Source: United Nations (UN) |

Assassinations in Ethiopia amidst regional ‘coup’ attempt, condemned by UN chief

The region has been a hotspot of inter-ethnic violence and the Government reportedly believes that the assassinations are linked

The assassination of the chief of staff of the Ethiopian army and killing of a regional governor in what the Government has described as a regional coup attempt, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.  In a statement released on Sunday, António Guterres said he was “deeply concerned by the weekend’s deadly incidents”. The…

Victor Oladokun
Source: Victor Oladokun |

The Power of Storytelling

by Victor Oladokun, Director of Communication and External Relations at the African Development Bank

I've always been fascinated with stories. It's one of the reasons why in high school I jettisoned physics, chemistry, and math in favor of literature and history. The decision has served me well in my media and communication career. I realized early on - to quote the poet Muriel Rukeyser…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

U.S. Embassy Statement on June 22 Attacks

The United States remains steadfast in its support for Ethiopia, as it pursues political and economic reforms

The U.S. Embassy is shocked and deeply saddened by the June 22 fatal attacks on the President of the Amhara Regional Government, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen; Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, General Seare Mekonnen; Amhara Regional Government Office Advisor, Ezez Wassie; and retired Major General Gezai Abera. Their…

Africa Oil & Power Conference
Source: Africa Oil & Power Conference |

Africa Oil & Power to Honor Senegal President as “Africa Oil Man of the Year”

The President will be presented the award during the conference, during which he will also present the keynote address

Africa Oil & Power ( will present the award to H.E. Macky Sall at its annual conference in Cape Town; H.E. Macky Sall is renowned for his efforts to revive Senegal’s economy and create an attractive market for oil and gas; H.E. Macky Sall will provide a keynote address at…

Uganda Rugby Union
Source: Uganda Rugby Union |

Uganda defeats Kenya in Elgon Cup

Uganda began on a brighter note with stand in full back Adrian Kasito crossing the chalk after barely 5 minutes to silence the home crowd and to cheer from traveling contingent

Kenya hosted Uganda in the first leg of the Elgon Cup 2019 at Momboleo stadium in Kisumu for the very first time in the 15 years that the Elgon Cup has been held. The game that had a revival of the women’s edition after a 3-year lull began with the…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on presidential elections in Mauritania

The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner

On the eve of the presidential election in Mauritania, the Secretary-General encourages the Mauritanian people to exercise their right to vote. This election is an important step in the country’s democratic process. The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a peaceful and credible…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Over 2,100 Ethiopian Migrants return home from Yemen with Organization for Migration (IOM) support

Despite the conflict in Yemen, migrants seeking opportunities in Gulf countries continue to make the treacherous journey by land and sea to the Arabian Peninsula

Yesterday (20/06), a flight chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with 96 migrants on board took off from Yemen, headed for Ethiopia. This movement was the 18th flight from Aden to Addis Ababa under IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme since 28 May, helping a total of 2,133 stranded migrants,…

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Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Quality, Reliable and Comparable Data Critical for Migration Management and Governance: IOM Zimbabwe

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is implementing the pilot project Strengthening Migration Data Collection and Analysis in Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week (19-20 June) supported the Government of Zimbabwe in holding a two-day consultative workshop on migration data collection, analysis and management. The workshop, in the capital Harare, provided key national migration stakeholders from Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), Midlands State University and civil society actors space to have a deeper understanding of the existing data-related…

Source: Amnesty International |

Tanzania: Authorities rushing to pass bill to further repress human rights

Some of the laws to be affected are the Companies Act, the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Act, the Statistics Act, and the Films and Stage Plays Act

Tanzania’s parliament this afternoon begun deliberating a bill which, if passed into law, would have dire implications for human rights in the country, said Amnesty International. The Bill - The Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3 of 2019), made public on 19 June and being debated under a ‘certificate of…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

UN Country Team and UNAMID deplore the looting and destruction of UN agency properties in Graida, South Darfur

On 19 June, a group of protestors invaded the offices of the INGO World Vision International (WVI) and destroyed several properties

The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the UN Country Team in Sudan are deeply concerned about the looting and destruction of premises and property belonging to the World Vision and World Food Programme operating in Graida, South Darfur on 19 and 20 June and…