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#ASDailyScoop: Number of refugees in Addis Abeba tripled since war in Northern Ethiopia: UNHCR

Mamadou Dian, UNHCR Representative in Ethiopia
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Addis Abeba – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the number of migrants into cities has surged as a result of the war in north Ethiopia. The number of refugees in Addis Abeba surged from 30,000  to 80,000 after the onset of the conflict, Mamadou Dian, UNHCR Representative in Ethiopia , told Al-Ain.

He referred to camps such as Shemeleba, Hitsats, Mai Ayini, and Adi Harush, which have been shelteres for Eritrean refugees. However, since the onset of the war, the Shemeleba and Hitsats camps have been completely destroyed and many refugees have left for Mai Aini and Adi Harush as a result. 

The representative said that thousands have migrated to Addis Abeba and other urban centers. It was noted that the current figure of refugees stands at 80,000, a nearly triple increase compared to prior times. These increased numbers include Eritreans who fled camps during the war and other refugees from the Benishangul-Gumuz region, specifically from the now destroyed Gure Shombola camp. 

The representative noted a shortage of capacities taking into account the inflated living standards in the capital, and put out a call to carry out their responsibilities in offering financial assistance. AS

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