Media Listing November 2011

Horn of Africa

1. Ethiopia: Surge of Somali Refugees Demands Increased Aid Capacity

Medicin Sas Frontieres,  NOVEMBER 2, 2011 – Unless the capacity to deliver aid is rapidly increased, there will be significant challenges in meeting the needs of Somalis fleeing to Ethiopia, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

2. Ethiopian troops move into Somalia: witnesses

Reuters November 19, 2011 - MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Scores of Ethiopian military vehicles pushed at least 80 km (50 miles) into neighbouring Somalia on Saturday, residents said, five weeks after Kenya entered Somalia to fight Islamist militants it blames for a wave of kidnappings on its soil.

3. Cautionary migration tales are no deterrent

Ayyaantuu News Online November 22 2011
JIJIGA, 22 November 2011 (IRIN) – Ethiopians are on the move. Not only are more rural people relocating to towns and cities, but the number of Ethiopians leaving the country has also ballooned in the last few years.

4. Heavy rainfall hampers delivery of humanitarian assistance and increase the risk of spread of disease

Horn of Africa crisis Situation report no. 20
October 29 2011 - The Dadaab refugee camp is experiencing heavy annual rainfalls with negative health implications for up to 463,642 refugees, predominantly Somalis.

5. Museveni discusses Somali fears with Kibaki

The East African November 27 2011 - New details have emerged that show that despite the display of diplomatic niceties and pledges of co-operation between Kenya and the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia, deep misgivings remain in Mogadishu that Kenya’s engagement is likely to shift the power balance in Somalia in favour of the populous Ogaden clan.

6. 28 illegal Somali and Ethiopian immigrants held in Voi

The Star (Nairobi) November 22 2011 - POLICE in Taita have arrested 28 suspected illegal immigrants of Somali and Ethiopian immigrants. The arrest comes barely a day after another group of 94 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia were arrested in Maktau near TaitaTaveta. The 18 Ethiopians and 10 Somalis were arrested at Maungu along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Police suspect the immigrants were waiting to be ferried to a destination yet to be identified. The illegal immigrants could not communicate in English or Swahili .

7. Migration Mapping Service between Somalia and Dadaab in Kenya Highlights Need for Better Protection of Drought and Famine Victims

IOM Report November 22 2011 - A mapping technique commissioned by IOM has found that 85% of drought-affected Somali refugees and host pastoralist communities are using nearly 1,230 kms of unofficial border routes to reach help at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, highlighting the many dangers they face as a result.

8. Somali exodus likely as famine aid blocked

AlertNet November 30 2011 NAIROBI (AlertNet) – A new exodus from famine-hit Somalia is likely following a ban by the al Shabaab rebel group on several major aid agencies, experts said on Wednesday

9. Sudanese refugees say fleeing government bombing: UN

Reuters Africa October 28, 2011 - GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 Sudanese refugees who say they are fleeing government bombing in the Blue Nile state have crossed over into Ethiopia in the last four days alone, the United Nations said on Friday.

10. Famine receding in Somalia but war blocks aid

AlertNet November 18 2011 - NAIROBI,  Famine conditions have eased in some parts of southern Somalia, but an Islamist insurgency continues to disrupt aid to a quarter of a million people still in danger of starvation, the United Nations said on Friday.

11. Regional leaders seek to step up war on Somalia rebels

Reuters Africa November 17, 2011 - NAIROBI/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The leaders of Kenya, Uganda and Somalia agreed to intensify efforts to defeat Islamist fighters in Somalia on Wednesday, at their first meeting since Kenya sent in troops to crush the militants.

12. Eritrea wants UN action on Kenya over Somalia claim

Reuters Africa November 21, 2011 -  ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Eritrea has complained to the U.N. Security Council about Kenyan allegations that it sent weapons to Islamist rebels in Somalia, calling for an independent investigation to judge the dispute.

Middle East

13. More deaths in renewed Yemen violence; EU envoy says power-transfer deal is near

Al Arabiya News November 02 2011 - At least 18 people have been killed and over 40 others injured in renewed violence in Yemen’s capital and second largest city, medics and activists said on Wednesday, as the European Union envoy to Yemen said the impoverished county might be a step closer to having power transfer.

14. Israel cuts number of Ethiopian immigrants citing overpopulated absorption centers

Ethio Sun  November 10, 2011 - Although the cabinet decided a year ago to bring the last of the Falashmura from Ethiopia to Israel at a rate of 200 a month, an interministerial committee with responsibility for the operation has decided to reduce the rate to 110 a month.

15. Maid severs girl’s head before her wedding

Emirates 24/7 November 18, 2011 - An Ethiopian housemaid waited for her employer to go to bed on Thursday night, entered her room and stabbed her before using an axe to cut her head off. The Kuwaiti girl, who was to wed on Friday, was found dead by her brother.


16. MIGRATION: Australia's indefinite detention policy under scrutiny

 31 Oct 2011 10 - IRIN October31 2011 - SYDNEY, Australia's policy of indefinite mandatory detention of asylum-seekers is under renewed scrutiny after the recent suicide of a Sri Lankan refugee.


17. Al-Shabaab bans aid agencies in Somalia and raids offices

Guardian 28 November 2011 - Efforts to feed 160,000 severely malnourished children in Somalia have been jeopardised after Islamist rebels banned several UN and international aid agencies, storming their offices in a string of co-ordinated raids.



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