A senior Ethiopian official has confirmed that the numbers of Eritreans seeking sanctuary in Ethiopia continues to remain high.

Hitsats Refugee Camp EthiopiaAs many as 300 are crossing every day and the refugee facilities are close to their capacity.

Many of the new arrivals are unaccompanied children and 20-25% are Eritrean soldiers escaping from indefinite National Service.

The Ethiopian refugee authorities are struggling to cope with the exodus.

Refugees are having to wait for about 2 days in collection centers before they are transported to the screening center.

They are then being sent to one of the four existing camps, but all are having to be expanded to cope with the influx.



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