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Sudan: Refugee influx from Tigray requires international support

SUDAN: REFUGEE INFLUX FROM TIGRAY REQUIRES INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

The Sudanese authorities announced Tuesday, amid difficult humanitarian conditions, that the influx of Ethiopian refugees fleeing the conflict in the Tigray region requires the international community’s support and advocacy due to the lack of necessary infrastructure and services.

According to a statement released by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, the situation necessitates more international support and advocacy for the Sudanese government, which suffers from a lack of infrastructure and essential services as a result of years of conflict and a deteriorating economic situation.

The Sudanese ambassador’s permanent speech in Geneva, according to the Foreign Ministry statement, focused on the transitional government’s efforts to lay the foundations for peace as an essential step in reducing displacement and achieving stability for refugees, as well as the conditions of refugees and displaced persons in Sudan.

On November 4, 2020, government forces invaded the region in response to an attack on an army facility, fighting between the Ethiopian army and the “Tigray People’s Liberation Front” began in Tigray.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the violence, with more than 60,000 fleeing to Sudan, according to observers, while Khartoum claims that the figure has risen to 78,000.

According to Khartoum, there are more than two million refugees from surrounding African nations in Sudan; most of them are from South Sudan, whereas the UN assessed them to be around 860,000 as of mid-October 2019.

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