Candlelight Vigil To Remember Migrants Still Stranded in Saudi Arabia

International Organization for Migration (IOM) is assisting Ethiopia to manage the influx of vulnerable migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo: International Organization for Migration)

Tadias Magazine
News Update

Published: Friday, December 06, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — A candlelight vigil is being organized in New York to keep the spotlight on Ethiopian migrants who remain stranded in Saudi Arabia, and to remember those who died last month following the country’s violent immigration crackdown. The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that the arrivals from Saudi reached 100,620 this week, while acknowledging that the final number of returnees could surpass 150,000. “All citizens that were detained in Riyadh deportation camps are back,” Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom stated in a press release. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) “51,000 migrants are still expected to arrive in Addis Ababa in an exercise that the government estimates will be completed by 15 December.”

“The struggle for many Ethiopians is still not over, some are waiting to get transportation back to Ethiopia and are begging for help,” noted a statement from the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee, one of the groups coordinating the New York gathering.

Meanwhile, New Business Ethiopia reports that IOM has also launched a fundraising campaign for USD 13.1 million to support those arriving from Saudi Arabia, noting that “The appeal was made on December 4th, 2013 to different UN organizations, Ambassadors and diplomats in Ethiopia. The projected number of 80,000 returnees indicated by the Government of Ethiopia last week has been surpassed and 96,003 migrants have arrived in Addis Ababa as of 4 December 2013.”
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