President Sahlework calls for increased diaspora engagement in the rehabilitation of war-affected communities –

Addis Ababa January 25, 2022 (Walta) – President Sahlework Zewde said the conflict has caused enormous human and material devastation which requires increased support from the Diaspora in all-out rehabilitation efforts.

The “A family for a diaspora” agreement signed last night between the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs and members of the diaspora in the presence of President Sahlework Zewde would contribute to supporting the victims of the conflict in the regions of Amara and from Afar.

It is common knowledge that the terrorist TPLF, with the secret approval of some western powers, invaded the regional states of Amhara and Afar, causing huge humanitarian crises and material destruction.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in addition to the contribution of all citizens, it is a critical moment for Ethiopia that the country needs the support of its Diaspora to rebuild damaged infrastructure and rehabilitate war-affected communities.

“Despite the efforts to end the conflict and the gunfire, the effort to restore the human and material damage caused by the war is a major task. Priority should be given to the reconstruction of devastated infrastructure and the rehabilitation of the displaced population and the provision of special support to children affected by the conflict.

Recalling what war entails, the president described the recent conflict in Ethiopia as “its destruction is a break with Ethiopian identity.”

She added that the conflict, in particular, has affected women and children, causing them extreme trauma. “History has shown us that war has affected the peaceful part of society. In this regard, the current conflict in Ethiopia has mainly affected women and children,” she said.

The One Family for One Diaspora initiative will be implemented on a consent basis where one Diaspora member will sponsor four children. Additionally, support will be provided to a family member or child in the area where they live, up to 800 birr per month.

Sahlework further said that the government is exerting maximum efforts to rebuild war-affected areas and working hard to mobilize resources.

“The government is working to rebuild war-torn areas and rehabilitate these displaced people. However, as government alone will not achieve the goal, community and non-governmental organizations are also on board,” she said.

Appreciating the Diaspora community that has pledged to support the victims, the President said that given the scale of human and material damage, much work remains to be done.

Minister for Women and Social Affairs, Ergoge Tesfaye, on her part said that the Ethiopian Diaspora has played a vital role in the fight against the socio-economic devastation, wrought by the terrorist aggression of the TPLF.

“The diaspora and all segments of society must continue to play an active role, as it requires a lot of effort to rehabilitate displaced communities,” the minister insisted.

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