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17 Apr 2017 description

Addis Ababa April 17, 2017 High level health officials from three neighboring countries have praised Ethiopia for the care and support the country is providing for refugees.

The officials from Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, who talked to ENA, said Ethiopia is a showcase for hosting and treating refugees by enabling them to feel at home.

Head of Planning, Policy and Partnership Affairs Division at the Somalia Ministry of Health, Muhammad Abdullahi said Ethiopia has sheltered thousands of Somali citizens who fled the civil war and the recurrent drought.

06 Feb 2017 description

Addis Ababa February 03/2017 Ethiopia is working to ensure the safe return of 19 children kidnapped recently from Gambella Regional State by the Murle tribe of South Sudan, the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said.

At a press briefing he gave this afternoon, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said this occured in the middle of the effort Ethiopia has been exerting to ensure the return of its remaining 60 children of the 151 children kidnapped last year by the same group.

29 Dec 2016 description

Addis Ababa December 29/ 2016 A new World Bank (WB) funded project promises improved living conditions for refugees camped across five regional states in Ethiopia.

The Bank offered 100 million USD to implement "Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) In the Horn of Africa."

Refugees sheltered in Afar, Tigray, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali states, the five regional states hosting the refugees, and the host community will benefit from a range of development activities implemented by the funding.

04 Nov 2016 description

Africa and the African Union

07 Oct 2016 description

In a joint statement, the IGAD, Troika, and EU partners of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) condemn calls by opposition leaders in South Sudan for a renewal of armed conflict, and call on the government and armed opposition groups to immediately adhere to the permanent ceasefire.

Statement of the IGAD, Troika and EU Partners of JMEC Regarding Calls for Armed Conflict

07 Sep 2016 description

The Opportunities Industrialization Centers Ethiopia (OIC Ethiopia) has graduated more than 500 refugees trained in various Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) fields.

More than 95 per cent of the graduates were Eritreans while Yemenis and South Sudanese also made part of the graduating migrants.

The graduates received trainings in electrical installation, auto mechanics, computer, tailoring and hair dressing fields.

The Center partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in offering the TVET trainings.

20 Jun 2016 description

Addis Ababa, June 19/2016 — The regional state of Gambella has assured families of children rescued from the Murle militants that the state government will consolidate efforts of rehabilitating the children.

The rescued children have been receiving various supports since their arrival back to their home ground, according to Chief Administrator of Gambella Gatluak Tut, who said such support and rehabilitation efforts will be maintained.

31 May 2016 description

Gambella May 30/2016 The 68 Ethiopian children rescued who were in a guest house receiving food and medical attention handed back today to their families.

The rescued children are among the 125 children abducted in the raids last month in Gambella, western Ethiopia by members of the Murle community.

In last month’s raid, attackers from the Murle community killed 208 people, abducted 125 and stole more than 2,000 cattle.

28 May 2016 description

Addis Ababa May 27/2016

Some seven children who were abducted by the Murle ethnic group of South Sudan have returned home safely.

This will bring the number of children freed from the abductors to 63.

Upon their arrival at Gambella Airport, Chief Administrator Gatluak Tut said the effort to bring back all the kidnapped children will be strengthened further.

According to him, the agreement between Ethiopia and the South Sudanese government to collaborate in resolving the problem peacefully will guarantee the return of the children and looted cattle.

18 May 2016 description

Gambella 18/2016 The negotiation effort to rescue the children abducted from Gambella Regional State by the Murle ethnic group is progressing successfully, according to the Deputy Chief Administrator of the state.

Additional nine children from among the 125 children kidnapped have returned home today. This will bring the total number of children rescued to 53.

Since the cross-border kidnapping, which took place on April 15, 2016, the Ethiopian and South Sudanese governments have collaboratively succeed in tracking down the culprits to rescue the children.

10 May 2016 description

Gambella May11/2016Additional 10 kidnapped children from Gambella Regional State by the Murle tribe of South Sudan have arrived home safely.

Welcoming the children at Gambella Airport today, Chief Regional Administrator Gatulak Tut said the Ethiopian Defense Forces have continued working in collaboration with the government of South Sudan for the peaceful resolution of the problem and the safe return of the kidnapped children.

25 Apr 2016 description

Addis Ababa April 22/04/2016 The effort to get released the children and women kidnapped by Murle gunmen from Gambella Region has gained momentum, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.

In his briefings to journalists today, Tewolde Mulugeta said the defense forces of Ethiopia have been intensified.

Currently, Government continues strengthening taking measures against perpetrators to dislodge and bring them to justice those militia fighters.

21 Apr 2016 description

Addis Ababa April 20/2016 South Sudan will collaborate with Ethiopia in taking measures against the perpetrators of the killings and abductions carried out by forces that attacked civilians in the regional state of Gambella, the country’s ambassador to Ethiopia said.

Armed members of the Murle tribe from South Sudan had attacked 13 kebeles in Anuak and Nuer Zones of the states killing 208 Ethiopians and kidnapping over 100 women and children last Friday.

09 Nov 2015 description

Meseret Bekele

Addis Ababa November 7/2015 The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) has appealed for an urgent supply of food to refugees sheltered in Ethiopia.

ARRA Director General Ayalew Awoke told ENA that the refugees mainly from South Sudan are now in critical state as his administration is running out of essential supply of food to the refugees.

The 730 thousand refugees from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia will soon plunge into chaos as the food aid in stock will be totally consumed by the end of December.

15 Jun 2015 description

The IGAD-Plus mediation on South Sudan was launched on Sunday (June 14). Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam, Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government, said IGAD firmly believed that IGAD-PLUS would enable IGAD to continue to provide leadership to the mediation process through the facilitation of the negotiations between the South Sudanese parties while the other members of IGAD-PLUS could provide unequivocal and solid support.

19 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

01 Oct 2014 description

Addis Ababa September 25/2014 The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa program (SIMLESA) is working to improve farmers' productivity through supplying improved seed.

Improved maize and legumes seed have been released to farmers through the program since 2010, said Mulugetta Mekuria, the Program Coordinator.

The improved maize and legumes seed provides 20 percent and 15 percent respectively higher production per hectare than the seed previously used by farmers.

20 Jun 2014 description

Administration for Refugees and Returnees told reporters that currently Ethiopia hosts more than 563,000 refugees in 22 refugee camps. 240,000 refugees are from Somalia while refugees from South Sudan and Eritrean refugees constitute 181,000 and 95,000 respectively. In addition there are nearly 40,000 Sudanese refugees in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State and around 3,000 thousand from Kenya around Borena in Oromia Regional state. ARRA announced that large numbers of Eritrean, South Sudanese and Sudanese refuges are crossing the border to Ethiopia.

19 Jun 2014 description

Addis Ababa June 17/2014 The government of Ethiopia has launched a door-to-door campaign to immunize children against polio in border areas.

The government has launched the campaign following new polio cases reported in neighboring countries and border areas.

Accordingly, Benishangul Gumuz and Gambella states have started the four-day campaign to reach 244,000 children, of which close to 31,530 are children in refugee centers.

Nearly 1,510 health care professionals and volunteers are taking part in the campaign in the regional states.

06 May 2014 description

The South Sudanese government and the opposition on Monday (May 5) signed an agreement on the facilitation of humanitarian efforts through the cessation of hostilities. The agreement was reached under the mediation of the regional bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) after the two sides resumed peace talks in Addis Ababa. The agreement was signed by Nhial Deng Nhial, head of the government delegation, and Gen. Taban Deng, delegation head of the SPLM/A in opposition, and both parties expressed commitment to it.