Ethiopia news

Lawyer says Ethiopia’s political prisoners are victims of kangaroo courts, unjust laws

The legal director of an international advocacy group has said that Ethiopia’s political prisoners like journalist Eskinder Nega and Andualem Aragie are not terrorists but victims of “kangaroo courts” and unjust laws designed to criminalize fundamental rights…Read more: (ethsat.com)

WHO Director General denies Ethiopia jails journalists

The newly minted director general of the World Health Organization and the former foreign minister of Ethiopia denies his country is one of the leading jailers of journalists…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia: Tensions remain high in Bahir Dar after bomb explosion 

Tensions remain high in Bahir Dar after a bomb exploded on Saturday injuring two people. Authorities say they have arrested the suspects. A woman was seriously injured…Read more: (ethsat.com) 

Ethiopian Airlines retrofits its B767-300 fleet with flat bed seats and WIFI IFE

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce to its valued customers that it has fully refurbished its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet and availed for service on its India, Middle East and Africa destinations…Read more: (africabusinesscommunities.com)

Ethiopia: Investing More to Modernize Printing Sector

To cope up with the government’s Educational Quality Program and distribute one book for one student, the Educational Material Production and Distribution Enterprise has imported state-of-the-art machines…Read more: (allafrica.com)

Ethiopia: Changing Gear for Viable Road Network

Adding luster to Ethiopia’s prosperity,the revitalization of its century-old road network and the modernization of road transport system are promising a rapid and new national growth…Read more: (allafrica.com)

2 injured in grenade attack in northern Ethiopia: police

Two civilians were injured in a grenade attack Saturday night in Bahir Dar city, capital city of Amhara regional state in northern Ethiopia, police said Monday…Read more: (news.xinhuanet.com)

Pentecostal church in Ethiopia told to close after it was attacked by mob

A Pentecostal church in Ethiopia has been ordered by local authorities to stop conducting religious services after it was attacked by a mob in June…Read more: (christiantimes.com)

FAO Ethiopia Drought response plan and priorities in 2017 – Revised version, August 2017

Humanitarian needs have continued to rise in 2017, largely linked to the ongoing drought and its impact on pastoral livelihoods, in particular…Read more: (reliefweb)

4,500 died in traffic accidents in Ethiopia in a year

Traffic accidents during the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2016/17 that ended on July 8, has led to the deaths of 4500 people…Read more: (news.xinhuanet.com)

Vervoer

Ethiopië is een bergachtig en uitgestrekt land. Vliegen gaat een stuk vlotter dan over land reizen en is redelijk goedkoop. Ethiopian Airlines verzorgt vluchten vanuit de hoofdstad naar alle grote steden van het land. Als je met Ethiopian Airlines het land binnenkomt en je ticket/boardingpas bewaart, krijg je korting op binnenlandse vluchten.

Er zijn lange afstand bussen, deze vertrekken zeer vroeg in de ochtend. Wordt om een of andere reden de eindbestemming voor zonsondergang niet bereikt dan wordt er een nachtelijke stop ingelast. Bij zonsopgang wordt de reis voortgezet. Veel plaatsen, zeker in het zuiden zijn moeilijk met openbaar vervoer te bereiken. In de regentijd zijn veel wegen onbegaanbaar.

De beste manier om Ethiopië te verkennen is per huurauto met chauffeur. Je kunt zelf beter niet aan het stuur gaan zitten. Het verkeer is tamelijk chaotisch, voetgangers en vee lopen midden op de weg, het rijgedrag van de medeweggebruikers is dikwijls onvoorspelbaar en de wegenkaarten bevatten beperkte informatie. Bij een aanrijding al is het buiten je schuld, word je (bijna) altijd aansprakelijk gesteld. De chauffeur spreekt de taal en kan je in moeilijke situaties uit de brand helpen, weet waar brandstof te krijgen is en waar niet en hij brengt je de op de mooiste plekken.

Addis Ababa heeft een sneltram, blauwe en gele taxi’s, lijnbussen en minibusjes. De gele taxi’s hebben een meter.  Blauwe taxi’s niet; spreek vooraf een prijs af met de chauffeur. Minibusjes hanteren standaard lokaal tarief, stoppen op veel plaatsen en er is altijd plaats, al is het op de schoot van een medereiziger.

 

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About 160 Ethiopian migrants forced into the sea off the coast of Yemen by smugglers

160 Ethiopian migrants were violently forced into the sea off the coast of Yemen on Thursday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Strikes by small businesses spread further

Strikes by small businesses and vendors spread further to towns in North Gondar, East Gojjam, Oromo and southern regions of the country opposing the new tax hikes despite threats by authorities who put notice of violation on a number of businesses…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Intense fighting in Ethiopia as key road is blocked, U.S. warns citizens

The United States embassy in Ethiopia has reported of intense gunfire between two cities leaving a main road linking the capital and another town blocked…Read more: (africanews.com)

Drought-stricken herders in Ethiopia need urgent support

Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year, warned today the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)Read more: (fao.org)

Ethiopia: Court denies bail to Bekele Gerba

The 4th criminal bench of the federal high court in Addis Ababa on Thursday denied bail to a prominent Ethiopian opposition leader while the 2nd bench gave additional time to police investigating the cases of individuals accused of corruption…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Reports of fighting in eastern Ethiopia, highway to Jijiga blocked

There has been reports of fighting in the area between the cities of Harar and Babile on the way to the country’s eastern commercial town of Jijiga. The highway connecting the capital Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked, according a security alert by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa…Read more: (ethsat.com)

About 180 migrants forced from boat, a day after 50 Somalis, Ethiopians drowned by smugglers

Another 180 migrants were forced from a boat today, a day after 50 Somalis and Ethiopians were drowned by smugglers off the coast of Yemen, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement Thursday…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Angry Ethiopian Nuers Curse at Government Forces while Reporting to Ethiopian Authority at the Main Bridge

Dozens of local civilians gathered on Jekow River bank cursed at government forces for crossing the border because of imminent threats against them from the opposition forces in Pagak…Read more: (upperniletimes.net)

Fotograferen

Gidole

In Gidole werden wij verrast… wij werden op de foto gezet!  Iedereen lachen, zeker toen Lou zijn hand ophield en zei:”Vijf Birr”.

 

Voordat je mensen fotografeert behoor je eerst toestemming te vragen. Draai de rollen maar eens om hoe zou jij het vinden als iemand, een vreemde, zomaar een foto van je neemt?

Zeker in het zuiden van Ethiopië verwachten mensen geld als je een foto neemt. Onderhandel in zulke gevallen vooraf vriendelijk over de prijs. Meestal verwacht men een vergoeding van twee tot vijf Birr. Als je niet wilt betalen neem dan ook geen foto. Wie stiekem fotografeert kan zich problemen op de hals halen. 

Ook op religieuze plekken, zoals in een kerk of moskee, is het raadzaam om toestemming te vragen. Flitsen is meestal niet toegestaan. Bij bezienswaardigheden moet je vaak extra betalen voor filmopname.

Het is streng verboden om vliegvelden of andere strategische locaties zoals bruggen, stuwdammen, militaire locaties enz. te fotograferen.

Ethiopia news

Ethiopia Shines With Sapphire, Emerald 

Ethiopia has earned 7.8 million dollars from the export of 2,031kg of the newly discovered precious gemstones of sapphire and emerald…Read more: (allafrica.com) 

It is just a matter of time before another protest flares up, says report by rights group 

The Human Rights Watch said on Monday that based on interviews conducted with protesters, including those who were detained during the state of emergency, it was just a matter of time before they took their grievances to the streets again…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Number of people requiring relief food shot to 8.5 million

Aid agencies and the Ethiopian regime say at least 8.5 million people will require relief food assistance in the second half of 2017, up from 5.6 million in January…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Strikes continue in Oromo and Amhara regions

Strikes have continued in several towns in the Oromo and Amhara regions as regime security forces responded with arrests and intimidations…Read more: (ethsat.com)

 

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Ethiopia: Dozens Arrested After City Bomb Blast – Police 

Bahir Dar city police say dozens of people are being held after a bomb exploded…Read more: (allafrica.com) 

State of Emergency Ends in Ethiopia  

Government Should Use Reform, Not Force, to Avoid More Protests…Read more: (hrw.org)

Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 7 August 2017

Some 8.5 million people require immediate relief food assistance in the second half of 2017…Read more: (reliefweb.int)

Strike to mark anniversary of Ethiopian regional unrest

Protests saw businesses in Bahir Dar, the capital city of the northern Amhara region, closed on Monday to mark the first anniversary of anti-government demonstrations…Read more: (aa.com) 

Ethiopia: Expats arrested for carrying foreign currency

Security forces have arrested about 30 expats and Ethiopians who work at international and regional offices in Addis Ababa for carrying foreign currency notes…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Bahir Dar commemorates fallen residents

The city of Bahir Dar today commemorated the massacre of over 50 anti-government protesters in August 2016 by snipers of the regime security…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Residents of Ambo, Woliso strike demanding release of political prisoners

Residents of Ambo and Woliso, West and South West of the capital Addis Ababa respectively, strike on Monday to demand the release of political prisoners including Dr. Merera Gudina, Bekele Gerba and other leaders and members of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC)…Read more: (ethsat.com)