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18 Nov 2011 description
  • Asmara facing sanctions on mining, remittances

  • Country already hit with assets freeze, arms and travel embargo

  • Red Sea state says Ethiopia dirtying its name

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Eritrea has a strong chance of heading off new sanctions that could cripple the Red Sea state's economy even though it remains far from persuading its neighbours and the United Nations that it is not a destabilising force in the volatile Horn of Africa.

05 Aug 2011 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 5 August 2011 (IRIN) - More and more Eritrean refugees, mostly educated young men, continue to arrive in Ethiopia, with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, expressing concern over the rising numbers.

"Most say they left their country [to avoid] a prolonged military conscription, but they also say they want to join their families on the road," Moses Okello, UNHCR's representative in Ethiopia, told IRIN.

Ethiopia hosts at least 61,000 Eritrean refugees.

21 Jul 2011 description

SHIRE, Ethiopia, July 21 (UNHCR) – As the world focuses on the impact of the severe drought in East Africa, a silent crisis is brewing in a remote corner of Ethiopia. Hundreds of Eritreans are arriving here every month with claims of escaping open-ended military service and allegations of rights violations back home.

During a recent visit to the Eritrean refugee camps in northern Ethiopia, UN Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, Erika Feller, said she was alarmed and shocked to see "a sea of young faces" and "youth denied for so many people".

08 Jul 2011 description

Assab, 6 July 2011 – The displaced nationals due to volcanic eruption would be rehabilitated in places of their choice, stated the Administrator of Southern Red Sea region, Mr. Ali Mahommed.

He told ERINA that the nationals were engaged in pastoral activities in semi-highland localities, but, the place is currently covered with melting rock. Hence they would be rehabilitated in sites where they can obtain access to social service.

06 Jul 2011 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI, 6 July 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of Ethiopians in Afar State are facing critical food, water and health gaps almost a month after a volcano erupted in neighbouring Eritrea's Nabro region, officials say.

The volcano started erupting on 12 June, spewing ash over hundreds of kilometres, affecting food and water sources as well as air travel in some parts. The eruption also caused an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7, Eritrea's Information Ministry reported in a communiqué.

23 Jun 2011 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 22, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – An exiled Eritrean opposition group on Wednesday called on the international community to immediately act to provide urgent assistance to the thousands of Eritreans it said are affected by the Narbo volcano that erupted over a week ago in the country’s south.

The Addis Ababa-based Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO) said the volcanic eruption has killed at least seven people, injured many others and displaced thousands of people.

18 Jun 2011 description
report Yemen Times

Ali Saeed Published:18-06-2011

SANA’A, June 15 – The six-month long uprisings in Yemen has reverted the lives of many African refuges in the country back to a similar hell that forced them from their home countries. Since the dramatic developments in Yemen began, many have lost their jobs and their lives are now at risk.

The total population of refugees in Yemen who are registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) exceeds 200,000. Most have come from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea because of political conflicts in those countries.

12 May 2011 description

(10.05.2011)

NRC has signed an agreement with Ethiopian authorities and UN High Commissioner for Refugees to carry out emergency relief to refugees in Ethiopia.

The agreement includes shelter, education and camp management training. Initially, the assistance will apply to Somali refugees in the Somali region southeast and Eritrean refugees in the north that will be assisted.

27 Apr 2011 description
  • Libya, Ivory Coast crises hit funding

  • Poor rains have led to failed harvests

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, April 27 (Reuters) - Drought has left more than 8 million people in the Horn of Africa short of food and water, and the number could rise sharply if funding to help them is not increased, British aid groups said on Wednesday.

20 Apr 2011 description
  • Hundreds of refugees call for end of conscription

  • Urge sanctions against Eritrea

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, April 20 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Eritrean refugees gathered in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday to call for democratic rule in Eritrea, which thousands have fled in recent years citing rights abuses.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

08 Apr 2011 description

Eritrea is a one-party state that became independent in 1993 after its citizens voted for independence from Ethiopia, following 30 years of civil war. The People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), previously known as the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, is the sole political party and has controlled the country since 1991. The country's president, Isaias Afwerki, who heads the PFDJ and the armed forces, dominated the country. The government continued to postpone general elections which have not taken place since independence in 1993.

28 Mar 2011 description

Nearly 830 African migrants from Tripoli and Misurata in Libya who arrived on the Italian Island of Linosa between 26-28 March are today being transferred to Sicily.

The migrants are mostly from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, but there are also some sub-Saharan Africans. This is the first group of migrants fleeing Libya to arrive in Italy since the onset of the Libyan crisis more than a month ago.

IOM staff say 80 women and 12 children are among the passengers. One woman gave birth to a healthy baby assisted by an Italian medical team.

28 Feb 2011 description

Geneva, 28 February 2011 -- UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres is expressing his concern for tens of thousands of refugees and other foreigners who may be trapped in Libya.

"There are no planes and boats to evacuate people originating from war-torn or very poor countries," Mr. Guterres said, urging governments to consider the needs of all vulnerable people and not just their own citizens. "Many of these people feel targeted, and afraid and have no resources."

Libya has traditionally been a transit and destination country for refugees.

11 Feb 2011 description

GENEVA, February 11 (UNHCR) - Amid the continuing political turmoil in Egypt, UNHCR has been working through key partners to provide financial support and medical help to refugees in Cairo while UNHCR staff have been manning telephone hotlines from their homes.

On Thursday, UNHCR partner Caritas distributed financial assistance to 150 particularly vulnerable refugees in the Egyptian capital. The refugees collected their money from a branch of Refugee Egypt on the island of Zamalek located away from the main centres of anti-government protest in Cairo, and thus easier to access.

24 Jan 2011 description

This image, from France’s SPOT satellite, shows severe drought in Somalia, Kenya, and southern Ethiopia. The image is a vegetation anomaly, a measure of how well plants were growing compared to average. This image compares plant growth between January

21 Jan 2011 description

Introduction

This paper examines the mixed movement of people that is currently taking place between the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region to the southern part of the continent.