UN to open new camp in Ethiopia

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UN to open new camp in Ethiopia
The United Nations Refugee Agency announced it will open a new camp in Ethiopia as the number of Somalis fleeing conflict and insecurity in their country continues to grow, according to a United Nations report. “ With people still arriving at Dollo Ado, the Ethiopian Government has authorized the opening of a sixth site, and land for this has been designated between the town of Kole and Kobe camp, some 54 kilometers north of the Dollo Ado town,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Andrej Mahecic said. Situated in the southeast of Ethiopia, Dollo Ado is the second largest refugee complex in the world after Dadaab, located in Kenya. Last week, according to the UNHCR, the population at Dollo Ado passed the 170,000 mark, with new arrivals citing fear of harassment and forced recruitment by armed groups which control large rural areas of Somalia. Somalia has been affected by conflict for more than two decades, which has forced more than two million people to seek safety and shelter, either elsewhere inside the country,  or beyond its borders. Overall, the number of Somali refugees in neighboring countries number more than a million. Half of these are in Kenya, while Ethiopia now hosts 214,000 displaced persons, in five camps at Dollo Ado as well as Jijiga, the eastern Ethiopian city which is several hundred kilometers to the north.
(The Ethiopian Herald)