IOM Assisting With Increased Numbers Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia

by Zelalem

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The IOM is providing transportation for Eritrean refugees, registered at the Endabaguna screening center, to move the more than 76,000 Eritreans to the four camps at Hitsatse, Adiharush, Mai Aini and Shimelbain in Tigray region. These camps have been set up by Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the UNHCR.

In the last quarter of 2014, the number of Eritrean refugees arriving in Ethiopia rose sharply to an average of 5,000. The refugee flow from Eritrea has risen greatly since the 800-1,000 a month between 2010 and 2012; and the 2,000-2,500 a month since March 2013.

Following the recent increase, ARRA and UNHCR last month requested the International Organization for Migration to assist in moving new arrivals from Endabaguna to the camps. By January 15, IOM has been able to transport 2,491 adults and 379 unaccompanied and separated children. It had also helped pre-departure medical screening and health assessments as well as the provision of nutrients and high energy biscuits for the new arrivals. The IOM has been with the more vulnerable arrivals including pregnant women, the disabled and the elderly.

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