Charitable donations to aid victims of the Asian tsunami disaster have surpassed those prompted by the Ethiopian famine in 1984, Oxfam Ireland claimed yesterday.
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What About Somalia?
Over 54,000 people are reported to have been displaced and hundreds of people are known to have died while numerous others are not accounted for. The impact of the tsunamis in some inaccessible areas in central and northeastern parts of Somalia is yet to be fully determined.
It is sad to note that perhaps as a result of the continuing chaotic political situation in Somalia (despite recent hopeful steps in the right direction), there is hardly any discernible move by the international community to come to Somalia’s aid at this important moment of its need.
Finally, the Center calls upon all people of conscience throughout the world to come to Somalia’s aid recognizing that it has also suffered the ill-effects of the devastating tsunamis. Funds and other resources needed by Somalia should be channeled through aid agencies and organizations such as the United Nations.
-- The Horn of Africa Peace and Development Center
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Ethiopia Urged Not to Harass Journalists
Reporters Without Borders Tuesday condemned the continuing judicial harassment of an independent publication in Ethiopia.
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UPDATE: Wosonseged Gebrekidan, former managing editor of "Ethiop", was finally released on the evening of 31 December 2004 after the bail was paid with the help of the Ethiopia Free Press Journalists' Association (EFJA) and international NGOs. "Ethiop" is both a daily newspaper and a magazine.
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Ethiopians Remember Alem Techale, a 'Gifted' Athlete
She dies while training...
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