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UAE Red Crescent Authority distributes clothing for 5,000 children in six Eritrean provinces

Asmara: The UAE Red Crescent Authority has distributed clothing to 5,000 Eritrean children in six Eritrean provinces as part of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Campaign to clothe one million deprived children to improve the lives of children.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 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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Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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Reliable study and integrated efforts vital prerequisite for ensuring ample water supply: Water Department

Asmara, 22 April 2014 – The Water Department indicated that a reliable study and integrated efforts constitute a vital prerequisite for ensuring ample water supply both for humans and livestock. It made the remark at a meeting with experts of agricultural, infrastructural and water development from all over the country, during which Mr. Mebrahtu Eyassu, Director General of the Water Department, called for effective utilization of the available water resources.

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Micro-dams in Geleb sub-zone making significant impact as regards enriching underground water resource

Geleb, 21 April 2014 – The Administration of Geleb sub-zone state that micro-dams in the locality have made significant impact as regards enriching underground water resource.

Mr. Ahmed Osman Firuj, Administrator of the sub-zone, disclosed that there exist a total of 6 micro-dams having strategic locations for water catchment in the sub-zone, while there still exist plans to construct more micro-dams and water catchment wall is being built in the environs of a nursery in Geleb.

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Libya + 6 others
Libya to expel 271 illegal migrants from African countries

TRIPOLI, April 22 (Reuters) - Libya plans to expel 271 migrants from sub-Saharan countries in a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration to and through the North African country, state news agency LANA said on Tuesday.

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Bright Eritrean refugee in Sudan selected to study in the Netherlands

KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 17 (UNHCR) – When Mohammed Humed fled from Eritrea to the famous Sudanese tourist destination of Kassala, he was not going on holidays. He was looking for a better life, one providing safety and peace.

"We left because we could see there was no freedom or sustainable future," said Mohammed, who is now 17-years-old and has succeeded in the three years since arriving in eastern Sudan better than he ever could have expected.

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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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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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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 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'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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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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