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Old 02-09-2015, 09:25 AM
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Crown Princess Mary's Visit to Ethiopia: February 16-18, 2015

CP Mary and the Danish Minister for trade and development will visit Ethiopia, February 16-18. Subjects: women's health and enpowerment and circumsion
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:09 AM
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Thanks, Ricarda.

BB has a few more details: Kronprinsesse Mary på udfordrende tur til Etiopien | Billed Bladet
Mary are to meet a number of women and representatives for local organizations in the capital Addis Ababa. - So no trip into the countryside I guess.
- Female circumcision is very common indeed in that part of Africa.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:13 AM
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Here's the press release from the Royal Court:

H.K.H. Kronprinsessen besøger Etiopien - Kongehuset
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:24 AM
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Crown Princess set to visit Ethiopia

Girl and women's health and rights to be focus of trip... cphpost.dk article

Ethiopia: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark to Visit Ethiopia Next Week
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:38 AM
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Mary travels together with our Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen (who both Mary and Frederik works closely with on foreign working visits and official visits.)

They left yesterday evening. Mogens Jensen wrote last night at 7:50 pm on his Facebook profile:

"On this Sunday, I have no great desire to leave our country. But as the Prime Minister said we must continue to live and work as before. We must not allow ourselves to be cowed. Together with the Crown Princess I will now travel to Africa to focus on women's rights. No one should stop the fight for equality and freedom - either at home or abroad."
https://www.facebook.com/mogensjense...30971273582881

It takes about 10+ hours to fly from Copenhagen to Ethiopia so they must have landed and started their visit. Their working visits are always very well covered, but I think the coverage of this three-day visit will naturally be less due to the coverage if what happened in Copenhagen this weekend. I also see we haven't received an official press program from the Court as usual so we can follow the different events during the days.

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Mary and Mogens Jensen arriving:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...d2acb4d9384f28
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Today Mary visited a refugee camp in Gambella, West-Ethiopia.
H.K.H. Kronprinsessen besøger flygtningelejr i Gambella - Kongehuset
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:11 AM
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Mary travels together with our Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen (who both Mary and Frederik works closely with on foreign working visits and official visits.)

They left yesterday evening. Mogens Jensen wrote last night at 7:50 pm on his Facebook profile:

"On this Sunday, I have no great desire to leave our country. But as the Prime Minister said we must continue to live and work as before. We must not allow ourselves to be cowed. Together with the Crown Princess I will now travel to Africa to focus on women's rights. No one should stop the fight for equality and freedom - either at home or abroad."
https://www.facebook.com/mogensjense...30971273582881
A very strong message. One which I applaud
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:51 AM
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BB informs us more of Mary's and Minister Mogens Jensen's visit.

After a long flight lasting a total 14 hours from Copenhagen via Frankfurt to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and then on a domestic flight to the Gambella province Crown Princess Mary and Mogens Jensen began their first day in good form.

Picture and article:
Kronprinsesse Mary i Etiopien: Modtaget med sang i flygtningelejr | Billed Bladet

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More pictures and article:
http://royalista.com/84943/mary-is-w...e-in-ethiopia/
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:55 AM
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I didn't think that flight was that long but I guess the flights and the changes I did not think about. Did they arrive this morning or a day before?

A few pictures
http://royalista.com/84943/mary-is-w...e-in-ethiopia/
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:00 PM
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gallery from today
Kronprinsesse Mary og udviklingsministeren i Etiopien | www.b.dk
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I didn't think that flight was that long but I guess the flights and the changes I did not think about. Did they arrive this morning or a day before?

A few pictures
Mary is welcomed with a party cake in Ethiopia | Royalista

They arrived this morning. They left Denmark last night.

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Day 1 gallery from newmyroyals
Crown Princess Mary visit Ethiopia (Day 1) | NEWMYROYALS & HOLLYWOOD FASHÄ°ON
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Mary visited the refugee camp and the camp's volunteers as patron of the Danish Refugee Council. Yesterday, she and the Minister also attended meetings, but I don't think we will get pictures of that. Without a published program it's not easy to find out which events there are what og where. It's probably because this is more a working visit; to see and experience how things are going with their own eyes. Mary and Minister Mogens Jensen will both be key speakers at the professional conference next Tuesday in Copenhagen on women's rights.

Here's a BB video and a long information/article from yesterday, Day 1:
VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Marys gribende møde med Sydsudans flygtningebørn | Billed Bladet

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Day 2, today:

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Mogens Jensen sit for a conversation on FGM & Child Marriage in Afar, Ethiopia:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-CS-FiIAAATq4S.jpg:large

A great gallery from Royalista from yesterday:

Refugee children greet Mary with homemade gifts | Royalista
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A great gallery from Royalista from yesterday:

Refugee children greet Mary with homemade gifts | Royalista
There's a very hmmm....competent-looking PET (FET) in the background in one of the pics
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There's a very hmmm....competent-looking PET (FET) in the background in one of the pics
Yes, there are at least three of them. Two packing considerably heavier gear than usual. They are PET though, of that I'm almost 100 % certain. But it seems like there is an outer ring as well.
Probably very wise as the refugee camp is situated close to the border of Southern Sudan!
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Yes, there are at least three of them. Two packing considerably heavier gear than usual. They are PET though, of that I'm almost 100 % certain. But it seems like there is an outer ring as well.
Probably very wise as the refugee camp is situated close to the border of Southern Sudan!
Yes, but I meant the very nicely built young man in the blue shirt....
Maybe I should have written "competent"-looking....if you know what I mean.
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Danish TV news are back with other news again and Mary's visit has just been in tonight's TV2 news. Maybe we will have a longer clip in the main evening news in about an hour.

Instead of a published detail program (as we are used to with the CP couple's visits) it seems that the court at this three days visit will publish an article about some of the activities that happened during the day instead. Maybe because it's more of a working visit or maybe it's because of security.

Here's the information the Court just has released of today's activities that has taken place:
H.K.H. Kronprinsessen besøger lokalsamfund i Afar-regionen - Kongehuset

And a gallery from the royal court (from yesterday, but will be updated...)
Besøg i Etiopien - Kongehuset
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:46 PM
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Thanks.

A BT video: Se video: Kronprinsesse Mary og Mogens Jensen i Etiopien | Se video: Kronprinsesse Mary og Mogens Jensen i Etiopien - Royale | www.bt.dk

And gallery: http://www.bt.dk/udland/se-billedern...ary-i-etiopien

More than 90 % of the women in the area have been circumcised and judging from a meeting Mary attended there is a lot of local unwillingness to change that tradition.
Some of the women have to walk several KM every day to fetch water and that means risk of being attacked and killed or simply being sexually assaulted.
Mary gave a brief interview on the TV2 news tonight telling about a woman she met in the refugee camp. A mother of four who also had to care for her mother or mother-in-law (that was unclear to Mary). The woman hadn't seen her husband for a very long time and she didn't know whether he was still alive.
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A longer clip from Mary and the Minister's visit was shown in the evening's main news tonight. Mary was interviewed briefly as well. Her Danish is superb. Maybe it will be put online... It's TV2 reporter Winnie Laursen who covers the visit (their working visits are usual covered well) so we may have a clip again at tomorrows news from the visits last day.

Pictures from today:
http://b.bimg.dk/node-images/309/8/1...i-etiopien.jpg
http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/309/8/1...andels--og.jpg

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Thanks Polyesco. A long article from today's activities. Can your Google Translate translate it fairly correct?
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