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Urgency of Addressing the Plight of Women Belonging to Vulnerable Groups in Ethiopia Highlighted at UNPO EP Conference

On 22 March 2017, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with the People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) and Mrs Liliana Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D), held a conferenceat the European Parliament in Brussels entitled “Women’s Inferno in Ethiopia: The Plight of Women from Ogaden, Oromo, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella & Sidama”. The conference assembled a wide variety of perspectives on the compound struggles facing marginalised populations within Ethiopia and, more specifically, the dismal condition of women’s rights within the country. The speakers covered topics ranging from the famine and cholera in Ogaden to child abduction in Gambella to the Irrecha massacre in Oromiya, with the main themes of minority suffering and gender-based violence recurring throughout the presentations. With nearly 100 participants attending and more than 10,000…

Project aims to widen team’s world view and make population growth greener

Project aims to widen team’s world view and make population growth greener
For Ria Tobaccowala, a Chicago native studying in New York, arriving in the fast-growing southern Ethiopian city of Hawassa was a revelation.

“The first plants are going up, the first airport is being constructed and the first non-dirt roads are being built,” she says. “Seeing how that’s impacting people’s lives was eye-opening.” Tobaccowala, who is studying for a dual MBA/MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree at New York University, had spent the previous three months working with four classmates on a strategic plan to protect a swath of land in Hawassa, 175 miles south of Addis Ababa, the capital. Their objective was to shield Hawassa’s lake from dangerous pollutants, create a public park and bolster local infrastructure to support the city’s expansion. When the team arrived in April, Tobaccowala and her teammates had just a week to finish their proposal before sharing their ideas with Pewodros Gebiba, the city’s…

የትራፊክ ሥርዓት የማታውቀው ከተማ _ ዳዬ

የትራፊክ ሥርዓት የማታውቀው ከተማ ጠመዝማዛውን መንገድ ጨርሰው የዳዬ ከተማ መግቢያ ላይ ብቅ ሲሉ በርካታ የሞተር ሳይክሎች ይመለከታሉ፡፡ አልፎ አልፎም ባለ ሦስት እግር ባጃጆች ይታያሉ፡፡ ሞተር ሳይክሎቹ ግን ለከተማው ነዋሪዎች ብቸኛ የትራንስፖርት አገልግሎት የሚሰጡ ናቸው፡፡
 መንገዱ ላይ የተኮለኮሉት ሞተረኞች ደንበኛ የተገኘ ሲመስላቸው ተሳፋሪውን ለመውሰድ ይሻማሉ፡፡ ቀልጣፋው የመጣውን ደንበኛ እንደወሰደ ሁሉም ወደ ነበሩበት ይመለሳሉ፡፡ ተራ ጠብቆ መሥራት የሚባል ነገር ያለ አይመስልም፡፡ ይህ ብቻም አይደል በአንድ ሞተር ላይም እስከ ስድስት ተሳፋሪዎችን መጫን የተለመደ ነው፡፡ ጫት፣ ጣውላ፣ ቆርቆሮና ሌሎች ነገሮችም የሚያስጭን ደንበኛ ከተገኘም ዓይናቸውን አያሹም ሞተረኞቹ፡፡
ካሉት የሞተር ሳይክሎች ብዛት አንፃር የከተማው አስፋልት በጣም ጠባብ የሚባል ዓይነት ነው፡፡ ከአቅማቸው በላይ ሰውና የተለያዩ ጭነቶችን የደራረቡ ስምንት የሚሆኑ ሞተሮች በጠባቡ የከተማው አስፋልት ላይ ወዲያና ወዲህ ይከንፋሉ፡፡
አልፎ አልፎ ብቅ ከሚሉት ውጪ ሁሉም የሰሌዳ ቁጥር የላቸውም፡፡ በቁጥሩ ፋንታ ‹ፍቅር›፣ ‹ሁሉ በእርሱ ሆነ› የሚሉ የተለያዩ ጥቅሶች በየሞተሮቹ ጀርባ ላይ ሰፍሯል፡፡ እንዲህ ያሉ ሕገ ወጦችን ለመቆጣጠር የተሠማሩ ትራፊክ ፖሊሶች ሚያሽከረክሩት ተመሳሳይ ሰሌዳ አልባ ሞተሮችን መሆኑ ደግሞ ምንድነው ነገሩ? ያሰኛል፡፡
 አካባቢው እንደ ቡና ያሉ ከፍተኛ ገንዘብ የሚያስገኙ ምርቶች መገኛ በመሆኑ ነዋሪዎቹ ብዙም የገንዘብ ችግር የለባቸውም ሊባል ይችላል፡፡ ከማሳቸው ያለ ቡና ሲደርስ አንድ ሞተር ለመግዛት የሚሆናቸውን ያህል ገንዘብ አያጡም፡፡ ከኬንያ ወደ ከተማው የሚገቡ የኮንትሮባንድ ሞተሮች ደግሞ ዋጋቸው ቅናሽ መሆን ደግሞ ነገሩን ቀለል አድርጓ…

Sidama and Ethiopian: The emergence of the Mekane Yesus Church in Sidama

Abstract [en] The present work belongs to local African church history and international mission history.The author shows why and how the Sidama people in south Ethiopia became part of theevangelical movement. During the last hundred years this group has experienced a lot ofchanges, incorporated in the greater Ethiopia, being influenced by the internationalmissionary movement, occupied by an European power and becoming a part of themodernising movement.

As a result of all the changes and impulses the people faced, the Sidama to a great extendturned away from their traditional worldview and practices including their religion andaccepted the Christian Evangelical faith.

The origin and the development that led to the foundation of the Ethiopian EvangelicalChurch Mekane Yesus in Sidama are described, as part of the local church history. Theauthor wants to underline how political, social and cultural presuppositions paved the wayfor the church. On the other h…