The new southern Sudanese leader, Salva
Kiir, has urged the African Council of Churches to help stop violence that
has left more than 100 people dead.
The Council is now considering sending a multi-faith team of Christian and Muslim leaders to the capital Khartoum.
The clashes between southern Sudanese and northern Arabs followed Saturday's death of southern leader John Garang.
The US has expressed deep concerns over the situation. Its two envoys are due to meet President Omar al-Bashir.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) together with the Gode sub-branch of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) last week carried out an emergency assistance to some 1,255 vulnerable households that were affected by the flood in Kelafo, Gode Zone (Somali Region). The assistance benefited 19 flooded or partly flooded villages on the west bank of the WabiShebele river.
The relief assistance, which consisted of non-food items, was intended to speed the recovery of the flood-stricken population.
At least 20 people, including six children, were killed in flush floods last on Friday after an intense and sudden downpour in Dire Dawa.
By Yohannes Ruphael
The Ministry of Water Resources recently disclosed that it needed some 7.6 billion dollars to harness the country's rivers and aquifers.
The water problem has of late become of great concern not only to Ethiopia but also to many African countries. At a recent conference attended by 1000 delegates in Addis Ababa, water experts said that Africa was facing a water crisis affecting 300 million people.
A recent WHO/UNICEF report reveals that more than 2.6 billion people in the world do not have basic sanitation and more than one billion people still use unsafe …
The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have handed over a health center built in Fatsi, in Gulomekeda Woreda in Tigray region at a cost of 1,800 000 birr.
The chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konare, last week stressed the commitment of the AU to find a solution to the crisis in Togo, in particular through the efforts of President Olusegun Obasanjo, current chairman of the AU.
By Yohannes Ruphael
The United Nations warned last week that a major malaria epidemic was threatening six million people and that 4.9 million dollars is needed to buy drugs and equipment and to train people to help treat victims during the next high-risk, four-month period.
According to the Ministry of Health, malaria is the third biggest killer in Ethiopia claiming up to 114,000 people each year.
According to the UN, traditional drug used to fight malaria has made the crisis worse and even "constrained attempts to contain previous malaria epidemics." New …
The Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA) yesterday signed co-operation agreements with nine Non-Governmental Organizations on support amounting to 145 million birr for the development of the NGO sector over a three-year period.
The Swedish Country Strategy for Development Co-operation with Ethiopia 2003-2007 has identified five areas for co-operation with NGO/CSO that are: democracy and human rights; women's rights and advocacy against FGM; child's rights; HIV/AIDS and environmental issues.
This is the first time that Sweden is giving such large-scale strategic …
Aiming to avert a potential humanitarian catastrophe, United Nations aid coordinators have opened an office in the Somali region of Ethiopia to provide assistance in the areas devastated by drought.
The Ethiopia Agricultural Research Organization (EARO) and the Japan Green Resource Agency (J-Green) reached an agreement on Tuesday to launch a new study project entitled, "Verification Study of Technologies on Natural Resources Conservation and Restoration for the Prevention of Desertification."
According to the Japanese Embassy, the implementation period of the study will be five years and the main target areas are two woredas in the Oromia region .The main objective of the study is to investigate and develop integrated technologies on micro-watershed management.
The United Nations World Food Programme said last Friday that it would continue to feed a total of 62,000 Ethiopians uprooted by the border war with Eritrea, down from 76,500 Ethiopians displaced by the conflict who had received food aid last year.
"Most of the displaced people were small-scale subsistence farmers who, even before the conflict, were frequently unable to produce sufficient food to fully meet their requirements," said Georgia Shaver, WFP Country Director in Ethiopia.
The problem of potable water in Harar town, which has been persisting for more than a decade, has now reached a critical stage.
By a Staff Reporter
The Vice Director for Agriculture and Trade with USAID, Mrs. A. M. Simpson said Monday that USAID was revising its strategy aimed at giving better economic support to Ethiopia.
Malaria transmission in Ethiopia is mainly seasonal and unstable in character. However, there are areas where malaria is transmitted throughout the year.
The peak transmission seasons are from September to October and to a lesser extent from April to May. These seasons are critical to agricultural work.
It is during these months that farmers carry out their farming and harvesting activities.
By Yohannes Ruphael
An appeal for food was once again made last week by the government.
This year's need, however, is said to be less than that of last year.
Food aid donated by Japan in response to the emergency needs of Ethiopia was distributed in the most vulnerable regions of Afar, Amhara, SNNP and Oromia.
According to a report submitted by the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission, the food aid, which amounted to 38,566 MT, was distributed to 3,064,960 beneficiaries. Out of the total number of beneficiaries, 1,729,439, or 56%, were reported to have participated in the Employment Generation Scheme for which 21,691.40 MT of grain was provided.
The Minister of Agriculture, Ato Belay Ejigu, received some members of the local and international NGOs last Tuesday when the latter expressed their views on the proposed food security program. The views of the group of NGOs which are supportive of Ethiopia's food security program activities were contained in a consolidated discussion paper.
The NGOs recognized the efforts made by all concerned to address the issue of chronic food insecurity in Ethiopia. They applauded the government's recognition of the problem as a top priority agenda.
The Irish government has donated one million euros to UNICEF to fund new and to rehabilitate old water supply and sanitation services at communities, health institutions and schools to benefit 175,000 drought-affected people in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) over the next 12 months.
Coverage levels for water and sanitation in Ethiopia are among the lowest in the world. According to official figures, only 31 percent of households have access to safe water, and 17 per cent of households have access to sanitation facilities.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has agreed to fund a UNICEF Emergency Malaria Intervention project in Ethiopia with $2,500,000 (approx ETB 21 million).
The British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Myles Wickstead said, "Malaria is one of the biggest killers in Ethiopia. financial support from the donor community is required urgently to avoid a major epidemic. The areas most affected are Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR. UNICEF and the Ministry of Health have identified a number of NGOs who will work together in implementing this programme.
Austria has -- via the UN World Food Program -- donated 200,000 euros for food aid in Ethiopia. With this amount, a press release said, Austria will support the current emergency operation "Relief Food Assistance to Ethiopians Internally Displaced by the Ethiopian-Eritrea Border Conflict" in Tigray.