Dizzy Jerma Bifkado was found hanged at the apartment located in the Jbeil suburb of Blat Monday, NNA added. Accompanied by forensic experts, detectives arrived to the appartment to investigate the incident. The body was moved to Sayyidat al-Maounat University Hospital in Byblos. The incident came three days after another Ethiopian domestic worker had jumped from her employer’s house on the fourth floor in Bsalim, north of Beirut. She survived the fall but was severely injured. Read more
Message from the President
CREW is a non-profit, non-government, peace and human rights organization dedicated to promoting the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide through education and advocacy. Since its establishment on March 25, 2012, CREW has addressed a number of critical issues that pertain to the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide. Soon after it was created, the organization focused on the plight of Ethiopian women domestic workers in the Middle Eastern countries. Accordingly, it has launched a campaign to create awareness about the slavery-like situations in which the Ethiopian domestic workers live and to challenge the international community to address their situations. Other critical issues related to the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide are also being addressed. Read more
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian women (CREW) strongly condemns the brutal murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and the recent xenophobic attacks of Ethiopians and other African migrants in South Africa.
Thirty Ethiopians were brutally murdered by ISIS in Libya. Half of them were beheaded at a Libyan shoreline and the other half were shot dead in southern Libya, hundred miles from the shores. The released video showing the mass brutal killing refers to victims as those “belonging to hostile Ethiopian Church.” The video concludes by saying that Christians will not be safe unless they embrace Islam or pay protection money. In other tragedies facing Ethiopian migrants, Ethiopians and other fellow Africans are savagely attacked and brutally murdered in xenophobic acts in South Africa. In Yemen, thousands of Ethiopians are stranded and unable to leave the war-torn country. Among these are hundreds of women and children. Hundreds of Ethiopian migrants are drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach European shores.
Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. The gap between the haves and the have-nots have widened extremely. The so-called double-digit growth has not changed the lives of millions of poor Ethiopians. The economy is in the hands of the few who control the wealth of the country. Hopeless young people, men and women, are forced to leave their country due to political persecution, poverty and lack of economic opportunity in their home country. Human traffickers exploit the migrants during their journey to their country of destination. Once they reach their destination, their employers’ abuse, torture or sexually assault them. However, Ethiopians continue leaving their country with the hope of working in other countries to help themselves and their families. Read more
Islamic State: Thousands of Ethiopians march in government rally over murder of Christians by IS militants
ABC ONLINE. Tens of Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have marched through the capital in a government-organised rally condemning the murder of a group of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State militants in Libya.
The official rally appeared to be aimed at channeling public anger sparked by the killings, with a huge crowd beginning to gather shortly after dawn in Addis Ababa's huge Meskel Square. However, some demonstrators directed their anger at the government. "Our brothers were murdered, the government must do something," Anteneh Tefera, a young demonstrator, shouted. "Their blood is not the blood of animals." Read more
Islamic State has released a video purporting to depict the massacre of 30 Ethiopians, the second incident of mass slaughter of Christians by the terror group in its redoubt in Libya.
The beheadings and shootings publicised by the group are the latest assault on minorities across the Middle East, thousands of whom have been forced to abandon ancestral homes to flee the group’s broadening reach in the region.
It follows a video released in February that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts on the shores of the Mediterranean, a move that prompted air strikes by the government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi against the group’s stronghold in a Libya torn by civil strife.
The footage, released on Sunday, depicts the brutal beheading of 15 Ethiopian Christians by masked Isis militants, their blood staining the surf on a strip of beach, as well as another scene in a desert landscape where masked gunmen shoot another 15 Ethiopians with rifles in the back of the head. Read more on theguardian
A boat believed to be crowded with at least 700 migrants capsized north of Libya overnight, leaving at least 24 confirmed dead and sparking fears for what could become the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant sea disaster, Italy's Coast Guard and other officials said Sunday.
The incident prompted dismay among exasperated Italian officials and refugee aid agencies, and even drew a plea from Pope Francis — all of whom are demanding more European or international action to halt a tide of risky migration that has often turned deadly. Migrants have aimed for Europe's shores for many years, fleeing war, persecution and conflict in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. But the recent turmoil and warfare in Libya have made it easier for people-smugglers to take to the sea. Read more on Aljazeera
VOA. Violent xenophobic attacks have erupted in South Africa, leaving five dead and thousands displaced. The violence first targeted shops owned by foreign nationals, largely from Somalia and Ethiopia. Now it's spreading against all African foreigners, leaving many feeling terrified and hopeless.
Somalia national Ebrahim Mohamad Ali runs a coffee shop in Johannesburg. Memories of the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa are still fresh in his mind. He lost his auto repair business - and his brother as well.
“That time, even my brother there, they killed him, that xenophobic guys. My brother is passed away there. They killed him in that robbery, for xenophobia. Me, I lost all my tools, all my money,” said Mohamad. Read more
By Simegnish(Lily) Mengesha
Ethiopia’s 2005 election was the most contested ever and the government alleged journalists and editors were part of a conspiracy to overthrow the government. This left the free press, which was slowly expanding for the first time since the ruling party took power in 1991, under attack. The government started taking repressive measures against freedom of expression and association.
I joined the media sector during this time, when access to information was growing more restrictive. More than half of print publications were closed; journalists were getting harassed and prosecuted. Most websites with Ethiopian content operated by the diaspora population started getting blocked. The government also jammed satellite radio and television stations. Right after the 2005 election, the government also blocked text messaging on mobile phones, a state of affairs that continued until 2007. Read more