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31 Dec 2008 description


Norwegian Church Aid-Eritrea (NCA-E) is the Eritrea Country Office of the Norwegian NGO, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). NCA started work in Eritrea in the 1970s, supporting the relief work of the Eritrean liberation movements through the Cross Border Operation. When the war with Ethiopia ended in 1991, a joint Emergency Relief Desk of twelve former partners in the Cross Border Operation was established in Asmara, with NCA as the lead organisation. NCA set up a country office in Asmara in 1993.

31 Dec 2008 description



As one of the three durable solutions for refugees, resettlement is often used when the other options - voluntary repatriation and local integration - are not available. UNHCR Khartoum has been working with resettlement countries to provide this option to refugees in Sudan, particularly those with specific needs.

There are criteria defined by resettlement countries and UNHCR for a refugee to be considered for this option.

31 Dec 2008 description
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General Situation during December 2008
Forecast until mid-February 2009

31 Dec 2008 description

Summary Findings

- The total number of Internally Displaced People in the CEA region is 9.1 million in December 2008.

31 Dec 2008 description

Executive Summary

In response to the dramatic rise of global food prices since 2007, WFP has been providing funding and technical support to WFP staff and partners to assess the impact of higher prices and structural vulnerabilities and a growing and 'new face of hunger'.

24 Dec 2008 description
report Government of Italy

Rome December 24, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 200.000 to FAO to finance the Regional FAO Office in Nairobi (REOA - Regional Emergency Office for Africa) activities, including coordination in emergency response in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes regions, in close cooperation with twenty-four African countries.

Furthermore, the initiative "Initiative on Soaring Food Prices" is to facilitate the exchange of information on food safety among all …

23 Dec 2008 description


In Kabul, Laghman, and Nangahar, 763 families received packages of fresh Udhiyah meat.


Over 10,000 pounds of fresh meat was distributed to 2,300 poor Iraqi families, as well as a number of orphans, in the provinces of Baghdad, Anbar, Diyala, and Mosul.


Udhiyah meat was distributed to 580 families living in Palestinian refugee camps and isolated rural villages.


In the governorates of Tripoli and Sidon LIFE distributed Udhiyah meat to 130 needy families.

23 Dec 2008 description

Nairobi/Brussels, 23 December 2008


Since 1991 Somalia has been the archetypal failed state. Several attempts to create a transitional set-up have failed, and the current one is on the brink of collapse, overtaken yet again by an Islamist insurgency, despite the support of an Ethiopian military intervention since December 2006. Over the last two years the situation has deteriorated into one of the world's worst humanitarian and security crises.

22 Dec 2008 description

CAIRO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - At least 18,000 Eritrean and Somali refugees have arrived in Sudan since the start of the year, and the government is struggling to provide them with aid, a Sudanese government official was quoted as saying on Monday.

The official, quoted by the Egyptian state news agency MENA, said the United Nations had not done enough to help Sudan cope with the influx.

21 Dec 2008 description

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) releases 11th annual list

MSF and MSF podcasts: New York, Massive forced civilian displacements, violence, and unmet medical needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Pakistan, along with neglected medical emergencies in Myanmar and Zimbabwe, are some of the worst humanitarian and medical emergencies in the world, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported today in its annual list of the "Top …

19 Dec 2008 description
report Irish Red Cross

The Irish Red Cross announced today that it will send €25,000 to help feed people in Ethiopia and in Kenya who are facing hunger and a potential famine.

The decision to send the money comes in the wake of an international appeal launched earlier this month for €73 million by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to deal with an exceptional humanitarian crisis across Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries forming the Horn of Africa.

The crisis arises as a result of a …

18 Dec 2008 description

Highlights of a new FAO report

- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.

16 Dec 2008 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-third General Assembly
Fifth Committee

12 Dec 2008 description

Barentu, 12 December 2008 - The Administrator of Gash-Barka region, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, said that various programs worth 58 million Nakfa have been implemented this year in support of some 17,000 families who are being rehabilitated in the sub-zones of Molqi, Laelai-Gash and Golij. The programs aimed at improving the living standard of the nationals were implemented through the coordinated endeavors of the regional administration and development partners.

In a meeting held in Barentu to assess the effectiveness of the rehabilitation programs, Mr.

11 Dec 2008 description

Soaring food prices have conspired with crippling drought in the Horn of Africa to produce an appalling food crisis. The extent of the disaster is detailed in a new report issued today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The looming crisis has prompted the IFRC to urgently appeal for some 113 million Swiss Francs (USD 95 million or EUR 73 million) to meet the immediate needs of …

11 Dec 2008 description

L'explosion des prix des produits alimentaires, venant s'ajouter à une sécheresse persistante, a plongé la Corne de l'Afrique dans une crise dramatique.

11 Dec 2008 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 113,992,868 (USD 95.4m or EUR 72.8m) in cash, kind, or services to support the National Societies of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia to assist a total of 2.2 million beneficiaries over the full five-year timeframe of this operation.

This operation has been developed based on the following three complementary yet distinct sets of interventions that will be implemented in parallel over a 60 month (5-year) timeframe:

1) Emergency food relief and humanitarian assistance (12 months);

2) Support for rapid recovery (up to 3 years);

3) Building …