Repatriation of Somali refugees gets 1.5 million euros

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR office in Ethiopia Wednesday announced it contributed 1.
5 million euros toward the implementation of the voluntary repatriation of Somalia refugees from Ethiopia to safe areas in North Western Somalia.
The donation would assist some 50,000 Somali refugees remaining in Eastern Ethiopia, about 35,000 of which are expected to repatriate by the end of June 2002, the agency said in a statement in Addis Ababa.
The remaining 15,000 from Southern Somali would be provided with care and maintenance assistance in Ethiopia.
It noted that Somali refugees have received care and maintenance in camps in eastern Ethiopia for more than ten through the pursuit of their voluntary repatriation to safe areas in North West Somalia.
UNHCR closed the Teferi Ber and Darwanaji camps after 26,194 refugees occupying them returned to home in Northwest Somalia.
Another 43,806 Somalis are expected to repatriate from Daror, Rabasso, and Aisha refugee camps in the east as Daror camp is set to close next December, the agency said.

25 july 2001 16:09:00




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