Ethiopia plans to close refugee camps in Tigray

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Kalkidan Yibeltal
February 10, 2021

Ethiopia plans to close two camps in the northern state of Tigray that have been caught in the fighting between the state’s formers ruling party and the federal government, according to the country’s refugee agency.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, head of the Ethiopian Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (Arra),Tesfaye Gobezay, said that the proximity to the Eritrean borders and harsh geographical conditions are reasons for the decision to shut the camps.

Nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees lived in four camps in Tigray before fighting broke out in early November. Two of the camps – Shimbela and Hitsats – that had more than 20,000 refugees, have not been accessible for aid agencies recently.

Shimbela is located 20km (12 miles) from the Eritrean border in violation of accepted global principles that a refugee camp should be at least 50km away from borders, Mr Tesfaye said.

He added that the refugees will be moved to other camps or integrated into society.

Recently the UN had said that around 20,000 Eritrean refugees are not accounted for.

According to Mr Tesfaye there have been previous attempts to close the Hitsats camp, but those efforts failed due to a refusal from the state’s former rulers, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the coronavirus pandemic.

“There was a lot of fighting around those camps” and the refugees “were caught in the crossfire”, Mr Tesfaye said.

But further investigations are needed to determine the details of the damages and possible deaths.


  1. help Tamagn and PP cadres you are the exact copy of derge . he killed Tigreans and others and was receiving donations from abroad and inside which he used to enrich himself.

    The same is true amhara elites and pp cadres from oromos

    recent reports are emerging not only eritrean army but also the oromo people , fans of pp and hired to kill Tigrayian , are committing atrocities .The majority of ethiopian soldiers are Oromos. this donot exclude the amhara militia who killed thousands in Maikadra and other parts of Tigray.

    Donot brainwash the ethiopians and other citizens, there is no Higdef serawit or PP soldiers , ethiopians and eritreans are killing Tigray people. America and EU demand the withdrawal of eritrean army but donot adress them as isayas serawit or higdef(PJDF)army . eritrean diasporas stop brainwashi,ng people to escape the resposiblity and future danger . Eritrean army is killing tigreans to protect your family from revenge and looting our property to enrich eritrea and impoverish Tigray. It is all for your benefit.
    tamagn is eternal enemy of Tigray. where was he for 100 days ? amhara elites they do collect moeny to help churches and people in their own region and at the end you find them in brothel and hotels.
    The world know Eritrean army but not higdef
    ሕግደፍ ሠራዊት ወይን ከኣ ናይ ኢሳያስ ሠራዊት ዝበሀል የለን፤አለም ናይ ኤርትራ ሠራዊት ጥራይ እያ ትፈልጥ ፤አተደናግሩ፤አታታሉ አለም የ ኤርትራ ሠራዊትን እንጂ የኢሳያስ ወይንም የሕግደፍ መንደፍ ሠራዊት የሚባል አታዉቅም፥፥የ ኤርትራ ሠራዊት፣ራሱን ምርጥ የሰዉ ዘር ብሎ የሚጠራዉ የአማራ ሠራዊት እና ከሁሉም ብሔር የተውጣጣ ለሆዱ ያደረ ትዉልድ ነዉ ወገኑን እየገደለ ያለዉ፤፤

  2. Amara AKA Gondare are the worst human beings on earth. They are attacking the Tigres siding with whoever is in power . They want to be seen as braves , as if not too long ago they were siding with TOLF.

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