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Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

16 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jason Burke, The Guardian
 

The death toll in the bombing that hit the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday continues to rise, with more than 300 people now believed to have been killed and hundreds more seriously injured.

The scale of the loss makes the attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.
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Ethiopia must let Somalia determine its own fate

1 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jamal Osman*
 
Somalia will not be able to assert itself and prosper until Ethiopia stops meddling in its affairs. Western nations also need to reevaluate their support of the Ethiopian regime if they ever want to see peace in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia has long been a thorn in the side of Somalia, a troublesome neighbour, and an obstacle to regional peace.
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How the NSA built a secret surveillance network for Ethiopia

14 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Nick Turse, The Intercept, based on the Snowden Archive (The SIDTODAY Files)
 

The NSA refused to comment on whether Lion’s Pride continues to eavesdrop on the region, but no evidence suggests it was ever shut down. There is, however, good reason to believe that U.S. efforts have strengthened the hand of the Ethiopian government. And a decade and a half after it was launched, Ethiopia’s human rights record remains as dismal as ever.

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“A WARM FRIENDSHIP connects the Ethiopian and American people,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced earlier this year. “We remain committed to working with Ethiopia to foster liberty, democracy, economic growth, protection of human rights, and the rule of law.”

Indeed, the website for the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia is marked by press releases touting U.S. aid for farmers and support for public health infrastructure in that East African nation. “Ethiopia remains among the most effective development partners, particularly in the areas of health care, education, and food security,” says the State Department.
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Alert: Prolonged drought drives a food security Emergency in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia

7 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Fews.Net
 
A major food security Emergency is expected to continue in the Horn of Africa into early 2018, following very poor performance of the March to June 2017 Gu/long rains, the second consecutive below-average season in many areas. The regeneration of pasture and water resources for pastoralists has been well below normal in southeastern Ethiopia, central Somalia, and northern Kenya, and July harvest prospects are very poor in most areas of southern Somalia. These factors are likely to sustain high humanitarian assistance needs across the Horn of Africa, and drive a continuation of Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity in southeastern Ethiopia and Somalia. In addition, Somalia continues to face a risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5). Improved humanitarian access in Somalia, and urgent, sustained assistance in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia, is needed to mitigate very high levels of acute malnutrition and the threat of loss of life.
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Famine ‘largest humanitarian crisis in history of UN’

11 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

UN humanitarian chief says 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria face starvation and famine.

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries at risk of starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.
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At least 16 killed in car bombing in Mogadishu

19 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AfricaNews

16 people were killed and 48 injured after a suicide car bomb explosion at the entrance of Somalia’s biggest port in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday.
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East Africa: Crackdowns on Protests, Free Expression – Prioritize Accountability, Redress for Victims

13 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Human Rights Watch
 
(Nairobi) – Clampdowns by governments in East Africa on peaceful protests and free expression severely threatened human rights in the region in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.

Government security forces in Ethiopia, as well as in Uganda and Kenya, used unnecessary and disproportionate force to disperse largely peaceful protests, causing deaths and injuries. In Ethiopia, hundreds of protesters were killed this year. East African governments also used a range of tactics to curtail criticism of government policies and obstruct the work of journalists, notably with physical force, arbitrary arrests, and criminal charges. Across the region, governments failed to investigate and prosecute security force personnel for serious human rights abuses. Refugees, particularly in Kenya, faced threats of forced return.
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AU asks Ethiopia, Kenya & Uganda to honor pledged air assets to AMISOM

8 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Eliud Kibii, The Star
 

The African Union (AU) at its 608th meeting asked Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to honour their pledged air assets and deployment of additional force enablers to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Through a statement by the Peace and Security Council, seen by the Star on Wednesday, the AU said prolonged negotiations between the UN and the Troop and Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs) should be finalised to facilitate the deployment of these air assets.
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