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Ethiopia closing Eritrean refugee camps in Tigray

Shimelba and Hitsats Eritrean refugee camps in Tigray region will be closed says gov’t refugee body in Ethiopia 

Eritrean refugee _ Ethiopia

borkena
February 9, 2021 

Ethiopia’s Agency for Refugee & Returnee Affairs ( ARRA) on Tuesday disclosed that it is closing two Eritrean refugee camps in Tigray region of Ethiopia. 

Tesfahun Gobezay, Director of the Agency, said that the Ethiopian government has already passed a decision to close Shimelba and Hitsats refugee camps. 

“They should not have been opened in the first place,” he said, on grounds of environmental adversity and distance from the border. 

What will happen to refugees in those camps? They will be either transferred to other refugee camps or be given the opportunity for local integration, according to a remark from the director, as reported by Voice of America Amharic Service. 

Information from the agency indicates that there are over 200,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia. Some live in refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Others live in camps in the Afar region and still others in other parts of Ethiopia. 

The security of refugees in the camps to be closed was impacted during the law enforcement operation following TPLF  attack on Ethiopian Defense Forces 

Ethiopian government admitted that there had been loss of lives and property damages for which it blames TPLF Forces. The number of refugees killed during the operation is yet to be specified, but the government alleges that TPLF militia purposely attacked Shimelba and Hitsats refugee camps which government links to the propaganda that Eritrean troops were involved in the law enforcement operation. 

It is unclear as to when exactly the Ethiopian government is closing the camps. 

According to information from the agency, more than 92,000 Eritrean refugees live in the camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. 

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  1. Ethiopian govt, i;e illegal and politically inept body, closed the refugee camp in tigray after taking refugees to eritrea to send them back to tigray to kill our people.they want to conceal the crime committed there. you know when a crime is committed in one place, we are told to stay away . this gives the opportunity to investigator to fabricate story without the presence of anyone if and only he or she want it . For example putting gun in the hands of the victim , …. IN the case of this camp they will do something different to help them stay safe .; I guess their advisor told them to close it since he find a story that help PP cadres to get away with the crime they had committed murder.

    remember to expect always lies from PP cares-for instance they will say we closed this camp for the safety of eritrean refugees , because some were already killed by TPLF earlier . The world knows, aide workers and several eritreans were killed by ENDF and Eritrean soldiers.

    BY the way, I hate a journalist or youtuber who say “higdef soldiers. The world know them as eritrean soldiers . ethey are killing our young generation and mothers to prevent future revenge by Tegarus . this was said many times by eritrean government and its supporters in youtube , social media.

    they are doing all the killings and lootings for eritrea and eritreans. before EU and UNSC there is no PJDF soldier , but eritrean soldiers.

    Even if eritreans demonstrate with you they do it for the common good; Some even wish that TPLF fighters to go to eritrea nd kill Isayas ; eritrean diasporas want us to dies for them being in US and EU.

    they are worried since they have family in Tigray and Tigray is the very exist and departure point for eritreans . However, I could expect to see some and rare good eritreans and from any society regarless of its religous and ethnic background. Thank you for posting it.

    Ethiopian govt, i;e illegal and politically inept body, closed the refugee camp in tigray after taking refugees to eritrea to send them back to tigray to kill our people.they want to conceal the crime committed there. you know when a crime is committed in one place, we are told to stay away . this gives the opportunity to investigator to fabricate story without the presence of anyone if and only he or she want it . For example putting gun in the hands of the victim , …. IN the case of this camp they will do something different to help them stay safe .; I guess their advisor told them to close it since he find a story that help PP cadres to get away with the crime they had committed murder. remember to expect always lies from PP cares-for instance they will say we closed this camp for the safety of eritrean refugees , because some were already killed by TPLF earlier . The world knows, aide workers and several eritreans were killed by ENDF and Eritrean soldiers. BY the way, I hate a journalist or youtuber who say “higdef soldiers. The world know them as eritrean soldiers . ethey are killing our young generation and mothers to prevent future revenge by Tegarus . this was said many times by eritrean government and its supporters in youtube , social media. they are doing all the killings and lootings for eritrea and eritreans. before EU and UNSC there is no PJDF soldier , but eritrean soldiers. Even if eritreans demonstrate with you they do it for the common good; Some even wish that TPLF fighters to go to eritrea nd kill Isayas ; eritrean diasporas want us to dies for them being in US and EU. they are worried since they have family in Tigray and Tigray is the very exist and departure point for eritreans . However, I could expect to see some and rare good eritreans and from any society regarless of its religous and ethnic background. Thank you for posting it.
    I have no words to express the atrocities committed on our people, who have never been in political arena nor benefit the socalled amhara wealth or riches. I am becoming very emotional towards UNSC , UN, EU and other people whom we believe they have their fingers on nuclear button. Issuing letters, warnings and do some other stuffs that have nothing to do with immediate humanitarian assistance and termination of this war gainst civilians .

    You know, UNSC had so many failures in the past and they are repeating it ?? Our people are dying and they are still now on the wrong side of the history .

    Every minute people are dying from hunger and bullet. Tegarus, made Ethiopia the fastest growing country in Africa

    “Ethiopia is the fastest growing economy globally,” said Dr Peter Kagwanja, the president of Africa Policy Institute, a Nairobi-based geopolitical think tank.
    In 2000, Ethiopia, the second-most populous country in Africa, was the third-poorest country in the world. Its annual GDP per capita was only about $650.
    What has happened since is miraculous. According to IMF estimates, from 2000 to 2016, Ethiopia was the third-fastest growing country of 10 million or more people in the world, as measured by GDP per capita. The country’s poverty rate fell to 31% by 2011 (the latest year Ethiopia’s poverty level was assessed by the World Bank).
    Amhara elites with the support of foreign invaders are hell bent on destroying our land . However, we Tegarus gave our beloved ones as a sacrifice to emanicipate them from poverty and cannibals, derge regime.

    They chose derge , who was killing amhara, eritreans, and oromos, over us only and only due to our ethnic background.
    they are irrational animals.

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