The project will cover five zones and nine woredas in both Oromia and South Nations Nationalities Peoples (SNNP) regions. The Two and a half years long project which started in May of this year will continue well into October 2023. These include: Light for the World, Care Ethiopia, Ethiopian Center for disability and development, Harmee Education for development association and Ethiopian Red Cross along their respective international support chains. These organizations were chosen for the project for their expertise with inclusive responsiveness to gender issues, community development and water and hygiene fields. Hanan added, “This project will be the second project for light for the world after the Covid pandemic first discovered in Ethiopia March 2020.
July 30, 2021 15:00 UTC
JOHANNESBURG - Rights groups have condemned Eswatini's arrest of two lawmakers this week and the use of force against pro-democracy protesters. Protests re-ignited Thursday in Eswatini, previously known as Swaziland, as two pro-democracy members of parliament appeared in court. Amnesty International spokesperson Robert Shivambu says the lawmakers should be released immediately. Until the government meets with the public for peaceful negotiations, Amnesty International spokesperson Robert Shivambu says more episodes of violence are feared. But members of the United Eswatini Diaspora say they want to see more than just talk from the international community.
July 30, 2021 14:48 UTC
Ethiopia's Selemon Barega sprinted the last lap to beat world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda and win a shock Olympic gold medal in the men's 10,000 metres on Friday. The 21-year old Barega powered down the home straight to cross the line in 27 minutes 43.22 seconds, ahead of world champion Cheptegei in 27:43.63. "One is that I'm very happy to have won an Olympic silver medal today," he told reporters. "But the other side of me is really not satisfied with the result because I came here expecting to win a gold." "We had a plan for me to go ahead to make it a fast race," Kissa told reporters.
July 30, 2021 14:37 UTC
Disaster losses build as heavy rains inundate AsiaTyphoon-fuelled floods in the Philippines and China; heavy rains in Myanmar’s conflict-hit southeast; deadly landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps – extreme weather is causing havoc across parts of the globe and in humanitarian hotspots. At least 13,000 people were displaced as heavy rains inundated the Rohingya camps this week, where at least 17 people died in landslides or floods. In southeast Myanmar’s Mon and Karen states, heavy rains forced the evacuation of some 32,000 people over the last week. A fraught anniversaryThe UN Refugee Convention turned 70 this week amidst an unmistakable sense that the principles it layed out are under threat. Food fight: Pre-summit exposes divisions on how to fix hungerThe message at this week’s Food Systems “Pre-Summit” was one of urgency.
July 30, 2021 14:26 UTC
By CARA ANNA, Associated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region could face the most extreme and life-threatening form of malnutrition in the next year, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Friday, as humanitarian aid remains blocked from the region of some 6 million people. While the AP has reported on scores of people dying of starvation in another inaccessible Tigray district, Mercado said she did not hear of any starvation deaths on her visit. Aid workers on the first U.N. passenger flight to Tigray on July 22 were “extensively searched” and not allowed to bring some essential medicines. Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, earlier this month described the Tigray forces as “weeds” and a “cancer,” further alarming ethnic Tigrayans who have alleged that thousands of non-combatants have been detained during the conflict because of their identity alone. And Tigray forces spokesman Getachew Reda replied by calling the Abiy Ahmeds of the world “cancers to be removed at all costs.”
July 30, 2021 14:26 UTC
Tigray [Ethiopia] July 30 (ANI/FENA): More than 100,000 children in Ethiopia's Tigray region could suffer from severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado, speaking after returning from Tigray, said at a UN briefing in Geneva that pregnant and breastfeeding women were acutely malnourished. "We need unhindered access to Tigray and freedom of movement throughout the region in order to provide the urgently needed support for children and women," Mercado said. "The United Nations needs satellite phones and other key telecommunications equipment for its operations in Tigray," said UN spokesman Jens Laerke, asking the Ethiopian government to issue approval.
July 30, 2021 14:03 UTC
But there were terrifying scenes on the final lap as Aussie Patrick Tiernan fell over on the home straight before being wheeled away in a wheelchair. His time of 28:35.06 was still a season-best despite the seconds he lost limping to the finish line. Love it — Jacob Surjan (@Surj9) July 30, 2021In case you missed it, Patrick Tiernan of Australia collapsed in the 10,000m with about 50m to go, got up and finished anyway. “This is Patrick Tiernan. Despite suffering severe fatigue and requiring a wheelchair after a gruelling 10,000m, Patrick Tiernan waited for Toka Badboy (LES) to cross the finish line and congratulate him.
July 30, 2021 14:03 UTC
The agency confirmed that no food trucks have been allowed into the region for two weeks. David Beasley, the WFP’s executive director, initially warned earlier this week that 170 trucks filled with food and resources for Tigray had been stuck in Afar and barred from leaving. “This malnutrition crisis is taking place amid extensive, systematic damage to the food, health, nutrition, water and sanitation systems and services that children and their families depend on for their survival,” Mercado said. But CNN reported earlier this month that food shortages in Mekelle were rife, and most homes had no access to running water. The Tigray conflict has raged since November when fighting erupted between the region’s ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian military.
July 30, 2021 13:52 UTC
“The parties to the conflict in Ethiopia should negotiate a ceasefire on an urgent basis without preconditions and enter into an inclusive political dialogue. Meanwhile the Federal Government and leaders of Tigrayan forces exchanged blame over the blockage of aid into Tigray. With Getachew Reda the spokesperson of Tigrayan forces demanding among other new conditions for a ceasefire agreement, the establishment of multiple humanitarian corridors to ease the humanitarian crisis in the region. The Amhara regional government released a statement disputing claims that TPLF secured any victories in the Amhara front and dismissed reports of fighting in Debraq and Woldia towns as ‘false propaganda’. These recent developments coincide with an expected visit from the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power.
July 30, 2021 13:52 UTC
The United States has won an appeal after being disqualified from the mixed 4x400m relay on the opening day of track and field action in Tokyo. Irby lined up wayyyy outside the exchange zone pic.twitter.com/Q1JeZs9FW5 — Bryan Holtzman (@BSHoltzman) July 30, 2021Something looked off at the first exchange, where Lynna Irby was not in view here and appeared to be at the wrong stagger. This means that Allyson Felix must medal in the 400m AND women's 4x400m if she wants to pass Carl Lewis for most U.S. Olympic track and field medals. American four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson also said Irby did nothing wrong. If the disqualification stands, it will rob American star Allyson Felix of the chance to win a record 10th Olympic medal.
July 30, 2021 13:19 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) -Ethiopia's Selemon Barega sprinted the last lap to beat world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda and win a shock Olympic gold medal in the men's 10,000 metres on Friday. The 21-year old Barega powered down the home straight to cross the line in 27 minutes 43.22 seconds, ahead of world champion Cheptegei in 27:43.63. "One is that I'm very happy to have won an Olympic silver medal today," he told reporters. "But the other side of me is really not satisfied with the result because I came here expecting to win a gold." "We had a plan for me to go ahead to make it a fast race," Kissa told reporters.
Selemon Barega kept the Ethiopian flag flying on opening day of athletics when he struck the 10,000m gold on Friday. Barega, 21, ran a superb tactical race to hold off world champion Joshua Cheptegei and Ugandan compatriot Jacob Kiplimo to win in 27min 43.22sec. The Netherlands’ long-distance star Sifan Hassan also advanced in the 5,000m, while Venezuela’s triple jump world champion Yulimar Rojas eased into Sunday’s final. “I can’t do anything about it, so why focus on that?”But Qatar’s 400m hurdler Abderrahman Samba said it was “really, really difficult. Benjamin, world silver medallist behind Warholm at the 2019 world championships in Doha, followed suit.
The men's 10,000 meters was the only medal event on the first day of track and field competition at the Tokyo Olympics. TOKYO, Japan — Ethiopian runner Selemon Barega won the first track and field gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday with victory in the men’s 10,000 meters. Barega won the 10,000 title back for Ethiopia after Mo Farah of Britain claimed gold at the last two Olympics. The men's 10,000 was the only medal event on the first day of track competition. The ruling said Irby had positioned herself “outside” the zone to receive the baton from Godwin.
Selemon Barega, of Ethiopia, celebrates after winning the men's 10,000-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Selemon Barega, of Ethiopia, celebrates after winning the men's 10,000-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)TOKYO (AP) — Selemon Barega won the first track and field gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday and claimed the 10,000-meter title back for Ethiopia after nearly a decade of dominance by Mo Farah. For one moment it looked like Cheptegei might run Barega down on the home straight, but the Ethiopian dipped his head and dug in as Cheptegei’s challenge faded. Farah won gold at the last two Olympics but isn’t running in Tokyo after failing to make the British team.
July 30, 2021 12:11 UTC
MAROUA, CAMEROON - Officials in Cameroon say Boko Haram militants appear to be changing their tactics and attacking only military and government targets in an effort to try to attract more recruits. Among the wounded soldiers is 37-year-old Lieutenant Innocent Beti who was shot in his abdomen when Boko Haram attacked the village of Sagme. He said the military should immediately examine and adequately respond to the new wave of threats posed by Boko Haram. Issa said that group attacks military positions and government officials to gain sympathy and recruit civilians. He said it's possible that former fighters who were unhappy that Boko Haram attacked civilians may now rejoin the group.
July 30, 2021 12:00 UTC