Ethiopia: Authorities to Discontinuance Two Refugee Camps in Tigray

Addis Ababa — Ethiopia is able to shut two refugee camps particularly Hitsats and Shimelba in northern Tigray Command as a result of protection concerns to boot to wretched conditions of the centers, in response to Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA).

ARRA Director-General Tesfahun Gobezay suggested journalists that the establishment of the 2 refugee camps will not be any longer aligned with the United Countries Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) policy of refugee camp establishment.

In keeping with the UNHCR policy, the distance of the camp ought to collected be no longer lower than be 50 km a long way off from or someday’s trudge from the border geared against ensuring the protection and safety of the refugees.

The director-total extra mentioned that the Ethiopian govt has agreed to relocate the Shimelba refugee camp, which is a long way off from Eritrean border by finest 20 kilometers to one more room. In the period in-between, the Hitsats camp will be closed as a result of its unsafe air situation and other repeated complaints from refugees.

As to Tesfahun, out of the estimated 92,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, finest 43,000 are believed to be sheltered in the refugee camps whereas the rest ones are dispersed in diversified towns of the converse. The government of Ethiopia is working to the rapid return of the refugees into camps.

Sources indicated that over 200,000 Eritrean refugees sheltered in diversified camps in Ethiopia.

In Tigray Command there are four refugee camps such as Adi-Harush, Mai-Aini Hitsats, and Shimelba.

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