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NRC signs agreement with Ethiopian authorities

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(10.05.2011)

NRC has signed an agreement with Ethiopian authorities and UN High Commissioner for Refugees to carry out emergency relief to refugees in Ethiopia.

The agreement includes shelter, education and camp management training. Initially, the assistance will apply to Somali refugees in the Somali region southeast and Eritrean refugees in the north that will be assisted.

This is an important agreement. The number of Somali refugees in the region is increasing, and more than 10.000 have crossed the border to Ethiopia since the beginning of this year. In total, there is an amount of 100.000 Somali refugees in Ethiopia at this point. The existing camps are full, and the need for emergency relief is huge.

NRC is planning to start the relief work in Ethiopia in June/July this year. A detailed analysis of shelter needs for the camps in the southeastern part of Ethiopia will be made in May.