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31 Dec 2000 description


Two consultants from UNICEF and WHO carried out an assessment of the emergency response in the Somali region of Ethiopia in August this year.1 The objectives of the assessment were:

i) to provide an overview of the humanitarian response to date, and

ii) to outline the major problems hindering an effective response.

27 Dec 2000 description
report CARE

DEBRE TABOR, Ethiopia - Barefooted, her baby strapped on her back, Efenshe Aweke walked three hours or so to reach this northern Ethiopian town. In her tattered dress, she stands in a food-assistance line.

27 Dec 2000 description

The Africa Food Security Initiative (AFSI) is part of a broad collaboration between African governments and the United States to promote agriculture and food security as a means to improve childhood nutrition, generate income for rural families and combat hunger. The Africa Food Security Initiative is an important complement to the President's Greater Horn of Africa Initiative that is working to promote regional cooperation and prevent crises and conflict in the Greater Horn.

23 Dec 2000 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Some 149 people, most of them children, have been killed so far this year by landmines left behind by the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

22 Dec 2000 description
report UN Children's Fund


Drought affected:
Population: 10,000,000 (revised June appeal; includes approx. 2,000,000 previously considered at risk)

Areas: Somali, Oromiya, Tigray, Amhara, Afar Gambella, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPRs)

Affected children under five years: 1,700,000

Pregnant/lactating women: 850,000

Conflict affected:

IDP Population in Afar and Tigray: 348,000 (272,000 assisted by WFP)

Deportee Population in Tigray: 28,000 since June 2000

1. Recent Developments

15 Dec 2000 description


Improved rainfall distribution late in the season has fostered near-normal crop development in many areas of the country. Preliminary findings from a recent Ministry of Agriculture/FAO survey concluded that while late season rains did reduce crop performance in some locations, the benefits of the rainfall in supporting late planted crops far out weighted the disadvantages. Rainfall in the pastoral areas has improved pasture conditions (Figure 1), and while there are some patchy areas of dryness, overall conditions in the pastoral region are excellent.

14 Dec 2000 description

Some 1,500 Ethiopians crossed the Mereb river from Eritrea into Ethiopia under ICRC auspices on Saturday 9 December. The repatriated Ethiopians had been transferred from three different locations in Eritrea: 500 civilians had been held at Ala camp and nine women at Haz Haz prison, 78 others had been living outside the Ala camp and 919 more came from Adi Abeto. ICRC delegates on both sides of the border helped them cross the river dividing the two countries. Once across, they were placed in the care of the Ethiopian authorities.

11 Dec 2000 description

Call to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs - "The senseless use of landmines and cluster bombs turns fertile land into killing fields," notes Rev. John McCullough, CWS Executive Director. "The U.S. and other military forces around the world must rethink their use of both of these weapons."

29 Nov 2000 description
report IRIN

KEBRE DEHAR, Ethiopia, 29 November (IRIN) - Lying on a raffia mat on the floor, staring listlessly at a passing nurse, a young boy finds it too much effort to move his limbs, or his head. Only his huge sunken eyes move, slowly. "Tuberculosis I think," says the senior nurse, Abdullahi Bedel Teken.

29 Nov 2000 description
report UN Children's Fund


Country: Ethiopia
Drought affected:

Population: 10,000,000 (revised June appeal; includes approx. 2,000,000 previously considered at risk)

Areas: Somali, Oromiya, Tigray, Amhara, Afar Gambella, SNNPRS

Affected children under five years: 1,700,000

Pregnant/lactating women: 850,000

Conflict affected:

IDP Population in Afar and Tigray: 348,000 (272,000 assisted by WFP)

Deportee Population in Tigray: 28,000 since June 2000

1. Recent Developments

24 Nov 2000 description
report IRIN

WARDER, Ethiopia, 24 November (IRIN) - A traditional watering point near the Somali border, southeastern Ethiopia, this tiny desert town in the Ogaden was once a huge trading centre for camels, sheep, goat and cattle. Now, only a few bleating sheep and goats can be found tethered to market pens in vast sandy clearings around the town used before to accommodate the unruly herds. When the Gulf States slapped a Rift Valley fever ban on all livestock imports from the Horn of Africa region in October, crisis hit the Ogaden.

24 Nov 2000 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 24 November (IRIN) - A major food crisis in the Horn of Africa this year led to the establishment of a special regional UN team based in Ethiopia, led by UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Manuel da Silva. At the epicentre of the crisis was Gode, in the Ogaden, southeastern Ethiopia, where death rates of people and livestock rose alarmingly in March and April. An international humanitarian intervention was later commended for preventing a full-scale famine, but locally, people complained that the operation did not reach out as far and as fast as it should have.

22 Nov 2000 description

Addis Abéba, Ethiopie - La Commission européenne s'est engagée à débloquer 40 millions d'euros (1 dollar = 1,18 euros) pour venir en aide à l'Ethiopie qui est confrontée à une situation alimentaire précaire.

20 Nov 2000 description
report GOAL

GOAL is responding to the famine in Ethiopia by distributing food aid in the Borana district of Southern Ethiopia and in Gode in the South East. Other aid items which we have distributed include fast water tankers, WHO health kits, vaccination equipment, Oral Rehydration Salts, fast growing seeds water tankers etc.