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31 Dec 2000 description

Addis Ababa - An additional 641 Ethiopian civilians were repatriated Saturday from Eritrea, bringing the total number returned home within a week under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to 2,055.

31 Dec 2000 description


New documents available on the EHA website:

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.

29 Dec 2000 description

By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 29 Reuters) - The United States has introduced a resolution to lift the arms embargo against Ethiopia and Eritrea because of their recently-signed peace accord to end their two-year old border war.

U.S. officials had wanted a vote on the measure on Friday but council members said they preferred to consider the controversy next week. Canada and the Netherlands, who have peacekeepers in the two Horn of Africa nations, oppose ending the embargo until May when it is due to expire.

28 Dec 2000 description

Top military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed at a meeting in Nairobi today to give United Nations peacekeepers greater freedom of movement between the two formerly warring countries.

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.

26 Dec 2000 description
report Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA (Dec. 26) XINHUA - An additional land access route linking Ethiopia and Eritrea has been opened in the western front, an official from the Ethiopian Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

Head of Foreign Relations and Peacekeeping Department in the ministry Getachew Teferra said that the access route along the Humera-Omhajer crossing was opened in accordance with an agreement, which was reached in Nairobi, Kenya on December 2 at the first meeting of the Military Coordination Commission of United Nations Mission for Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).

23 Dec 2000 description
report Visafric

(Saturday, December 23, 2000)

Eritrea Profile

In an Interview with local journalists on December 19, President Isaias Afewerki affirmed that the comprehensive peace agreement reached between Eritrea and Ethiopia to resolve the border dispute can only be implemented by peaceful and legal means based on colonial boundaries.

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.

23 Dec 2000 description

Geneva (ICRC) - On Saturday 23 December, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) began, after a slight delay due to a technical problem of the airplane, repatriating some 700 Eritrean and Ethiopian prisoners of war, starting with the sick and seriously wounded. The operation, which will continue over the coming weekend, involves an ICRC-chartered transport aircraft making several trips between the two capitals, Addis Ababa and Asmara. Ahead of each flight, ICRC delegates hold private interviews with the POWs to check that they are all returning voluntarily.

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

22 Dec 2000 description

This report includes: (A) Sierra Leone (B) Sudan (C) Angola (D)Ethiopia (E) Burundi (F) Vietnam (G)Laos (H)New contributions

22 Dec 2000 description


NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS
Ethiopia and Eritrea Sign Agreement to End Two Year Border Conflict

21 Dec 2000 description

Rome, 21 December 2000 - Some 28 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are facing severe food shortages as serious food supply problems persist in a number of countries, mainly because of prolonged drought and civil strife, according to a report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The situation is most critical in eastern Africa, where 20 million people face serious food shortages that will require continued food aid well into 2001.