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UN Slams Ethiopian Government for Blocking Aid to Conflict-Ridden Tigray

GENEVA - U.N. agencies are criticizing Ethiopian authorities for blocking most humanitarian aid from reaching civilians and refugees caught up in the fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray province. In early December, Ethiopian authorities struck a deal with the United Nations to allow unimpeded humanitarian supplies to reach the many people in need in Tigray. Unfortunately,…

Sudan Accuses Ethiopia of Escalating Tensions Over Disputed Territory

KHARTOUM - Tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia over a contested border area rose this week, as Sudan accused its neighbor of sending military planes over its airspace. Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Ethiopian military warplanes crossed into Sudanese airspace this week in a "dangerous and unjustified escalation" of tensions over the disputed al-Fashaga area.…

UN Refugee Chief ‘Very Worried’ for Eritrean Refugees in Tigray

The chief of the U.N.’s refugee agency said Thursday he remains “deeply troubled” by the humanitarian situation in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, noting the number of Eritrean refugees already at risk there. Filippo Grandi, U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said in a statement Thursday that while aid and food have been distributed at a…

Aid Groups Warn of COVID-19 Outbreak at Ethiopian Refugee Camp in Sudan

KHARTOUM - Aid workers this week confirmed several cases of COVID-19 in Sudan's camps for refugees who fled the fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray Region. The United Nations refugee agency and aid group Mercy Corps say an urgent intervention is needed to avoid a humanitarian disaster. Aid organizations reported four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sudan's…

Eritrea’s Role Questioned as Reports Emerge of Its Involvement in Tigray Conflict

Reports this week of a senior Ethiopian military official’s comments that security forces from neighboring Eritrea entered the fray in the northern Tigray region backed what U.S. officials and outside observers have been saying for weeks based on satellite evidence. “The truth of the matter is that many of us knew from day one the…

IRC Works With Sudanese Authorities to Expand Aid Delivery to Ethiopian Refugees

The International Rescue Committee says it will help Sudanese authorities roll out emergency services in the Um Rakuba and Tenetba camps, where thousands of Ethiopians are seeking refuge after fleeing conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region. More than 60,000 people have crossed the border from Ethiopia into eastern Sudan since the start of the Tigray conflict…

Experts: Report of China Hacking African Union HQ Fits Larger Pattern

WASHINGTON - A recent report that Chinese hackers secretly redirected surveillance footage from the African Union headquarters so it could be viewed abroad is part of a larger pattern by Chinese networks to electronically infiltrate key communication channels in Africa, experts say.   “I'm not particularly surprised,” Joshua Meservey, senior policy analyst on Africa at…

Ethiopian Police Release Detained Reuters Cameraman Without Charge

NAIROBI - NAIROBI - Ethiopian police released Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu on Tuesday after detaining him without charge for 12 days. Police had told his lawyer Melkamu Ogo that their lines of inquiry included accusations of disseminating false information, communicating with groups fighting the government, and disturbing the public's peace and security. However, Ogo said he…

Africa Forges Ahead with Free Continental Trade Bloc Despite Pandemic 

ABUJA - Despite a second wave of coronavirus in many African countries, the continent on January 1 launched the world's largest trade bloc after the World Trade Organization. Every African nation except Eritrea has signed on to the African Continental Free Trade Area and countries including Nigeria are developing safety guidelines for trade during the…

Ethiopians Continue Streaming Into Sudan, Fleeing Tigray Region Violence

GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) reports some 800 Ethiopians have arrived in eastern Sudan since the start of the new year. This brings the total number of refugees who have fled Ethiopia’s conflict-ridden Tigray region to more than 56,000 since early November.   The number of daily arrivals is lower than at the…

Spanish-flagged Boat Rescues 265 Migrants in Mediterranean

ROME - A Spanish-flagged humanitarian ship on Sunday was seeking a port of safety for 265 migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in the last few days.  The Open Arms charity tweeted that its vessel on Saturday had safely brought aboard 96 migrants who had been adrift in a wooden boat with without…
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