Norwegian government calls on Ethiopia to protect NGOs

Norwegian government calls on Ethiopia to protect NGOs

The government of Norway has condemned the destruction of humanitarian aid facilities in Ethiopia, where the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) aid group is trying to assist those affected by conflict in the Tigray region. “All parties must fulfill their obligations under international humanitarian law,” the foreign ministry said in response…

Ethiopia’s Abiy warns time is up for a Tigray ceasefire

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday that a three-day window extended to Tigray forces in the country’s northern border region has expired, setting the stage for the Ethiopian military to end the ongoing conflict by force in the coming days. Abiy’s warning comes amid regional and international calls for…

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

Another locust outbreak is threatening southern Africa, this time with the potential to affect some 7 million people in four more countries. Botswana has seen smallholder farmers lose entire crops, with the growing region of Pandamatenga and its key sorghum crops at risk as the country seeks to step up…

Canadian courts greenlight lawsuit on Eritrean mine workers

Human rights campaigners say they welcome the decision by Canada’s Supreme Court to allow a lawsuit against the Nevsun mining firm, which is accused of human rights violations during operations in Eritrea. Human Rights Watch said a 2013 investigation first found that an Eritrean construction firm owned by the country’s…

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will head to Africa next week, with official visits planned in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as Burundi and Zimbabwe. The diplomatic schedule was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Affairs, which noted China’s tradition of beginning each new year on the African continent….

Abiy’s Nobel speech draws on personal experience with war

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia accepted his Nobel Prize for Peace on Tuesday, delivering a speech that was emotive in terms of the cost of war – and his own experience with it – as well as inspirational, despite criticisms Abiy has faced over whether the prize was deserved….

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

In Asmara, East Africa talks climate change and sustainable development

East African nations took another step forward on regional integration this week, with an emphasis on measures to curb climate change impacts while developing economic opportunities. Fourteen nations were present at a three-day meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE), co-hosted by the Economic Commission for…

Abiy says Nobel award is a ‘collective win for Ethiopians’

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019 was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, in honor of what the Nobel committee described as “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” Abiy, the 43-year-old…