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Jijiga, Feb 21, 2020 – 76 refugees repatriated from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  (UNHCR) reported that it has returned voluntarily 76 refugees to Ethiopia. The returnees were lived in Dadaab refugee camp over 11 years, they had fled from the Ogaden region, while Ethiopian militaries forced thousands of people to seek safety in neighbouring countries.

More than 24, 000 Ogadenian refugees are living in Kenyan refugee camps. UNHCR asked these people to go back to their country of origin, but Ogadenian refugees objected UNHCR argument, because of the growing uncertainty of Ethiopian security.  

The 76 refugees people returned to Ethiopia are invited by the Somali regional administration, because they related to the head of the region. They had promised to receive financial support and job offers after returning to the Somali regional state. 

Ethiopia has the highest figures of internally displaced refugees in every autonomous state. In only Somali region, there are over one million Somalis displaced from the Oromia region remain in Qolaji refugee camp feeding by UNHCR.

Since 2017, the Ethiopian security remains volatile and conflict occurs daily bases in many places including the country’s capital Addis Ababa.

It’s expected to hold a general election in the country on August 29, 2020, and there are worries about conflicts that will activate election results.

By Rasaas