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Shimelba was the first Eritrean refugee camp to open, in 2004. It now houses more than 6,000 refugees. Photograph: James Jeffrey

Each night along the border of arid hills, Eritreans cautiously move through the terrain’s dead ground out of sight of their own military to escape in(...)

Dick Warner: the environmentalist and broadcaster at home in Co Kildare in 1995. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Richard (Dick) Warner Born: July 19th, 1946 Died: June 16th, 2017 The broadcaster Derek Mooney remembers spending hours in Donadea Forest Park, in Co(...)

The aftermath of    a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. Militant jihadist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

At the end of last year, Ethiopia withdrew thousands of troops previously assisting the internationally-funded African military force battling al-Qaed(...)

Traders deliver khat to a market near the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photograph:  Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

After a year in Ethiopia I couldn’t help noticing how many residents in the capital, Addis Ababa, liked to spend a weekend afternoon incongruously che(...)

People look at the damage  to dwellings built near the  landfill of Addis Ababa on Sunday. Photograph: Zacharias Abubeker/Getty Images

The death toll following the collapse of a mountain of rubbish at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital has reached 62, officials said(...)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: some of her critics  believe she only took the job of chairwoman of the African Union Commission to enhance her profile back in South Africa. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

Outgoing African Union Commission chairwoman Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to soon enter the race to succeed her ex-husband, Jacob Zuma, as p(...)

Irish actress Ruth Negga: "I don't think I was prepared for how much I have to talk about myself. I find that intensely boring."

Ruth Negga accommodates a rare combination of strength and frailty. She professes to nervousness when speaking in public. She talks sincerely of a ne(...)

 Meryl Streep: “Disrespect invites disrespect.”  Photograph: EPA/HFPA

Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday to criticise US president-elect Donald Trump fo(...)

Protesters run from teargas  fired by police during Irreecha, a thanksgiving festival,  in Bishoftu, a  town in the Oromia region of  Ethiopia. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Police in Ethiopia’s Oromia region yesterday fired teargas and warning shots to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggeri(...)

Fr Paddy Moran at Arba Minch prison in Ethiopia. Photograph: Simon Murphy

When we think of imprisonment a number of images typically come to mind. These include cellular confinement, drug abuse, violence, self-harm and priso(...)

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