Dry spell leaves more than 11 million Ethiopians facing severe food shortages – UN

A prolonged dry spell that led to a poor harvest in many parts of Ethiopia now threatens to leave more than 11 million people facing serious food shortages and possible starvation, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

Peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea progressing steadily, Annan reports

Despite occasional difficulties and delays, the peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea has progressed steadily, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report, voicing his hope that the parties will continue their cooperation with the UN mission during the next crucial phase of delineating the border between the two countries.

UN health agency rushes medical supplies to drought-hit Ethiopia

Aiming to stem the spread of disease and malnutrition in drought-stricken Ethiopia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today sent a massive shipment of medical supplies to the country.

Senior UN official appointed Annan's Deputy Special Representative in Ethiopia, Eritrea

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a senior United Nations official as his Deputy Special Representative for Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Ethiopian, Eritrean military meet with UN officials on border issues

After an eight-month hiatus, military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea have met with United Nations officials to discuss coordination issues along the two countries’ borders.

Security concerns keep UN from reaching refugee camp in Ethiopia

Aid workers and staff from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) continue to be unable to access the Fugnido camp in southwestern Ethiopia due to security concerns, the agency said today.

UNICEF warns of looming drought danger in Eritrea and Ethiopia

The head the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that drought-related illnesses in the Horn of Africa have begun to severely affect the population, and that women and children "are already in the teeth" of this destructive dry spell.

In drought-hit Ethiopia, UNICEF to distribute high-energy biscuits donated by Norway

Aiming to help Ethiopia's acutely malnourished youngsters as well as the country's pregnant and lactating women, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced plans to distribute 100 metric tons of high-energy biscuits contributed by Norway.

Threat of famine looms over millions of Ethiopians, UN food agency warns

Warning that the threat of famine looms over millions of people in Ethiopia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today voiced concern that donors have not provided enough resources to enable the agency to respond to the crisis.

Up to 15 million in Horn of Africa could face starvation, UN relief official warns

Up to 15 million people in Ethiopia and Eritrea could face famine conditions in the coming months, spelling a massive crisis for Africa when coupled with the 14 million in the southern part of the continent already dealing with hunger and food shortages, a senior United Nations relief official said today in New York.