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22 Sep 2011 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has sent emergency supplies to Addis Abba in response to a request from the Government of Ethiopia, following the drought crisis affecting the Horn of Africa including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The aid supplies, worth 40 million JPY (USD 525,000), arrived in the country on 10 September 2011. All goods are to be distributed through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Somali refugee camps in the Dollo Ado area.

13 Mar 2009 description

It is a natural resource taken for granted in industrialized countries, but a day long struggle in many areas of the world just to obtain a few drops.

In North America and Japan people use 350 litres a day and it takes another 13,000 litres to produce just one kilo of beef for the dinner table.

In contrast, nearly half the world's population live on the edge of squalor because of the lack of it and nearly two million people die each year from related diseases, including 3,900 children a day.

But with a burgeoning global population, the increasing demands of agriculture and …

22 Feb 2008 description

The teff or wheat harvest has been collected and the parched land is bathed in a golden hue. Dust clouds swirl around the school house in advance of the forthcoming rains.

Elders in the small Ethiopian village of Fachiso say they cannot remember a single person from the community, sitting on the floor of Africa's Great Rift Valley, ever attending school but that all changed recently.

A four-room primary school opened last year on the outskirts of the village and 103 pupils aged from 7 to 14 enrolled to learn math, science and language.

16 Aug 2006 description

Early in the morning on August 6, massive flooding occurred in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, resulting in an estimated 256 deaths and 250 persons missing as of August 14. Moreover, as many as 15,000 to 20,000 persons have been displaced due to the loss of their homes and are now living in shelters.

Dire Dawa is the second largest city in Ethiopia and is located about 500 kilometers east of the nation's capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia typically experiences a rainy season from the end of June until late September.