After Saudi Arabian Exodus, Ethiopia Sees New Migrant Influx from South Sudan

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As the number of Ethiopian returnees from Saudi Arabia passes 156,000, Ethiopia has been hit with another influx of migrants – this time from the neighbouring South Sudan.

Following the fighting which broke out in the Southern Sudan capital of Juba on 15th December 2013, thousands have started to migrate to neighbouring Ethiopia.

To date over 25,000 asylum seekers have come to Ethiopia through various entry points in the Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz regions. IOM Ethiopia started providing aid to them on 22nd January.

According to UNOCHA South Sudan, an estimated 413,000 people may have been displaced from their homes and an estimated 74,300 have sought refuge in neighbouring states.

UNHCR and Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) have indicated that the total number of asylum seekers coming into Ethiopia through Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz could reach up to 60,000.

IOM is working closely with ARRA and UNHCR to support the emergency relocation of refugees from border entry points to a camp in Leitchor.

Since the start of the operation, IOM has helped 801 UNHCR/ARRA registered asylum seekers to Leitchor by providing buses. It is now planning to use boats to move a larger group from Tiergol to Leitchor.

On arrival in Leitchor, the refugees were given plastic sheets, kitchen sets, blankets, sleeping mats and jerry cans.

The Ethiopian government has also given UNICEF permission to drill a shallow well in Leitchor camp to provide water for the refugees.

ARRA is also deploying emergency health staff from Pugnido refugee camp to provide emergency healthcare in Leitchor, pending the arrival of MSF-France.

Tiergol town in Akobo Wereda currently hosts more than 70 per cent of the asylum seekers in the Gambella region with nearly 20,000 asylum seekers from South Sudan. Matar has the second largest population with nearly 4,000.

Arrivals are expected to decline if the recent ceasefire in South Sudan is maintained. In the meantime, IOM in close coordination with UNHCR and ARRA will continue to evacuate people from the border and relocate them. The next relocation is planned to commence on 1st February 2014.

Source: APO

Media relations in Africa: Euronews chose APO to announce the launch of the first African multilingual news channel: Africanews

DAKAR, Sénégal, January 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (, the leading press release wire in Africa, and global leader in media relations related to Africa, today announced that Euronews had chosen APO to distribute on a Pan-African scale the press release announcing the launch of Africanews, the first Pan-African multilingual news channel (

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Photo : (Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

“This is an exciting moment in broadcasting news world for Africa and we support Euronews in their success for the launch of the First pan-african multilingual news channel. APO’s vision is to continue working towards seamless communication across borders, and therefore it only makes sense for APO to work with Euronews in their endeavour for Africanews Channel,” said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization).

Euronews’ press releases was distributed via Africa Wire

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Kurz: “Tunisia gives reason for optimism” / A new constitution with modern aspects opens the way for free elections to be held soon

BERLIN, Germany, January 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — “The new Tunisian constitution that enters into force on Monday is an important step on the long road to democracy following the dramatic events of the Arab Spring” Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

What came to be known as the Arab Spring began in Tunisia three years ago with the revolt of the population against an authoritarian regime. The Tunisian National Assembly has now completed its work on a new constitution for the country and will put the entire basic law to vote. The constitution has crowned the joint efforts of politicians and civil society with success. A tough struggle between the government and opposition forces preceded the work involved. The controversial points were the role of Islam and the issue of equality of the sexes.

“It is above all the secular alignment of the new constitution, the guaranteeing of fundamental freedoms and the anchoring given to the equality of man and woman that encourage optimism for future development in Tunisia. The important point now is for the government to call free elections soon, with the involvement of all political stakeholders. Austria, together with the entire EU, will continue to provide support for Tunisia on its path of political transition”, the Minister said.

Source: APO

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“Africa needs to speak with one voice”, says Commissioner Fatima Haram Acyl

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union, Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, gave an assessment of the role of existing African Union trade and industry frame works for the economic integration of African countries, and underlined the need for African countries to speak with one voice. The Commissioner was speaking while addressing a press conference on 27 January 2014, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She expressed concern that the inability of African countries to coordinate and adopt a coherent approach at international negotiations is obstructing their economic productivity. The Commissioner attributed the inability to agree on a coordinated economic effort to the unequal level of development amongst African countries.

Commissioner Acyl explained that dependency on commodity and unprocessed raw materials will not allow Africa to achieve its vision of an integrated, people centered, prosperous Africa. She underlined that, to realize this vision as part of Agenda 2063, there is a need for economic transformation of African countries and wealth creation for Africans. The Commissioner further explained that the road to realizing such objectives begins with implementing existing frameworks such as PIDA (Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa), CADDP (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program), BIAT/CFTA (Continental Free Trade Area), AMV (African Mining Vision) and AIDA (Accelerated Industrial Development for Africa).

The Commissioner for Trade and Industry reported that, with regards to trade and industry, in particular with the BIAT/CFTA, AMV and AIDA frameworks, the Commission has taken initiatives to enhance the impact in these areas. She added that, in terms of the CFTA the Commission is in the process of setting up an African Trade Observatory to gather and analyze trade and industry statistics, a CFTA secretariat to work with member states and regional economic communities and prepare for the CFTA negotiations in 2015, and an African Business Council to integrate private sector stake holders within the decision making process of the commission.

The Commissioner also advised the need to focus on investing in African people and introducing initiatives to take advantage of Africa’s increasing population. According to Commissioner Acyl, the suggestion comes in light of the expectation that 25 percent of the world youth under 30 years will be in Sub-Saharan Africa 10 years from now and considering the projection that Africa’s population will increase from 15 percent of the world population in 2013 to 23 percent by 2050.

Source: APO

Statement by Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai on Inauguration of New President of Madagascar

OTTAWA, Canada, January 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement:

“Canada acknowledges the inauguration of President Hery Rajaonarimampianina following the announcement of the final result of the Malagasy presidential election by the Special Electoral Court.

“The people of Madagascar are to be congratulated for peacefully exercising their democratic right to vote in the presidential and legislative elections on December 20, 2013. These elections and the inauguration of a new president are important steps in the re-establishment of constitutional order in Madagascar since the coup in 2009.

“Canada urges all political parties and security forces, as well as the general population, to exercise restraint as they await the results of the legislative elections and the nomination of a new prime minister. Canada is concerned following a blast in Antananarivo after the presidential inauguration, which killed a small child and injured more than 30 people. We strongly condemn such acts of violence.

”Canada looks to the President of Madagascar to form a new government that will foster national reconciliation, re-establish democratic credentials and the rule of law, and create the conditions for economic development in the country.”

Source: APO

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