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Much of Ethiopia's documented history tells of stories of a select few, and of what are categorized as 'major' events. Although this documentation speaks of truth, it can't represent the whole picture of how things were at the time. Vintage Addis Ababa focuses on the happenings of just this one city.feedback
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Sep 21 2017
The latest person who has talked about Ethiopia is Hailemariam Desalegn: “The plans are to keep hosting continental, national and local tournaments and youth championships frequently. Women's and youth leagues, which involves clubs in almost all parts of the country now exists on a national level too. There will always be a need to keep our stadiums in use.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Hailemariam Desalegn and all the other people that have spoken about Ethiopia. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Samir Wanmali - World Food Program

It is a vicious cycle because you are literally going from one crisis to another with very little breathing room to take stock. It doesn't matter where within the country you are, the frequency of climate shocks is getting much closer.feedback

Michael Jacobs

If we get a series of these kinds of droughts of this magnitude, livestock populations will just plummet and then there should be a large exodus out of that livelihood. More than half may not be pastoralists again.feedback

Michael Jacobs

The way it's been done in the past will end, but that's a normal progression as areas become more developed.feedback

Ali Maadey Ali

It is getting worse and worse, and we are trying to raise awareness to tell people to change their lifestyle to agro-pastoralist.feedback

Ali Maadey Ali

It is tough, it takes time and the budget allocated by the government to this transformation is very low.feedback

Zeinab Taher

Even if it rained, we have no animals. I can't think of going back to herding.feedback

Zeinab Taher

The government wants us to live in a permanent place, with schools and health centers and leave behind this life. We are far from water; if we go to water maybe we could farm.feedback

Max Lawson - Oxfam Intermón

There are, relatively, a lot more young people in poorer countries, which is a structural factor that makes education more important for their governments. But there's still a really positive and important story in African countries like Ethiopia and Mozambique in particular, where primary education is now free. These countries are putting almost a fifth of their budgets into education, and more kids are being educated than ever before, in the context of an exploding population.feedback

Eyasu Abraha

I know this place. It was abandoned and untouched. This is very incredible to me. Agroforestry is becoming the heart and the mind of the government. What we see here is really the beginning of transformation. All those youngsters who wanted to migrate will have productive land.feedback

Habtom Woreta

The people took the initiative to rehabilitate the environment. That is when Irish Aid came in and we became a model watershed for the region and the world. You can see how the area is transformed! Biodiversity has increased and we have hand dug wells at 1m deep because of recharge. And none of this is in vain. Now we have TVs in the houses. Before we slept on mats, now we have beds.feedback

Khasay Gebreselaasie

During the period of the Emperor and the Derg, degradation was so severe that once we were forced to dismantle a church at risk of being swept away!feedback

Aaron Davis

It literally reaches the ceiling, because you don't have any higher place to go.feedback

Aaron Davis

People should also be thinking about the millions of smallholder farmers who put their coffee on the table. The coffee farmers of Ethiopia are really on the frontline [of climate change] – they are the people who will pay the price first. In the longer term, the only truly sustainable solution is to combat the root causes of climate change.feedback

Aaron Davis

There is a pathway to resilience, even under climate change. But it is a hugely daunting task. Millions of farmers would have to change. Some of the origins, what you would call terroir in the wine industry, will disappear, unless serious intervention is undertaken. It would be like losing the Burgundy wine region. Those areas are found nowhere else but Ethiopia, and because of the genetic diversity, the diversity of flavour profiles is globally unique.feedback

Aaron Davis

In one area, there are hundreds if not thousands of hectares of dead trees. It is a world renowned name and has been grown in that area for many centuries. But under all [climate change] scenarios, it's going to get worse.feedback

Connie Britton

My son is adopted from Ethiopia so I always say I can take very little credit, but he, from the beginning, just inherently has had such an open and curious heart and love of life. He's very into learning and seeing what's happening and seeing what people are doing. I just love that about him. And it immediately opens me up as well.feedback

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

I will listen to you. I was one of you. I was in your shoes and I can understand you better. I know what it takes to strengthen the frontlines of healthcare and innovate around the constraints.feedback

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

All roads lead to universal coverage. This will be my central priority. At present, only about a half of the world's people have access to health care without impoverishment. This needs to improve dramatically.feedback

Tom Frieden - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tedros is an excellent choice to lead WHO. He succeeded in Ethiopia, making remarkable health progress by rapidly reforming a sclerotic bureaucracy and implementing effective community-based services. Precisely the same thing is needed to make WHO effective providing technical guidance and improving support to countries. Governments and organizations around the world should support WHO to become more effective–doing so is in all of our best interest.feedback

Jeremy Farrar

I'm pleased to extend my congratulations to Dr Tedros on his appointment to the most important job in global health. As someone who has worked tirelessly to reform health systems in Ethiopia and across Africa, he will bring great insight and the political leadership necessary to restore trust in the WHO at a critical moment in its history.feedback

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

But they have the potential to do so and we dare not let down our guard. WHO was too slow to recognize that the virus, during its first appearance in West Africa, would behave very differently than during past outbreaks in central Africa, where the virus was rare but familiar, and containment measures were well-rehearsed. Scientific evidence is the bedrock of policy. Protect it. No one knows whether evidence will retain its persuasive power in what many now describe as a post-truth world.feedback

Yves Rannou

The MoU with AAiT is a new milestone for GE Renewable Energy in Ethiopia. It enables sharing current industry expertise and experience with students and faculty at AAiT in order to build a highly-qualified workforce that will support the social and economic development of the country.feedback

Marcus Samuelsson

You got to do it with a wink. My aim is to make something delicious, not to be authentic. We're not in Ethiopia, you know what I mean?feedback

David Nabarro

I'm quite keen to be super careful to not pursue any activity that might be considered inappropriate.feedback

Lawrence Gostin

Dr. Tedros is a compassionate and highly competent public health official. But he had a duty to speak truth to power and to honestly identify and report verified cholera outbreaks over an extended period.feedback

Charlie Mason - Save the Children

I think it's partly because there are other priorities, and they are not signaling loudly enough to donor offices.feedback

Charlie Mason - Save the Children

This response capacity that is currently holding it at bay is about to be overwhelmed. We've spent all the money we've got, basically.feedback

Challiss McDonough - World Food Program

The droughts are coming more frequently and more often and they are worse – and that's climate change. That's very, very clear. You talk to any farmer how are the rains now compared to 20-30 years ago, they see a difference in their lifetimes, particularly the older ones.feedback

Challiss McDonough - World Food Program

It's stretching the humanitarian community. I don't think of it as donor fatigue. Quite frankly, the donors have been extremely generous, continuing to be so – but they are overwhelmed.feedback

Debebe Zewdie

The number has risen to more than 7.7 million people. 432,000 tonnes of food is needed until the end of the year.feedback

Daniel Ruiz

They refuse to release our agents, 13 in total, of which two are expatriates. They are all disarmed, but they demand asylum in Uganda, Kenya or Ethiopia.feedback

Zebdios Selato

Thirty-five thousand liters of chemicals have been purchased and distributed to spray affected areas with insecticide.feedback

Gwen Van Manen

It was a very good time to adopt from Ethiopia. There were families going every week.feedback

Getachew Assefam

They are almost at the brink of extinction. So my vision is to increase their number significantly.feedback

Seyoum Teshome

If they don't extend the state of emergency, the protests may continue, because the people have no other means to express their grievances besides the open air.feedback

Seyoum Teshome

They are extending the state of emergency because they haven't done any real change or real reforms.feedback

Siraj Fegessa

We still have some anti-peace elements that are active and want to capitalize on disputes that arise among regional states in the country. In addition, some leaders of the violent acts that we witnessed before are still at large and are disseminating wrong information to incite violence.feedback

Mike Noyes - ActionAid

This is yet another urgent wake-up call to the world. The need is huge and countless lives are at stake. People are already dying needlessly. Today, children are dying of hunger whilst their mothers watch in despair. The global community cannot stand by and let this continue. We do not understand why many rich countries are not reacting already.feedback

Ahmed Omar Askar

The hospital can receive a few hundred cases, but I think action needs to be taken at a community level for the people in the countryside. It's not possible to bring everyone to this hospital. There needs to be very quick action, support for people who already are in these drought affected regions and it needs to come soon to prevent a very serious situation.feedback

Ahmed Omar Askar

Here we have enough supplies for now but the problem is not here, the problem is in the countryside where these children are coming from. Some cases are reaching here, from as far away as Ethiopia, but you can imagine the number of children with these problems in the areas hardest hit by drought.feedback

Saleh Saeed

Hunger on a massive scale is looming. More than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. Without urgent treatment, they are at risk of starving. Unless we act now the number of deaths will drastically increase.feedback

Sean W. Gallagher

The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.feedback

Sean W. Gallagher

A young girl's life has been forever scarred by this horrible crime.feedback

Seyoum Teshome

What we are experiencing here in Ethiopia is a situation in which the flow of information on social media dismantled the traditional propaganda machine of the government and people begin creating their own media platforms. This is what the government dislikes. The government doesn't want the spread of information that's out of its control, and this bears all the hallmarks of dictatorship.feedback

Diriba Kuma

The resumption of garbage dumping at the site in recent months likely caused the landslide, Assefa said. The dumping had stopped in recent years, but it resumed after farmers in a nearby restive region where a new garbage landfill complex was being built blocked dumping in their area. Smaller collapses have occurred at Koshe – or 'dirty' in the local Amharic language – in the past two years but only two or three people were killed, Assefa said. In the long run, we will conduct a resettling program to relocate people who live in and around the landfill,' the Addis Ababa mayor said.feedback

Haile Selassie

What do you think we feel? I had a legal lease to this land. I built my house here long ago. I have friends, neighbours, relatives here. It's a community. Where do I go know? These officials, they do not care about ordinary people. The government just work for themselves.feedback

Haile Selassie

The police came with officials a few weeks ago. We had a day's warning. Old people, children, pregnant women … It didn't matter who you were or where you came from, your house was smashed to bits.feedback

Amare Mekonen

In a bid to prevent such things happening again, people who were living in this area have now been taken to youth centers in other parts of the city.feedback

Assefa Teklemahimanot

We told them not to dump waste at the top. I think the decision by city officials to resume dumping some months back was the main reason for this accident, which has so far buried at least 20 houses. I think around 150 people were here at the time of the landslide.feedback

Musa Suleiman Abdulah

When we came out, something like a tornado is rushing to us. We started to collect family members [and escape]. People helped. My child and family left before the destruction happened.feedback

Berhanu Degefe

Their livelihood depends on the trash. They collect from here and they live here. This part, all of it went down. A lot of people died last night.feedback

Messay Tadesse

When the public burned the investments down, it was not that they wanted to damage them. It was our problem in managing them. You expect them to be more responsible, as they are from a big city.feedback

Messay Tadesse

They [the leather company] drop their waste downstream. It is killing the farmers' cattle, it's making the fertility of the soil deplete.feedback

Getachew Teklemariam

With a lack of insight into the reality on the ground, most efforts at improving infrastructure have been uncoordinated and wasteful.feedback

Negeri Lencho

The Adwa victory is a symbol of courage for all Africans and black people around the world.feedback

Mohamed Sheikh Abdi

Having travelled to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip as a president, the new Somali president is breaking the long tradition by Somali leaders who have paid their very first foreign trips to Ethiopia, which is called by many as the Mecca of Somali leaders. This indicates that the new president now favors an alliance with Arab countries more than others.feedback

Richard Curtis

I was in a meeting at Davos with the President of Rwanda, the President of Ethiopia, the Prime Minister of Sweden… all of whom are committing to putting their work next to the Sustainable Development Goals, so I think Trump will change his mind.feedback

Omar Hadi

(Djibouti) aims to become a gateway not only to Ethiopia but to South Sudan, Somalia and the Great Lakes region. This new free zone will be the country's first employment reservoir, with more than 15,000 direct and indirect jobs created.feedback

Mathewos Asfaw

The government sees this place only as chaos. As a citizen it should be our right to develop this place ourselves.feedback

Bisrat Kifle

The government is tempted by the huge amount of money that private leasing brings but but politically their instincts are with associations.feedback

Fasil Giorghis

The only way to stay in business was for occupants to form associations and propose their own multi-storey buildings.feedback

Hailemariam Desalegn

But the logistics issue is critical as well. That is why we want to bring new insight and introduction of new ways of doing business and to modernize the system with some renowned companies' intervention into the logistics system.feedback

Hailemariam Desalegn

The newly inaugurated railway will substantially decrease the cost of transportation in this country. But the logistics issue is critical as well.feedback

Hailemariam Desalegn

We are trying to privatise some equity of some of the companies we have ... It is not because of a shortage of finances, but because we want to modernise the system itself. When foreign companies get into these kinds of companies, they will obviously bring technologies, know-how and managerial capability.feedback

Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw

They did not have proper authorisation. They are not under arrest. They are safe and will remain in Ethiopia until the review (of their situation) is concluded.feedback

D. Magdalena Sorger

The species we found in Ethiopia may have a high potential of becoming a globally invasive species. Invasive species often travel with humans, so as tourism and global commerce to this region of Ethiopia continues to increase, so will the likelihood that the ants could hitch a ride, possibly in plant material or even in the luggage of tourists. All it takes is one pregnant queen. That's how fire ants started!feedback

D. Magdalena Sorger

It is good to have a record of what this species does in its native habitat. Rarely do we know anything about the biology of a species BEFORE it becomes invasive.feedback

Faycal Benamer

Its funding will first be from equity and the second part through debt.feedback

Haile Gebrselassie

This guy is really, really strong and for 4-5 years no one showed up from both sides, meaning from Kenya and Ethiopia. But we will see.feedback

Haile Gebrselassie

What do you think? Both of us are really good. I don't say (Kenenisa) Bekele, I don't say myself. Because you know, he was good in his time, I was good in my time. And now there are athletes like Mo Farah. But for all of us it's just Abebe Bekila! He is the one we respect a lot.feedback

Haile Gebrselassie

One thing I want to tell you is I am a sportsman. I am doing all in sport. You know what sport means. Its without politics, without religion, without ethnic or anything. If you ask me this question when I become a politician I will answer in a proper way. But now I can not answer. I am doing sport and If someone asks me to comment, which way can I comment? I know that I am just an Ethiopian, I do for Ethiopia. It doesn't matter where they come from, I want to serve everybody.feedback

Haile Gebrselassie

As I serve as President of the Athletics federation, to talk about to run and become a president of Ethiopia it's a clash (conflict of interests). This is sport the other is politics. Let me finish this one. You will know the answer in four years time. Right now I am doing all for sport. I am going to serve for all people. (It) doesn't matter if it's opposition, government, no matter.feedback

Haile Gebrselassie

One thing I want to say is that when you decide this kind of decision you have to be careful, there is also innocent athletes at the Russian athletics. And we have to find out, there are many calls (meaning to find all the innocent people). And of course the athlete that takes doping, I agree to punish that athlete not the mass. This kind of decision is a little bit hard for athletes who are sweating day and night.feedback

Haile Gebrselassie

My top priorities as a president of the Ethiopian athletics federation are a lot. One of the top priorities is to organize the office, the athletics federation office and to provide and prepare whatever is important for the athletes. My main goal is to focus on the athletes.feedback

Mekonnen Wube

This is one of the successes of the programme: to create housing with employment.feedback

Tedros Worku

I miss my friends, my social life, my work. I have a nice house but no income.feedback

Emeret Tadese

I live away from my relatives and friends. It is empty, and there are no churches around here.feedback

Bisrat Kifle

For a country like Ethiopia, being able to complete more than 200,000 units between 2005 and 2015 is a huge achievement.feedback

Angela Merkel

I made the case that you should have open talks with people who have problems. In a democracy there always needs to be an opposition that has a voice – in the best case in parliament.feedback

Angela Merkel

We are already working in Oromia to de-escalate the situation there by offering mediation between groups. I would always argue for allowing people of a different political opinion ... to engage with them and allow them to express their views because, after all, a democratic experience shows that out of these discussions good solutions usually come.feedback

Hailemariam Desalegn

The government is not using extreme violence. If it happened, we will investigate the units involved.feedback

Hailemariam Desalegn

The cause of this (state of emergency) is that anti-peace forces in collaboration with foreign enemies of the country are making organised attempts to destabilise our country, to disrupt its peace and also to undermine the existence and security of its peoples.feedback

Getachew Reda

There are countries, which are directly involved in arming, financing and training these elements.feedback

Hailemariam Desalegn

The recent developments in Ethiopia have put the integrity of the nation at risk. The state of emergency will not breach basic human rights enshrined under the Ethiopian constitution and won't also affect diplomatic rights listed under the Vienna Convention.feedback

Hailemariam Desalegn

Vital infrastructure, businesses , health and education centers, as well as government offices, and courts have been destroyed.feedback

Getachew Reda

We know for a fact that the terrorist group OLF has been receiving all kinds of support from Egypt. Its leaders used to be in Asmara [Eritrea] – now they are in Cairo.feedback

John Kirby

We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and to the loved ones. We are providing all possible consular assistance. Out of respect for the family, we must decline further comment.feedback

Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar

She's really an always-smiling slip of sunshine. She's a smart, energetic scientist.feedback

Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar

She had a very bright future ahead of her. And everyone knew she was going to be the star in the plant biology research area.feedback

Dereje Tefera

It's part of the trans-African railway network so it will give an opportunity for connecting Ethiopia with other neighbouring countries.feedback

Tekalign Mamo

We understood that the fertiliser we have been using – especially DAP (diammonium phosphate) – is not relevant for Ethiopia, since it lacks major nutrients. Therefore we changed that formulation.feedback

Tekalign Mamo

Through the years, the soil fertility status of Ethiopia – similar to other African countries – has deteriorated, and (it) has faced severe nutrient depletion and land degradation.feedback

Tekalign Mamo

Due to human activities like deforestation, we have experienced changing rain patterns, resulting in effects like flooding and soil erosion.feedback

Tegbaru Bellete

Nutrition must start in the food we grow, in soils, in the form of balanced fertilisation. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in many countries in Africa.feedback

Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia

This, in the long term, will mitigate negative climate change effects and result in increased confidence towards attaining food security in East Africa.feedback

Fikadu Girma

We plan to produce 3,000 vehicles of three models every year.feedback

Angela Quintal

We are elated that Yusuf Getachew has finally been released from prison, but he should never have been jailed in the first place. We call on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately release all other journalists imprisoned in the country for their work.feedback

John W. Kappelman

She's one of the most completely represented skeletons, and as such she's been able to tell us a lot about early humans.feedback

Hellen Onsando Obiri

Ethiopia were very strong. We decided to go for teamwork. We already knew that Kenya was going to win the gold. It was just who would it be.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel has a special place in Ethiopia and Ethiopia has a special place in Israel.feedback

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

They are Ethiopia and Morocco, both of which need to implement as a matter of urgency a robust and adequate national testing programme, both in and out of competition, where applicable in coordination with relevant sporting and anti-doping authorities.feedback

Roger Bonifacio - World Food Programme

Its effects however will be felt all the way to early 2017 and its effects have been widespread geographically. El Niño has caused impacts on the growing seasons of Central America – Haiti. . Ethiopia where it registered one of the driest seasons in the last 50 years all the way to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea which again has suffered one of the major droughts on record.feedback

John Gram - Save the Children

There is a lot of other competing crises I guess out there, certainly Syria and the migration crisis, that take a lot of attention. And so, we haven't seen the attention paid to Ethiopia even though the number of people affected is far larger than any previous drought in Ethiopia. Far larger than even in 1984.feedback

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

You will develop and grow and I am with you, but be aware that in Egypt the people live only on the water that comes from this river.feedback

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

The restless conflict between some of the 10 countries in the Nile basin has ignited once again. There are many possibilities as to what happens now and every state may resort to protecting its national interests – particularly Egypt, which considers the Nile to be a vital artery, and also a source of strength and weakness at the same time.feedback

Tim White

We can see that, as primitive as this creature is, it has already evolved those special characters indicating that it's on our side of the family tree and that it is not on the chimpanzee side of the family tree, but it is not the common ancestor.feedback

Robin Horsfall

It is going to be extremely difficult to locate and it is very easy for especially indigenous people to hide in this sort of terrain. But it is very hard for them to move, so, once they get the hostages somewhere, they are going to have to keep them there.feedback

Kristalina Georgieva - European Commission

It is heartbreaking, the images that come to mind are of families that walked 20 days towards the Ethiopia border and they sit under the trees. And when you ask them how they feel, they say we are so lucky because we didn't lose anybody and next to them is a family that lost two kids on the road.feedback

Francesco Bandarin - UNESCO

The site of Axum is at the heart of many projects. UNESCO collaborates with other organisations such as the world bank to make this possible – with all the importance it already has and the notoriety that this operation will bring, it's one of the major sites in Africa, he said.feedback

Amer Bashier

We get illegal immigration with asylum seekers coming from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, also a lot of Syrians now, as a lot more of them are trying to reach Europe.feedback

Fatuma Ahmed

I have no husband. I'm raising my children alone. We had some animals but they've all died. Now we're depending on aid from charities. What I'm cooking now is the only meal my family will eat today.feedback

Margaret Beckett

The five are being fed and given fresh clean clothes, seen a doctor, and medical checks are continuing, but I understand that broadly they are all in good health. We continue, I'm afraid, to be concerned for the welfare of the Ethiopians, who were taken at the same time as the British embassy group, about who we don't yet such clear news.feedback

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