Women and children at an IDP settlement 60km south of the town of Gode, reachable only along a dirt track through the desiccated landscape. Photograph: James Jeffrey

Fourteen kilometres outside the Ethiopian town of Gode, a group of women with bands of dusty children clutching their dresses point to a patch of grou(...)

A woman and her child in a hospital ward in the capital Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

On Monday, our worst fears came to pass when it was confirmed that South Sudan is in famine. The announcement, by the United Nations and the governmen(...)

An Eritrean soldier beats back a crowd of Ethiopian detainees at a camp in Sheketi, Eritrea in June 2000. The  two-year war brought about a disastrous loss of life – 70,000-100,000 people are estimated to have died in scenes of modern trench warfare. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/Liaison

Tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea snapped in June in their most dramatic way for the last 15 years. Fighting that erupted at their border invol(...)

One of the armed watchmen who guards Fr Andrew Yakulula and his mission community in Todonyang in Kenya. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

The air of tranquillity that dominates Lake Turkana’s desolate northwestern shoreline and surrounding rural landscape belies the severity of the triba(...)

Ngisti Beyane (26) and her 10-month-old son Biniam Tesfay after walking 8km to the Concern-supported nutrition programme and screening clinic at Sasie Tseda Emba near Kebele in eastern Tigray, Ethiopia. Photograph: Ed Carty/PA Wire

From a dirt road overlooking the valley the landscape looks more like an abandoned quarry than what it is: the single source of sustenance for a commu(...)

UN special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson will meet representatives of the Ethiopian government and visit areas affected by El Niño. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former president Mary Robinson will travel to Ethiopia with Ireland’s largest aid agencies this week to witness the international response to the coun(...)

Firm friends: Robel Shiferaw, Mesay Tekalign and Wendm Niku at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Kimmage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Wendm Niku first met Robel Shiferaw at an English- language exam in the British Council in Addis Ababa. Both men had applied for an Irish Aid scholar(...)

Bedilu Gebreselassie: ‘People here can demonstrate in the streets, they have the freedom to speak. That’s real freedom.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bedilu Gebreselassie shudders as he recalls the 15 days he spent in prison. “Oh my god, I can’t explain,” the 27-year-old from Ethiopia says, shaking(...)

US president Barack Obama shakes hands with Ethiopia’s president Mulatu Teshome  at the National Palace in Addis Ababa on Monday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When a young Ethiopian journalist, Simegnish Mengesha, got the chance to meet US president Barack Obama in May, a comment from a high-ranking US offic(...)

Passengers are evacuated from a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland today. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA.

An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked his fellow pilot out of the cockpit, hijacked a Rome-bound plane and landed in Ge(...)