Ethiopian IDPs return to shelterless villages

UNICEF would dispatch 210 rolls of plastic sheeting and 800 blankets to shelter Ethiopian families who recently returned to villages near the Eritrean border, after the area had been cleant off from landmines.


The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated the material from its emergency contingency stock, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) here said Monday.

There was growing concern over the living conditions of up to 1,350 households of internally displaced persons who have returned to their original villages near the border in the northern Tigray region.

OCHA said the IDPs returned to the villages after the Ethiopian Mine Action Office cleared the area of landmines.

According to UNICEF, the villages the IDPs returned to have little or no infrastructure for school, health services and water supply.

There has also been a surge in malaria cases since their return.

About 50 families of IDP households who stayed behind with their host community near Gerhusernay are living in makeshift plastic shelters.

Von: 31 August 2005,

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