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07 Nov 2015 description
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The number of people who do not have enough to eat in East Africa could rise by more than 80 per cent in the coming months due to weather variations brought on by the climatic event known as El Niño. The UN estimates that more than 22 million people in the region might need food assistance in the first quarter of 2016; up from 12 million at the start of this year.

18 Nov 2013 description
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Young girls in northern Ethiopia can now fetch water without fear of getting raped or abducted.

The construction and rehabilitation of water points by UNICEF, the European Union (EU) and other partners, is making their lives easier.

10 Jul 2013 description
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Education for girls is not a priority in her country Ethiopia, says Bogaletch Gebre, a women's rights activist, stressing that their priority is taking care of the family and household chores.

When she was six or seven years old, an opportunity presented itself where an educated female relative came to visit and taught her the Amharic alphabet.

25 Jun 2013 description
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La violence physique ou sexuelle est un problème de santé publique qui touche plus d’un tiers des femmes dans le monde. Cette étude de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) relève également que la violence du partenaire intime est la forme la plus courante et elle touche 30% des femmes à l’échelle mondiale.

16 Jan 2013 description
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Last year saw a record number of African refugees and migrants risking their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen, according to the UN refugee agency.

The agency reported on Tuesday that 107,500 Africans made the dangerous trip breaking the 2011 record of more than 103,000 people who attempted the journey.

It said 80 per cent of the people who arrived in Yemen were Ethiopians and the rest were Somalis.
UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha discusses this migration of Africans from the Horn of Africa with UNHCR spokesperson in Yemen, Edward Leposky.

24 May 2012 description
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The group of 8 large economies, known as the G8 is taking food security in Africa seriously, according to Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Mr Nwanze on Wednesday briefed the press on the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition announced in Washington D.C. last week.

10 May 2012 description
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Le Directeur général de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, s’alarme d’un déficit important de financement pour les activités planifiées par la FAO au Sahel et dans la Corne de l’Afrique.

25 Nov 2011 description
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The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, plans to relocate 20,000 refugees to safer areas in South Sudan, following an increase in violence on its border with Sudan.

The refugees, who have fled fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, are camped around Yida town, which came under attack from Sudanese warplanes earlier this month.

05 Oct 2011 description
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The Guinea-worm disease is on the verge of eradication, but progress is being slowed down by lack of funding, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fewer than 1,800 cases of the disease were reported last year compared to an estimated 3.5 million cases in the mid 1980s.

WHO says the disease is still endemic in four African countries including South Sudan, Mali, Chad and Ethiopia.

Guinea-worm disease is a crippling parasitic disease which is transmitted through drinking contaminated water.

02 Oct 2011 description
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The warning signs of drought and famine will never be missed again if a new charter is implemented….well, that’s according to the people behind the charter.

Drought and famine in the Horn of Africa have killed tens of thousands of people in the past several months.

Many say this disaster, in which millions more are on the brink of starvation, could have been avoided. The Charter to End Extreme Hunger, introduced at a mini-summit on Somalia at the United Nations, says there are ways to stop drought before it becomes a food crisis that kills people.

24 Sep 2011 description
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Thirteen million people in the Horn of Africa region are facing what’s been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

And it’s going to cost another $700 million to provide the people with the assistance they need to survive the effects of both drought and conflict.

Daniel Dickinson has more details. Duration: 3’07″

12 Sep 2011 description
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As humanitarian relief efforts continue in the Horn of Africa, aid agencies are saying that relief assistance will be required well into the new year.

The United Nations says the rains that are expected over the next three months will do little to ease the immediate situation which is now affecting over 13 million people.

UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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30 Jul 2011 description
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An appeal has been made for an additional 1.4 billion dollars to provide life saving food assistance to more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations has declared a famine in two parts of southern Somalia but is warning that the famine could spread across the Horn of Africa within a couple of months if the appeal for funds is not met.

Claire Doole reports on the efforts of UN humanitarian agencies to scale up their response to the food crisis.

Duration: 2’07”

13 Jul 2011 description
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A desperate picture of the humanitarian situation caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa has been described by the UN’s humanitarian coordinator.

Valerie Amos has just visited the region and has been talking of the “terrible stories” of human suffering that she came across.

28 Jun 2011 description
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A severe drought in the Horn of Africa is threatening the lives of over 10 million people, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA).

OCHA says child malnutrition has more than doubled in the region where the conflict in Somalia is adding to the hardships caused by drought.

15 Jun 2011 description
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Dans la Corne de l’Afrique, le nombre de personnes confrontées à de graves pénuries alimentaires devrait augmenter. La FAO indique que cette situation arrive au moment où les effets de la sécheresse, conjugués à la hausse des prix des denrées alimentaires et des carburants, continuent d’handicaper la région.

24 Nov 2010 description
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Eritrean children caught in Ethiopian no-man's land

An increasing number of young Eritrean children are leaving their country without their parents and ending up in refugee camps in Ethiopia. They're leaving for a variety of reasons. Many discover that life is actually better at home but they are unable to cross back into Eritrea, because they don't have the right papers.