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31 Dec 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

MBEREMI, Eritrea, 31 December 2009 - Encouraging communities to work to improve their health and hygiene means empowering people with the right messages and the means to improve their sanitation systems.

In Eritrea, the remote Emberemi village is located in the midst of a powdery pulp of sand.

28 Dec 2009 description
report Voice of America

Countries in the Horn of Africa were very much in the news in 2009. For example, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Somalia, an arms embargo against Eritrea and a recent court case in Ethiopia resulting in death sentences for five people.

David Shinn, former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, is following developments in the Horn. Shinn is an adjunct professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.


"Many of us thought that 2009 would be a decisive year for Somalia politically.

27 Dec 2009 description

Barentu, 27 December 2009 - The inhabitants of various areas of Gash-Barka region stated that the unjust resolution adopted by the nominal United Nations, which has been rendered to being a mere tool for a handful of interest groups, would only further reinforce the Eritrean peoples' resolve.

In their interview with ERINA, the inhabitants of Gash Barka pointed out that the unwarranted resolution is not a new phenomenon but is rather an extension of continued unprovoked ploys against Eritrea.

26 Dec 2009 description

Massawa, 26 December 2009 - In the course of a visit to 4 sub-zones of the Northern Red Sea region to observe the development of agricultural infrastructure, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr.

23 Dec 2009 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
6254th Meeting (AM)

Resolution 1907 (2009) Stipulates Arms Embargo, Travel Restrictions, Asset Freezes

Gravely concerned about findings that Eritrea had provided support to armed groups undermining peace and reconciliation in Somalia and that it had not withdrawn its forces following clashes with Djibouti in June 2008, the Security Council today imposed an arms embargo on that country, in addition to travel restrictions on and a freeze on the assets of its political and military leaders.

23 Dec 2009 description
report Government of Italy

Rome December 23, 2009 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 530.000 euros to UNICEF in response to urgent humanitarian assistance in Eritrea, following the "Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme in Eritrea December 2009" intervention, that will support alimentary feeding for 104.512 under five children living in Anseba, Gash Barka and Southern Red Sea.Part regions.

POC: Alessandro Pirrone - MoFA Rome - Emergency Office on +39 3691 8153

23 Dec 2009 description
  • Council members say Eritrea aids Somali rebels

    * Measures include arms embargo, asset freeze, travel ban

    * Eritrea warns of new cycle of conflict in Horn of Africa

    By Patrick Worsnip

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 23 (Reuters) - The U.N.

23 Dec 2009 description

Mendefera, 16 December 2009 - The Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Mustafa Nurhusein, said that displaced families following the TPLF regime's war of aggression and currently being rehabilitated and those relocated from higher areas are leading a better standard of living thanks to the support being extended by the regional Administration and partners.

In the course of a visit to the displaced nationals, he asserted that the families have already become beneficiaries of various social services, and that they are leading an improved standard of living.


22 Dec 2009 description
report Voice of America

Adam Phillips, New York

From Iran to Myanmar, from Darfur to Guanatanamo, 2009 has been a year of many challenges - and significant progress - for human rights around the world.

Human rights abuses continue in Darfur, Sudan

Tom Malinowski, a seasoned foreign policy expert - and the Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, is deeply aware of the human capacity for cruelty and the brute exercise of power. He cites continued human rights abuse in the Darfur region of Sudan as an example.

21 Dec 2009 description

Segeneiti, 21 December 2009 - The branch office of the Ministry of Agriculture in the Southern region gave a lecture to farmers focusing on proper utilization of natural resources, conservation animal of wealth as well as laws and regulations of particular concern to the farming community.

During the lecture in which participants from Mai-Aini, Segeneiti and Dekemhare took part, it was stressed that concerted endeavors be made to conserve forest and wildlife resources, as well as cattle vaccination and related activities.

Likewise the inhabitants of Kiliawta, Mai-Edaga administration …

18 Dec 2009 description
  • Eritrean envoy warns of Ethiopian "military adventures"

    - Asmara doesn't aid Somalia rebels - UN envoy

    By Louis Charbonneau

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Eritrea has warned the U.N. Security Council that a draft sanctions resolution would impose "ludicrous punitive measures" on Asmara for aiding Somali rebels and might further destabilize the Horn of Africa.

    "Eritrea urges all members of the U.N. Security Council to use their influence to ensure the rejection of this draft resolution in its entirety," Eritrea's U.N.

18 Dec 2009 description

Asmat, 18 December 2009 - The Administrator of Asmat sub-zone, Mr. Abubaker Mohammed Jimie, highlighted the paramount importance of the land ownership mechanism introduced last year in enabling the majority secure land, and thereby reinforce efforts to achieve food security and raise agricultural output.

17 Dec 2009 description

Afabet, 17 December 2009 - Farmers practicing fruits and vegetables farming in Afabet sub-zone said that they are striving to meet the demand of the local market, and thereby stabilize price hike.

The farmers noted that they are redoubling efforts to back up the endeavors towards achieving food security and expressed appreciation to the Government's continued support.

The head of the Agriculture Ministry's branch in the sub-zone, Mr.

16 Dec 2009 description

Pieter D. Wezeman

SIPRI Background Paper


United Nation member states are currently discussing the feasibility of an arms trade treaty (ATT) which would seek to create better controls on international arms transfers. This Background Paper is one of a series produced by SIPRI to inform these discussions.

Arms flows to East and Southern Africa, which originate from a wide diversity of countries, are relatively small. However even small volumes of arms can play a major role in armed violence and can be an economic burden.

15 Dec 2009 description
report Chatham House

Summary points

- Among the drivers of conflict in the Horn of Africa economic motivations have been ubiquitous and pervasive in prompting and sustaining conflict. At other times economic drivers have exhibited a potential for peaceful cooperation. An understanding of their role and relationship with other forces of change is essential.

- Conflict in the Horn frequently has economic impacts across national borders.

15 Dec 2009 description

Dans plusieurs pays la lutte antipaludique a progressé notablement, réduisant le fardeau de cette maladie.

15 DÉCEMBRE 2009 | GENÈVE -- Un rapport publié aujourd'hui par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) révèle que, ces dernières années, il y a eu des progrès sensibles dans la distribution des moustiquaires et des traitements antipaludiques indispensables, mais que les programmes doivent étendre considérablement leur couverture pour atteindre les objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD).

Le Rapport mondial sur le paludisme 2009 constate que …

15 Dec 2009 description

Significant progress has been made in delivering life saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Malaria Report 2009 found that the increase in international funding commitments (US$ 1.7 …

15 Dec 2009 description

Report shows dramatic scale-up of malaria control interventions in several countries, along with measurable reductions in malaria burden

15 DECEMBER 2009 | GENEVA - Significant progress has been made in delivering life-saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by WHO.

The World malaria report 2009 found that the …

12 Dec 2009 description

Nacfa, 12 December 2009 - Various development programs were implemented in Nacfa sub-zone this year, and that others are in the process of implementation, according to Mr. Idris Ali Sheker, Administrator of the sub-zone.

The programs focused on construction of schools, implementation of potable water supply project, digging of wells, soil and water conservation, renovation of roads and the planting of tree seedlings, among others.

11 Dec 2009 description

Afambo, December 11,2009- A health center in Afambo administrative area, Denkelia sub-zone, is providing efficient health service to the inhabitants of 16 villages in the area, stated Mr. Ali Mohammed Omar, health professional at the center.

He pointed out that the local inhabitants were deprived of access to health service before independence, and as a result a number of them fell victim to various diseases and disabilities. At present, however, the awareness of the population about health service has raised owing to the lectures being offered and the construction of a health …