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Eritrea/Ethiopia: hundreds return home

27-04-2007 News Release

On 27 April 2007, 431 civilians were repatriated from Eritrea to Ethiopia under the auspices of the ICRC.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Asmara on 27 April 2007  

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  Tigray region, Mereb River. ICRC delegates assist Ethiopian civilians during their repatriation from Eritrea.    

Amongst those repatriated to Ethiopia were 14 unaccompanied minors, three elderly people and one medical case. During the same operation, 33 civilians were repatriated from Ethiopia to Eritrea, including 10 unaccompanied minors, two elderly people and one medical case.

Acting in its capacity as a neutral and independent intermediary, the ICRC carried out this repatriation with the cooperation of the authorities. ICRC delegates based in Eritrea and an ambulance team of the Eritrean Red Cross accompanied the civilians travelling to Ethiopia on the first part of their journey from Asmara, Eritrea's capital, to the border. At the crossing point at Mereb River, located between the towns of Adi Quala in Eritrea and Rama in Ethiopia, the group was met by ICRC delegates based in Ethiopia, before being placed in the care of the Ethiopian authorities.

Likewise, ICRC delegates based in Ethiopia accompanied the people going to Eritrea to the border, where they were met by ICRC delegates based in Eritrea, and thereafter placed in the care of the Eritrean authorities.

Since June 2000, the ICRC has helped hundreds of people displaced by the 1998-2000 armed conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea to return to their homes.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Catherine Deman, ICRC Asmara: +2911 181 164