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UN calls for $ 358 million for refugees in Ethiopia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations (UN) needs $ 358 million to care for refugees sheltered in Ethiopia, UN officials said today.

Kisut Gebre Egziabher, a spokesman for Ethiopia at the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), told AA that this amount would be enough to provide for basic refugee needs, such as food, energy (for cooking) and self-employment training.

The money will be for the years 2020-2021, he said.

According to him, Ethiopia currently hosts 735,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Yemen.

With its open door policy on refugees, Ethiopia last year adopted a revised law on refugees that gives refugees the right to self-employment, education and other services available to citizens.

Last year, UNHCR appealed for $ 346.5 million, of which the donor community gave 43 percent, Egziabher said.

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