Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen visiting one of the refugee camps in Shire. 
Photo: RNE.Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen visiting one of the refugee camps in Shire. Photo: RNE

Norwegian Visit to the Refugee Camps in Shire

Last updated: 27.01.2016 // On Tuesday 26th January, the Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen, payed a visit to the refugee camps in Shire in northern Ethiopia. The purpose of the visit was to get a first-hand impression of the humanitarian situation for the Eritrean refugees inhabiting the camps, as well as to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of secondary movement, resulting in thousands of Eritreans embarking on the dangerous journey to Europe through Sudan and Libya.

The trip to Shire was organized by the Shire office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Norway is a long-standing partner to UNHCR and provides support to UNHCR’s operations on the Horn of Africa, including in Shire. While in the refugee camp Mai-Aini, Ms. Skogen met with students enrolled in a Vocational Training programme, implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the programme is to equip youth living in the camps with skills and knowledge that will increase their chances of employment and improve future prospects.

Among partners joining the State Secretary’s delegation were Ato Ayalew Aweke, deputy director of the Administration of Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), Mr. Mamadou Dian, Assistant Representative for Protection at the UNHCR Addis Ababa Office, Mr. Ahmednur Abdi, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Ms. Ingunn Brandvoll, Country Representative for the Norwegian Curch Aid (NCA).

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa thanks its humanitarian partners and the members of the UNHCR sub-office in Shire for an interesting and instructive visit!

                 The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting a Vocational Training programme, implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council.

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting a Vocational Training programme, implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council .


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