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Source: flydubai |

flydubai celebrates 10 years of bringing people together

flydubai passenger traffic between the UAE and its African routes grew by 108% since 2015

The Dubai-based carrier celebrates carrying more than 70 million passengers since its start of operations in 2009, more than five million of which were carried on its African routes; flydubai ( passenger traffic between the UAE and its African routes grew by 108% since 2015. 10 years ago, flydubai’s first…

Source: United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) |

Second Military Strategic Support Group Workshop Held in Addis Ababa

The workshop was also mandated to develop guidelines, processes and criteria for selection of military staff officers for African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Headquarters

UNOAU joined the African Union Peace Support Operations Division (AU PSOD) at the 2nd Military Strategic Support Group (MSSG) workshop that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1st – 5th July 2019. The workshop included military experts from AU Member States such as Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda…

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Protracted conflicts and adverse weather conditions exacerbate food needs

41 countries in need of food assistance – African Swine Fever threatening food security of a large number of people

Ongoing conflicts and dry weather conditions remain the primary causes of high levels of severe food insecurity, hampering food availability and access for millions of people, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report issued today. The report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that 41…

Source: European Commission |

Humanitarian aid: over €110 million in the Horn of Africa

Since 2018, the EU has provided humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa totalling €316.5 million

As the Horn of Africa region continues to be afflicted by severe and prolonged humanitarian crises, the EU announces a new aid package worth €110.5 million. Since 2018, the EU has provided humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa totalling €316.5 million. “The EU is committed to assist people in…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

On the Occasion of Djibouti National Day

Even as the Horn of Africa faces significant challenges, I appreciate the role Djibouti has played in supporting peace and prosperity

On behalf of the Government of the United States, I offer my warm congratulations and best wishes to the people and Government of Djibouti as you celebrate the 42nd anniversary of your independence. The partnership our two countries share benefits our peoples and the broader region, underpinning peaceful development.  Even…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Eritrea’s Human Rights Crisis Requires Ongoing Scrutiny

UN Human Rights Council Should Renew Special Rapporteur’s Mandate

At the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council starting today, states will discuss whether to keep Eritrea in the spotlight. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea highlights why they should. The report, which reviews Eritrea’s human rights situation since its historic July…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR Somalia stands in solidarity with millions forced to flee

The campaign invites people to step in solidarity with refugees by either walking, running, dancing, swimming or cycling

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Somalia pays tribute to the millions of people forcibly displaced all over the world. World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year to highlight the courage and resilience of…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

WHO welcomes Egypt’s support to 14 African countries in their fight against hepatitis C

Every year, more than 200 000 people in the WHO African Region are dying from complications of viral hepatitis B- and hepatitis C-related liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer

Egypt has announced that it would be providing hepatitis C testing and treatment for one million peo-ple in 14 African countries. Speaking at the opening of the African Hepatitis Summit 2019, currently underway in Kampala, Uganda, HE Dr Hala Zaid, the Egyptian Minister of Health and Population, stated that the…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints James Swan of the United States as Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia

Mr. Swan is an experienced diplomat with a long international career in the United States Government

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of James Swan of the United States as his Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).  He will succeed Nicholas Haysom of South Africa to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for his dedicated…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

New Funding for European Union (EU) - International Organization for Migration (IOM) Joint Initiative in the Horn of Africa

In the Horn of Africa, the EU-IOM Joint Initiative – running from March 2017 to March 2021 – is mainly focused on Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan

The European Union (EU) has committed an additional EUR 18 million to its partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) known as the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa (EU-IOM Joint Initiative).  The funding brings to EUR 43 million the EU’s total commitment to the EU-IOM initiative in the…