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November 15th update in AFAR Region

Today we received an email from Rotarian Valerie Browning –

Dear all

want you all to know how fast this conflict is moving: from this side, the Afar are pushing back the advance at high cost in casualty as well as destruction of dwellings, infrastructure and assets such as herds.

APDA continues  to work as hard as we can with all obstacles – we are trying to reach all malnourished people as well as delivering mothers. Right now, APDA may well be the remaining organization that is moving in the rural communities.

To all of you, APDA sends its strong greetings knowing that you all stand for an end to the dabarcle, from your side supporting as you can with concern and assistance.

all the very best

Valerie

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Australian nurse Valerie Browning, 71 has vowed to stay in Ethiopia and treat the wounded on the frontline of the civil war

Published in The Daly Telegraph by award winning journalist,
senior correspondent – Charles Miranda, 13th November 2021 

ADDIS ABABA.  A 7I-year-old Australian nurse has vowed to remain “while there is breath in my body” on the frontline of an escalating conflict in Ethiopia to selflessly tend to the wounded. Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency as it veers towards all-out civil war, with the UN on Friday appealing to the impoverished African nation to broker a ceasefire. The bloody conflict in Africa’s second most populous country between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and government troops has killed thousands of people and left millions of others homeless. Thousands of locals and foreigners, including from the UK and US, have been rounded up by authorities and detained without explanation, causing panic in the capital.
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Help needed for AFAR

Valerie Browning better known as the “Desert Angel” has provided an update report on the turmoil facing the AFAR region of Ethiopia.

Valerie wrote;  “now this conflict has moved into the 3rd week. Still, there are so many displaced not reached and fighting continues. Today, there is a new displacement from a government – established farming community of Sanuta in Uwwa.

We are trying to share the extent of this situation with media – BBC world service has now reported twice but otherwise, despite the huge devastation and losses, the world still appears quiet. of course if you need more information, please do contact – APDA now is the organization to reach the rural communities since our members can move freely through the areas and also, with the rain, we are taking every effort to move using camels and the like.”
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