I just returned from Ethiopia after a 48-year absence.
Ethiopia has changed in ways I could not possibly imagine. It also has not changed at all.
The old saying is true. The more things change, the more they remain the same. I will share my experiences in my forthcoming commentaries.
But there is one thing that has not changed: The war the Forces of Darkness are waging on our peaceful change.
To turn back the hands of time and once again sit in the saddle of power, the wicked Forces of Darkness are working harder than a three-legged cat trying to bury turd on a marble floor.
They are still masterminding and orchestrating massacres from their citadel of darkness.
They are still working day and night to divide Ethiopia by ethnicity, religion, language and region.
They are doing everything they can to beckon and to provoke the Forces of Light to cross over to the Dark Side by engaging in ethnic revenge, retaliation, retribution and reprisals.
We are working day and night to keep Ethiopi…
A FOUR-MEMBER team from the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is in the country taking notes from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) as they move to transform their own election management system.
NEBE chairperson Samia Zekaria Gutu said her country was impressed by the manner in which Zec came up with a biometric voters' roll (BVR) in a short space of time and had come to take notes.
"I am a new chairperson for the electoral commission, so we are trying to modernise our election just like Zimbabwe. We are trying to learn, share experience from you guys. How did you go about it, especially this biometric voters' registration? That is our interest, but we have to go through all the processes," she said.
Ethiopia, which does not have identity cards, said it currently had a manual voters' roll which is updated every year at a huge expense.
"We have been doing it manually, we have to produce it every time. So if we are going to go into this BVR, we wi…
By 2030, the Sub-Saharan African region is projected to be the epicenter of the tobacco epidemic. While smoking prevalence is currently low among women (< 2%), the prevalence among men (7.7% overall and up to 27% depending on region) makes exposure to secondhand smoke a pressing concern for women and children. To prevent the uptake of smoking among women and address tobacco-related risks, including secondhand smoke exposure, a greater understanding of women’s related perceptions is needed. The purpose of this study was to explore Ethiopian women’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, and the potential influence of contextual factors including; khat use, exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco messaging, and religious affiliation. Methods
A cross-sectional study using a systematic household sampling technique and an adapted interviewer-administered survey was conducted in Southern Ethiopia. The survey was administered t…
It was refreshing to see Berhanu Nega (Prof.), leader of an opposition party in exile, at the national stadium two weeks ago addressing a rather electrified base. Welcomed by tens of thousands of his movement’s supporters, the essence of his public address was to focus on the need to agree on the rules of engagement for an electoral politics and redefining democratic institutions to carry out their autonomous mandate.
It was a rare but sane call for institutionalised democracy in the face of fetishisation of political symbolism that has reached a feverish pitch over the past three weeks. It has reached a point where the youth deface public property by painting the colours representing flags of their choices. The contest for a piece of the public space has led to violent conflicts between various groups, threatening law and order.
Citizens feel they have gained the freedom once denied them. The contests are manifested in slogans, shindigs and symbolism. The phenomenon could be conside…
Ethiopia is one of the world's least developed states. Yet for the past two decades the country has been making extraordinary progress. Targeted investment in health, education and employment has improved the standard of living and triggered a rapid decline in the fertility rate. If it succeeds in consolidating these achievements, Ethiopia could become one of the first sub-Saharan countries to benefit from the "demographic dividend" and demonstrate how development can work in Africa. A new study by the Berlin Institute shows how the country has already managed to come such a long way and which challenges remain to be overcome if it is to serve as a model country on the African continent.
By African standards, Ethiopia is already doing well. With the second-largest population in Africa, it is one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Together with assistance from abroad, the government's long-term development plans have already improved the lives of many peopl…
Increasing Detection and Confirmation of Tuberculosis in Children in Southern Ethiopia: Pooled Samples Tested Using Microscopy and Xpert
ABSTRACTBackground: Childhood tuberculosis accounts for about 10% of estimated TB cases in the world. Despite advances in diagnostics, childhood TB remains a challenge. We evaluated pooling method and testing with GeneXpert MTB/RIF in southern Ethiopia. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study in presumptive TB children < 15 years. Structured questionnaire was used to collect socio-demographic and clinical data. Two sputum or gastric aspirate sample were collected and examined by ZN and Xpert MTB/RIF for 1st, 2nd and pooled samples. Results: Of 340 presumptive TB cases enrolled, 96 and 244 children submitted gastric aspirate and sputum samples respectively. Of 1020 samples collected (282 gastric aspirate and 738 sputum samples), 38 (3.7%) were positive by Xpert (10 (3.5%) from gastric aspirate and 28 (3.8%) from sputum sample). Similarly, 8 (1.2%) …
By Mereja Forum
Citing a report by the Wolayta
Committee for Human Rights (WCHR), journalist Teshame M Borago wrote
that Arsonis Jawar had a role in the communal violence that took
place in Hawassa a few months ago. US Congressman Mike Coffman has
asked the Ethiopian authorities to conduct an independent
investigation . The welayta community further accuses arsonist Jawar
of influencing some Sidama politicians to peruse independence for
Sidama from the south.
According to journalist Teshome M
Borago , activist Tamagn Beyene is expected to visit Hawassa in the
next few days. He says some Sidama officials are plotting to either
deny him entry or sabotage the meeting.
For more please refer to the news
below: Justice for Wolaita victims in South
By ECADF Ethiopian News & Views
(WCHR) – 2018 has been one of the
most deadly years to be a Wolaita-Ethiopian. Without urgent
accountability against the mass murders in southern Ethiopia, we
believe history will repeat itself wi…
Minyeshu Kifle TedlaMinyeshu Kifle Tedla was born in the city of Dire Dawa in the east of Ethiopia. During her youth, she developed her artistic talents as a singer, dancer, producer and choreographer. She toured the world with the very best artists in Ethiopian music and visited more than 35 countries.
In 1996, while on tour in Belgium, Minyeshu decided Ethiopia was becoming too dangerous for artists, so she stayed in Belgium. A few years later, she moved to the Netherlands. There, she started her second life as an artist. Her music is a mix of traditional African- and modern western music.
Since 2005 Minyeshu has been a very welcome performer in the international music scene. She performed at Festival Mundial, Bursa Festival in Turkey, Moving Cultures in Austria, Sziget festival in Hungary, the World Festival of Black Arts where she joined African music ambassadors such as Angélique Kidjo, Baaba Maal and Youssou N'Dour, Pan-African Fes…
The SNLF Decides To Return To Sidama, Ethiopia On October 04, 2018
September 14, 2018 The SNLF Press Release Cognizant of genuine interest and increased resolve of the new EPRDF’s leadership; and our partners’ collective and individual decision to be part of the new peaceful political process in Ethiopia to be able to devise a strategy for the future of the country together; we the SNLF leadership and members are also convinced that it is a timely call to be its part.
Therefore, the SNLF’s Sidama delegates decides to return to Sidama land of Ethiopia to be part of the indicated peaceful political process to fight for Justice and democracy as per its acceptance of new PM’s call to do so in its early August 2018 Press Release.
Accordingly, the contingency of Sidama delegates led by Mr Denboba Natie (Head, SNLF Foreign Affairs) arrives at Finfinnee (Addis Ababa Bole Airport) on 04 October 2018 and subsequently to Sidama land on 05 October 2018 after finalising federal businesses in Addis f…
By Adualem Sisay Gessesse – Over the past few days, an Amharic Language song, “Lanchi new Ethiopia” meaning, “it is for you Ethiopia”, is what you hear on the streets of Addis Ababa. This has been common especially on moving vehicles with the old Ethiopian flag, Green, Yellow and Red, without the blue star emblem in the center.
Today the capital is welcoming its heroes, whose organization (G7) was label as “terrorist” by the Ethiopian government.
In a colorful ceremony tens of thousands of people in Addis Ababa have welcomed their elect-mayor, Dr. Berhanu Nega, along his over 200 colleagues this morning at the Addis Ababa Stadium. In fact the state broadcaster, ETV, which used to be considered as, the propaganda machine of the government, was transmitting the event live.
Right after the controversial 2005 election of Ethiopia, Dr. Berhanu was appointed as the mayor of Addis Ababa. Unfortunately, things get ugly and bloody before he took the office. Leaders of Patriots G7 for Unity and D…