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13 Oct 2008 description
report Voice of America

By Peter Heinlein

Addis Ababa, 13 October 2008 - Ethiopia's government is coming in for fierce criticism over a draft law before parliament that would prohibit or criminalize many activities of foreign charities and NGOs. VOA's Peter Heinlein in Addis Ababa reports the bill is almost certain to pass easily in a legislature overwhelmingly controlled by Ethiopia's ruling party.

Ethiopian officials have told western diplomats that parliament will approve a proposed Charities and Societies Proclamation within weeks.

13 Oct 2008 description
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Peacekeeping units from Jordan, Kenya and other countries began leaving Ethiopia in August. The state-run Ethiopian News Agency Monday said the last batch of peacekeepers, a battalion from India, left the city of Mekele on Sunday.

There was no immediate confirmation from the U.N.

The U.N. Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea watched the tense border between the two countries for seven and a half years. The Security Council shut down the mission in July, saying the countries had rejected options for a continued presence.

The U.N.

18 Sep 2008 description
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By Peter Heinlein

Addis Ababa - A senior U.S. aid agency official predicts there will be no famine this year in the Horn of Africa, even though conditions are worse than during previous periods of catastrophic food shortage. VOA's Peter Heinlein in Addis Ababa reports East Africa remains the region of the world hardest hit by the global food crisis.

Michael Hess of the U.S.

17 Jun 2008 description
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By Peter Heinlein

Southern Ethiopia - The international community is scrambling to meet Ethiopia's latest request for emergency food aid. The Ethiopian government this month more than doubled its estimate of the number of people needing assistance to 4.6 million, and said 75,000 children are on the edge of starvation.

06 Jun 2008 description
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By Peter Heinlein

The United Nations and Ethiopia's government are renewing their appeal for emergency food aid in the face of a rapidly developing child malnutrition and hunger crisis. Official estimates of the number of people in dire need have doubled over the past few months. VOA's Peter Heinlein reports the next few months could be the worst.The statistics are grim. They show 4.5 million Ethiopians need emergency food assistance and 75,000 children already suffer from what doctors call 'severe acute malnutrition'.

21 May 2008 description
report Voice of America

By Lisa Schlein

Geneva - The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, warns extreme poverty, climate change and civil strife are generating more refugees around the world. He says the growing number of refugees and migrants is leading to more intolerance and xenophobia. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says refugee numbers were going down until 2005.

18 May 2008 description
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By Peter Heinlein

Shashemene, Ethiopia - Humanitarian agencies are rushing emergency aid to drought-stricken central Ethiopia, where a sudden deterioration in food supplies has led to surge of child mortality. At least 23 children have died at hospitals and emergency feeding centers during the past three weeks, and authorities say countless others have died at home for lack of treatment.

06 May 2008 description
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By William Eagle

As food prices climb, African policymakers are considering short- and long-term ways to make food prices affordable. The measures range from food subsidies for consumers to incentives for farmers to increase production. From Washington, William Eagle has the story.

African governments are under pressure from consumers - and in some cases protestors - to act now.  Some, like Nigeria, are working to satisfy demand and lower prices by releasing emergency grain reserves.

30 Apr 2008 description
report Voice of America

By Peter Heinlein

Addis Ababa

Ethiopian officials are re-evaluating the need for emergency food aid in light of evidence that drought conditions and food shortages in parts of the country may be worse than estimated. VOA's Peter Heinlein recently visited areas of southern and eastern Ethiopia where the drought threatens to cause widespread famine.

Much of southern Ethiopia has turned a putrid yellowish brown. As far as the eye can see, the grass is dead, long ago eaten down to the nubs by famished animals.