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 … Never Again
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 and … The Immortal Memory
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 … Geoffrey Wetherell
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 … Further British aid for Ethiopian response to refugees fleeing South Sudan
A few weeks ago, I was asked to try to locate the grave of Eileen Harewood. She was Matron at the Princess Tsahai Hospital in #Addis and had been in Ethiopia for 14 years when she was found murdered in her quarters on 12 September 1961, aged 51. According to the #Glasgow Herald of 17 October 1961, two men were condemned to death for her murder. A third man was … Unsung Heroine
2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants, registering double last year’s total. Nearly 5,000 migrants lost their lives this year at sea or in remote deserts or mountains, according to IOM. Even more disturbingly, the number of migrants dying on dangerous journeys in the hope of finding better lives for themselves and their families is rising. It was only two weeks ago that we heard the appalling news … International Migrants Day
My first task this week was to represent the #UK at a meeting of the African Union’s (#AU) Peace and Security Council #AUPSC on the subject of “Women, Peace and Security”. The UK has long been a strong supporter of much of the work of the AU, but especially when it comes to peace and security – … Women, Peace and Security
A joint blog with Julius Court, Acting Head of DFID-Ethiopia The latest Band Aid song focuses on Ebola. Rightly so, whether or not you agree with all the lyrics. During the festive season 30 years ago, when the original track was cut, the focus was on Ethiopia – specifically the northern region of Tigray. Everyone old enough will recall the news reports and the images accompanying that 1984 song. Starving … 30 years after hell on earth….
Recently we learnt the date of next year’s election in #Ethiopia – 24 May 2015. So last Monday marked the 6 month countdown. I know that the National Election Board, #NEBE, are already very busy making preparations. This will be only the fifth opportunity Ethiopians have had to chose their government through the ballot box: before the Constitution was agreed in 1994 it was blood (inherited or spilt) rather than … 6 Months to Elections (Here and There…)
This week we welcomed Sir Alec and Lady Reed back to Addis Ababa to mark the 25th anniversary of #Ethiopiaid. Since it was established in the #UK in 1989, branches have also been opened in #Australia, #Canada and #Ireland. And some £30 million – around a billion Birr – has been donated to meet urgent needs in Ethiopia. Sir Alec and Lady Reed called on President Mulatu of #Ethiopia on … ETHIOPIAID….