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The ICRC in Eritrea

The ICRC opened a delegation in Eritrea in 1998 in the context of the international armed conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia and continues to respond to the remaining needs from that two-year conflict. Its priorities are to assist people who are displaced, detained or otherwise affected by the conflict and to ensure compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL).

Facts and Figures

From January to December 2013, the ICRC:

  • conducted extensive livestock anti-parasite treatment that treated more than 2,300,000 animals, benefiting more than 360,000 people in four Eritrean regions – Gash Barka, Debub, Southern and Northern Red Sea;
  • completed installations of three new solar-powered water systems in three villages of Gash Barka; the project will benefit 17,000 people;
  • enabled around 24,000 people in villages in Gash Barka, Southern Red Sea and Debub to have access to potable water through maintenance work;
  • increased many households’ capacity to produce food by distributing 75 foot-pumps and vegetable seed to 1,500 people in the regions of Anseba and Debub;
  • provided palm mats useful in improving shelter for around 6,000 displaced people, after they were resettled in new villages in the Southern Red Sea region following the eruption of a volcano;
  • constructed two ponds for livestock in Gash Barka to solve the water shortage;
  • is assisting Ethiopian minorities to renew or obtain their residence permit by extending financial support;
  • increased knowledge of IHL among more than 3,000 members of the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students.

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