Displaced families suffering subhuman conditions in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Displaced families are enduring subhuman conditions in Ethiopia without enough food and shelter, Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said on Thursday.FILE PHOTO: Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Jan Egeland attends an interview with Reuters at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Egeland told Reuters he had seen 3,500 people without food in an abandoned factory, sharing 16 overflowing latrines flooded by torrential rains, during a visit to the southern town of Dilla a day earlier.

“These people feel abandoned and I don’t blame them,” the former Norwegian politician and U.N. official said.

There was no immediate comment from the government, which says 2.3 million citizens are displaced inside the country, 1.7 million of them after fleeing conflict.


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