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16 Dec 2013 description

The ICRC has resumed its regular visits to federal prisons and expanded its activities in regional prisons in Oromia, Amhara, Harari, Tigray and Afar.

The aim of prison visits is to improve conditions of detention for the people detained, ensure humane treatment, and put detainees in contact with their families. The findings of the visits are shared exclusively with the authorities concerned on a confidential basis.

04 Nov 2013 description


  • The revised 2013 Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) reports 2.7 million people require food assistance

  • Poor belg harvest and weather hazards have left populations vulnerable to food insecurity

  • Inter-communal conflict affects up to 90,000 people in Oromiya and Somali regions

01 Nov 2013 description

KEY MESSAGES • Overall Kiremt rainfall was average to above average in most areas. A resulting near average volume of Meher crops will lead to stable food security, particularly from October to December. However, starting in January, food security will likely decline in areas where the Kiremt rainfall was below average and other weather hazards occurred.

30 Sep 2013 description

Crops are at their normal developmental stages in most parts of the country


• Following the mostly normal performance of the June to September Kiremt rains, most crops are at their normally expected developmental stage. A near normal Meher harvest is expected in most parts of the country. However, in places where Kiremt rains started late and in areas where some weather-related hazards occurred, some below normal production is anticipated.

30 Sep 2013 description

Key Events

  • Two additional confirmed polio cases were reported in the country over the past two months. The cases were children that had not received a dose of OPV since birth (zero-dose) in Bokh and Geladi woredas of Doolo zone, Somali region. The first case was confirmed on 10 July on an 18 months old child in Injiro kebele of Geladi woreda in Doolo zone. The Government and health partners continue to conduct polio immunization campaigns and to strengthen surveillance to curb the spread of the disease.
23 Sep 2013 description

Key Events

  • In East Hararge zone, inter-communal conflicts between the Oromos and Somalis affected 90,000 people. A DRMFSS-led incident command post (ICP) made up of representatives of the DRMFSS, the Oromia regional, zonal and woreda DPPC, the East Hararge zonal water bureau, the NGO IMC, the Ethiopian Red Cross and Red Crescent Society as well as UNICEF and UNOCHA, was established to coordinate on-going responses. OCHA continues to encourage operational agencies to assign a representative to the ICP.

27 Aug 2013 description

Normal performance of June to September Kiremt rains continues in most parts of the country


  • The Kiremt rains and Meher crops have been largely normal in terms of schedule and progress in most areas of the country. However, the northwestern parts of Amhara and Tigray, some lowland areas in East Hararghe Zone in Oromia, and Segen and the northern parts of South Omo Zone in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) have received below average total June to September rainfall so far.

31 May 2013 description

Favorable March to May rains expected to improve food security in many areas


20 May 2013 description

Continued good performance of the seasonal rainfall further improved water and pasture availability in most droughtprone areas around the country. All types of water sources were fully replenished in Somali Region and in all woredas of Oromia Region, with the exception of Shalla and Siraro in West Arsi zone.

13 May 2013 description


· Although the recent good performance of seasonal rainfall has enhanced water and pasture availability in most drought-prone areas of Ethiopia, populations in some belg-producing parts of eastern Ethiopia will likely continue to experience Crisis—Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) 3—level food insecurity through June due to delayed and poorly distributed February-to-May 2013 belg rains and resulting planting disruptions.

23 Apr 2013 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. In his letter dated 18 May 2011 (S/2011/319), the President of the Security Council informed the Secretary-General that the Council had decided to send a mission to Ethiopia, the Sudan and Kenya from 19 to 26 May 2011.
27 Feb 2013 description

The World Health Organization reports that rates of violence are 4-10 times greater among persons with disabilities than non-disabled persons. Consultations with persons with disabilities conducted by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) in seven countries suggest that women and girls with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. However, they do not have the same access to prevention and response programs as other community members.

22 Jan 2013 description
report The Guardian

A 'villagisation' programme has left many people from Ethiopia's Gambella region bereft of land and loved ones, casting donor support in an unflattering light.

Mr O twists his beaded keyring between his long fingers as he explains why he started legal action against Britain's international development department over its aid funding to Ethiopia. Three other refugees from the Gambella region listen as he speaks in a stifling room in north-eastern Kenya. All have a story to tell.