Greg Dorey » Ambassador to Ethiopia

Human Rights and the Cyrus Cylinder

Feature image for:  Human Rights and the Cyrus Cylinder

        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…..

Feature image for:  Dragons and daffodils…..

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

Feature image for:  World Radio Day

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

Feature image for:  Never Again

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

Feature image for:  The Immortal Memory

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

Feature image for:  Geoffrey Wetherell

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

Unsung Heroine

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 … Read more »Unsung Heroine

International Migrants Day

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 … Read more »International Migrants Day