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15 Jul 2016 description

Key mixed migration characteristics

Eritrea is solely a country of origin. Its role in the region as transit or destination country is negligible.
The prolonged national service obligation coupled with poor economic conditions continues to fuel migration of especially young Eritreans.

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.

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.

31 Aug 2010 description

Key Messages

Cereal prices are steady or declining in recent months, however they remain high compared to historic levels.

Border tensions have not decreased. Moreover floods have damaged crops and affected people's livelihoods.

An estimated 5.2 million people still depend on emergency food assistance and agencies agree on a severe situation of high hunger in the long term.

The Government continues to support producers and vulnerable people through safety net programmes; in addition it has lifted the export ban on sorghum and maize.

31 Aug 2010 description

Key Messages

Recent good 'kremti' rains have benefited the 2010 main season cereal crops.

Late but good rains have improved the prospect of a good harvest, but the country remains vulnerable due to low productivity and erratic rainfall.

Different agencies project very hig and extremely alarming levels of food insecurity.

The Government aims at improving food security by increasing production and securing food reserves.

31 May 2010 description

Key Messages

Cereal prices have started to decline in recent months, however they are still higher than pre crisis levels.

Political situation remain tense following parliamentary elections on the 23rd of May and displacement from Somalia and Eritreacontinues to be a major problem.

An estimated 5.23 million people need food assistance through 2010 and concerned agencies are worried over very high foodinsecurity levels.

The government is assisting the population with emergency interventions, the national safety net programme, and subsidizedwheat sales to urban consumers.

31 May 2010 description

Key Messages

Adverse weather during the 2009 main crop season, coupled by massive displacement and economic constraints, affected foodsecurity condition in the country.

The political tensions with neighbouring countries remain high with increasing numbers of IDPs fleeing to Ethiopia.

Concerned agencies expect the already fragile food security situation to further deteriorate to an extremely alarming problem of hunger.

The government is taking steps to invest in agriculture.

22 Apr 2010 description


30 Sep 2009 description


- The food security situation in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia is acute and deteriorating. The crop harvest of the main season is about 15 per cent lower than the historical average. This comes on the back of more than three consecutive droughts which have decimated crop production and pasture in most arid and semi-arid areas. The overall situation is further aggravated by growing conflicts. The number of affected people is estimated at more than 20 million.

- Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates are increasing, reaching alarming levels.

18 May 2009 description

With five new financial decisions, the European Commission is providing a total of €54 million in humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Uganda. The funds are channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.

"The Greater Horn of Africa faces humanitarian threats on a lot of fronts," said Louis Michel. "In this region ravaged by extreme weather conditions, chronic conflict and deep poverty, millions of people are now on the brink of collapse.

13 Jan 2009 description

13 January 2009, Rome - The food security situation in Eastern Africa continues to worsen due to crop failures, high food prices and conflict. Millions of food insecure people are in need of assistance. Mafa Chipeta, Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and FAO Representative in Ethiopia, calls for more investment in rural areas with high potential for agricultural production.

Question: Ethiopia has witnessed bumper harvests over the past four years but recent droughts led to a failure of harvest leaving millions of people in need of emergency food aid.

07 Oct 2008 description
map ReliefWeb

More than 17 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).

05 Sep 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NAIROBI, 5 September 2008 - Children, already casualties of the complex drought, food price and conflict crisis unfolding in the Horn of Africa, are suffering severe effects of the lack of food, water and medical care.

Three million children in the arid, marginalized region are at risk of death, disease or the long-term consequences of malnutrition. They comprise a large proportion of the more than 14 million people critically affected and the numbers are on an alarming upward trajectory.

Some experts are predicting that millions more children and families could be engulfed across …

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).