ADDIS ABABA – The number of people crossing into Ethiopia from conflict-hit Sudan exceeds the 70,500 mark, according to a new UN update.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee to neighboring countries since the deadly conflict between Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out on April 14.
More than 70,500 people have crossed into Ethiopia as of 24 July, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reports today.
Its situation update says the majority entered into the Amhara Region whereby 68,221 arrivals have been recorded as of 24 July. The arrivals in Benishangul Gumuz Region have also exceeded 7,300 people while smaller crossings into the Gambella Region were also reported.
A total of 74 nationalities have so far been recorded among the arrivals – dominated by Ethiopians and Sudanese.
Humanitarian assistance is being provided at the different points of entry, the UN agency says. The response, however, is not meeting the scale of demands for new and forecasted arrivals.
Food and water are among the main needs and are regularly distributed at the Point of Entries and refugee sites. “Hot meals, however, continue to be short in supply due to limited partner engagement at the Metema,” the update states.
The deadly conflict resulted in 3.3 million people fleeing their homes. Some have become refugees in neighboring countries including Chad, Egypt, and Sudan but the majority of them have been internally displaced to relatively safe places.