A view of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a massive hydropower plant built on the River Nile.
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The dam has helped to shift longstanding power relationships and could pave the way for more cooperation among all the countries that depend on the Nile.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L).
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Five essential reads on Russia’s relationship with Africa.
Oromo women protest against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed over violence in their homeland in 2020.
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Ethiopia’s largest region is pushing for self-determination – it hasn’t gone down well with Abiy Ahmed’s vision of a centralised state.
The pink periwinkle is used as a tonic and emetic for the treatment of many health conditions.
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Thousands of plant species are used in African traditional medicine. Extracts from some of these plants are part of important pharmaceutical drugs.
Ethiopian women at a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in the country’s southern region.
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In democratic contexts, getting women into work empowers them. In autocracies like Ethiopia’s, this doesn’t hold. We found out why.
Our research shows that although climate change is a key factor in starting conflict in eastern Africa, it’s not always the most important one.
A man sits next to dead livestock in the village of Hargududo, Ethiopia, where there’s hardly been a drop of rain in 18 months.
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The ongoing humanitarian crisis raises serious questions about future food and water security in the Horn of Africa.
After being displaced by drought, nearly 300 people, mostly women, and children arrived at Qansahley camp in Dollow, Jubaland, Somalia.
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About 7.7 million Somalis need emergency aid right now.
Grain warehouse destroyed by Russian attacks in Kopyliv, Kyiv province, Ukraine, May 28, 2022.
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Countries have used starvation as a war strategy for centuries, historically without being prosecuted. Three experts on hunger and humanitarian relief call for holding perpetrators accountable.
South Sudanese children play at a refugee camp in northern Uganda.
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Refugee law puts humanitarianism above considerations of state sovereignty.
A woman receives food aid at a distribution centre in Ethiopia.
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The origins of Ethiopia’s food crisis can be traced to a bitter feud between Eritrean and Tigrayan liberation fighters.
Phone surveys were used to gather data in Ethiopia.
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Our work highlights the potential of phone surveys to monitor active and large-scale conflicts.
The Monastery of Abunä Abraham in Ger'alta, eastern Tigray, Ethiopia.
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Heritage sites are sources of historical pride, indigenous knowledge and cultural identity.
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We used satellite imagery to track the decline of vegetation since the civil war began.
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500 million people live in 19 African countries deemed “water insecure”.
International Committee of the Red Cross workers prepare bags with bodies of government soldiers to be handed over in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, in 2015.
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Nearly all of the 129 aid workers killed on the job in 2021 were from the countries where they lost their lives.
Tigray’s al-Nejashi Mosque, one of Africa’s oldest Islamic sites, was damaged in December 2020.
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Many of the artefacts Ethiopia is famous for are found in Tigray. Their continued destruction could lead to irreversible culture shock and social collapse.
Some of the ancient manuscripts Jihadists burnt in Timbuktu in 2013 during civil conflict in Mali.
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Protecting the continent’s historical artefacts requires political will from governments – and a reawakening of cultural conscience among Africans.
Ethiopian refugees fleeing the Tigray region.
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Mental health problems are major indirect consequences of armed conflicts and can have short-term and long-term effects on people.
People receiving medical treatment at the entrance hall of Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia.
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Unless special attention is given to conflict and HIV the war will undermine the achievement of the 2030 goals to end AIDS, discrimination, and new infections.