The Ethiopian government has offered university scholarships to additional 140 Eritrean refugees sheltered in the country, announced the Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA).

The Eritrean students joining various Ethiopian universities in the academic year were seen off in the town of Shire Inda Selassie this week.

The students who were overwhelmed by the opportunity praised the Ethiopian government whose good gestures they said should be acclaimed globally.

“My gratitude goes to the Ethiopian government which realized my dream of getting education,” said Yonas Ashebir, the Eritrean refugee who was among the beneficiaries pleased by the opportunity.

Yonas said such an all rounded support by the Ethiopian government might be a ground laying activity for strong future relation between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

According to Saere Sahle, another beneficiary, “Eritrean refugees should serve as Ambassadors in promoting such good deeds of the Ethiopian government.”

Ethiopia deserves global praise for its generous works that transform the lives of refugees housed in various camps in the country.

ARRA Coordinator for North-Western Zone of Tigray, Tekea Gebreyesus said during the farewell ceremony that 80 of the beneficiaries hail from four refugee camps in the zone while the rest were from Addis Ababa.

A representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on the occasion commended the Ethiopian government for allowing the refugees to pursue their education in the country.

Some 1,500 Eritrean refugees have so far benefited from the university scholarship offered by the Ethiopian government.

The government has pledged to continue facilitating such an out-of-camp life for refugees.

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