Germany lifts Ethiopia travel advisory, despite Amhara & Oromia ‘skepticism’

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Germany has fully lifted its travel advisory for Ethiopia citing the end of state of emerency rule on August 4, 2017.
The state of emergency was imposed in October 2016 to quell spreading anti-government protests in two main regions of Amhara and Oromia.
The German foreign ministry’s message issued on Thursday August 10, however, asked citizens to carefully weigh trips off routes into the two states in question. They further cautioned citizens to review their personal security and to stay away from places of conflict and to avoid crowds.

Holiday trips off the main routes, into the Oromia and Amhara regions should be carefully weighed.
‘‘Holiday trips off the main routes, into the Oromia and Amhara regions should be carefully weighed. On the main routes (Axum, Mekele, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Dire Dawa, Arba Minch, Konso, Jinka) travel is possible without problems,’‘ the statement read.

It also warned of ‘‘increasingly violent and partial fatal collisions between the two ethnic groups’‘ in the border area of the Oromo- and Somali regions. The two groups have reportedly being clashing since early 2017.


‘‘The areas concerned are Guji, Bale, Borena, Hararghe and West Guji. Travelers are advised to avoid these areas,’‘ the statement cautioned.

The United States in its latest travel advisory on Ethiopia reported of intense fighting in the country’s east. They said the fighting had made a key road linking the east to Addis Ababa umpassable.

In its response, the government said there was only sporadic clashes in the region between the Oromos and Somalis but not ‘intense fighting’ as the US sought to portray.

The country imposed a curfew in October last year, it was extended by another four months in April this year and was lifted after 10 months.


  1. This is about the latest from the IAAF meet in London.

    Did you just watch the 5000m final? If you didn’t, you missed the action, man and you are grounded for the 30 days!!!1. The young man I was rooting for ‘Barega’ kind of waned during the last 100 yards. But I can see they played classic competition. How about that lion Idris? I know what happened? The late heroes Yifeter the Shiter and Biklila had turned the twin turbos on his legs. Ladie and gentlemen!!! Bikila is incarnated!!!! Yifter the Shifter has been awakened just for this occasion. Those two naughty rascals!!! I could see them stepping on the accelerator and sprint with this young man to the finish!!!! I am good now!!!! I have calmed down now!!!! My old heart is back to normal with its beats. But that 17yr old kid will still be a force to reckon with in the coming years. I hope this heroic loss will not take a toll on his morale. He lost this race just by less than 3 seconds. I was also looking for that neighbor, Kifle from Eritrea too. He was only 4 seconds behind. It was a fight to the finish. What a tactic!! What a strategic race by the three countrymen!!! I am fixed with gushing joy for the rest of the week, man. I am good now!!!! Also hats off to the hero of all us Mo Farah!!! He put up a gallant fight to the finish. See you in the marathons!!!

  2. Turned out to be 2nd place for our gallant daughter Ayana but still what a feat by her!!! The other graceful cheetah from our dear neighbors Kenya was well prepared for this. But still all Hail to Ayana!!! I am good with her result, One gold and one silver? That is a lot of hardware, man. You can’t beat that. To me she has the most graceful stride since Tirunesh and Defar. I am very, very happy!!!

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