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Lumos in Ethiopia

Lumos is working with partners on a new project to provide family based care to unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in the refugee camps in Shire, northern Ethiopia

Every year, the refugee camps in Shire receive thousands of Eritrean refugees who are fleeing persecution by the State. This includes a high number of teenage boys who are fleeing involuntary military conscription. Currently, the population in the Shire refugee camps is around 38,000. 25% of children in these camps are unaccompanied.

Through this project, Lumos aims to reduce the amount of time unaccompanied children spend in harmful institutions, enhance family reunification processes, and improve the quality of care for children who have suffered trauma. It is expected that these services will also result in a reduction in the number of children who attempt the dangerous onward journey.