Greg Dorey » Ambassador to Ethiopia

How the life of a Diplomat has Changed -Recognising World Poetry Day….

Here’s one I prepared earlier. (First published in “Time to Kill Sparrows” © 1999, foreword by Lord Hurd of Westwell. Now in its original version, without editorial changes.)   THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TABLOID DIPLOMAT   I start at the office at ten o’clock sharp, By half past I’m quite peckish for brunch. I return to my room for a meeting or two, And by noon I could do with … Read more »How the life of a Diplomat has Changed -Recognising World Poetry Day….

Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day on 17 March is the national day both ofNorthern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland. It is celebrated by Irish communities (and their friends) all around the world. The day also has religious significance for many Christians, as it commemorates the death of the Irish Patron Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Every year, the Irish Embassy in Addis organises a Charity Ball to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – one of the events of the year. This year we have a real treat, with the Northern Ireland-based folk … Read more »Saint Patrick’s Day

Human Rights and the Cyrus Cylinder

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        Next week the Foreign Office will release its annual report on Human Rights and Democracy. It will showcase some of the work the UK has been doing to promote human rights around the world over the course of our current parliament (ie. the last five years), paying special attention to the value we place on civil society. It will also look in detail at 27 “countries … Read more »Human Rights and the Cyrus Cylinder

Dragons and daffodils…..

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Today is 1 March and the Welsh flag, Y Ddraig Goch, was flying outside the British Embassy as we mark St David’s Day. And several of us are wearing dragon or daffodil badges in our lapels or as cufflinks to recognise the patron saint of Wales. The date marks the anniversary of the death of St David (or “Dewi Sant”), possibly in 588 or 589 AD. He was a Celtic … Read more »Dragons and daffodils…..

Young at heart diplomats

The British Embassy in Addis Ababa and the United States Mission to the African Union (AU) will host a “young diplomats’” evening tonight. We held a similar event last year and many thought it an effective way to bring together stakeholders on issues which are important to the AU. The event will be attended by diplomats from non-member states and member states of the AU; professionals from the AU Commission; … Read more »Young at heart diplomats

World Radio Day

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Today is World Radio Day! We mark World Radio Day to raise awareness about the importance of radio in shaping the lives of millions throughout the world, from providing people with everyday news to being a way of spreading information quickly to save lives during natural (or human-induced) disasters. Radio still remains the most dominant and accessible mass medium in most developing nations, including Ethiopia. It is of course also … Read more »World Radio Day

Never Again

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International #HolocaustRemembranceDay (#HRD) is observed on 27 January to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.             On this day we remember the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated six million Jews; one million Roma; 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people; and 9000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. When the Red Army of Soviet Union liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest … Read more »Never Again

The Immortal Memory

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There aren’t enough Scots in Ethiopia. Strange, because they seem to get everywhere else. Even when we organised a Burns Evening in Addis Ababa last year with the help of Diageo, there weren’t that many Scots there. This 25th January, we will have to mark the 255th Anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth in 1759 virtually, in Ethiopia.   For someone who died aged just 37, Burns’ output of poetry, song … Read more »The Immortal Memory

Geoffrey Wetherell

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With his grandchildren in his old factory about 20 years ago Geoffrey Wetherell, who passed away at the age of 95 on 23 December, was at the time of his death the longest surviving Briton in Ethiopia – by quite some way. He first came to Ethiopia with the British armed forces in 1941. With liberation of the country completed that same year, he was transferred to Kenya for training … Read more »Geoffrey Wetherell

Further British aid for Ethiopian response to refugees fleeing South Sudan

Half a million South Sudanese refugees who have fled the continuing fighting in #SouthSudan have settled in #Ethiopia, #Kenya and #Uganda. Among them, more than 190,000 refugees have arrived in Ethiopia alone, almost all of them in #Gambella region, since conflict broke out in December 2013. Continuing insecurity and logistical constraints due to heavy rains have hampered the delivery of food and other essential items to the refugees. A quarter … Read more »Further British aid for Ethiopian response to refugees fleeing South Sudan