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Sudan needs $150m to care for Ethiopian refugees says UN

by Mustapha Olamide
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Sudan needs $150m in aid to deal with the flood of Ethiopian refugees crossing its border from conflict-stricken Tigray, the United Nations refugee agency chief has said during a visit to a camp.

The Tigray conflict broke out on November 4 between Ethiopia’s federal forces and therefore the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Sudan has since hosted quite 43,000 Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the extreme fighting into one among its most impoverished regions.

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“Sudan needs $150m for 6 months to supply these refugees water, shelter and health services,” UN diplomat for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Saturday at Um Raquba camp, some 80km (50 miles) from the border.

Grandi called on “donors to supply Sudan with these resources as soon as they can”.

Between 500 and 600 refugees are still crossing the border every day .

Sudan has sought to supply help to accommodate the mass refugee influx because it struggles with its own deep depression .

The country is additionally browsing a fragile transition since the April 2019 removal of veteran strongman Omar al-Bashir, after unprecedented mass protests against his rule, triggered by economic hardship.

Some 65 percent of Sudan’s nearly 42 million people live below the poverty level , consistent with government figures.

As the Tigray fighting rages, Grandi also voiced concern over the fate of tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopia for many years .

“We don’t have access to them,” he said, urging the Ethiopian government to authorise visits by the United Nations .

Sudan hosting quite 43,000 refugees fleeing fighting in Tigray into one among its most impoverished regions.

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