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US Calls for Negotiations in Oromia and Amhara Regions

US Calls for Negotiations in Oromia and Amhara Regions

The US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ervin J. Massinga, recently visited the US compound in the Mercato area of Addis Ababa. During his visit, Ambassador Massinga highlighted the historical significance of the American compound, recalling that it served as a refuge for many Ethiopians 87 years ago. On February 12, 1937, during the three-day massacre in Addis Ababa carried out by Fascist Italy, American diplomat Cornelius Van Engert reported that over 750 Ethiopians found shelter in the embassy. Ambassador Massinga emphasized that Ethiopians have been deprived of their right to live with dignity for the past 87 years. He remarked that…
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Oromo Liberation Front Spokesperson Killed in Meki

Oromo Liberation Front Spokesperson Killed in Meki

Mr. Bete Urgesa, a spokesperson for the opposition Oromo Liberation Front Party (OLF), was tragically killed in Meki city, located 150 kilometers away from Addis Ababa, last night. According to his party's statement, he was taken from the hotel where he was staying and later found dead on the road. The OLF party unequivocally declared Mr. Bete Urgesa's death as an extrajudicial killing, asserting that it was a deliberate attempt to suppress the Oromo question and leave them leaderless. This incident adds to the distressing pattern of violence targeting prominent figures within the Oromo community, such as the renowned Oromo…
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Ethiopia’s Army general and Oromo liberation militant leader meets in Zanzibar

Ethiopia’s Army general and Oromo liberation militant leader meets in Zanzibar

Ethiopian National Defense Army top generals and the leader of the Oromo Liberation Army, Jal Mero, met face-to-face in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The second round of peace talks between the Ethiopian government and the armed group of the Oromo Liberation Army has begun in Tanzania. According to a report published by the BBC citing sources close to the matter, the peace talks have been going on for a few days and are being attended by representatives of armed forces from both sides. The East African Nations Organization (IGAD), the United States, Norway, and Kenya took the role of coordinator and facilitator…
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Oromia militants kidnaps more than 50 people in Ethiopia

Oromia militants kidnaps more than 50 people in Ethiopia

The militants asking to pay one million birr to each of them to free the hostages. More than 50 passengers who were traveling from Addis Ababa to Bahirdar were kidnapped by oromia militants near Gebre Guracha town in the North Showa zone of Oromia. The hostages were carried out by the militants commonly lnown as "Shene", and the hostages' families were urged to pay one million birr per person. The area where the blockade was carried out is 75 kilometers from Addis Ababa the capital city of Ethiopia. The local residents said that, neither the federal police nor the national…
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A grenade kills four boys in Shashemene, Oromia

A grenade kills four boys in Shashemene, Oromia

A bomb that was thrown in the garbage of Shashemene city of Oromia region killed four and injured two children. The children were picking up used plastics when the bomb exploded in the garbage, the police said. In addition to killing four children, two more children were injured and taken to the hospital. Police informed that three of the dead children were members of the same family. On the other hand, a road connecting the Amhara region to the country’s capital city is closed due to, a road connecting the Amhara region to the country's capital city is closed due…
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OLF militant kidnaps several people in the vicinity of Addis Ababa

OLF militant kidnaps several people in the vicinity of Addis Ababa

Several numbers of people have been abducted by OLF militants in Sululta sity under the recently established Sheger City Administration. The residents explained that, in recent times in Sululta sub-city, similar acts have been carried out by the armed group that calls itself the Oromo Liberation Army and classified as a terrorist by the government as "Oneg Shene". "A week ago, more than 20 people were abducted by Shene militants from the area of   Kdananemhret Church in Sululta sub-district in one night only," one resident said to Addis Maleda media. He mentioned that, on the day the people were taken…
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Ethiopia and Oromo rebel group negotiations begin in Zanzibar

Ethiopia and Oromo rebel group negotiations begin in Zanzibar

Talks between the Ethiopian government and rebels from the Oromiya region have started in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, a spokesman for regional Africa group IGAD told Reuters on Tuesday. Rebel groups in Oromiya, which is the biggest of Ethiopia's 11 regions and surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, have battled the federal government for decades. In recent years the violence has left hundreds dead and displaced tens of thousands, with Oromos accusing the government of marginalising and neglecting Oromos, the country's largest ethnic group. "The talks are under way in Tanzania as we speak…we hope [it] will lead to…
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Ethiopia scale up in global kidnapping index

Ethiopia scale up in global kidnapping index

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which conducted a study on the protection of hostages' human rights. The organization announced that, Ethiopia is one of the leading countries in hostages are held by armed forces other than government security forces. The committee looked into the situation of tens of thousands of hostages held by 80 armed groups. The study has made recommendations to the armed groups regarding the treatment of hostages. Congo, Syria, Colombia and Ethiopia are the main countries with many hostages. In Ethiopia, the Tigray region is being controlled by armed forces and here are similar restrictions…
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Ethiopia’s ruling party leader shots dead

Ethiopia’s ruling party leader shots dead

Senior leader of the oromia Prosperity Party was killed by gunmen One of the senior leader in Nekemte city of East Wolega zone in Oromia region was killed by gunmen. Nekemte City Prosperity Party office head Mr. Desalegn Bokonja was killed by armed men at the door of his residence this morning, the government communication office of the city administration announced. The communication office of the city administration announced in a statement on its social page that Mr. Desalegn was shot dead when he left his house to go to work. Before being appointed as the head of the Nekemte…
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Oromia militant kidnaps more than 100 people in Ethiopia

Oromia militant kidnaps more than 100 people in Ethiopia

The families and residents of the hostages said that more than 100 people were kidnapped by the militants of Oromia Liberation in Dera District of the North Showa Zone of Oromia Region. Such type of kidnapping has been a long time since the militants started abducting and evicting residents, in 2021. Since last week, it has been rekindled and the residents are being kidnapped, and displaced and houses are being burned, according to the Reporter newspaper. The residents explained that seven villages of Dera district, which were under the control of the militants, were freed in an operation two months…
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