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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UNHCR is urgently working to prepare temporary shelter for refugees

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UNHCR needs your help to provide Ethiopian refugees with emergency assistance 

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After two weeks of fighting, thousands of Ethiopian refugees are fleeing to Sudan

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Providing Shelter

UNHCR provides refugees with emergency shelter — tents, tarpaulins and demountable housing — in the immediate aftermath of displacement. More broadly, we are responsible for site planning and camp management to ensure refugee settlements are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. For those living outside camps, UNHCR funds the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the construction of new homes and rental assistance for those in urban situations. UNHCR also provides materials that displaced people need to build a home themselves under self-help schemes.

Providing Food 

Malnutrition is a common consequence of conflict and displacement. UNHCR works with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that all refugees have access to adequate nutrient-rich food. UNHCR assists with the distribution of food rations in camps and provide urban refugees with vouchers and cash assistance for the purchase of food and groceries. In acute situations, UNHCR supports emergency nutrition and therapeutic feeding programs, supplying fortified milks and ready-to-use therapeutic foods.

Providing Water

When people flee their homes, they often struggle to safely and easily access adequate water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, endangering their health. UNHCR provides extensive infrastructure in refugee camps – wells, pumps, tap-stands and latrines – to meet refugees’ water needs and prevent disease. The water containers we provide as part of our basic survival kit enable displaced families to fetch and store clean water.

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