There are not a lot of countries and communities who can trace their ancestry back to the biblical times or even further back. Knowing this, Israel also exploits these historical heritages effectively and obtains big revenue from tourism. Nevertheless, present day Israel is also known for its high-tech advancement and innovation, observes Neamin Ashenafi.
When someone thinks about the State of Israel and its people, the first thing that springs to mind is the rich religious history, as the three monotheistic Abrahamic religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – are said to have their roots in what is now present day Israel and eventually spread to the rest of the world.
Apart from that, the horrific history of the Jewish holocaust in the hands of Nazi Germany and the constant conflict that Israel is in with its Arab neighbors are also among some of the distinctive milestones that Israel is known for.
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The Government of Ethiopia, together with development partners is saying the rehabilitating citizens displaced due to the conflict between the bordering areas of Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states is progressing. And one of these areas is Medda Wolabu, reports Samuel Getachew.
The narrative of Ethiopia is changing having graduated its once doomed economy to one that is worthy of recognition. According to the World Bank 2018 forecast, the nation is East Africa’s fastest growing economy. While this remains a humbling milestone and something to behold, what has not tickled down is on millions of people who are displaced around the country for a variety of reasons.
The experience of Ethiopia is not unique across the region and it follows a uniform like occurrences that are experienced by many people in the horn of Africa. The current pressing conflict between Ethiopian Somalis and Oromos has also affected many people. The two ethnic groups seem to compete for internal border that they have used as grazing land and as a means of survival.
While the causes of the conflicts of Ethiopia are an open debate, it is having real impact on the ground even though conflicts in Ethiopia are generational.
In Medda Wolabu district within the Bale Zone in South-East Ethiopia about 500 KM out of the capital, inside the Oromia Regional State, there are now thousands of people displaced and living with the support of charitable organizations as well as the government because of what has become the reality of the village.Read more
The United States has appealed against the withdrawal of African Union troops in Somalia warning that extremism could escalate in the region if the withdrawal goes through.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) announced last week that 1,000 soldiers will be withdrawn from the country by the end of 2017, following a decision by the AU and UN Security Council to hand over security responsibilities to Somalia army.
The U.S. State Department has said that the decision calls for concern and promised their support for the mission until Somalia forces are ready to take over. “We do not support further drawdown of forces beyond that level at this time, due to ongoing security concerns.
The United States supports a conditions-based Amisom drawdown that is tied to the development of capable, professional Somali security forces.” Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, Wohlers Marion said, the Africa news reports.
AMISOM chief Francisco Madeiro had said that the withdrawal will be gradual and 500 police officers will be deployed to train and mentor the Somali Police who will enforce law and order in the country.
Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Djibouti form bulk of the multinational peacekeeping force first deploy to the country in 2007 to end an armed insurgency that’s now entered its tenth year. It has extended Mogadishu’s control across the country but leaves behind a militant group now ranked the deadliest in Africa.
Authorities have over the years been training thousands of troops that are expected to replace AU soldiers who’ve waged a ten-year campaign against al-Shabaab – the al-Qaeda proxy in the Horn of Africa. The withdrawal will see five countries reduce their troops by four per cent. Each of them will contribute to the 500 police officers needed to train the Somali Police Force.
Al Shabaab has killed thousands of civilians and soldiers through car and suicide bombings as it seeks to topple the western-backed government and impose its strict version of the Sharia law. Its deadliest attack on October 14 killed at least 350 people when a truck carrying explosives was detonated at a busy junction in Mogadishu.
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“We exist between the anxiety of the unknown future and the nostalgia of the familiar past,” Aida said. “We bear the burden of our duality.”
She is among the artists in “Afriques Capitales,” which is on view from March 29 to May 28 in Paris, before it travels to Lille, near the French border with Belgium. The show — a subset of the “100 percent Afriques” festival — is a sampler of the continent’s contemporary artists, from Akinbode Akinbiyi to Hassan Hajjaj to William Kentridge. The works are exhibited within the iron-and-glass cultural center in the Parc de la Villette — once the site of a slaughterhouse — and outside, in the park itself.
Aida was born in in Ethiopia in 1974, but her mother soon took them out of the country after the ouster of Emperor Haile Selassie. They moved often in search of a better place to live to provide a good education for Aida. At 18 years of age, Aida moved to the US to study film at Howard University and, later, worked at The Washington Post. She moved to Addis Ababa a decade ago – fulfilling a wish of her mother’s – and led the biennial Addis Foto Fest in 2010. She is currently the managing director at Developing and Educating Society Through Art for Africa, which fosters cultural partnerships.
“It took me a long time to understand that culture is soft power,” she said. “Looking at activities in my city, the same issues that we deal with here echo across the continent, and at times across the world.”
Her past has influenced her current artistic process. “Most of my studio work is based on the daily experiences that I have documented through my journalistic work,” she said.
The prevalence of decorative body painting in her images — stark whites, vibrant reds, azure blues, monochromes sometimes delicately dotted with black — are rooted in Ethiopian tradition and custom. Against a backdrop of globalization, this waning tradition is revived and celebrated as a form of a contemporary self-expression. Her models, which include local fashion designers and make-up artists, provide a canvas for what she wants to express, but remain open-minded participants in the process. “I am often drawn to not just the beauty but also the imperfections of this life,” she said.
Her choice of materials also has an important role in her work. Some of her photos are printed on archival rag paper. Within the frame, she features folds of beautiful fabric or woven baskets — like in her image “City Life” — integrating local craftsmanship into her visual palette. “In a sense, I have added certain codes,” she said, in order to “provoke the familiarity within a contemporary context for an Ethiopian audience, while for the foreign audience, it evokes curiosity.”
Welcome Back Home To Ethiopian Artist Bitsat Seyoum
She's famous for both her traditional and popular music, as well as her 'wax and gold' – a traditional Ethiopian form of poetry characterized by double meanings.
For 20 years, she ran a successful nightclub in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, named Bitsat (her name translates as 'gift of god' in the Amharic language) where she regularly performed.