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Alerts amid Good News

March 21st 2023

Strange rains welcome the new Sultan

With all the traditionally – known characters of December/ January winter rains, almost the entire Region has had a relatively good soaking starting from March 11th. Rain actually continues as of March 20th, now showing signs of waning. For the traditional meteorologists, this was indeed belated winter rains since it fell in soaking patterns even in Eli Da’ar and Kori where thirst had set in as of late January. However, beyond Eli Da’ar on the Eritrean border, the land got a bit of a drizzle but not more. Dallol leaders today report no useful rain and community thirst of 5 sub-districts bordering Tigray – from the Afar side, there is no road access to these people and, according to their district head, people are going up to 100 kilometers (2 days’ walking) with camels to collect water.

On the other side, for the traditional Afar who flocked to the previous capital and historic town of Assaita to join the celebrations, the rains were God’s welcome for the 15th Sultan of Awsa as inaugurated on March 13th following the death of his older brother, Hanfare some 3 years ago. The Awsa Sultanate while being historically recent compared to that in Djibouti and in Eritrea, holds traditional and religious sway for the majority of the Afar population in Ethiopia.


Thus dignitaries from Sultanates of Tadjoura in Djibouti and Rahayto in Eritrea attended along with embassy representatives, UN authorities and Ethiopian government representatives.

Talking enthusiastically on the need for brotherly unity and peace condemning the recent conflict as pointless, the essential place for education in the society leading to a healthy, productive society, the Sultan went on to say that traditions followed in the past that actually harm people, particularly girls and women should be stopped. The good traditions, he said, should be upheld and enabled, binding the community to cohesive development.

Then speaking of the bad habit of chewing Kaat, the Sultan thoroughly denounced this as in every way destructive. Indeed, he delighted his audience including APDA, and, as is planned to hold a further discussion with the senior clan leadership after the fasting month of Ramadan, the organization is encouraged to invite him to chair it. In January, discussion had reached to an overall clan agreement that ancient traditions and practices could and should be reviewed in light of the current era and that clan leadership should direct communities to productive, peaceful lives.


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Mount Serle Homestead

The Rotary Club of Maitland is creating just such an opportunity, BUT it needs your help, advice and assistance. The Rotary Club of Maitland is seeking to create an Eco wilderness experience opportunity in conjunction with the Iga Warta Community situated in the northern Flinders Ranges, this opportunity is to be created on Mount Serle Station[Iga Warta is the lessee] and commences with renovation work within the Homestead complex.

If you would like to be part of the action please refer to and follow the prompts or contact David Amery direct on 0455 839 885  or  0476 996 882

The first two initial working opportunities 20th – 25th June and 11th – 16th July.

eClub sending funds to Valerie Browing AFAR

Our eClub D9510online, Australia has been collecting donations and have forwarded funds directly to Valerie. In an email she replied that “these funds will help to purchase emergency food and milk for the children in the villages she is travelling to in the next few days”, she is very, very overwhelmed with the support we have been able to provide. A little bit of good news is that the Ethiopian Government troops have moved into the local towns and blocked the Tigrayan forces and moving them further north away from the AFAR region.

The following is a short update from Valerie Browning:

Dear all again,

this is the latest info – as of the last 3 days, the PM is actually ordering the army and there have been advances.

If this means TPLF will be out of Afar Region, this is tenuous since the border is very long and the hills very porous for such activities. Afar displaced will not be secure to go home for sometime. Then the recovery is such a long road ahead.

APDA is working hard to assist any other NGOs to take assistance in and also looking at how to balance between those in the community who have some ability to feed their household and those who are destitute – trying to stimulate markets and so on.

As winter sets in for these people, sincerely need to work harder to battle the shelter issues – Afar traditional mats above anything are wanted and needed to build an Afar nomadic house again. with many thanks to each of you


Worst Locust Swarms in Decades – Can you help?

Worst Locust Swarms in Decades


Hundreds of millions of desert locusts are swarming in Ethiopia some of the biggest numbers seen in more than 25 years. Recent floods in the area toward the end of the year has contributed to the massive outbreak, driving an explosion of locusts that are destroying crops and threatening food security across the region.
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