Addis Ababa, February 01, 2018: The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs(ARRA) today signed a grant contract agreement with the Embassy of Japan in Addis Ababa worth USD 86, 279. The grant whcih will be disposed to a separate account under the ownership of ARRA would help boost health and related refugee services in Nguenyyiel South Sudanese refugee camp in Gambella Region.

The grant would enable ARRA to procure two vehicles including an ambulance and a long-base hard top to support ongoing health services in the camp.

Upon signing the agreement, Ato Zeynu Jemal, ARRA deputy director thanked the government of Japan for their support which is a reflection of “a long standing relationship between Ethiopia and Japan.”

Mr. Akira Uchida, counsellor at the Embassy said their government is prepared to assist more and their embassy is open to extend their support when needed. He mentioned the special ties and strategic partnership Ethiopia has with the government of Japan.

The Gambella refugee camps are home to more than 400,000 refugees in seven locations and other transit centers and it is the largest operation in the country accounting to nearly half the total refugee population in the country.