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04 Jun 2009 description

Statement of Jon C. Brause, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance
U.S. Agency for International Development

Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health

19 Jan 2009 description

(excerpt)

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

ETHIOPIA: REFUGEE INFLUX EXPECTED AS ARMY WITHDRAWS FROM SOMALIA

On 15 January, Ethiopian troops supporting the Somali government withdrew completely from the capital Mogadishu, leaving a power vacuum that is expected to lead to further bloodshed.

Analysts fear the withdrawal of approximately 3,000 Ethiopian soldiers will cause more violence in Somalia, which has been mired in civil conflict for the last 18 years.

31 May 2007 description

Highlights

Somalia-Hundreds of thousands of displaced face dire conditions- Fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by the Ethiopian troops, and anti-TFG factions increased in Mogadishu in March and April, and was reported to be the worst wave of violence in the city for 16 years. An estimated 395,000 people, representing about one third of the town's population, have fled the city and concentrated mostly in Shabelle, Galgadud, Hiran, Mudug and Bay regions.

30 Nov 2006 description

OVERVIEW FOR DECEMBER

The Qatar presidency in December will be a challenging one. December is a short month because Council members usually strive to finish their work by Christmas. However, there are a near record-high number of issues on the December calendar.