ADDIS ABABA, May 1 — Ethiopia has responded to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa by repatriating its citizens from that country and the first batch 30 Ethiopians to return arrived Wednesday night at Bole International Airport here.
The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tewolde Mulugeta. who welcomed them, said 111 Ethiopian citizens had so far registered voluntarily to return.
The government is working hard to bring home those who want to return to Ethiopia voluntarily and ensure that the rights of the others who wished to remain in South Africa to work and live freely by collaborating with the authorities in that country, he added.
One of the returnees who used to reside Durban, where the xenophobic attacks began, said the cruel beatings and killings aired by the media were real. Hateful groups attacked Africans, cut limbs and burnt people alive, he added.
Having heard and seen this, the youth of this country should never consider going out of Ethiopia, he stressed. “No matter the misery one may face, working and living in one’s own country is honourable.”