the former prime minister Hailemariam desalegn talks abou TPLF
These trips have yielded a 35 minutes documentary that was launched during the AIDS conference in the Netherlands. Tell me about it?
We have created a documentary film that profiles the epidemics of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) in India and South Africa. Both countries are struggling to contain this disease and are dealing with other problems of poverty and inequality. What the film shows however is that the governments of each country have made drastically different choices in how they respond to this public health crisis. These choices centre on making life-saving drugs available for those who need them. The film explores the experience of people from both countries that are affected by MDR-TB, giving them the opportunity to tell their stories that have too often been ignored.
What do you hope it would ultimately achieve?
We hope this film can be used as a tool for advocacy, to transform the response to TB in to a social justice movement. Simply put, we want to demonstrate how political leadership can so dramatically change people’s lives. In the lead up to the United Nations High Level Meeting on TB this September in New York, we hope political leaders take notice and make the right choices for their people.
Samantha Power, the Unites States ambassador to the United Nations (UN) has called for the release of a leading Ethiopian opposition member, Bekele Gerba. December 23 marks a year that Gerba – deputy Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress – is in detention, he has been held by authorities along with 20 others as part of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism proclamation. ‘‘We call on the Government of Ethiopia to release all political prisoners and ensure all Ethiopians enjoy the protections of their constitutional rights,’‘ Power said. displayAdvert("mpu_3") We call on the Government of Ethiopia to release all political prisoners and ensure all Ethiopians enjoy the protections of their constitutional rights. The ambassador is leading the US government’s #FreeToBeHome political prisoner campaign which is aimed at putting the spotlight on persons who are ‘‘missing because a government chose to muzzle their voices and lock them up.’‘ ‘‘The stories of these individuals will highlight the broader struggle faced by so many families of political prisoners, who have to commemorate countless family occasions with loved ones behind bars,’‘ she added. There are two other African governments the US is calling on to release political prisoners. The Egyptian and Gambian governments in respect of Omar Mohamed Ali