Ethiopia

When Disaster Strikes, What Do You Think About?

Petra Ingram | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Petra Ingram

The day has started as normal, household chores, children to school and then something odd happens... you notice the door opens, the windows rattle and suddenly, the ground shakes - your worst fear is confirmed, an earthquake is under way.

The World Must Step Up and Respond to Ethiopia's Drought Crisis

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The complexities of this crisis go beyond the very real human need I saw playing out in Fedeto. Were it faced with this drought alone, the Government of Ethiopia would have a heady, but manageable task. Sadly, all indications of the climate change trajectory suggest that this is not an isolated case of drought, but rather the paradigm for what is yet to come.

Ethiopia Drought - Why It's Different This Time

Mark Goldring | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

Most of us remember the image of thousands of Ethiopians starving during the famine of 1984/85, the luckier ones seemingly fed only by the power of the Western media to incite compassion and belated action from international agencies. On a recent visit to the country, I heard how the weather conditions now are as bad as during that terrible disaster...

Ambulances in Ethiopia Save Mothers' Lives

Peter Byass | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Peter Byass

The majority of the world's mothers take it for granted that, when the time comes to deliver their babies, getting to a safe place for delivery won't ...

Imagine Life Without Rain

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We'd like to do a lot more to beat this crisis but we also want to stop future generations being devastated by drought. Around 70% of Africa's people depend on smallholder agriculture for a living and they produce the bulk of the continent's food. We have to find a way to help them survive major crisis - come rain or shine.

My Partner Has Been Kidnapped For 600 Days

Yemi Hailemariam | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK
Yemi Hailemariam

Unbelievably, this Saturday 13th marked 600 days of Andy's ordeal. We still have no idea what is going to happen to him. The Ethiopian government is refusing to let me and Andy's kids see him, will not say whether he will be executed or not, and has rejected all his calls for a lawyer. The authorities won't even allow the British government - supposedly a 'close ally' - to regularly visit him, despite Ethiopia's international obligations.

Goodwill to One and All?

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

The season of cheery goodwill is approaching fast. The big Christmas ads are up and running, the city centre lights are sparkling against the chilled night skies and holiday plans are being formulated.

Hope - Little Word; Big Aspirations

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Are you travelling hopefully or hopelessly? Is your idea of hope getting a seat on the train home or securing a loan? Hope is a very small word with a very big remit of possibilities. For everyone, everywhere it means something different and that 'different' can change every minute of every day.

Explaining the Exodus From Eritrea- the "North Korea of Africa"

Claudia Hyde | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

If Europe is unwilling to accept more refugees or to treat them with the humanity they deserve, they must at least apply pressure on the Eritrean government to cease its abuse of conscripts and civilians. The international community owes a duty to its most vulnerable- it must not fail to protect them again.

US President - Barack Obama's Impact on African Youth

Meron Semedar | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Meron Semedar

In July 2015, US President Barack Obama became the first sitting President to visit the Horn of Africa, as well as Kenya, his father's place of birth....

Raising More Tax Requires Investment in Civil Society

Hans Zomer | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Hans Zomer

We must not allow a situation to arise where the focus is merely on increasing government income, without ensuring adequate accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure the tax money raised is spent wisely. And as we know only too well from our experience in Ireland, a healthy civil society is absolutely vital in that regard.

Time for the UK to Keep Its Promises on Global Tax Reform

Charlie Matthews | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Charlie Matthews

If Justine Greening was to change the UK's position on a global tax body, it would not only increase the chances of a successful agreement at Addis, but also generate a huge amount of goodwill which she could use to ensure greater progress on the UK's other priorities, such as gender equality.

Who Will Pay for the End of Poverty?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Oxley

One of the things I love about my job is that I get to be optimistic every day. That's because I, and my colleagues working in international development, look at the problems of the world that are rooted in poverty and inequality, and refuse to accept that the world is not smart enough or rich enough to defeat them.

Climate Change: Threat or Opportunity for Health?

Peter Byass | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Peter Byass

If we eat locally produced healthy food, we reduce carbon emissions and protect ourselves from the risks of various chronic diseases. So each one of us has a challenge - for the sake of the planet and for future generations - to claim the the co-benefits of reducing carbon emissions and improving our health.

Scientists Have Rather Casually Discovered A New Species Of Human

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists have unearthed the remains of what they believe is another ancient human species, in Afar Ethiopia. The discovery of 3.3 to 3.5 million-...

British Tourist Shot Dead In Ethiopian Church

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK

A British tourist has been killed in Ethiopia, the Foreign Office has confirmed. The British national was shot dead in the north western Ethiopian ...

Ebola Is Not the 1984 Ethiopian Famine All Over Again

Kevin Noone | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Kevin Noone

As media crews begin to arrive in West Africa, we are urging for there to be no repeat of the Michael Burke film. It was vital and needed at its time, but today, 30 years later, a very different part of the continent may need our help, but the bravery of its first responders also deserves our respect.

The End of China's 'Peaceful Rise' Doctrine?

Paul Reynolds | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The new Chinese leadership has, over the last 18 months, shown itself to be very different from that of successive Post-1980 reformist administrations. The 'market reform' rhetoric is still there. The assertions about Communist Party supremacy and dislike of Western democratic values, are still there...

Searching For an Affordable Safari in Africa

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

One way to find yourself a cheap way of going on safari is to head to Africa in the quiet season and take advantage of deals that are being offered. Safari companies often offer last minute deals and ways of enticing people into off-season trips, so if you can be flexible it's a great way of not breaking the bank and still enjoying this incredible travel experience.

Thirty Years Ago, a News Video Shocked the World - Here's What We Learned About Famine Since Then

Hans Zomer | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On 23 October, it will be exactly 30 years since a BBC report alerted the world to a famine in Ethiopia. Michael Buerk's harrowing reports for BBC...

MI5 'Complicit In Torture' Of Briton

PA | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

UK security services were complicit in the torture of a British man who was forced to sign a confession in a language he does not speak, it has been c...

Cocaine in Your Water? It Could Be Much Worse

Fleur Anderson | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

Traces of cocaine in our tap water, screamed recent newspaper headlines in the UK. It's alarming, despite reassurances that these are miniscule amounts that pose no risk. But imagine the headlines were about deadly pathogens like E. coli or cholera, and that even these miniscule amounts could harm adults and kill children.

Breaking the Silence on Periods

Margaret Batty | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Margaret Batty

It's time to break the silence. Here in the UK, menstruation may be an annoyance. It may even be painful. But for many girls and women around the world, it carries much more serious consequences.

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

WATCH: Is This The World's Craziest Intersection? Probably

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Comedy

And you thought driving in central London was bad... Mind you, we call this 'crazy' - but as you can see, the people driving through Meskel Square ...