Nearly 430 Ethiopian Nationals Stranded in Saudi Arabia repatriated

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has repatriated 428 of its citizens who were stranded in a Saudi Arabia, according to spokesperson office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The returnees including 117 children were brought back to their home land, the office said, as part of the government’s effort to repatriate Ethiopians living in difficult situations abroad.

The Ministry said the women and children arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International airport on Saturday evening from Riyadh – the capital city of Saudi Arabia.

The latest returnees has brought the total number of Ethiopians repatriated from the gulf nation this week to 1, 291. The East African nation brought back 423 of its nationals on Monday while additional 440 citizens arrived on Wednesday.

A major repatriation effort between the end of June and the first week of July involving 139 flights brought back nearly 42, 000 Ethiopians who were held in various detention centers and prison in the gulf nation.

The latest push which began late August aims to repatriate nationals from “who were not able to come to Ethiopia in the previously arranged mass flights,” according to the ministry.