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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 Airlines wins 2016 African Airline award

    (by Andegna.com) Ethiopian Airlines has won the 2016 African Airline of the year award in recognition of its financial performance, fleet modernization, route network expansion, in-flight service, overall customer care and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa. 

    The award was presented to Ethiopian during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit held in Johannesburg.

    Ethiopian said they are pleased to win the award. “African Airline of the Year 2016 Award’ is a testimony of Ethiopian 70 years of commitment to bring Africa together and closer to the rest of the world,” said Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operating Officer of the airline.

    Presenting the award Nick Fadugba, Chief Executive Officer African Aviation, said the airline have become “a source of great pride to Africa”.

    “ET has also excelled in the provision of technical services to African and non-African airlines and has made an enormous contribution to the development of Aviation Human Resources for the African continent, particularly in the fields of aircraft maintenance, pilot and cabin crew training.” Fadugba added.

    Ethiopian currently commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents.  

    Image: Ethiopian cabin crew  



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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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  • Plane hijacker sentenced to psychiatric care


    The Federal Criminal Court has sentenced an Ethiopian pilot who hijacked an aeroplane in Geneva to mandatory supervised psychiatric treatment. He had previously been deemed mentally unsound during the incident.

    During Monday’s sentencing, the judge deemed the defendant’s risk of relapse to be high and so sentenced him to undergo therapy while under guard in canton Geneva. The pilot is already receiving treatment for paranoid schizophrenia and was not present at the sentencing hearing.
    The defence team had asked that the pilot be set free because he had not endangered the lives of any passengers aboard the aeroplane and the other pilot was able to safely land in Geneva. Lawyers for the 40-year-old Ethiopian reiterated that he had been seeking asylum in Switzerland.
    As soon as he is financially solvent, the defendant will have to pay fees for the trial totaling CHF3,000 ($3,092) as well as the costs for his defence team. His pilot’s license has been revoked. Read more


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