Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

New Cooperation Agreement among East, Horn of Africa States address Overseas Worker Exploitation

Representatives also agreed to form a Regional Ministerial Labour and Social Protection Forum, with a rotational chairmanship

The rescue last week of roughly 100 children and young Ugandan women here as they prepared to fly to United Arab Emirates to labour as domestic workers, reinforces the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) recent assessment that human trafficking has become a menace in East Africa over…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Over One Million Ethiopians Received Humanitarian Aid from International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2019

IOM provided shelter construction and other emergency items to vulnerable populations, primarily in Somali and Oromia Regional States

Shitaye Assefa, a 65-year-old mother in Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State, knows what it means to live without a reliable supply of water. “Our daughters faced many hardships and attacks on the way to the water pond, which was often dirty and not healthy enough to drink but we had no…

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

UNHCR seeks support for refugees and hosts in Ethiopia

Resources are needed to expand existing social services infrastructure in health, education, water and sanitation, environmental protection, social protection and employment

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and partners are appealing for robust international support for refugee operations in…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

U.S. Africa Command Investigation Update: Al-Shabaab Attack in Manda Bay, Kenya

In Kenya, U.S. forces are primarily responsible for training Kenyan forces, sharing intelligence, and personnel recovery

U.S. Africa Command continues to investigate the Jan. 5 attack on the Kenyan Defense Force Military Base in Manda Bay, Kenya, that killed U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. Mayfield, Jr and two U.S. contractors, Mr. Bruce Triplett and Mr. Dustin Harrison. The tragic loss of these brave Americans and the…

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Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio

Partnership will infuse an additional US$450 million into global polio eradication effort

Rotary (https://www.Rotary.org) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are renewing their longstanding partnership to end polio, announcing a joint commitment of up to $450 million to support the global polio eradication effort. “Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, almost 19 million people are walking today who…

Source: World Meteorological Organization |

Heavy rains contribute to desert locust crisis in East Africa

The Desert Locust outbreak is destroying crops and pasture across eastern Ethiopia and neighbouring areas of Somalia, parts of Sudan, Eritrea and northern Kenya

Unusual weather and climate conditions, including widespread and heavy rains since October 2019, have contributed to a serious and widespread Desert locust outbreak, which threatening rural food security across East Africa. The Food and Agricultural Organization describes it as the worst situation in 25 years. The Food and Security and…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

Somali security forces continue to lead operations alongside African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces to increase security and seize ground from the al-Qaida-aligned al-Shabaab

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists who engaged Somali National Army Danab Unit near Bangeeni, Somalia, Jan. 19. Somali security forces continue to lead operations alongside African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces to increase security and seize ground…

Source: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Coperation |

UAE strongly condemns car bomb attack in Somalia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed in a statement its utter denunciation of this criminal act and rejection of all forms of violence

The UAE has strongly condemned a car bomb attack in the town of Afgoye, Somalia, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed in a statement its utter denunciation of this criminal act and rejection of all forms of violence, which aim…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Desert Locusts spread to new areas in Ethiopia

Over 1 800 km2 of crop, pasture and forest cover has already been invaded by Desert Locust

Despite control efforts, Desert Locusts are spreading to new areas of Ethiopia in vast numbers. According to Government data provided on 07 January 2020, Desert Locusts has have infested more than 2 350 km2 of land across the Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Tigray, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNP) regional states,…

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Massive, border-spanning campaign needed to combat locust upsurge in East Africa

Ravenous swarms threaten entire East Africa subregion - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) scales up its emergency response

Desert Locust swarms in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential - could swell exponentially and spill over into more countries in East Africa if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not massively scaled up across the region, FAO warned today. "This…