Japan contributes 6.9 mln. USD to support UNHCR’s work in Ethiopia

Japan has provided 6.9 million USD in support of the UN Refugee Agency’s work in Ethiopia in 2013, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. According to a statement, UNHCR said the money will go to enhancing UNHCR’s delivery of critical services to refugees including health and nutrition, education and shelter. UNHCR Representative in Ethiopia, Moses Okello said that this is yet another generous support from the government and people of Japan. Japan remains one of the most important donors to UNHCR’s programs across the globe, including in Ethiopia, the statement said. Ethiopia currently hosts approximately 394,000 refugees in 17 refugee camps spanning the country. Somalis, Sudanese and Eritreans constitute the largest refugee groups in the country. In 2013, UNHCR requires over 192 million USD to be able to cater for the protection and assistance needs of the growing refugee population in Ethiopia. To date, only 51 million USD has been secured, the statement said.