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Lessons from the 2007 Ethiopian Census

by Asefa Belachew (asefa.belachew@gmail.com)
A. Introduction
Individuals and their political, civic, and religious Diaspora organizations provide different numbers on the size and composition of the population of Ethiopia with respect to their religion and ethnic background. Their discourses are often made on the basis of their impressions without reference to any data. At times they distort the numbers to fit their conclusion. At least one organization does not want to use the existing numbers and dissuades others from making any reference to the numbers.

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  1. . Statistical Agency says out of the country’s total child population of 22 million, more than 20.5 million are laborers between the ages of five and 14. Most of the children work in the informal economy.
    According to a survey conducted in five selected regions by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Ethiopia , many children (YEBET LIJ / BARIYA or HOUSE CHILD / SLAVE)
    work in traditional weaving or are involved in farming in a non-safe working places .
    Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa, has a population of 97 million of which 30 Million drought victims 30 percent of the total population live on less than $0.6 per day, according to the World Bank.
    . Eleven-year-old Andualem, one of Ethiopia’s estimated 15.5 million underage workers, does not know that Sunday is World Day Against Child Labor.
    Andualem works as welder without proper safety at an auto-repair shop located in the heart of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. His workplace is also his home.He is what is commonly called ” (YEBET LIJ / BARIYA or HOUSE CHILD / SLAVE)
    “I worked as a carwash boy since I was seven. Then I managed to learn welding,” he tells Anadolu Agency.
    “Welding is hard work; it’s particularly harmful to the eyes. I live in the garage where I work because the $1-2 a day income is not enough to cover the cost for food and shelter.”
    “My parents live in rural parts of the country and I have never been to school. I came to Addis Ababa at the age of seven.”
    Another child, Mestawet, sells roasted cereals on the streets.
    She says: “My father is a carpenter and my mother is a daily laborer – sometimes they work and sometimes they do not. Therefore, I have to sell the roasted cereals to fulfill our needs.”
    “Some people harass me; however, I never stop working” the seven-year-old adds.
    Just over half of these children say they work to support their families but the majority – 73.4 percent – do not go to school.
    According to the ministry, the children are often employed for low wages in 12-hour shifts. Some work on coffee and tea farms. Others in urban dry-waste collection or in small manufacturing shops.
    Forty-eight-year-old Agaredech has two children working for traditional weavers.
    “What can we do? We are poor and they have to labor for us and themselves,” she says. “I know how it is hard for them; we expect divine intervention.”
    Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa, has a population of 97 million of which almost 30 percent live on less than $0.6 per day, according to the World Bank.
    According to the labor ministry, Ethiopia’s economy, which has a 10.9 percent growth rate, has helped families feed and send their children to school. Many say the so called economic growth only benefited the few corrupt elites while the majority of the people are in worst living conditions in 50 years. AlMost all of the child laborers cannot leave the post of their work anytime day or night so it might be hard for the surveyors to count them that is probably why I the number is is so low in the report above while actuallyit is higher than reported above said my father president of Oromia-Dr. Muktar Kedir..
    Many parents in Ethiopia act like slave traders . Parents sell their children as slaves to work hard labor in their community. The only time when these child slaves are free from work is when they go to their parents to give the money they made by slaving themselves. If these children get fired from work the parents throw them out of their house until they find another job and start bringing them money. The parents force their children to somehow bring them money even through prostitution . In Ethiopia parents act like children forcing the children to be the adult bread winner since the parents gave up on the idea of earning enough to provide to the whole family .. . These parents donot ask themselves why am I unable to provide my children Because they are afraid of the TPLF cadres . They know it is the TPLF that is taking everything from the parents so the parents are left with no choice but to sell their children especially the boys to work to whoever . Rather than confronting the TPLF looters the parents resort into selling their children as slaves since the children do not have the power to stand up for their right the child slaves keep on bearing the burden of TPLF. While the TPLF children go to Europe and USA for vacation each year the poor children slave to survive. Ethiopian army chief builds multi-million dollars real estate
    I have continued exposing the unbridled corruption by officials and high brass military officers of the oligarchy in Ethiopia.
    Gen. Samora Yunus, the army chief of staff has built a number of real estates in the capital Addis Ababa and in Tigray. The General, under the name of his wife, imports duty-free all his construction needs via the government run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC). METEC has been at the center of a recent corruption that incurred loss to the government in the amount of close to 4 billion dollars.
    Sofia Mall, named after the General’s wife, is located in the capital Addis Ababa in the subdivision of the city known as Kera. The mall has several businesses as lessees and generates millions of dollars every month.

  2. why you always focus only on the dark side’s of the country. please if ur intentions are with the ruling political party don’t play by the dignity of the people. of course we might have problems whether it is from the govt or the ruling party and this is inevitable in country’s such like Ethiopia and we are striving to quash them…… and yes if u care about the people came and talk.. there is no remote control politics…. politics is only for nationals…. paec 4all of assess…

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