Horn of Africa

A matter of life and death

United Nations refugee chief Antonio Guterres describes it as 'the worst humanitarian disaster' in the world.

Thursday, 28 July, 2011, 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Clinton in HK before Dai Bingguo meeting in Shenzhen

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The big dry

Two failed rainy seasons in 12 months have led to the driest year since 1951 in some regions of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. Hunger levels have jumped sharply, with rates of severe malnutrition rising as high as five times the emergency threshold.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

More transparency would help PLA charm offensive

Military diplomacy is key to reassuring rivals and regional governments that China's rise is peaceful. If it can be combined with a delicate and dangerous humanitarian mission so much the better.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Call for China to set up naval bases abroad

China's anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden has presented Beijing with a strong case to set up naval bases abroad, according to a PLA rear admiral interviewed on a government website.

30 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing hosts naval powers in anti-piracy talks

As negotiations drag on to free 25 Chinese crewmen held hostage by Somali pirates, Beijing will host its international naval counterparts from tomorrow in a bid to boost anti-piracy efforts off the Horn of Africa.

5 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Question 1

Complete Torode's business card.

Question 2

Put the following in their order of occurrence.

a. the pirates shut down communication

b. a mainland ship was grabbed as it sailed between South Africa and India

c. they steamed towards the coast of Somalia

d. negotiations began

5 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Baby boom in a land that can ill afford it

A quarter of a century after a million Ethiopians died in the great hunger of 1984-85, the country is heading into another famine. The spring rains failed entirely and the summer rains were three weeks late. But why is famine stalking Ethiopia again?

4 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Somalia's daring pirates require better approach

The deployment of foreign naval vessels to protect cargo ships and tankers from pirates in the busy sea lanes near Somalia would have seemed all that was needed to fix the problem. It has not; the criminals are getting increasingly daring. Worse, as is now clear, the world is ill-equipped to deal with the scourge.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Air deal signed

Japan and Ethiopia have signed an accord on the opening of air routes between the two countries, the Japanese Foreign Ministry says.

The signing of the agreement in Addis Ababa came 14 years after Ethiopia first voiced hopes for such a pact.

27 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

UN record under siege

THE United Nations is once again under attack for useless savagery in Somalia. Despite the bloodshed of its assault on the headquarters of General Mohamed Farah Aideed this week, Mogadishu's bandit chieftain is still at large. Aideed's terror tactics have killed more civilians, UN personnel and now journalists than the international force's response.

15 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Aid for Somalia

A DONATION of $2 million has been sent to Somalia through World Vision Hongkong for disaster relief in the African country.

6 Feb 1993 - 12:00am