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Eritrea + 1 other
Eritrean seeking safe-passage to Sudan was led into a nightmare

KASSALA, Sudan, 16 April (UNHCR) – After 20 members of her religious congregation were imprisoned in Eritrea, Semret knew she had to flee to the safety of Sudan. The 25-year-old woman left on foot with a smuggler recommended by a friend – straight into a tragedy.

The Pentecostal church is among many denominations suffering severe restrictions. Anyone practising outside the four approved religions of Orthodox Christianity, Sunni Islam, Catholicism and Lutheranism can face prison, threats and harassment.

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Djibouti + 1 other
UN human rights expert welcomes release of Eritrean refugees in Djibouti

GENEVA (15 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today hailed the release of all Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers, some of whom had been held in detention for more than five years at the Nagad Police Academy in Djibouti.

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Seminar regarding quality, potential and management of underground water in Asmara conducted

Asmara, 15 April 2014 – A seminar dealing with the quality, potential and management of underground water in Asmara was conducted yesterday witnessing the participation of heads of pertinent business ventures, line ministries, PFDJ branch, members of regional Assembly and sub-zonal Administrators, among others.

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Djibouti + 1 other
Djibouti hands 267 Eritreans over to the UNHCR (Apr 15, 2014)

The Djiboutian government has handed 267 Eritrean refugees over the UN refugee agency, UNHCR including some prisoners of war taken in June 2008 when Eritrea attacked Djibouti. Presidential adviser Najib Ali Tahir said on Monday (April 14) that they included 19 prisoners of war and Djibouti has talked to the International Committee of the Red Cross to facilitate their return to their own country, despite the fact that Djibouti has received no word about the Djibouti’s POW held by Eritrea, nor has Eritrea indicated it wishes to accept them back.

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World + 39 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Potable water supply facility being put in place in Ashera area

Hagaz, 12 April 2014 – The administration of Ashera Administrative area, Hagaz sub-zone, indicated that a potable water supply facility is being put in place by the regional Administration.

Mr. Gergis Abraha, Administrator of the area, stated that the components of the project which have been constructed comprise three water distributing stations, 4 km-long pipelines and a water reservoir impounding 300 barrels, while installation of a pipeline to Mai-Shitel is continuing.

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Italy + 3 others
Italian Red Cross assisting thousands of migrants arriving by boat

More than 4,000 migrants and asylum seekers have arrived by sea to Italy within the past 48-72 hours, and thousands more are expected in the coming weeks and months.

With the European spring having arrived, the seas are calmer and safer, and this normally leads to an increase in migration, which both authorities and aid agencies try to prepare for.

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Italy + 6 others
Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days

GENEVA, April 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone.

Those rescued off the shores of Sicily and Calabria from more than 40 boats included large numbers of women and children, among them newborns and unaccompanied children, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.

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Inhabitants of Gerset administrative area become beneficiaries of Gerset Agricultural Project

Tessenei, 10 April 2014- The inhabitants of Gerset administrative area, Tessenei sub-zone, are in a position to be primary beneficiaries of Gerset Agricultural Project as it has started witnessing commendable harvest.

They further indicated that the project has ensured significant employment opportunities in the area, while registering an equivalent increase in production level. Accordingly, the awareness of the community regarding irrigation farming is on the rise, thus providing groundwork for introductions of modern agricultural practice.

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Libya + 4 others
Libya's coastguard detains more than 400 immigrants en route to Europe

By Feras Bosalum and Julia Payne

TRIPOLI, April 10 (Reuters) - Libya's coastguard has detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said on Thursday.

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Somalia + 8 others
Somalia Fact Sheet, April 2014

Operation Highlights

The number of refugees from Somalia – about 1 million – is the third highest in the world after Afghanistan and Syria

UNHCR leads protection and emergency relief interventions targeting 700,000 IDPs out of a total IDP population estimated at 1.1 million and over 2,300 refugees in Somalia.

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Somalia + 8 others
Regional mixed migration summary for February 2014

Regional mixed migration summary for February 2014 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea,Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the case load mentioned refers only to refugees, asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.

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Potable water supply facility put in place in Gizgiza area at a total of 15 million Nakfa

Hamelmalo, 09 April 2014 – A potable water supply facility has been put in place in Gizigza area, Hamelmalo sub-zone, in collaboration with the regional administration, local inhabitants and the members of the People’s Army at a total expenditure of 15 million Nakfa.

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Residents of Shambuko engage in soil and water conservation campaign

Shambiko, 08 April 2014 – The residents of Shambuko semi-urban center are engaged in soil and water conservation campaign through higher communal enthusiasm.

Mr. Bereket Mehari, Head of the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in Shambuko sub-zone, disclosed that the undertaking is aimed at raising agricultural output on the basis of land restoration and constructing terraces.

Accordingly, the popular venture is scheduled three times a week and more than 3,000 hectares have been covered so far.

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Southern region: Efforts made in collaboration with stakeholders with a view to ensuring food security described effective

Mendefera, 7 April 2014 – The Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Efrem Gebrekristos, stated that efforts exerted in collaboration with stakeholders with a view to ensuring food security in the region have become effective. He made the remark in connection with the visit of a team headed by Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, and Mr. Perin Saint Ange, Regional Director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Inhabitants of Berikh sub-zone engage in soil and water conservation undertakings

Asmara, 07 April 2014 - The inhabitants of five villages in Berikh sub-zone are engaged in soil and water conservation undertakings through higher sprit of communal participation.

Mr. Girmai Habtetsion, administrator of Adebeney village, and Birhane Mogos from the agricultural site in the locality indicated that a remarkable popular awareness prevails to this end, and expressed appreciation for the active popular participation being demonstrated in the process.

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Water supply from Warsai Dam encourages yearly double harvest, Say inhabitants of Takita

Debarwa, 05 April 2014 – The inhabitants of Takita village, Debarwa sub-zone, said that water supply from Warsai Dam has encourages yearly double harvest, besides the fact that the demand for potable water could be met both for humans and livestock.

Among the inhabitants, Mr. Ketema Gebremichael and Rev. Tewoldebirhan Libanos explained that enrichment of underground water potential in the area has favored vegetable and crop production, as well as grazing areas.

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Popular campaign aimed at construction of water diversion scheme underway in Gelalo semi-urban center

Massawa, 6 March 2014- The inhabitants of Gelalo semi-urban center are engaged in popular campaign programs aimed at construction of water diversion scheme at the river flowing through their area and making use of it for agricultural development.

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Inhabitants of Berikh sub-zone engage in soil and water conservation undertakings

Asmara, 07 April 2014 - The inhabitants of five villages in Berikh sub-zone are engaged in soil and water conservation undertakings through higher sprit of communal participation.

Mr. Girmai Habtetsion, administrator of Adebeney village, and Birhane Mogos from the agricultural site in the locality indicated that a remarkable popular awareness prevails to this end, and expressed appreciation for the active popular participation being demonstrated in the process.