Africa

Fashionistas hold auction for famine relief effort

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

High end fashion companies including Prada have donated valuable items to a Jewish group raising money for famine relief efforts in East Africa.

The Closet Den committee, who earlier this year raised more than £12,000 for the Bet Hayeled foster home in northern Israel, are hoping to raise at least £5,000 this week for World Jewish Relief's appeal.

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Emergency appeal feeds the hungry

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

Around £170,000 has been raised to help those affected by the famine in East Africa through a World Jewish Relief campaign.

WJR launched a fundraising drive last month in response to reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia.

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Community rallies to support Somalia famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

More than £169,000 has been raised to help people suffering from the famine in East Africa following a campaign launched by World Jewish Relief.

The aid charity set up a fundraising drive last month as reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia and its neighbours began filtering through to the international media.

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Fear for Yemen Jews as conflict continues

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

Groups of Yemeni Jews are reportedly fleeing their homes as the conflict between the government and rebels, including those backed by Al-Qaida, shows no sign of subsiding.

According to an article in the Yemen Post, seven Jews from the Amran province have already left and another eight are planning to go as soon as possible. It is unclear where they plan to go.

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Here is the news: Africa hurts

By Paul Anticoni, August 1, 2011

Summer is generally a quiet time for the media. Parliament is in recess, many journalists (and readers) are on holiday, and the frivolous stories deemed to be newsworthy have led to the summer being known as "silly season".

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Israel and South Sudan establish diplomatic relations

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Israel has officially established diplomatic relations with the fledgling state of South Sudan.

The Jewish State was one of the first countries to welcome South Sudan after it declared independence on July 9, while there were jubilant scenes among the Sudanese refugee population of Tel Aviv.

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Southern Sudan given warm welcome by Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has offered good wishes to the world's newest country following its independence on July 9 at midnight.

The Republic of South Sudan was created in 2005 in a peace agreement ending decades of civil war. The Israeli Prime Minister said Israel recognised the new state and added: "We wish it much success."

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WJR seeks assistance for hungry Africans

July 7, 2011

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to assist the millions across the Horn of Africa facing severe food shortages.

The region's worst drought for 60 years has been compounded by increasing grain prices, fodder shortages, livestock deaths and conflict. An estimated eight million-plus people need urgent assistance.

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WJR launch Horn of Africa famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A Jewish organisation has launched an online appeal in response to the growing food shortage in the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations warned earlier this week that at least nine million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somilia and Djibouti were facing starvation. The region has been hit by a drought which the UN said was one of the worst in 60 years.

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The slave who found freedom

By Nathan Jeffay, July 1, 2011

Six years ago, Avi Be'eri- or Ibrahim as he was known then - was a broken, lonely street child, sleeping in a market in his native Guinea, West Africa. He had been orphaned, and had left the home of his uncle, where he was meant to be living, because of abuse.

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