THE past 12 months have been productive and fruitful for the United Nations in Eritrea. Towards the end of 2013, the UNDG-ESA mission visited Eritrea, kicking of a year of several missions and events.
Key among them include; the visit of the technical mission from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in January 2014, the Joint Annual review of the SPCF in June 2014, the data and statistics mission at the invitation of Government in August 2014, the DPA mission also in August 2014, the DPA led brainstorming on Eritrea facilitated by the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) in New York, and lastly the visit of the UNDG focal point for Eritrea and UNICEF Regional Director, Ms. Leila Pakkala together with IOM Regional Director, Mr. Ashraf El Nour. Continue reading UN Eritrea 2014 Overview→
FIRST, I want to reiterate that the time you give us to reply to your questions, is always diametrically opposite and inconsistent with the gravity of accusations against us. This shows that there is no genuine intention on your part to approach our issues in a balanced and honest manner. You made no real effort to include the views of CECCO and our local organization, The Eritrean Community in Winnipeg Inc. Continue reading The Media Challenges and the Eritrean Charisma of Unity→
ETHIOPIA’s premature announcement of food self-sufficiency through its ceremonial Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at a rally in the capital Addis Ababa surprised everyone including its chief protectorate and benefactor the U.S.A.
It is understood that the regime in Ethiopia tirelessly vociferates to project itself as a band of revolutionary democracy on a mission to transform Ethiopia into a utopia. However, the facts on the ground speak the opposite.
Poor rains and lack of expertise to boost local food production are some of the challenges facing Djibouti’s population, says a senior UN official.
“The major gap in Djibouti is the very low capacity of the partners. Partners are missing the technical expertise to develop relevant activities to enhance the agricultural production or to sustain their physical assets,” Imed Khanfir, a programme adviser with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Djibouti, told IRIN.
“…Why do Ethiopians even bother to vote between their lazy leaders when they should actually be voting between WFP and USAID, because ultimately they’re the ones providing them with most of the public goods.”
By Thomas C. Mountain,
While southern Ethiopia and the Ogaden continues to suffer from the worst drought and famine in 60 years the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) has been turning over all its food aid for the region to the Ethiopian military which uses it to feed the paramilitary death squads conducting a counterinsurgency in the region.
As the U.N. famine warning center issues urgent reports that millions of Ethiopians are once again starving in the Somali populated Ogaden, the International Committee of the Red Cross publishes a statement that the Ethiopian government has denied the Red Cross an operating permit to carry out relief work in the region.
Blocking the Red Cross from relief work somewhere is almost unheard of yet, when it comes to Ethiopia – headed by the G-20 “statesman” Meles Zenawi – this is business as usual.
For the past four years all aid agencies, including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and U.N. relief agencies, have been blocked by the Ethiopian military from feeding starving people in Ogadenia. There are millions of starving people, maybe as many as 6 million, though no one can say for sure because no one is allowed into the region. Continue reading West Funds Full Blown Genocide in Ethiopia→