During his recent visit to Addis Ababa, Minister Di Maio reaffirmed the importance of assuring a continuous flow of humanitarian aid to Ethiopia. In line with this objective and placing a particular focus on the consequences on migration of the conflicts underway in the region, three projects worth a total of 7 million euros have been financed from the Migration Fund to boost actions to support vulnerable refugees and migrants in Sudan and Ethiopia.
The projects, to be implemented through the IOM and the UNHCR, will bolster the activities expedited last year through the Migration Fund, to also address the consequences of the conflict in the Tigray on the border areas between the two Countries and in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. The principal objectives of the projects are to expand the refugee reception systems and the provision of essential services, including psychological support, legal counselling, medical and housing assistance, in addition to the protection of minors and of the victims of gender violence. The funds will also go to expand the activities aimed at promoting a peaceful coexistence with the local communities of the migrants who take the Central Mediterranean migration route starting from the Horn of Africa.