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SERVING FOR PEACE: SERGEANT ALMAZ DESTA, A PEACEKEEPER, A MECHANIC AND A WOMAN

“I love mechanics,” says Sergeant Almaz Kabtimer Desta from Ethiopia who is currently serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Field Office in Yambio, Western Equatoria. Sergeant Desta admits that her passion for mechanics can be seen as an unusual choice for a woman: “I know that anything to do with cars…

Lebanon’s coronavirus lockdown leaves migrant women penniless and stranded

With no work, no income and no way of getting home, migrant workers struggle under lockdown Coronavirus is changing the world in unprecedented ways. Subscribe here for a daily briefing on how this global crisis is affecting cities, technology, approaches to climate change, and the lives of vulnerable people. By Emeline Wuilbercq and Ban Barkawi ADDIS ABABA/AMMAN (Thomson…

China approves three COVID-19 vaccines for clinical trials

The seamless connection between research and approval is the major reason behind the fast development of vaccines. BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) — China has approved three COVID-19 vaccine candidates for clinical trials, said an official with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on Tuesday. An adenovirus vector vaccine, developed by a research team led…

Let’s Rise Above COVID-19, with Love, Respect

The case was no different when I met a group of young people two weeks ago for work reasons. Although it was my first time meeting them, I greeted them from a distance and sat next to them at the same round table. They joked around with the way I greeted them and continued telling…

ETHIOPIA PREPARING NEW BILL TO CURB HATE SPEECH

Yared Tsegaye Akin to the recently introduced national motto in all government offices and beyond, “Ethiopia, a New Horizon of Hope”, which brings a single page (dashboard) of 100 days plan, the Office of Attorney General is preparing a draft bill aiming to curb hate speech and bring accountability towards public speeches and every other…

UNITED STATES PROVIDES BACK-TO-SCHOOL MATERIALS FOR 147,000 DISPLACED CHILDREN

The U.S. Government has provided new school materials for 147,000 displaced children in Oromia, Somali, and SNNPR regional states. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this effort is aimed at protecting vulnerable children’s rights to education following internal conflicts that have displaced approximately 2 million people in Ethiopia. USAID and the Ministry…

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