Massawa, 31 March 2015 – The Administrator of the Northern Red Sea region, Ms. Tsegereda Woldegergis, said that a number of soil and water conservation activities would be undertaken this year, in addition to reinforcing agricultural programs so as to ensure food security.
She made the remarks during a meeting with the inhabitants of Dahlak sub-zone. The Administrator also gave briefings focusing on accomplishments registered in soil and water conservation, economic and development programs, as well as putting in place social service facilities in remote areas.
NAIROBI, KENYA— Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against Houthi Shi’ite rebels in Yemen began last week, but already, security experts are warning that the conflict in Yemen might cause a new security challenge to East Africa.
Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab coalition with aerial bombardments to stop the advance of Shi'ite Houthi rebels on the port city of Aden and assure the internationally recognized government led by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returns to power.
Snapshot 25–31 March 2015
Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.
A new concept by the EU seeks to enlist the help of North African states to stem the flow of migrants. Refugee groups are worried about what might happen if these people are detained before they reach Europe.
GENÈVE, 26 mars (HCR) – Le HCR a signalé jeudi que les guerres en Syrie et en Iraq – et les conflits armés, les violations des droits humains ainsi que la détérioration de la situation de sécurité et des conditions humanitaires dans d'autres pays – ont généré la plus forte hausse depuis 22 ans concernant le nombre de demandes d'asile déposées dans les pays industrialisés.
She’ib, 26 March 2015 – Farmers in She’ib sub-zone organized in an Association are carrying out soil and water conservation campaign before the onset of the rainy season.
The campaign involves the construction of water diversion canals, terraces and farmland reactivation, and that the task got underway as of the first week of this month.
Mr. Mohammed-Nur Musa Shiruf, Chairman of the Association, said that over 110 hectares have so far been undertaken, and called on the Agriculture Ministry to exert the necessary support.
Wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years
GENEVA – The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, according to a UNHCR report released today.
Snapshot 18-24 March 2015
Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.
Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.
Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.
Kirora, 18 March 2015 – The inhabitants of Emahmine area explained that the Health Center in the locality is making significant contribution as regards raising community awareness and rendering medical service.
They also noted that extensive promotional activities organized by members of the Center have raised their awareness pertaining to communicable diseases and environmental hygiene. Moreover, mother and child mortality during delivery has witnessed visible decline.
Gala-Nefhi, 18 March 2015 – A dam has been constructed in Sela’e Da’ero Gala-Nefhi sub-zone, at a total expenditure of 4.5 million Nakfa with a view to meeting demand for both potable water supply and irrigation farming.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Yemane Abai, Director General of Land and Agriculture in the Central region, pointed out that the Government is working on priority basis to make available social service facilities in remote areas. He called on the inhabitants to practice prudent utilization of the facility.
Eritrea is one of the most repressive states in the world and the refugee camps offer little freedom or safety, but enslavement and abuse instead.
Television journalist Temesghen Debesai had waited years for an opportunity to make his escape from Eritrea, so when the country’s ministry of information sent him on a journalism training course in Bahrain he was delighted, but fearful too.
Snapshot 11–17 March 2015
Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.
Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.
16 March 2015
The Human Rights Council this morning held separate interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea.
Afabet, 16 March 2015 – The Administrator of the Northern Red Sea region, Ms. Tsegereda Woldegergis, has called for finalization of water catchment schemes being carried out through public campaign in Afabet sub-zone ahead of the rainy season. She made the call during an inspection tour in the Administrative areas of Kilamet, Gebgeb, Shabait and Mihdaf, during which the regional Administrator noted the significance of the undertakings towards enriching underground water in the area and thereby enhance activities to ensure food security.
GENEVA (16 March 2015) -- An interim UN report into the human rights situation in Eritrea has found “very clear patterns” of violations.
The oral report, delivered to the Human Rights Council, follows four months of wide-ranging investigations by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.
While the Commission has not been granted permission to visit Eritrea, its Chair, Mike Smith, said it had collected testimony from more than 500 members of the Eritrean diaspora. These indicated a variety of abuses.
A warm welcome for child refugees
Unaccompanied child refugees flee to Britain escaping war and persecution. They have often experienced significant trauma; including witnessing the death of a loved one or suffering abuse or exploitation themselves.
Unsurprisingly, child refugees are usually extremely frightened and completely bewildered when they arrive on British shores.