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Ethiopia: Washington Update



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Ethiopia: Washington Update

Ethiopia: Washington Update

By Mesfin Mekonen

January 10, 2012

At a recent meeting senior State Department officials discussed U.S. food aid to Ethiopia and other countries in the Horn of Africa. President Obama announced on Dec. 22 that the U.S. was giving an additional $113 million in emergency relief assistance to the Horn of Africa, making the total U.S. commitment during the current crisis over $870 million.

We brought to the State Department's attention credible media reports indicating that the Ethiopian regime has used food aid as a tool to reward its supporters and punish opponents. BBC Newsnight has produced two excellent investigative stories about the Meles regime's use of food aid as a tool of oppression, and about the regime's crackdown on opposition supporters, politicians and journalists. We also reported to the officials about the jailed AEUP members. The programs can be viewed at BBC

State Department officials said that U.S. food aid is being distributed by responsible, independent NGOs. However, it is impossible for anyone to say with certainty how food aid is distributed in Ethiopia. The Meles regime has suppressed international support for Ethiopian NGOs, limited news media access, and jailed Ethiopians who speak out about abuses such as limiting the distribution of food and agricultural assistance to government supporters. There can be no doubt that many people are suffering simply because they do not actively support the Meles government, or are accused of supporting the opposition. The U.S. embassy, and other countries that supply food assistance, lack the resources, personnel and expertise needed to ensure fair and equitable distribution of aid in Ethiopia.

Of course, there is and will continue to be an urgent need for food assistance to Ethiopia. But the U.S. and other donors should require accountability to ensure that it does not become a weapon against the Ethiopian people.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) continues to take a strong interest in the human rights situation in Ethiopia. At a recent meeting, Smith's senior staff said Smith is very concerned about human rights abuses in Ethiopia. Ethiopian-Americans should contact their elected representatives in Congress to express their concerns about human rights in Ethiopia and press the U.S. government to do more to promote its ideals in Ethiopia. Ethiopia's fate is in the hands of Ethiopians, but support and assistance from the U.S. Congress is important.

All Ethiopian Unity Party supporters met at the Washington Hebrew Congregation last Sunday to provide moral and financial support for AEUP activities in Ethiopia. They heard from Engineer Hailu Shawel, who expressed appreciation for the efforts of Ethiopians in Washington, D.C. Meeting participants decided to meet on a monthly basis to discuss the current situation in Ethiopia and plans for promoting democracy, human rights and economic development.


Comment from: NoStRaDaMuS [Visitor]

The only difference between the picture of the White house and the article content is the word “update.”

The rest is the same every time.

01/11/12 @ 00:23
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

Is this the only thing what you update us from your Washington DC? aye yanye neger,,,, As if there is there any worth reporting.. LOSER

01/11/12 @ 04:38
Comment from: Rezene Massa,Alby [Visitor]
Rezene Massa,Alby

This is your turn to bring aid from Wester in Amhara kilel-we do we and Wello the same in 1972-73.We have in Tigria high capicity and tecnoligi.

01/11/12 @ 08:44
Comment from: [Member]

The sad news is this aid money will be hijacked by the Shifta circle - AKA TPLF’ites and we shall witness the cyber cadres of the likes -Heny=hen,addis zemen=homozemen,agaziwoman=agaziwhore etc will throw party for their stipend will be wired to them.

01/11/12 @ 10:42
Comment from: kuku [Visitor]

When ever this guy encounter someone from congress or state department he uses “Washington Update". Please! give us an update on your boss Hailu’s business and health status. If you really care about Ethiopia’s future tell him to retire. We don’t want to hear ” the people or the party members love me” excuse after +40 years of unsuccessful political game. I hope he will not be cheated again by woyane. Every time Andenet or medrek makes political gain woyane uses Hailu against the opposition.

01/11/12 @ 12:48
Comment from: Mohammed [Visitor]

Have you guys ever wondered that the CIA might have a secret prison in Ogaden for terror suspects? Do you rule out the type of Western silence in Ogaden when Red Cross is kicked out and everybody is silent? do you remember “Deaf Bush” when thousands were imprisoned in 2005? So don’t expect too much from from the West. Focus on the youth inside Ethioipia who are the ultimate force for change>

01/11/12 @ 18:41
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

Soud funy help your own desperate citizen than old fake out dated propaganda .

01/11/12 @ 23:51
Comment from: Serkealem [Visitor]

Thank you Mesfin Mekonen . You are doing a great thing . We need people like you to bring our issues to the State Department’s attention. We owe you big time.

01/12/12 @ 08:38
Comment from: Afarman [Visitor]

outdated brain trying to give us update kkk.

This is funny yet more posetive thing is to come out of ethiopia, this will make the author of the above article cry louder and longer. I have read such a moronish rhetoric from the toxic diaspora who seem to have missed dergue’s era, ayi timkihtegnoch sit back and cry.

01/15/12 @ 05:47
Comment from: biyaa [Visitor]

Mesfin, dont try to lie inforont of our eyes and we know that you have never spoken to any us memebers while you always pretend as if you have a connection with the US congress people, but the fact is that you are a stupid hailu shawel sympathyzer who worked tirelessly to destroy kinijit and to sold out MEAD to weyane, and tell your life term leader coward and bandit hailu shawel to retiree from poltics and await his justice day along weyane, he is a stupid coward and destructive individual who should need a speedy trail for his crimes along lidetu, meles and other tplf criminals. shame on you dude…your stupid filthy work is more more…

01/16/12 @ 13:58



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