Transport is a core element to RRAD’s activities cutting across programmes and phases of the relocation cycle. Along with standard movement support, RRAD provides humanitarian transportation assistance in emergencies.
RRAD’s initiatives in this sector aim to provide protection through the provision of humane and orderly transport assistance to individuals or groups who are going, either temporarily or permanently, for protection reasons with in the country.
Protection Services by EOTC-DICAC/RRAD
Refugee camps are not always a safe haven for all the refugees. At the camp level there are issues that pose protection concerns to refugees like complicated health problems, tribal or group conflicts, family separation, separated children, unaccompanied minors, survivors of SGBV, etc.
EOTC-DICAC Gambella zonal coordination office is providing refugees’ relocations services up on the request of partners from different refugee camps.
Since August 2015, a total of 768 refugees who were found to be at risk in their respective camp have been relocated. Usually refugee relocation is initiated after a thorough assessment of cases by partners like UNHCR and RRS at camp level.
Once the case is well assessed and needs relocation, UNHCR and RRS request DICAC to relocate the refugees to a preselected destination. The destination includes different camps in Gambella and to the camps around Assoa, mainly Sherkole, Tsore and Gure Shembola and even to Addis Ababa.
Of the total beneficiaries 768, majority of them are minors, women and older people have been transported in a dignified, secured and safe manner.
For some cases where the final destination is a bit far and takes more days, EOTC-DICAC takes a good care to the refugees about the journey, safety and security on the route. At times the onboard counselors also provide counseling and related psychosocial social supports.
Figure 1: Table showing beneficiaries of protection relocation since 2015