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Australia and Wealthy states give 60 billion dollars aid to Africa

Australia and wealthy states give 60 billion dollars aid to Africa. There are various spheres that Australia donates, in terms of humanitarian assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa alone in years 2016-2018. 1.Humanitarian Aid 2. Social Services 3. Health Services 4. Agriculture productivity 5. Scholarships 6. Training Skills 7. Empowering women and girls 8. Humanitarian and Environmental Catastrophe 9. Economic growth 10. Humanitarian Organizations Below you can read detailed story to this Australian humanitarian programs. Overview of Australia’s aid program to Sub-Saharan Africa How we are helping Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) 2016-17 Total Australian ODA Estimated Outcome $136.6 million 2017-18 Bilateral Budget Estimate $31.8 million 2017-18 Total Australian ODA Estimate $108.2 million The Australian Government will provide an estimated $108.2 million in total Official Development Assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017-18. This will include an estimated $31.8 million in bilateral funding to the Africa Program managed by DFAT. Australia has a clear national interest in the security, stability and prosperity of Sub-Saharan Africa. African countries are important in global economic and political terms, including in relation to addressing economic growth, trade liberalisation, agricultural productivity and food security and trans-national crime. Many African economies are growing, presenting increasing opportunities for trade and investment-led development gains. Australia is developing strong economic partnerships with African states, including through targeted development assistance. Sub Saharan Africa is a diverse region: the development context...

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Ethiopia Faces Ethnic Fallout from Somalia Intervention

Published on June 5, 2007 By Andrew McGregor During the month of May, Ethiopia faced a series of attacks from its own ethnic-based rebel groups. The attacks come as a consequence of its invasion of Somalia last December, as the groups are attempting to take advantage of the Ethiopian army’s entanglement. The U.S.-backed government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi now faces a new phase of armed resistance in the Muslim Ogaden region, which occupies nearly a third of modern Ethiopia and is home to four million ethnic Somalis. The recent discovery of substantial oil and mineral resources in the Ogaden region has complicated an already long-standing dispute over the territory’s status. In the Ogaden, China and Malaysia are intent on reproducing their success in dominating Sudan’s oil industry. The Coptic Christian Amhara and Tigrean ethnic groups form 40% of Ethiopia’s population and have traditionally formed the power base for the Ethiopian government. Zenawi’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is the leading element in the coalition government, known as the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). In May 2005, the EPRDF reassessed the results of a general election in which the regime was apparently defeated. The recount resulted in an EPRDF majority, and opposition to the result was ruthlessly repressed. Opposition forces regularly point out that most senior government positions are in Tigrean hands, even though Tigreans represent only...

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Ogaden: Occupied Front

The plight of the occupied Ogaden is a struggle drenched in blood and honor. A region located in the Horn of Africa, with Somalia to the east and the modern day Abyssinian Empire to the west. A nation of nomads and poets struggling for the right to self-determination for over a century. Closed to the outside world is a land blessed in resources yet its population languishing in unbearable conditions, due to Abyssinian aggression and shady geopolitics. During the 15th century Abyssinian expansionists attempted to invade and annex the Ogaden, but where pushed back by forces led by Ahmed...

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TPLF’s Ignominious Defeat With its ‘346’ Puppets Didn’t Stop It from Licensing Its Agents to Continue with State-Terrorism.

During March 02, 2018’s urgently summoned lifeless parliamentary session in Ethiopia; the TPLF’s regime was confident that it can coerce parliamentarians into licensing its security apparatus to massacre innocent civilians mainly in Oromia and country wide at large, by approving the bill of State of emergency (disguised military coup). However, in a dramatic turn in an uncustomary manner for TPLF’s Parliament for the entire 27 years, the heroic and emphatic rejection of most of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organisation (OPDO) on behalf of their own constituencies and wider peoples of Ethiopia, the truth prevailed. The OPDO group unanimously said ‘NO’ to the said bill, thus the TPLF’s regime only secured 346 votes from the expected 359 to be able to make it a 2/3rd. Besides, the regime blatantly disregarded the constitution which states otherwise to declare fake victory, using its mouthpieces including the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) & Fana Broadcasting. Regardless, with sheer level of determination and bravery, the OPDO leadership and parliamentarians except for the Oromo’s worst quislings such as the infamous Alemayehu Tegenu, Sileshi Getahun, Damitu Hambissa Mukitar Kedir, Abadula Gamada and their likes who have worked hard to license the TPLF’s Mafias to mass-murder the Oromo youth and civilians; the TPLF’s plan has decisively failed from security the outright majority. From the 88 brave OPDO’s souls who have openly rejected the bill and another 7 who...

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The forgotten and neglected Somali Region of Ethiopia

Editor’s Note: This  paper  was presented at the Symposium on the Human Rights abuses in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, co-sponsored by Students against Human Rights Violations and Amnesty International at the University of Toronto, Canada. November 13, 2001. This region lies in SE Ethiopia, bordering on Somalia and Kenya. It is an arid region, inhabited by Somali pastoral nomads. Upon the scramble and partition of Africa in 1884 by the Europeans, the region remained given to Menelik II of Ethiopia during 1891-97, but the territory was totally engulfed in 1954. The region has been in wars, cyclic droughts and total devastation since then, but mostly since 1960 up to now and State policies met with varying levels of resistance. The people of the region are naturally peaceful and where never allowed to exercise their right for self-determination, but rather subjected to longstanding hidden-sufferings and abuses by ruthless successive Ethiopian governments. The only sign of other Ethiopians present or living in this region is the presence of huge military garrisons, which are there only for repression and destruction of lives, both humans and animals. The Ethiopian populations is 64 million and are living in the 9 regions of Ethiopia, Oromonia is the largest region in Ethiopia, while the Somali region is the second. Ethiopia is considered by many experts to be the poorest country on earth, yet the present Ethiopian...

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OGADEN: Ethiopia’s Hidden Shame


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