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18 Aug 2008 description
map ReliefWeb

More than 14.6 million people in the Horn of Africa region are sliding into a humanitarian emergency. An acute crisis originated by a mix of conflict, prolonged drought, rising prices and animal disease is hitting Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda (Karamoja region).

14 Aug 2008 description

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had been not only successful, but vital to ensuring stability in its area of operation, Major General Claudio Graziano, the Force Commander, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Outlining the mission's accomplishments since its expansion by the Security Council in resolution 1701 (2006), Major General Graziano said that UNIFIL, working with the Lebanese Army, had maintained the ceasefire in southern Lebanon and accomplished the largest …

08 Aug 2008 description

The European Commission has allocated a further €21 million in humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa: Assistance is being provided to vulnerable populations in Somalia(€13m), Eritrea(€4m) and Ethiopia(€4m). So far in 2008, the Commission has provided nearly €120 million in humanitarian aid, including food aid, to needy people in the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliaand Uganda).

01 Aug 2008 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA, 1 August 2008 (IRIN) - Tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea are unlikely to escalate immediately following the departure of UN peacekeepers, but a mechanism should be found to quickly engage the two neighbours, an analyst said.

The Security Council terminated the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) on 31 July.

"The decision is basically a formalisation of the reality because UNMEE has really not been on the ground," Fouad Hikmat, Horn of Africa director for the International Crisis Group (ICG), told IRIN.

Ethiopia and Eritrea have both said …

30 Jul 2008 description

Addis Ababa, 30 July 2008 - Military and civilian peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) will begin the formal liquidation of their headquarters in Asmara and Addis Ababa as of midnight Thursday.

With the Security Council's decision not to renew UNMEE's mandate beyond 31 July, the peacekeepers will remove the remaining equipment and assets belonging to the UN and military contingents that kept watch over the Algiers Peace Agreements signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea in June and December 2000.

UNMEE troops and equipment owned by …

29 Jul 2008 description

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is planning to disband its peacekeeping mission to the volatile border between Eritrea and Ethiopia after Eritrea forced out most of the U.N.

21 Jul 2008 description

The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has begun delivery of relief aid to victims of drought in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Ethiopia and Somalia. "Drought has caused crop failure and killed livestock in some parts of the Horn of Africa. This situation has caused a serious humanitarian situation which we are trying to address by sending relief supplies to those in need", said Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, Chairman of the RCA Board of Directors.

15 Jul 2008 description

Unfavourable Prospects for 2008 Cereal Crops in Several Countries. Concern over a worsening of food insecurity for millions affected by high food prices

Harvesting of the 2008 main season cereal crops is underway or due to start soon in Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. In Ethiopia the harvest of the secondary "belg" crop is in progress. Although the important March-May rains improved towards the end of the period, cumulative totals remain below normal in large areas of Ethiopia, Somalia, parts of western Kenya and in the Karamoja region of Uganda.

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.

23 Jun 2008 description

By Patrick Worsnip

UNITED NATIONS, June 23 (Reuters) - The U.N.

17 Jun 2008 description

Africa Report N°141 - 17 June 2008


The Ethiopia-Eritrea impasse carries serious risk of a new war and is a major source of instability in the Horn of Africa, most critically for Somalia. Following Ethiopia's refusal to accept virtual demarcation of the border by the now disbanded Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission (EEBC), Asmara unilaterally implemented it and forced out the UN peacekeepers (UNMEE), significantly raising the stakes and shattering the status quo.

12 Jun 2008 description

Asmara/ Addis Ababa (ICRC) - On 11 June, 400 persons were repatriated from Eritrea to Ethiopia under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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.

06 Jun 2008 description
report UN Security Council

I have the honour to refer to Security Council resolution 1798 (2008), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) until 31 July 2008, and to the Council's presidential statements S/PRST/2008/7 and S/PRST/2008/12 on the same subject.

In the …

30 May 2008 description

Despite strong historic and ethnic ties, relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia have rarely been smooth. As a result, and particularly over the past decade, nationality rights of residents of both countries have been at risk.

After Eritrea's 30-year struggle for independence, the country peacefully became a state in 1993 through a referendum in which Eritreans in Ethiopia also voted.

16 May 2008 description


22 Apr 2008 description
report UN News Service

Ethiopia and Eritrea are primarily responsible for settling their border dispute and must follow up on the commitments they made in an accord in 2000, the top United Nations peacekeeping official stressed today.