• Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria dead at 81


    According to guitarist Terrie Hessels of venerable Dutch art-punk band the Ex, Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria died yesterday at age 81, following several years of poor health. Mekuria began playing professionally in 1949, and though he was most active before the 80s, he enjoyed a heartening late-career renaissance—he collaborated with the Ex, making two fantastic albums that complemented his muscular, vibrato-rich tone with wiry, chattering guitars, and with Boston jazz group Either/Orchestra. [...] read more

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  • American fund acquires Ethiopian diary firm

    An American investment company, Schulze Global Investments Limited, has completed the acquisition of a 45 percent stake in Ethiopian dairy products producer, MB Plc.

    The deal would enable the Addis Ababa-based dairy firm to grow the market for its Family Milk brand. MB Plc trades as Family Milk and was established in 2000.

    Family Milk is one of the leading milk brands in Ethiopia and is among the fastest growing dairy processors in the country. It produces milk as well as milk products, which are distributed to a diversified customer base across the Addis Ababa area including retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, and cafes... Continue reading

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  • Ethiopia’s underground Jews see small gains in tolerance

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Tedros, his wife, his 7-year-old daughter and his parents cannot stop the accusations of witchcraft. Despite holding reconciliatory meetings with community members in their village in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, their names and the names of other Jews continue to surface during Christian exorcism ceremonies.

    During these ceremonies, an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian priest pours water over the huddled, naked bodies of those believed to be possessed by budas, or evil spirits. They turn maniacal and cry out the name of the buda they believe possesses them.

    Ethiopia’s underground Jews see small gains in tolerance

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  • Simien Mountains Becomes Cost Effective for Climbers

    Though Mount Kilimanjaro claims the highest peak in Africa for climbers who reported a wonderful piece for The Globe and Mail, Elizabeth McSheffrey the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site the Simien Mountain in Northern Ethiopi found cost effective to climbe. 

    She wrote, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro costs $ 4,000 which is expensive compared to the cost of an all-inclusive four-day hike the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia which is around $ 2,000 dollars. The travel reporter resumes the hills are home to the socially adventurous gelada baboons, the elusive Ethiopian wolves and the shy but regal walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.  
    Simien Mountains Becomes Cost Effective for Climbers

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  • Ethiopia: WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

    JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia. Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

    “As we expand our capacity to airdrop more food into South Sudan, I take this opportunity to thank the Ethiopian authorities and our partners for their unwavering support to this giant logistical operation,” said WFP Country Director Abdou Dieng in Jimma. “Ethiopia is a vital corridor for food deliveries into South Sudan and this year over 500 flights have operated from Ethiopia, carrying essential food assistance to those desperately in need.”

    WFP has delivered food into South Sudan through Ethiopia by air, road and river. Of the more than 123,000 metric tons of food that WFP has dispatched to locations in South Sudan since the beginning of the year, some 18,000 metric tons have travelled through Ethiopia so far, enough to feed more than 300,000 people for three months.

    Fifteen WFP aircraft, based in Ethiopia, Uganda and inside South Sudan, transport food for the South Sudan humanitarian response. The Ethiopia-based aircraft include four airdrop-capable Ilyushin-76 airplanes based in Gambela and Jimma, while an additional two C-130 aircraft from Asosa support food deliveries by airlift – in which the plane lands to unload – for refugees in Maban County, South Sudan.

    Within Ethiopia, WFP – working with UNHCR, the government refugee agency ARRA and NGO partners – also provides lifesaving food and nutrition assistance to more than 230,000 South Sudanese refugees, most of whom have arrived in the country since December.

    The influx of South Sudanese fleeing conflict has raised the overall number of refugees in Ethiopia to more than 627,000, the largest refugee population in Africa. At border crossing points, WFP distributes calorie-packed High Energy Biscuits to give an immediate boost to the many South Sudanese who arrive exhausted and famished after walking for days to reach safety.

    WFP and its partners are also distributing monthly rations of grains, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in refugee camps, and provide special nutritional supplements to treat more than 27,000 malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Despite these efforts, malnutrition rates remain above emergency thresholds, with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) affecting more than one-quarter of children under the age of 5.

    More funds are urgently needed to ensure WFP can continue and expand efforts to meet vital food and nutritional needs. WFP requires US$40 million to provide food and nutrition assistance through the end of the year to all refugees in Ethiopia, including newly arrived refugees from South Sudan.

    “It is absolutely critical that we receive the resources needed to continue uninterrupted food assistance for the refugees, who have no other way to meet their daily food needs,” said Dieng. “We will do everything possible to avoid having to reduce food rations, but without new funding we will be running short of key commodities by the end of the year.”

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    WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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    For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org): Stephanie Savariaud, WFP/Ethiopia, cell. +251 911201976

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