Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopa
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Addis Ababa July 25, 2017 The government has apprehended 34 senior government officials and businesspersons for alleged corrupt practices, according to Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO).

During a media briefing he held today, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said the government has started crackdown on rent seeking more than thirty persons have been arrested.

As the Unesco-recognised Ethiopian city of Harar marks its 1,010th anniversary, the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza explores its unique heritage.

Night falls in the ancient city of Harar, and I'm witnessing a breathtaking, if not bizarre, exercise.

A young man skewers chunks of meat onto stick, holds the stick in his mouth, and then proceeds to feed a number of hyenas who emerge from the darkness, their eyes glowing as they step into the light.

The spectacle goes down a treat with the assembled tourists.

"I do this because I like animals," Biniam Ashenafi explains. The 32-year-old is one of several local volunteers who feed the scavengers on a daily basis.

"We don't call them hyenas. We call them young priests. Every new year in the Arabic calendar, we have a porridge feast for them in the four corners of the city.

"If they come and accept our offer, it means we will have a good future. If they refuse, it is a bad omen."

For centuries, people in Harar have lived side by side with hyenas - one of the world's deadliest land predators.

Harar - a long history:

  • 7th Century: Part of Coptic Christian Kingdom of Axum, area adopted Islam
  • 1007: Harar city founded
  • 16th Century: Capital of Harari Kingdom, major centre of regional trade and Islamic learning
  • Said by some to be Islam's fourth holiest site, after Mecca, Jerusalem and Medina
  • 1887: Becomes part of Ethiopia
  • 2006: Named Unesco World Heritage site

The city's fortified walls, built between the 13th and 16th Centuries, even have small holes in them to allow the hyenas to enter the city at night.

Thousands of people from across the country, as well as international tourists, have gathered here for the celebrations as Harar Jugol - the official name of the ancient walled city - enters its 1,010th year.



Addis Ababa, July 13, 2017 (FBC) - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu briefed US Congress Staffers and employees in Capitol Hill on the Ethio-American relations.


He said the main pillars of the foreign affairs and national security strategy and policy of Ethiopia which gives at most priority to sustained economic growth, building a democratic system and ensuring peace and stability to the benefit of the region and there is complimentarily between domestic and foreign policy.