UN Seeks $600 Million for Ethiopian Refugee Effort

Posted on January 25, 2020 6:54 am

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The U.N. refugee agency and partners are appealing for $658 million this year for 735,000 refugees and more than half-a-million Ethiopians hosting them.

The U.N. refugee agency praises the many rights granted by the Ethiopian government to refugees during the last three years.  They include granting refugees the right to work and access social services, primary education, register births, and other essential benefits.

But UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says resources are needed to expand existing social services and finance a number of other basic needs.

“The Ethiopia Refugee Response Plan… covers humanitarian activities by UNHCR and 57 other humanitarian partners,” said Mahecic.  “It