Life-saving assistance is urgently needed

After months of violent clashes between federal and regional forces, civilians in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are in crisis. Many refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities have endured months of conflict with extremely limited assistance, leading to a significant escalation in humanitarian needs. 

Fearing for their lives and the lives of their families, more than 61,000 refugees from Ethiopia have fled to Sudan since the beginning of November, seeking safety from ongoing clashes between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray regional government forces.

Refugees are arriving each day exhausted and scared, and with very few belongings. Tens of thousands of refugees have been relocated to camps and settlements in Sudan, and UNHCR and partners continue to establish community structures at all sites.

General living and operating conditions inside Tigray are becoming more difficult with power outages and food and fuel supplies becoming extremely scarce. After several months of a communication black-out, basic services have gradually resumed in parts of Tigray, however, electricity and banking services remain intermittent.

The region already hosts nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea and another 100,000 internally displaced. Two of the camps have been closed down and UNHCR urgently needs to relocate some 15,000 Eritrean refugees.

Elderly female refugee fleeing the Ethiopian crisis in the country's northern Tigray region, crosses the border into Hamdayet, Sudan

Ethiopian refugees fleeing clashes in the country's northern Tigray region, cross the border into Hamdayet, Sudan. © UNHCR/Hazim Elhag

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