This palette of spices includes (from top left) Ethiopian berbere spice blend, cardamom, Chinese five spice blend, ground and stick cinnamon, ground and whole cloves, cumin, curry powder blend, ground mustard, nigella seeds, nutmeg, smoked paprika, fennel seeds and star anise. Mustard, fennel, caraway, fenugreek and cumin are seeds.Cloves are dried buds, chili peppers are fruits, and cardamom and star anise are seed pods. )Ras el hanout is an exotic spice blend from Morocco. It’s sweet and spicy-hot, containing up to as many as 50 flavors, including some rare items not found at the local grocery. Other spices are blended in according to the cook’s taste and whim.A favorite spice blend of mine is Chinese five spice, which contains star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel and black pepper.
January 17, 2021 10:52 UTC
Churches and mosques in Ethiopia are being attacked and their sacred treasures looted in a catastrophic conflict in the northern Tigray region that is causing destruction, loss of life and a surge of refugees to Sudan, according to international experts. They are warning of historical vandalism and "cultural cleansing", fearing that religious sites have not been exempt from shelling and that a nation is being robbed of its ancient religious heritage, to the distress of Ethiopians of all faiths. There are reports of Christian manuscripts being stolen from churches and monasteries, and burned - with some manuscripts as old as the 13th century - and of historic Muslim sites being damaged and looted. The looting is about destroying and removing the cultural presence of Tigray. Both the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments have denied reports that Eritrean forces are in Tigray.
January 17, 2021 09:00 UTC
‘ Extreme urgent need’: Starvation haunts Ethiopia’s TigrayNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access describe weakened children dying from diarrhea after drinking from rivers. Sharing the concern of many humanitarian workers about jeopardizing access, the source spoke on condition of anonymity. Humanitarian workers struggle to gauge the extent of need. Asked whether combatants use hunger as a weapon, one concern among aid workers, Shumlansky dismissed it by Ethiopian defense forces and police.
The first humanitarian workers to arrive after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access describe weakened children dying from diarrhea after drinking from rivers. Sharing the concern of many humanitarian workers about jeopardizing access, the source spoke on condition of anonymity. “You go 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the city and it’s a complete disaster,” with no food, Vinoles said. Humanitarian workers struggle to gauge the extent of need. Asked whether combatants use hunger as a weapon, one concern among aid workers, Shumlansky dismissed it by Ethiopian defense forces and police.
From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. (Catholic Relief Services via AP)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The next few months are critical, John Shumlansky, the Catholic Relief Services representative in Ethiopia, said. Asked whether combatants use hunger as a weapon, one concern among aid workers, Shumlansky dismissed it by Ethiopian defense forces and police.
NAIROBI, Kenya — New satellite images of a refugee camp in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region show more than 400 structures have been badly damaged in what a research group believes is the latest “intentional attack” by fighters. The fighting has swept through the camps and two of them, including Shimelba, remain inaccessible to aid workers. The new report says the satellite images show “smouldering ruins, blackening of structures and collapsed roofs.” The structures, it said, “match the profile of mud-brick dwellings constructed by the refugees themselves. Grandi noted “many reliable reports and firsthand accounts” of abuses including the forced return of refugees to Eritrea. Fighting continues in parts of the Tigray region.
January 17, 2021 06:46 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-17 13:50:12|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Health said Saturday the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the East African country rose to 130,772, after new 446 cases were reported. It also said that some 12,696 of the total reported COVID-19 cases are active cases, of which 219 of the patients are said to be under severe conditions. Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous nation with about 107 million people, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the east African region. Ethiopia is the fifth-most COVID-19 affected country in the African continent, after South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. Ethiopia has so far conducted 1,882,151 COVID-19 tests, including 6,111 during the past 24-hour period, according to the ministry.
January 17, 2021 05:48 UTC
He labored to reinvigorate the shattered economy, reform the military, and build an integrated national political party. Fractured ruling party is unable to reform:Divergence on the reform’s direction bifurcated the ruling party. Power sharing with opposition introduces political pluralismSince 2000, no single opposition party has had any legislative seat and political participation was nonexistent. Opposition groups complain that PP is slowly reinvigorating old repressive tactics to restrict mobility and freedom of speech and assembly. Aggrieved minorities are seeking political representation:Dominant ethnic groups have been denying the political, economic, and civic rights and prevent minorities from having political representation.
January 16, 2021 23:15 UTC
(Courtesy Photos)Tadias MagazineBy Tadias StaffJuly 24th, 2017New York (TADIAS) — The Ethiopian Diaspora Fellowship (EDF) has announced its 2017 class of Fellows. “EDF is an organization that connects young Ethiopian diaspora professionals with organizations in Ethiopia for 6-month impact focused fellowship opportunities,” the press release stated. She is deeply engaged in her Ethiopian community and serves in the young adult ministry at her local Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church. She recently completed her Master of Public Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Related:EDF Announces 2016 Ethiopian Diaspora FellowsEDF’s 2015 Ethiopian Diaspora FellowsHighlighting Ethiopian Diaspora FellowshipJoin the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
January 16, 2021 19:59 UTC
“Ankara cannot afford an escalation with both the US and Europe, especially with an economy this fragile,” a European diplomat told AFP. EU member states accounted for 67.2 percent of foreign direct investments in Turkey between 2002-2018, according to official data. A few days later, Erdogan first mentioned reforms and “turning a new page” in relations with Europe. Turkey expects the next US administration will be less inclined to let it off the hook,” the European diplomat said. “Turkey’s charm offensive has left many European countries skeptical,” the European diplomat said.
January 16, 2021 17:03 UTC
GENEVA - The United Nations and other agencies are rushing to relocate thousands of refugees camped out along the disputed Sudan-Ethiopia border to safer areas further away. Tensions along the border region between Sudan and Ethiopia have grown since the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray province started in early November. Since then, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that more than 58,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled for safety across the border into Sudan. This is due to the fact that we do not want the refugees to be residing so close to the border," said Bisschop. He says additional funding is required to quickly set up the remaining services and to ensure the increasing needs of the Ethiopian refugees are being met.
January 16, 2021 17:03 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-17 00:02:17|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia has imposed a curfew in the restive Metekel zone located in the country's western Benishangul-Gumuz regional state, an Ethiopian official said on Saturday. Member of the Federal Integrated Taskforce for the Metekel zone, Brigadier- General Alemayehu Wolde, said a curfew starting from 7 pm in the evening to 6 am in the morning has been declared across all areas of the Metekel zone. On Tuesday, an armed attack in Debate locality, Metekel zone of Benishangul-Gumuz regional state, left at least 80 people dead. In December, at least 207 people were killed in a massacre in Bekoji village, Metekel zone. In recent years, deadly inter-communal violence has taken place in the Metekel zone, eventually killing hundreds of civilians.
January 16, 2021 16:07 UTC
Ethiopia has been pushed into violence since early November when federal troops launched an offensive in the northern region of Tigray, claiming that guerrilla troops had attacked a military base. The European Union has temporarily ceased 88 million euros ($107 million) in budget support for Ethiopia until humanitarian agencies are provided access to those in need of aid in the northern Tigray region. A vicious conflict has been raging in #Tigray region of Ethiopia. Sudan’s foreign ministry accused the Ethiopian military aircraft of crossing their border in a “dangerous and unjustified escalation”. However, a senior Ethiopian general has since confirmed that they had crossed into the northern region without invitation.
January 16, 2021 13:52 UTC
Rebel forces take aim at the Central African Republic capitalOn Wednesday, January 13, armed rebel groups in the Central African Republic began a coordinated attack on the peripheries of the capital Bangui, before government forces and the United Nations Blue Helmets repelled them, according to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Chris Heitzig Research Analyst - Africa Growth InitiativeThe violence sparked by the recent elections caused as many as 185,000 Central Africans to flee their homes. Though many have since returned home, the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office estimates that 62,000 people remain newly displaced and as many as 1.3 million displaced overall, half of which are refugees in neighboring countries. On Tuesday, Ethiopia indicated that it was losing patience for Sudan’s militarization on the border of the disputed territory. Last week, the United Nations expressed in a report the fear that Tigray could also be a source of “massive community transmission” of COVID-19 due to the suspension of health services caused by the conflict.
January 16, 2021 12:33 UTC
The TPLF junta senior leaders, including former Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, have been killed, according to Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF). Read more »Former high-level Officials of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), Sebhat Nega and his comrades, including Abay Woldu, former President of Tigray, and Abraham Tekeste,… Read more »Africa: Eritrea in the Tigray War - What We Know and Why It Might BackfireAfrican Arguments, 8 January 2021The war against the TPLF will not be quick or easy, and it already looks to be going badly for Eritrea's president. Read more »
January 16, 2021 12:00 UTC