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06 Nov 2018 description

Addis Ababa October 5/2018 Training on post-conflict recovery is being given to peacekeepers from nine African countries at the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Center (EPSTC).

Opening the 9th round training today, Peace Keeping Main Department Acting Director Birgadier-General Habtamu Tilahun said concrete and sustainable post-conflict reconstruction is required to address the interlinked causes of political violence and under-development, and prevent relapse into conflict in the Horn of Africa.

14 May 2018 description


There are four refugee camps under Shire refugee operation in Tigray Regional State located in the Northern part of Ethiopia. In 2017, Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys (SENS) were conducted by UNHCR in collaboration with WFP and ARRA from June 19th to 15th July 2017 in Mai aini, Adi_Harush, Shimelba and Hitsats camps.

14 May 2018 description

Executive Summary

Aysaita and Berhale refugee camps are situated in Afar regional state which is located in the north-east part of Ethiopia. In 2017, Standardized Expanded Nutrition Surveys (SENS) were conducted by UNHCR in collaboration with WFP, ARRA and GOAL from 22nd August to 3rd of September 2017 in both camps.

06 Jan 2018 description

Ethiopia through the Administration for Refugee and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) is working to improve the provision of education to refugees sheltering in camps in the country.

Through the activities carried out so far gross enrolment rate in primary education for refugees has reached 70.5 percent in 2017, according to ARRA.

Currently, some 177,745 refugees are enrolled in primary, secondary, pre-school, and alternative education in refugee camps in various parts of the country.

29 Dec 2016 description

Addis Ababa December 29/ 2016 A new World Bank (WB) funded project promises improved living conditions for refugees camped across five regional states in Ethiopia.

The Bank offered 100 million USD to implement "Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) In the Horn of Africa."

Refugees sheltered in Afar, Tigray, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali states, the five regional states hosting the refugees, and the host community will benefit from a range of development activities implemented by the funding.

04 Nov 2016 description

Africa and the African Union

07 Sep 2016 description

The Opportunities Industrialization Centers Ethiopia (OIC Ethiopia) has graduated more than 500 refugees trained in various Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) fields.

More than 95 per cent of the graduates were Eritreans while Yemenis and South Sudanese also made part of the graduating migrants.

The graduates received trainings in electrical installation, auto mechanics, computer, tailoring and hair dressing fields.

The Center partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in offering the TVET trainings.

09 Nov 2015 description

Meseret Bekele

Addis Ababa November 7/2015 The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) has appealed for an urgent supply of food to refugees sheltered in Ethiopia.

ARRA Director General Ayalew Awoke told ENA that the refugees mainly from South Sudan are now in critical state as his administration is running out of essential supply of food to the refugees.

The 730 thousand refugees from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia will soon plunge into chaos as the food aid in stock will be totally consumed by the end of December.

19 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

18 Nov 2014 description

The UNHCR office in Addis Ababa announced on Monday (November 17) that more than 6,200 Eritreans had crossed into Ethiopia over the previous 37 days. UNHCR spokesperson, Kisut Gebregziabher, said that “more than 5,000 Eritrean asylum seekers crossed into Ethiopian territory in October alone,” adding that “in the first week of November, more than 1,200 Eritreans have arrived in Ethiopia.” Some 78 of them were children, he said. A UNHCR report issued last July revealed that there were a total of 629,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia, 99,000 of them Eritreans.

20 Oct 2014 description

Addis Ababa October 18/2014 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) lauded Ethiopia's efforts to train refugees in addition to hosting them.

Speaking on the graduation of 500 refugees received vocational and technical trainings here today UNHCR Acting Representative Bornwell Kantande said Ethiopia has been providing trainings for refuges so as to improve their skills.

This situation demonstrates the effectiveness of the country's people-to-people policy, the Representative said.

20 Jun 2014 description

Administration for Refugees and Returnees told reporters that currently Ethiopia hosts more than 563,000 refugees in 22 refugee camps. 240,000 refugees are from Somalia while refugees from South Sudan and Eritrean refugees constitute 181,000 and 95,000 respectively. In addition there are nearly 40,000 Sudanese refugees in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State and around 3,000 thousand from Kenya around Borena in Oromia Regional state. ARRA announced that large numbers of Eritrean, South Sudanese and Sudanese refuges are crossing the border to Ethiopia.

15 Apr 2014 description

The Djiboutian government has handed 267 Eritrean refugees over the UN refugee agency, UNHCR including some prisoners of war taken in June 2008 when Eritrea attacked Djibouti. Presidential adviser Najib Ali Tahir said on Monday (April 14) that they included 19 prisoners of war and Djibouti has talked to the International Committee of the Red Cross to facilitate their return to their own country, despite the fact that Djibouti has received no word about the Djibouti’s POW held by Eritrea, nor has Eritrea indicated it wishes to accept them back.

03 Dec 2013 description

Addis Ababa December 3/2013 Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs said over 100,000 additional refuges are expected to enter into the country in 2014. Administration Deputy Director Ayalew Awoke told ENA that 200 million USD is needed in a bid to provide basic services for the refugees excluding food. Ethiopia is now hosting 430,000 refugees from Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan at refugee camps in Tigray, Benuishangul Gumuz, Afar and Somali states. He said 8,000 refugees in average are entering into the country per month, he said.

30 Oct 2013 description

The Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia said on Monday (October 28) said that hundreds of Eritrean refugees in two camps in northern Ethiopia had completed a vocational and skills training. The training, in Mai-Aini and Adi-Harush camps, was managed by the Norwegian Refugee Council, and 500 refugees graduated after receiving a one-year vocational and skills training as part of a Youth Education Pack non-formal education scheme. The refugees were given training in tailoring, food preparation, wood work, general construction, electronics and metal-work received certificates of graduation.

28 Oct 2013 description

An agreement between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) was signed today (October 25) for the establishment of a Pan African Liaison Office of the NRC with the African Union. Ethiopia’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos said he appreciated NRC’s decision to open a liaison office in Addis Ababa and assured the Council that Ethiopia would extend its full support and cooperation.

10 Jan 2013 description

Addis Ababa January 10/2013 Germany has made available in 2012 additional 41.5 million Euro for the areas of food security, drought resilience and participatory forest management in Ethiopia, Embassy of Germany here said. According to a statement the Embassy sent to ENA, in addition one million Euro humanitarian assistance has been provided in the area of food assistance to Somali, Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia. The statement said the fund will be implemented by German and international development agencies.

14 Jun 2012 description

Addis Ababa JUNE 12/2012 The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday handed over to beneficiaries educational and safe water facilities constructed in Gambella State with over 14.6 million Birr.

The facilities include, among others, primary schools, additional classrooms, residential quarters and a safe water unit.

The primary schools constructed in Lare, GambellaZuria, Gog and Mengesh Woredas have classrooms, laboratories, libraries and offices, among others.

19 Aug 2011 description

Addis Ababa, August 19, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - Agriculture State Minister Mitiku Kassa expressed commitment of the Ethiopian government to undertake successful activities in collaboration with international humanitarian agencies on issues related to humanitarian work.

The third World Humanitarian Day was marked here on Friday under the theme "People Helping People".

Mitiku on the occasion said the government is dedicated to ensure safety and security of humanitarian staff working within Ethiopia’s borders.

23 Apr 2010 description

Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin called for more support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR to host refugees.

While discussing with UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner T.