Assistant Assistant Secretary Campbell, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration…

Deputy Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Campbell of the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration met with Gambella Regional Vice President Thankuey Jock, Gambella, August 1, 2022. (Courtesy from the US Embassy)

United States Embassy in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, – Deputy Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Campbell of the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) traveled to Ethiopia this week to visit refugee camps and better understand the refugee experience in the country. She visited Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella on August 1-2, 2022. She was later joined by Fiona Evans, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa on a visit to Semera, Afar region on August 3, 2022. She ended her stay in Ethiopia by visiting sites in Addis Ababa.

In the Gambella region, DAS Campbell met with Regional Vice President Thankuey Jock. He shared the challenges and opportunities faced by refugees and host communities in his region. She then joined the team from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Refugee and Returnee Service (RRS) to visit the Nguenyyiel refugee camp. At the camp, she met with refugee leaders residing there to better understand their concerns. She also visited the health centre, the International Medical Corps (IMC) women and girls friendly space and the Plan International child friendly space in the camp. Finally, the delegation visited agricultural sites supported by refugees and the ZOA dairy cow distribution project.

In Semera, Afar Region, DAS Campbell and DCM Evans met with the Mayor of Semera, Abdu Musa and the Disaster Prevention and Food Security Program Coordination Officer, Mohammed Husento. They discussed his concerns about issues facing communities in the region and Ethiopia as a whole, particularly with regard to the reception and reception of refugees and internally displaced persons. country (IDP). The Mayor thanked the delegation for the US government’s continued vital support to Afar and the people of Ethiopia.

The delegation visited the Serdo refugee site where they spoke with the UNHCR team running the camp and the community members living there. They visited US government-funded weatherproof shelters, water and sanitation facilities, the GOAL nutrition center and the grinder – all important elements of refugee protection and well-being. They had private conversations with women residing in the camp to better understand their lives and how the American people can continue to help.

During his final day in Ethiopia, DAS Campbell met with refugees seeking resettlement in the United States at the UNHCR Resettlement Interview Building in Addis Ababa, established with PRM funding. She then went to a community center for urban refugees run by the Jesuit Refugee Service, where she took English and computer classes and spoke with young refugees.

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