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30 Mar 2012 description

From the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Executive Summary

13 Jan 2012 description

This document was prepared by ECB and ACAPS based on secondary data review, available assessment reports and consultation with key field actors. It provides an update (23 September - 15 December 2011) of the current situation in Eastern Africa with a special focus on Somalia and displacement.

The annex contains general and sector specific background information on Somalia.

It should be used carefully for any decision making without alternate and verified field sources of information.

04 Jan 2012 description
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General Situation during December 2011
Forecast until mid-February 2012

31 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

Djibouti is a relatively stable country in the East and Horn of Africa, where it plays a pivotal role in the search for a peaceful settlement of the Somalia crisis. The country is the hub for naval forces combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. It is host to more than 14,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, and is also a transit point for mixed migratory flows towards the Middle East and beyond.

30 Dec 2011 description

Asmara, 29 December 2011- The active participation of nationals is decisive for raising agricultural production, ensuring food security, stated the head of the Agricultural Ministry’s branch office in the Central region, Mr. Abraham Daniel.

Speaking at the annual assessment meeting conducted in the Municipality Hall, he explained that as part of endeavors to promote sound ecology, tree seedlings have been planted in about 900 hectares. Other reforestation activities were also carried out in Asmara City and 28 villages of Serjeke sub-zone.

30 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

27 Dec 2011 description
report UN Foundation

Dear friend,

In the decades I've been working to solve global problems, I've never seen a crisis like the one we're currently tackling in the Horn of Africa.

Millions of people have been displaced by the worst drought and famine in a generation. They need food, water, shelter — and they also need nets.

19 Dec 2011 description
report UN Radio

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A Djibouti, le camp de réfugiés somaliens d’Ali Addeh existe depuis 1990. Ces dernières années, il accueillait près de 7000 réfugiés et désormais ils sont plus de 20 000 réfugiés, majoritairement des Somaliens, mais aussi des Erythréens et des Ethiopiens.

La sécheresse de cet été a poussé des milliers de familles à traverser la frontière. Près de 1000 Somaliens arrivaient chaque mois en juillet 2011.

19 Dec 2011 description

WHO/AFRO welcome preliminary results of malaria vaccine trials

The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa has welcomed the announcement that trials of a malaria candidate vaccine show promising results by providing protection against clinical malaria in children.

The results were announced at the Global Malaria Forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

16 Dec 2011 description

Kristalina Georgieva
European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
The role and the coherence of EU policies in changing the global food system
High-level panel "Preventing another Famine in the Horn of Africa", 2011 European Development Days

Warsaw, 16 December 2011 - The famine in the Horn of Africa is the greatest humanitarian crisis that the world is facing. Over 13 million people have been affected. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Tens of thousands have already died.

14 Dec 2011 description

The Tunisian authorities must allow asylum-seekers to enter the country through Libyan border crossings and give them access to UN officials to establish their refugee status, Amnesty International said today, after another group of asylum-seekers was returned across the Libyan border.

In the latest in a series of such incidents, on 10 December Tunisian security forces returned a group of sub-Saharan African asylum-seekers to their point of entry along the Libyan border.

13 Dec 2011 description
report Voice of America

Eritrean migrants fleeing their country are being preyed upon by human traffickers and subjected to organ harvesting in Egypt, say human rights workers in the Eritrean diaspora.

“The problem starts from inside Eritrea because a majority of those victims are Eritreans,” said Tomas Solomon, a spokesperson for Urgent Relief for Eritrean Refugees

“Once they get to Sudan, basically they are told that [the traffickers] can get them to Israel or the West, and they are asked to pay about $2,500, and after paying that they will be taken to Egypt and they are sold,” he added.

12 Dec 2011 description
report The New York Times

By ETHAN BRONNER

Published: December 11, 2011

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government on Sunday announced plans to spend $160 million on efforts to stem the growing number of Africans who enter the country illegally, seeking jobs and political asylum. The money will go toward work on an Egyptian border fence that is already under construction, an expansion of detention centers and increased policing of companies that hire undocumented workers.

12 Dec 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 8 December 2011

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PRESSE 481

The Council today appointed Mr Alexander Rondos as EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa.

08 Dec 2011 description

(Extract)

Humanitarian Affairs

Governments and civil society groups across the Maghreb used the observance of World AIDS Day on 01 December to raise awareness about the disease in the region, reports Magharebia. Morocco reported 500 new cases of HIV in 2010, bringing the total number of citizens infected with HIV to 28,000. Mauritania reported 25,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in 2010. In Algeria, 12,000 of the 19,000 people living with HIV/AIDS are women.

Human Rights

06 Dec 2011 description
report UN Security Council

SC/10471

Security Council
6674th Meeting (AM & PM)

Action Follows Statements by Region’s Representatives, via Video-, Teleconference, Including Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Claiming Eritrea ‘Prime Source of Instability’

Concerned at the potential use of the Eritrean mining sector as a financial source to destabilize the Horn of Africa region, the Security Council today reinforced the sanctions regime on that country to prevent mining funds from contributing to its continued violations of those measures.

05 Dec 2011 description

Keren, 1 December 2011- Vigorous efforts are required to engage the Anseba River in the national development program to ensure food security, according Administrator of Anseba region, Mr. Gergis Girmai.

In an inspection tour he conducted to the plains around Anseba River, Mr. Gergis reminded inhabitants of Habero sub-zone to be engaged in vegetable farming along with getting advice from agricultural experts of the sub-zone.