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On Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers, his predecessor Sadako Ogata, and Mr. Tetsuro Yano, the Japanese government's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs addressed a crowd of over 350 delegates at the opening of the International Symposium on Refugees in Africa. Among the crowd were Japanese and African government officials, as well as representatives from regional bodies and civil society.
JEN (Japan Emergency NGOs) began working in Eritrea in 2002. There they work mainly help Eritreans who were refugees in Sudan but have since returned to their home country with the help of a voluntary repatriation programme.