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31 Dec 2012 description

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

Surrounded by shattered buildings and a massive concrete wall pock-marked by shell holes and small bullet craters, I met Malaika Issack. What could drive anyone to seek shelter in a city like Mogadishu, scarred by twenty years of war?

31 Dec 2012 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  1. In Darfur, approximately 3.5 million people currently receive food aid, including some 1.4 million in camps.

  2. Some 56,000 people remain displaced mostly in Agok and South Sudan. Of 105,000 who ed in may 2011, some 35,000 returned quickly to areas south of the Bahr Al Arab/Kiir river, and 14,000 others returned to areas north of the river.

30 Dec 2012 description

This seventh edition of the Yearbook of Peace Processes analyses conflicts in which negotiations are being held to reach a peace agreement, regardless of whether these negotiations are formalised, are in the exploratory phase, are faring well or, to the contrary, are stalled or in the midst of crisis. It also analyses some cases in which negotiations or explorations are partial; that is, they do not include all the armed groups present in the country (such as the case of India, for example).

30 Dec 2012 description

En esta séptima edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. Se incluye un capítulo sobre Colombia, por hacerse una edición colombiana de este anuario.

30 Dec 2012 description

The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) conducted in September 2012 aimed at obtaining a better understanding of the situation, needs, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of refugees in Malawi with regard to food, livelihood, their nutritional/health situation and related matters. The current programme is coming to an end, and this JAM Report aims to provide information for further assistance through the design of a new programme cycle for both WFP (the PRRO) and UNHCR. The last JAM was carried out in 2009 in coordination with the GoM and other stakeholders.

30 Dec 2012 description

December 29/2012 The construction of water facilities has been launched in West Wollega Zone of Oromia State at a cost of more than 29 million Birr, the Zonal water, mines and energy office said. Office deputy head Gurmessa Oljira told ENA that the facilities include the construction of 932 spring development and 215 hand-dug wells. He said the public would contribute through labor and in cash for the projects which would benefit more than 255,000 residents. The facilities are expected to raise the water coverage of the zone to 78.5 from 63.4 percent at present.

29 Dec 2012 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2013 response plan aims to provide aid to 7.7 million Yemenis, increasing funding requirements by 22%
  • Increased protection, health concerns among migrants due to abuse and torture
  • Government, Al-Houthis make new commitments to address use of child soldiers
  • Humanitarian partners to scale up operations in support of Abyan returnees
  • Health/WASH interventions in the north amid access and funding challenges
28 Dec 2012 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal shows a reduced budget from CHF 25,408,085 to CHF 12,258,425; in cash, kind, or services to support the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) in assisting approximately 270,000 beneficiaries. The operational timeframe has been extended for 12 months; therefore the end of the operation will be on 31 August 2013. A final report will be made available by 30 November 2013 (three months after the end of the operation).

28 Dec 2012 description

Key messages:

• In West Africa, food prices were stable or decreased in November as staple food availability continued to improve with the ongoing marketing season. Some earlier-­than-­anticipated price increases occurred in region’s urban centers and structurally-­deficit zones due to limited commodity flows from surplus­producing areas.

27 Dec 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Fighting in Shangil Tobaya and Tawila localities in North Darfur displaces 1,200 people, according to UNAMID.

• Some 4,500 people have returned to their homes in South Kordofan, according to media reports.

• Malaria on the decline in Sudan, according to the WHO

27 Dec 2012 description

Addis Ababa December 25/2012 Ethiopia and Japan signed Tuesday grant agreement amounting to 5.84 million US dollars to assist poor farmers to increase their productivity. The grant will be used to purchase fertilizer to benefit poor farmers under the Food Security for Under Privileged Farmers- KRII Project. Finance and Economic Development State Minister, Ahmed Shide and Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Hiroyuki Kishino signed the agreement.

27 Dec 2012 description

Shire Endasillsie December 26/2012 The construction of potable water project is underway in Shire’endasilassie town at a cost of more than 40 million Birr, town water service office said. Office manager, Zenebe Hadush told ENA that the project includes the construction of two sink wells, installation of pipe line and reservoir. Upon the completion of the project until the end of this Ethiopian year, it would enhance the water coverage of the town to 50 from 30 percent at present, he said. The manager said government and NGOs covered the construction cost of the projects.

26 Dec 2012 description

Empowering HIV-positive women

In 2002, Françoise from Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was admitted to the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) HIV and AIDS programme. “Food assistance has been my only reliable source of food, especially when I was sick and hospitalized,” recalls Françoise, who lost her husband to AIDS.

In addition to food, HIV-positive people can also receive training and non-food assistance from WFP’s partner organizations to allow them to learn valuable life skills, such as how to start a business, to help them become self-sufficient.

24 Dec 2012 description

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:15 GMT

  • ONLF representative seeks talks in Addis Adaba

  • Further sign of rebel weakening, splits

  • Ogaden region has oil and gas potential

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - A faction of a separatist rebel group said on Sunday it was seeking peace talks with the Ethiopian government, a development that could help stabilise a region with potential reserves of oil and gas.

24 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA-DJIBOUTI, 21 December 2012 (IRIN) - More people from the Horn of Africa region, especially Ethiopia and Somalia, are crossing international borders as irregular migrants - lacking official documentation or approval - drawn by the promise of a better life in the Arabian Peninsula.

“A growing number of Ethiopians opt to undergo a perilous journey through the Gulf of Aden, hoping to get to the Middle East via Yemen,” Demissew Bizuwerk, a communication officer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ethiopia, told IRIN.

24 Dec 2012 description

Highlights

  • More people flee fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

  • Human Rights Watch report says indiscriminate aerial bombardment in SPLM-N areas has killed and injured scores of civilians.

  • More than 3,500 people flee their homes in parts of Darfur due to insecurity and intertribal violence.

21 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 21 December 2012 (IRIN) - Jemmal Ahmed, 21, was recently deported back to Ethiopia after a nine-month stay in a prison in Yemen for illegally entering the country a few months earlier. His intention had been to cross over into Saudi Arabia to find work.

He shared his experience with IRIN:

“I dreamed of going Saudi Arabia since the moment my neighbours, in my home town, told me of the possibility of getting out of poverty after someone went there and worked for a year.