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World Refugee Day in Ethiopia - Africa's second largest refugee hosting country

On World Refugee Day, Pan-African journalist Lee Kasumba explores Ethiopia's long standing history of helping refugees.

Kasumba is on a fact-finding mission for Standard Bank’s Africa Connected to gain insight into Ethiopia’s business environment.

Read: 'A million people are waiting for housing in Addis Ababa'

Ethiopia is Africa's second largest refugee hosting country.

Lee Kasumba, journalist

In January 2018 there were approximately 900 000 refugees from surrounding countries with main population coming form South Sudan.

Lee Kasumba, journalist

In Ethiopia they really feel like camp life is not the way to go. They are widely celebrated for trying to integrate refugees in society as well as rehabilitate them.

Lee Kasumba, journalist

If you've been a refugee for more than 20 years, after going through scrutiny you'll be offered pathway to citizenship.

Lee Kasumba, journalist

Kasumba says Ethiopians have a strong feeling that they are their 'brother's keeper'.

Approximatley 26 000 refugees live in the capital city of Addis Ababa.

Follow Kasumba's journey across the continent at AfricaConnected.co.za and on social media using #AfricaConnected.

I now fully understand why people, when doing business in Ethiopia, feel there is a strong sense of purpose...

the capital city of Addis Ababa

To hear the rest of the conversation with Lee Kasumba, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : World Refugee Day in Ethiopia - Africa's second largest refugee hosting country


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