Lifesaving assistance is urgently needed

After three weeks of violent clashes between federal and regional forces, civilians in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are in crisis. Communication networks are down, banking services are halted, roads are blocked and there are shortages of basic supplies.

Fearing for their lives and the lives of their families, more than 43,000 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. Most of them are children.

More than 4,000 refugees are arriving each day exhausted and scared, and with very few belongings. They are being sheltered in transit centres near the border. Water and meals are being provided and UNHCR and the Sudanese authorities are working around the clock to set up a new refugee site to shelter them.

General living and operating conditions inside Tigray are becoming more difficult with power outages and food and fuel supplies becoming extremely scarce. Communications have been cut off creating an information black out.

The region already hosts nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea (predominantly in four camps in the west of the region) and another 100,000 internally displaced.

The needs are growing by the day and more support is urgently needed.
We cannot do this alone, please help today.

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

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