Currently, the camp accommodates just over 10 000 refugees from Ethiopia's neighboring countries Sudan and South Sudan.
Among some of the people managing the camp is Ms. Mari Hagen, Norwegian Junior Professional Officer (JPO) and Head of UNHCR Field Unit in Tsore refugee camp. On the World Refugee Day, Mari welcomed the visiting delegation, and gave the visitors valuable insight into the life in Tsore camp, including the challenges the refugees, UNHCR and other actors face.
Tsore camp is one of 24 refugee camps in Ethiopia - the country that hosts a total of 738 000 refugees, making it home to the largest refugee population on the African continent. Faced with a continuation in the influx of refugees from the region, as well as funding challenges and constraints, Ethiopia continues its open-door policy towards refugees, and pledges to continue to provide support in close cooperation with UNHCR, other UN agencies, humanitarian NGOs and international donors.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the UNHCR globally, of which approximately 40 million dollars are used for operations in Ethiopia. Further, Norway supports refugee programmes in Assosa through the Norwegian Refugee Council.