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01 Oct 2014 description

“A courageous decision”, said Father David Holdcroft, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Africa based in Johannesburg, to MISNA in commenting an appeal filed in Pretoria’s supreme court by Ethiopian and Somali refugees and asylum seekers, whose right to work as traders in the country.

Why is the decision to turn to the high court and ruling so important?

08 Jul 2014 description

Ethiopian legislators have ratified an agreement to provide neighbouring Djibouti with underground water from the country’s underground Shinile Zone of the Bekuli Rift Valley free of charge, in a bid to fight drought and famine.

The two governments signed the agreement on January 20, 2013, reaching a consensus to develop Ethiopia’s Somali region’s underground water. The deal in fact gives “full and exclusive rights” to Djibouti to draw 103,000 metric cubes of underground water every day, a total of 37 million metric cubes annually, for the next 30 years.

05 May 2014 description

At least nine students were killed in clashes with police in the southern Oromia Regional State, the Ethiopian government stated after other sources reported a higher toll.

The unrest broke out this week in Tokeekutayu and mostly in Ambo, a town 125km west of Addis Ababa. Witnesses reported over 40 dead, denouncing that riot police opened fire against the protesters.

The protests were called against an urban project to expand Addis Ababa into the Oromia territory, inhabited by an ethnicity for long marginalized by the national political scene. [VG/BO]

07 Mar 2012 description

“The Ogaden is a ghost, a black hole that no one writes and no one speaks about. The pro-government militias have been committing abuses and violence against the population in the indifference and ignorance of world public opinion for years since the territory is off limits to humanitarian aid workers and journalists,” said Gürhan Ahmed, a member of the National Front for the Liberation Ogaden (ONLF), to MISNA describing the situation in the Somali-majority region.

31 Jan 2012 description

“We are waiting for new arrivals. Since mid-September and to date there are about 50,000 Sudanese refugees who have crossed the border and until the fighting in the regions of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan continues, the exodus of civiliansfleeing the fighting is not going to drop ” said to MISNA Demissew Bizuwork, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ethiopia, the new office coordinating body to Assosa, capital of the Benishangul region on the border with Sudan.

04 Jan 2010 description

The Yemeni Migration, Nationality and Passport authority revealed that there are over 1.8 million refugees living in Yemen (based on 2009 data), most of whom are coming from the Horn of Africa. In 2009 alone, 165 new refugees were registered, with a clear prevalence of men, most of whom coming from Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Iraq.

18 Sep 2009 description

Against the "silence" of the world and regional organizations that offer aid "without reacting to the suffering and human rights violations of the rights of local populations" the National front for the liberation of Ogaden (ONLF) has threatened to resume attacks against the facilities of international oil majors in the area.

09 Apr 2009 description

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has denied rumors spread by the Ethiopian press suggesting that the movement has given up the struggle for self-determination, having admitted defeat. The movement has issued an official note which was published after the Ethiopian government had described the rebels of being "entirely destroyed' after a military offensive that led to the "killing and capture of several movement leaders".

23 Dec 2008 description

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a separatist rebel group active in the eastern Ethiopian region inhabited prevalently by Somalis, called on the United Nations to send a team to investigate what it defied as "a massacre of innocent civilians" in mid December by Ethiopian government forces. The rebels report the killing of 50 civilians in an army attack on the two villages of Mooyaha and Galalshe on December 17 and 18, accusing the government of now "attempting to cover up the evidence of the massacre".

05 Dec 2008 description

At least 15 civilians were killed during an attack by Ethiopian troops in a village north of Mogadishu. Eyewitnesses denounced the attack at the village of Al-Tawfiqiya to the Somali press, adding that 15 mortar shells fell near the market area of the small inhabited area, which also wounded 30 people. "One of the howitzer shells hit a spot very close to my shop - said a resident to 'Radio Shabelle', killing five people on the spot, all women and children".

27 Jun 2008 description

There are reports of clashes between the separatists of the ONFL and the regular Ethiopian army in Ethiopia's eastern region of Ogaden, which is mostly inhabited by Somalis. Local sources said that thirty people, mostly regular soldiers, were killed in the fighting near the towns of Shilabo and Warder, along the border with Somalia. The traffic, on the roads that connect the two countries, was halted in the past few hours on account of the violence.