Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia exceed 77 thousand

Armed conflict in Sudan has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee to neighbouring countries.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as of 21 August 2023, over 76,500 people have arrived in Ethiopia through multiple border crossing points in Amhara, Benishangul Gumz, and Gambella Regions.

The overall security in the Amhara Region has improved and allowed the resumption of assistance at the border.

However, the number of arrivals from Sudan in Metema has remained low since the beginning of August, when insecurity in Amhara region made onward travel challenging.

IOM has scaled up its presence at border crossing points and its Migration Response Centre (MRC) in Metema, providing multi-sectoral assistance to arriving people, including health, water and sanitation, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), onward transportation, and tailored protection assistance.

So far, citizens of more than 71 countries have been displaced from Sudan to Ethiopia and are entering Ethiopia through Amhara, Benishangul and Gambella regions, IOM said.

According to the IGAD quartet group report, the ongoing war in Sudan has killed thousands of people and displaced almost 3 million people including 2.2 million IDPs and nearly 615,000 refugees crossing the border into neighbouring countries.

According to a recent report by the UN, the situation in Sudan has escalated beyond its control. The two opposing factions seem to be unwilling to engage in negotiations and put an end to the ongoing conflict


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