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Double Standards:             Ethiopia Must Solve its Internal Displacement Crisis

10 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Nikita Taniparti*, The Globe Post

The world has been loud in its laudation of Ethiopia’s commitment. However, Ethiopia’s success with refugees is in stark contrast with its underperformance with internally displaced persons. Comparing the two types of displaced groups is unfair, but that doesn’t mean the country cannot catch up with itself.

June 2019. The spacious lobby of the Hilton in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa was unusually brimming with confused and harried-looking visitors. Preempting my curiosity, a colleague grimly explained that the new arrivals were a result of the latest in several evacuation announcements issued in South Sudan.

“Every time there is such conflict, Addis is the top-choice destination in the region,” he said. “These people are only the wealthy ones. This means that the rest of Ethiopia will get a new wave of refugees again. But we already have millions of our own displaced.”

He is right. Ethiopia hosts almost 750,000 refugees from all over the region and is set to host more as conflicts worsen. Displaced persons within its own borders, though, far outnumber the refugees. Estimates place the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at over 3 million.

Ethiopia’s Refugee Policies

Ethiopia last year adopted a refugee law that, among other things, allows refugees to get work permits, access primary education, and obtain drivers’ licenses. The U.N. refugee agency called the law one of the “most progressive refugee policies in Africa.”

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“ሰው ምን ዐይነት ነው? ምንን ይመስላል?” ቢባሉ፣ ብልሂቷ መለኩሴ “ኑሮውን!” አሉ!

13 Jul

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ሪፖርተር በረቡዕ ዕትሙ (ሐምሌ 5፣ 2009)፣ የሕወሃት አስተዳደር ለአንድ መቶ ሺሕ ስደተኞች የሥራ ዕድል ሊሰጥ ነው በማለት የዘገበው ዜና ሃገሩን እንደሚወድ ዜጋ — እውነት መሆን እንኳ ባይችል — እንደ ሃገር ምን ያህል ስለ ማዝቀጣችን ተራኪ ከመሆኑ ባሻገር፥ የዕለት ኑሮውን ለማሸነፍ ቀን ከማታ ቀና ደፋ የሚለው መሃይም ተደርጎ በሚወሰደው ሕዝባችን ስሜት ውስጥ የሚኖረው ትርጉም በጣም አሳስቦኛል።
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Ethiopia is being destabilized by food insecurity and border disputes

10 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Global Risks Insights

Again large parts of Southern Africa and Eastern Africa, including South-Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Somalia and parts of Kenya and Uganda, have been affected by the strengthening weather phenomenon El Nino. The drought has been persistent since November last year and has been causing major food security issues in the regions. While the drought is worst in the southern countries, East Africa is becoming increasingly unstable due to the fatal combination of famine, terrorist insurgencies, political pressure and regional instability.
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As Ethiopia’s food crisis worsens, United Nations appeals for more resources; CCTV news report on “Ethiopia drought deteriorating at an alarming rate” fails to be seen

27 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by UN News Center

Despite the well-coordinated response already under way to offset the impacts of an El Niño-induced drought in Ethiopia, the United Nations humanitarian wing has warned that the scale of the developing emergency exceeds resources and that more funding is urgently needed to ensure food distribution and child protection amid ongoing malnutrition and water shortages.
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Pope Francis:                                 “We are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today’s many geopolitical and economic crises”

25 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. “Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good””
    – Pope Francis

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The inescapable humanitarian crisis on wealthy Europe’s laps: States & peoples react differently

4 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

At its worst, the use of the term “migrant” by Europe, including by the international media, is devious. To start with, it is not consistent with international law.
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Yegna – የኛ ስደት Sidet (Migration) – Heartbreaking Music Video 2015

10 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Credit: Dire Tube

Global refugee, displaced persons & asylum-seekers’ number tops 50 mil for 1st time since World War II

20 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    The worldwide population of stateless people is not included in the figure of 51.2 million forcibly displaced people (since being stateless doesn’t necessarily correlate to being displaced). Statelessness remains hard to quantify with precision, but for 2013, UNHCR’s offices worldwide reported a figure of almost 3.5 million stateless people. This is about a third of the number of people estimated to be stateless globally.

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported today on World Refugee Day that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.
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