A full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia, UN says


The agency said that on average, 4,000 women, men and children have crossed the border into eastern Sudan every day since 10 November.

In total, more than 27,000 people have now traveled to Sudan at three border places, UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said at a press conference in Geneva.

Baloch said, “Refugees fleeing the fight continue to reach security from long treks with some belongings.” “The UNHCR, along with its partners, is supporting the Sudanese government in its response, continuing humanitarian aid across borders as needs grow.”

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abi Ahmed launched a military offensive in the Restive Tigray region on November 4 after accusing his ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of attacking federal troops in the Northern Territory, including Eritrea and Sudan. Has limitations.
After the “wartime” announcement with the TPLF that the Confederate army has carried out an airstrike under the “law enforcement campaign” of Prime Minister and Nobel laureate Ahmed, which has since escalated its military offensive. Area.

The deadline for TPLF forces to lay down their arms has expired, Abi warned in a Facebook post published on Tuesday. He also promised in a tweet on Monday night to “curb the migration of our fellow Ethiopians to neighboring countries”.

Across the border in Sudan, Tigray’s refugees are ending up and with some baggage, UNHCR said. In the border town of Heimdet, clean water is available and toilets are being built, but the agency says it is concerned about the state of hygiene as thousands of people keep coming in on a daily basis.

Other humanitarian organizations are also distributing relief items, including blankets and sleeping mats, according to the UNHCR. The World Food Program is providing high-protein biscuits, while hot food is being distributed by Muslim aid.

An Ethiopian refugee holds a child as he sits in a cottage in the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan's eastern Gedaref province on 16 November.

In Tigray, human efforts are being hampered by electricity, telecommunications and lack of access to fuel and cash and making it difficult to verify information about attacks in the region.

International diplomatic pressure to de-escalate has fallen on deaf ears and other countries on the continent have begun voicing their concerns about stability in the region.

Speaking at the State House in Nairobi on Monday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged fighting parties to find “a peaceful means to end the crisis”.

According to a statement, he warned against a full-fledged conflict in Tigray while acting as “anchor states for regional peace and stability” in Kenya and Ethiopia for a long time.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni met Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen on Monday. In A tweet, He said that the focus of their discussion was peace and security in Ethiopia.

“Being one of the oldest countries that was not colonized in Africa, Ethiopia is the pride of the continent,” Museveni said.

Sharon Braithwaite of CNN contributed to this report.

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