Senior UN official appeals for urgent funds as crisis deepens in Horn of Africa

The United Nations humanitarian relief chief made a passionate plea today for more funding to avoid a famine in the Horn of Africa on the scale witnessed in the 1980s.

Food security in drought-stricken Ethiopia at alarming levels, warns UN

The food security situation in Ethiopia has deteriorated to alarming levels in the wake of drought conditions throughout much of the Horn of Africa country, and relief agencies are grappling with shortages of supplies, the United Nations warned today.

Ethiopia’s food crisis tops agenda on final day of UN humanitarian chief’s visit

The effects of rising food costs in Ethiopia, where prices have increased up to 500 per cent over the last year, was the focus of discussions between key local and international officials and the United Nations humanitarian chief, who today wrapped up a three-day visit to the country.

In Ethiopia, top UN relief official assesses drought-stricken areas

The top United Nations humanitarian official has begun his three-day visit to Ethiopia, where he is holding talks with Government officials, relief groups and individuals affected by the country's drought and food crisis.

UN humanitarian chief to visit drought-ravaged Ethiopia

The United Nations relief chief will travel to Ethiopia next week to assess the situation in the Horn of Africa country first-hand, where millions of people need humanitarian aid because of a devastating drought and the soaring prices of many basic foods.

UNICEF project allows child workers in drought-hit Ethiopia to attend school

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is backing a new project in drought-hit southern Ethiopia that will ensure child labourers in the impoverished region can attend school.

Security Council ends UN mission monitoring Eritrea-Ethiopia border

The Security Council today voted unanimously to terminate the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), after restrictions placed on the peacekeeping operation by the latter country undermined its ability to carry out its mandate.

Ethiopia: UN food agency widens assistance to feed nearly 5 million

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is expanding its operations to feed 4.6 million people in Ethiopia, in response to the Horn of Africa nation’s pressing appeal for help in staving off hunger-related deaths.

Horn of Africa facing growing humanitarian crisis, UN agencies warn

United Nations relief agencies have sounded the alarm today about the humanitarian situation in six countries across the Horn of Africa, where a combination of drought conditions and soaring food prices has left more than 14 million people in urgent need of food aid.

UNICEF starts distributing life-saving food to malnourished Ethiopian children

Hundreds of tons of ready-to-eat therapeutic food are being distributed in drought-hit Ethiopia as part of efforts by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help a majority of the estimated 75,000 severely malnourished children in the country.