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  • Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia

    Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after a 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants expired on Tuesday without all of them leaving , the Ethiopian government has said.

    Communications Minister Negeri Lencho told the BBC that the government has asked for the amnesty to be extended.

    He said more than 45,000 citizens had so far returned but there were many more waiting to go back home.

    Ethiopians have been employed in Saudi Arabia in building and domestic work.

    Mr Negeri said that the government was expecting "a positive response" from the Saudi authorities for its request to extend the amnesty.

    Mr Negeri says that there was a slow uptake during the amnesty period because some people were sceptical the Saudi authorities would take action during the just ended period of Ramadan.

    Minister Negeri added that a taskforce and money has been set aside to receive and resettle the Ethiopian returnees.

    Source: BBC

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  • United Nations praises Ethiopia for its refugee handling

     

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Tuesday praised efforts made by the Ethiopian government in handling the regional refugee crisis.

    Grandi made the remarks during the World Refugee Day commemorative ceremony held in Ethiopia’s Gameblla regional state, which is housing most of the South Sudanese refugees.

    “Ethiopia is a very good model of how a country with a limited resources and a great challenge of its own keeps its doors open, its arms open to people from neighboring countries that are in trouble and seek protection here,” Grandi asserted.

    Ethiopia currently hosts more than 850,000 refugees from 21 countries with South Sudanese, Somalis, Eritreans, and Sudanese making up the majority.

    The east African country has registered an additional 54,107 refugees in just the first five months of 2017, with most of the arrivals being Eritreans, South Sudanese and Sudanese, according to recent figure by the Ethiopian Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA).

    “We must help Ethiopia carry out this heavy responsibility and also be inspired by Ethiopia because it is a very shining example of African hospitality and international hospitality,” Grandi stressed.

    Grandi, prior to his arrival to Ethiopia, on Sunday visited a camp for internally displaced people in the South Sudan’s city of Bentiu, and pledged the global community to do more in helping the world’s youngest nation, a country with the fastest growing displaced population in the world.

    Ethiopian officials also vowed to continue the country’s open door policy for people affected by war and looming famine in South Sudan.

    With the world home to more than 65 million refugees, Ethiopia is playing its dutiful part as one of the top five refugee hosting countries globally, said Zeynu Jemal, Deputy Director of ARRA.

    Source: Xinhua

     

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  • Eritrea rejects cutting ties with Qatar

    Eritrea on Friday declined a rewquest by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

    The African nation’s foreign ministry said in a written statement it "rejected" the demand to cut ties "with brother Doha".

    It said Eritrea had "strong ties with the brother people of Qatar," and it was "impossible to cut ties".

    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen -- abruptly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this week, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

    Mauritania added its name to the list the following day, while Jordan downgraded its diplomatic relations with Doha.

    Saudi Arabia also closed its land borders with Qatar, geographically isolating the tiny Gulf state.

    Qatar strongly rejected accusations it supports terrorist groups and called for a diplomatic solution to growing tensions between Gulf states.

    Source: AA

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  • Dr Tedros to be WHO's next Director-General

    23 May 2017 | Geneva - Dr Tedros of Ethiopia will be the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Dr Tedros will be the first African Director-General to lead the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.

    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.

    Read more at AAO

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  • Ethiopian maid's window fall 'filmed by employer'

    The authorities in Kuwait are reportedly investigating a video that appears to show a woman filming her Ethiopian maid falling from a seventh-floor window without attempting to help her.

    The maid can be heard screaming "hold me, hold me" just before her hand slips and she falls onto a roof below. She was treated in hospital for a broken arm and other injuries.

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