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Events in the year 2023 in Ethiopia.

Incumbents

Events

Ongoing

January

February

March

April

  • From April 3 – New wave of crackdown and arbitrary arrests primarily against ethnic Amhara journalists and activists by the government.[39][40][41]
  • From April 2 – Protests across the Amhara Region erupted following governments' announcement to disband the Amhara Regional forces. Prosperity Party has been accused of enforcing measures to disband the Amhara forces while the controversial disarmament of Tigray forces remained unresolved, and the Oromia regional forces still heavily armed. Both have been taken as major threat for the Amhara.[42][43]
  • April 2 – VOA reported that at least 21 fatalities, 10 severe injuries and over 5800 displacement due to flood in Gofa Zone, in the Uba Debretsehay of the SNNPR.
  • April 6 – Based on ReliefWeb, about 24 million Ethiopians live in drought affected areas and about 11 million of them need food assistance. About 2.05 billion USD is required for the response.[44]
  • April 7 – ReliefWeb reported that there was at least 2624 targeted civilian fatalities from April 2022 to 2023.[45]
  • April 12 – Questions re-surfaced on the legitimacy of Abiy Ahmed doctoral thesis.[46][47]
  • April 27 – Cholera outbreak continued in the Gamo-Gofa of SNNPR region.[48]
  • April 27 – Girma Yeshitila, head of Abiy's Prosperity Party was assassinated during work related travel. The Amhara blamed Abiy Ahmed for plots and assassination.[49]

May

  • May 6 – Umer Lema of the Afar Prosperity Party official was assassinated while traveling for work in the Oromia Region. VOA reported that additional 6 people including Umer's brother were also shot dead.[50][51]
  • May 6 – Ethiopian Peace Observatory (ACLD) reported on volatilities in the Amhara Region. The region had the highest number of recorded events and fatalities due to political violence in April, with 26 events and 47 reported fatalities. Over 68% of all reported fatalities in the country were recorded in the Amhara region.[5]
  • May 9 – ReliefWeb reported that close to 750 people crossed to Metema from Sudan on 9 May alone. Until May 9, more than 17,500 people have crossed through the Metema border point since April 21.[52]
  • May 9 – Daniel Bekele of the EHRC provided update to the Parliament on the continued volatile situations and concerns in the Amhara Region related to the increase in human rights violations following governments' military actions.[1]
  • May 10 – The National Election Board of Ethiopia presented its concern to the Parliament on the issues of government authorities arresting, and abusing opposition parties and preventing them from holding meetings.[53] The opposition parties persecuted by include Balderas for True Democracy Party,[54] Enat Party,[55] and Gogot[56] or Gurage Unity and Justice Party.[57][58]
  • May 12 – Four fatalities and five injuries reported in Kasagita, Awsi Rasu, Afar Region due to mortar explosion.[59] OCHA reported the need for land marking and clearance of explosive remnant of war remain from the TPLF attacking of Afar is high. In addition over 1000 Dengue fever cases were also reported in the region.[60]
  • May 12 – Alebachew Amogne, administrator of Addis Ababa's Kirkos sub-city was assassinated in his office. Addis Ababa police said it identified the suspect and in custody. This is the third assassination in just three weeks.[61]
  • May 12 – OCHA reported that at least 18,500 have crossed the Metema, Amhara border from Sudan since 21 April, with close to 500 new arrivals on 11 May.[60]
  • May 12 – Over 71,000 displaced due to excessive rains between March and May mainly in Sidama, SNNP , Oromia and Somali.[60]
  • May 19 – U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa published travel restrictions to Gambela and Benishangul Gumuz Regions due to crime, kidnapping, ethnically motivated violence, and sporadic violent conflict.

June

  • June 2 – Authorities continued demolishing Mosques in Addis Ababa. At least 3 worshippers killed by police.[12]
  • June 2 – Ethiopian Human Rights Commission reported imprisonment of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers from Eritrea imprisoned.[62]
  • June 8 – USAID said, in coordination with the Ethiopian government, that a "widespread and coordinated campaign is diverting food assistance from the people of Ethiopia."[63][64]
  • June 25 – Birtukan Mideksa, chairwoman of the National Election Board of Ethiopia since 2018 announced her resignation.[65]
  • June 30 – ReliefWeb reported that the security in situation in the Amhara Region remains volatile and there are about 583.5K IDPs across the region, including 245K school-age (3–18) children. At least 4086 schools are damaged and unable to resume the education process. As of June 2023, 902K children remain out of school, from both IDPs and host community.[66]

July

  • July 7 – Farmers in the Amhara Region continued demonstrating the government due to restricted access to fartilizers that threatens agricultural livelihoods.[67]
  • July 14 – OCHA reported that Cholera outbreak continues spreading across 74 woredas in Oromia, Somali, Sidama and SNNPR for almost a year.[68]
  • July 15 – Abiy Ahmed's regime continued deporting Eritrean refugees from Ethiopia. UN urged the government to stop detaining, and deporting asylum seekers and migrants.[69]
  • July 20 – VOA Amharic published that curfew is imposed in Gambela due to the renewed ethnic violence that led to killling of unspecified number of people, property destruction and civilians displacements.[7]

August

November

Deaths

  • April 27 – Girma Yeshitila, head of Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party was assassinated during work related travel. The Amhara blamed Abiy Ahmed for plots and assassination.[49]
  • May 6 – Umer Lema of the Afar Prosperity Party official was assassinated while traveling for work in the Oromia Region. VOA reported that additional 6 people including Umer's brother were also shot dead.[50][51]
  • May 12 – Alebachew Amogne, administrator of Addis Ababa's Kirkos sub-city was assassinated in his office. Addis Ababa police said it identified the suspect and in custody. This was the third assassination in three weeks since the assassination of Umer Lema.[61]
  • May 12 – The death of Ethiopian popular singer, Hirut Bekele was announced on this date.

See also

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