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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Campbell, Bureau of Population, Refugees,  and Migration Visited Gambella, Semera, and Addis Ababa 

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Campbell of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in the U.S. Department of State met with Gambella Regional Vice President Thankuey Jock, Gambella, August 1, 2022. (Courtesy of US Embassy )

US Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, – Deputy Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Campbell in the Bureau of  Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the U.S. Department of State visited Ethiopia this  week to visit refugee camps and to gain a deeper understanding of the refugee experience in the  country. She visted Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp in Gambella August 1-2, 2022. She was then  joined by Fiona Evans, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa on  a visit to Semera, Afar Region August 3, 2022. She finished her time in Ethiopia visiting sites in  Addis Ababa. 

In Gambella Region, DAS Campbell met with Regional Vice President Thankuey Jock. He  shared the challenges and opportunities facing the refugees and host communities in his region.  She then joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Refugees  and Returnee Service (RRS) team to visit Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp. At the camp, she met with  refugee leaders residing there to better understand their concerns. She also visited the health  center, International Medical Corps (IMC) women and girls’ friendly space, and the Plan  International child friendly space at the camp. Finally, the delegation toured agricultural sites  sustained by refugees and the ZOA Diary Cow Distribution Project. 

In Semera, Afar Region, DAS Campbell and DCM Evans met with the Mayor of Semera, Abdu  Musa and Disaster Prevention Food Security Program Coordination Officer Mohammed  Husento. They discussed his concerns regarding issues facing communities in the region and  Ethiopia as a whole, especially as related to welcoming and hosting refugees and internally  displaced persons (IDPs). The mayor thanked the delegation for the U.S. government’s  continued vital support to Afar and the people of Ethiopia. 

The delegation travelled to the Serdo Refugee site where they talked to the UNHCR team  administering the camp and community members living there. They visited U.S. government funded weather-friendly shelters, water and sanitation facilities, the GOAL nutrition center, and  the grinding mill – all important components of refugees’ protection and well-being. They held  private conversations with women residing in the camp to gain a deeper understanding of their  lives and how the American people can continue to be of assistance. 

During her final day in Ethiopia, DAS Campbell met with refugees seeking resettlement to the  United States at UNHCR’s resettlement interview building in Addis Ababa, established with  PRM funding. She then proceeded to a community center for urban refugees operated by Jesuit  Refugee Service, where she observed English language and computer literacy classes and  engaged with refugee youth.

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