Tell us about the situation on the Ethiopian border.
In early November 2020, refugees from the Tigray region of Ethiopia started crossing into Sudan at two points, Hamdayet and Ludgi. Initially it was only a small number of refugees, but this has increased to more than 1,000 new arrivals a day. More than 55,000 people have now arrived in Sudan from Tigray.
At first most people crossed into Sudan by swimming or wading across the fast-flowing river which marks the border with Ethiopia, while others crossed by boat or land. We hear that it is more challenging now for people to find safe routes to reach the crossing points into Sudan; often people tell us that they had to hide for days at different points until they could continue on their way.
The refugees are staying in Kassala and Gedaref states. In Gedaref, there are two permanent official camps, Um Rakuba and a new camp, Al Tanideba. The transport of the refugees from the border reception and transit camps to the official, permanent camps in Gedaref can take between 10 to 15 hours.