6,200 Eritreans Cross into Ethiopia in 37 Days

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4da4c0c59ba52ecd40d2cc0712906e69_LOver 6,200 Eritreans have crossed into Ethiopia over the past 37 days, an official with the UN refugee agency said Monday.

“More than 5,000 Eritrean asylum seekers crossed into the Ethiopian territory in October alone,” spokesperson for the UNHCR office in Ethiopia Kisut Gebregziabher told Anadolu Agency.

“In the first week of November, more than 1,200 Eritreans have arrived in Ethiopia,” he added.

Among those who managed to cross into Ethiopia, he said, were some 78 children.

According to a UNHCR report last July, there are a total of 629,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia.

Some 99,000 of them are Eritreans. Most of them fled their country due to oppression and forced military service, Gebregziabher told AA earlier.

Eritrea and Ethiopia used to be a single country, but a 1993 referendum saw Eritreans vote for independence.

Tension between Addis Ababa and Asmara and has persisted since a bloody two-year border war, in which tens of thousands were killed, ended in 2000.

There are four refugee camps in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray Regional State that cater to Eritrean refugees: Shimelba (set up in 2004), May Ayni (2008), Adiharush (2010) and Hitsats (2013).

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  1. Very surprising to see such huge inflow of Eritreans to Eth. They voted for independance and run away to realize their illusion of making their tiny land “great Dubai or Singapore”, seeing their flag and eritrea map; they have failed to score even 1 out of 100 and fi ally started migrating back to our land. What an incredible story! Fighting for 30+ years for nothing. A Zero sum game! Hulum zero zero!

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