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  • Ethiopian born Novelist Abraham to be honored by President Obama

    The Ethiopian born Indian- American writer and Physician Abraham Verghese is to be honored with National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

    Abraham Verghese, 61, was born in 1955 during the regime of Emperor Haile Seliassie. However during the political unrest broke out while overthrowing the Emperor it was a must for Abraham to cut short his medical training in Addis Ababa and joined his family in US where he studied medical.

     Now Abraham is to be awarded for his books of real health crises with several others in the ceremony to be held at white House on September 22.

    Among Abrahams books one was cutting for Stone, was set in Ethiopia from where it moved to America. “I wanted the reader to see how entering medicine was a passionate quest, a romantic pursuit, a spiritual calling, a privileged yet hazardous undertaking,” he said

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  • Ethiopian Paralympic runner crossed the finish line with a protest gesture at Rio Paralympics

    Ethiopian Paralympic runner crossed the finish line with a protest gesture at Rio Paralympics

    The gesture refers to protesters from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia who have been involved in months of demonstrations as they demand greater political rights. It echoed the one made by compatriot Feyisa Lilesa at the end of the Olympic marathon. 

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  • Feyisa Lilesa: Ethiopian protest runner lands in the US

    Ethiopian Olympian Feyisa Lilesa, who said he wanted to seek asylum after making an anti-government gesture in Rio, has arrived in the US.

    The marathon runner crossed the line in second place with his arms above his head in solidarity with Oromo activists who are staging protests in Ethiopia.

    He repeated the gesture later at a press conference, saying his life would be in danger if he returned home.

    The government has been accused of brutally cracking down on protesters.

    The country's Information Minister Getachew Reda told the BBC at the time that he had nothing to fear and would be welcomed home as a hero.

    But speaking after the race, Mr Feyisa said he might be killed if he returned.

    "If not kill me, they will put me in prison. I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country."

    His family later said that he wanted to seek asylum in the US.

    A funding campaign, which has now reached its $150,000 (£113,000) target, was set up to help pay his legal fees and support his family back home in Ethiopia.

    Mr Feyisa is from Oromia, home to most of Ethiopia's 35 million Oromo people, the country's largest ethnic group.

    The region has been hit by a wave of anti-government protests since November last year as people complain about social and political marginalisation.

    US-based rights group Human Rights Watch has said that more than 400 people have been killed by security forces during the demonstrations.


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  • Getaneh Kebede joins Dedebit FC

    (by EthioTime) Ethiopian national team forward, Getaneh Kebede, who was playing for South African side Pretoria University has signed new 2 years contract for Ethiopian Premier League side Dedebit FC at 3 million Birr, said sources.                                      




    Getaneh, who returned back to his old club, is one of African (AFCON 2017) qualifiers matches top goal scorers with 6 goals after netting the opening goal for the home side last Saturday against Seychelles.       




    The player signed the contact for 1.5 million Birr annual salary which calculates 125,000 Birr per month, 31,250 Birr a week or 4110 a day, according to sources.




    Image: Getaneh Kebede


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