Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai (right) gives information to the Norwegian Ambassador, H.E. Odd-Inge Kvalheim.
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has developed a comprehensive programme which will address the humanitarian needs of refugees (shelter, water & sanitation and non-food items are a priority), support internally displaced persons and host communities, and address durable solutions through potential regional return.
The NRC's activities in Djibouti seek to complement efforts by the Government, UN agencies and other INGOs. NRC earlier this year opened a field office at Ali Sabieh about 20 km to Ali Addeh Refugee Camp.
Ali Addeh refugee camp
On the 4th of June, 2013 the Ambassador to Djibouti and Ethiopia, H.E Odd-Inge Kvalheim visited the Ali Addeh refugee camp to witness the situation and learn about the challenges that aggravate the human displacement situation.
The field visit was organized by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and facilitated by the National Office for Assistance to Refugees and Affected Populations (ONARS) and United Nations High-Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ali Sabieh Office.
- This is a good learning opportunity for me, interacting directly with the refugees of Ali Ade and listen to their issues. I can imagine the difficult condition in which they are living on a daily basis, with the temperatures rising to as high as 40 degrees Celsius, strong winds and lack of basic facilities, said Ambassador Odd-Inge Kvalheim.
- A much-needed support
The Ali Addeh Refugee Camp is located 170 km from Djibouti capital and is currently hosting an estimate of 18,000 refugees mainly from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.
- I commend the important humanitarian efforts by ONARS and UNHCR for the refugees in Djibouti and welcome the arrival of the NRC to provide much-needed support, the Ambassador said, commenting on the work.
The refugee camp is divided into 8 sections, each with an average of 2,000 refugees, with refugees from Somalia being the majority. So far, 1,100 refugees have been registered in 2013, with an average of 250 refugees arriving each month.
ONARS and UNHCR are managing a food distribution centre, and in the new arrivals section of the refugee camp, the homes are made from plastic sheeting. In section 5 of the settlement most of the shelters are made from clothing and they are in need of rehabilitation.
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