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I am Eskider Nega, too

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I am Eskider Nega, too

I am Eskinder Nega. To be sure, I am the voice of Eskinder Nega. It is impossible to scare, arrest, muzzle or jail the voices of truth. I can claim that I, the voice of Eskinder Nega, am as free as the birds in the sky and free to speak out to those terrorized by […]

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Patrick Makau breaks Haile Gebreselassie’s marathon world record

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Patrick Makau breaks Haile Gebreselassie’s marathon world record

BERLIN (Sporting Alert) — Patrick Makau of Kenya has broken the world record of Haile Gebreselassie during the 38th BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday. Makau pulled away from the rivals after 27 kilometers and finished the race in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds. “I was hoping to gain a lot of experience but not […]

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Oct 13: Bi-monthly VOLAG Refugee Consortium Meeting (at LSS in Mpls)

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Do you work with refugee individuals, families or children in Minnesota? Are you interested in meeting with others to collaborate on issues facing refugees as they resettle in our communities? Join us for as we re-imagine the Bi-monthly VOLAG Refugee Consortium Meeting! Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2011 Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm Where: Lutheran Social Services […]

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Ethiopian Journalist Flees Country Over Exposure in WikiLeaks Cable

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Ethiopian Journalist Flees Country Over Exposure in WikiLeaks Cable

(By Kim Zetter) An Ethiopian journalist has reportedly fled his country after government authorities interrogated him over a WikiLeaks cable in which he was mentioned. It appears to be the first confirmed case in which someone identified in the raw, unredacted files that WikiLeaks recently released has found himself in danger over the disclosure. According […]

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Ethiopia arrests five for plotting ‘terrorist’ acts

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Ethiopia arrests five for plotting ‘terrorist’ acts

(AFP) ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopian authorities arrested four opposition members and one journalist suspected of plotting attacks on state security, the government said Thursday. Prominent opposition leader Andualem Arage and journalist Eskinder Nega were among those arrested Wednesday, government spokesperson Shimeles Kemal said. “The five were involved in staging a series of terrorist acts that […]

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Debebe Eshetu’s arrest and New Year

(By Eskinder Nega) Researchers detail ten types of smile. There is the tight-lipped smile which the English particularly fancy. There is the twisted smile of the angered. There is the dealer-smile of the sly. There is the nothing-I-can-do-smile of defeat. And on it goes. Most people could muster a reasonable mimic of most types of […]

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Mahdi Ali faces six counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 deaths at a Minneapolis market

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Mahdi Ali faces six counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 deaths at a Minneapolis market

(startribune) Abdirizak Bihi was at a local coffee shop late last week when conversation turned to Mahdi Hassan Ali, the teenager accused of gunning down three men during a botched robbery that shook the security of Minneapolis’ Somali community. Most customers didn’t know that nearly two years after the January 2010 slayings at the Seward […]

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What Should Starving Ethiopians do to Help Themselves?

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What Should Starving Ethiopians do to Help Themselves?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam} In 1987 when Time Magazine featured a famine-stricken Ethiopian mother on its cover page, it failed to ask the most important question of all: What should Ethiopians do and not do to help themselves? It is the privilege of those who give to pity those who receive. One of the great […]

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Wikileaks: Ethiopia – Seeye Opens up about EFFORT & control over resources by super-rich Meles and Azeb

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Wikileaks: Ethiopia – Seeye Opens up about EFFORT & control over resources by super-rich Meles and Azeb

Upon taking power in 1991, the ruling Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) liquidated non-military assets held by the movement to found a series of companies whose profits would be used as venture capital to rehabilitate the war-torn Tigray region’s economy. The TPLF bestowed a portion of this initial roughly US $100 million to each of […]

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Ethiopia Detains 29 over bomb plots, Including Opposition Members

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Ethiopia Detains 29 over bomb plots, Including Opposition Members

The Ethiopian government says it has detained 29 people, including several opposition members, across the country on terrorism-related charges. Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said Monday that the suspects were involved in terrorist activities. He says they are also linked to the rebel Oromo Liberation Front. Among those detained are two prominent opposition politicians arrested last […]

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A policy in delusion

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A policy in delusion

By Timo Deresu]- Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to build a tower whose top gets as far as the heavens. If one ignores all the negative intentions of the king and focus on his target of reaching the heavens, it showed his believe in God and a desire to bring […]

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2011 Eid ul Fiturr Celebration

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2011 Eid ul Fiturr Celebration
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Gadhafi’s fall and Meles Zenawi

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Gadhafi’s fall and Meles Zenawi

By Eskinder Nega Nero was famously eccentric in Roman times. He longed to be remembered for his theatrical abilities rather than leadership of one of the world’s greatest empires. But his other quirks were more horrifying than amusing. He imagined, for example, an implausible bed—yes, bed— which would commit murder. And there were the psychotic […]

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Coca-cola donates $1.4m to save lives in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia

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Coca-cola donates $1.4m to save lives in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia

Coca-Cola’s Central East & West Africa Business Unit donated $1.4 million USD toward hunger relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.‪‪‬‬ Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the parent company of The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana donated $100,000 towards the relief effort. At a meeting with the Kenya Red Cross, Ethiopia Red Cross and Somali Red […]

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ONLF Blocks Chinese Oil Exploration Company From Operating

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ONLF Blocks Chinese Oil Exploration Company From Operating

Dhagahbur — The Ogaden National Liberation Front ONLF on Wednesday said it had blocked an oil exploration company from China to start explorations in the Ethiopian administrated Somalia region. Head of the information for ONLF’s Hussein Mohamed Nur said in an interview with Shabelle Media Network that they have been involved in fighting with Ethiopian […]

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Media Self-Censorship: Has It Gone Too Far in Ethiopia?

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Media Self-Censorship: Has It Gone Too Far in Ethiopia?

By Seble Teweldebirhan Addis Ababa, (Ezega.com) – One of the most important fundamental human rights guaranteed under both the Ethiopian constitution and international human rights instruments, which Ethiopia accepted and ratified, is freedom of expression, information and free press. The Ethiopian constitution in clear and certain terms provides everyone with the right to expression without […]

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What Should the World Do To Save Starving Ethiopians?

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What Should the World Do To Save Starving Ethiopians?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Time Magazine on its cover page asked two weighty questions about recurrent famines in Ethiopia: “Why are Ethiopians starving again? What should the world do and not do” to help them? In my commentary last week, I gave ten reasons in response to the […]

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JOB FAIR at THE RIGHT STAFF – Tuesday, August 30th!!!

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Employer THE RIGHT STAFF Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Location All 3 THE RIGHT STAFF Offices – Edina, Minneapolis, and St. Paul Category Accounting, Administrative / Clerical, Customer Service, Engineering, Facilities, Healthcare, Human Resources, Labor / Trades, Manufacturing / Production, Marketing, Sales, Warehouse, Other Job Type Contract Employment Status Full Time Salary DOQ Further information […]

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Health Care Customer Service Representative

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Employer THE RIGHT STAFF Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Location South Metro Category Customer Service, Healthcare, Hospitality, Telecommunications, Other Job Type Contract Employment Status Part Time Salary $11.00 – 12.50/hour, DOQ Further information We are actively recruiting for part-time openings, typically morning hours for 20-30 hours/week. Hours for this role would typically be between 8:00am […]

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Recruiting Assistant

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Employer Humera – Administrative and Professional Staffing Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 Location Minneapolis, MN Category Administrative / Clerical Job Type Temporary Employment Status Full Time Salary $16.00 – $18.00 Further information Recruiting Assistant: Humera, formerly Dolphin Staffing, is hiring a Recruiting Assistant for a local railroad company located in downtown Minneapolis. Job Duties: •Prescreening […]

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20 year old Thomas Hagos accuses Kobe Bryant of hurting him

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20 year old Thomas Hagos accuses Kobe Bryant of hurting him

(LA News) Kobe Bryant denies that he hurt a young man out of anger because he thought the man was taking his picture in a San Diego church, an attorney for Bryant announced Tuesday. “Mr. Bryant is aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him,” said a statement issued by attorney Mark Campbell, “and is […]

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Wells Fargo to test $3 debit card fee

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Wells Fargo to test $3 debit card fee

NEW YORK — Wells Fargo plans to test a $3 monthly fee for debit cards starting this fall. The San Francisco-based bank said the fee will be applied to checking accounts opened in certain states starting in October. The fee would be on top of the monthly service fees that Wells Fargo already charges for […]

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Meles Zenawi and the Weaponization of Famine

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Meles Zenawi and the Weaponization of Famine

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Author’s Note: On June 16, 2008, I published a special commentary (reproduced below in its original form) explaining the sysetmatic use of disinformation by Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia for two decades, to deny widespread famine in various parts of Ethiopia and insidiously manipulate famine as a political and military […]

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Ethiopia camp – 10 children a day die

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Ethiopia camp – 10 children a day die

Geneva – An average of ten children under the age of five die every day from malnutrition and disease in Ethiopia’s Kobe refugee camp, the UN’s refugee agency said on Tuesday. “Since the Kobe refugee camp opened in June, an average of 10 children under the age of five have died every day,” according to […]

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2 in Fake Bomb Case to be Released

PHOENIX – Two of three suspects arrested in a fake bomb scheme will be released from jail Wednesday night, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Luwiza Daman and Shullu Gorado were accused of trying to sneak a fake bomb past security at Sky Harbor Airport. Once released, the African refugees will be turned over […]

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Somali refugees fight cholera and measles as hunger spreads

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Somali refugees fight cholera and measles as hunger spreads

Camps and hospitals are struggling to cope with the outbreak as more than 180 people die from disease A malnourished and dehydrated child lies on a bed in Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. Photograph: Ho/Reuters (The Guardian)Outbreaks of measles and cholera are striking down Somali children already weakened by hunger, resulting in dozens of new fatalities. […]

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UNESCO Urges Ethiopia To Halt Gibe III Dam

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UNESCO Urges Ethiopia To Halt Gibe III Dam

Green Prophet has followed the Renaissance Dam project for months, on which another Ethiopian dam project sheds some light. On its list of dams to be constructed, Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam project (formerly known as the Grand Millennium Dam) has drawn passionate commentary to our site. Despite the country’s inability to afford the dam and its […]

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Ethiopia ‘using aid as weapon of oppression’

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Ethiopia ‘using aid as weapon of oppression’

(BBC)A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression. Posing as tourists the team of journalists travelled to the southern region of Ethiopia. There they found villages where whole communities […]

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Molla becomes first Ethiopian deputy Knesset speaker

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Molla becomes first Ethiopian deputy Knesset speaker

If both President Shimon Peres and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin were out of the country, Molla could serve as Israel’s president. MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima) was elected deputy Knesset speaker on Wednesday, and will become the first Ethiopian to fill the role when the Knesset summer recess ends in late October. If both President Shimon […]

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ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: “Silent crisis” as more Eritreans flee

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ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: “Silent crisis” as more Eritreans flee

(irinnews) ADDIS ABABA, 5 August 2011 (IRIN) – More and more Eritrean refugees, mostly educated young men, continue to arrive in Ethiopia, with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, expressing concern over the rising numbers. “Most say they left their country [to avoid] a prolonged military conscription, but they also say they want to join their […]

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Birtukan awarded Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

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Birtukan awarded Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship

(Photo: File) By Abebe Gellaw The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has awarded its most prestigious fellowship to Birtukan Mideksa in recognition of her commitment for the advancement of freedom and her potential to bring about democratic change in Ethiopia, Addis Voice has learnt. The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship program, named in honor of the two […]

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RAK maid sentenced to death in double murder case

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RAK maid sentenced to death in double murder case

Anna Zacharias (The National) RAS AL KHAIMAH // A housemaid was yesterday sentenced to death by firing squad for stabbing her employer 117 times and killing their 2-year-old daughter in a blaze. The Court of First Instance in Ras Al Khaimah heard the woman, 23, from Ethiopia, had worked for the family for only 10 […]

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Four UN peacekeepers (Ethiopians) killed, 7 injured by landmine in Abyei

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Four UN peacekeepers (Ethiopians) killed, 7 injured by landmine in Abyei

(CNN) — Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed Tuesday in Sudan’s contested region of Abyei when a landmine exploded during a patrol, the United Nations said. Seven more persons were injured, the U.N. said. The peacekeepers, all Ethiopians, were part of the U.N. Interim Security Force for Abyei and were patrolling Mabok, southeast of the […]

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Adopted Ethiopian girl Hana found dead, she was maybe abused

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Adopted Ethiopian girl Hana found dead, she was maybe abused

by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News NWCN.com Adopted girl’s death prompts neglect investigation in Sedro Woolley SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash. – An investigation into possible neglect is under way after an adopted 13-year-old girl died at a home in Skagit County. Hana Grace Williams, who was adopted from Ethiopia in 2008, was found dead on […]

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Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea, complete with unhinged president

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Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea, complete with unhinged president

em>Eritrea’s not known for much except good coffee and an abiding hatred of Ethiopia. So it caught the world by surprise when the UN accused the tiny country of planning and organising a massive terror attack on Addis Ababa, the capital of the African Union and of the hated Ethiopia. But given President Afwerki’s parlous […]

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Negasso and EPRDF: The Inside Story

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Negasso and EPRDF: The Inside Story

By Eskinder Nega Book publishing had its golden age in the ’60s and ’70s. So did theater. The singular genius of Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin, whose magnificent adaptations of Shakespearean plays are arguably the best of their kind anywhere in the world, inspired and to a large extent sustained a rare, lively world of African theater. It […]

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Sderot’s Hagit Yaso Captures Top Prize in “Israeli Idol”

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Sderot’s Hagit Yaso Captures Top Prize in “Israeli Idol”

21-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli’s rise to fame has a Canadian connection By: Daniel Horowitz As with all new olim, starting new lives in Israel, while exciting, comes with its share of challenges. For 21-year-old Hagit Yaso, whose parents left their native Ethiopia in the early 90’s for a brighter future in the Jewish state, growing up in […]

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Present but non-existing ICT in Ethiopia – Part II

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Present but non-existing ICT in Ethiopia – Part II

By: Timo Deresu timotazu@gmail.com The numerous feedbacks I received on my first article on the ICT sector in Ethiopia prompted me to sequel a second part to the article. In their comments, readers raised many concerns regarding the article ranging from the choice of the title “Present but non-existing ICT in Ethiopia” to specific argumentative […]

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The present but non-existing ICT in Ethiopia

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The present but non-existing ICT in Ethiopia

by – Timo Deresu (timotazu@gmail.com) As a tech-savvy person I always follow whats the current buzz in the tech world from the famous technology affiliated blog, TechCrunch. This week there was a piece about the vaporous Information Communication Technology sector of Ethiopia from a blogger who visited the country and had discussions with some people […]

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Ethiopia Corn Price Soars 61 Percent on East African Drought

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Ethiopia Corn Price Soars 61 Percent on East African Drought

(By Brian Latham) Corn prices have soared 61 percent in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from this time last year, the partly U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Network Systems said. The price of corn is also 56 percent higher than the five- year average, the organization, known as Fewsnet, said in an e- mailed statement today. […]

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Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary

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Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) can sometimes provide unique insights into the cognitive process. Consider, for instance, the phrase “honest politician”. Is there such a thing? It sounds so comical to talk about “efficient government”? How about an “emerging democracy”? That’s like saying a “little bit pregnant.” If […]

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A piece of Addis Ababa by night

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A piece of Addis Ababa by night

(monitor.co.ug) Unable to withstand the pangs of poverty, some girls in the Ethiopian capital are forced to roam the streets under the cover of darkness in search of money, writes Lee Marete. The streets of Addis Ababa are deceptively languid by day, the slow pace of life probably a manifestation of Ethiopia’s socialism and the […]

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