The cargo entrance of Ethiopian Airlines has been busy these days past few weeks. It has been hosting thousands of migrants originating from Saudi Arabia who have suddenly been transported to Addis Ababa with little regards to their wellbeing.
The US, through its State Department and its developmental agency, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has pledged USD 37 million to Ethiopia to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
With global fear mounting as the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll all over the world, vulnerable Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East, where some 220,000 live, are facing deportation in the remaining months of 2020, while thousands are feared to be potential targets of flash floods, with 110,000 victims already been displaced.
These are no ordinary times. In the midst of COVID-19 that has devastated every corner of the world, the Ethiopian society and the nation is getting used to changing its habits to help stop the spread of the virus.
While boarders remain closed to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, as many as 9,400 deported and repatriated Ethiopians are receiving basic safety materials and health services across make-shift facilities.
Despite Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education ordering private educational institutions to pay all financial dues to their teachers and have parents pay partial payment for the education of their children in the midst of COVID-19 crisis, teachers at Lion Heart Academy, one of the capital’s recently established private schools, are discontented with the management of the school for not honoring its commitment to pay their salaries in full, despite continuing to collect fees from parents for the academic year, The Reporter has learnt.