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17 Feb 2017 description

Ethiopia - IOM last week (9/2) transported 816 South Sudanese refugees from the Pagak entry point on the South Sudan-Ethiopia border to the new Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella Region, Ethiopia, bringing the total number of refugees moved since the beginning of 2017 to 4,833.

15 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

14 février 2017 – Le Bangladesh, la Côte d'Ivoire, l'Éthiopie, le Ghana, l'Inde, le Malawi, le Nigéria, la Tanzanie et l'Ouganda se sont engagés mardi à réduire de moitié la mortalité des femmes enceintes et des nouveaux nés dans les établissements de santé d'ici 2022 en rejoignant un réseau de santé créé avec l'appui de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).

14 Feb 2017 description

Ethiopia - Later this month, IOM will begin building the first transitional shelters for South Sudanese refugees in Gambella region, Ethiopia.

The nearly 900 transitional shelters will be built in the new Nguenyyiel camp, which opened in September 2016, to accommodate roughly 4,400 people.

14 Feb 2017 description

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies

Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.

Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

13 Feb 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

After the El Niño weather phenomenon that severely affected Ethiopia and left 10.2 million people in need of emergency assistance in 2015/16, Ethiopia is once again subject to severe weather conditions causing the failure of the Hageya/Deyr rains (fall rain) in the southern and eastern rainfall belt. The severe water shortages resulting from negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) induced drought have caused high numbers of livestock deaths due to lack of pasture and high rate of disease.

10 Feb 2017 description

Halfway into the six-month state of emergency the Ethiopian government declared on 9 October 2016, this is a commentary on the State of Emergency Declaration and the Directive for the Implementation of the Declaration. The commentary analyses the State of Emergency Declaration against established human rights norms provided for in the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. These norms include: notification to the United Nations Secretary General; legality; non-derogable rights; necessity; and proportionality.

10 Feb 2017 description
report Humedica

Increasing number of refugees in the Horn of Africa

by LKO, 2017/02/03

There is not enough water, more and more cattle is dying and food supplies are already short: for years now it has not rained sufficiently in the Horn of Africa and the fear is growing that this will lead to a recurrence of the latest famine, which claimed the lives of 260.000 people in 2011.

09 Feb 2017 description

Addis Ababa February 9,2017 National Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed that the government has allocated 47 million USD to mitigate drought in pastoral areas.

Severe drought has hit citizens in 9 zones of Somali Regional State, West Gujji, Borena, lowlands of Bale, South Omo and Segen this year.

Recalling that 10.2 million citizens needed assistance last year, the commission said the total number of compatriots that need relief support has declined to 5.6 million.

07 Feb 2017 description
report Logistics Cluster

The Logistics Cluster has been supporting the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) with the rehabilitation of the three key government logistics hubs in Adama, Kombolcha and Dire Dawa. On 2 February 2017, the last of these hubs, Adama, 250 m2 of space rehabilitated, was officially inaugurated.

06 Feb 2017 description

Livestock are central to the livelihoods of the millions of pastoralists and agropastoralists living in southern and southeastern areas of Ethiopia, who now face the serious effects of a long dry spell following the failure of the October–December rains. Protecting livestock-based livelihoods is FAO’s number one priority in affected areas of Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions.

06 Feb 2017 description

Addis Ababa February 03/2017 Ethiopia is working to ensure the safe return of 19 children kidnapped recently from Gambella Regional State by the Murle tribe of South Sudan, the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said.

At a press briefing he gave this afternoon, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said this occured in the middle of the effort Ethiopia has been exerting to ensure the return of its remaining 60 children of the 151 children kidnapped last year by the same group.

04 Feb 2017 description

by Thomson Reuters Foundation | @katymigiro | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Saturday, 4 February 2017 16:31 GMT

Islamist group Al Shabaab deny refugees have fled areas they are occupying

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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Feb 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of malnourished Somali women and children are fleeing into Ethiopia to escape Islamist militants who are taxing them and seizing their food, animals and land, the United Nations said on Friday, amid fears of renewed famine.

03 Feb 2017 description

Mefti Mekonnen|Published 30. Jan 2017

Ethiopia: Conflict and drought has forced 6,000 families to flee their homes in the Oromia and Somali regions.

“Now, at the age of 84, I have to learn how to live in a small traditional hut,” says Ibado Samatar.

She used to be a farmer. When her family was attacked by bandits and her farm was razed to the ground, Ibado had no choice but to leave. Before that, she had never left her home town of Mechare, in the western part of Oromia region.

03 Feb 2017 description

Ethiopia - IOM has delivered a training course to Ethiopian government officials from the Gambella region on how to use cash transfers as an innovative way to address the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Staff from UN agencies and NGOs operating in Gambella also took part.

03 Feb 2017 description

Focus on the operation

Addis Ababa: A microcosm of refugees in Ethiopia

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“Limited livelihood and self-reliance opportunities imply high dependence on external support."

Hopes rekindled as Sudanese refugee gets chance for university education

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Operational Updates

03 Feb 2017 description

Focus on the operation

Improving lives of refugees in Ethiopia's fertile west

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"UNHCR and our partners remain committed to ensuring a positive future perspective for the upcoming generation."

Refugee teacher chips in to support education services in Ethiopia's west

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Operational Updates

Donors visit new arrivals in Gambella PART II


01 Feb 2017 description

A promising future for girls’ education in Ethiopia: three higher learning institutions have mainstreamed gender-responsive pedagogy in six teacher-training courses through the UNESCO-HNA Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

A major part of a girl’s future plays out in school – and teachers are in a unique position to ensure that girls feel as confident as boys do to pursue their dreams.

31 Jan 2017 description

South Africa - A group of 147 Ethiopian migrants detained in Zambian jails for between one and five years returned home last week, with the help of IOM.

The migrants, who included 11 children, started their journeys at different times over the course of 2011 and 2015. Most of them were headed for South Africa, where they were hoping to find employment and join family members already living and working there.

31 Jan 2017 description

Ethiopia - IOM has provided beehives and beekeeping equipment to 50 households in communities hosting refugees in Gambella region, Ethiopia, to increase livelihood opportunities and boost family incomes.

The beehives were distributed in the villages of Kamri, Jewi and Bonga, which are all located near the Jewi refugee camp, which hosts some 57,000 refugees from South Sudan.

31 Jan 2017 description

Addis Ababa January 31/2017 The response made by the Ethiopian government in curbing the El Nino induced drought over the previous year is commendable and among the best by global standards, Canada’s Ambassador to Ethiopia said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Philip Baker commended the strong and timely response made by the government and other stakeholders toward mitigating the effects of the drought.