More than 100 people were killed on Wednesday in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region, as a result of ethnic violence, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission reported. The massacre took place at various points in the Meketel area, in the Bekuji Kebele town, just one day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had visited that region.
As per the annual report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the number of journalists detained while in line of duty hit a record high this year. By December 1, the CPJ reported Tuesday there were at least 274 journalists arrested worldwide. The CPJ indicates that number does not include those who were imprisoned and released throughout the year.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reaffirmed on Friday that his duty as the Ethiopian head of government is to “maintain order” in the country after meeting with African Union (AU) envoys on the conflict in Tigray. Abiy ordered the army to attack the rebel-held region in northern Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revealed today that he had ordered the country’s army to attack Tigray, a region in the northern part of the country, following the expiration of a 72-hour ultimatum for the surrender of regional leaders. The Prime Minister’s order means that the army now can launch a full-fledged war on the regional capital of Mekelle.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rejected the growing international calls for dialogue and a halt to deadly fighting in the Tigray region, calling it “interference.” Instead, he says his country will handle the conflict on its own. Abiy, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year, insists on calling the conflict a “law enforcement operation.”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday warned that the three-day deadline given for Tigray’s rebel forces to surrender had expired. Prime Minister Ahmed’s statement paves the way for a military onslaught by the Ethiopian government in Mekelle, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Tigray.
At least 54 people have been killed by gunmen in Gawa Qanqa village, in Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Officials revealed that homes were set on fire during the terrible attack. The assailants are said to have dragged the victims from their home to a school where they were killed.
Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile is underway, raising speculation that it could lead to a “water war.” The dam is undoubtedly a source of tension between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan. War itself, however, is extremely unlikely, between any of the three countries.
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority has validated licenses of pilots working abroad. According to its spokesperson, Abdul Sattar Khokar, the licenses of 166 have been validated as being genuine and certified. He added that the verification of 10 remaining pilots will be concluded by next week.
Ethiopia has disputed accusations by Egypt and Sudan that it had deliberately filled the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), calling the rising water level a natural part of the construction process. Egypt subsequently asked the Ethiopian government for immediate clarification.
At least 239 people were killed and dozens others arrested due to the unrest in Ethiopia following the death of a local musician, Hachalu Hundessa. The regional police commissioner, Mustafa Kedir, said that the Oromia region lost 229 people. It was hardest hit and home to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.
The death toll from protests that erupted in Ethiopia following the killing of a local Musician, Hachalu Hundessa has risen to 166. “In the aftermath of Hachalu’s death, 145 civilians and 11 security forces have lost their lives in the unrest in the region,” said Girma Gelam, deputy police commissioner of Oromia region.
A prominent politician in Ethiopia, Jawar Mohammed, appeared in court on Thursday as Halachu Hundessa was laid to rest amid tight security. Jawar and another prominent Oromo politician, Bekele Gerba, are facing charges of “participating in the death of a person.”
The military has been deployed in Ethiopia’s capital as protests continued following the death of a local musician, Halachu Hundessa. Gangs armed with machetes and sticks roamed the streets as gunshots could be heard in the city. The unrest has so far claimed more than 80 lives.
At least 50 people have been killed and dozens injured in Ethiopia following protests that erupted after the killing of a local musician, Halachu Hundeessaa. The 34 year-old Musician was attacked and shot at as he was driving in the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa. It is alleged that Halachu had received death threats previously.
Will Africa arise after the Corona virus pandemic is over? Africa need to fully utilize the untapped wealth resources and fight corruption so that her people will not be vulnerable during difficult times. The continent need to focus on grassroots empowerment. Main focus have to be in the following sectors , food production(agriculture revolution) , water and Sanitation , health , electricity energy sources , industrialization revolution, vocational training skills and research centers.
Sudan and Egypt announced that Ethiopia agreed, during a mini-African summit, to postpone filling the Renaissance Dam, which it is building on the Nile River until a tripartite agreement is reached. It was also agreed to form a committee for this purpose. Negotiations over the dam have been described as “tortuous,” and lasted years.
Egypt submitted to the United Nations Security Council a request to intervene in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute on Friday. This comes as negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia have faltered. The three countries failed to reach agreement among themselves, especially on the water-sharing mechanism.
A second wave of locusts is expected to cause severe damage in Eastern Africa, two months after a group of dangerous pests invaded the region shortly before the outbreak of the coronavirus. ”It seems that those who escaped COVID-19 will face locusts,” said Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and former Nigerian Agriculture Minister.
Sixty-four people, believed to be undocumented immigrants from Ethiopia, were found dead in a cargo truck in the northwestern Mozambican province of Tete, a senior hospital official confirmed. The victims were discovered in a blue cargo container loaded truck, and they were surrounded by survivors.
Today saw the number of infections by the new coronavirus in Africa exceed by 1,000 in 40 countries across the continent, with records of 30 deaths, according to the latest statistics on the covid-19 pandemic. In total, 1,107 cases of infection have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. The very first case on the continent was reported on February 14, in Egypt.
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The leaders of the African Union countries, at the beginning of their 3-day summit in Addis Ababa, sought to enhance their participation in mediations in a number of armed conflicts that are tearing the continent apart. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced his country’s readiness to host an African summit devoted to discussing the formation of a joint African force to combat terrorism.
The 33rd African Union Summit will be launched Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the slogan “Silencing the guns to create conditions for Africa’s development.” The presidency of the summit will move from Egypt to South Africa, and to President Cyril Ramaphosa from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Today, Ramaphosa presides over a closed session to present the challenges that stand in the way of Africa’s progress.
The situation in Somalia is very worrying. This is the assessment of Dominic Begone, a United Nations expert on food and agricultural economics. The political crisis in Somalia has worsened the situation. Much of the agricultural land in Somalia has been destroyed by locusts.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia’s Amhara region turned out Tuesday to urge the government of Ethiopia to rescue the seventeen kidnapped university students, fifty four days after they were taken from Dembidolo and hauled away at gunpoint in the western Oromia region of Ethiopia. Nearly two million people in more than ten cities of the Amhara region marched to voice outrage at the ongoing horror the hostages are experiencing and the agony their families are going through. The demonstrators under the slogan “Bring back our students,” are calling for the release of seventeen abducted students still being held by their armed captors in Oromia region, including OLF Shene.