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Below, release from Durbin....


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will travel to Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Sudan this week to examine US foreign assistant programs in the region. Durbin and Brown's trip will focus global health, maternal/infant mortality, clean water, sanitation, refugee, and economic development activities. The Senators will also discuss regional peacekeeping and diplomatic issues.

Due to security concerns, the full itinerary will not be released in advance.

Durbin and Brown departed Friday, traveling first to Tanzania where they plan meet with embassy officials, tour rural health clinics and hold meetings with Tanzanian health officials.

The Senators will then travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo where they will discuss regional security issues with the UN peacekeeping force stationed in the eastern part of that country. They will also tour refugee camps and health facilities which house and treat victims of the region's bloody civil war.

In Ethiopia, Durbin and Brown will again focus on health issues - specifically HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention - with stops at rural and regional health facilities. They will also discuss regional security issues and humanitarian issues with stops at local refugee camps. Finally, the Senators will meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The final stop of the trip will be to Sudan where Durbin and Brown will discuss regional security concerns with the President of South Sudan, H.E. Lt. General Salva Kiir Mayardit. They will also discuss water and sanitation issues while touring refugee camps for those displaced by the conflict in the Darfur region of the country.

The Senators will return to the United States on Friday the 19th.



gearte thanks with full support to Durbin and Brown thoise spent their time to keep on helping those who are in a realy need.

we,pay a special concern to those people whom weresafed million of lives .

will keep on contaced.

America has been enabling dictators for its short-sighted interests, which by the way keeps changing every time there is an election. Many hoped that the killer of 200 innocent lives Meles Zenawi would be held responsible for his genocidal killings although the dictator receiving first class treatment from the West. When will we learn? Stop the child killer Meles Zenawi instead of being bed fellows with a dictator.

This is good news for Ethiopia. The visit will provide Senator Durbin with a good opportunity to witness Ethiopia's developmental gallop. He will also be able to disprove the lies and fabrications which the vocal Diaspora had been jet-hossing the US Congress with. The aim and goal of Ethiopian expatriates has remained one, and one only: to create utter chaos and havoc during elections so that the Government will be persuaded to take draconian measure which will be denouced by the international community. Meles has learnt his lessons from the 2005 Elections by revamping the Police crowd control capabilities. Ethiopia's vocal Diaspora cannot resort to the same old trick of 'buying' the unemployed and disgruntled youth to stage a takeover binge in urban towns and cities.
Meles will pull out Ethiopia from the quagmire of abject poverty.

Meles is a dictator that has been in power for 21 years. What he has achieved so far is repression of Oromo and other peoples of Ethiopia. It is easy for ethnic Tigrians to applaud Meles as leaders of Cuba and Noth Korea are applauded by their followers. In a country led by ethnic Tigrians, it is no wonder that Tigrians come out to speak of Meles as the Saviour, the revolutionary leader, although to the rest of the 95% Ethiopians, Ethiopia is Hell on earth as witnessed by sane governments, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

The above comments are true. People are in critical economical problem especially civil servants. Their income is not sufficient, some of them are not able to purchase their food. No body given attention for civil servants. Offfa!! too much order but no payment. Rules and regulations are not practical because of .......... critical shortage shameful !!!!!

Verbal or simply talk which is fatal sickness
for us (for civil servants) OK!!

Please avoid musina from Ethiopia.

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