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13 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 13 March (IRIN) - A four-day regional conference on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region opened in Nairobi on Sunday.

10 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Bureau de Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires - IRIN
Pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
Tél: +254 2 622 147
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10 Mar 2000 description


Consolidated UN report prepared by the Information Section of the UN Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia from information and reports provided by specialised UN agencies, media sources, the Ethiopian Government and NGOs.
Highlights

Bush fires burn out of control in the Bale and Borena zones of Oromiya region, destroying more than 50,000 hectares of indigenous mountain forest and threatening more than 500,000 hectares;

10 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

ETHIOPIA: Forest fires still raging

10 Mar 2000 description


By Yves Guinand and Dechassa Lemessa, UN-Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia
1. Introduction and background

For many years the importance of wild plants in subsistence agriculture in the developing world as a food supplement and as a means of survival during times of drought and famine has been overlooked. Generally, the consumption of such so-called ‘wild-food’ has been and still is being under-estimated. This may very well be the case for Ethiopia, a so-called ‘biodiversity hot-spot’ and known as a centre of origin for a significant number of food plants (Bell, 1995).

10 Mar 2000 description

Walter Eggenberger, Field Officer, UNDP-EUE

09 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

ZIMBABWE: Britain recalls ambassador

09 Mar 2000 description

The United States calls upon the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia to remain "fully engaged" in the Organization of African Unity peace process, and extends its "unqualified support" to the continuing efforts of the OAU and the personal representative of the Algerian president, Mr. Ahmed Ouayahia, the U.S.

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.

08 Mar 2000 description

From WFP - Gender News No. 21

08 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 8 March (IRIN) - Forest fires raging out of control in Ethiopia's southeast Oromiya state have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of land, and urgent appeal has been issued for international aid.

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.

07 Mar 2000 description

U.S. Department of State
Brady Anderson, Administrator, USAID and Hugh Parmer, Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Humanitarian Response
Briefing on the Situation in the Horn of Africa and U.S. Assistance to Mozambique, Washington, DC

06 Mar 2000 description


Notes on information sources
1. Priority weredas are marked with an asterisk (*) in the Zone ID column and beneficiary numbers are listed in the "Priority Wereda beneficiary" column. These are weredas that will receive priority attention through May 2000. The list of priority weredas was supplied by WFP.

2. Basic census data was taken from the CSA 1994 census for all regions except for Afar and Somali regions. The 1994 census data was increased by 3% per year for 5 years (1999) and for 6 years (2000) for new population estimates.

06 Mar 2000 description


A summary of the basic economic and social statistics for the Horn of Africa countries (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda) with particular reference to the well-being of children.
Compiled from the original UNICEF publication. March 2000

Table 1: Basic indicators

03 Mar 2000 description

This report includes: A) Mozambique - floods B) Ethiopia - crop failure C) India - Orissa floods relief and recovery operation D) Venezuela - flood relief operation E) Other natural disaster relief operations.

03 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Bureau de Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires
IRIN Pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
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03 Mar 2000 description
report IRIN

ETHIOPIA: UNHCR to reconsider refugee status

01 Mar 2000 description

Baltimore, March 1, 2000 -- As many as eight million Ethiopians face severe food shortages this year, the United Nations World Food Program announced last week. Large amounts of food are needed, transportation routes are long and difficult, and grain must be pre-positioned before July rains render roads impassable, international aid officials note.