Friday, November 29, 2013

Ethiopian Airlines: 2013 “African Airline of the Year"

Ethiopian Airlines Press Release
Tigrai Onlne November 29, 2013


Ethiopian Airlines: 2013 African Airline of the Year

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and the most profitable African airline, won the 2013 “African Airline of the Year Award” from the African Airlines Association at its 45th Annual General Assembly meeting held between 25 and 26 November 2013, in Mombasa, Kenya.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, received the award from Mr. Tony Tyler, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of IATA in the presence of over 370 airline executives from 55 African countries, aircraft manufacturers, service providers and other aviation stakeholders. Ethiopian was recognized by the African Airlines Association for its global standard service, fast expanding network and continuous profitability.

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World AIDS Day 2013 Statement by Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group

TUNIS, Tunisia, November 29, 2013/ -- Africa has made significant progress in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In the past seven years, AIDS-related deaths declined by 32%.The number of people contracting the HIV infection declined by 25% in the past 10 years. The rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV has also declined from 35% in 2001 to 26% in 2010. Ten years ago, we had fewer than 50,000 people on ARV treatment; today we have over 6 million receiving treatment. A few years ago, Senegal and Uganda were the only success stories for their outstanding results and containment of HIV; now we have 25 countries that lowered HIV infections by more than 50%. A lot has been achieved; however, the risks are far from over. Indeed, new infections are a threat. It is time to raise, not to lower our vigilance.
 
Donald Kaberuka - AfDB President_.jpgPhoto Donald Kaberuka:
 
Recall, 30 years ago, when the first HIV-positive case was reported; 24 million Africans have lost their lives. Africa still bears the heaviest burden of the disease globally and accounts for 91% of the world’s children with HIV, 89% of HIV orphans and 69% of people living with HIV. Each day, 3,500 Africans die of AIDS and millions of others and their families and communities go through economic, psychological and social traumas. HIV-related stigma still hurts people, in society, in their workplaces and homes. Women in Africa are more severely affected than men. In 2012, 58% of people living with HIV were women.
 
HIV/AIDS continues to have a huge detrimental impact on the most important resource of our continent: our people. It robs the continent of vitally needed skilled workers and deprives families of their incomes. It has hampered our ability to educate and build our human capital. Kenya lost an estimated 1.7% of its teachers between 2000 and 2010 due to HIV/AIDS.
 
For the African Development Bank, in partnership with governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, the future of HIV/AIDS agenda is about ‘getting to zero’. Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Getting there is not easy and the Bank aims to support African countries to, first, take ownership of the AIDS response. It is time for Africa to take bold steps to reduce dependence on external donors and work towards more sustainable domestic solutions. According to UNAIDS, Africa will require between US $11 billion and $12 billion for its AIDS response by 2015. Yet international funding to HIV is dwindling, putting our progress at risk.
 
Second, the Bank supports African countries in increasingly applying ‘value for money’ and ‘solidarity’ principles to strengthen social systems. The way HIV resources are mobilized and spent needs to change. The vertical approach may no longer be appropriate and cost-effective in many contexts. There is a need to mainstream AIDS-related services into the general healthcare delivery systems and to support the local production of ARVs.
 
Third, the Bank supports the building of inclusive health systems to fight stigma and discrimination. Let us all tackle stigma and discrimination by building a supportive and caring culture both in their communities and workplaces. We cannot leave the victims of HIV/AIDS and their families behind.
 
Finally, the Bank, through its inclusive growth agenda, aims to support the reduction of women’s increased vulnerability and prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. Addressing the gender dimension is an important priority in the response to the epidemic. Recent progress suggests that the solutions are in our hands. We can reduce gender inequalities by empowering women with information and services to prevent and treat HIV. Strategies to counter and manage gender-based violence can be effectively included in HIV-prevention programs. Effective treatment to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission now needs to be scaled up and made accessible to those who need them, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Training health workers to provide gender-friendly counseling and services must also be prioritized. Most importantly, we need to sensitize men and elicit their involvement to create a supportive environment for reducing women’s vulnerabilities to the epidemic.
 
Getting to zero starts with us. It is time for Bank staff to take care of themselves and their families by taking advantage of HIV/AIDS services the Bank’s Medical Centre provides. These include Anonymous Voluntary Confidential Counseling and testing available to all Bank staff and their families.
 
I also want to stress that the African Development Bank is a workplace of zero discrimination and that we must support each other in our communities and workplace. Our fight to get to zero is producing results. Let’s continue in order to give the next generation of Africans – our children, our sons and daughters -- an AIDS-free life ahead. Zero has a value!
 
Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group
 
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
 
SOURCE 
African Development Bank (AfDB)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thousands of Ethiopians arriving in Addis Ababa from Saudi Arabia

 

19,428 Ethiopians are arriving in Addis Ababa from Saudi Arabia

Doctor Tedros Adhanom the Ethiopian foreign Minister receiving
Ethiopians deported from Saudi Arabia.
Daily thousands of Ethiopians are arriving in Addis Ababa from Saudi Arabia Daily. The Saudi Arabian government security forces and mobs of civilians have been abusing Ethiopian workers in Saudi Arabia. The mobs have been going house to house dragging Ethiopian families from their houses. Women were raping in the middle of the street by gangs of men to the point of death. Men and young boys are being chased and killed, beaten and arrested. The Saudi Arabian government said there are 23,000 men, women and children in concentration camps awaiting to fly to Ethiopia.
 
Ethiopian migrant workers coming back to their country from Saudi Arabia. The Ethiopian foreign Ministry of Ethiopian reported today so far 19,428 people have arrived in Ethiopia.
 
Doctor Tedros Adhanom the Ethiopian foreign Minister receiving Ethiopians deported from Saudi Arabia.
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ethiopian little girl fighting barbaric Saudi Arabian men

Ethiopian little girl fighting Saudi Arabian men


 
A little Ethiopian girl is seen in this video coming at Saudi Arabian men who are trying to harm her. The little girl couldn’t be more than eight years old and she is confronting the men knowing they are about to hurt her. It is amazing courage and Ethiopian spirit showing by the little Ethiopian girl in front of an eminent danger.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Saudi Arabia, stop the barbaric treatment of Ethiopians NOW!


Tigrai Online, November 11, 2013

We at Tigrai Online would like to condemn in the strongest terms possible the horrible attack against Ethiopians residing in Saudi Arabia. This murderous campaign by the Saudis is a consorted effort by the state security apparatus and civilian vigilante gangs armed with knives, guns and sticks going house to house dragging Ethiopian women, children and men and abusing them. Some has lost their lives in the horrible situation and many more are injured.


Saudi Arabian men beating and killing Ethiopian immegrants