Ogaden rebels return to Ethiopia from Eritrea, Jijiga celebrates – 21 November

  • Africanews reports on the return of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) to Ethiopia from their base in Eritrea.
  • The return of the group forms part of a peace deal signed in Asmara with the Ethiopian federal government earlier this month, in which the two sides committed to address “the root causes of the conflict between ONLF and the Ethiopian government.”
  • The ONLF was received by jubilant crowds when they landed in Jijiga, capital of the Somali Regional State, on Wednesday.

The Guardian: Murder, migration and mother love: the making of the novelist Sulaiman Addonia – 21 November

  • The Guardian publishes an interview with Eritrean author Sulaiman Addonia upon the release of his new book, Silence is My Mother Tongue.
  • Addonia migrated to Jeddah from Eritrea with his brother when he was 10, before eventually moving to London where they attended college. When just a baby in 1975, Addonia survived a massacre of Eritreans by Ethiopian troops, although he has no memory of the event.
  • Silence Is My Mother Tongue taps into his own life story, telling the story of siblings in the Eritrean village of Om Hajer who later confront the violence of a Sudanese refugee camp. The Guardian notes than in his novel “women bear the brunt of male rage”, an insight drawn from his own experiences growing up surrounded by women.
  • The author has not returned to Eritrea since 2005, where he would be subject to the country’s compulsory national service and where his writing has been criticised for allegedly attacking Islam.

US Department of State: Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, and Germany – 22 November

  • The US Department of State announced that Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, would be visiting the Horn of Africa from 27 November.
  • Nagy will begin his visit in Ethiopia and conduct bilateral meetings with government officials of Eritrea, Djibouti and Kenya, before meeting with the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart.
  • The State Department says Nagy’s visit will focus on “promoting stronger trade and commercial ties between the United States and Africa, harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth, advancing peace and security through partnerships, and underscoring the United States’ enduring commitment to the people and nations of Africa”. Host Eritrea Dominates 1st Stage Of Africa Cycling Cup 2018 – 22 November

  • Ethiosports reports on the Africa Cycling Cup 2018 in Asmara, where the Eritrean men’s and women’s national cycling teams have dominated the first stage of the competition.
  • The hosts won gold in both the men’s and women’s Team Time Trial (TTT) event on Wednesday.
  • The competition is the first of its kind, and is being contested by eight African National teams from Benin, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, the Seychelles and South Africa.
  • The Ethio-Eritrea Cycle Tour, a multi-stage men’s cycling race, will take place immediately after the Africa Cycling Cup, beginning in Addis Ababa on 25 November and ending in Massawa on 3 December.


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