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Ethiopia’s has expressed commitment to address the “service and safety-related challenges” faced by Sudanese refugees in Amhara region.

Mekelle:  9 May 2024 (Tigray Herald)

Ethiopia’s has expressed commitment to address the “service and safety-related challenges” faced by Sudanese refugees in Amhara region.

Ethiopia’s Refugees and Returnees Services (RRS) has expressed commitment to address the “service and safety-related challenges” faced by Sudanese refugees in Amhara region in collaboration with regional authorities, the UN and other international partners. In a statement on Wednesday, RRS said it “learned with concern about the recent unfortunate incident” in Awlala and Kumer refugee camps in western Amhara, without elaborating. Reuters, however, reported a week ago that 1,000 Sudanese refugees had fled Kumer camp due to repeated shooting and armed robbery incidents. The humanitarian response to refugees in the country, including those in Awlala and Kumer, “is facing serious bottlenecks” due to resource limitations, stated the statement, and called on international partners to provide more financial resources.

5) Kenyan police have detained 24 Ethiopian nationals in the northeastern Isiolo County this week, the country’s Star newspaper reported on Wednesday. The report said the Ethiopians went to a nearby police base after learning that the agent, who was smuggling them to Nairobi abandoned them in a forest where they were hiding. The Ethiopians told the police that they were destined for South Africa for greener pastures, the report stated. The police are hunting for the human smugglers, the report indicated, adding that the Ethiopians would be arraigned in court for illegally entering Kenya.

6) The Addis Ababa City Administration is planning to demolish thousands of residences and business premises in another massive road corridor development, the Reporter newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing undisclosed official documents. The report said the project would displace 3,250 households or a total of 14,000 residents. According to the report, 21 hectares of land are required to resettle displaced residents, and the city administration has allocated 6 billion Ethiopian birr to pay compensations. The road corridor development will affect five sub-cities and 460 hectares of private and state land holdings, stated the report, adding that the city administration is planning to lease 114 hectares acquired from the demolition for private developers. The massive demolitions at the historic Piazza, at the centre of the city, drew criticisms for lack of adequate public consultation and limited notice to the residents.

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