Eritrea: overview of ICRC activities in 2009

10-05-2010 Field Newsletter

In 2009, the ICRC in Eritrea continued to focus on meeting the needs of people still affected by the 1998–2000 conflict with Ethiopia. However, the delegation faced significant constraints in carrying out its planned activities, including continued restrictions on diesel fuel imposed in April 2008, and new government limitations on the movements of ICRC expatriate staff. Nonetheless, activities carried out included providing over 30,000 people with improved access to safe drinking water through the construction of 16 solar-powered water supply systems.

  ICRC staff vaccinating livestock in the Gash Barka region of western Eritrea.    


  • Overview of main ICRC activities in 2009

  • Population in border areas – providing drinking water in adequate quantity, helping former IDPs set up home

  • Economic security – tractor ploughing, animal restocking, livestock treatement, distribution of irrigation pumps

  • Restoring/maintaining family links – exchange of family news and documents

  • Detention visits

  • Promotion of international humanitarian law – local authorities, training of Eritrean Defence Forces, civil society

  • Cooperation with the Red Cross Society of Eritrea



  Eritrea: overview of ICRC activities in 2009
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