At least 81 people have been killed in Ethiopia after the death of a popular singer sparked huge protests in the Oromia region, a police chief said.
Thousands of fans had gathered to mourn Hachalu Hundessa, who was shot dead on Monday night while driving.
Police say 35 people, including prominent politician Jawar Mohammed, have been arrested.
The motive for Hachalu’s killing remains unclear.
But police say they have arrested two people in connection with the killing.
Hachalu, 34, recently said that he had received death threats. He will be buried on Thursday.
His songs focused on the rights of the country’s Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister in 2018.
“So far 81 people have been killed, in...
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 2, 2020/ -- Ethiopia’s ‘One’ model, under which the government runs its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) National Program, (https://bit.ly/2Bif7lh) has steadily improved the well-being of the country’s rural and urban communities, top local officials say.
“The ‘One’ here means we have one account, one budget and one report in one consolidated WASH Account,” says Tadesse Masresha, Coordinator for the Regional WASH Coordination Office in Oromia Region.
The scheme combines the construction of infrastructure to extend access to water and sanitation to new areas and the revamping of disused equipment such as pumping stations and pipelines. The program also provides technical training to maintenance personnel and users to ensure the sustainability of the inf...
The arrest of prominent Ethiopian pro-democracy activist Jawar Mohammed has been confirmed by multiple sources from the country. His media outfit, Oromia Media Network, OMN, has also been shut down by authorities.
The arrest comes in the wake of mass protests against the shooting and killing on Monday night of a famed Oromo musician and activist in Addis Ababa.
Hachalu Hundessa, was celebrated as a symbol for the Oromo people – Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group. His songs spoke out about their political and economic marginalisation and became a rallying point for activists in their fight against Ethiopian regimes.
The musician had also been imprisoned for five years when he was 17 for taking part in protests, an analysis on the BBC Africa LIVE page added.
Jawar was reporte...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 29, 2020/ -- The Government of Japan has provided a new grant aid to Ethiopia, which is worth over USD 4 million, through its partnership with UNICEF Ethiopia as part of its emergency assistance for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.The assistance will be implemented through UNICEF to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Ethiopia by providing critical supplies for infection prevention, supplying life-saving water and sanitation services, promoting hygiene, enhancing health workers’ capacity, and raising public awareness of COVID-19. “This contribution from Japan has come at a time when we are seeking resources to scale up our support to the Government in its efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in Ethiopia on children and vulnerable families,” sa...
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 29, 2020/ -- 1. Partnerships and Coordination
As the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to support GoE in coordinating support for quarantine facilities in Addis Ababa and the regions (54 in total).Over 13,400 returnee migrants have completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine in the 54 quarantine facilities across Ethiopia and went home. Over 4,700 are currently under quarantine.Participating in multisectoral COVID-19 assessments of quarantine facilities and Points of Entry (PoEs) in Assosa, Dewele, Dire Dawa, Jijiga, Gambella, Moyale, Togowachale, and Semera.Sending shelter experts to Dewele PoE to assess temporary shelter needs for registration, COVID screening, and to ...
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 28, 2020/ -- 1. Partnerships and CoordinationAs the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to support GoE in coordinating support for quarantine facilities in Addis Ababa and the regions (54 in total).Download Report: https://bit.ly/2NN4V6Z2. Disease Surveillance• Between 1 April and 26 June, Ethiopia received over 18,650 returnees: 4,774 from Sudan, 3,981 from Djibouti, 3,936 from Somalia, 3,162 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), 1024 from Kuwait, 650 from Lebanon and 687 from Kenya.• Completed construction of 2 screening points at the entry and exit of Bule Hora town: temperature and symptoms screening.• Five IOM health staff trained for COVID-19 sample collection at Ethi...
TOKYO, Japan, June 24, 2020/ -- SATO (www.SATO.lixil.com), LIXIL Group Corporation’s social business that aims to solve water, sanitation, and hygiene problems by providing affordable and easy-to-install sanitation systems to local communities around the world, has today introduced its new handwashing solution called the ‘SATO Tap’.
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According to UNICEF, 40% of the world’s population still do not have access to basic handwashing facilities at home. In Ethiopia, a mere 6.3% of households have access to improved sanitation. To address this immense challenge, LIXIL has committed USD 1 million in line with its promise to support the commitments of development partners and others which could impact 5 million people with improved handwashing.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 23, 2020/ -- The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 3238; of these one-hundred-thirty-one (131) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are 4663. Among the confirmed cases, 94 of them are male and 37 are female and their age ranges from 2 to 80 years old. One-hundred-thirty (130) of the confirmed cases are Ethiopians and one is a foreign national. Among the cases, 98 of them are identified from Addis Ababa, 16 from Oromia region, 4 from Somali region, 3 from Afar region, 3 from Dire Dawa city administration, 3 from SNNP region, 2 from Gambella region, I from Amhara region and 1 from Tigray region.Among the total laboratory tests conducted, 26 (10 from health facility and 16 from community) of them ...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 21, 2020/ -- Serious’ impacts already felt nationwide
The COVID-19 pandemic poses clear threats to Ethiopia’s reforms and relatively strong economic growth, with “wide-ranging and serious” impacts across Africa’s second most populous country, a new UN assessment finds.
Infrastructure investments, poverty reduction, and a significant political opening gave Ethiopia advantages at the outset of the pandemic—with plans in place for the country’s first democratic elections in August 2020, which are now postponed. But slowing economic growth, rising debt risks, high inflation, high unemployment, large numbers of displaced people, and a sorely underfunded health system threaten to reverse years of progress, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable among...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 15, 2020/ -- The total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 4845; of these one hundred-seventy-nine (179) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are 3,345. Among the confirmed cases, 116 of them are male and 63 are female and their age ranges from 2 months to 80 years old.
One hundred-seventy-six (176) of the confirmed cases are Ethiopians and three are foreigners. Among the cases, 111 of them are identified from Addis Ababa, 23 from Amliara region, 15 from Oromia region, 11 from Afar region, 9 from Tigray region, 5 from Somali region, 2 from SNNPR region, 2 from Dire Dawa city administration and 1 from Harari region.
Among the total laboratory tests conducted, 30 (24 from health facility and 6 fro...
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 10, 2020/ -- The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Board of Directors has approved a $1.2 million grant to Ethiopia’s government to finance a feasibility study for construction of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) link between Ethiopia and neighbouring Sudan.
The grant, from the African Development Fund, the Bank Group's concessional-rate lending arm, would cover 35% of the total estimated $3.4 million cost of the study. The remaining funding will be provided by the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) in the form of a $2-million grant, and by a contribution of $100,000 each from the two countries involved. The financing was approved in January.
The two-year, comprehensive feasibility study will assess the proposed project’s ...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 23, 2020/ -- CDC Ethiopia has invested more than $64 million to build the capacity of Ethiopia’s laboratories and health facilities to strengthen the country’s public health infrastructure over the past two decades. Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and CDC lab experts conducting a COVID-19 lab test at the EPHI Reference lab.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, CDC is working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), and other public health partners to ensure the people of Ethiopia have access to better diagnostic services to protect them from COVID-19 and help prevent the further spread of the virus.
As part of this effort, CDC experts are working on the frontlines with EPHI leadership as part of the...
NAIROBI, 12 March 2020 (PSCU)
– President Uhuru Kenyatta today held talks with Ethiopian President
Sahle-Work Zewde who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.
two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral and multilateral
subjects including the peaceful co-existence among communities living
along the Kenya-Ethiopia border and the desert locust invasion.
the regional level, the two Heads of State discussed the challenges
facing the Nile River basin and emphasized the need for pursuing African
solutions to African problems.
meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo and Sicily
Kariuki as well as Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau,
Kenya's Ambassador to Ethiopia Catherine Mwangi and her Ethiopian