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18 May 2016 description

Gambella 18/2016 The negotiation effort to rescue the children abducted from Gambella Regional State by the Murle ethnic group is progressing successfully, according to the Deputy Chief Administrator of the state.

Additional nine children from among the 125 children kidnapped have returned home today. This will bring the total number of children rescued to 53.

Since the cross-border kidnapping, which took place on April 15, 2016, the Ethiopian and South Sudanese governments have collaboratively succeed in tracking down the culprits to rescue the children.

18 May 2016 description

Key mixed migration characteristics

Ethiopia is an important country of origin, transit and destination for people in mixed migration flows in the Horn of Africa region.

Mixed migration movements into Ethiopia predominantly include refugees, trafficked persons, irregular and economic migrants from neighbouring countries particularly from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Yemen.

17 May 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 16, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian officials on Monday said dozens of children who were kidnapped by a South Sudanese militia group have been recovered and safely returned home following negotiations with the abductors.

JPEG - 12.5 kb According to Gambela regional officials 44 children have so far been returned home after being held hostage for weeks.

The regional state and military officials of the Ethiopian Defense Force are receiving the children upon arrival at Gambella region bordering South Sudan.

14 May 2016 description
report Plan

JONATHAN MITCHELL
Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters

Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.

Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.

Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.

EL NIÑO WEATHER PHENOMENON

10 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

734,931
Total number of refugees

38,422
Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

49.8%
Percentage of women and girls

57%
Percentage of Children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

10 May 2016 description

Gambella May11/2016Additional 10 kidnapped children from Gambella Regional State by the Murle tribe of South Sudan have arrived home safely.

Welcoming the children at Gambella Airport today, Chief Regional Administrator Gatulak Tut said the Ethiopian Defense Forces have continued working in collaboration with the government of South Sudan for the peaceful resolution of the problem and the safe return of the kidnapped children.

10 May 2016 description

Reconciling the Irreconcilable? Peace-building, Humanitarianism & Development

Contents

  1. Editor's Note
  2. The nexus of peace building, development and humanitarianism in conflict affected contexts: A respect for boundaries
  3. The evolution of NGO peacebuilding in complex emergencies: A theoretical analysis
  4. Intersectionality, sexual and gender-based violence and humanitarian intervention
  5. Hitting two birds with one stone?
29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7

KEY FIGURES

# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

27 Apr 2016 description

ADDIS ABABA, 26 April 2016 (UNHCR) - The UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about the recent violent incidents in and around Gambella town, western Ethiopia, and is calling for calm in this difficult situation.

It is regrettable that lives have been lost during these violent incidents and UNHCR extends its deepest sympathies to all individuals and families who have lost their loved ones and urges all concerned groups to exercise restraint to prevent further escalation of the situation.

26 Apr 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops is still underway

  • March-May “belg” rains were erratic in March, delaying planting activities

  • “Belg” rains improved in April, but pockets of moisture deficits remain in southern SNNPR and Oromia regions as well as eastern Amhara Region

  • Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest

  • Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million

26 Apr 2016 description
report The New York Times

By JACEY FORTINAPRIL 25, 2016

GAMBELA, Ethiopia — After angry mobs began targeting his community, Simon Thion, 29, felt caught in the middle.

Mr. Simon, an Ethiopian who is part of the Nuer ethnic group, went to a hospital in the western town of Gambela recently to visit his nephew, who was injured when members of the Murle ethnic group crossed into Ethiopia from South Sudan to steal cows and kill hundreds of Nuer villagers.