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27 May 2015 description

Meseret Bekele

Addis Ababa May 26/2015 The African Union Election Observation Mission said today that the general election held on Sunday was peaceful and credible.

A preliminary statement presented by Head of the Observer Mission, Hifikepunye Pohamba noted that the election provided opportunity for the Ethiopian people to express their choices at the polls.

26 May 2015 description

In 2015 humanitarian organizations will target assistance to an estimated 5.4 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan. This vulnerability is primarily driven by conflict-induced displacement, and chronic food insecurity and malnutrition. Some 3.1 million people in Sudan are internally displaced; most in Darfur, while a further 0.7 million people are refugees displaced from their country of origin or South Sudanese who are unable to move to South Sudan.

26 May 2015 description

DRC a key player in a crisis-ridden world

26.05.15

Danish Refugee Council's annual report for 2014 is now available. Read Secretary General, Andreas Kamm's statement and download the full report.

26 May 2015 description

Ethiopia - IOM has transported some 41,978 South Sudanese refugees from camps in Leitchour and Nip Nip to Jewi camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province in just two weeks.

The operation, which involved 443 buses, 86 trucks, and a helicopter, moved 39,563 refugees from Leitchour and 2,226 from Nip Nip to Jewi. Some 189 vulnerable refugees unfit to travel by road made the journey in a helicopter provided by UNHCR. The largest convoy last week consisted of 71 buses and 10 trucks carrying some 4,526 refugees.

26 May 2015 description

Ethiopia - IOM Ethiopia has provided post arrival assistance to some 2,061 vulnerable Ethiopians returning from Yemen. They have included people injured in the conflict, as well as those in need of transport and accommodation.

IOM is providing accommodation at its transit centre in Addis Ababa, onward transportation allowances and post-arrival health assessments, including referrals to hospitals in Addis Ababa.

26 May 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • The timely provision of short maturing improved varieties of wheat, sorghum, maise and teff seeds will be required for the upcoming meher season.

  • With some 1.6 million livestock require feed and water interventions in Arsi, West Arsi, Bale, East and West Hararge zones of Oromia region, 19.6 million quintals of emergency feed is required for the next two months.

26 May 2015 description

Current Conditions: Regional Highlight

• Minimal food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) in parts of Sudan, western & central Ethiopia, agricultural areas of Uganda, western Kenya, southwest South Sudan, northern Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi but stressed (IPC Phase 2) in most pastoral areas;

• Crisis and emergency food insecurity remains a concern mostly in DRC, CAR and conflict-affected states of South Sudan, parts of NE Kenya, NE Ethiopia, some districts in Karamoja, Darfur in Sudan, IDP sites in Somalia;

26 May 2015 description

Asefa Mideksa

Addis Ababa May 24/2015 The African Union observation team visited polling station today said the process seems to be going on well in all areas.

The African Union observation team, which visited polling stations in Addis Ababa briefed journalists about its observations.

The team visited polling station 19 near Atlas Hotel to observe the closing of the polls and counting of votes.

25 May 2015 description

Communiqué

Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, 22 May 2015

24 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Asia and South Asia

Nepal Earthquake

24 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 12:32 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

Ethiopians voted Sunday in the country's first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012, with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn all but certain to stay in power.

Over 36.8 million Ethiopians registered for Sunday's polls, but analysts say the election in Africa's second-most populous nation falls far short of true democracy. The opposition also alleges the government has used authoritarian tactics to guarantee victory.

23 May 2015 description

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 07:26 GMT

Rights groups said elections on Sunday in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country, would not be free or fair due to a clampdown on freedom of speech.

Ethiopia on Sunday holds its first general election since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is almost certain to stay in office.

23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

22 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS IN SOUTH SUDAN

  • In a statement issued on 20 May 2015, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition and their allied forces in Unity and Upper Nile States.

22 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 14:39 GMT

Voting in the only constituency in Ethiopia with an independent member of parliament were postponed Friday, two days before the general election, the government spokesman said.

Ashebr Woldegiorgis, the only independent MP elected in 2010, had been due to run for a second term against a candidate from the ruling coalition party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).