10,000 Somali refugees who lived in three camps in eastern
Ethiopia have returned home voluntarily since March, according
to several sources.
regional refugee coordination bureau said the Somali refugees
had been in camps at Rabasso, Daroro and Kamaboker, near the
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told AFP that
the "voluntary returnees" had received food supplies to last
them nine months, plus eating utensils.
also given 30 dollars each to help them settle in northern
Somalia. Since 1997, some 90,000 Somali refugees have returned
home voluntarily from eastern Ethiopia.
55,658 returned in 1998-99, according to the same source.
More than 163,000 people remain in eight camps in eastern
Ethiopia after fleeing the civil war in Somalia.
said in late November that Ethiopia was sheltering 262,000
refugees from several countries in the region in the west,
south and east of the country.