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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ethiopia's Islamic Affairs Supreme Council on Tuesday announced plans to expand social services across the Horn of Africa country.

Ethiopia's Islamic Affairs Supreme Council on Tuesday announced plans to expand social services across the Horn of Africa country.

This was disclosed at a meeting organized by the council to discuss means of expanding social services in health and education, among other sectors, through the Awalia Aid and Development Organization.

"The organization will strive to expand education service at all levels
Redwan Hussein, Head of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO), disclosed the Ethiopian government will not make a significant devaluation to birr against the major currencies.
He made the announcement during a press conference held last week at his office. The press conference was given on current affairs and he made various announcements.
In addressing the question relating to devaluation of birr, he said; “The government will not accept all proposals, the government considers all the pros and the cons of the proposal and decided on the issues that will benefit the country more.”
A report by the World Bank, which came out a few weeks ago, suggested Ethiopia devaluate its currency in order to support the export sector. The report noted 10 percent devaluation in Birr could lead to a five percent improvement in export earnings.
Redwan furthered the Federal Government has devaluated Birr by 10 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011 in line to the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP). Nonetheless, he only disclosed the government will not apply a huge devaluation and refrained from stating the exact amount.
Source: The Reporter
ኢትዮጵያ የ2017ቱን የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ የማስተናገድ ፍላጎት አላት አሉ የኢትዮጵያ እግር ኳስ ፌዴሬሽን ፕሬዚዳንት አቶ ጁነዲን ባሻ።
የሊቢያን ውድድሩን ከማስተናገድ መታገድ ተከትሎ ነው ኢትዮጵያ ይህን አህጉራዊ የእግር ኳስ ውድድር ለማዘጋጀት ፍላጎት ያሳየችው።
ፕሬዚዳንቱ ለቢቢሲ እንደተናገሩት፥ ኢትዮጵያ  የ2017ቱን የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ  ለማስተናገድ ከፍተኛ የሆነ ፍላጎት አላት።
ለዚህም ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ ከጎናቸው እንዲቆም ነው አቶ ጁነዲን የጠየቁት።
የአዲስ አበባ ስታዲየምን ጨምሮ ከ80 በመቶ በላይ የተጠናቀቀው የባህር ዳር ስታዲየም እና በመቀሌ እና በሀዋሳ በመገንባት ላይ ያሉት ሰታዲየሞች በመፋጠን ላይ መሆናቸውንም ተናግረዋል።
ኬኒያም ከታንዛኒያ፣ ሩዋንዳ አልያም ኡጋንዳ ጋር በመጣመር ውድድሩን ለማስተናገድ ፍላጎት እንዳላት ገልጻለች።
ከሱዳን እና ግብፅ ጋር በመሆን የአፍሪካ እግር ኳስ ዋንጫን የመሰረተችው ኢትዮጵያ እ.ኤ.አ በ1962፣ 1968 እና 1976 ውድድሩን አስተናግዳለች።
የአፍሪካ እግር ኳስ ማህበርም የ2017ቱን የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ አስተናጋጅ ሀገር በፈረንጆቹ 2015 የሚያሳውቅ ይሆናል።
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Wondo Genet

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Wondo Genet
Shebele Hotel
Shebele Hotel
Wondo Genet is located in Ethiopia
Wondo Genet
Wondo Genet
Location within Ethiopia
Coordinates: 7°1′N 38°35′ECoordinates7°1′N 38°35′E
RegionSouthern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples
Elevation1,723 m (5,653 ft)
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)
Wondo Genet (also transliterated Wendo Genet) is a resort town in Ethiopia. Located southeast of Shashemene in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region, with a latitude and longitude of 7°1′N 38°35′E and an elevation of 1723 meters.
Wondo Genet is connected to Shashamene by way of Wendo Wosha, by newly improved paved road; the last three kilometers from Wendo Wosha is a gravel road but in fairly good condition.[1]
Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia published in 2005, Wondo Genet has an estimated total population of 5,792 consisting of 2,857 men and 2,935 women.[2] The 1994 census reported this town had a total population of 3,197 of whom 1,582 were males and 1,615 were females. It is the main town in Wondo Genet woreda.
Wondo Genet is known for its hot springs and is surrounded by primary Ethiopian forests. It is home to an arboretum and aCollege of Forestry which was founded in 1977 with Swedish assistance.[3] Also located in this resort town is the Essential Oils Research Sub Center, where spices, aromatic and medicinal plants are conserved and their qualities researched.


The Swedish Philadelphia Church Mission opened a mission in this town in 1961, which included a medical clinic.[3]
The Wondo Genet hotel was established in 1964, on land used as recreation site for the royal family until 1975. Emperor Haile Selassie bequeathed its name, meaning "Wondo Paradise", in reference to the beautiful panorama with a rich endowment of forests, wildlife and abundant water. Title to the hotel was transferred to the then Hotels Corporation, and currently it is a subsidiary of the Wabe Shebelle Hotels Enterprise. The hotel facilities include 54.4 ha area of land and possesses 40 bed rooms, restaurant and a bar, as well as swimming pools and access to the hot springs.[1]
The Wendo Genet earthquake of 1983 was among the most significant in Ethiopia in the 20th century. Its magnitude has not been determined, but was severe enough that the frightened inhabitants gathered at the Ethiopian Orthodox church below the hotel to sing and pray the whole day and the whole night. A later disaster was a complex of forest fires which erupted in 17 places in southern Ethiopia on 10 February 2000 including the vicinity of the College.[3]
On 3 April 2008, 18 people were killed in clashes near Wondo Genet between the Guji Oromo and Sidama people over ownership to grazing and farm land.[4]


  1. Jump up to:a b Ali Mohammed (2007), Recreation use value of Wondo Genet wetland ecosystem - Ethiopia Masters' Thesis, submitted to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  2. Jump up^ "2005 National Statistics, Table B.4" (pdf). Central Statistical Agency. Retrieved February 10, 2006.[dead link]
  3. Jump up to:a b c "Local History in Ethiopia" (pdf) The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 4 June 2008)
  4. Jump up^ "Land clashes kill 18 in Ethiopia" Australian Broadcasting Corporation website, posted 9 April 2008 (accessed 1 June 2008)
Things to Do in Hawassa
Hawassa is one of the more advanced and developed cities of Ethiopia located 275 km south of Addis Ababa. Hawassa is the regional capital of the Sothern Nation, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS); major nearby towns to Hawassa include Ziway and Shashemene. Taxies, bicycles, horse-drawn carts (Garii) and three-legged motor taxis (Bajjaj) are the means of transportation utilized by locals.
St. Gabriel Church located in the city center is a hugely popular pilgrimage destination for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who travel to Hawassa in the months of January and July to celebrate the annual commemoration. In contrast, the growing night life is also one feature of Hawassa city that draws people from Addis Ababa and other places. Lake Hawassa, the fish market, hot springs, parks and open air markets in and around Hawassa are the other main tourist sites.
Lake Hawassa
Lake Hawassa is one of the major lakes in the East African Rift Valley which rips through Ethiopia. A glimpse of the Lake Hawassa scenery, including the rolling hills which surround the lake, is seen from most locations in the city. It is also the most studied and the smallest Rift Valley lake in Ethiopia. Lake Hawassa is 16 km long and 9 km wide, with a surface area of 129 square kilometers.
Lake Hawassa attracts many tourists who indulge in the leisure of fishing as it holds different kinds of fish species like Tilapia, African fish and Cart-fish. Visitors find it enjoyable to fish while watching gentle winds move the lake waters in slight ups and downs, washing algae and plankton to the shores to be devoured by flamingoes and fish birds. Fishing outlets can be found at the fish market and Amora Gedel Park.
Smoothened shore lines can also be found on the shores of Lake Hawassa although a bulk of this tends to be within private hotel or resort territories. Lake Langano, a highly frequented nearby Rift Valley lake, has smooth sand beaches behind the series of resort hotels on its shores. The gentle breezes and spectacular sunsets by Lake Hawassa are a feast for the senses to be enjoyed from the shore; or, visitors can hop on one of the small, colorfully painted boats and enjoy a sail into the center of or across the lake under clear blue skies.
Amora Gedel as it is locally known is found in the south western side of Lake Hawassa. It got its name after the flock of bird species that crowd the lake in search of fish. The wide variety of birds ranging from the glorious African Fish Eagle to the Pelicans, Hammer Kop, Kingfisher and Marabous’ create a great spectacle for bird watchers to.
Gudumale is also a special place at the lake where the Sidama cultural and spiritual holiday “Fiche” is annually celebrated. This colorful ceremony is attended by many local followers and visitors.
Home to the Rastafarian Community in Ethiopia, Shashamane is a small town located about twenty kilometers before reaching Hawassa. In some parts of the town, visitors are bound to feel like they are in Jamaica, because the city is inhabited by plenty of Jamaicans who settled in the town after being granted part of the land from Emperor Haile Selasssie in 1948. The Banana Art Gallery and Museum is also open to visitors who appreciate authentic Rastafarian art and culture. The majority of Shashemene residents practice Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and other religions while Islam, Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism make up the remaining. The city is surrounded with ever green forests and fertile land that makes it suitable for agricultural production.
The Fish Market
The fish market or as it is locally called “Asa Gebeya” is located within the city boundaries, easily accessed by taxi or other similar transport.
At dawn, local fisher men arrive with wooden rowing boats brimming with Tilapia and other fishes. The fresh fishes are then distributed to the small eateries dotted alongside the shore who cook mouth-watering dishes. Marabou, Pelicans and other birds are also seen feasting on the remains of the fishes.
Weekly Market days
For visitors who enjoy shopping for authentic goods, Mondays and Thursdays in Hawassa markets are well-suited. In the colorful and crowded markets, traditional pottery, dresses, bags and baskets are found in abundance. Other goods such as clothes, shoes, accessories, fruits, vegetables, grains, butter, pots, pans are displayed for sale.
Tikur Wuha Park
This beautiful park with dense forest is located in the entrance of the city of Hawassa from Shashemene. Its total area is estimated to be 475,037 sq. meter. This park was previously owned by Ras Andargachew Mesay who was a high ranking official in the 1950s. It was handed over to the Hawassa municipality in the 1960s and was renowned as a park ever since.
Amora Gedel Park
This a magnificent park located around the fish market in Hawassa. It occupies about 261.910 sq. meters. It is a perfect place to take an evening stroll while overlooking Lake Hawassa. It was previously occupied by Princess Tenagne Work Teferi but was later reserved as the peoples’ recreation park under the municipality of the city.
Timket Bahir
This is a park where different religious rituals including Epiphany are celebrated. It occupies 35,250 sq. meters.
Spring Waters
Hawassa is a town surrounded with three natural heritages sites with hot spring waters.
The Gedabo spring water is located 41 km south of Hawassa on the road to Yirgalem. It is a great place for relaxation, peace and tranquility.
Wondo Genet
This is a resort town located 39 km from Hawassa. The newly paved road makes it easily accessible by car. The beautiful panorama, forests, wildlife and abundant hot springs make it an ideal place to visit.
The Wondo Genet Hotel was established by the royal family as a recreational site in 1964. Emperor Haile Selassie coined its name, meaning “Wondo Paradise.” The hotel is currently owned and administered by Wabe Shebelle Hotels Enterprise.
The College of Forestry, established in 1978, is also located in Wondo Genet. It encompasses a wide area of natural forest with its wildlife and plantation, for research and training purposes. The College grounds are open to local and international tourists.
A variety of spices, aromatic and medicinal plants are also researched and conserved at the Essential Oils Research Sub-center which is also located in this resort town.
This a hot spring located 12 km in the south eastern direction of the city. The spring water is known for its curative nature and locals are seen taking a swim or long baths.