Ethiopia / Eritrea: Close to 250 people repatriated
21-03-2002 News Release 02/12
On 15 March, 144 people of Ethiopian origin left Eritrea for Ethiopia under the auspices of the ICRC.
The following day, 100 Eritreans were also repatriated. Of these, 92 were from Tigray Regional State and eight from Addis Ababa and the surrounding areas. The total number of persons transferred out of Ethiopia included eight children, two from the Walanhibi refugee camp in Tigray, who were reunited with their families in Eritrea.
Acting in its capacity as a neutral and independent intermediary, the ICRC carried out these operations in accordance with its standard procedures. All the persons concerned were taken to the border between the towns of Adi Quala and Rama under the supervision of ICRC delegates based in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
A team of ICRC delegates awaited each group at a crossing point on the Mereb river and provided them with assistance before giving them into the care of the relevant authorities. Volunteers from the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and the Red Cross Society of Eritrea also took part in the operation on their respective sides of the border, in particular by providing drinking water and food.
The ICRC will continue to assist people affected by the recent armed conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea and strive to ensure that the rules and principles of international humanitarian law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Conventions, are respected and applied.