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ACT Alliance Alert: Flooding in South Sudanese refugee camp, Leitchour, Ethiopia

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ACT Alliance

Geneva, 12th September 2014

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

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Ethiopia, Save the Children sign agreement to open regional office in Addis Ababa

Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mrs. Natacha Vorholter, Deputy Regional Director of Save the Children International, signed on Monday (September 08) an agreement to open a Pan African Office in Addis Ababa. On the occasion of the signing ceremony, Ambassador Berhane recalled the long-term partnership of Ethiopia and Save the Children International over many years. He thanked Mrs.

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South striving to send 500,000 children to school

Addis Ababa September 9/2014 - South Ethiopia Peoples' State is striving to enable all school-age children in the state attend classes in this academic year.

It is working in collaboration with stakeholders to convince parents to send all their children to schools, representative of the regional education bureau said.

The representative, Adane Nguse told ENA that the bureau is using social gatherings, development armies and religious institutions to register children through a door-to-door campaign.

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IBM Comes Up with Proposal to Support Health Sector

Addis Ababa September 04/2014 IBM (International Business Machine Corporation) has proposed to introduce a technological scheme that it says would make the country's health extension program effective.

At a press briefing the 15-person team gave on Thursday, September 4, 2014, they have spent 4 weeks in Addis Ababa working with government ministries and NGOs to help them deliver health services, track economic growth and attract foreign investment.

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Refugees attempt to survive in flooded camps

London, 4 September 2014 – With the rainy season, Lietchuor refugee camp, which shelters some 40,000 people from South Sudan, has become a lake dotted with islands. As a result, Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the UNHCR have taken the decision to close the camp and they must find an appropriate site to relocate the refugees.

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UNHCR and partners distribute urgently needed aid to flooded camps in Ethiopia

UNHCR, WFP and the government have begun distributing general food rations, including sorghum, lentils and cooking oil, to thousands of South Sudanese in the Gambella region.

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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.