Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) - A joint operational mission of Caritas Italiana and Sant'Egidio Community is being held in Addis Ababa these days to open the first humanitarian corridor from Africa, according to the protocol signed in Rome on January 12, 2017. The Memorandum of Understanding with the Italian State, promoted by the Italian Episcopal Conference - which operates through Caritas Italiana and the Migrantes Foundation - and the Community of Sant'Egidio, is funded with 8x1000 CEI funds and provides for the transfer, from Ethiopian camps, of 500 Eritrean, Somali and South Sudanese refugees in two years.
According to the statement sent to Agenzia Fides, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Mrs. Hirut Zemene, during the meeting with the Italian delegation, underlined the generosity of this humanitarian operation for the most vulnerable people and the importance of the commitment of Italy and its civil society towards migrants in this particularly complex period. Great satisfaction was expressed by Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa and President of the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia and Eritrea His Emm. Card. Berhaneyesus Souraphiel and by Caritas Ethiopia.
UN agencies, engaged in the aid towards refugees, have offered full cooperation, such as ARRA, the State agency which deals with more than 850,000 refugees in Ethiopia. The Mission continues these days with a first reconnaissance in the Tigrai camps, on the border with Eritrea, facilitated by the NGO Gandhi Charity. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 20/04/2017)