The Armenian diaspora is considering ways to help the hundreds of Armenians in Ethiopia. Zareh Sinanyan, the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs of Armenia, said this in an interview with RIA Novosti.
In early November, Ethiopian authorities declared a six-month state of emergency in order to protect the country’s population from the insurgents who are heading toward the capital, Addis Ababa. As a result, a number of countries have begun to evacuate the staff of their diplomatic missions in Ethiopia.
"Several hundred Armenians live in Addis Ababa; it is a very old community. In the conditions of a civil war, of course, we are worried about the fact that the rebels have approached the capital. We do not know what will happen," Sinanyan said.
Representatives of the Armenian community in Ethiopia are in constant contact with the Armenian Ambassador to Addis Ababa.
"Also, we [i.e., Armenia] are trying to follow the situation. If help is needed to our compatriots, it is our moral duty to do so," added the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs of Armenia.