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UN conference opens with call for 'reboot' of development finance

Radio Erena : 15 July 2015


At a critical moment in what the United Nations has dubbed “a year for global action,” the Third International Conference on Financing for Development kicked off today in the Ethiopian capital with calls to ensure the necessary resources to improve people's lives while protecting the planet.

“You have recognized that in a world in which both the global population and resource constraints are growing, development finance needs a reboot,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening in Addis Ababa of the Conference, also known as FFD3.


149 migrants apprehended by Turkish coastguard on route to Greece

Radio Erena: 15 July 2015

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A total of 148 migrants trying to sail to the Greek island of Lesbos were detained earlier on Monday in two separate groups.

On early Monday morning, 101 migrants also trying to sail to the Greek island of  Lesbos were detained near the coast of Ayvacik in Canakkale province by the coast guard. They were reportedly from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.


Anti-Immigration Jewish Extremists Torched an Eritrean Immigrant

Radio Erena: 14 July 2015


Anti-Immigration Jewish extremists have reportedly torched a young Eritrean immigrant at a recreation site in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In an interview he gave to Radio Erena, the extremists sprinkled the 39-year-old Eritrean victim - knows as Tedros, with a fire agent and lit him up with a cigarette lighter

He said he was able to get medical help after fellow immigrants reported to police and medical emergency services, when they found him in the streets as he was being burned.


The Legendary Eritrean Singer-Song Writer and Author – Memhir Asress Tessema Died at 81

Radio Erena: 14 July 2015

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The legendary Eritrean singer – song writer and author of many literary books – Asress Tessema passed away on the 11th of July at the age of 81.

Asress Tessema, popularily know as an educator [hence the title ‘Memhir’ – a Tigrigna word for a teacher], was one of the founding members of Asmara Theatre Association [locally know as Ma.T.A – Mahber Tiyatr Asmara]. He was also an author of many literary books in Tigrigna.

Memhir Asress was also a renowned song-writer. One of the most popular Tigrigna songs ‘Eti Gezana Abi hidmo tKhan qunchi meliOmo’ – sang by the late Teberih Tesfahuney was banned by the Ethiopian regime at the time for their politically loaded messages.


King of Mountain-crowned Tour de France champion – Daniel Teklehaimanot – grabs the international media attention

Radio Erena: 13 July 2015

Report by Amanuel Ghirmai Bahta


Eritrea’s cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot was crowned King of Mountains (KOM) on the 9th of July as the champion of the sixth stage of the ongoing 2015 Tour de France.

Daniel, who is participating in the tournament along side the South African MTN Qhubeka team, is the first African to have won the KOM jersey.

Daniel and Merhawi Kudus, are the first black Africans to have participated in the history of Tour de France and Daniel’s KOM trophy has grabbed the attention of the international media.

The tour de France continues until the 24th of July and many Eritreans are expected to attend the final race which will take place at the famous Champs elysees boulevard to show their support for Daniel and Kudus.


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