Ethiopian News

  • Great Manchester Run: Kenenisa Bekele & Tirunesh Dibaba win


    Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele won the men's race at the Great Manchester Run, finishing the 10km course in a time of 28 minutes and seven seconds.

    Kenya's Wilson Kipsang finished second.

    The result was mirrored in the women's race as Bekele's fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba beat Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, finishing in 31mins 16secs.


    Source: BBC



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  • Today in history: Mengistu Haile-mariam “fled” to Zimbabwe

    Lieutenant-colonelMengistu Haile-mariam was a popular army officer in Ethiopia who turned to be the most prominent officer of the Derg, the Communist military junta that governed Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987, and installed as ruler of Ethiopia following the country's 1974 revolution.

    He remained in power for seventeen years, and his attempt to mold the country into a Soviet-style socialist paradise plunged it into a brutal reign of terror instead. Ethiopia's government-sanctioned campaign of political repression resulted in an estimated 150,000 deaths, and Mengistu became known as "the Butcher of Addis Ababa" for it.

    In 1980 Mengistu announced the formation of the Committee to Form the Party of the Workers of Ethiopia, with himself as chair.

    Four years later a full-fledged Party of the Workers of Ethiopia was established, modeled on the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and again Mengistu was its chief.

    Fifteen years after his 1991 flight into exile, he was tried in absentia and found guilty of genocide. He remains in Zimbabwe, in a walled compound, but the legacy of the long and bloody rule under his leadership remain poignant in Ethiopian history.  

    Despite arguments have continued about Mengistu's flee to Zimabwe, however, there are people who still believe he is a lone patriot history showed on the land.  

    Short Profile

    Born in 1937 in Wolayta, Ethiopia; son of a soldier and a domestic.

    Family: Married Wubanchi Bishaw; five children.

    Education: Graduated from Holeta Military Academy, 1966; received advanced military training in the United States, late 1960s.

    Career: Officer with the Ethiopian army, after 1966; head of Ethiopian government, 1974-91; Armed Forces Coordinating Committee (Derg), member, 1974-91, and chair, after July 1974; Provisional Military Administrative Council, first vice chair, 1974-77, and chair, 1977-92; commander in chief of the Ethiopian armed forces, February 1977-May 1991; Workers' Party of Ethiopia, secretary general, 1984-91.

    Current Residence: Zimbabwe


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  • Life expectancy in Ethiopia now 64.8 years: WHO

    (by Andegna.com) A World Health Organization (WHO) report released this May says life expectancy in Ethiopia is now 64.8, which puts the country 16th in the Life Expectancy Ranking in Africa.

    Ethiopia’s neighbors, Kenya 22nd with 63.4 and Somalia is 47th with 55 whereas Ghana is 25th with 62.4, and Nigeria is 48th with 54.5.

    According to the WHO report, life expectancy in Africa is rising twice as fast as the rest of the world, that, since the year 2000 the rate has risen by almost 10 years in the continent.

    It has increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s, globally. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union, says Report.

    In Africa, now the average person can expect to live to 60 years of age. This is driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV. However, that is still 20 years less than a person’s life expectancy in one of 29 high-income countries.

    Algeria sits at the top of the list with an average life expectancy of 75.6 years. Sierra Leone is at the bottom with 50.1 years.

    North Africa and the continent's island nations are places where people live longest in Africa.

    1. Algeria - 75.6

    2. Tunisia - 75.3

    3. Mauritius - 74.6

    4. Morocco - 74.3

    5. Cape Verde - 73.3

    6. Seychelles - 73.2

    7. Libya - 72.7

    8. Egypt - 70.9

    9. Sao Tome - 67.5

    10. Senegal - 66.7


    Image: rural man in Ethiopia/one.org



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  • 2.8 bln Birr road project deal

    (by Andegna.com) 2.8 billion Birr deal to build asphalt concrete roads at Dire Dawa, Oromia, Amara, and South Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region has been signed between Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) and four contractors on Thursday.

    The four projects have been awarded to three local and one Chinese contractors.

    The project cost of the agreement sighed with three local contractors (Powercon, Melcon and Yemane Girmay General Contractor) will be covered by the government of Ethiopia.

    Dire-Dawa-Melka Jebdu to be constructed by Melcon, Dabat-Kerkera by Powercon and Werabe-Bojaber by Yemane Girmaye. Except the project in Dire Dawa to be finalized within one and half a year the remaining roads will be completed in three years’ time.

    The other, Bako-Shambu road in Oromia will be constructed by the Chinese CGC Overseas Construction Group (CGCOC) at a cost of 900 million Birr allocated by the government of Ethiopia and funding from OPEC and Arab Bank.

    Image: Dire-Dawa-Melka Jebdu


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