ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia has received 103,263 new refugees in the
first ten months of 2017, pushing the total number of refugees
living in the country to 889,071, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
revealed on Wednesday.
Assistant Communication Officer at UNHCR, told Xinhua the
refugee arrivals in 2017 are dominated by South Sudanese
numbering 73,857, followed by Eritreans at 20,700 and Somalis at
“Refugees from South
Sudan fled to Ethiopia to escape civil war, Eritrean refugees
mentioned indefinite military conscription and human rights
violations for their flight while Somalis mentioned a
combination of conflict and drought for fleeing to Ethiopia,” he
“The South Sudanese
refugees’ total population has reached 419,000, close to half of
total refugee population in Ethiopia,” he said, adding the South
Sudanese refugees are mainly sheltered in Gambella and
Benishangul Gumuz regional states.
further said UNHCR is giving basic social services to the
889,071 refugees living in 26 refugee camps in six regional
states of Ethiopia. The social services in the refugee camps
include education, health, water and sanitation, food, nutrition
support and community empowerment.