Ethiopia: Information regarding Harshin refugee camp and any bombings and\or attacks of the camp in June 1989 by the Somali government forces
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 April 1990|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ETH5175|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ethiopia: Information regarding Harshin refugee camp and any bombings and\or attacks of the camp in June 1989 by the Somali government forces, 1 April 1990, ETH5175, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acc60.html [accessed 18 December 2017]|
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Information regarding bombings and\or attacks by Somali government forces or any other group is currently unavailable to the IRBDC. The following provides more detailed information regarding Harshin refugee camp in Ethiopia. According to UNHCR the influx of Somalian refugees into Ethiopia began in early June 1988. By the end of December, UNHCR was assisting about 350,000 people, of whom approximately 200,000 were in Harshin/Hartisheik areas. As of October 1989, the Swiss Disaster Relief Unit (SDR) was constructing a new refugee camp called "Hartisheik B". UNHCR reports that Harshim was more of a make-shift transit camp located very close to the border. As soon as Hartisheik B camp was completed over 22,000 refugees were transferred there from Harshin.
The attached UNHCR Fact Sheet: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, October 1989 - Vol.3 No.2. includes information on UNHCR involvement in the refugee camps that cater to Somali refugees in Ethiopia. However, for more detailed information regarding the roles played by UNHCR, various Ethiopian government agencies, and NGOs, please refer to the attached excerpt from Refugees, Geneva: Roto-Sadag, No.17, December 1989, pp.7-10 and No.72, February 1990, pp.28-30.