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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 May 2013, the ICRC:

  • has conducted extensive livestock anti-parasite treatment that treated 778,284 animals,  benefiting 93,605 people in three Eritrean regions – Gash Barka, Southern and Northern Red Sea;
  • has completed installations of three water systems in three villages of Gash Barka; the project will benefit 19,000 people;
  • has provided 11,513 palm mats that will be useful in improving the shelter of 1,440 displaced people, after they were resettled in new villages of Southern Red Sea region;
  • constructed a pond to solve the water shortage for livestock in Gash Barka; this will benefit 617 households;
  • is assisting Ethiopian minorities to renew or obtain their residence permit by extending financial support;
  • increased knowledge of IHL among 2,400 members of the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students.