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Ethiopia: Over 7,000 refugees relocated from floodplain

Author : | Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

UNHCR has relocated more than 7,000 refugees from camps affected by floods to new grounds in the Gambella region, Ethiopia.

In a statement, the agency says it moved the refugees from Leitchuor to Jewi camp over the past few days.

The International Office for Migration transported the refugees while the World Food Program provided high energy biscuits and water during the journey that lasted about five hours.

Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs and UNHCR officials have assured the refugees of protection and better humanitarian services.

Jewi camp has a capacity of about 50,000 refugees. It will accommodate about 48,000 refugees from Leitchuor camp, which was established in January 2014, but became flooded last August together with Nip Nip camp, which was being established when it was flooded.

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