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Abused, trafficked and abandoned.
The troubling tale of underage female Ethiopians

Kalkidan Yibeltal
Mekdes Teshome does not have a distinct memory of her birth place. She was of humble age when she left her rural village in Gondar area of the Amhara Regional State, some 800 km north of Addis Abeba. Her mother, too poor to offer her a proper childhood, gave her daughter up for a relatively better off aunt residing in Addis Abeba. An above average student, Mekdes was performing well academically in the public school she was enrolled. Then, things took an abrupt wrong turn when her aunt’s husband, a night guard, started abusing her sexually at her tender age. She was a fourth grader when she left her village.


The European Union (EU) expressed its frustrations over “lack of progress” in South Sudan peaces process. In a statement released yesterday, the EU said: “Despite considerable efforts by the IGAD mediation and the apparently successful outcome of the Arusha talks between SPLM factions, the agreement signed in Addis Ababa on 2 February between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar has made little significant progress towards a comprehensive peace agreement in South Sudan.”

The government in Ethiopia and industry leaders gathered to brief the media yesterday on the African Hotel Investment Forum 2015 (AHIF), which will take place at the same location on 30th September and 1st October, as a platform to stimulate and attract much needed foreign hotel investment in Ethiopia.