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  • Ethiopian site ignores Feyisa Lilela's non-return

    Ethiopia's state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate has failed to refer to asylum-seeking athlete Feyisa Lilela in its website coverage of the return of the Olympic team from Brazil. 

    The team was received by senior government officials, including Minister of Youth and Sports, Redwan Hussein, at the Bole International Airport, it reports.   

    Feyisa won silver in the marathon, and crossed his arms at the finish line to protest against the government for its crackdown on the Oromo people, who form the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.  

    Ethiopia’s ranking at the Rio Olympics was the lowest compared with the previous six Olympics, Fana Broadcasting Corporation points out.  

    With one gold, two silver and five bronze medals, it finished 44th in the medal table and 3rd from Africa.

     

     Feyisa is expected to seek asylum in the US. 

    Source :BBC AFRICA

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  • Boko Haram: 'Senior fighters killed' in Nigeria raid

    The leader of the Boko Haram group is believed to be fatally wounded in an air strike carried out by the Nigerian military in the country's northeast, according to official sources.

    Government planes attacked the group inside the Sambisa forest on Friday, the Nigerian air force said on Tuesday, adding that it had only just confirmed details of the impact of the raid.

    "Their leader, so-called 'Abubakar Shekau', is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders," said the statement released by military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

    Usman also said three Boko Haram commanders - Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman - were confirmed dead and several others wounded.

    There was no immediate reaction from Boko Haram to the government's claims.

    Shekau's camp

    Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris, reporting from Nigeria's capital Abuja, said the air strike was launched when fighters had gathered for "some sort of a ceremony".

    "The attack happened on Friday on Shekau's camp. We know that the Chibok girls are held at the Shekau camp. Nigeria's army says it is doing everything possible to rescue them."

    The group kidnapped 270 schoolgirls in April 2014 and security sources believe it is holding some of them in Sambisa forest.   

    The Nigerian claim comes as John Kerry, the US secretary of state, visits the country for talks expected to focus on the fight against Boko Haram, which launched an armed campaign in 2009.

    In recent months, Nigerian forces, with the support of regional troops, have recaptured large expanses of territory lost to the fighters.

    Shekau's fate has been the subject of speculation recently amid claims he had been replaced by Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the group's former spokesman.

    Barnawi's appointment was announced in a magazine issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in March last year.

    But only a week later, Shekau surfaced in a video posted on social media, ridiculing suggestions of his death and looking more composed and energetic than in previous appearances.

    The Nigerian military has reported Shekau's death in the past, only to have a man purporting to be him surface later, apparently unharmed, in video statements.

    Boko Haram, which seeks to impose a strict Islamic law in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, has killed about 20,000 people and forced at least 2.6 million others to flee their homes since 2009.

    Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

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  • South Sudan conflict: Riek Machar in Khartoum for 'medical treatment'

    Sudan is hosting Mr Machar on "purely humanitarian grounds", it said.

    Mr Machar has not been seen in public since July's clashes between his supporters and those of President Salva Kiir which killed some 300 people.

    South Sudan has suffered more than two years of civil war, since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011.

    The governments of both Sudan and South Sudan have accused each other of backing rebels in a bid to destabilise their countries.

    Mr Machar's presence in Khartoum will give Sudan influence. It is likely to try and present itself as a mediator in the conflict, although many South Sudanese will be suspicious of its intentions.

    Taban Deng Gai, Mr Machar's successor as vice-president, has also been in Khartoum this week.

    He is likely to have sought assurances that Sudan is not planning on siding with Mr Machar, as well as requesting help to overcome his country's economic crisis.


    Mr Machar demanded a neutral force be deployed in July to keep peace and guarantee his safety after his bodyguards and President Kiir's presidential guards fought each other, sparking days of violence.

    Political differences between Mr Machar and Mr Kiir ignited the civil war in December 2013 - and they only agreed to settle their differences under intense international pressure, signing a peace deal last August.

    Mr Machar returned to Juba in April to take up the post of vice-president, but President Kiir dismissed him in the wake of the latest violence.

    Source:BBC AFRICA 

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  • Ass’n marks Golden Jubilee

    The 50th anniversary of Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) has been observed in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, with the government promising to maintain support to the association.

    President Mulatu Teshome and other senior officials and representatives of foreign partners attended the occasion.

    The event featured speech by the President who called the association a strategic partner to the government in the health sector, and assured that support will be maintained to its activities.

    The intervention by the association has been significant in increasing access to family planning and reproductive health services in accordance with the government's population policy, Dr. Mulatu said.

    The association is credited for being a pioneer to introduce family planning and reproductive health services in Ethiopia.

    Association President Maaza Kitaw for her part said the association is working to fill information and service gaps in sexual and reproductive health, with particular focus on the poor and underserved community.

    The association is also credited for bringing down the national average family size from eight in 1990 to four currently, while contributing to rise in life expectancy from 45 to 64 years.

    Source: ENA

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  • MoFA confers with co-hosts of Leaders Summit on Refugees

     Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held consultative meeting with co-hosts of Leaders Summit on Refugees which would be held on September 20 on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

    State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie noted, Ethiopia as the leading host for refugees in the continent  is doing its best to make refugees part of the sustainable development program in the country.

    According to Ambassador Taye Ethiopia has finalized a proposal that is expected to make a significant number of refugees beneficiary by generating job opportunities and providing access to education and enrollment packages, health services, vocational trainings, etc.

    Ms. Clementine Nkweta-Salami, Representative of the UNHCR, noted her office was working closely with the government of Ethiopia to improve the living conditions of refugees by embarking on sound policies and strategies.

    She said the LSR would galvanize significant new global commitments to increase funding to humanitarian appeals.  

    US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach on her part said the U.S. government looks forward to continue fostering partnership and commitment with Ethiopian government regarding refugee issues.

    Two weeks ago, the US Embassy in Ethiopia announced: "the importance of Ethiopia as a key player in responding to refugee needs is highlighted by the fact that Ethiopia will serve as one of 7 co-hosts for President Obama's Leaders Summit on Refugees."

    The Leaders summit is said create platforms to urge countries admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways and increase refugees' self-reliance and inclusion through opportunities for education and legal work.

    Source: MoFA

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  • 47 African countries adopt plan to fight malaria

    All 47 African member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted a new framework on how to deal with malaria on the continent, which still accounts for more than 90 percent of global malaria deaths in 2015, a UN spokesman told reporters in Addis Ababa Monday.

    "They agreed on specific interventions and actions to reach the goal of a malaria-free Africa," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news briefing.

    Although previous programs have reduced malaria deaths in Africa by 66 percent since the year 2000, the continent still bears the biggest malaria burden, Dujarric said.

    The disease struck 190 million people on the continent in 2015 alone, and caused 400,000 deaths, he added. In addition, more than 800 million people in Africa are still at risk of malaria.

    In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, WHO aims to eliminate the epidemic from the African continent by 2030, a target that would require an estimated US$66 billion to achieve.

    Some of the main challenges to tackle malaria include gaps in access to available prevention methods, the limited number of interventions available and increasing resistance to medicines and insecticides.

    At the same time, weak health systems present a very high risk to malaria control and elimination. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, malaria control gains were lost in the severely affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

    Source: Xinhua

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  • Kenya to back Ethiopia's candidate for WHO director-general

    Kenya appears to have thrown its weight behind Ethiopia's candidate for the position of executive director of the World Health Organisation.

    Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the only African vying to head the WHO.

    On Monday, Health CS Cleopa Mailu held private discussions with Dr. Tedros in Addis Ababa during the just-ended WHO's regional meeting on implementation of the universal health coverage.

    Dr. Tedros said if appointed, he will work closely with Kenya to learn how homegrown solutions have transformed healthcare in Kenya and how they can be replicated in the rest of the region.

    He also promised to make Africa his priority.

    "As the former Minster of Health in Ethiopia he understands the regions diseases burden," said a statement from Kenya's Ministry of Health.

    Mailu told Dr. Tedros to help African countries gain more control of their health agenda through domestic financing.

    Dr. Tedros would be the first African to head the global health body.

    A respected malaria researcher, Dr. Tedros has received global praise for introducing reforms that have transformed healthcare in Ethiopia, making it a case study for most African countries.

    The election is scheduled for May 2017 during the 70th World Health Assembly, with the new Director-General taking office on July 1, 2017.

    The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer and oversees policy for WHO's international health work.

    Source: the-star.co.ke

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  • UN vows to provide support to realize Ethiopia's carbon free target by 2015

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn met with the recently appointed UN Environment program (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim.

    Minister of Forest and Climate Change Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam who attended the event said the they discussed directions of implementing Ethiopia's environmental conservation programs.

    According to the Minister deals which have been reached at the Paris climate conference have been the center of discussion.  

    UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim said UN is ready to provide all the necessary support to realize Ethiopia's efforts for a carbon free middle income economic nation by 2025.

    Source:EBC 

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  • Ethiopia cruise to next round

    The "Red Foxes" of Ethiopia are through to the last round of the CAF U17 AFCON qualifiers after a 2-1 home win against Egyptian little Pharaohs on Sunday.

    A brace from Abubekir Nasir in Dire Dawa City sealed the next round spot for the Coach Atinafu Alemu's prodigies on 5-2 aggregate.

    Abubekir opened the scoring early in the 11th minute, a lead that lasted into the first interval. He grabbed a brace in the 50th minute for a comfortable 2-0.

    The little Pharaohs never lost hope as they continued to press forward, and ten minutes to regulation time, Yesuf pulled the consolation to end the tie 2-1 in favor of the hosts.

    In another qualifier, Tanzania's Serengeti Boys dispatched visiting South Africa 2-0 to also book a spot in the next phase.

    Eight teams will make it to Madagascar next year for the championship.

    Source: soka25east.com

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  • Feyisa Lilesa showed political resistance gesture as he won silver medal for Ethiopia in men’s Marathon at Rio

     

    Marathon, so to speak, is the most anticipated, competitive and demanding of all the athletic competitions. And many see it as a measure of endurance and strength. Athlets need to push themselves to their limit, and sometimes even beyond as one commentator said, to win the race in the marathon category. Just finishing the race is a joy in itself for many athletes. Even those who win the medal barely able to walk right away.

    Kenya’s Eulid Kipchoge was in the ground after winning his Rio Olympic gold medal in Marathon in a time of 2:08:44.

    Twenty six years old Feyisa Lilesa finished second to win a silver medal for Ethiopia. As he finished the crossing line, he raised his fisted hands up in the air and crossed them in rather a mood of resistance, not celebration.

    Hundreds of millions of people have seen his junctures but perhaps only Ethiopians could understand as to what his hand gesture are meant.

    Feyisa Lilesa was telling a political story with his hand gestures – a story about killings of civilians in by the ruling ethnic minority regime in Ethiopia and the resistance to it. Feyisa Lilesa is from oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia, one of the two regions of Ethiopia where government killed hundreds of Ethiopians. In the past nine months alone, more than 800 Ethiopians are killed in the Amhara and Oromo speaking parts of Ethiopia.

    Here after, at least athletics lovers who happened to watch Rio Olympic marathon race could understand the situation in Ethiopia.

    Very likely that the regime in Ethiopia could arrest and/or ban Feyisa Lilesa if he decided to go back to Ethiopia. And if it happens, one asylum giving country could get a marathon runner while Ethiopia will only be sorry about it.

    Source: borkena

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