Ethiopian children sold by the State

By Kristoffer Pinholt
:  “Masho’s parents feel that the Ethiopian government has sold their children,” says Line Gertsen. “There is massive pressure on poor parents to give up their newborn babies for adoption.” A 20-year old mother who fled a women’s shelter with her baby said government officials had attempted to take away her baby and put the baby up for adoption. “They tried to discourage me from raising my child,” said the young mother.  Read More….

U.N. Ambassador Questioned on U.S. Role in Congo Violence

By Helene Cooper:
  Almost two decades after the Clinton administration failed to intervene in the genocide in Rwanda, the United States is coming under harsh criticism for not moving forcefully in another African crisis marked by atrocities and brutal killings, this time in Rwanda’s neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Read More…

The Latest Reconciliation Talks for Peace and Unity within the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC): Are there any Tangible Results for the Faithful to Celebrate?

By  Kidus Bekalu:
  The most recent round of mediation efforts that took place in Dallas, Texas in the first week of December, 2012 to bring the two EOTC Holy Synods—the exiled and the indigenous– into harmony has not been, from all indications, as reassuring as many of the faithful would like it to be. No new grounds were unearthed in the talks, nor has a promising drive toward a final resolution of the crisis, which has beleaguered the Church for more than two decades, been discerned.  For all practical purposes, the issue of divide still remains fully unaddressed.   Read More…

Quote of the Week: Truth is stranger than fiction

'Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction; if it could be told,
How much would novels gain by the exchange!
How differently the world would men behold!
How oft would vice and virtue places change!
The new world would be nothing to the old,
If some Columbus of the moral seas
Would show mankind their souls' antipodes

(Lord Byron, 1823)

Why is the birth rate in Israel’s Ethiopian community declining?

By Talila Nesher:
  Women who immigrated from Ethiopia eight years ago say they were told they would not be allowed into Israel unless they agreed to be injected with the long-acting birth control drug Depo Provera, according to an investigative report aired yesterday on the Israel Educational Television program “Vacuum.”  Read More…

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