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  • South Sudan: 32 kidnapped Ethiopian children recovered

     

    Authorities in South Sudan said they have recovered 32 of the 125 Ethiopian children who the Ethiopian government said were abducted from its Gambela region two weeks ago during a deadly cattle raid blamed on a South Sudanese militia.

    Ogato Chan, acting governor of South Sudan’s Boma state which borders Gambela, told Associated Press Saturday that local chiefs collected the children from three villages in Likuangole County where the raiders had dropped them off. Chan said the recovered children will be brought to state capital Pibor then sent to Juba to be repatriated to Ethiopia.

    “The chiefs are looking for the rest of the children,” he said.

    Ethiopia’s government said 208 people died in the April 15 raid and blamed the attack on an ethnic Murle militia from South Sudan.

    In Ethiopia, Gambela regional president Gatluak Tut told AP he has not been notified about the recovery of the children.

    Deadly cattle raids and abductions of children are common along the border of South Sudan and Ethiopia between the Murle in South Sudan and the Nuer and Anyuak tribes who live in both countries. Children are sometimes kidnapped to look after stolen cows.

    (Image: Children in Gambella Refuge/Unicef)

    (Source: Associated Press)

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  • Ethiopian meat exporters free to go home

     

    (Andegna.com) Ethiopians meat exporters who were in detention for over two months by the United Arab Emirates Police have been sent free after Dubai’s public prosecutor Khalid Al-jassim has dropped the case. 

    The business group was detained as they landed in Dubai to participate in Dubai food trade expo, Gulfood. They were banned from travel until the case was settled. In the meantime, their association, Ethiopia’s Meat Exporters Union was considering possible measures to be taken against the act.

    The exporters were accused of exporting spoiled meat last September by Mubarak Abdallah, their former trading partner who arranged a legal mechanism in Dubai that would allow to arrest the Ethiopians. The partner, Mubarak, claim to have been duped in a deal he traded later on last year.

    Four of the six detained represented the abattoirs in Ethiopia, while the other two were not directly affiliated with the business travel. However later released they were refused exit from Dubai. One had accompanied her mother and another was Secretary General of the Ethiopian Meat Producer-Exporters Association.    

    (Image: Fresh Meat/wikimedia)

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  • Ethiopia likely to name new Walias coaching staff, technical committee

     

    (Andegna.com) Coach Yohannes Sahle and his assistants are likely to be sacked despite rumors and Ethiopian Football Federation has not given official confirmation about the issue.

    Federation’s executive committee has been in and out of meetings over the last recent weeks until rumors hit on Wednesday evening that the committee has decided to dismiss Walias coaching staff and national technical committee. Yohannes and his coaching staff that include his assistants, Fasil Telkalign and Ali Redi has been also dissolved, according to sources close to the ongoing meet.     

    Although, with no any official confirmation about the issue, according to Wondimkun Alayou, Federation’s Public Relations Head and acting Secretary, the Federation want to remain impartial about the issue until it has set give official confirmation.

    In the meantime, Yohannes has been insisting that he has been in a better record with team, but Walias finished bottom even at the African Nations Championship CHAN 2016 Rwanda hosted at group stage fixture despite the nation’s expectation of earning better result with the team.

    The coach has been also strongly disclaiming criticism as “opinionated”, however, recently Yohannes was reported to felt frustrated that his position was no longer tenable with the team inside the Federation followed by devastating loss against Algeria. 

    (Image: coach Yohannes Sahle with his assistant/ Soka.com)

     

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  • Donor capitals visit commences on El Niño-induced drought crisis in Ethiopia

     

    Ethiopia Government and Humanitarian partners kick off donor capital visits to raise awareness on the urgent need for increased funding for Ethiopia’s El Niño-induced droughts, said the UN.

    The visit commenced from Oslo yesterday April 26, to Geneva April 27 expected to be conclude with visits to Washington and New York on April 28 – May 5.

    Ethiopia’s 2016 Humanitarian Requirement Document (HRD) seeks USD 1.4 billion to respond to needs of at least 10.2 million people affected by the drought, the Government of Ethiopia is one of the largest donors, and together with the international community has raised an estimated USD 800 million so far, but critical life-saving gaps remain across all sectors.  

    “We plan to discuss with the targeted donor capitals the need for the mobilization of additional resources and the importance of balancing support with an emphasis on basic service delivery and economic transformation. The drought crisis in Ethiopia today makes the case for investing now to protect development gains,” said Ethiopia’s Commissioner for National Disaster Risk Management Mitiku Kassa.

    “Through the visits, we hope to raise awareness of the scale and scope of the current El Niño-induced drought in Ethiopia and the urgent need for funding, while also promoting the innovative ways the country is harmonizing development and humanitarian agendas for maximum impact in responding to the current drought,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to Ethiopia, Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie said.  

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  • National exams postponed in Amhara, Oromia

    (by Andegna Tube) National examinations of grade 8, 10 and 12 have been postponedin some schools of Amhara and Oromia regions in Ethiopia.

    There have been interruption of regular classes due to the El-Nino induced drought and the recent conflict in Oromia region which set delay to the three major national examinations in the regions, according to Ministry of Education.

    In Oromia alone, 581 school students rally contributing for the unrest, Minister of Education, Shiferaw Shigutie told the parliament on Thursday. He said, students were advised to sit for the exams after continuance of the regular classes for sometimes, and the students responded that they are ready for exams, however, he said the ministry decided to give exams after some regular and extra classes are delivered.

    There are 13 thousand schools and about 8.6 million students in Oromia region, where the recently conflict was triggered after government’s Addis Ababa–Oromia integrated master plan which implementation has been suspended.

    Over 500 thousand Birr has been allocated for the regular national examinations which is expected to start within months at national level. 

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