The first trainload of refugees from Djibouti arrive in Adi-Gala and were met by cheering crowds.
GV Train carrying refugees arriving at Adi-Gala
SV PAN ALONG Crowd clapping and singing
SV Refugees at train windows (4 shots)
SV Commissioner for Refugees Giorgis welcoming refugees (2 shots)
SV Refugees with flowers given by crowd
GV PAN Refugees
GV Refugee camp with welcome sign (2 shots)
SV Refugee families being welcomed into tents (2 shots)
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Background: The first trainload of refugees from Djibouti arrive in Adi-Gala and were met by cheering crowds. It was their first sight of home since fighting in the Ogaden War between Ethiopia and Somalia drove them to Djibouti in 1977. The 200 refugees are part of a voluntary-return programme funded by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Eventually, the UNHCR, along with the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti hopes to repatriate more than three thousand people. The commissioner for the tri-partite effort, Dawit Wolde Giorgis, was on hand to welcome the initial group. The returning Ethiopians had been living in two refugee camps on the border between the two countries. In December of last year they were granted amnesty by Ethiopia and then this summer they were given a chance to return to one of five reception centres. Adi-Gala, like the other four centres, is not intended as a permanent living place. Stores and medical clinics are housed in permanent building but the living quarters are designed as temporary shelters. After a period of time at the reception centre, the refugees will be given self sufficiency packages so that they can return to their original homes. Eighty per-cent of the refugees work on the land so the packages will consist of seeds, fertilizer, tools or livestock.