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03 Jun 2014 description
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At least 74 people were killed in fighting near Somalia's border with Ethiopia on Sunday, according to officials and witnesses. Somali and Ethiopian forces attacked the bases of Al-Shebab islamists near the south-western town of Ato.

Local people say that this is the worst fighting they have seen in the region and it is unclear how many were killed but the government claimed victory in this gruesome battle.

Hassan Ibrahim Lugbur, the deputy governor of Bakool region where Ato locates told RFI by phone that over 74 Al-Shebab fighters were killed in the battle.

03 Dec 2012 description
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While government leaders, NGOs and corporations devise strategies to churn out more food for future generations, Eleni Gabre-Madhin is taking a different approach. Concerned by a 2002 famine in her home country of Ethiopia that followed bumper crops in 2000 and 2001, the Stanford-educated economist decided it was time to go beyond food production and take a hard look at distribution.

03 May 2012 description
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The debate within the global health community about the impact of dedicated HIV/Aids funding on general public health services has been taken a step further with a study showing that funding dedicated to HIV/Aids does not undermine health funding for other diseases.

A six-year long study in Rwanda published in the May 2012 issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, found that when rural health clinics expanded Aids services, these efforts had no adverse effects on other types of health care.

13 Jan 2011 description
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Wol Akujang was among the more than 20,000 "Lost Boys" who were displaced or orphaned during Sudan's civil war. He left his village of Pap at the age of six and spent time in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before being relocated to the United States. He settled in the state of Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with an undergraduate degree in public health. He is returning to South Sudan this week after having voted in Arizona in South Sudan's historic referendum for independence.

28 Apr 2010 description
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staff blog

A month ahead of national elections, the Ethiopian government has come under critical Western scrutiny in an article which accuses foreign donors of "subsidizing a regime that is rapidly becoming one of the most repressive and dictatorial on the continent."

Writing in the current issue of The New York Review of Books, Helen Epstein suggests that Western aid officials "seem reluctant to admit that there are two Prime Minister Meles Zenawis.

"One is a clubbable, charming African who gives moving speeches at Davos and other elite forums about …

10 Jun 2009 description
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Cape Town - The annual report of the Africa Progress Report says that despite authoritarian and corrupt leaders, wars and coups, the overall trend in Africa is towards less conflict, more democracy and greater development.

Selected highlights from its 2009 report:

Progress in the areas of governance and education are mixed, with more democracy and access to education on the one hand, but coups d'etat and low school enrolment still …

13 Feb 2009 description
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Yonas Abiye

Addis Abeba - The government of Japan-through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Thursday donated nine million USD to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help the latter curb its financial problem to feed food insecure men women and children in Ethiopia.

The agreement on the same was signed between WFP's Acting Country Director in Ethiopia, Felix B. F.

17 Apr 2007 description
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Kevin Watkins

It's a long way from Louisiana. But when you stand on the banks of the Dechatu River that runs through the southern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa, you can feel that this is a town twinned in tragedy with New Orleans.

Maybe 'river' is the wrong word to describe the Dechatu. For most of the year it is little more than a dried out sandy channel - a dead testimony to drought and environmental collapse.

18 Oct 2006 description
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by Jeff Otieno

Nairobi, Oct 18, 2006 (The Nation/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --Kenya has ordered an emergency polio immunisation campaign at all refugee camps.

The action follows the detection of the first case of the disease in Kenya in 22 years at Daadab camp.

Immunisation will also be carried out in Garissa, Wajir, Ijara, Mandera and Moyale districts, among other places.

04 Jun 2003 description
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Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

Addis Ababa - The UN World Food Programme is warning that despite an early response by the international community to the consequences of Ethiopia's drought, 12.5 million Ethiopians continue to face starvation. The organisation says it still needs US$90 million in assistance to cover the organisation's 2003 emergency operation.