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18 Mar 2014 description

Many Eritreans, Somalis, Ethiopians, and others came to South Sudan after 2011 to escape repression or fear. Now they say they have a double portion.

Read the full story on the Christian Science Monitor.

26 Apr 2007 description

Ethiopia accuses neighbors of supporting an ethnic Somali rebel group that attacked a Chinese-run oil installation this week, killing 74 people.

By Rob Crilly | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor and Will Connors | Contributor of The Christian Science Monitor

Khartoum, Sudan and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - As the initial shock of this week's rebel raid on a Chinese oil installation in Ethiopia begins to fade, there is a growing realization that Somalia's increasingly brutal insurgency is starting to seep across the Horn of Africa.

Tuesday's early morning raid …

27 Dec 2005 description

Eritrea and Ethiopia could face UN sanctions if they don't take steps to avert war.

By Abraham McLaughlin | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA -- On the surface, the reasons for rising tensions between the African nation of Ethiopia and its tiny neighbor, Eritrea, may seem trivial.

20 Oct 2005 description

Ethiopia's prime minister said Wednesday that Eritrean forces are sneaking into a demilitarized border zone.

By Abraham McLaughlin | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - One of Africa's most bitter wars - which has been largely dormant since 2000 - risks reigniting, partly because America's neutrality in the conflict may be compromised by the alliance it formed with Ethiopia in the war on terrorists.

Border tensions between landlocked Ethiopia and tiny coastal autocracy Eritrea have surged since Oct.

01 Aug 2005 description


Food aid is beginning to flow into Niger, where some 2.9 million people face food shortages.
By Abraham McLaughlin and Christian Allen Purefoy

18 Oct 2000 description

Parliament opened Oct. 9 with the president's pledge to reduce famine that affects as many as 10.5 million.

By Mike Crawley Special to the Christian Science Monitor

The wind whips the sandy soil of the Ogaden desert so hard it sticks inside your ears and covers surfaces in a gritty film. Amid the dust, two dozen pastoralist elders - heads wrapped in colorful cloths - sit in the shade of an aid-agency compound and explain their future needs: small dams, agricultural training, and food aid.

08 May 2000 description

The pledges are generous, but delivery could take months longer.

By Corinna Schuler, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

Murayo Husan Ahmed rushes out from a grass hut in Ethiopia's drought-stricken region and thrusts her six starving children before a photographer.

"The last time we got some wheat was two months ago," says Mrs. Ahmed, opening a colorful shawl to reveal the gaunt baby cradled in her arms. The camera clicks.

Dozens of other villagers come forward, lining up to display their starving toddlers.

25 Apr 2000 description

The last time a famine hit Ethiopia, it triggered the global hit song, "We Are the World," which raised money to feed millions.

Now, 15 years later, another famine looms over Ethiopia, with hundreds of people having perished so far.

This time, however, the famine's causes and solutions are interestingly different. Please, no songs, say famine fighters.

Rather, efforts to prevent starvation have become more complex as the world gets better at it.

08 Mar 2000 description
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Women of War

For 30 years, Eritrean women fought alongside men for independence from Ethiopia. Now, the latest border skirmishes with Ethiopia threaten to undo many of the gains the women of Eritrea have made in a patriarchal society.

By Cheryl Hatch, Special to the Christian Science Monitor

It is 5 a.m., and I wake in Asmara, Eritrea's capital, to the sound of the muezzin calling faithful Muslims to prayer before dawn. I'm on the streets before 6, when the sound of cathedral bells fills the sunrise sky.

In Asmara, there's no sign of war.

08 Mar 2000 description

By Cheryl Hatch

Eritrea is a tiny piece of land the size of Pennsylvania in the Horn of Africa with a population of 3.5 million. It is one of Africa's poorest countries, with a population evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. The country had been colonized by Britain and Italy before the United Nations declared it a self-governed region mandated to its southern neighbor, Ethiopia, in 1952. For 30 years and with little international support, Eritrea waged a war for independence from Ethiopia, which had a population of 60 million and military support of the Soviet Union.

18 Oct 1999 description

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright today begins 10-day tour - her third trip to Africa.