Addis Abeba — Thousands of Tigrayans who were forcibly kept in detention camps in Semera, in Afar regional state, began returning to Ab'ala town. The UNOCHA tweeted a photo with information: "today in Semera, Afar region, the return of thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDP) to Ab'ala town began. In June this year, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) documented the detention of around 9, 000 Tigrayans who were held "illegally and unconstitutionally" since December 2020 in Semera and Agatina camps in the town of Semera, Afar Regional state. The Tigrayans who spoke with EHRC's monitoring team said they had been evicted from their homes and were being held without their consent. They were taken from three districts in the Afar Region bordering Tigray, namely, Ab'ala, Koneba and Berhale, in connection with the civil war.
Source: Ethiopian News August 17, 2022 06:55 UTC