Two years ago, in its Vol. I Issue no 2 edition in March 2011, Addis Standard published a story on what has then become an unsettling trend of religious tension between Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia; a month later in its April 2011 edition, it published an editorial calling for a cautious handling of neglected facts, such as over population, affecting the world’s longest river, the Nile; eight months later in its Vol. I Issue No. 9 edition in Nov. 2011, it published a story on the new dynamics of violence against women in Ethiopia.
Ed’s Note: By the time this magazine went to the press, Bahir Dar city, the capital of Amhara Region some 700 kms North of Addis Ababa, was hosting the 7th Regional Nile Day celebrations to commemorate the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in Feb. 1999. The theme for this year’s celebrations was: “Land Degradation and Climate Change: Address Shared Threats – Sustain Nile Cooperation”, a topic discussed on our editorial of April 2011, re-printed below to mark our 2nd year anniversary.
Ed’s Note: This article, re-printed below to mark our 2nd year anniversary, details a disturbing hostility between Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia. It was first published in March 2011 edition of Addis Standard. Over the last year and half, the religious tension between Christians and Muslims has completely given way to new tension between Muslims and the government and that, we believe, has shifted away the confrontation between extremists of the two predominant religions in Ethiopia.