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Eritrean Refugees deeply affected by situation in Tigray, says UN refugee commissioner

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In a statement released on Tuesday, the Commissioner for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, said he is “extremely concerned about the conditions of Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.” 

They  “have been deeply affected by the violence and insecurity that has engulfed the region,” he added. 

The full statement reads as follows : 

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the situation of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

I am extremely concerned about the conditions of Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Since the outbreak of hostilities in November 2020, they have been deeply affected by the violence and insecurity that has engulfed the region. They have been caught up between warring groups, two refugee camps have been completely destroyed, and tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees were forced to flee – yet again – for their lives. We have received credible and corroborated reports of reprisal attacks, abductions, arrests,and violence meted out against Eritrean refugees for their perceived affiliation with one side or the other throughout this bloody conflict.

I have been disturbed by general criminality against refugees committed, mainly at night, by various armed actors in the Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps. In the past weeks, hundreds of Eritreans have been arrested in Shire. We have sought clarity from the authorities in Mekelle and have requested access to and the immediate release of any unlawfully detained refugees and asylum seekers. We have also heard reports of other very serious allegations of violence against Eritrean refugees and have called on both the Federal Government and the Tigray Regional Government to launch formal investigations into all credible allegations.

The violence and intimidation of Eritrean refugees must stop. Refugees are civilians in need of and with the right to international protection. UNHCR calls on all parties and actors to not only comply with their international legal obligations, including the protection of civilians, but also to stop using and manipulating refugees to score political points.

Our collective focus must instead be on ensuring their protection – including from violence, arrest, and abduction – and stepping up assistance to them. This means urgently constructing a safe new camp for Eritrean refugees who were previously living in the now destroyed Shimelba and Hitsats camps. It means being able to access fuel and cash to run our operations to assist refugees and the two million other displaced people in the Tigray region. It means restoring essential banking services, as well as electricity and communications networks, which are – along with security – essential to ramp up the humanitarian response. And it means opening the airports in Shire and Mekelle, as well as all land routes into Tigray from neighboring regions of Ethiopia so that humanitarians can get more help into the hands of those in need – Eritrean refugees and all other impacted civilians in Tigray.

UNHCR is scaling up its response both in the delivery of relief materials and in the deployment of more senior personnel. But protecting civilians, including Eritrean refugees, and greater efforts to facilitate the humanitarian relief effort are urgently needed by all parties.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. 94% of peaceful Ethiopians life is more important than the <1% TPLF terrorist murderers. Since TPLF does not speak civilization and peace the cease fire is meaningless.. Actually TPLF is using it a chance to regroup and kill more people and steal Amhara farmers land by attacking innocent Amhara farmers, women and children.
    The government priority is protecting the peaceful people by destroying TPLF terrorist groups that has been swearing to slaughter and slaughtering Amharas in their own ancestral land. The world must know TPLF is murderous group that has no value to children, women and people's life. It has spread its venomous tentacles around all humanitarian organizations including WHO, the World Health Organization.
    Ethiopians and Eritreans must organize and put up peaceful protest BIG and BOLD signs WITH PICTURES AND EVERYTHING showing TPLF crimes all over the cities, and countries around the world until this unfair, inhumane, disrespectful dangerous policies of the west against Ethiopians comes to stop!!!!!!

  2. QUOTE: UNHCR is scaling up its response both in the delivery of relief materials and in the deployment of more senior personnel. But protecting civilians, including Eritrean refugees, and greater efforts to facilitate the humanitarian relief effort are urgently needed by all parties.UNQUOTE

    And so it goes on, and on, and on … for eternity with the Black People of Africa.
    a) The hunger of Black Africans will continue;

    b) The employment of the Western Civilized Countries, under the pretext of Humanity, will keep on going for infinity

    c) The educated Africans, with top most degree of doctor of philosophy, will keep on going in tranquility and in tandem with the
    colonial forces that exploits the rich land of the African Continent

    d). The Black Race of Africa will remain to be a junk of humanity, degraded and laughing stock of the universe.

    e). Look at yourselves dear black Africans. What do you see?

    f) Please open your eyes. Ask yourselves if you have a drop of consciousness and an iota of normal human feeling.
    Indeed “F” For Failure >>> perfect description of MY OWN SELF THE END

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