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31 Dec 2007 description

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By: Raeed Tayeh

The latest reports from different countries for 2007.

ETHIOPIA

In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, 232 families with orphaned children were provided food baskets, just in time for Eid-ul-Fitr. This project was completed in cooperation with American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA).

PALESTINE

In the Gaza Strip, where things continue to go from bad to worse in one of the world's most densely populated areas, LIFE was able to provide food baskets to 500 families.

15 Dec 2007 description

In his drive to lay more emphasis on humanitarian action on the ground and to alleviate the suffering of the victims of the Somali conflict, the Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has decided to send a two-man delegation to the Horn of Africa to assess the humanitarian situation within the Somali refugees camps.

30 Oct 2007 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 30 October 2007 (IRIN) - Pastoralist children in the Horn of Africa face some of the greatest challenges and are among the most vulnerable in the world, according to a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The region, which covers parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, has about 20 million pastoralists, including an estimated four million children.

They mostly live in water-scarce arid and semi-arid areas, characterised by poor road and communication infrastructure, few investments, limited educational opportunities and a lack of …

03 Oct 2007 description
report Human Rights Watch

Submission by Human Rights Watch

Thank you Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, for providing Human Rights Watch this opportunity to voice our concerns about the dire, and deteriorating, human rights and humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa, and particularly in regard to Somalia and the Somali region of Ethiopia.

We are at a critical moment for the Horn of Africa and its people. Over the past year we have seen an already volatile region become even more violent and unstable, with hundreds of thousands of civilians suffering massive crimes.

02 Oct 2007 description

Jendayi E. Frazer, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs

House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Africa and Global Health Subcommittee Hearing

As Prepared

Good morning, and thank you, Chairman Payne, Ranking Member Smith and members of the Subcommittee, for the opportunity to discuss with you the current situation in Ethiopia and more broadly in the Horn of Africa sub-region. Before examining specific questions you may have, I would like to provide some context for that discussion.

U.S.

28 Sep 2007 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

04 Sep 2007 description

By Peter Apps

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - New violence in central Africa is raising food aid needs, aid workers say, while the effects of drought are becoming more severe in the continent's south.

Drought and fighting have increased the number of people needing food assistance in Somalia to more than a million and some local surveys suggest attacks on aid convoys in Sudan's Darfur are pushing many into acute malnutrition.

Fighting has flared in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in recent months, with troops clashing with fighters loyal to a dissident ethnic Tutsi …

28 Aug 2007 description

With the deadly annual people-smuggling season about to resume in full force in the Gulf of Aden, IOM is working with its UN partners and local authorities to prevent thousands of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers from risking their lives onboard overcrowded open fishing boats whilst trying to reach Yemen.

31 Jul 2007 description


Security

Between 18-26 April, the TFG-Ethiopian forces undertook their second massive military operation against insurgents in Mogadishu, which included Islamist fighters and the Hawiye clan militia. The offensive aimed at bringing about a turning point in Somalia's political struggles. However, the offensive failed (see graph). Insurgency attacks continued, the possibility for a political solution was ruled out and the initiatives of external actors were constrained. The present update briefly assesses the overall situation since the offensive.

17 Jul 2007 description

(New York: 17 July 2007): From getting medical treatment, building material and food to Afghan refugees to providing helicopters for distributing food in Sudan, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has given almost $201 million for life-saving aid activities in the first half of 2007. The largest amounts of rapid response funding from the CERF during this period went to Mozambique ($11.2 million), Guinea ($9.8 million) and Chad ($7.2 million).

13 Jul 2007 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 13 July 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In Ethiopia today (Friday), UNHCR teams are expected to start relocating a group of 500 newly-recognized Somali refugees who fled from renewed conflict in strife-torn south and central Somalia over the last year.

28 Jun 2007 description
report IRIN

BURAO, 28 June 2007 (IRIN) - Ali Hussein Diriye, 78, is a resident of Kosar camp in Burao, one of the main cities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, northwest Somalia. Kosar is home to thousands of Somali returnees from Ethiopia. Diriye spoke to IRIN about his life in the camp.

"We were among the first groups of families to settle in Kosar in 2001.

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.

18 May 2007 description

Four Ugandan troops were killed this week in a bomb blast as Somalia's insurgency intensifies.

By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

and Alexis Okeowo | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa and KAMPALA, Uganda - Even before a roadside bomb killed four Ugandan peacekeepers in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday, convincing other African nations to support the mission was a tough sell.

But as fighting in Mogadishu escalates into a full-scale insurgency, creating what the United Nations now calls the …

16 May 2007 description

Essential Information - SOMALIA:

Total Assessed Caseloads:

a) Total number of beneficiaries planned for 2007 across Somalia: 1,000,000 (including IDPs).

b) Total number of beneficiaries planned for 2007 in South/Central only: 800,000 (including 600,000 original beneficiaries, 150,000 recent IDPs & 50,000 contingency)

c) Number of IDPs as reported by UNHCR: 395,000

Total MT distributed:

a) since 1 January 2007 across Somalia: 28,171 MT to 808,000 beneficiaries (including IDPs)

b) since 1 January 2007 in south/central Somalia only: 24,639 MT to 695,000 beneficiaries …

15 Apr 2007 description

ASMARA, April 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopia and Eritrea's entanglement in Somalia has added a dangerous new element to their already tense relationship and diminished hopes they may resolve a border dispute seen as vital for regional stability.

Analysts say tensions could further worsen in the countdown to a November deadline, set by an independent boundary commission, for both sides to demarcate their border.

"The tragedy is that it's gone well beyond the confines of the border dispute," said Patrick Smith, editor of the Africa Confidential newsletter.

"It's …

13 Apr 2007 description

Background

FEWS NET has developed a global food security outlook process that provides 6 month projections of potential food security conditions in the 25 countries in Africa and Central America as well as in Haiti and Afghanistan. This outlook provides a basis for regional and global resource allocation and contingency planning, as well as in country planning.

26 Mar 2007 description

GENEVA, March 26 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency said Monday that at least 29 people were confirmed dead and 71 others reported missing after knife-wielding smugglers forced some 450 Somalis and Ethiopians into stormy seas off the coast of Yemen.

"The incident, the latest in a series of tragedies involving smugglers' boats carrying people across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia, occurred last Thursday along a remote stretch of Yemen coastline at Ras-Alkalb," said a UNHCR press release, adding that it brought the total number of dead and missing so far this year in Yemen to …

09 Mar 2007 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)