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31 Aug 2000 description

From SDC Newsletter August 2000

The bloody war between Ethiopia and Eritrea over their common border lasted two years.

On June 18 the two neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement in Algiers. The need for humanitarian aid will continue for some time.

AHJ/ZJ. Periods of drought have affected the Horn of Africa since time immemorial. After the last famine in 1985/86, measures were taken in Ethiopia to prevent such human tragedies (e.g. emergency food depots). Since the mid 80s, Swiss humanitarian aid has been represented in the area through the SDC.