ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Ethiopia on Monday
reaffirmed its open-door policy for refugees that are
flocking into the East African country mainly from its
unsettled neighboring countries.
Ethiopian refugee agency (ARRA) said on Monday that even
though the country presently shelters more than 900,000
refugees, it will maintain its open door policy towards
refugees and “continue to receive new arrivals from
several of its neighbors, notably from South Sudan,
Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Yemen.”
which is home to the second largest refugee population
in Africa next to Uganda, further affirmed its
commitment to improving refugee lives through the
Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and the
Nine Significant Pledges it has made in September 2016.
country proud for its long-standing history of hosting
refugees and home to the second largest refugee
population in Africa, our commitment to improving
refugee lives will continue unabated in light of the
CRRF and the Nine Significant Pledges we made in
September 2016,” Zeynu Jemal, Deputy Director of
Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee
Affairs (ARRA), told journalists on Monday.
revealed Ethiopia’s plan to formulate a strategic plan
that envisaged to help refugees both through support
packages and prevention of challenges towards bringing
“We are now
in the process of formulating a Ten-Year Strategic Plan
to comprehensively respond to the multifaceted needs of
refugees that is creating strong linkages between
humanitarian assistance, development and of course
peace-building,” Jemal said.
Ethiopian government, through ARRA and other
governmental institutions, is currently implementing a
program of protection and hospitality of refugees in
several refugee camps across the country.
protection program guarantees, among other things,
education for children and youth, health services and
the distribution of basic needs, food and security.
Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
in his recent visit to Ethiopia’s Gameblla regional
state, which is housing most of the South Sudanese
refugees, had praised efforts made by the Ethiopian
government in handling the regional refugee crisis.
a very good model of how a country with a limited
resources and a great challenge of its own keeps its
doors open, its arms open to people from neighboring
countries that are in trouble and seek protection here,”
Grandi said during his visit.
113 East African
refugees relocated to Italy
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- A group of 113 Eritrean,
Somali and South Sudanese refugees who were living in
Ethiopia’s refugee camps have left here for Italy on
Monday through a relocation program.
refugees, who are relocated to Italy as part of a the
“Humanitarian Corridor” initiative, include 88 Eritreans,
22 South Sudanese and 3 Somalis, who had resided in
Ethiopia’s refugee camps for some time.
Humanitarian Corridor program, which envisages
rebuilding the lives of a total of 500 refugees, is an
initiative established by the Italian Government in
partnership with several humanitarian and faith based-
organizations, the Ethiopian refugee agency (ARRA) and
the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).
Deputy Director of Ethiopian Administration for Refugee
and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), said the initiative is an
important step forward in “changing the lives of
refugees as it also gives them hope and one way of
curbing illegal secondary movements out of camps.”
and greatly commend the Government of Italy’s
contribution to creating a world more open to refugees
and to the advancement of comprehensive responses to
refugee situation,” Jemal added.
ARRA, half of the 113 refugees that were relocated to
Italy are minors, including South Sudanese children born
in Pugnido’s Refugee Camp in Ethiopia’s Gambela Regional
refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and South Sudan left for
Italy as part of the initiative’s first round of
relocation program in December last year.
humanitarian corridor initiative is designed through a
personalized method of accompaniment and integration
with an Italian host family and community, it was noted.
initiative is said to be a response mechanism as
refugees often risk their lives crossing the Sinai
desert, Libya and the Mediterranean Sea with the aim of
reaching Europe through the support of illegal human
smugglers and traffickers.
46 Ethiopians to return
after illegally entering Zambia
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The Ethiopian government on
Monday said 46 Ethiopians that had been imprisoned in
Zambia for illegal entry will arrive in Ethiopia on
exclusively to Xinhua, Meles Alem, Spokesperson of
Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the 46
Ethiopians were en-route to South Africa under the
arrangement of traffickers before they were detained.
The 46 will
be repatriated with the help of Ethiopian embassy in
Harare, Zimbabwe which also covers Zambia where Ethiopia
doesn’t have an embassy.
has formed a national steering committee to combat human
trafficking chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke
Mekonnen,” Alem said, adding the committee comprises of
religious figures, NGOs and regional governments to
educate the community on the dangers of human
Ethiopian migrants pay up to 5,000 US dollars to human
traffickers to reach South Africa.
growing economy and public awareness campaigns on the
dangers of human trafficking by the Ethiopian
government, it is estimated that thousands of Ethiopians
are trafficked to South Africa annually where they are
mainly engaged in the informal economy.
keen to bolster ties through South-South cooperation
ADIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Foreign ministers of Ethiopia and
Venezuela expressed their respective country’s deep
interest in bolstering bilateral relations through ways
of South-South cooperation.
countries’ foreign ministers announced their respective
countries’ commitment during their meeting in Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa over the weekend, according to the
Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, in his meeting with
the visiting Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Jorge Alberto Arreaza Montserrat, in Addis Ababa said
that the huge commitment aspired by the two countries
“could be accomplished under the aegis of the spirit of
further noted his country’s commitment to enhance its
bilateral ties with Venezuela in a number of areas,
which include cooperation in the aviation diplomacy,
tourism, oil industry, media and education sectors.
Gebeyehu, cooperation on aviation industry, in
particular, is one of the most important areas where
Ethiopia is ready to work closely with Venezuela and
other Latin American countries via the East African
country’s flag carrier the Ethiopian Airlines group.
who commended Ethiopia’s readiness and commitment to the
principles and philosophy of South-South Cooperation,
further expressed “Venezuela’s interest to strengthen
the diplomatic ties with Ethiopia, and boost cooperation
in bilateral, regional and international areas of common
concern,” according to the statement by the ministry.
also reiterated that Ethiopia, as a chair of the East
African block IGAD, “is striving hard to bring about
peace and stability in the region, particularly in South
Sudan and Somalia,” which, he said, is an area that
Venezuela could demonstrate its solidarity and support.
is the first Venezuelan Foreign Minister to pay official
working visit to Ethiopia.