U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Campbell Visited Gambella Refugee Camps

August 09, 2022 (GCDC) - Deputy Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Campbell in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the U.S. Department of State visited Ethiopia visit refugee camps and to gain a deeper understanding of the refugee experience in the country.  She visited Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp in Gambella August 1-2, 2022. 

In Gambella Region, DAS Campbell met with Regional Vice President Thankuey Jock.  He shared the challenges and opportunities facing the refugees and host communities in his region.  She then joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Refugees and Returnee Service (RRS) team to visit Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp.  At the camp, she met with refugee leaders residing there to better understand their concerns.  She also visited the health center, International Medical Corps (IMC) women and girls’ friendly space, and the Plan International child friendly space at the camp.  Finally, the delegation toured agricultural sites sustained by refugees and the ZOA Diary Cow Distribution Project.

During her final day in Ethiopia, DAS Campbell met with refugees seeking resettlement to the United States at UNHCR’s resettlement interview building in Addis Ababa, established with PRM funding.  She then proceeded to a community center for urban refugees operated by Jesuit Refugee Service, where she observed English language and computer literacy classes and engaged with refugee youth. Source: US Embassy in Addis Ababa