ADDIS ABABA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday said the government would expedite the repatriations of Ethiopian nationals who are in difficult situations due to the current crisis in the Sudan.
Authorities established a National Task Force in response to the current crisis to ensure that refugee flow to Ethiopia is handled in a manner that safeguards national security as well as evacuating Ethiopians living in Sudan.
More than 33,000 citizens have been repatriated following the Sudanese crisis, said State Minister of Foreign Affairs Birtukan Ayano.
The returnees have been provided with the necessary services along the border area, Birtukan added.
The task force – chaired by Ambassador Birtukan – held its consultative meeting on Wednesday.
The chairwoman disclosed that the Task Force has finalized preparations to evacuate more Ethiopians in difficult conditions in the Sudan.
The neighboring country has been witnessing deadly clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces (Saf) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) since April 15.
More than 4.2 million people have been internally displaced and 1.1 million more have fled across borders into neighboring countries, per the UN estimates.