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Ethiopia’s Macroeconomic Imbalances Evolving into Critical Crises

ill-planned and mismanaged economy led to the current macroeconomic imbalances in Ethiopia
PM Abiy’s gov’t have come up with a three-year economic reform plan to deal with, among many, the exiting acute shortages of hard currency, to amend the ill-fated foreign trade sector, and reducing the growing unemployment rate.

BY BIRHANU FIKADE | THE REPORTER

The coming of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to power has been marred with critical political, economic and social pitfalls. His measures in relaxing the stifling leadership style of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) likewise stimulated many to come out and speak. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Macroeconomic Imbalances Evolving into Critical Crises

Khat an Increasing Problem for Ethiopian Youth

For Ethiopia’s underemployed youth, life can center on khat leaves

Chewing themselves into madness. About half of Ethiopia’s youth chew Khat. But is this a dangerous drug or a harmless herb?

BY KIMIKO de FREYTAS-TAMURA | THE NEW YORK TIMES

Her life revolves around a psychotropic leaf. Yeshmebet Asmamaw, 25, has made chewing the drug a ritual, repeated several times a day: She carefully lays papyrus grass on the floor of her home, brews coffee and burns fragrant frankincense to set the mood. Continue reading Khat an Increasing Problem for Ethiopian Youth

100 Ethiopian Migrants Found Hidden in Track: Zambia Police

The untold exodus of Ethiopians

By Caroline Kalombe,

Police in Serenje have intercepted a truck carrying 100 prohibited immigrants of Ethiopian origin, who were hidden behind bags of dry lake sardines locally known as kapenta.

The truck, which was seized at Kanona police check point on Great North Road in Central Province, was, from Nakonde to an unknown destination within Zambia.

Police suspect the Ethiopians entered the country through Nakonde border and were assisted by Zambians who were paid to commit the illegality.

“I can confirm that we intercepted a truck carrying 100 prohibited immigrants from Ethiopia. The prohibited immigrants have been screened for Ebola, and the Immigration Department, who are working with us, have continued to screen them for other issues,” Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi said. Continue reading 100 Ethiopian Migrants Found Hidden in Track: Zambia Police

Swelling Ethiopian Migration Casts Doubt On Its Economic Growth

Pervasive repression, denial of fundamental freedoms and rampant unemployment has led to frustration, alienation and disillusionment among most Ethiopian youth. The only way to escape from such curse is by migrating to certain dream lands. But why the Ethiopian exodus didn’t get half the attention given to Eritrea by the mainstream media, right groups and the UNHCR?

By Chalachew Tadesse,

The 28 Ethiopian migrants of Christian faith murdered by the Islamic State (IS) on Apr. 19 in Libya had planned to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of work in Europe.

Commenting on the killings to Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Ethiopian government spokesperson Redwan Hussien urged potential migrants not to risk their lives by using dangerous exit routes.

Hussein’s call sparked anger among hundreds of Ethiopian youths and relatives of the deceased, who took to the streets in the capital Addis Ababa this week before the demonstration was disbanded by the police, local media reported.  Continue reading Swelling Ethiopian Migration Casts Doubt On Its Economic Growth

Ethiopia Bans Export of Housemaids Overseas

When suicide is the only escape for the thousands of Ethiopian maids working in the Gulf states. Alem Dechesa allegedly took her own life on March 14 after experiencing severe abuse in Beirut, Lebanon

By Debirhan, Ethiopian State media have reported that the government has temporarily banned the travel of citizens overseas for employment.  Continue reading Ethiopia Bans Export of Housemaids Overseas

Ten Poorest Countries in The World (All in Africa)

When Poverty and non-existent double digit growth met face-to-Face at a dumpster site called KORA in Ethiopia. As we speak, thousands of people in Addis Ababa survive from the leftover “food” dumped in such dumpsters. People, in fact, used to call them “Dumpster Dieters”.  They are either the byproducts or victims of the cooked economic figures. You be the judge!

Ethiopia named world’s second poorest country

By The African Economist,

You probably heard that Ethiopia has been a fast growing economy in the content recording very high growth rate not just in Africa but the world as well.

Yet the new measurement known as the Multidimensional Poverty Index, or MPI, that will replace the Human Poverty index in the United Nations’ annual Human Development Report says that Ethiopia has the second highest percentage of people who are MPI poor in the world, with only the west African nation of Niger fairing worse.  Continue reading Ten Poorest Countries in The World (All in Africa)