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Jigjiga, 12th January, 2003 (JNA)- The Ethiopian Emergency Authority says it has provided urgent relief assistance supported by the World food programm, Non Govermantal Organizations and UNDP to about 250,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who settled in Raaso, Salaxaad, Hargeysa-yare and also hamaro woredas of Fiiq zone of Somali National Regional State in Ethiopia.
A press release by the Emergency Relief Authority said the displaced families recently left the harsh living conditions in particular caused by the drought, ethnic conflict and the lack of the Jigjiga Regional Administration within their settlements in Raaso, Fiiq and Raaso lowland zones of Somali region. While in Raaso zone, many of them found shelter in a facility far from any health structures.
For the time being, the NGO's and Ethiopian government is distributing medical assistance and food rations while at the same time is looking for durable solution caused by the ethnic conflict between the two main tribes.
Staff and volunteers of the Gindhir branch of Emergency Authority assisted by Raaso personnel carried out this relief operation to alleviate the suffering of the community, especially of thousands of vulnerable such as women, children and elders.