Sudanese Red Crescent scales up assistance to Ethiopian refugees

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Sudanese Red Crescent scales up assistance to Ethiopian refugees

Key messages 20 January 2021

Background

In early November, tension between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray region resulted in confrontation between the Tigray Region Special Forces and the Ethiopian National Defence Forces.

As a result of this fighting, according to the UNHCR, over 56,000 Ethiopians fled into Sudan. Arriving refugees are being accommodated in temporary shelter sat the transit centres located near the border entry points of Lukdi in Gedaref and Hamdaiet in Kassala state. In addition, more than 15,000 refugees have been relocated to new settlements, at the Um Raquba and Tunaydbah camps, in El Gedarif State.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society teams are working alongside the State Ministry of Health. Together they have rehabilitated two clinics and are conducting health and nutrition screenings, medical consultations, and referrals. The Ministry of Health has provided hygiene kits, medicine, water purification tablets and sprayers. Red Crescent teams have also provided washing soap, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets and biscuits to those arriving. Non-food emergency items for 500 families are on standby in Khasm El-Girba, awaiting distribution.

More NFI’s have been sent from SRCS Khartoum warehouse directly to Gedarif for distribution in Umrakouba and Tunaidba camps, upon request of UNHCR and COR Non-food emergency items for 500 families are to be kept on standby in Khasm El-Girba.

The below food and non-food items have been transported last week from SRCS KHT to Gedaref for distribution;

3000 Blankets, 3000, mosquito nets, 3000 sleeping mats 1000 tarpaulin, 728 kitchen sets, 500 Jerry cans 20 litters, 200 Chlorine water purification, two OXFAM Tanks T 70 to be installed in Tunaidba the new camp, 750 food parcels (Kuwaiti RC) 260 food parcels (Turkish RC). The food has been already distributed.

Key figures

Over56,000 peoplefrom Ethiopia have already crossed the border into Sudan.

There are 3entry pointsbeing used by the people arriving from Ethiopia:Hamdaiet in Kassala State, Al Gazira in Blue Nile State and Lukdi in Gedaref State

More than15,000 refugees have been relocated to new settlements in Um Raquba and Tunaydbah camps in El Gadarif State.

Emergency relief items for 500 families are on standby in Khasm El-Girba, waiting to be distributed, it will be kept as emergency stock in Kashm El-Girba.

Key messages

The number of Ethiopian refugees fleeing into Sudan is reducing. Over 56,000 people have arrived through three entry points (Hamdaiet, Al GaziraandLukdi). The fighting has not escalated in the last week and there are decreased numbers of people arriving from Ethiopia Those who have already fled into Sudan have been sheltered at two transit reception centres, in two states: the Hamdaiet reception centre in Kassala state,and the Lukdi reception centre in Gedaref state.

Sudanese Red Crescent teams are assisting with registration of refugees to be transferred to Um Rakuba.The Um Raquba Camp in El Gadarif where most of those arriving from Ethiopia have been relocated to is now full and people are now being relocated Tunaydbah camp. Many people are remaining at the border to wait for their loved ones, others are prepared to return to Tigray once it is calm. Hamdiet in particular is extremely crowded.

Sudanese Red Crescent teams are providing healthcare and emergency assistance at the reception centres. Red Crescent teams are working alongside the State Ministry of Health, have rehabilitated two clinics and are conducting health and nutrition screenings, medical consultations, and referrals. The Ministry of Health has provided hygiene kits, medicine, water purification tablets and sprayers. The Red Crescent has also provided washing soap, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets and biscuits to those arriving .SRCS volunteers Non-food emergency items for 500 families are on standby in Khasm El-Girba awaiting distribution.

This arrival of refugees adds an additional burden to a country that was already facing a humanitarian crisis. Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers are conducting temperature checks as a precautionary measure against Covid-19. By 18th January 2021, 25,195, cases of COVID-19 had been recorded in Sudan and more than 1,705 deaths. InApril 2020, a locust outbreak threatened food security in the Horn of Africa. Since July, heavy rainfall across Sudan caused severe and deadly flooding, and in September the Sudanese Government declared a national state of emergency.

The most urgent needs ion the ground are shelter, healthcare, food and clean water. Several humanitarian agencies including UNHCR, are on the ground coordinating to assist the refugees. The Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers are working alongside the UNHCR in the distribution of shelter materials like tents and plastic sheets. The volunteers are also assisting in installation of the tents and handing over of housing sites for refugees in Um Raquba. In Kassala state the SRCS has installed a water unit that provides 640 cubic metres of water per day to serve 40,000 people. 20,000 litres of water is also available daily at Tentba camp in Gedaref after SRCS installed the M40 water purification system

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society has access to the most remote areas across the country through its unparalleled community presence. The Red Crescent has expansive networks that reach into some of the most isolated parts of the country. It has 400,000 registered and active volunteers across the country who are part of local and hard-to-reach communities. The Red Crescent has responded to previous population movement crises including the South Sudanese refugee’ emergency. Some of those who arrived from Tigray were already members of the Red Cross movement. They have been recruited to work alongside the SRCS. They know the local language and are aware of the cultural barriers. The SRCS has also recruited professionals like doctors, nurses and teachers amongst the refugees and they are helping in the clinics and general camp management.

 

For more infrmation,please contact

In Sudan: Nawal Hassan Yousif ,+249 912656872, nawal.hassan@srcs.sd

In Geneva:Matthew Cochrane, +41 79 251 80 39,matthew.cochrane@ifrc.org


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