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Ethiopia intercepts trafficking of over 880 nationals

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-06 00:06:07|

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — Authorities in Ethiopia’s Amhara regional state, located in the northern part of Ethiopia, on Monday said that they have intercepted some 882 individuals as the country works to curb human trafficking.

In a press statement, Amhara region Employment and Social Affairs Office, said 882 individuals were intercepted during the last Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2018/19, which ended on July 7, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency.

The statement further said authorities have separately arrested and brought before court 32 Ethiopians suspected of masterminding human trafficking activities.

Out of the 882 Ethiopians intercepted during the 2018/19 fiscal year, 440 were women with the rest being men.

Despite a growing economy and public awareness campaigns on the dangers of human trafficking by the Ethiopian government, it is estimated that thousands of Ethiopians are trafficked to foreign countries every year.

The Ethiopian migrants are trafficked through three main routes to reach their final destinations in the Arabian Peninsula, the European mainland or South Africa.

Ethiopia stats agency incident: Two policemen killed, shooter arrested | Africanews

An altercation between Ethiopian federal police officers has led to a shooting incident at the premises of the Central Statistics Agency.

Source: Ethiopia stats agency incident: Two policemen killed, shooter arrested | Africanews 

An altercation between Ethiopian federal police officers has led to a shooting incident at the premises of the Central Statistics Agency.

Aaron Maasho, a Reuters journalist covering Ethiopia and the African Union said the officers were guarding tablets expected to be deployed for census.

A journalist with the Ethiopian Reporter said the federal police had confirmed that two officers were killed in the incident. “The shooter is now under arrest,” Dawit Endeshaw said in a tweet.

Ethiopia’s parliament in June this year postponed a national census for a second time, citing security concerns.

Analysts, however, stressed that the move potentially undermined logistics for 2020 polls – the first election under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ethiopia is due to hold a national vote some time next year, and the census – already postponed once from 2017 – is a crucial step towards demarcating constituencies.

But parliamentarians in both houses voted overwhelmingly to delay the census again by a year, due to an upsurge in ethnic conflicts.

Local level elections for the capital Addis Ababa and another chartered city Dire Dawa were postponed last week.

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