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Violence shuts crucial aid corridor into Sudan’s Darfur, UN agency says

Reuters Violence around the city of al-Fashir in Darfur, Sudan, has blocked a recently opened humanitarian corridor from Chad and time is running out to prevent starvation in the vast region, the UN World Food Programme said on Friday. Attacks around al-Fashir, the Sudanese army’s last holdout in Darfur and home to some 1.6 million […]

UN raises over $US600 million to boost aid to Ethiopia

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters The United Nations on Tuesday received financial pledges for about two-thirds of the $US1 billion it was seeking to raise to boost humanitarian aid to Ethiopia, which has been hit by conflict, drought and floods. A UN-hosted pledging event, organised along with the governments of Ethiopia and the United Kingdom and held […]

More than 63,000 people dead or missing while migrating over last decade, IOM says

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters At least 63,285 people have perished or disappeared on migration routes around the world between 2014 and 2023, with most deaths caused by drowning, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday. A report published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on its Missing Migrants Project showed that the majority of deaths […]

Ethiopia extends state of emergency in Amhara

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reuters Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday extended by four months a state of emergency declared in August to respond to an insurgency in the northern region of Amhara that has resulted in hundreds of deaths and drawn accusations of widespread human rights abuses. Fighting erupted in Amhara last July between federal forces and […]

Ethiopian official: at least 372 deaths due to hunger in two regions in last six months

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reuters At least 372 people have died in two northern Ethiopian regions from drought-induced hunger in the last six months, a senior government official said on Wednesday, adding to the regions’ challenges arising from conflict. Endale Haile, head of the Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman, which receives complaints from the public against […]

Explainer – How Ethiopia’s quarrel with Somalia could destabilise Horn of Africa

Nairobi, Kenya Reuters Ethiopia’s deal to lease a port in Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland has infuriated the government in Mogadishu and prompted concern it will further destabilise the Horn of Africa region.  Under a memorandum of understanding signed on 1st January, landlocked Ethiopia would lease 20 kilometres around Somaliland’s port of Berbera for 50 […]