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26 Jun 2018 description
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The EU has started resettling refugees from Libya, but only 174 have made it to Europe in seven months

27 Mar 2018 description
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Braving harsh terrain, kidnapping threats and a months’ long journey

Over the past three years, around 200,000 Yemenis have fled their country, displaced by a continuing conflict that has led to 6,000 civilian deaths and left 22.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance or protection. Yet for tens of thousands of migrants escaping economic or political distress in Somalia and Ethiopia, Yemen remains a destination of choice, or at least a key transit point en route to the Gulf states.

31 Jan 2018 description
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Without addressing the root causes of migration, only corrupt government officials and traffickers are benefiting from criminalising migrants

Key Points

  • The EU has allocated over $200 million to help Sudan stem migration since 2015 - Asylum seekers allege Sudanese officials are complicit in abuse, extortion

  • Traffickers said to hold people for weeks, beat and torture them for money

  • Arrivals in Italy from Horn of Africa fell to a fraction in 2017, but new routes are opening up

18 Jan 2018 description
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2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

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16 Jan 2018 description
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The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

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12 Jan 2018 description
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Ethiopian Oromo refugees fleeing to Kenya to escape persecution say they are finding life on the streets of Nairobi no better than the insecurity they left behind, as they are targeted by bribes and harassment and forced into vast camps with few prospects or protections.

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23 Nov 2017 description
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Migration crises in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa reconfigured global politics.

20 Oct 2017 description
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James Jeffrey, Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

Ethiopia can’t seem to escape the blight of drought, no matter how hard it tries. Despite impressive economic growth and decades of capacity building, it faces another humanitarian crisis as one of the worst droughts in living memory scorches the Horn of Africa.

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18 Aug 2017 description
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More than a million South Sudanese refugees have now crossed the border into Uganda in what is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Analysts say the chances of forging peace are becoming slimmer and so the war and the flow of desperate people is set to continue, further straining an already struggling aid operation.

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05 Jul 2017 description
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Loren B. Landau

Caroline Kihato

JOHANNESBURG, 5 July 2017

South Africa’s National Assembly recently passed a bill to set up a new border management agency. The Border Management Authority will fall under Home Affairs, a government department long distinguished by its lack of respect for immigrant and refugee rights. But there are other, deeper causes for concern.

14 Jun 2017 description
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The humanitarian crisis unleashed by drought in Somalia has again highlighted the close links between extreme weather and food security. But how exactly are the two connected? And what can farmers in developing countries do to lessen the negative effects of climate change? This Q&A provides an overview of the key issues, with a focus on smallholders in Africa.

What is food security?

09 Jun 2017 description
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A new UN-led reform policy aims to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development actors. Heard this tune before? Perhaps. But the so-called New Way of Working (NWOW) has, according to its champions, the potential to radically improve how emergency relief programmes are designed and delivered.

20 Apr 2017 description
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James Jeffrey

Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

DOLO ADO, 19 April 2017

Dead camels rot on the outskirts of informal settlements in Ethiopia’s rain-starved Somali region as their owners, once proudly self-sufficient pastoralists, turn to government aid to stay alive.

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17 Mar 2017 description
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By Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods.

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17 Mar 2017 description
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By James Jeffrey, Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

Under the early morning sun in the most northern region of Ethiopia a motley group of Eritrean men, women and children arrive dusty and tired at the end of a journey – and at the start of another.

22 Feb 2017 description
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Jared Ferrie

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms.

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10 Feb 2017 description
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SAN FRANCISCO, 7 February 2017

For those forced to live through them, droughts are less an unusual event than a way of life that constantly tests your resilience and resourcefulness.

To be a farmer, or make a living from livestock in Ethiopia, where my organisation, Mercy Corps, has been working for many years, you need to be innovative in the face of ever-changing weather patterns.

04 Jan 2017 description
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Par Obi Anyadike
Rédacteur pour l'Afrique

NAIROBI, 27 décembre 2016

Dans une bonne partie du monde, la saison des fêtes est l’occasion de se faire plaisir. Mais il en va bien autrement pour ceux qui sont occupés à fuir la violence et les bouleversements ou qui se trouvent coincés dans un camp de réfugiés avec pour tout repas de Noël les maigres rations alimentaires qui leur sont distribuées.

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28 Dec 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike

Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 27 December 2016

Across much of the world, the festive season is a time of indulgence. But what if you’re too busy fleeing violence and upheaval, or stuck in a refugee camp on reduced rations?

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17 Nov 2016 description
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James Jeffrey

Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder.

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