The political situation in Eritrea has long been very tense. Many Christians are persecuted because of their religion and are leaving the country.
Some seek refuge in the capital of neighbouring Ethiopia. In Addis Ababa, for example, there are hundreds of thousands of so-called “Urban Refugees”. The volunteer group “Release Eritrea” is supporting these homeless refugees. The Dutch Bé-Ruys Fund has made available around 6,000 euros for this purpose, which the WaterFoundation has increased by 900 euros. The Bé-Ruys Fund, founded in honour of Pastor Amalia Elisabeth Ruys, who died in 2014, is committed to peace work, ecumenism and refugee aid.
In November and December 2020, project leaders Freweini Ghebreab, Merhawit Muhur, Mihret Weldu and Rahel Tesfalem used the funds to put together aid packages and distribute them to 150 women and children in need. The recipients each received 5 kg of rice, 5 kg of noodles, 10 kg of wheat flour, 5 kg of lentils, 5 litres of cooking oil, 5 kg of sugar, 5 litres of liquid soap, 5 kg of dishwashing liquid and 6 pieces of soap for body hygiene.