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11 Sep 2018 description
report Voice of America

September 11, 2018 8:41 AM
VOA News

The rapidly warming ties between Eritrea and Ethiopia took another step forward Tuesday when the once-bitter rivals reopened their shared border afer two decades.

Yemane Meskel, Eritrea's information minister, announced the historic event on Twitter "President Isaias Afwerki & Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today officially opened the Debay Sima - Burre border point between the two countries for road transport connectivity," Meskel wrote, referring to the Eritrean president and Ethiopian prime minister respectively.

11 Sep 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author: Martin Plaut Senior Research Fellow, Horn of Africa and Southern Africa, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study

11 Sep 2018 description

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Sept 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 100 human trafficking victims have been rescued in a major police operation in Sudan, including dozens of children forced to work in illegal gold mines, Interpol said on Monday.

Operation Sawiyan involved 200 Sudanese police officers who rescued 94 people, including 85 minors, from criminal networks in and around the capital, Khartoum, in an Interpol-led week-long crackdown last month, the global police organisation said.

10 Sep 2018 description

Distinguished President,
Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva,
Excellencies,
Colleagues and friends,

It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human rights of their people, in this year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

10 Sep 2018 description

During the massive influx of refugees and migrants in 2015, Serbia was mainly a country of transit on the route to European Union for the several hundreds of thousands fleeing war and persecution. Even after the EU-Turkey Statement in March 2016 and de facto closure of the borders along the so-called Balkan route, the perception of those that remained stranded did not change and Serbia was still not considered as a destination country by most refugees and migrants, even though transit became ineffective and drastically prolonged compared to 2015 and early 2016.

10 Sep 2018 description

Child marriage can have devastating consequences for girls and their future children. Typically, it cuts short or ends a girl’s education, compromises her reproductive rights, sexual health, future employment and earnings, and perpetuates personal and community poverty. Globally, more than one in four girls are married as children – before the age of 18. In East and Southern Africa, the share is 36 per cent, and 10 per cent of girls in the region are married by age 15.

10 Sep 2018 description

(The charts below are based on figures from the Italian Ministry of Interior and UNHCR estimates. All figures are provisional and subject to change)

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 09 Sep 2018): 20,210
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 09 Sep 2017): 100,287
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 09 Sep 2018 209
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 09 Sep 2017 1,160
Average daily arrivals in September 2018 so far: 23
Average daily arrivals in August 2018: 48

09 Sep 2018 description
report Voice of America

September 09, 2018 5:53 AM
Salem Solomon

WASHINGTON — The Horn of Africa continued to resolve diplomatic impasses with the announcement Friday that Eritrea and Djibouti will normalize relations. Leaders in the region, and beyond, are celebrating the development, which promises to end a decade-long dispute and follows renewed diplomatic ties between Eritrea and both Ethiopia and Somalia in July.

09 Sep 2018 description
report UN News Service

Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, a salué la rencontre jeudi à Djibouti, des ministres des affaires étrangères de l’Érythrée, de l’Éthiopie et de la Somalie avec le chef de la diplomatie djiboutienne.

Cette rencontre organisée le 6 septembre à Djibouti a débouché sur la signature d’un accord de coopération entre l’Érythrée, l’Éthiopie et la Somalie.

09 Sep 2018 description

SG/SM/19201

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the visit to Djibouti on 6 September by the Ministers for Horn of Africa of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, joining Djibouti's Foreign Minister, as another important step in the rapprochement among the countries in the Horn of Africa region. The agreement reached among the four Ministers to work together to restore peace and stability in the region is a positive example for the Horn and beyond.

07 Sep 2018 description

Key figures:

192,513 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

372,741 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 -April 2018)

55,088 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in the State of Libya

20,129 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

892 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018

1,527 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018

07 Sep 2018 description

Between 1 January and 31 August 2018, 3,092 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 15 per cent of all sea arrivals in this period. Consistent with an overall decrease in sea arrivals this year so far, the numbers of UASC reaching Italian shores in the first eight months of 2018 are considerably lower than in the same period last year, when over 13,200 landed in Italy. However, the proportion of UASC among sea arrivals in the January-August 2018 period (15 per cent) is only slightly higher than in January-August 2017 (13 per cent).

07 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 5,467 mt of food assistance distributed

  • US$103.5 million, six months (August 2018-January 2019) net funding requirements, representing 46% of total

  • 1.6 million people assisted in July 2018*

Operational context

07 Sep 2018 description

Author: UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation

As the largest global programme addressing FGM, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3 which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5. The main document analyses, "How to Transform a Social Norm," is a three-part reflection on Phase II (2014-2018).

06 Sep 2018 description

Despite a recent improvement in rainfall, dryness remains over parts of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in western and southern Nigeria. The forecast rain during the next week increases the risks for flooding over the region.

  2. Torrential rain has increased the level of the Atbara and Dindir Rivers. Additional rainfall over the region is likely to further raise water levels, including the Nile River and its tributaries.

06 Sep 2018 description

New research published into experiences of newly recognised Eritrean refugees

Today the Refugee Council, UNHCR and Scottish Refugee Council launch new research into the plight of Eritrean refugees when they are first granted refugee status in the UK.

06 Sep 2018 description

The following trends analysis is put together on the basis of available secondary data at the time of publication. It is representative of the available information and therefore indicative of mixed migratory trends in East Africa & Yemen.

06 Sep 2018 description

REGION OCCIDENTALE: CALME

SITUATION. Une reproduction a petite echelle a eu lieu dans le centre de I'Algerie, cependant que des ailes Oars etaient presents dans le sud-est de la Mauritanie et rest du Tchad.

PREVISIONS. Une reproduction a petite echelle entrainera une legere augmentation des effectifs acridiens dans le Sahel septentrional de Mauritanie, du Mali, du Niger, du Tchad et du sud de I'Algerie. On ne s'attend a aucun developpement significatif.

REGION CENTRALE: CALME