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03 May 2012 description

An overview of the ICRC's key activities in Eritrea in 2011.

  • Water and habitat

  • Economic security

  • Protecting civilians

  • Restoring family links

  • Building the capacity of the Red Cross Society of Eritrea

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.

16 Jun 2010 description

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Text by Joanne Offer. Photos by Denise Truscello.

Shimelba, Ethiopia 16 Jun 2010 -

Morning breaks over Shimelba refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. The mud brick houses with thatched roofs are home to around 11,000 refugees who have fled from persecution in neighboring Eritrea. Many of the refugees are children and teenagers who now face life growing up in a refugee camp in a foreign country.

The day starts early for many youngsters, who have to help collect water for their families.

12 Mar 2009 description
report European Union


The European Parliament,

- having regard to Court of Auditors Special Report No 10/2008 on EC Development Assistance to Health Services in sub-Saharan Africa,

- having regard to the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations of 18 September 2000, which sets out the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as criteria established collectively by the international community for the elimination of poverty,

- having regard to the Commission Communication of 7 October 2005 entitled 'Speeding up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals - The …

07 Jul 2008 description

A centuries-long history of unity and separation continues to vex Ethiopia and Eritrea. Between May 1998 and June 2000, the two countries engaged in a border war in which tens of thousands of combatants were killed and some 650,000 civilians displaced.

11 Jun 2008 description

During the 1998-2000 border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, more than 70,000 people died, 650,000 were displaced, and at least 70,000 individuals were deported, Ethiopians from Eritrea and Eritreans from Ethiopia. But these were not the only victims of the conflict.

20 Aug 2007 description

By Jack Kimball

ASMARA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Standing in a muddy courtyard, 65-year-old Letezai Tewolde-Bahta's eyes dart back and forth as she stares at a doorway leading to Eritrea's legal office.

19 Dec 2006 description

Weeks of heavy rains have caused extensive flooding in central and southern Somalia and neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia . More than 100 people have died and up to 2 million people are affected across the three countries. Severe food insecurity caused by a prolonged drought throughout the region is affecting up to 8.5 million people.

24 Feb 2005 description

A near verbatim transcript of the press briefing held by the Spokeswoman and Chief of Public Information, Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainté in Asmara, via videoconference linking participants in Asmara and Addis Ababa. Also present at the briefing in Asmara was the UNMEE Chief-of-Staff Colonel Samuel Nandwa and UNMEE MACC Programme Manager, Mr. Phil Lewis.

03 Mar 2004 description


Sea surface temperatures remained warmer than average in the central and western equatorial Pacific and near average in the eastern equatorial Pacific during January. Equatorial ocean surface temperatures greater than +0.5oC (~1oF) above average were found between Indonesia and 165oW, and departures greater than +1oC were found between 160oE and 175oW. Since early December 2003, SST anomalies have decreased in all of the Niño regions (Fig. 2).

17 Sep 2003 description


19 Jun 2003 description
report American Red Cross

Written by Mason Booth, Staff Writer, RedCross.org

07 May 2003 description

The extent of flooding in Kenya and Somalia has increased over the last few days. Thousands of people are reportedly displaced in Busia, Kisumu and Baringo districts in Kenya, and roads rendered impassable in parts of both these districts. Over 30 people are feared dead in Kenya. Nairobi is currently experiencing severe water shortages following bursting of the Sasumua water reservoir occasioned by current heavy rains. The 3-day weather forecast indicates that heavy rains are expected to continue over the western sector of Kenya, which is likely to result in continued flooding.

02 May 2003 description

Recent heavy rains have led to flooding in several river basins in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA).

28 Feb 2003 description

Pledges to the food aid appeal of the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia for 2003 have reached over 897,000 MT or 47 percent of the total appeal of 1.92 million MT from the two countries. However, the amount is still insufficient to meet the emergency requirements for 2003.

10 Jan 2003 description

Major food security concerns persist in the north of the GHA region. Prolonged drought, in conjunction with chronic poverty and economic shocks, has left massive numbers of Ethiopians, Eritreans and Sudanese in need of relief interventions at the start of 2003. With the level of pledges still falling well below assessed needs, fears continue that the current food security crisis could deteriorate further into famine.

17 Jul 2002 description