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Working to reunite Parents and Children along Tunisian/Libyan Border

At least 150 unaccompanied minors and children have been identified along the Tunisian-Libyan border since the early days of the Libyan crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), along with other NGOs and local authorities, has been working aggressively to reunite these children with their parents. They are mostly boys from 15 to...

Rights Group Calls on Tunisia to Protect Migrants

A human rights group says Tunisia must do more to protect migrant workers who fled the violence in neighboring Libya. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there are about 3,000 foreign nationals living in the camps, mostly from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia. Some, it said, have been the targets of violence. “They’re being held in camps along the...

Eritrea Volcano Disrupts East Africa Air Travel

The ash cloud from an erupting volcano in Eritrea is disrupting air travel in parts of East Africa.Officials with Ethiopian Airlines says the company canceled flights to Djibouti, northern Ethiopia and the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Tuesday.Earlier, Germany's Lufthansa canceled a flight from Eritrea's capital, Asmara, and a flight from...

Ethiopia Jails 14 Over AU Bomb Plot

An Ethiopian court sentenced 14 people to prison Wednesday for plotting to bomb an African Union summit in January. Authorities say the 14 are Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels trained in Eritrea.  They are accused of planning to strike a hotel where several heads of state were staying and other targets in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The...

Tensions Remain High in Refugee Camp Near Tunisia-Libya Border

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to international donors to step up aid for thousands of refugees and migrant workers caught up in deadly disturbances over the past week at a camp near the Tunisia-Libya border.  The UNHCR is also urging countries to resettle refugees who cannot safely return to their home countries.  Serious disturbances broke...

UN Agency to Resume Ops in Ethiopia’s Ogaden Following Fatal Attack

The UN World Food Program (WFP) is hoping to restart operations within days in Ethiopia’s parched Ogaden region, where nearly one-third of the population is in need of assistance. Aid distribution in the Ogaden was halted after a fatal attack last Friday on a team of WFP workers.  WFP spokesman in Ethiopia Judith Schuler says there should be...

US Commission Cites Egypt for Violating Religious Freedoms

For the first time, an independent U.S. commission is recommending Egypt be added to a list of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty. The recommendation was contained in the Commission on International Religious Freedom's annual report.The bipartisan commission says Egypt’s religious minorities, like Coptic Christians, have faced severe...

Libya Conflict Has Displaced 550,000 People

U.S. officials said Monday that more than a half-million people, most of them third-country nationals, have fled Libya since the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi's government began in February. And they say about 5,000 people are joining the exodus every day.  Officials here say the outflow is affecting all six countries bordering Libya, but with...

Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Say 'Enough'; Demand Regime Change

An Eritrean exile group has held simultaneous rallies in Addis Ababa and refugee camps in northern Ethiopia demanding the ouster of Eritrea’s government. The demonstrations coincide with Ethiopia’s recent switch to a more hardline approach toward its northern rival.More than 600 Eritrean refugees met at an Addis Ababa hotel Wednesday, all wearing...

Ethiopian Prime Minister Vows to Fight Domestic, External Threats

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi issued a blunt warning to opposition groups he says are trying to organize a people’s revolution.  Mr. Meles on Tuesday accused the largest opposition coalition of serving as a cover for an outlawed rebel group.In a nationally televised session of parliament, Mr. Meles had harsh words for the domestic...

Nile Debate Emphasizes Conservation, Water Sharing

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. <!--IMAGE--> It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven...

California Congressman Returns to Ethiopian Roots

A California congressman and his wife are in Ethiopia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps at the place where they served as volunteers in the 1960s.  The anniversary has revived memories of the Peace Corps’ key role in ending a war that killed 70,000 peopleJohn Garamendi leans back in his chair as he recalls the life he and his...

Ethiopia Advocates Overthrow of Eritrean Government

Ethiopia has announced a change in its foreign policy to actively advocate the overthrow of the government in neighboring Eritrea. In a series of interviews during the past week, Ethiopian officials have told of a switch in policy on Eritrea from defensive to proactive. News agencies quoted Ethiopean Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as telling an...

Ethiopia PM blames Muslim extremist group for church burnings

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accused a little known Muslim extremist group of staging a wave of church burnings to provoke communal tensions in the Horn of Africa country. Meles expressed concern about regional instability, but dismissed the possibility of a North African-style popular uprising in Ethiopia.Meles says he is aware of...

Wait Continues for Some Migrant Workers Who Fled Libya for Tunisia

More than 14,000 migrant workers and refugees who fled Libya's conflict are still waiting repatriation at a camp set up near the Tunisia-Libya border. Although the majority of Egyptians have been flown home, other nationalities are waiting for news from their governments and aid agencies. Nigerian migrant workers who fled violence in Libya...