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27 Mar 2018 description
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Braving harsh terrain, kidnapping threats and a months’ long journey

Over the past three years, around 200,000 Yemenis have fled their country, displaced by a continuing conflict that has led to 6,000 civilian deaths and left 22.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance or protection. Yet for tens of thousands of migrants escaping economic or political distress in Somalia and Ethiopia, Yemen remains a destination of choice, or at least a key transit point en route to the Gulf states.

17 Mar 2017 description
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By Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods.

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28 Jun 2016 description
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How the Port of Djibouti keeps Ethiopia fed during Ramadan

By James Jeffery
DJIBOUTI CITY, 27 June 2016

In the middle of a blistering June afternoon on the busy docks of the Port of Djibouti, Aouleed crouches down on his haunches in the shade of a lorry, arms outstretched resting on his knees; his head, wrapped in a wet rag, lolling. He hasn’t had anything to drink or eat since the sun rose around 6 a.m.

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10 May 2016 description
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Ethiopians head into Yemen while refugees flee the other way

By Rachel Savage and Mohammed Ali Kalfood


08 Apr 2015 description
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LONDON, 8 April 2015 (IRIN) - As the Saudi-led aerial bombardment of Yemen intensifies and a full-scale civil war appears increasingly inevitable, there are few immediate escape routes for well over a million African migrants and refugees in the country.

Ports are closed and air traffic is largely restricted to evacuation flights for nationals of western or Asian countries. A few hundred foreign nationals have been allowed to cross a land border into Oman.

12 Jul 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 12 July 2013 (IRIN) - Poor rains and lack of expertise to boost local food production are some of the challenges facing Djibouti’s population, says a senior UN official.

“The major gap in Djibouti is that there are relatively few partners with the technical expertise to develop relevant activities to enhance the agricultural production or to sustain their physical assets," Imed Khanfir, a programme adviser with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Djibouti, told IRIN.

“Scarcity of water is also a major challenge.”

24 Dec 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA-DJIBOUTI, 21 December 2012 (IRIN) - More people from the Horn of Africa region, especially Ethiopia and Somalia, are crossing international borders as irregular migrants - lacking official documentation or approval - drawn by the promise of a better life in the Arabian Peninsula.

“A growing number of Ethiopians opt to undergo a perilous journey through the Gulf of Aden, hoping to get to the Middle East via Yemen,” Demissew Bizuwerk, a communication officer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ethiopia, told IRIN.

27 Nov 2012 description
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BALBALA, 27 November 2012 (IRIN) - Successive years of poor rains have eroded the coping mechanisms of pastoralists in Djibouti's rural regions, even as high food prices and unemployment rates afflict the country's urban areas. These factors are increasing the vulnerability to food insecurity and spurring migration.

The area of Balbala, about 12km outside of Djibouti City, has become home to families fleeing both harsh conditions in the countryside and dwindling livelihood opportunities in the city.

"What we need most is food"

29 Oct 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 29 October 2012 (IRIN) - A new study set in East Africa, one of the most detailed yet to examine the links between conflict and climate change, calls for a more balanced view on the issue - beyond the widely hyped “climate wars” said to be erupting over dwindling natural resources. The study’s authors are among a chorus of emerging voices warning against viewing climate change exclusively through the lens of security.

13 Jun 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 13 June 2012 (IRIN) - The long-running spat between the African Union (AU) and International Criminal Court (ICC) over perceived bias has prompted the AU to push ahead with plans to form its own Africa-wide criminal court, but analysts believe the move could complicate, rather than enhance, international justice.

29 Feb 2012 description
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KIGALI, 29 February 2012 (IRIN) - Drought is likely to return to Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa over the next three months, say regional climate scientists meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The forecast comes just weeks after the UN declared the Somali "famine" over.

04 Jan 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 3 janvier 2012 (IRIN) - En 2011, une grave sécheresse, exacerbée par la pauvreté et les conflits, a frappé au moins quatre pays - le Djibouti, l'Éthiopie, le Kenya et la Somalie - et entraîné le déplacement de centaines de milliers de personnes.

En Somalie et en Éthiopie, des milliers de personnes ont débuté l'année en entreprenant le dangereux voyage jusqu'au Yémen. D'autres ressortissants de ces deux pays se sont dirigés vers l'Afrique du Sud, où ils risquaient d'être arrêtés, détenus et déportés.

30 Dec 2011 description
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NAIROB I, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - Severe drought, [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93426 ] exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

11 Dec 2011 description
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Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

01 Dec 2011 description
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MBAR TOUBAB, 1 décembre 2011 (IRIN) - L'ancien chevrier Samba Ba montre fièrement du doigt un rang d'acacias d'un mètre de hauteur émergeant des herbes fines qui sont la seule autre plante qui pousse dans cette savane aride du nord du Sénégal. « Les arbres sont une bénédiction - les arbres, c'est la vie. Nous appelons [cette rangée d'arbres] le Nil du Sahel ».

16 Nov 2011 description
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OBOCK, 16 novembre 2011 (IRIN) - Des centaines de migrants suivent la route qui relie la capitale de Djibouti, Djibouti-Ville, à la ville côtière d'Obock : ils n'emportent guère plus qu'une bouteille d'eau et l'espoir de parvenir à une meilleure vie. Ils traversent une contrée aride parsemée de roches volcaniques qui abrite bien peu de vie ; à peine y rencontre t-on de temps à autre un éleveur et ses chèvres. Les températures tournent autour de 34 degrés centigrades en hiver et peuvent atteindre 52 degrés en été.

15 Nov 2011 description
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OBOCK, 15 November 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of migrants traverse the road between Djibouti’s capital, Djiboutiville, and the coastal town of Obock carrying little more than a bottle of water and the hope that they are heading towards a better life. They pass through an arid landscape strewn with volcanic rock that sustains little life besides the occasional pastoralist and his goats. Temperatures average around 34 degrees Celsius in winter and in summer can reach 52 degrees.

20 Oct 2011 description
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DAKAR, 20 October 2011 (IRIN) - Move away from “food-first” responses and lay more stress on water and livelihoods; intervene early - it saves money and lives: These are a couple of the lessons emerging from the past four years of drought response, according to the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP).

07 Oct 2011 description
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BANGKOK, 6 October 2011 (IRIN) - A new paddy-pledging programme in Thailand that has already pushed up the cost of rice globally will go into effect on 7 October, amid uncertainty and scepticism.

The move by the world’s leading exporter has stirred humanitarian concerns far beyond Thailand’s borders, particularly for rice-consuming countries that do not produce much at home. The government plans to pay its farmers more than double the market value for rice.

05 Sep 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 5 septembre 2011 (IRIN) - Les organisations humanitaires ont multiplié les appels de fonds afin de venir en aide à plus de 12 millions de personnes qui sont confrontées à de graves pénuries de nourriture dans la Corne de l’Afrique. Les gouvernements donateurs ont contribué à hauteur de plus de 1,46 milliard de dollars sur les 2,48 milliards nécessaires.