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Thousands of Somali refugees relocated to new settlement in Ethiopia

Over 1,000 of the most vulnerable refugees who fled clashes in Somalia’s Lascanood city are being transported to a camp site in Bokh district, Ethiopia.

The relocation is organized by Ethiopia’s Refugees and Returnees Service (RRS) with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Refugee families are provided with a tent and other essential relief items to set up a new home across 400 hectares of land allocated by the Ethiopian government and developed with the help of local volunteers.

The site provides services, such as health care, water and education. Since mid-February, thousands of refugees have arrived in Ethiopia’s Somali region to escape ongoing clashes in their home country, mostly older people, women and children.

While many are being hosted by Ethiopian families, others remain in overcrowded shelters or sleeping outdoors.

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