H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his wife, the First Lady of the nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, visited the refugee camp following their arrival at Assosa airport, in the region of Benishangulgumuz (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia).
After arriving at the refugee camp, the President and his wife exchanged views with local authorities regarding World Refugee Day, an event that the international community celebrates on June 20th. Accompanied by various members of the Malabo Government, the Head of State carried out this visit within the framework of his duties as leader of the theme of the year for the African Union: Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons on the African continent.
In 2019 the AU is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the issue of refugees and the search for a solution, which began in 1969 by the then Organisation for African Unity (OAU).
The presidential entourage also included representatives of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and members of the Ethiopian Government, who marked their presence with the planting of various medicinal trees, in memory of the first visit by a Head of State to the Tsore Refugee Camp, where there are currently around fourteen thousand citizens from Sudan and South Sudan.
The AU directive, which also commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Kampala Convention on refugees and returnees, took the initiative to designate the Equatoguinean Head of State as leader of the matter in question on 10th February, within the framework of thirty-second session of the Ordinary Summit of AU Heads of State and Governments. During his presence at the refugee camp, after seeing living conditions on the ground, he made an economic donation of 50 thousand US dollars, which must be invested in the construction of a school for children of both sexes at the camp.
According to UNHCR, Ethiopia currently has more than nine hundred thousand refugees, mainly from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office