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  • Ethio-Djibouti railway sets new model for China-Africa cooperation

    Chinese conductor Ding Jihua (R) trains the Ethiopian attendants at a railway station in suburban Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Oct 1, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

    The railway, which links the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the port of Djibouti in Djibouti, will officially open service on Wednesday as Africa's first electric railway. It is constructed by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, a subsidiary of CRCC.

    Meng told Xinhua in an interview Tuesday that the project has set two successful models: introducing Chinese standards overseas to facilitate export of Chinese equipment and management; building railways to boost development of industrial parks, logistic centers and real estates along the route.

    The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway is the first railway built using a complete set of Chinese standards outside China, which Meng said is key to its success.

    Thanks to China's outstanding performance in building and managing railways, Chinese railway standards eventually helped Chinese firms win over the project in Ethiopia, which, like many other countries, once viewed Western standards as the orthodox.

    "After rounds of negotiations, The Ethiopian government came to realize that the Chinese standards are no inferior to Western ones, and more importantly, they best suit the country," Meng said.

    The option for Chinese standards facilitated the use of Chinese equipment, trains and materials in the construction. Working together, the Chinese firms ensured the railway's completion in just four years, despite the conclusion of Western experts who evaluated the project that for Ethiopia to have an electric railway was a mission impossible.

    The railway's construction has also seen Chinese investments channeling into the industrial parks and other development projects along the line, which will help create jobs and boost industries for Ethiopia, Meng added.


    In-Picture: Ethiopia-Djibouti railway inauguration

    The 3.4 billion US dollars built railway is a historical project which will take the relationship between the three countries into a new era, said Prime Minister Hailemariam at the ingural ceremony held at Lebu Station.

    The railway line will greatly reduce the travel time between the two countries and will contribute to the development of Ethiopia’s hinterland.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and Xu Shaoshi, Special Envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly inaugurated the Ethio-Djibouti railway today.

    This is an electrified system and environmentally friendly. This is what makes it different from other railway projects in Africa.

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  • Ethiopian-born Israeli MP rejected by blood bank, told she has "special blood"

    Jerusalem (AFP) - The refusal of Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross to accept blood from an Ethiopian Jewish lawmaker sparked demands on Wednesday for a review of guidelines seen as deeply discriminatory.


    The rejection of the blood from Pnina Tamano-Shata by an official of Magen David Adom came at a donor drive outside parliament and was caught on video footage which was widely aired by Israeli television channels.

    "Under health ministry directives, we are unable to accept blood from donors of Ethiopian Jewish origin," the health official is heard to say as he spurns the donation.

    Ministry guidelines do not in fact bar donations from all of Israel's more than 120,000 Ethiopian Jews, only to those 80,000 among them who were born in Africa and migrated to Israel, most of them in two massive airlifts in 1984 and 1991.

    The pretext long given is that it is a measure to prevent the AIDS virus getting into the blood bank and being spread through transfusions.

    But critics say the blanket ban has no medical basis and masks persistent racism among other Israeli Jews towards the black Ethiopian minority.

    Tamano-Shata is a member of parliament for the centrist Yesh Atid party, part of Israel's governing coalition.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rang her to express his "admiration" for her offer to give blood and to promise a review of the ministry guidelines.

    Tamano-Shata herself hit out at an "affront to an entire community on the basis of the colour of their skin".

    "I'm 32, I arrived in Israel at the age of three, did my military service and have two children. There's no reason to treat me in this way," she told Channel 10 television.

    She recalled that 16 years ago, the revelation that health authorities were secretly throwing away blood donations from Ethiopian Jews had sparked a massive protest in Jerusalem.

    "I myself took part in that demonstration but nothing has changed since then," she said.

    Top Magen David Adom officials later agreed they could take Tamano-Shata's blood, but only to freeze it, not to put it into the national blood bank, the Ynet news website reported.

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  • Trump's daughter to relocate fashion line production company to Ethiopia

    As her father’s political foes are fond of pointing out, Ivanka Trump’s exclusive line of shoes for the working woman are made in China. Soon, they may be made in Africa.

    The head of Huajian Group, a Chinese shoe manufacturer that produces for the Trump’s eponymously named brand, this week discussed plans to relocate the company’s production to Ethiopia, where labor is cheaper.

    “My goal is to create 30,000 jobs in Ethiopia by 2020, with exports reaching $1 billion to $1.5 billion,” Zhang Huarong told the French news agency AFP. Zhang is building a “light industrial city” complete with production facilities, dorms, and its own hospital in Addis Ababa. Keeping in theme, the complex will be in shape of a woman’s shoe.

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  • Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn: Who Is The Ethiopian Airlines Hijacker, And Why Was He Desperate For Asylum?

    Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Airline passengers en route to Italy were rerouted to Switzerland on Monday morning in a peaceful but puzzling hijacking episode, carried out by the plane's own co-pilot.

    Ethiopian Airlines flight ET702 was headed from Ethiopia's capital city of Addis Ababa to Rome, Italy, when the captain took a bathroom break. The first officer then locked himself inside the cockpit, reported the hijack to airport transponders, and aimed his Boeing 767 toward Geneva, Switzerland. Reports indicate that the passengers were blissfully unaware of the situation until they touched down. They were heavily searched upon exiting the aircraft, after which point the airline began efforts to get all 193 passengers – mostly Italian nationals – to their final destinations.

    The unarmed hijacker's own fate is unclear. Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn, 31, is an Ethiopian national who has worked for Ethiopian Airlines for five years. After landing safely around 6 a.m. local time, he disembarked from the aircraft through the cockpit window and handed himself over to the Swiss police, in whose custody he remains. The hijacker could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years on charges of hostage-taking.

    source: ibtimes


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  • Ethiopians celebrate end of Lent, welcome back meat

     Like millions of Christians around the world, Ethiopians celebrate the Easter holiday with a sense of spiritual uplifting as the occasion marks the end of the Lent – the main fasting season.

    But unlike other Christians, Lent here is not observed for 40 days, the period that Jesus Christ fasted in the wilderness at the start of his ministry.

    The followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox (Tewahdo) church traditionally start fasting 15 days ahead of other Christians.

    "During the added days we remain fasting not for our souls, but for the souls of others who could not observe Lent because of old age, illnesses, travels or many other compelling reasons," Alem Kassa, 69, told Anadolu Agency.

    "In this way, we try our best to give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ who suffered great suffering to wash the sin of our hands," added the housewife.

    Deacon Belay Mekuria, who is in his mid-40s, has another reason for the prolonged fasting.

    "We pay homage [this way] also to the saints, kings and patrons of our land."

    On Easter, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, who had refrained from eating meat for almost two months, seem eager to make up for the meatless days.

    Meat is served in all forms of cuisine.

    The most unique cuisine is meat served raw and gorged raw. In fact Ethiopians are known for their custom of eating meat raw.

    A kilo of raw meat sells for up to 170 Birr at butchery houses. This is affordable only for the haves which constitute in fact a small portion of society.

    The have-nots eat meat only occasionally because of the ever increasing cost of meat that is making life more difficult considering the fondness Ethiopians show for meat.

    Spirit of Sharing

    As the first rays of the new day crept across the streets of the sprawling capital, Ethiopian Christians flock to the slaughterhouses to have their share of meat from sacrificial lambs and bulls.

    Butchers have already worked all night long from the dusk of Saturday to the dawn of Sunday to slaughter, skin and dissect sacrificial animals to hand over the piles of meat to their owners.

    Traditionally, people form groups, contribute equal shares of money and buy bulls, which meat is equally divided among them.

    Generous families, meanwhile, sacrifice additional lambs to give away in a traditional communal practice called "Qircha," which roughly means sharing.

    "Qircha gives us the opportunity to come together, create to us a sense of togetherness in celebration of the holiday," Taye Habtemichael, who came to lend a hand at an area where a bull was being slaughtered, told AA.

    "When we buy meat at the butcheries, we do not get all parts of the bull. But here we get a chunk of all the organs," he said happily as he walked away with his share of the bull meat.

    source: By Seleshi Tessema (

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