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US Deputy Assistant Secretary Appreciates Ethiopia for Hosting Refugees

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Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

Realizing the immensity of the problem of handling such a huge number of refugees, the US government had last year provided over 134 million USD for the purpose, the Deputy Assistant Secretary stated.

Additional one million USD is deposited for refugees in new camps this year, she said, adding that her government will continue supporting Ethiopia.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) County Representative, Valentine Tapsoba said on his part the Ethiopian people and government have a good cultural value of hosting refugees.

Ethiopia is the leading Africa country in hosting refugees he said, and thanked the government for opening the new refugee camp.

Refugees and Returnees Affairs Administration Deputy Director, Ayalew Aweke said the refugees are moved to a new camp because Leitchuor camp has been exposed to floods.

The new camp can accommodate over 50,000 refugees, he added.

Ethiopia is hosting over 670,000 refugees from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia and other neighboring countries in the 24 refugee camps across the country, it was learned.