The number of Eritrean soldiers who fled to Ethiopia tops 10,000

June 28th, 2008 | by addis portal |

By Tesfa-alem Tekle

June27, 2008 (MEKELLE, Ethiopia) — The number of Eritrean soldiers who crossed the borders to Ethiopia and currently being sheltered in Ethiopian camps reach 10,500.Admnstration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) said

“Currently a total of 31,500 Eritreans are being sheltered in Ethiopian camps among whom 10,500 of them are Eritrean soldiers” statement said.

Every day a number of Eritrean soldiers flee to Ethiopian borders in protest to killings, detention and harsh treatment they face back at home.

“The flee soldiers who include higher military officials are under necessary treatment” it said.

Meanwhile three new camps which are built to accommodate increasing influx of Eritreans have gone operational.

Accordingly the new camps built at Tigray and Afar regions have sheltered 5514 Eritreans in a start move.

According to ARRA, the influx of Eritreans to Ethiopia has seen a 25% Increase to that of last year’s and the Eritreans now in camps belong to eight of the the total 9 ethnic groups the nation embraces.

Over the past few years, thousands of Eritreans have been resettled to different western nations with the help of Ethiopian government and international organizations.

Eritrea, a young nation in Africa, with only 4.5 million population is believed to have 250 thousand soldiers, a relative top military build-up in Africa.

Ethiopia: OLPC donates 5,000 laptops worth 940,000 USD

June27,2008(Addis Ababa)-One laptop per child(OLPC)project and the city of Florence, Italy donate 5,000 personal computers to Ethiopian schools as part of the one laptop per child project launched by UN to help world poorest children’s’ knowledge through modern technology. Ministry of Capacity Building said.

“Technology based activities must be carried out to ensure ongoing student-centered educational system efficient and successful” manager of the university Reform components of Engineering Capacity Building Program (ECPB), Tenagne Baye said in a handing over ceremony.

“The donated lap tops will be distributed among selected primary schools in Addis Ababa, Amhara and Oromiya regions.”Tenagne said. Some 170 teachers drawn from four selected schools across the nation are also given OLPC teachers training so an effective teaching learning process will be in placed.

The one lap top per child (OLPC) is a UN project launched to connect children of world poorest nations left out of technology with the rest of the world through modern means of information provision so a technology and information gap between poor and rich nations is avoided.

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