Humanitarian actors in Ethiopia and across the border in Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan remain concerned over the humanitarian situation in Tigray, that is currently affecting operations in neighbouring countries.
SUDAN The conflict continues to forcible displace people into Sudan, where humanitarians are reporting complex logistical and operational challenges in the response. Out of more than 45,689 new arrivals - 45 per cent of whom are children- received in Kassala, Gedaref and Blue Nile states since 7 November, UNHCR has managed to relocate 10,472 to Um Rakuba site, 70 km further from the border inside Sudan. The relocation from border is hampered by logistics and distances, limiting the number of people being transferred. UNHCR and partners in Sudan have warned about the urgent need for additional refugee settlement sites, as the Um Rakuba camp in Gedaref State has reached its current maximum capacity of 10,000 people. Humanitarian actors have reported that hundreds of asylum seekers remain close to the boder to wait for family members or relatives separated on transit or left in Tigray. Family tracing services have been established and are reuniting many separated refugees.
UNHCR and partners continue to scale up relief efforts together with Sudan’s Commission on Refugees and local authorities amidst complex logistical challenges. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited Sudan Khartoum and has appealed for US$147 million over the next six months to support the refugee response. Partners are distributing life-saving aid, including hot meals, water and latrines for the new arrivals. Staff at the Hamdayet border crossing in Kassala State and the Lugdi crossing in Gedaref State, are registering thousands of new arrivals each day, with an estimated daily average of 2,500 people per day. The most vulnerable refugees including older people, pregnant and lactating women and children are receiving special care, including supplementary feeding. UNHCR continues to call for international assistance for the thousands of refugees who have arrived in eastern Sudan amid a vulnerable humanitarian situation characterized by food insecurity and economic hardships. UNHCR has received about 32 tons of emergency aid from Dubai, with 100 tons of additional relief items expected this week, out of an expected total four airlifts from UNHCR’s global stockpile hosted by the International Humanitarian City in Dubai (IHC).
The UN and our partners have finalized their refugee response plan [Inter-Agency Refugee Emergency Response Plan - Refugee Influx from Ethiopia] seeking US$147 million to help a projected 100,000 refugees between November and June 2021.
The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has allocated an initial $425,000 to the most immediate health, water, sanitation and hygiene needs of people hosted in Um Raquba Camp, Gedaref, and is working on additional allocations to be announced over the coming days.