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Waiting in Leitchuor: South Sudanese refugees need help

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DanChurchAid

Eight months after conflict broke out, thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to flee into Ethiopia but lack of funding makes it difficult to provide shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. In August 2014, DanChurchAid visited Leitchuor camp in the Gambella region of south western Ethiopia.

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Ethiopians' plight: 'The toilets are unhealthy, but we don't have a choice'

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Guardian

Officials plan to build extra public conveniences in Addis Ababa, which has just 63 loos for its 3 million inhabitants

Addis Ababa has more than 3 million people, but there are just 63 public toilets. At one, in the oldest part of the city, there is constant activity and bustle as people queue to pay varying prices for a urinal, full cubicle or shower in the white-tiled facility inside a circular yellow building. For many, this is the only option because of the lack of provision in their own homes.

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Ethiopian girls as young as five married off

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Al Jazeera

Parents unable to look after children are marrying them off at a tender age, exposing them to maternal deaths.

Amhara, Ethiopia - Mekdes Murgeta does not remember her actual wedding, but her family told her it happened when she was five . Pointing at her own five-year-old daughter she confirms she was her age.

Murgeta lives in Mosebo, a rural village in the Amhara region in central Ethiopia. There, as in the rest of Ethiopia, it is illegal to be married before the age of 18.

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Nation gains meaningful results in irrigation development

Addis Ababa August 26/2014

Ethiopia has gained meaningful results regarding small scale irrigation in terms of size of land developed through irrigation and amount of output, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

In Ethiopia, where over 82 per cent of the total population lives in rural areas, agriculture is the major means of earning a living and it's the backbone of the economy, constitutes about 43 per cent of the country’s GDP. Over 80 per cent of the country’s exports come from agriculture.

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Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees receive cholera vaccine

The mass immunisation campaign will protect South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, as well as the host community, against the risk of cholera spreading across the border.

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Year Round Food Security

Sowing improved seeds for food security.

W/ro Yejanie Mango (43), a mother of three children, lives in Kido Kebele, Dibate District. Her family’s livelihood is entirely dependent on traditional subsistence farming and for years she struggled to produce enough food.

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WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia. Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

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Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

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Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds shortage.

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Workshop discussing mainstreaming gender in agriculture kicks off

Addis Ababa August 19/2014 The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) urged local governments to mainstream gender in agriculture programs.

Speaking on a three-day workshop here yesterday, Social Scientist at the Institute, Annet Mulema said mainstreaming gender in agriculture will help to boost productivity.

Closing the gender gap in agriculture would help to increase productivity by 20 to 30 percent, she added. It would also help countries to reduce food insecurity by 12 to 17 percent.

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Canada Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable People in Ethiopia

Canada’s support to Médecins Sans Frontières is helping to improve access to emergency health care

August 22, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

At end-July, Ethiopia was sheltering 629,718 refugees, mostly from South Sudan, followed by Somalia and Eritrea. Kenya hosts 575,334 registered refugees.

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Flood Alert, August 2014

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Following the National Meteorology Agency (NMA) forecast for the 2014 kiremt season (July to September), the DRMFSS-led national Flood Task Force, constituting NMA, sector line ministries, UN Agencies, NGOs, and donors, was reactivated to closely monitor the situation and timely facilitate preparedness and response activities in areas likely to be affected.

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UNDP, Microsoft deal to empower 200,000 Ethiopian entrepreneurs

Addis Ababa - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a collaborative agreement with Microsoft East Africa Limited to enhance development activities in the areas of entrepreneurship, UNDP said.

A press release UNDP issued to ENA today said the two organizations have agreed that Microsoft will provide training and mentorship services to Ethiopia's UNDP-supported Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for 200,000 entrepreneurs.

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SPRINT provides emergency lifesaving support to South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region of Ethiopia

14 Aug – Ethiopia: The SPRINT Initiative, a sexual and reproductive health programme in crisis and post crisis situations, supported by the Australian Government and led by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is reaching out to South Sudanese refugees in two camps (Kule, Leitchuor) of the Gambella region of Ethiopia with life-saving services for reproductive health. SPRINT aims to provide this support to 57,861 refugees in the camps with USD 77,500 for a period of 4 months starting from August to November 2014.

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Ethiopia's game-changing abortion law

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IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 8 August 2014 (IRIN) - After decades battling high maternal death rates - at least a third of which were due to botched abortions - Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives.

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UNHCR steps up measures to rein in Hepatitis E among South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

The liver disease that has spread across South Sudan over the last two years has appeared in three border camps that house some 150,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia.

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Easing the burden of life by providing firewood to refugee women in Ethiopia

Nyahok, 27, a mother four, has lined up for firewood along with other South Sudanese refugees at the Leitchour refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, about 900 kilometres west of Addis Ababa. Despite the circumstances, she still has to feed her family.

Even though families receive food rations, they need firewood to cook. For most, just like in many rural settings in Africa, they can only use firewood as they lack stoves. People have to walk up to five kilometres to fetch firewood. This is particularly difficult for the old, disabled, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

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EU signs the Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA) to support the Health Sector Development Program in Ethiopia

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European Union

ADDIS ABABA, 31 July 2014 – On Thursday 31 July 2014 and in the presence of the Federal Minister of Health H.E. Dr Kesetebirhan Admassu, EU Ambasssador to Ethiopia H.E. Ms. Chantal Hebberecht signed the Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA) paving the way for the EU to officially join the MDG Performance Fund (MDG-PF).

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New Grant to Support Forested Landscapes as a Key Pillar of Ethiopia’s Green Economy

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Ethiopian government recently signed a $10 million grant agreement with the World Bank Group to help the country implement approaches to sustainably and equitably manage its forests as a contribution to its vision of a Climate Resilient Green Economy

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Close to 2 Billion Cubic Meters Water Holding Dam Completed

Addis Ababa July 28/2014 The Tendaho Dam built to irrigate sugar cane for Tendaho Sugar Factory can now fully supply the water required, according to Water Works Design and Control Enterprise.

Some 98 percent of the construction of the dam that holds 1.86 billion cubic meters of water is finalized, it said.

The dam has the capacity to develop over 60,000 hectares of land and provide pasture land and farm land for the community in the neighbourhood.