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23 Oct 2009 description

Nairobi/Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Exactly 25 years ago, BBC correspondent Michael Buerk unveiled the full extent of Ethiopia's now infamous drought, calling it a "Biblical famine" in the 20th century.

A cavalcade of horrors paraded before the cameras in Korem, northern Ethiopia: skeletal children clinging to their equally wasted mothers; corpses of infants wrapped in sackcloth lined up in the dust; hundreds of desperate people tottering across the plain on stick-thin legs, prompted into a shaky sprint by the rumour of a food delivery.

The harrowing pictures prompted an …

19 Oct 2008 description

Johannesburg_(dpa) _ The Red Cross is starting to look at how to cut costs ahead of an expected fall-off in funding in the wake of the global financial crisis, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Sunday.

"If it continues, if there is no turnaround fairly quickly, it (the financial crisis) will have a serious impact (on funding), no doubt," Bekele Geleta said in an interview in Johannesburg on the eve of a three-day meeting of Africa's 53 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

The IFRC's annual …

24 Jul 2007 description

Nairobi/Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Ethiopia Tuesday played down a call by a separatist rebel group for a UN fact-finding mission to its remote Ogaden region, where the government is accused of committing war crimes against civilians.

"We know what is going on here. This terrorist group is asking for everything in order to receive the attention of the international community," said Zamedkin Tekle, a spokesman for the Ministry of Information.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), branded a terrorist group by Addis Ababa, called for a UN investigation into what it and human …

15 Aug 2006 description

Nairobi_(dpa) _ Boats and helicopters have been sent to assist flood victims cut off in southern Ethiopia after an estimated 380 people drowned and thousands more were trapped when a river burst its banks, reports said Tuesday.

30 Mar 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Ethiopia is to launch a polio vaccination campaign targeting three million children of less than five years old in the country's north-central Wag-Hamra Zone, where the first case of the crippling disease was found in 2006, the Ministry of Health said Thursday.

The most recent case uncovered early this month in Sekota Woreda of Wag-Hamra Zone in Amhara Region, 640 kilometre north of Addis Ababa, brings to 24 the number of polio cases in the country since December 2004.

20 Feb 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ A United Nations aid coordination agency said Monday the drought gripping the Horn of Africa had reached a critical stage in eastern and south-eastern Ethiopia and was likely to deteriorate over the coming month.

17 Feb 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ The European Union's Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, concluded a two-day visit to Ethiopia on Friday with a call to the government and jailed opposition leaders to resume political dialogue aimed at fostering peace and democracy.

08 Feb 2006 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - The International Committee of the Red Cross announced Wednesday it had begun airlifting emergency aid supplies to the drought-stricken Somali region of south-eastern Ethiopia.

A chartered airplane flew to the airport of Gode carrying pumps and water storage tanks, veterinarian equipments, medical kits and various other relief items, the ICRC said.

29 Jan 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says the country's agricultural production indicates a 15.1 per cent increase during the current harvest season and its overall economy would register a "double-digit" growth at the end of the current fiscal year ending in June, the local press reported Saturday.

23 Jan 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa)_The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported Monday repatriating 172 Ethiopian civilians from Eritrea, and 11 Eritrean civilians from Ethiopia.
The repatriations were carried out Friday with the ICRC serving as a neutral intermediary.

The ICRC has assisted prisoners of war and civilians affected by the 1998-2000 border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, in repatriations to their respective homes since June 2000. dpa gh mga

23 Jan 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Ethiopia and UN agencies on Monday launched an international appeal in Addis Ababa for some 54.6 million dollars in humanitarian assistance to 2.6 million Ethiopians in 2006.
The bulk of the money was slated for health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and agriculture.

Ethiopia's Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Agency (DPPA) Director Simon Mechale and Unicef Country Director and Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator Bjorn Ljungqvist launched the appeal.

21 Jan 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ A high-level US delegation met Saturday with Ethiopian Prime Mister Meles Zenawi for the first round of talks aimed at breaking the impasse on the country's border dispute with neighbouring Eritrea.

18 Jan 2006 description

Addis Ababa_(dpa) _ Britain is suspending all 88 million dollars in planned humanitarian aid to the Ethiopian government because of human rights concerns, development aid minister Hilary Benn said Wednesday.

06 Jan 2006 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - The United Nations mission monitoring the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reported movements of troops on both sides of the border on Friday, despite an earlier order from the Security Council to pull back or face sanctions.

29 Dec 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - Ninety low-cost housing units built by the German technical Cooperation (GTZ) with funding from the European Union (E.U.) have been handed over to displaced families in Ethiopia, the local press reported Thursday.

14 Nov 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - Ethiopia's parliament approved a motion Monday to launch an investigation into the post-election clashes across the country in June and earlier this month in which more than 90 people were killed.

An independent commission to be set up is to investigate the causes of the unrest, determine the number of lives lost and the extent of property damaged during the clashes. It is also tasked to establish whether security forces used excessive force.

11 Nov 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - Authorities in Ethiopia announced Friday the release of more than 2,400 people detained in Addis Ababa last week when nearly 50 people died in violent clashes between security forces and protesters.

09 Nov 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - Normal life was resuming in Addis Ababa Wednesday after last week's violent disturbances that claimed over 40 lives in the capital and at least four others in another major city.

The disturbances stemmed from bitter wrangling between the government and the main opposition party in the aftermath of the country's third multi-party elections in mid-May.

08 Nov 2005 description

Addis Ababa (dpa) - Western diplomats in Ethiopia said Tuesday they were putting pressure on the government to resume dialogue with opposition parties aimed at resolving the political differences that led to last week's violence which claimed over 40 lives.

03 Nov 2005 description

By Ebba Kalondo, dpa

Nairobi/Addis Ababa(dpa) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi may be facing the toughest challenge of his 14-year rule as days of violence protesting election results left more than 30 people dead in Addis Ababa while fears of a renewed border war with neighbouring Eritrea escalate.

The 50-year-old former guerilla fighter won elections in May sparking countrywide protests that alleged massive rigging. Some 40 people were killed in the ensuing chaos.