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Estimates of those requiring help have surged by 1.5m, and donors must urgently provide an extra $230m to meet their needs, say UN agencies

2300The number of Ethiopians who will need food aid by the end of this year has surged by more than 1.5 million from earlier estimates, according to United Nations agencies. After failed rains, some 4.5m people are now projected to require assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha), the World Food Programme and the UN children’s agency, Unicef, said.

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“They gave the land and we took it. This is green gold.”

Karuturi on land grab in Gambella ,,, “The government is killing our people through starvation and hunger…We are dying here with our children. Government workers get their salary, but we are just waiting to for death.”

An Anuak Elder to Human Rights Watch

aklog birara2 458x497Although I subscribe to federalism as a form of state and government, I have always been aghast at the poisonous effects of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia. At last, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn was bold enough to acknowledge and state publicly that ethnic bigotry, arrogance and exclusion emanating from ethnic federalism has become a huge deterrent to Ethiopia’s sustainable and equitable growth; and poses an existential threat to the country.

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Hailemariam Desalegn's Lie

(By Sadik Ahmed)  

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

tplf court 300x156Last week, young Ethiopian bloggers collectively known as “Zone 9 Bloggers” (named after a cell block  holding political prisoners at  the infamous  Meles Zenawi Kality Prison, a few kilometers outside of the capital) returned to  the kangaroo/monkey  kourt system of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) for  the 33rd time  since April 2014.

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A Federal Court on Thursday set free four leading opposition figures who were charged with "terrorism".

habitamuThe court found no evidence whatsoever that the individuals, publicly known as proponents of the non-violent form of struggle, were linked to terrorist acts or organizations.

The inmates are Habtamu Ayalew and Daniel Shibeshi (both of now-defunct Andenet Party), Abraha Desta (Arena Party) and Yeshiwas Assefa (Semayawi Party). Despite the court order to send the indiviuals home, the inmates have not yet left the prison. 

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