLF calls for cease-fire to be ignored in Ethiopia

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, WAR
The fighters now retaking parts of Ethiopia's Tigray region will pursue soldiers from neighboring Eritrea back into their country and chase Ethiopian forces to Addis Ababa to weaken their military powers, their spokesperson warned on Wednesday. Getachew Reda said the Tigray People's Liberation Front would “stop at nothing to liberate every square inch” of the Tigray region of six million people, nearly eight months after fighting erupted between the Tigray forces and Ethiopian soldiers backed by Eritrea. Speaking by phone from an undisclosed location, Reda rejected the unilateral ceasefire Ethiopia’s government declared on Monday as a “sick joke”, and said the Front's response was to treat the ceasefire "with a contempt it so richly deserves". Ethiopia declared...
Ethiopia: Uncertainty in Tigray after rebels take control of restive north

Ethiopia: Uncertainty in Tigray after rebels take control of restive north

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, EMERGENCY, ETHIOPIA, POLITICS
The rebel Tigray Defense Forces claimed Mekele and Shire were under their control. Experts warn of a precarious situation after Ethiopia's federal government called a unilateral ceasefire. Tigrayan refugees who fled to Sudan protest the war in their region The former ruling party in Tigray said it took back control of the regional capital Mekele on Monday after Ethiopia's federal government troops controlled the city for eight months. The Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) is "in control of Mekele and people are now dancing in the streets," said Million Haileselassie, a DW correspondent based in the city.  The TDF is the military wing of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) party, which ruled Tigray until they were ousted by the federal government in November 2020.  ...
UN: 350,000 face famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray

UN: 350,000 face famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray

AFRICA, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, FAMILY, FAMINE, PEOPLE, TERRORISM, WAR
A high-level U.N.-led committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions, a U.N. official said late Wednesday. The estimate was presented at a meeting on Monday of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising 18 U.N. and non-U.N. organizations. An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis update conducted in Tigray and the neighbouring zones of Amhara and Afar concluded that over 350,000 people are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) between May and June 2021. That number is expected to rise beyond 400,000 over the next few months if access isn't provided to those areas, said Brian Lander, the World Food Programme's Deputy Director of the Emergenc...
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