Archive for May 3rd, 2012

Gambella rebels repulse government army attack, says GDM

May 3, 2012 ( Ethiopian rebels in Gambella repulsed an attack by government soldiers who gave up the fight after about half an hour, rebel sources said on May 1st.
Government soldiers launched the attack on a travelling contingent of Ngeli O. Opiew, commander-in-chief of the Gambella Democratic Movement (GDM). The heavy fighting lasted about half an honor when the soldiers fled the area, leaving their dead behind, GDM said, whose full statement follows here: Read more…

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Posted by Falmataa - 03/05/2012 at 8:02 am

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Ethiopia: TPLF/EPRDF Retaliates Against Civilians for Killings at Saudi Star

Today, May 2, 2012, in Pokedi Village, in the Gambella region, TPLF/EPRDF Defense troops opened fire on a group of terrified Anuak civilians, killing two students, namely Zewudu Ochorjoo and Opiew Ojulu; a teacher, Mr. Obang Ochang and two local Anuak police officers names Owar Oman and Okung Oman.

This is exactly what we predicted would happen in our press release of April 30, 2012—“Saudi Star Pakistani Foreign Workers and Ethiopians Killed in Raid on Saudi Farm Compound—Believed Related to Land.” The incident occurred only sixteen miles from last week’s killing of ten workers at Saudi Star Agricultural Development PLC, a 10,000 hectare rice plantation owned by Saudi-Ethiopian businessman, Mohammed Al Amoudi, a staunch government-supporter. We in the SMNE issued a public warning regarding the high likelihood that TPLF/EPRDF defense forces would in turn target innocent Anuak civilians, supposedly of the same ethnicity as the suspected assailants, as a means to collectively punish all Anuak. It has now begun. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 03/05/2012 at 3:10 am

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A Call for Collective Life Saving Action


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Posted by admin - 03/05/2012 at 3:03 am

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Special report Crisis or rebirth? The future of Ethiopia’s pastoralist tribes

Pastoralism is in crisis across Africa. But it could yet survive as the best available defence against climate change and famine. Tom Levitt reports from southern Ethiopia

May 3, 2012 (The Ecologist) – In the scorching midday heat, less than 100 kilometres from the Kenyan border, there is a chorus of voices singing as water is hauled in buckets out of a borehole and passed along the line to fill up a trough for livestock. A cluster of women and older men gather in the shade of two trees, preparing and later sharing a pot of Buna Qale, a traditional drink made by boiling up a mixture of coffee beans, butter, milk, oil and sugar. The majority of people here in the Borena region of southern Ethiopia are pastoralists, nomadic people who move with their livestock in search of good pasture. But their way of life is under ever-increasing threat from loss of grazing land, worsening drought and government attempts to resettle them.

Life here today seems good with a parade of healthy looking camels, cows and goats coming forward to quench their thirst, while the young male herders stop to share a drink in the shade. But rewind seven months and the story was very different. Two successive failed rainy seasons had led to severe drought. Thousands of animals perished and more than 4.5 million people across Ethiopia needed food aid. The situation in neighbouring Somalia was even worse with widespread famine leading to tens of thousands of human deaths. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 03/05/2012 at 2:35 am

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Church, Mosque and State in Ethiopia

By Buri Waddesso

May 3, 2012 (opride) — The recent stand-off between the Ethiopian government and Muslim activists have seen scant media attention—not to the extent warranted by the unfolding situation.

In describing the current conflict, we should never lose sight of its historical roots. Viewed from this light, Prime Minister Zenawi’s actions these days are perfectly in keeping with the past. He is simply following in the footsteps of his predecessors. In this short piece, I would offer a cursory look at this history with the intent to provide perhaps a historical context to Jawar’s brilliant and insightful analysis. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 03/05/2012 at 2:19 am

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