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Showing posts from February, 2011

The Samaritan and the Purse

Afrik-News [AN] reported late last week that the license of the Samaritan's Purse [SP] in Ethiopia was revoked because the organization failed to adhere to local laws. The government of Ethiopia has accused SP of bringing "14 foreign workers into Ethiopia and employed them for three years without work permits or residence permits ...employees did not pay over 7 million Ethiopian Birr [USD 420,000] in taxes to the country." According to AN three other non-governmental organizations [Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, Ethiopian Human Rights Council , and Mobility without Barriers ] were also closed down on similar charges. Our concern is largely with issues surrounding SP because it is a decidedly evangelical and a credible organization; our viewers would like to hear SP's side of the story. See previous post here .

Ethiopia Adoption Alert

Ethiopia Adoption Alert Adoption Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs Office of Children’s Issues February 8, 2011 On December 9, 2010, the Government of Ethiopia revoked the Better Futures Adoption Services’ registration to operate in Ethiopia because of the organization’s misuse of its license in activities concerning the welfare of children. The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that prospective adoptive parents who have entered into an agreement with Better Futures Adoption Services, or who are planning to adopt through Better Futures Adoption Services, seek the advice of a legal professional. The Embassy's Adoptions Unit can be reached at Please continue to monitor for updated information as it becomes available. Better Futures Revocation of License - Amharic Translation Better Futures Revocation of License - English Translation