October 15, 2014 (Ogaden Today) — A few weeks ago, my friend and I were discussing the dangers of Ebola to the Horn of Africa. Long story short, we both felt the virus would come to Ethiopia via Ethiopian Airlines, and that it would gradually spread to other countries in the region months later.
Yesterday, a report claimed there are four suspected cases of Ebola in Addis Ababa, and that the virus allegedly came from an unnamed West African diplomat who flew in to the country with Ethiopian Airlines.
While numerous carriers have suspended flights to regions suffering from an Ebola outbreak, Ethiopian Airlines remains the only carrier in East Africa to continue several flights daily to these affected regions. Read more…
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October 15, 2014 (Gadaa) — As we’ve shared in our message on the onset of the new season’s Irreecha (Birraa’s/Spring’s Irreecha) in September 2014, there are many Oromo tribes who are indigenous in Northern and Central as well as Coastal Kenya; some of these tribes include Borana, Garba, Munyoyaya, Orma, Waata, Wardei and Waso Boran. Though we’ve come to think of Oromummaa as a political construct in Oromia, we note that Oromummaa has also a cultural component to it. This cultural component is a universal ideal that can be used to bring solidarity among hitherto dispersed tribes of the Oromo in East Africa, even those of the Cushitic (and non-Cushitic) peoples in general. According to some sources, there are some tribes of the Oromo (and/or Cush) even in Uganda and Tanzania. Thus, Oromummaa, as universal cultural solidarity in East Africa, will, itself, be a sub-component of the pan-African movement in general – bringing people from several African countries together to celebrate the Africanness that is Oromummaa. Read more…
October 15, 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has warned of a possible attack by Somali militant group al Shabaab and urged its nationals to avoid large crowds and hotels and restaurants in an upscale district of the capital Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian authorities said late last year that its security forces were on heightened alert after receiving strong evidence al Shabaab was plotting further attacks after a botched suicide bombing in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian troops, alongside forces from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Djibouti, are part of an African Union (AU) mission fighting al Shabaab inside Somalia. Their presence has been used by the al Qaeda-aligned insurgents as a rallying cry for a holy war against foreign troops on Somali soil. Read more…
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By William Davison, Oct 15, 2014
An Ethiopian editor is facing as many as 10 years in prison after being convicted of inciting the public against the government through his newspaper articles, his lawyer said.
Temesgen Desalegn, the former editor of Feteh, a defunct weekly newspaper, was convicted yesterday by the Federal High Court on charges that also included defaming the government and distorting public opinion, after a case that lasted about two years, lawyer Ameha Mekonnen said. He will be sentenced on Oct. 27.
“Temesgen becomes the first journalist who’s accused and found guilty only for what he’s written in a newspaper,” Ameha said by phone today from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. “The evidence was only his writing, nothing else.”
Communications Minister Redwan Hussien said that the conviction was for articles Temesgen wrote for Feteh about two years ago. The case concerned “incitement and misinforming the public,” he said by phone. Read more…
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HRLHA – URGENT ACTION October 14, 2014
The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) strongly condemns the sentencing of Abde Jemal, a fourteen-year old minor, in adults’ court to four years in prison and $700.00 Birr fine for allegedly inciting people to political violence. According to HRLHA’s correspondents, Abde Jemal was arrested by the security agents while tending his parents’ cattle out in the field. HRLHA has learnt that Abde Jemal was severely beaten up (in other words, physically tortured) following his arrest by members of the security force in order to coerce him into confessing in court to the alleged crime. To begin with, this was allowed to happen despite the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1990, to which Ethiopia is a signatory, and which clearly states under Article 37(a) that State Parties shall ensure that “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”; and additionally guarantees under article 40, sub-article 2(a) that every child alleged as or accused of having infringed the penal law should … “Not be compelled to give testimony or to confess guilt.” Read more…
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SEENAA Y.G(2005) | Onkoloolessa 14, 2014
Sochiin Oromoo, Fincila Diddaa Gabrummaa Bara 2014 Biyya keessatti gaggeeffamen wal-qabatee gaggeeffame, Sochii Oromoon taasisuu dada’u keessaa hangam ta’a jedhanii tilmaamu irra, waan inni nu akeeku irraa barachuutu dansaadha jedhee mata duree kana filadhe malee, falmaa Diddaa Gabrummaa waggaa 100 olii hanqisuuf akka hin taane, naaf hubattu jedheen amana. Seenaa Qabsoo Oromoo Jalqabaa hanga Bilisummaatti jiru yeroon itti katabnuu fi seenaaf keenyu ni dhufa. Hojii guddaan, yeroo sana asi butuuf hojjachuudha. Sochii itti jirru kana yeroo hundaa madaaluun dansaadha. Madaalliin kun gama lamaan ta’uu danda’a. Read more…
October 13, 2014
Tsehay Tolessa, 84, the widow of Rev. Gudina Tumsa, passed away on October 12, 2014. Addee Tsehay was a person of faith, courage and great perseverance. The government of Ethiopia, during the 1980s, never tolerated Oromo people’s aspiration for freedom and justice, but forced them to submit to harsh treatment. They grabbed Tolessa and forced her hands under her knees and tied them there, right after her husband, whom she married to in 1951, was abducted on July 28, 1979 and subsequently got killed. They filled her mouth with dirty rags and they beat her breaking bones and causing the skin to peel off. Then they threw her in a cell with 60 other people. There was standing room only and she remembered that she could only feel broken bones and blood as she had to stand. There was only one toilet but since nobody could move in the cell they could not use the facilities properly. No doubt disease was rampant and they were already under an immense famine. There was no light that came in this cell. She could not even hold a cup to drink water as others had to help her. Read more…
October 13, 2014 (Oromo press) — The Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of Washington DC observed its Silver Jubilee, turning 25 on October 12, 2014. The event was attended by 700 people, which the leaders say is the largest Oromo turnout in the DMV area in recent years.
The Board President’s message reads: “An estimated ten thousand Oromos live in the Washington metropolitan area. Most of them have lived through experiences of imprisonment or torture in their homeland [Oromia] or in refugee camps.” Some other sources estimate the number of the Oromo population in Washington DC at 32,000. Because of this large number, the President, Dr. Desta Yabessa highlighted plans to work with the DC Government in making Afan Oromo one of the social services languages. Read more about the organization and the event here. Read more…
By Iddoosaa Ejjetaa* | October 13, 2014
Dear “Hawaasa Ilmaan Gadaa Oromoo”:
It is my pleasure to share with you especially with the young Oromoo Qubee generation the work we have done during your first Gadaa grade or age. Read more…
October 13, 2014, Berlin, Germany (Aljazeera) - A massive police operation was launched by 25 European countries on Monday seeking to detect, detain and possibly deport t
Ahmed Salihu is on the run from police amid an EU police operation targeting migrants [Yermi Brenner/Al Jazeera]
ens-of-thousands of so-called “irregular” migrants. Read more…
Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa
October 13, 2014, BOSTON (B.A.A.) – On a picture perfect day for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa were crowned champions at the 14th Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1:08:20, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, covering the rolling, spectacular course through Bostonís Emerald Necklace park system in style. Read more…
People gather in the aftermath of an explosion that happened Sunday night outside the Oromo restaurant in Mogadishu, Oct. 13, 2014.
October 13, 2014, MOGADISHU (VOA News) —A bomb tore through a senior policeman’s car in Somalia’s capital on Monday, a day after suspected Islamist militants shelled an area where the president was due to speak and attacked a city center cafe, witnesses and officials said. Read more…
October 12, 2014 (Novinite) — Kenyan Athlete Edwin Kipchumba and Ethiopia‘s Zerife Boku were the fastest contenders at Marathon Sofia‘s 31st edition held on Sunday, October 12.
Kipchumba went through the 42.195 km in 2:19.06 h. He came first after closing in on other participants and taking the lead just in the last 5 kilometers.
Boku, who had been considered most likely to win, was first among the women with a time of 2:40.53 h. Read more…