Archive for the ‘Ethiopian News’ Category

ENTC 2nd General Assembly conference Press Release

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Suffering of Ethiopian Refugees in Yemen (video documentary)

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Smooth handover of power critical to building Kenya’s reputation as a stable democracy

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

The life of Ethiopian poet Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin

Sunday, March 10th, 2013 ትጎበኙ ዘንድ ይሁን፡፡


ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam – 09 March 2013

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ENTC congratulates the people of Kenya

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Disinformation against ESFNA

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

21-year-old Ethiopian becomes Miss Israel (video)

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Uhuru Kenyatta is declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenya presidential election – AP

Friday, March 8th, 2013

ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam – 08 March 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013

With 87% of the votes counted, Kenyatta leads by 50% against 43.3% for Odinga

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Ethiopia’s paranoid regime started to crackdown on Facebook

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam – 6 March 2013

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Obama lost in Kenya

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Outcome of Kenya’s Presidential Election to be Announced on Friday

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

U.S. quietly resumed deportations to Somalia

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 … ns-Somalia


Ethiopians flood into Somaliland

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 … n-quandary


A runoff between Odinga and Kenyatta is likely

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Horrific tale of torture and death for Eritreans in Sinai

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
BBC News, Sinai

Lamlam, 17, is one of thousands of people who make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt each year. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families.

"The kidnappers would make me lie on my back and then they would get me to ring my family to ask them to pay the ransom they wanted," she says, lifting up the back of her shirt to expose a rash of deep scars.

"As soon as one of my parents answered the phone, the men would melt flaming plastic over my back and inner thighs and I would scream and scream in pain.

‘Please help me’
I will never forgot the desperate words, broadcast on the BBC, of an Eritrean refugee who was being held hostage in Egypt’s north Sinai.

"It’s bad, bad. Have no enough food, enough water," a tearful and desperate man called Philemon Semere told me on the phone last November.

"Always hit by sticks and burnt by fire and electricity. Daily burning by fire. My body is burning. Please, please help me, Mike."

Semere, along with two other Eritrean refugees, is still in the hands of his kidnappers who have threatened to kill him if his family fails to pay the $25,000 they are demanding.

When I asked the leader of the kidnappers how he could justify torturing and murdering hostages he replied without any sense of shame or regret: "A lot of people I have killed here. This is my work, I live by this work."

Listen to the interview

"This, they hoped, would put extra pressure on my mother and father to find the money."

A man standing next to her gently places a hand on her shoulder as she finishes speaking.

Zere, his faced swathed in a red and white scarf, was one of those kept with her in a windowless basement room for almost a year.

"They had about four of five of us tied up together and they would pour water on the floor and then electrocute the water so that all of us would get electrocuted at the same time," he says.

"They would starve us, they would burn us and they would not let us sleep."

Zere says that nine out of the 20 people held hostage with him died. But, he tells me, by that point those still alive would have welcomed that fate.

"All of us were actually hoping for death because that would have been an escape from the torture."

In fact Lamlam and Zere were able to escape – rescued by a local Bedouin leader, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maniri.

A small building at the back of his house is now home to a dozen people that he has rescued.

Sometimes though, he says, it is too late.

"Many people we bring here have been really badly tortured.

"In two cases recently some of those we rescued died, here in this house, because they had been injured so much."

‘Hundreds of bodies’

The UN has described the growth of the kidnap and people trafficking trades in Sinai as one of the most unreported humanitarian crises in the world.

It estimates that 3,000 Eritreans alone fled their repressive and impoverished country last year.

Many headed for the swollen refugee camps of neighbouring eastern Sudan, now home to more than 90,000 people.

The UN says that 70% of the new arrivals then vanish.

Many fall into the hands of ruthless and well-armed people-smuggling gangs as they try to make their way to Israel or Egypt in search of a better life.

Whilst some do make it through, others are sold on to different gangs two or three times as they are trafficked north.

Hostage victims are often taken to the largely lawless, desert area of north Sinai, where their kidnappers can operate with near impunity.

In 2012, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said that a "criminal network" of smugglers and traffickers was "taking profit of the desperate situation of many Eritreans".

Egyptian security forces do operate in this region but only in limited numbers because of a long-standing peace agreement with neighbouring Israel.

In the mortuary in the town of El Arish, the extent of the carnage caused by the gruesome kidnap trade is even more evident.

"Since the revolution there have been hundreds of bodies because the borders have been more lax," says mortician Era Ki, as he points towards the deep-freeze cabinets in front of us.

"The corpses usually have torture-style injuries.

"The ones that come from the Bedouin [people-traffickers] have always been tortured to get their families to pay ransoms.

"If their families can’t pay, they have no use for them and torture them to death."

Even those whose families somehow manage to pay the large ransoms demanded, often feel they cannot go home now that their relatives have been financially ruined.

Berhane, an Eritrean refugee I met living in a squalid Cairo slum is one.

After being beaten, tortured and electrocuted for months before his family paid $30,000 (£20,000) for his release, he says he has constant terrifying flashbacks and cannot face going home.

Berhane has this message for any Eritreans thinking of following in his footsteps: "Stay where you are.

"Whatever you do, don’t let yourself fall into the hands of the traffickers."

Mike Thomson’s Assignment, Escape from Sinai, will be broadcast on the BBC World Service on Thursday 7 March at 09:05 GMT.


Uhuru Kenyatta takes commanding lead after half of the votes counted

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam – 05 March 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

ESAT Ethiopian News from DC – 5 March 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The international media coverage of Kenya’s election is unfair and imbalanced

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam 4 March 2013

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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Kenyans vote in the most important election in their country’s history

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Kenya election live coverage (video)

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Israel’s mandatory birth control policy toward Ethiopian jews prompts outrage

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

ESAT Week in Review – 02 March 2013

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

When countries are ruled by assholes this happens to their people

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Arab human traffickers savagely attack two young Ethiopians (video)

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Terrifying kidnapping rings hunt Eritrean refugees

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 … 82050.html


ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam – 01 March 2013

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

ESAT Ethiopian News from DC – 01 March 2013

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

13 Ethiopians arrested in Kenya

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 … -kirinyaga


South Sudan to export oil through Ethiopia

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 … index.html


Ethiopian wins Miss Israel 2013

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 … immigrant/

Ms Israel Yityish Aynaw

(JTA) — Yityish Aynaw, a former Israeli army officer, became the first Ethiopian-Israeli to win the Miss Israel pageant.
A panel of judges awarded the title to Aynaw, a 21-year-old model who came to Israel about a decade ago, at the International Convention Center Haifa on Wednesday.

"It’s important that a member of the Ethiopian community wins the competition for the first time," she was quoted by Israeli media as telling the judges in response to a question. "There are many different communities of many different colors in Israel, and it’s important to show that to the world."

Aynaw came to Israel with her family when she was 12. Acclimating to Israel was difficult at first, Aynaw said, but she picked up the language quickly with the help of a friend.
She has been working as a saleswoman at a clothing store since her army discharge.

During the competition, Aynaw cited the slain American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. as one of her heroes.

"He fought for justice and equality, and that’s one of the reasons I’m here: I want to show that my community has many pretty qualities that aren’t always represented in the media," she said.

She said Dr King fought for justice and equality, and that’s one of the reasons I’m here – to show that there are also good things in my community, which are not presented in the media.

"I see it as a mission to represent Israel’s different colors. There are not enough dark-skinned models in Israel.

"I hope to become a successful model thanks to the contest and create a change in the perception of dark-skinned models. I would be happy to be the first Ethiopian television host, an Israeli Tyra Banks."


Ottawa jury finds Ethiopian man guilty of murdering his girlfriend

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 … 43708.html


Clashes between Djibouti police and opposition supporters continued on Friday

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Resistance to land grab in Ethiopia is met with state violence – Graham Peebles

Friday, March 1st, 2013 … -ethiopia/


ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam – 28 Feb 2013

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Another massive Ethiopian Muslim demonstration in Addis Abeba today (photos and videos)

Friday, March 1st, 2013


New Book Proposes Ethiopia Was The First Christian Nation

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Brendan Pringle, Editor
BP Editing


The Woyanne junta engineered the selection of another fake patriarch

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

A well-known German foundation decamps from Ethiopia

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 … 36219.html

Ethiopia makes help difficult for world donors advocating civil society, rights

A well-known German foundation decamps from Ethiopia. Other long-time donors find new official agency and law restrictive and confusing.
By William Davison | Christian Science Monitor – 1 hr 2 mins ago.. .

Of the many outreach programs run here by Germany’s Heinrich Böll Foundation, one caused special alarm for an official new Ethiopian agency that is starting to block and restrict the promotion of civil society ideas.

The Böll program, “SurVivArt: Art for the Right to a Good Life,” dealt with notions of healthy, intelligent, and successful living, and illustrated differing concepts of home, food, and choice consumer goods – all done through sculpture and video arts.

To a Western-oriented eye, it seemed harmless.

But officials at the “Charities and Societies Agency” fairly flipped when they saw a word implying “rights” in the program title.

"’Why has this got right in it?’ they asked," remembers Patrick Berg, the foundation’s former Ethiopia director, who just returned to Germany after deciding that the agency and its zealous application of a restrictive new law made meaningful work impossible.

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For years, Heinrich Böll’s activities included training regional parliamentarians, running a forum to discuss gender issues, and organizing a model African Union for students. But no more.

The new law, adopted several years ago but only now being enforced, bars charities that receive more than 10 percent of overseas funds from engaging in the promotion of a panoply of human rights ideas, including for children and disabled, for democratic education, and for other staples of civil society.

“First we were forced to abandon rights-based work, now even art has become suspicious," says Mr. Berg of the law, called the "Charities and Societies Proclamation," or CSO law.

Foreign charities and NGOs in Ethiopia are all currently undergoing an annual audit to weed out funding and ideas that break the law.

The law is a legacy of the late prime minister Meles Zenawi who wanted to curb foreign groups unaccountably advocating their own values in sensitive areas. The Ethiopian leader of 21 years, who died in August, said that Western societies evolved without external meddling, and so should Ethiopia.

But critics, while commending Ethiopia’s desire to be independent, say in fact the law is being used as a political sledgehammer to thwart and crush dissent. Amnesty International argued in 2009 the law was hostile to freedom of expression and association and was harmful to Ethiopia’s fledgling civil society.


Some NGOs and donors say the zeal of the new agency threatens to drive off assistance that likely helps the nation and, more particularly, vulnerable people. (The Monitor also reported today on Egyptian government efforts to clamp down on foreign-funding of NGOs.)

Some one-third of Ethiopia’s 90 million people live on under $1.25 a day, making it one of the world’s poorest nations and one of the top aid recipients. It received $3.6 billion in 2011 from donors, over 11 percent of national income, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Part of the complaint against the new official restrictions are that they are applied willy nilly and are confusing. Many NGOs use “rights” as a standpoint of civil society virtue, such as a right to education, or clean water.

But one executive in a NGO that wished not to be named said the agency told his outfit not to promote the rights of girls and women not to be circumcised or forced into marriage – but that advocating for other rights seemed acceptable.

"Charities like ours are here to work with the government on improving the lives of Ethiopians," he says. "The uncertainty surrounding the law wastes time and prevents us from focusing fully on developing and delivering good programs."

The British government this month however was promised a written assurance that all organizations working on violence against women and issues like female genital mutilation will be allowed to continue.


Another major complaint is that new laws stipulate that only 30 percent of budgets go to administration, interpreted in 2011 to include most travel and training cost. This is proving unworkable. Some 80 percent of groups defaulted on these terms last year.

Of 29 charities funded by US Agency for International Development, 27 can’t comply, according to knowledgeable sources.

Nigist Haile, an Ethiopian, runs the Center for African Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) in the capital, Addis Ababa. The aim of the organization funded by Canada’s development agency and the United Nations and WTO’s International Trade Center is to help female entrepreneurs access international markets.

CAWEE is assisting Hilina Enriched Foods Processing Center develop a marketing strategy to export spicy peanuts to the Middle East by providing consultants. Boosting sales abroad is a crucial objective of a foreign-exchange starved country. Ethiopia’s imports cost $7.5 billion more than exports last year.

“I think they are the only one who are working with women very practically," says Deputy General Manager Hilina Belete about CAWEE.

Ms. Nigist also hires consultants to train businesswomen. The law classifies the consultants’ fees as an administrative cost, giving CAWEE a "very serious problem" in meeting the 30 percent administration rule. Unless special consideration is granted, sessions will be stopped, Nigist says.

"Again the women are suffering," she says. "We should be considered a development partner, but they are not seeing it that way."

Ethiopia’s government has been popular with donors such as the US, EU, and UK partly because it’s seen as prioritizing the poor and spending on them effectively. It is also seen as a reliable ally in the unstable Horn of Africa.

Daniel Bekele, director of Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, says the agency and laws are not a rejection of international partners for Ethiopia, but about domestic politics and a response to the power shown by civil society groups in previous elections.

"I believe the CSO law was a response to 2005 [elections]," Mr. Bekele says, a time when voter education campaigns led to huge turnouts, civil society monitored polls and mediated disputes. "Unfortunately it was perceived as a political activity … or as a politically-biased activity."

Getachew Reda, a government spokesman says the law is needed to stop corrupt charities "running amok" and using "per diems for vacations in Honolulu."

If training is a "stock in trade" and done in a cost-efficient manner to benefit Ethiopians, then it won’t be classed as an administrative cost, he says. But he adds that if charities make it their business to "criss-cross Africa paying all sorts of stipends to employees, then it will be."

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013


ESAT Interview with ENTC head Sileshi Tilahun – (video)

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

ESAT Ethiopian News from Amsterdam – 27 Feb 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

ENTC general assembly report by ESAT

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

OLF faction led by Kemal Gelchu decimated

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Tales of Horror for Eritreans Trying To Reach Israel

Monday, February 25th, 2013 … ch-israel/


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Monday, February 25th, 2013

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

ENTC midterm conference will conclude with a town hall meeting today

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Georgetown University discussion on mass arrest in Ethiopia – Tuesday, Feb. 26

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

ENTC General Assembly adjourns morning session to join protest rally called by Ethiopian Muslims

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013


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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Uhuru Kenyatta leads Raila Odinga in latest Kenya opinion poll

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Foreign currency shortage forced Ethiopia’s central bank to cut bank reserves down to 5 percent

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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Monday, February 18th, 2013

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

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Friday, February 15th, 2013

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Friday, February 15th, 2013

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

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ESFNA Vindicated

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 We invite and encourage Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia to join us during the week of our events so that we can all celebrate our heritage and our 30th year together.

For more information, please visit our website ( or call 647-701-8527. For sponsorship and vending matters, please contact our Business Department at 408-373-0606 or 202-257-9791.

Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA): Bringing Ethiopians Together™ ESFNA prides itself in creating a unique stage where Ethiopians of all backgrounds, ethnicity, religions and political convictions can come together to celebrate our long enduring unique heritage and diversity that has become our strength through the millenniums. Our goal and vision over the past 30 years has been to maintain ESFNA’s annual festivities as the Mecca where ALL Ethiopians and supporters can come together once a year to create our own mini Ethiopia in the land of our refuge.

Founded in 1984, ESFNA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote the rich Ethiopian culture and heritage as well as building positive environments within Ethiopian-American communities in North America. Its mission is Bringing Ethiopians Together to network, support the business community, empower the young by providing scholarships and mentoring program, primarily using soccer tournaments, other sports activities and cultural events as vehicles. ESFNA, by virtue of its status is non-political, nonreligious and non-ethnic. We adhered to this position all along as legally expected and aligned with our bylaws.

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Friday, February 8th, 2013 … -temes.php