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Obama visit to Ethiopia brings fresh eyes to the country, say Seattle Ethiopians

President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Ethiopia in July—the first visit for a sitting U.S. President— is an exciting moment for Ethiopian Americans in Seattle, and gives hope the attention will help erase the negative and outdated stereotypes of the African nation.

President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia

In a statement Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president would travel in late July to Ethiopia for bilateral meetings with both the country’s government and the leadership of the African Union, which is headquartered there.

“This visit, which will follow the President’s travel to Kenya, will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit by strengthening ties with our African partners and highlighting America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa,” the statement read

Why are there so many military bases in Djibouti?

Djibouti’s status as a model of stability in an otherwise volatile region is one of its greatest assets. It lies on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a gateway to the Suez Canal, which is one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Djibouti also provides a vital port for landlocked neighbour Ethiopia, even more important now as a railway between both their capitals is completed.

Eritrea human rights abuses may be crimes against humanity, says UN

Eritrea human rights abuses may be crimes against humanity, says UN

UN report accuses government of extrajudicial executions, torture, national service and forced labour that create a climate of repression driving many to flee

The Eritrean government’s systematic use of extrajudicial killing, torture, rape, indefinite national service and forced labour may amount to crimes against humanity, according to an excoriating UN report.

The 500-page investigation by the UN commission of inquiry on human rights in Eritrea catalogues a litany of human rights violations by the “totalitarian” regime of President Isaias Afwerki “on a scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere”.

Global health: Who should pay for your altruism?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 35 million people are alive with HIV today, with more than two-thirds of those affected living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last two decades, highly effective treatments for HIV have been developed, improved upon, and essentially transformed the disease from a life-threatening diagnosis to a chronic, albeit complex, disease. A number of studies have suggested that lowering the thresholds for treatment of HIV not only improve disease outcomes in those affected by the virus, but also prevent many uninfected from becoming infected, both by reducing transmission rates among those with HIV and by pre-exposure prophylaxis of those without HIV.

Type I diabetes cure? MGH researchers say new drug could be the answer

Scientists are hoping to prove that Type 1 diabetes can be reversed with the help of a generic drug. The five-year long, phase II clinical trial, which received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was recently announced. Denise Faustman, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is principal investigator of the study.

Scientists have already tested the bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine in mice, showing the drug’s ability to eliminate abnormal white blood cells responsible for the autoimmune disease.

Ebola found in doctor’s eye months after virus left his blood

A few months after he was discharged from the hospital after a grueling fight with Ebola, Dr. Ian Crozier was back in the hospital with searing eye pain. When doctors looked closer, they were astounded to find cells of the virus still lingering inside his eye. His case we detailed in a report in the New York Times.
Crozier is one of many Ebola survivors who have lingering complications that befuddle doctors. Hundreds of people, mostly in West Africa, have chronic pain, headaches, hearing loss, a lack of menstrual periods, and deep fatigue after surviving the virus. Others have blurred vision or varying degrees of vision loss, like Crozier, which is most concerning to doctors. Even for people thought to be cured, doctors are finding that the virus may live on in semen and the inside of the eye for up to nine months after a patient’s life is no longer at risk.

Dazzling jewels from an Ethiopian grave reveal 2,000-year-old link to Rome

Louise Schofield, a former British Museum curator, headed a major six-week excavation of the ancient city of Aksum where her team of 11 uncovered graves with “extraordinary” artefacts dating from the first and second centuries. They offer evidence that the Romans were trading there hundreds of years earlier than previously thought.

2,000-year-old treasures from the Roman empire and the Aksumite kingdom, which ruled parts of north-east Africa for several centuries before 940AD, have been discovered by British archaeologists in northern Ethiopia

French police clear migrant camps in Paris, Calais—- By AFP

Paris (AFP) – French authorities Tuesday cleared hundreds of migrants from two camps, one under a subway bridge in Paris and the other in the northern port of Calais.

The raids on the grotty, makeshift settlements come as European countries debate what to do about the tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa, many fleeing conflict and poverty in countries like Libya and Eritrea.

Police launched a dawn raid on a camp in northern Paris where more than 350 refugees, most of them from Sudan, but also from Eritrea, Somalia and Egypt have been living.

From Seattle to Saudi Arabia, dangerous myths lure Ethiopian migrants—-By Goorish Wibneh

Seattle has become one of the preferred destinations for Ethiopian immigrants. Some estimates say there are as many as ten thousand Ethiopians living in the Seattle area.

Talking to Ethiopian Americans here in Seattle you might never realize how big the worldwide Ethiopian diaspora is or what people go through to find a new home.

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