Tigray conflict: Sudan refugee camp nearly doubles its capacity

Umm Rakouba camp was meant to accommodate 5,000 individuals, however UN refugee company says it’s now at virtually double that capability.

A refugee camp housing Ethiopian refugees in a distant a part of neighbouring Sudan is already over capability, the United Nations’s refugee company has mentioned.

The Umm Rakouba camp – meant to accommodate 5,000 refugees fleeing violence in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray area – has now virtually doubled that capability, Mohammed Rafik Nasri, subject coordinator for emergency response on the UNHCR mentioned on Friday.

Nasri mentioned catering for this variety of individuals has been troublesome – a priority support businesses had been elevating since violence in Tigray pressured tens of hundreds of individuals to flee Ethiopia earlier this month.

“This camp is nearly two weeks previous, you understand it’s difficult in Sudan due to gasoline scarcity, financial scenario and actually the companions, UNHCR and our allies, together with WFP and all of us, it’s difficult us to supply shelter supplies, meals, to get them rapidly,” mentioned Nasri.

As he spoke, a convoy of 1,000 individuals began to reach in buses after an extended journey from transit centres on the Ethiopia-Sudan border.

Greater than 40,000 individuals have arrived in Sudan because the violence began on November 4, whereas the UN estimates the quantity might go as much as 200,000 within the subsequent six months.

The organisation is working to open one other camp quickly to assist raise the burden off Umm Rakouba and different border websites.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday mentioned the military has been ordered to maneuver on Tigray’s regional capital, Makelle, after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for the Tigrayan leaders to give up.

He warned town’s half 1,000,000 residents to remain indoors and disarm as his forces ready for a “ultimate section” of the Tigray offensive.

For refugees within the camp, information is scarce of what’s taking place at house. Farmers Hedgay Kahsey and Atsbaha Gtsadik mentioned they solely wished one factor.

“No matter occurs, we simply need peace,” mentioned Hedgay Kahsey who misplaced all his belongings, together with his farm and livestock.

“The nation has no peace. It makes me so unhappy … You see one tribe killing one other. It’s so arduous,” added Atsbaha Gtsadik.