Ethiopia closes 45 IDP camps amid repatriation efforts

The Ethiopian government disclosed on May 16 that some 45 camps that have been hosting Internally Displaced People (IDP) were closed as part of the ongoing national repatriation efforts.

The recently terminated 45 IDP camps had been housing more than 66,000 ethnic-conflict affected people, who left their homes following a recent ethnic conflict along the border of Ethiopia’s largest Oromia region and Benishangul Gumuz region.

Last week, the Ethiopian government disclosed the voluntary return of some 870,000 IDPs to their areas of origin in different parts of the East African country.

The nationwide repatriation efforts began last month as part of a strategic plan that aimed to address internal displacement across the country.