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UNHCR says struggling to meet needed funds for refugees in Ethiopia

Tuesday May 14, 2019
FILE PHOTO - Refugee camp in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said it has only received 14 percent of the 346.5 million U.S. dollars it requires to meet the needs of refugees in Ethiopia.

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In a press statement sent to Xinhua, the UNHCR said 346.5 million dollars are needed to meet the basic nutritional, educational, health, clean water, sanitation and shelter needs of refugees in Ethiopia.

The UNHCR has registered 915,073 refugees as of Aug. 31, 2018 in Ethiopia, most of whom are housed in refugee camps in six regional states.

Ethiopia hosts the second largest refugee population in Africa, next to Uganda.

Refugees in Ethiopia primarily come from Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, according to the UNHCR.

Conflict and drought in neighboring countries continues to force people to seek refuge in Ethiopia, which has a long tradition of hosting refugees.

Ethiopia has also in recent years hosted an increasing number of refugees fleeing conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

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