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.