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23 Jul 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 23 July 2018 16:12 GMT

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, July 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign donors must come forward to support Ethiopia and Eritrea after the long-time arch rivals ended a war which spanned two decades and hampered efforts to improve the lives of millions of people, a top United Nations official said on Monday.

19 Apr 2017 description

Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), the procedure that renders explosive material safe, evokes images of wires, explosives, protective equipment and delicate procedures. Real-life training for such potentially deadly situations is crucial for the safety of people who clear mines.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Ethiopia National Defense Forces (ENDF) provided EOD training for staff from the ENDF's demining units in March at military facilities in Entoto and the Awash Military Areba Training Camp.

05 Apr 2017 description

On the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the Commission of the African Union (AU) and the ICRC organized an awareness session for staff members of the Commission working in environments that may be exposed to explosive hazards and landmines. The session provided theoretical and practical knowledge on risk awareness and safe behavior in weapon contaminated areas. The session was conducted by the ICRC's weapons contamination adviser for Africa and members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team.

27 May 2009 description

Kurmuk, the booming border town

The brand-new hut barely stands on its feet, but Sumaya doesn't care. She's happy that she has finally made it to a safe place where she hopes to make a better life for herself and her family. A month ago, Sumaya and her husband decided that he would stay in Keli, while she would move with their 2 children and an infant to Kurmuk, Blue Nile State.

04 Apr 2008 description

Landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in almost 70 countries, claimed some 6,000 victims last year. Many thousands of other people continue to live in fear of triggering one of these devices while on the way to school, to market or to graze their livestock.

08 Feb 2008 description

NAIROBI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A landmine explosion ripped through a bus killing two people and seriously injuring six others near Eritrea's volatile border with Ethiopia, the Information Ministry in Asmara said.

Continued tensions along the two Horn of Africa neighbours' border have fuelled fears of renewed conflict, eight years after the end of a two-year border war that killed 70,000 people.

Landmines buried from that conflict and Eritrea's earlier independence fight remain a hazard, but Asmara said the mine involved in the bus blast was newly planted.

"Two …

24 Jul 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Amy Bennett

NEW YORK, USA, 24 July 2007 - Riding a motorcycle from Northern Scotland all the way to South Africa may not be the most expedient form of travel. But for Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor and UNICEF supporter Charley Boorman, it is the trip of a lifetime - an adventure which is helping to raise funds and awareness for children.

In 2004, the two friends and fellow actors took their first groundbreaking motorcycle journey called Long Way Round which helped bring attention to the humanitarian efforts of UNICEF in the Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

18 Apr 2007 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 18 April 2007 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's Afar and Tigray regional states are so heavily mined that hundreds of thousands of people living there are exposed to danger from the ordnances, official statistics show.

Most of the landmines were planted during the recent Ethiopia-Eritrea boundary war, which was mainly fought in the two states because they share borders with Eritrea.

01 Mar 2005 description
report Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, Mar 1, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ethiopian government said on Monday it has cleared 16 million square meters of land from landmines since 2002.

An additional 5.5 million square meters of land, which has been cleared off landmines, was handed over to residents, said an official report, released on the occasion for the celebration of the International Day for the Ban of Landmines.

The report, issued by the Ethiopian Mine Action Office, said the demining activities carried out in the stated period included those unexploded ordnances planted since the days of the …

24 Nov 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

ADDIS ABABA, 24 November (IRIN) - American actor Danny Glover on Wednesday criticised the deadly legacy of landmines, which were responsible for more than 8,000 casualties last year and called for a complete ban of their use and production.

The star of the Lethal Weapon films, among others, spoke out as he began a five-day visit to Ethiopia where he aims to highlight the horrific impact of anti-personnel mines (APMs).

"We must rid the world of landmines," Glover said in a statement released by the …

19 Apr 2004 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 19 April (IRIN) - The United Nations has warned of the dangers of landmines in Ethiopia, ahead of a high-level workshop aiming to highlight the risks these "brutal weapons" pose.

19 Apr 2004 description

PROJECT: Expansion of Ethiopian Mine Action Office (EMAO) Operational Capability 2004

11 Mar 2004 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 11 March (IRIN) - Landmines threaten the lives of 2 million people in Ethiopia, according to the findings of an international two-year survey to be released on Thursday. The Ethiopian Landmine Impact Survey also reveals that over the past two years 16,000 people have been involved in landmine blast incidents, of whom 1,295 were killed or injured.

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.

26 Jun 2000 description

Tervil Okoko, PANA Correspondent