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South Sudanese find peace in Ethiopia as rains near and war continues

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Guardian

Shelters are running out, medicine is in short supply and the rainy season threatens refugees arriving in Gambella.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

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Waters Over Tierkidi Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Tierdiki camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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Waters Over Lietchuor Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Lietchuor camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. Some areas are covered by clouds. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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Desert Locust situation update 15 April 2014

Swarms move into eastern Ethiopia

At least ten immature and mature swarms have been reported appearing in eastern Ethiopia from adjacent areas of northwest Somalia on 5-10 April. The swarms were initially seen in Awbere District north of Jijiga and later spread to eight districts in the Somali region. The swarms varied in size from one to 20 sq. km. and are highly mobile. Some of the adults have become mature and nearly ready to lay eggs. Aerial and ground control operations treated six swarms.

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In Central Ethiopia, a Dankeschön to Germany

German funding for WFP-supported relief and safety-net programmes in Ethiopia is helping 1.6 million pastoralists and farmers living on the edge.

LIMMU BILBILU DISTRICT, ETHIOPIA - Ire Galato planted barley, maize and teff last year in her small, one-hectare plot in the rolling hills of central Ethiopia, in the country's Oromia region. The 45-year-old farmer and her family waited patiently for the rains to come to reap the results.

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UNHCR flies in more aid for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia; relocates refugees to higher ground as rainy season approaches

As the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Ethiopia passes the 95,000 mark, UNHCR and its partners are working to improve conditions in the western Gambella region – flying in new tents, building new camps, and moving refugees to higher ground as the rainy season approaches.

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After surviving a dash for freedom, South Sudanese just happy to have home

KULE REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, April 14 (UNHCR) – The ordinary act of cooking sorghum stew comes as a nearly revolutionary blessing for 25-year-old Nyakuor Duer after all she's survived. The South Sudanese woman trekked 22 days on foot, feeding four small children wild leaves and fruit plucked from trees along the way, just to find safety in next-door Ethiopia.

She and the children, ranging from a few months to 11 years, made it. Her husband, five brothers, her mother and stepmother did not. She has no idea what happened to them. Whether they are dead or alive.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin,14 April 2014

Key Events

  • With the continued heavy influx, the expected number of South Sudanese refugees in Gambella region was increased to 200,000 people, up from 150,000 people last week.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia, World Bank Sign USD 205 Million Loan Agreement

Addis Ababa April 10/2014 Ethiopia and the World Bank signed today a 205-million USD loan agreement that would be used to finance the water supply, sanitation and hygiene Project (WASH 2 Project).

State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Ato Ahmed Shide and Representative of the World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia Mr. Perminder Brar signed the agreement.

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Urgent assistance needed for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa/Paris/New York, 10 April 2014 – Tens of thousands of refugees who have fled violence and deprivation in South Sudan and sought refuge in camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region are faced with a lack of water, food and sanitation and are suffering from a range of emergency medical conditions, including highly infectious measles, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.

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Ethiopia: WFP, UNHCR Chiefs Shine Spotlight On Plight Of South Sudanese Refugees

With conflict continuing in South Sudan, WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres are calling on the international community to step up their humanitarian response. The two UN agency heads spoke with refugees, government officials and humanitarian workers during a visit last week to Ethiopia, which is registering one of the highest numbers of South Sudanese refugees.

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Red Cross trains South Sudanese refugees

Fekadu Ethiopia, Ethiopia Red Cross Society

Buses full of South Sudanese refugees drive through the mango and fish rich town of Gambella, in southwestern Ethiopia, before finally arriving at the newly set up refugee camp of Leitchor near the border with South Sudan.

“According to official sources, there were more than 29,000 refugees in the Leitchor camp which opened in January,” said Ochan Okello, head of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society regional branch in Gambella.

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“Community Conversations” Target Irregular Migration from Ethiopia

The recent mass expulsion of over 150,000 irregular Ethiopian migrants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia highlighted the human challenges posed by people smuggling in the Horn of Africa.

The Ethiopian Government now recognizes the need to improve public awareness of the risks associated with irregular migration and is taking action to remedy the problem.

To complement the government’s efforts, IOM Ethiopia, in partnership with the government and civil society, has launched an initiative to engage Ethiopians through “community conversations.”

International Organization for Migration:

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin,7 April 2014

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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As S.Sudan conflict deepens, a generation loses hope

04/05/2014 04:17 GMT

by Jenny VAUGHAN

GAMBELA, April 5, 2014 (AFP) - Bang Chuol was studying to become a geographer in South Sudan when soldiers arrived at his home and gunned down his entire family, forcing him to flee in an instant.

"I saw them die myself," the demure 20-year-old said, speaking in a crowded refugee camp in Ethiopia.

Agence France-Presse:

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Stranded Ethiopian Migrants Return Home from Puntland

Somalia - Ahmed Hassan Roba, aged 72, spent six years stranded in Puntland, Somalia after unsuccessfully trying to cross the Gulf of Aden to find a job in Saudi Arabia.

“I left my home in Ethiopia and tried to cross the sea, but when my relatives could not help me (financially) to continue my journey, I decided to stay in Garowe (Puntland) and beg outside the mosques and in the streets,” he says.

Ahmed Hassan Roba finally managed to return to Ethiopia last week, as part of a group of 65 vulnerable, stranded Ethiopian migrants who travelled home with IOM assistance.

International Organization for Migration:

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Urgent support needed to save lives

Around 75.000 people have crossed into Ethiopia from South Sudan, since the fighting in the young nation erupted in December 2013. The humanitarian situation for the refugees is alarming.

NRC has been on the ground responding to the needs of the refugees in Gambella in Ethiopia. More than 17.000 refugees have arrived Gamebell, and NRC is working in several camps where delivery of timely humanitarian assistance is urgently required.

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A good venture

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DanChurchAid

Every morning at 6am, Asemamaw Mamo, 37, packs his lunch and climbs up the steep stony mountain from his hamlet of Diqwara in the outskirts of the northern Ethiopian town of Amdework to get to the quarry where he works.

This has been his routine for the last 3 months since he completed his training as a stonemason in a DanChurchAid/Mekani Yesus project for landless and unemployed people.

The project is meant to help people like Asemamaw, who have no land to farm, to make a living.

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Comic Books Help End Violence

According to a study conducted by Food for the Hungry (FH), in some areas of Ethiopia, as many as 60 percent of women believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife if she burns food or argues with him.

Forty-four percent of women feel that denying sex is a justifiable reason for a man to beat his wife, indicating that respondents generally accept violence as part of the male-family relationship.

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Health Sector Initiatives for Disaster Risk Management in Ethiopia: A Narrative Review

Background: Natural and man-made disasters are prevailing in Ethiopia mainly due to drought, floods, landslides, earthquake, volcanic eruptions, and disease epidemics. Few studies so far have critically reviewed about medical responses to disasters and little information exists pertaining to the initiatives being undertaken by health sector from the perspective of basic disaster management cycle. This article aimed to review emergency health responses to disasters and other related interventions which have been undertaken in the health sector.