EOC Trains Displaced Compatriots

WIC- EOC Trains Displaced Compatriots


ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 14 (ENA) Over 180 compatriots

evicted from Eritrea in 1992 and who had been trained

in various skills by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

(EOC) were seen off here yesterday to different



In a statement, His Holiness Abune Paulos Patriarich

of the EOC, made on the occasion, said that it is

appropriate to tackle problems of the displaced

compatriots in unison. "If we Ethiopians help our

brothers and sisters, there will be no problem that we

can't overcome", he said.


Dr. Mekonnen Meshesha, Commissioner of the

EOC-Development Inter-Church Aid Commission, said

earlier that in a bid to rehabilitate the displaced

compatriots, training in carpet wearing, hair dressing,

tailoring, weaving, leather technology, cloth dying,

electricity, carpentry, driving and the like had been

given to 132 women and 68 men by the EOC.


Among the trained compatriots 132 women and 52

men expressed their willingness to settle in Tigray,

Amhara, Oromia, Gambella and Southern Nations,

Nationalities and Peoples' states, he said.


The trainees have been provided with necessary tools

and equipment, according to Dr. Mekonnen. Transport

costs, six-month food and housing allowance have

also been given to them, he said.


The Norwegian Church Aid donated over two million

Birr for the purpose, it was learnt.


Ato Asmare Tadesse, 36, a father of two boys and

displaced compatriot from Assab, said that he was

ready to serve in carpentry. "I am sure I will be

successful in the field I had been trained for seven

months. The place, Dessie, where I wanted to go will

be a nice place for me and my family," Asmare said.


Another trainee is W/ro Almaz Woldu. She was

trained in hair dressing and is hopeful that Nazareth

will welcome her together with her three children.


Almaz, displaced from Asmara, said that she had lived

there for eight years.