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27 Mar 2018 description
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Braving harsh terrain, kidnapping threats and a months’ long journey

Over the past three years, around 200,000 Yemenis have fled their country, displaced by a continuing conflict that has led to 6,000 civilian deaths and left 22.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance or protection. Yet for tens of thousands of migrants escaping economic or political distress in Somalia and Ethiopia, Yemen remains a destination of choice, or at least a key transit point en route to the Gulf states.

28 Jun 2016 description
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How the Port of Djibouti keeps Ethiopia fed during Ramadan

By James Jeffery
DJIBOUTI CITY, 27 June 2016

In the middle of a blistering June afternoon on the busy docks of the Port of Djibouti, Aouleed crouches down on his haunches in the shade of a lorry, arms outstretched resting on his knees; his head, wrapped in a wet rag, lolling. He hasn’t had anything to drink or eat since the sun rose around 6 a.m.

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16 Nov 2011 description
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OBOCK, 16 novembre 2011 (IRIN) - Des centaines de migrants suivent la route qui relie la capitale de Djibouti, Djibouti-Ville, à la ville côtière d'Obock : ils n'emportent guère plus qu'une bouteille d'eau et l'espoir de parvenir à une meilleure vie. Ils traversent une contrée aride parsemée de roches volcaniques qui abrite bien peu de vie ; à peine y rencontre t-on de temps à autre un éleveur et ses chèvres. Les températures tournent autour de 34 degrés centigrades en hiver et peuvent atteindre 52 degrés en été.

15 Nov 2011 description
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OBOCK, 15 November 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of migrants traverse the road between Djibouti’s capital, Djiboutiville, and the coastal town of Obock carrying little more than a bottle of water and the hope that they are heading towards a better life. They pass through an arid landscape strewn with volcanic rock that sustains little life besides the occasional pastoralist and his goats. Temperatures average around 34 degrees Celsius in winter and in summer can reach 52 degrees.

18 Jul 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 18 July 2011 (IRIN) - At least 500,000 malnourished children in the Horn of Africa's drought-affected areas risk death if immediate help does not reach them, Anthony Lake, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) executive director, has said.

These are the children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, whose clinical signs include swelling in the feet, legs or face caused by an extreme shortage of protein.

28 Jun 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 28 June 2011 (IRIN) - Eastern Africa is experiencing what has been described as the "most severe food crisis in the world today", with at least 10 million people affected in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Somalia is one of the hardest-hit countries in the region, with deaths reported in some areas amid alarming malnutrition levels.

18 May 2011 description
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NAIROBI, 18 May 2011 (IRIN) - The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa could increase sharply in coming months due to below-average rainfall and high food and fuel prices [ http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=92546 ], say aid workers.

Moreover, funding shortfalls, drought and conflict could further increase the number of people needing humanitarian aid in the region from an estimated 8.75 million people.

01 Feb 2011 description
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DJIBOUTI, 1 February 2011 (IRIN) - The Horn of Africa is facing huge humanitarian and political challenges, but according to Mahboub M. Maalim, executive secretary of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), [ http://igad.int/index.php?option=com=5Fcontent&view=article&id=93&Itemid=124 ] the region is coping.

23 Jul 2008 description
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NAIROBI, 23 July 2008 (IRIN) - The urban poor in the Horn of Africa are the new face of hunger in a region where up to 14.6 million people now require humanitarian assistance due to poor rains, high food and fuel prices, conflict, animal disease, inflation and poverty.

"The situation of the urban poor has worsened, they are now getting more vulnerable; it is no longer just the old caseload of drought-affected people; the urban poor need assistance as they continue to be adversely affected by rising food prices," Peter Smerdon, a senior public affairs officer for the UN World …

30 May 2007 description
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ENTEBBE, 30 May 2007 (IRIN) - Intermittent efforts to disarm, sometimes forcibly, up to 20 million pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, who are believed to possess five million firearms, have failed and a better approach has to be found to persuade them to give up their weapons, participants at a conference said.

"All disarmament programmes are full of challenges and forcible disarmament has not worked.

05 Jan 2007 description
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DJIBOUTI, 5 January (IRIN) - The United Nations refugee agency is registering refugees living in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti with a view to offering them better protection and services.

The exercise, which started on 22 December at Ali Adde camp, the main refugee settlement in the country, is the first of its kind in a decade, and is being carried out with the collaboration of the government of Djibouti, local NGOs and other UN agencies.

"It will enable us to better plan protection and also [improve] the management of the assistance which we bring to the refugees," …

10 Jun 2005 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 10 June (IRIN) - Although the United States and the United Kingdom have announced substantial funding for food aid programmes in the Horn of Africa, appeals for assistance in Southern Africa remain largely underfunded.

A US press statement noted that on 7 June President George Bush announced an additional $674.4 million in emergency aid funding for Africa this year, while British Prime Minister Tony Blair simultaneously increased emergency aid to Africa to a total of $300 million.

However, the …

15 Jun 2004 description
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29 Oct 2003 description
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DJIBOUTI, 29 October (IRIN) - During a tour of the Horn of Africa region, IRIN was granted an interview with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh. He discussed the internal situation in his country, regional issues and the Somali peace process. Here are the main points of the interview:

10 Oct 2003 description
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NAIROBI, 10 October (IRIN) - Thousands of would-be refugees are languishing at a transit centre, some 100 km southwest of Djibouti town, after being given a deadline by the government earlier this year to leave the country.

09 Sep 2003 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 9 September (IRIN) - Ethiopia's government has been providing transport and food rations for thousands of illegal immigrants ordered to leave Djibouti by 15 September, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told IRIN on Friday.

14 Jun 2002 description
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31 May 2002 description
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24 May 2002 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 24 May (IRIN) - Some 25,000 refugees living in Djibouti are at risk of malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday. It said supplies for the refuges were "rapidly running out" and appealed for an emergency 8,000 mt of food to deal with the crisis.

26 Apr 2002 description
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